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The World’s Largest Platform for Influencer Fanclubs Outraged By Tumblr’s Ban; Moves It’s Corporate Blog

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FanCentro, the world’s largest platform for influencer fan-clubs, issued a statement in opposition to Tumblr’s ban of adult content on its platform.

“In a world full of gun violence, fights for equality among races and gender, and serious political turmoil, Tumblr has decided to turn its powerful lens on the major issue of nipples,” said Stan Fiskin, CEO of FanCentro. “I am not sure why companies like Starbucks and Tumblr have such massive issues with sex and the human body, but it is rather frightening that these are the issues they choose to be outraged about.”

“In solidarity with all our adult influencers we are taken down our Tumblr blog and created a new one at blog.fancentro.com. We encourage all companies to support sex workers and join us in this boycott,” added Fiskin.

Tumblr announced on Monday they would be shutting down and removing accounts with any form of adult content. This on the heels of Starbucks announcing it would no longer allow access to adult website from its store WiFi.

“I find it amazing the a person can play a first person shooter game on Starbucks WiFi or log into an account where people will claim the earth is flat on Tumblr, but show half a nipple and they lose their minds. Pornhub gets over a 100 million people daily. We have thousands of influences and over a billion users, porn is mainstream,” added Fiskin.

Adult entertainment is on the high rise as the billion-dollar industry continues to grow year after year. Adult workers are on the lookout for the best services and tools to generate more revenue and grow their brand. Tumblr’s shortsighted action, that fly in the face of freedom of speech, continues the alarming trend of persecuting sex workers for no reason at all.

“FanCentro will continue to support all adult performers, entertainers, and sex workers by providing them with a platform designed and made for them to build their online brand to generate revenue. We are here to empower and let performers have control of their business. It’s their life, their brand, and their enterprise,” said Fiskin.

“Content creators looking for an avenue to blog can do so on the FanCentro platform and will have premium options as well as free. This feature will also include the ability to import all your Tumblr content and will be launched before the ban goes into effect,” concluded Fiskin.

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“History has been made:” After a long fight, part-time college support staff represented by OPSEU ratify first deal

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Hailing it as a victory for working people everywhere – particularly those stuck in precarious jobs – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas has announced that 20,000 part-time support workers at Ontario’s colleges have voted to ratify their first-ever collective agreement.

“History has been made,” said Thomas. “OPSEU and this large group of workers fought for years for the legislated right to join a union. We won that fight and now these workers have an excellent first contract to show for it.

“It’s a huge victory. And not just for them. It’s also a victory for their families, their communities, the students they serve, and working people everywhere.”

The contract contains a number of significant improvements, including a three per cent wage increase over two years and shift-premium increases, a formal grievance process, and vastly improved shift-change notice.

“This contract will immediately make our working lives better,” said Bargaining Committee Chair Ted Claeys, who works at Lambton College in Sarnia. “With job security and the ability to speak up, we can provide much better services to our students.”

OPSEU First Vice-President / Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida says the ratification is an inspiration for all Ontarians, particularly those stuck in precarious work.

“OPSEU and these workers have proven that nothing is impossible,” said Almeida. “We had to fight for years to change the law that prevented these workers from joining a union. Then we had to fight against an employer who used every dirty trick in the book to stop them from joining OPSEU.

“But we won those fights because when workers organize, they are a force for fairness that can’t be stopped.”

Now that the college’s part-time support workers have a contract, Thomas says it’s time for the College Employers Council to voluntarily recognize OPSEU as the union for part-time and sessional faculty.

“It’s been more than a year since part-time and sessional faculty voted on joining OPSEU, but the employer continues to stall and block those votes from being counted,” said Thomas. “It’s time for the employer to stop with the dirty tricks and start respecting their employees’ Constitutional rights.”

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

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Minister Tassi meets with seniors in Edmonton to promote healthy aging and active participation in their communities

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Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and work places. They helped build Canada and continue to contribute to its success. This is why the Government of Canada is committed to providing Canadian seniors with greater security and a better quality of life.

