What’s Current: Alberta Teachers Association invites man convicted of killing prostituted woman to address convention

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Image: Calgary City Teachers’ Convention website
  • The Alberta Teachers Association has invited Andrew Evans — who was convicted of murdering Nicole Parisien while she was being prostituted out of a Vancouver massage parlour in 2007 — to address the Calgary City Teachers’ Convention. The CBC reports they have defended their decision with the following statement:

“His message is one of hope and speaks to the many avenues communities can access to face these challenges and support the many people directly and indirectly affected by addiction… Mr. Evans will join Constable Morton to share his personal story, which provides a tragic lesson about the terrible damage addictions can cause to the addicted person and the innocent people around them. By sharing this story with teachers, it is hoped that lives can be saved and other tragedies can be prevented.”

  • Pope Francis has admitted that the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops has been an ongoing problem in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • A Northwestern University study of 500 girls, between the ages of 12 and 18, revealed that two-thirds of them had been asked for nude pictures by teenage boys. Less than eight per cent of those girls said they shared the photos because they wanted to.
  • Girls in the UK are increasingly being subjected to female genital mutilation as infants.
  • A Yale University study indicates that adults take little girls’ pain less seriously than that of little boys.
Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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