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Taking a stand against bullying

Thursday, December 05, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

SAULT COLLEGE

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SAULT STE. MARIE - Sault College strives to create a culture that fosters the expansive exploration of ideas and offers a safe and inspiring place to establish an inclusive environment for all staff and students.

As part of this directive, the College has embraced and promoted a Respect Campaign to define what the culture of respect is on campus, an initiative developed and practiced by students and staff.

The Respect campaign is a student-centered initiative intended to reinforce the good behaviours and attitudes already established on the campus.

This year’s focus on the campaign centers around respect for oneself and respect for others.

“Through leadership and positive role modeling, we have the opportunity to impact our community and build a respectful environment for everyone,” notes Cristina Guzzo, Sault College Students’ Union program manager.

“This campaign is an example of the many great college initiatives as it directly connects to Sault College being an invitational college.”

The Respect campaign began in 2012 and since then has created a number of initiatives promoting a respectful campus.

In conjunction with the Respect Campaign's anti- bullying focus this month, Sault College students wanted to take a stand against bullying and demonstrate that everyone on campus can make a difference.

Today, the Sault College Students’ Union launched a video that was created in partnership with External Relations, to help promote its anti-bullying campaign on campus.

Students and staff were also encouraged to sign a pledge to be respectful on campus at all times.

“The Respect video is a tool to encourage students to get involved with the campaign as well as demonstrate to all that “Respect Starts with you,” our campaign slogan,” adds Guzzo. The inspirational video can be found here.


The group plans a number of events for second semester including a mental and healthy living week and will partner with the Dove campaign in promoting positive self-image.

For more information on this college initiative and how you can get involved please contact Cristina Guzzo at 705-759-2554 ext. 2745.

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TFinn 12/5/2013 9:23:51 AM Report

The only way to minimize bullying is to educate, have extremely harsh penalties and all people must come forward and help out the person/s being bullied and take a stand against these bully coward types . If you see or know its happening and do nothing ...then you are letting these cowards win..!!
frauleinbroomhilda 12/5/2013 9:33:51 AM Report

Excellent video. Direct and to the point. Let's put an end to bullying now. Great job students of Sault College.
B Boy 12/5/2013 10:10:57 AM Report

Let's also work on eliminating workplace bullying by employers.
A tough employment market in the Soo makes a lot of employers think they can act poorly toward employees with impunity.

Keep fighting the good fight!
theprotector 12/5/2013 10:36:16 AM Report

and if they didnt do it then leo would put a letter in their hr file!
Mark Brown 12/5/2013 11:39:21 AM Report

Congratulations to the students of Sault College for standing up against bullying.

I encourage all Saultites to stand up for the east end residents who are being bullied by the monopoly PUC to pay top dollar for dirty, stinky water.

If this were a schoolyard the bully PUC would be saying, "Give me your drinking water money."

As Tfinn said, "The only way to minimize bullying is to educate, have extremely harsh penalties and all people must come forward and help out the person/s being bullied and take a stand against these bully coward types . If you see or know its happening and do nothing ...then you are letting these cowards win..!!"

And if you're still getting dirty, stinky, foul tasting water then join the cost-free Class Action lawsuit to pay for a water filtration system in your home, and or your costs for bottled water, and Brita-type filters, already installed home water filtration systems (harsh penalty) by emailing:

CitizensFirst@shaw.ca

The time for waiting is over. Speak up against this bully people, or let this bully PUC win.
theprotector 12/5/2013 11:59:42 AM Report

really REALLY? Enough already
B Boy 12/5/2013 12:51:44 PM Report

At least he's putting some action behind his words. Not just empty complaints.
asp 12/5/2013 1:22:03 PM Report

This is great news Congras!!! But we need more help in the grade school level. My little nephew was a victim of bullying, and the principal wanted my nephew to come to him, you know kids are intimidate.Lucky for us he talks to us about everything so we went to the police, and something was finally done. People should be allowed to enjoy their education without being bullyed, and it happens at every levels. (Please excuse my spelling)Even on this site.
theprotector 12/5/2013 2:37:04 PM Report

nobody really cares, some may have empty complaints but why is he wasting everyone's time with a firolous CAL? Where even a match book night school lawyer could tell you there is no cause of action! And under a story that has nothing to do with his latest and greatest cause!
TFinn 12/5/2013 3:39:58 PM Report

