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With diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Canada rocked by current feedback about commerce by President Donald Trump and his advisers, some People are discovering methods to acknowledge Canada’s different exports in fashionable tradition.

From Neil Younger and Joni Mitchell to poutine and northern hospitality, a lot of Canada’s internationally recognized emblems grew to become fodder for compliments on social media utilizing the hashtags, #ThankCanada and #ThanksCanada.

The gestures of assist got here after Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a conflict of phrases following the G7 leaders summit over the weekend in La Malbaie, Que.

After Trump left the occasion, he launched a scathing assault on Canada’s tariffs, whereas Trudeau referred to as the U.S. president’s metal and aluminum imports tax “form of insulting,” and insisted that Canadians “won’t be pushed round” in the case of additional talks.

Music critic David Wild reacted to the battle on Sunday by encouraging others to contemplate what Canada has given its U.S. neighbours.

“My Fellow People, let’s all #ThankCanada for issues we love they’ve dropped at our lives,” he wrote, naming numerous folks, together with Drake, Leonard Cohen and comedy sequence SCTV.

“Additionally hockey is cool,” he added.

Discovering methods to face in unity

When Shaun Kelly noticed the tweets he began fascinated by how the dialog may very well be expanded into the bodily world, which is why he referred to as on his fellow People to plant a tiny flag on their garden in assist of Canada.

The English and historical past instructor from Greenwich, Conn., wished to discover a solution to stand in unity along with his northern neighbours. So he logged onto net retailer Amazon and looked for the Canadian flag.

“I believed, ‘Nicely that might tick off Trump loads as a result of he hates Jeff Bezos,”‘ Kelly stated, pointing to the feud launched by the president towards Amazon’s founder.

“I discovered just a little $ 5 Canadian flag that is very modest, kind of like Canadians are, that you may put by your entrance door — possibly in a backyard.”

Kelly, who’s married to a girl from Montreal, stated he is happy by how many individuals have responded positively to his suggestion.

“It was merely just a little tweet,” he stated. “However virtually everyone has stated both they’ll do it, or they assist it.”

Kelly stated he feels the response of others on social media speaks extra symbolically in regards to the relationship between the 2 nations. It is an emotion he revisits every morning when he places on Joni Mitchell’s music for his every day stroll.

“She changed into this excellent antecedent to Donald Trump — somebody who’s in the identical age vary however has a lot extra to say,” he stated.

Kelly supposes that emotional connection is why so many different messages of assist for Canada are specializing in the affect of tradition somewhat than commerce coverage.

“What lasts after we’re all gone, is de facto artwork, music, poetry and portray,” he stated.

“The artwork we depart behind touches on the hemline of immortality.”

‘Means higher’ than the U.S.

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier added her voice by mentioning that her profession brings her to Canada a number of occasions a yr.

“The Canadian authorities actively helps the humanities. They do that WAY higher than the US gov’t, and I’m ceaselessly grateful,” she tweeted.

Others famous moments in historical past the place the Canada-U.S. relationship was at its strongest, together with when officers helped People escape in the course of the Iran hostage disaster, or when planes have been diverted to Gander, N.L., after U.S. air area was closed within the aftermath of the Sept. 11 assaults.

Twitter consumer @GoogieBaba recalled a go to to Toronto in 2005 earlier than homosexual marriage was authorized in the US.

“We had a stunning time, and I’ll always remember your pleasant, trendy metropolis,” they wrote.

Some targeted on materials items that may very well be affected by modifications within the commerce settlement, resembling maple syrup and cars, whereas others took a lighter strategy to reflecting on tariffs.

“Nobody likes to be stereotyped, whilst ‘good.’ However are you able to all export your manners?” tweeted a consumer named Karine Jegalian.

Costume to indicate extra cleavage. Clean up hair and make-up on the job. Line up for a bodily critique. These are simply a number of the directions Air Canada flight attendants got in a bid to enhance customer support, their union alleges in a criticism to the Canadian Human Rights Fee.

CUPE filed the criticism this month, claiming that Air Canada flight attendants face rampant sexual harassment and discrimination, and that the airline has accomplished little to handle the issue.

