29 December 2007

White Ribbon Campaign - Halifax Blog

In order to devote more focus and attention on the systemic problem of male violence against women, I have started a blog related to my work with the White Ribbon Campaign. It is called White Ribbon Campaign - Halifax, and it can be found here. Please tell all your friends about it.


Kate the Great said...

This is very good news :)

Keep up the good work, Richard. Your efforts do not go unappreciated.

Josh and I hope you and Tasha had a great Christmas. As for me, I have been consuming chocolate like it was going out of production, got a bad cold that lasted over a week, and then, when I tried to take Dayquill at work, I had an allergic reaction to one of it's ingredients. This caused me to turn red, and break out in large, tingly hives. My face and ears swelled up pretty badly as well, and I was sent home.

I don't think I need to tell you that it was truly a sight to behold.

That said: Merry Christmas, and a happy 2008to you two crazy lovebirds!

RGM said...

Hi Kate,
Thanks for the nice words. We had a really great Christmas here, possibly the best one ever. We've also consumed large quantities of chocolate treats, I think I've eaten more Turtles in the past four days than I did in the past year. Work's been keeping us both busy too, I did a bunch of OT this week in order to make up for the two days off we had. I'm also still mad at Rodney MacDonald for enforcing a no-capitalism rule on Boxing Day; I was all revved up to get some deals, but nobody was open to take my money. C'est la vie!
Hope that you're feeling better, and best wishes to you and Josh as well.

Kate the Great said...

See, I guess we're in disagreement on this one.
I was VERY against the idea of boxing day shopping. I would've had to have worked it for a measly 8 bucks an hour, and unlike the rest of my family, it would have left me with very limited time to enjoy Christmas (it's always more difficult to enjoy Christmas day when you're thinking about going into work the next morning). Plus, I felt that whatever deals people wanted would probably be available the next day. And they were.

When this went through, it was very happy news to the people I worked with. It may have been a desperate grab for votes, but it was a helpful one at least, and I was beyond ecstatic when it meant that Josh and I would have the day off to enjoy the holidays like most other people. People got their Sundays and their extended hours before Christmas, and we were right in there the next day after boxing day, so a day off was a big gift to us in comparison to what was sacrificed by shoppers, I believe.
I do believe that shopping has become a form of entertainment to some people (maybe not you, but some people) so the thought of the mall being closed becomes a source of panic. But I don't believe this need to cure boredom should trump over a worker's guarenteed, and well deserved two days to relax after a VERY busy spell.
What we do is more of an underpaid luxury service than it is a neccessity, and if I was expected to be peddling silver on my holiday to people who had the priveledge of having the day off, I would've become very sour to say the least.

And for the record, I do feel bad for any resteraunt, movie theater workers or anyone who isn't offering a crucial service, who was forced to work on this day too. Maybe they can cause a rucus, if they so desire.

To my knowledge, boxing day last year wasn't as successful as people had predicted. I could be wrong about that though.

But we'll have to agree to disagree on this one, I guess.:P

RGM said...

And that's fine. Back in BC, it has just always been that way. I worked retail, and I was fortunate enough to have pretty good bosses that usually gave a choice: you can work Christmas Eve or you can work Boxing Day. I always took the 24th so that I could travel and see everybody on the 26th and go indulge in some holiday deals. I'd even volunteer to work Jan. 1st because I was never a big drinker and thus didn't need a hangover day. Stat days are simply, for me, days where I make double-time-and-a-half.
I know that a lot of people don't care for it, but the way I see it, it's a liberal democratic capitalist society, and that means people should have the choice to go out and spend their money when they feel like it without the government telling them what days are and are not acceptable. If individual companies want to take the day off, that's totally fine with me, I can go somewhere else and spend my dollars at another location. If individuals tell their boss that they don't want to work that day, that's fine with me, because there's always people who will be willing to take on that shift and have some extra cash. What I really don't like is the government interference in the matter. Threatening $50,000 fines to any business that opens on Dec. 26th is not acceptable in my eyes. I know that it's a big cultural thing out here in Nova Scotia, but it is one of those things that does hamper the economy and contribute to it being a have-not province.