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, visited Edmonton, Alberta where she met with seniors and other partners to hear about issues important to older Canadians. During her discussions, the Minister encouraged seniors to stay active, engaged and informed, and highlighted a number of measures the Government of Canada has taken to improve their social and economic well-being.

While in Edmonton, Minister Tassi visited the Senior Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) and The Greater Edmonton Foundation Seniors Housing, whose projects form part of the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS) collective impact plan, funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Pan-Canadian stream. The projects of seven organizations in total make up PEGASIS.

These organizations are working together to measurably reduce the social isolation of seniors in the Edmonton region by providing a variety of social supports, including friendly door-to-door visitor programs and telephone reassurance, information and connections to drop-in events and other community programs and services. Their projects directly support the Government of Canada’s overarching goals to enhance the quality of life and promote the full participation of individuals, including seniors, in all aspects of Canadian society.

Minister Tassi concluded her day meeting with seniors at Rosedale Developments Assisted Living, Millwoods Seniors Multicultural Centre and the South Edmonton Seniors Association, the latter of which is supported by the NHSP community-based project stream. The Association offers a variety of activities and services to the community including opportunities for seniors to become or remain physically active in a safe, supportive and clean environment.

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“The Government of Canada deeply values the contributions seniors make to our country. We know that when seniors can fully participate in society, everybody benefits.That is why the New Horizons for Seniors Program plays an important role in communities across Canada. By supporting projects through this program, we are taking action to ensure that seniors have a strong and active presence, are encouraged to remain involved in their communities and receive the recognition, respect and support that they deserve.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

Quick Facts

  • Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic group in Canada. By 2030, the number of seniors will reach 9.6 million people, representing close to one quarter of Canada’s population.
  • The NHSP fosters social inclusion and the engagement of seniors by encouraging seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others through projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and their communities. The NHSP has two funding streams: community-based projects and pan-Canadian projects.
  • Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and, as of this year, up to $5,000in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years.
  • Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
  • Pan-Canadian project funding supports multi-year projects using collaborative and innovative approaches to increase the social inclusion of seniors.

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

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Denver Will Vote on Decriminalizing Psychoactive Mushrooms

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In a historic first, residents of Denver will decide whether or not to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in the city’s May 2019 municipal election.

Of the 8,524 signatures submitted to the Denver Elections Division on January 7, 2019, 5,559 were validated, officially qualifying the Denver Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative for the ballot.

Advocates with Decriminalize Denver, the organization spearheading the effort, want to decriminalize the personal possession, use, and cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms in the Mile High City.

“We are working to keep individuals out of prison and keep families together. No one should face a felony and potentially lose their livelihood for using a substance that grows naturally and has a clear medical benefit,” says Kevin Matthews, the organizer and campaign director of the grassroots movement.

The ordinance would make psilocybin a lowest law enforcement priority and prevent the city from using any funds or resources to enforce criminal penalties for adult possession and use.

Possession of psilocybin in Colorado is a Class 4 Felony, which can include up to 6 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. There is no reason to impose harsh sanctions for victimless, non-violent conduct. There are approximately 70 arrests for psilocybin each year in Denver–and even one is too many in the absence of a threat to health or safety.

“Psilocybin has years of investigation, both clinical and cultural, to support its applications for health and wellness. Lets remove the stigma and create an environment where we can explore the health benefits, reveal truth through research, and have intelligent dialogue about how psilocybin increases quality of life,” commented Hope Mellinger, Decriminalize Denver’s Secretary.

This campaign, once considered unrealistic, is the leading edge of a wave of voter initiatives in other jurisdictions, and so has already changed the public profile of psilocybin in the US. It should come as no surprise that Denver is the national leader given the city’s strong history of drug policy reform and voters who are tired of the expensive, futile, and ultimately harmful criminal prohibition of drugs.

“We have a systemic crisis in our country. Addiction and depression rates are rising faster than the medical community and law enforcement can respond, and current treatment options are inadequate. Psilocybin categorically addresses these issues,” says Matthews. “Imagine a society that promotes research and education, over incarcerating individuals for consuming an organic compound that has been proven to promote healing.”

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