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Self-defense workshop for women will offer jiu jitsu approaches

August 11th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Self-defense workshop for women will offer jiu jitsu approaches)

Dynamic workshop on the psychology, theory and practical realities of self-defense for women will be hosted by Robert Biernacki and Cathal Walsh on August 24, 2014

picture 571bOn February 25, 2013, Statistics Canada released an updated version of the document Measuring Violence against Women: Statistical Trends [opens to PDF], which was commissioned by Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers responsible for the Status of Women.

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Creating defensible urban community space

July 29th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Creating defensible urban community space)

Nanaimo’s Wisteria Lane neighbours look to the structure of physical spaces to reduce crime, increase stability

picture 566During the recent past, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there has been an increasing interest in the effects of neighbourhoods on the health of the people living in them. Researchers and policy-makers have come to understand that the characteristics of neighbourhoods, whether measured in terms of their physical, social or economic attributes, can have important impacts on individuals.

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The federal government’s prostitution bill is immoral, faith groups say

July 7th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on The federal government’s prostitution bill is immoral, faith groups say)

34 clergy and faith groups from Victoria and across Canada have signed a statement of concern about the proposed federal bill that makes buying and advertising sex illegal

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Faith leaders in Victoria and across the country are speaking out against a federal prostitution bill they say increases potential dangers for sex workers and is immoral, reports the Times Colonist. “This is a human rights issue,” Bruce Bryant-Scott, rector at St. Matthias Anglican Church, said. “We’re concerned about the health, safety and lives of sex workers.”

Bill C-36, titled the “protection of communities and exploited persons act” is now under consideration by Parliament. The bill was tabled after the Supreme Court struck down Canada’s existing prostitution laws seven months ago because they violated the Charter rights of sex workers.

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‘Roboethics’ isn’t science fiction anymore

June 23rd, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on ‘Roboethics’ isn’t science fiction anymore)

Robotics experts are investigating the ethical implications inherent to firsthand interactions between humans and robots

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More than 20 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates have endorsed a joint statement calling for a ban on weapons that would be able to select and attack targets without meaningful human control. The group is warning that “lethal robots” could completely and forever change the face of war and likely spawn a new arms race. The Laureates are encouraging a public debate about the ethics and morality of autonomous weapons systems. They’ve also welcomed the establishment of a Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

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Centre helps men and their families

May 28th, 2014 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Centre helps men and their families)

Theo Boere, Executive Director of the Men’s Centre in Nanaimo will be with us to discuss the general social attitudes which still restrict men in so many ways, some examples of which are: the Equal Parenting Bill C-560, currently before Parliament; the difference in our attitudes toward domestic violence where men are the victims compared to when women are the victims; and the difference in funding levels for resources for men compared to resources for women.

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