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By: Chris Burke

Words alone cannot describe the anger I hold towards Bill-C54 and its supporters.   The 1837 Society is intended to be a place of civilized discussion.  Well today civility is dead: This bill is damn awful.  Those who support it are awful.

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Bill C-54, the latest travesty of a crime bill put forward by the lets-ignore-all-evidence-about-how-to-handle-those-who-commit-crimes Conservative Party would change the process of how an individual is deemed “Not Criminally Responsible” in a manner that would likely see them thrown in prison rather than receiving much needed medical help.  This vile piece of legislation ensures that the stigma towards mental illness will remain in Canadian society for a long time.

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By: Chris Burke

While The 1837 Society, being a forum for discussions and opinions, encourages free expression, all negative comments about this story and Amanda Todd will be removed.  My tolerance for such intolerance is nonexistent.- Chris

Amanda Todd, a 16-year old girl who committed suicide on October 10th, has drawn the attention of people across the country, and has reignited the debate around bullying, and how it should be addressed.  For this week’s post, I’m shifting away from my usual political focus to write about a story that has hit close to home though I’m sure some form of politics will spring up.

The death of Amanda Todd is a tragedy, a tragedy that was preventable.  Now before I go into reasons about why her death was preventable, I want to address some suggestions for prevention that are incorrect.  Amanda Todd’s death was the result of persistent bullying and cyber-bullying mixed with depression.  It was not the result of any decision made by Amanda Todd.  I had stated over Facebook that we need to start addressing cyber-bullying, a response I received to this statement was that Amanda Todd should have taken action to avoid the bullies, and sought out help.  Apparently, the fact that she switched schools and moved to a new town (which wasn’t enough to stop her online tormentors from tracing her) was lost on the person suggesting she should have taken action.  Saying that Amanda Todd should’ve taken action to avoid the bullying is victim blaming.  It switches the blame from the tormentors to the tormented.

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