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  1. A landlocked country would need to develop very friendly relations with at least one maritime country. Which one would that be?
  2. Which French fact are you referring to? When the AFO, QCGM, and SANB signed a memorandum of understanding to promote official minority language rights, Mathieu Bock-Côté (a French Quebecer) called it treason. https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2019/07/06/la-trahison Of course the AFO challenged that accusation. https://l-express.ca/entente-avec-les-anglo-quebecois-pas-de-trahison-des-fhq/ They've also recently been reminding Quebec of how it opposed minority French-language rights in court as recently as in 2015: https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/quebec-raises-ire-of-francophones-in-the-rest-of-canada Yet there are some French Canadians outside of Quebec who favour official unilingualism and more linguistic deregulation too. The French fact in Canada is extremely complex.
  3. I don't understand. A background check will prove useless against a potential predator who's not hurt anyone yet. A sex-addiction course would not require any participant to confess to anything. However, making a person aware of where to turn for help could make him less dangerous. For example, if I'm an alcoholic but have never herd of alcoholism or Alcoholics Anonymous before, then firstly, this sense of the problem being unique to me will make it even more embarrasing for me to seek help. Secondly, if I can't even name the problem and can't imagine that help exists for it, then how am I supposed to find help for it? By making all prospective teachers aware of the problem, how to identify its symptoms, and where to turn for help, then a prospective teacher in that class might have a Eureka moment when he identifies with these symptoms and might take an interest in the remedies mentioned that he might never have imagined before. He could now name the problem, identify its symptoms, and turn for help before he hurts anyone. He can't get help if he can't even fully identify the problem and is unaware that help exists for it.
  4. How so? If it reduces the occurrence of teacher sexual abuse by even 10% let's say, given the lifelong damage it can cause the child, would it not be worth it? Can we reasonably assume that a teacher who may be at risk of abusing a child necessarily knows where to turn for help before he hurts the studend? I agree with tough laws and penalties as a second line of deterrence; but for those it fails to deter, a preferable first line might involve teacher education to ensure that a teacher who does need help knows where to turn for help. Simple penalties might be an effective second line of defence, but is a poor first line of defence as we're using it now.
  5. OK, maybe I exaggerated. But given its severity, even if rare, the simple fact that it happens seems to suggest that we should ensure that every prospective teacher knows how to recognize the symptoms of compulsive sexual behaviours and where to turn for help before they hurt someone. We have no way of knowing who the dangerous teacher is until it's too late; so to play it safe, why not ensure they all get the necessary training to know where to turn for help if they need it?
  6. Given the high rates of teachers molesting students in public schools, would it make sense to require every prospective teacher to take a sex-addiction course (maybe a couple hours of their education degree program) to learn the causes, symptoms, and remedies for sex addiction so as to ensure that any teacher who does suffer a compulsive sexual behaviour will know where to turn for help before he ends up molesting a student? I agree that tough laws and penalties help to deter potential abusers too, but such laws are of limited use when in many cases, the student will fear reporting the abuser for many reasons. In those cases, ensuring that a teacher who suffers compulsive sexual tendencies knows where to turn for help might help that teacher find the help he needs before he hurts a student. This might even apply to any position of authority including therapist, prison guard, etc. before they can obtain their license.
  7. Oh but you don't understand. Even racially endogamous couples can use sex toys too. It's not unique to inter-racial couples at all.
  8. I'll just add here that while I've come across opposition to inquisitorial trials in the past precisely due to their more intrusive nature into an accused's private life, I'm not talking here about imposing an inquisitorial on him against his will but rather offering it as something he could request. If for whatever reason there are embarrassing things he'd like the judge not to know, he could still opt for an adversarial trial, but on the understsnding that while this reduces the judge's powers and increases those of the defence, it increases the power of the prosecutor too, which could be important when the prosecutor may have exculpatory evidence in his possession that the defence cannot access on its own. They both have their pros and cons but as a rule of thumb, as long as the accused has nothing embarrassing to hide, he may prefer an inquisitorial trial to get to the bottom of the matter more quickly as long as he's comfortable with giving the judge more intrusive powers to do so.
