This morning started with a soy chai latte and a vegan blueberry scone and lots of 10-week old puppy pets while talking to this super cool English enviro-lit prof and touching the salty ocean while sitting in a kayak and wow this is how I want to start all my mornings. 🌊🛶 #WheresTheKayakEmoji
It’s crazy how time flies, especially when we’re busy. For me it’s true more than ever.
A year has passed since I started working on my degree in Western. So, I want to share my thoughts and ideas about it to give some sort of understanding how things work here. By the way, I have been so swamped with work these last few months, so please, cut me some slack with my English. Anyway, let’s cut to the chase!
🔷 Courses/classes/trainings. You can choose whatever you want from a list of courses (before or during the term). It means you can take or drop courses based on your preferences. The only thing here is you have to run it by your supervisor. 🔷 Evaluation/marks/points. It depends on your university but usually everything is in percentages (A: 80-100, B: 70-80, C: 60-70). Our university doesn’t use pluses and minuses with marks but it’s also possible. 🔷 And the last thing that I wanted to tell is how difficult it is. I compared it with my previous experience in Russian university. You can’t think on your feet. You have to prepare everything and you have to work hard on every single assignment. You can’t “go with the flow” and play it by ear. You have to work hard during whole term.
It’s “where the heck is BSL anyway?” Wednesday. This week we head south of the Canadian border and focus on a major BSL offender: Denver, Colorado
Denver is home to approximately 600,000 people and to an animal control ordinance that openly discriminates against “pit bull” type dogs. On August 7, 1989, a “pit bull” ban was put into force that has resulted in the deaths of thousands of family pets and unclaimed dogs.
A “pit bull” for the purposes of this ordinance is defined as “any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds.” During the period of April 31, 2004 to May 8, 2005, the ban was placed on suspension due to Governor Bill Owners signing a Colorado law that prohibited cities and counties from discriminating against specific breeds of dogs. The City was not pleased with this decision as it was said to violate Denver’s “Home Rule” and they sued the state of Colorado. (Home Rule is when a city or county operates under its own government that prevents the State from dictating local ordinances – in this case, animal control laws). Unfortunately, a judge agreed with the City’s claim to “Home Rule” being violated and the ban was re-enacted.
Despite numerous attempts to have this legislation repealed, the ban is still actively punishing dogs based solely on their physical appearance.
Should you be suspected of harbouring a “pit bull” type dog you will be ordered to have your dog evaluated by three certified staff members who will determine if the majority of your dog's physical traits are consistent with the kennel club standards. If this is determined, you can apply within seven days for a hearing to challenge the decision.
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✨ BC is currently suffering nearly 600 fires!! Here in Squamish the sun is just a small orange fiery orb, struggling to break through all the hazy eerie smoke blanketing the mountains and valley. 🤞 For the rains and the over 3,500 people fighting the fires 🙏✨
#Repost @hugabulladvocacyandrescue (@get_repost)
"As both an advocate and an activist (yes, there’s a difference) for dogs targeted under BSL, one of the biggest challenges I face is framing my dog in a mindful context.
When I first started out, all I knew is that I had an amazing dog who did not fit the stereotypes out there about targeted breeds. I used the words “pit bull” with abandon, until I soon learned better. Then I started advocating for my amazing dog with the subtle suggestion that she was extraordinary despite being a targeted breed, which, in time, I realized was only continuing the stereotype.
By suggesting that there was anything special about my dog by even the slightest reference to her breed, whether in a positive or negative light, I was doing damage to the cause. I had to learn how to stop that completely and it remains a constant, conscious effort to this day.
It is of vital importance that we not only believe in breed-neutral laws for dogs but that we also live our lives according to that belief. Until we live this truth, we cannot successfully attain equality for our dogs.
In order to truly be their voice, we must maintain and portray our belief that all dogs are indeed individuals, regardless of any other factors; that all dogs deserve to be judged by their actions and not by their appearance and that all dogs can be amazing dogs. Not just those we fight for, but all dogs." Today's #BSLbyte was contributed by Emily Clare, devoted advocate and founder of United Paws (if you haven't joined, follow the link in the comments). Thank you for this Emily, and for all your amazing work! #endBSL#notoBil128#Canada150#BSLbytes ---- #BSLbytes is a joint initiative of Hugabull Advocacy & Rescue Society and Justice for Bullies. --- 142/150
First trail of our 160km trek last week in @glaciernps. This whole place looked like the cover of a magazine.
Just finishing the trek on Saturday, while educating 'Merica about Terry Fox - we have raised almost $10k for the Terry Fox Foundation.