When ever someone pays for a service and must sign for that service, then that can be construed to be a contract of sorts. The PUC charges you a fee to deliver the utility and you promise to pay a fee for that utility in good faith, then basically you have a contract or meeting of minds concerning the delivery of the utility. If either party does not fulfill their obligations, then someone is breaching the contract. Now the PUC may be delivering, however there may be issues outside the basics of the contract, then one must determine, even though the water is being delivered, but does it meet ALL standards according to the standards set by the Government. If the water meets the standards then really theres not much credence to file any law suit, however if it doesn't meet health and safety standards then that could be cause for some sort of action, if the utility company doesn't or won't remedy the problem in a given time line.
sAUCEY 12/5/2013 5:13:14 PM Report

Heres the deal Mark Brown,

Your going to stop your moaning because when your rates go up, you will be leading the brigade because prices are too high and there are interuptions in your service while updates in remaingin infastructure.
You went outside the PUC and you STOOD ALONE! You may have your little keyboard warriors supporting this hogwash and consipracy theroy that you think the PUC is. And too all the people about to stand up for Mr. Mark; why weren't you outside the PUC with him?
Food for thought folks, its been said once so i will say it again
Step one: dig a well
Step two: dig a septic system
Step three: Buy multiple Generators, or one big one.
Step four: complain about the price of fuel to run such generators
Step Five: Picket outside of Petro, Shell, Mcdogual
Step six: Repeat with the next flavour of the month.

sAUCEY 12/5/2013 5:13:44 PM Report

Hows that for being bullied, Champ?
Mark Brown 12/5/2013 5:42:17 PM Report

Dear TFinn and theprotector,

Some people will stand there and watch as the PUC Board of Directors bullies the east enders, and some will even defend the bully PUC Board.

Others will do what is right.

Fortunately there are people who have enough respect for themselves, and the PUC workers, to say to the bully PUC Board of Directors:

"I'm not going to continue to pay for bottled water, or Brita Filters, or a home filtration system to get the clear, odourless, sweet tasting water the PUC has been charging me for, and hasn't been delivering to me, but has been delivering to most Saultites, after I've been patient with them for the past two years. Enough is enough."

And they're showing that respect for themselves, and others, by emailing CitizensFirst@shaw.ca to indicate they are willing to join a Class Action law suit against the PUC for the money they've put out.

The dirty, stinky, foul tasting water has gone on long enough.

The PUC Board of Directors needs to spend the money to make these people's water palatable, and they need to do it now.

Sincerely,
Mark Brown
CitizenFirst@shaw.ca
TFinn 12/5/2013 10:20:20 PM Report

Mark Brown 12/5/2013 5:42:17 PM

Hi Mark .. if you had read my previous post, I basically was responding to the post just before mine from the protector, meaning, that there could be cause for action only if certain aspects come to light. However as a tax payer I am quite disappointed that the powers to be are not giving more definitive answers to the tax payers concerning the water situation. I can only assume that this problem is only bad enough in certain areas and not broad based. I personally have not experience the discoloured water but do have a slight odor and taste even to this day, it seems to smell like an abundance of chlorine. I do believe if there is enough concerned people and these people voice their concerns either by phone, emails or a letter and along with putting more pressure on city officials, then people may see some positive outcomes. ... hopefully..!
Mark Brown 12/6/2013 7:19:46 AM Report

Hi TFinn,

Yes, if enough people stand together with those who are bullied, then, and only then, will the bully begin to understand that their bullying behaviour is wrong, so together we can help the bully to change their behaviour and do what is right.

The bully is a person too, and is therefore worthy of all our help.

That is true respect.

Sincerely,
Mark Brown
CitizensFirst@shaw.ca
stiJJy 12/7/2013 8:34:41 AM Report

Good job on the Video guys!
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