Originally posted on Metro News:

When John McDougall joined the military 23 years ago, he would have never told anyone that he knew a gay person, let alone that he was gay.

On Friday, Master Warrant Officer McDougall stood with his partner of 18 years, David Gilbert, at a Pride Flag raising ceremony at CFB Edmonton.

The rainbow-coloured flag flying at the military base is being called a first in Canada.

McDougall, 47, inquired about displaying the colours three weeks ago.

“I expected no, the timeline is going to be too short, or that perhaps the appetite to do it wasn’t there,” he said, adding he couldn’t have been more pleased with the reaction he did get.

The flag was raised by Private Darren McCausland outside base headquarters in front of soldiers, civilians and members of the LGBTQ community.

“Symbols matter, and we understand that in the army,” said base commander Lt.-Col. John Reiffenstein. “The…

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Canadian Forces Base to raise Pride flag to show support for GLBT community. with this news, proud to be Canadian.

Cuts to disabilities programs will cost jobs, providers warn.

It may seem like a one year cut, that can be regained when “economic” times improve…yet what it truly is, is setting up for the most vulnerable among us to a lifetime spiral of exclusion from society. What type of Alberta do we want to build?

Originally posted on National Post | Life:

Pope Francis has branded Italy’s Mafia chiefs as slavemongers and told them to seek God’s mercy, a day after the Vatican beatified a Palermo priest murdered for his stance against the Cosa Nostra.

“I think of all the pain of men, women and even children who are exploited by many Mafias,” the Pontiff told thousands of people during his weekly address in St Peter’s Square Sunday.

“They are forced to do work that makes them slaves, like prostitution,” he said. “Behind all this slavery, there are Mafias. We pray that these Mafia men and women convert to God.”



About 80,000 people gathered in Palermo on Saturday for a beatification ceremony for Father Pino Puglisi, the priest who was shot dead in his parish in 1993 for trying to turn children against the Sicilian Cosa Nostra.

Salvatore Grigoli, the Cosa Nostra killer who shot him, was later jailed…

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Defunct WHA left mark on hockey

Posted: May 26, 2013 by Ty in Current Events

Defunct WHA left mark on hockey.

Funding cuts deal blow to summer camp for disabled.