  9. I have read a number of immigration hearing transcripts in the past and given how both immigration and criminal courts use the adversarial system, I'll assume that some of my observations are transferable. At immigration hearings, it sometimes happens that the counsel for the foreign national wants the Minister's counsel to present more evidence in their possession and the Minister's counsel will refuse. In one case, when the foreign national's counsel asked for the names of the anonymous officers who'd arrested her and written the police reports, the Minister's counsel refused. Essentially, the Minister's counsel served as the gatekeeper to the available evidence and so could choose to present only that evidence that could make the foreign national look guilty while withholding any expulpatory evidence. Given how criminal trials operate under the adversarial system too, I can reasonably conclude that the Crown prosecutor can likewise serve as the gatekeeper to the available evidence in some cases and so present only that evidence that makes the accused look guilty while refusing to present the rest. Remember that the prosecutor is not a neutral party! The good news is that unlike immigration trials that require proof on a balance of probabilities, criminal ones require proof beyond reasonable doubt; but stll, wrongful convictions can occur even then.I can say from my observation that if I were ever accused of a crime I had not committed, I'd appreciate the right to an inquisitorial trial on request. I grant that it might give the judge more intrusive powers into my private life; but if I have nothing to hide, I'd appreciate the power it would give him to go over the prosecutor's head to collect evidence himself if need be. I wouln't want the prosecutor serving as the gatekeeper to the available evidence. So, should an accused have the right to an inquisitorial trial on request? I can maybe see some safeguards. For example, the accused who requests an inquisitorial trial might need to sign a document confirming that he fully understands how this could give the judge more powers than he has at an adversarial trial; how while it might diminish the control the prosecutor has over his case, it could also diminish the control that the defense will have over its; and while it could give the judge more power to go over the prosecutor's head to collect evidence that the prosecutor refuses to present, it would also give him more power to go over the defence attorney's head to collect evidence the defence might refuse to present. As long as the accused signs off on that understanding and believes he has nothing to hide; and especially if he has any reason to believe that the prosecutor might refuse to present exculpatory evidence in his possession that the defence has no access to but that a judge might in an inquisitorial trial, why not grant him the right to an inquisitorial trial on request?
  10. Chinese exclusion Act. Abrogating the right of German Canadians to set up their own schools (never reversed sinse, interestingly). There's still much more apologizing to do.
  11. I'll just add here that a woman who's pathologically cautious around men is not necessarily sexist. Maybe she just had bad experiences and acts out her trauma in different ways including by being hyper-vigilant around men. That's normal and I can absolutely understand that. I experienced the same around women. However, there is a difference between that natural reaction and converting it into an ideological belief. I'm sure most women who are hypervigilant around men due to past abuse recognize the source of their caution and do not blame all men but rather are just being cautious.
  12. We're all over the place. Show me one man who'd try to excuse male molesters like the woman in the video above tried to apologize for female molesters. At least the other woman recognized her folly and called her out on it. I take that back. Some men do apologize for rape, but other men do call them out on it just like the woman in the video called out the other woman on her molestation apology.
  13. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-june-10-2019-1.5168766/men-need-to-stand-up-and-apologize-for-sexual-abuse-says-vagina-monologues-playwright-eve-ensler-1.5168774 I don't get this idea that men (and only men) should apoligize to women (and only women), and that this will somehow bring down 'the patriarchy.' My babysitter molested me when I was a child, yet never did I blame women as a collective for her acts. I recognize that she and not womankind was the perpetrator. This doesn't mean that I didn't approach women with an instinctive caution in adulthood, a caution induced by my past trauma I'm sure. It was natural that I would approach women with more caution after such an experience, but that's not the same as converting my trauma into a political ideology around women generally. I think we need to avoid making this into a war of the sexes and recognize that this is not a gendered issue. Men abuse men, women, boys, and girls. Women abuse men, women, boys, and girls. To focus exclusively on male abusers and female victims is to politicize a very sensitive issue. Also, given how studies show that many abusers have been abused themselves, to focus only on male abusers and female victims so exclusively is like removing half the tumour to let the other half grow back. To be clear, I'm not criticizing her sharing her experiences about her father but rather her comments extending it into gender politics.
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