The criticism comes as flight attendants throughout North America have gotten extra vocal about harassment of their trade.

Air Canada employs eight,500 flight attendants. The airline says it has zero tolerance for harassment or discrimination, and that the union by no means shared its claims of a systemic downside earlier than submitting the criticism.

‘Strut their stuff’

CUPE’s criticism follows latest modifications at Air Canada together with fashionable new uniforms for employees.

The union claims Air Canada ran coaching classes the place flight attendants needed to mannequin the brand new uniform, and have been instructed to “strut their stuff” down a makeshift runway — full with a spin on the finish — in what the union known as “a sexualized style present.”

“These people have been critiqued and judged by administration on a go/fail foundation on their capability to placed on this ‘present’ for his or her colleagues and administration,” says the criticism.

It claims one attendant failed as a result of he was “prancing” an excessive amount of on the catwalk. The worker — who’s homosexual — discovered the remark upsetting.

Air Canada workers exhibit new uniforms unveiled in 2017. How flight attendants have been requested to mannequin the uniforms is a part of a human rights criticism filed by the workers’ union. (Air Canada)

The criticism additionally claims flight attendants confronted scrutiny off the runway: Managers lined them up within the hallway of their new uniforms and graded how they seemed. They even assessed their make-up and nails, the union stated.

“They have been subjected to degrading and discriminatory feedback,” stated the criticism, together with critiques corresponding to “eyes have been too small” and pores and skin color was “too white.”

The assertion additionally says a supervisor instructed feminine flight attendants they need to put on the non-obligatory gown uniform extra typically “with the intention to ‘present extra cleavage’ to clients.”

The criticism additionally referenced an up to date handbook for flight attendants that dictates what color and kind of undergarment to put on, and dedicates three pages to make-up recommendation for feminine staff. Suggestions embrace one of the best ways to use lipstick and the best way to accent eyebrows with a highlighter.

Sexual harassment allegations

The criticism additionally contains particular person sexual harassment allegations that CUPE claims stem from a lately launched effort to enhance customer support by having managers coach crew members whereas on the aircraft. 

The union claims some managers are taking liberties with the flight attendants.

In a single allegation, a male supervisor observing an on-board crew made origami breasts with the linen napkins and positioned an oxygen masks over his groin throughout a security demonstration.

In one other, a male supervisor sexually harassed a male flight attendant throughout a flight by sitting “uncomfortably shut” to him and making sexually suggestive feedback.

That supervisor additionally allegedly watched the worker at a resort health club in the course of the flight layover.

The human rights criticism says the difficulty was introduced earlier than Air Canada and was “stunningly dismissed” by the corporate. CUPE additionally claims different comparable complaints to the airline have been ignored.

Air Canada’s new service model handbook for flight workers contains three pages of make-up suggestions for feminine staff. (Air Canada)

The union says it needs the continued harassment to cease and for Air Canada to finish its new coaching program.

Air Canada says this system is essential, as a result of it has helped enhance customer support on flights. The airline additionally says it takes all harassment and discrimination claims critically.

“[We] have established processes in place to take care of any such complaints and to behave upon them,” spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick stated in an e-mail to CBC Information.

Allegations towards WestJet

The allegations come at a time when flight attendants are talking out about an trade they declare is rife with harassment.

Former WestJet flight attendant, Mandalena Lewis alleges she was sexually assaulted by a WestJet pilot in 2010.

In 2016, she filed a proposed class motion lawsuit, claiming WestJet has did not create a secure work surroundings for feminine flight attendants.

WestJet has stated it will not remark whereas the matter is earlier than the courts. When Lewis first went public together with her allegations, the airline stated it adopted correct process in her case.

Mandalena Lewis, a former WestJet flight attendant, is suing the airline, alleging it didn’t correctly examine her sexual assault allegation towards a pilot. (Ioanna Roumeliotis/CBC)

In the meantime, within the U.S. final week, the pinnacle of the union representing 50,000 flight attendants testified earlier than Congress, claiming flight attendants are ongoing victims of sexual harassment and assault.

“Even at present, we’re known as pet names, patted on the rear… and subjected to incidents not match for print,” testified Sara Nelson, president of the Affiliation of Flight Attendants, in a written assertion.  

