Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, today announced that Canada will replace Sweden as the donor co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. Sierra Leone currently serves as the other co-chair, representing the g7+ group of fragile and conflict-affected states.
The two co-chairs provide strategic direction and leadership to this forum for political dialogue, which brings countries affected by conflict and fragility together with development partners and civil society.
“Canada thanks Sweden for its commitment to the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. We look forward to working with our g7+ and civil society partners to continue the work on sustainable development, peace and security, which are not possible unless women and girls are empowered, participate meaningfully and have their human rights respected,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.
“We are very happy that Canada and Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau have decided to take on this responsibility after Sweden, on behalf of INCAF [the International Network on Conflict and Fragility]. The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding is a unique platform that gives fragile states and civil society a voice. The International Dialogue is an important and strategic platform for more inclusive approaches to peacebuilding and conflict prevention,” concluded Isabella Lövin, Minister of International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.
Established in 2008, the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding is composed of members of INCAF, the g7+ group of fragile and conflict-affected states, and member organizations of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.
Original source: GA Canada Published on 7 May 2018
A cryptic Facebook message posted moments before the suspect in Toronto’s van attack took to the streets has brought fresh attention to a strange underground subculture — the “incels.”
If, as police believe, Alek Minassian posted the message himself, it means a deeply misogynistic internet community may have motivated his deadly drive down Yonge Street, which left ten people dead and injured 14.
Police have said the victims are predominantly female, but don’t yet have enough evidence to say whether women were being targeted.
The post reads in full: “Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt. 4chan please. C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!”
Facebook quickly removed Minassian’s account after the attack, and when an image of the post first showed up online there was widespread suspicion it was a hoax. But Facebook has confirmed the account was real, and Toronto police said on Tuesday they believe Minassian posted the message shortly before starting his attack.
The reference to “Private” Minassian apparently relates to two months the 25-year-old spent with the Canadian Forces last fall. He completed 16 days of “recruit” training — 00010 is a Canadian Forces code for the infantry, C23249161 could be a service number — before he decided to quit the army.
The rest of the message is made up of language used by the incel movement.
What is incel?
The phrase stands for “involuntarily celibate,” and is used by men who feel sexually rejected. The tone of their online discussions varies, sometimes there is mockery and sarcasm, but men who identify as “incels” generally express hatred towards women, accusing them of sexually manipulating or humiliating men. Some posts explicitly encourage attacks on women.
The incel subculture grew through message boards on dedicated websites as well as forums like 4chan, infamous for no-holds-barred discussions and the incubation of conspiracy-laden ideologies. The website Reddit also had a well-used incel forum, but it was shut down last fall after complaints regarding violent content.
Who are Chad, Stacy, and Elliot Rodger?
Chad and Stacy are stand-ins for everyone incels hate or envy: Chads are physically attractive (but often intellectually dim) men who have success with women; Stacys are the women who reject incels in favour of Chads.
Elliot Rodger is the movement’s martyr. In 2014, the 22-year-old went on a shooting rampage outside a sorority house in Isla Vista, Calif., killing six people — two women and his three male roommates — and injuring 14.
Before the attack, Rodger had created a manifesto and a video outlining his”existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires.”
“It’s an injustice, a crime because I don’t know what you don’t see in me, I’m the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman,” he said. “I will punish all of you for it.”
How have incels responded to Minassian’s Facebook message?
At least some incel forums have openly welcomed the news that Minassian seemed to be one of them, referring to him as a saint and writing posts like “one of us one of us one of us.”
“Those with an inclination to violence should keep these attacks coming, while those who prefer a more passive approach should continue to minimize their participation in society as much as possible,” read one post on a popular forum.
“They should be scared, this is what happens when you deny so many men love and affection for their entire lives,” read another post.
“This year is looking promising, fellas,” read one more.
TORONTO — Some Canadian marijuana sector companies are getting pushback against their marketing efforts from social media platforms and government officials as the legalization of recreational pot looms.
Lift & Co, which hosts industry events and offers cannabis education, this month had its YouTube account suspended and Facebook ad account deactivated, with both companies citing a policy violation.
Lift CEO Matei Olaru says he believes its accounts were targeted in connection with the U.S. tech giants’ policies barring promotion of the sale of illegal, prescription or recreational drugs, even though medical marijuana is legal in Canada and recreational pot will soon follow suit.
He says Lift’s content on both platforms largely involved cannabis education and promotion of upcoming industry tradeshows, but believes it got lumped into the broader category of marijuana, which is illegal under U.S. federal law.
Meanwhile, Canadian licensed producer MedReleaf cancelled its Montreal launch of its recreational brand San Rafael ’71 scheduled for today after Quebec government officials expressed concern.
MedReleaf’s vice-president of strategy Darren Karasiuk says the producer heard the concerns of Quebec’s alcohol regulator, which is also tasked with cannabis distribution, and respects proposed laws which bar the promotion of “lifestyle” cannabis consumption.
Brooke Henderson is just three wins away from becoming the most decorated Canadian professional golfer of all time — and she’s only 20 years old. After her sixth career LPGA Tour victory Sunday at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii, the native of Smiths Falls, Ont., is on track to eclipse the Canadian-high mark of eight…