“We name on the trade to take this concern critically.”

Neither Ottawa nor the provinces have actually assessed the dangers a altering local weather poses to the nation and haven’t any actual thought of what is likely to be wanted to adapt to it, says a brand new audit launched Tuesday.

The joint audit, performed by federal Surroundings Commissioner Julie Gelfand and auditors normal in 9 provinces, appears to be like at local weather change planning and emissions discount progress between November 2016 and March 2018.

It says whereas many governments have high-level objectives to chop emissions, few have detailed plans to really attain these objectives, reminiscent of timelines, funding or anticipated outcomes from particular actions.

The audit says assessments to adapt to the dangers posed by local weather change have been haphazard, inconsistent and missing intimately, with no timeline for motion and no funding.

The nation’s emissions objectives are additionally a hodgepodge of various targets, with no consistency in how emissions are measured or whether or not cuts will goal total greenhouse fuel outputs or simply these from particular financial sectors.

The auditors say meaning there isn’t any readability on how Canada and the provinces and territories are going to measure, monitor and report on their contributions to assembly Canada’s worldwide dedication to chop emissions by at the least 30 per cent from 2005 ranges by 2030.

As of 2015, the latest yr for which full statistics can be found, Canada was practically 200 million tonnes in need of that objective, which is the equal of the emissions produced by about 44 million automobiles every year. That’s twice the variety of autos registered in Canada.

Surroundings Minister Catherine McKenna mentioned it is the primary time auditors have accomplished such a overview of Canada’s local weather change insurance policies, which she sees as an essential recognition of the precedence local weather change ought to have in authorities enterprise. However she mentioned the audit — as Gelfand herself notes — appears to be like backwards and doesn’t really bear in mind the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clear Development and Local weather Change.

That plan was launched in December 2016, after the audit’s scope was already established. It additionally falls in need of reaching the 2030 objectives, nevertheless.

McKenna mentioned the plan addresses lots of the issues within the audit, outlining how sure insurance policies will obtain particular emissions cuts.

“The earlier authorities did nothing for a decade however we’re 100 per cent dedicated to our goal,” McKenna mentioned. “Arduous issues are arduous. We have now a plan and we’re already seeing measurable outcomes.”

Inexperienced Occasion Chief Elizabeth Might feedback on the Federal Surroundings Commissioner’s report on local weather motion plans throughout the nation 2:07

Catherine Abreu, government director of the Local weather Motion Community, mentioned this audit appears to be like at what progress was made to fulfill Canada’s present targets — together with the 2020 dedication, which Canada has deserted understanding it has no hope of assembly it.

That concentrate on was to deliver emissions 17 per cent under 2005 ranges by 2020.

Abreu notes that’s the third worldwide emissions goal Canada has set and can miss. The Gelfand report says the 2030 plan is in danger if Canada and the provinces do not step it up.

All provinces however Saskatchewan are presently signed on to the pan-Canadian framework, which requires each province to place a value on air pollution by the beginning of subsequent yr. The 4 largest provinces have already got one. Manitoba will add a $ 25-a-tonne carbon tax in September and each different province will both have to ascertain their very own value or have a federal value imposed as of subsequent Jan. 1.

The NDP’s Linda Duncan feedback on the Surroundings Commissioner’s local weather motion report zero:31

There may very well be tough waters forward. Saskatchewan hasn’t joined the framework and says it is going to sue if the federal authorities tries to impose a carbon value. Ontario and Alberta each have a carbon value plan in place — cap and commerce for Ontario and a carbon tax system with arduous caps on emissions from the oilsands for Alberta — however coming provincial elections may deliver to energy premiers who’re working on a promise to finish carbon pricing.

McKenna mentioned the clear know-how sector is creating in response to local weather change, creating an unlimited financial alternative — whereas not taking motion on local weather change now will price the federal government cash later.

“It’s disappointing when you may have politicians pretending that there isn’t any price to local weather change,” she mentioned. “Proper now the associated fee to the federal authorities is within the billions of to cope with the impacts of local weather change, whether or not it is floods, whether or not it is forest fires, a melting Arctic. We have to be taking motion.”