Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, joining local local female politicians who have been complaining for months about online abuse, says he’s tired of critics who post “hurtful and harmful” comments on social media.
Diodati posted a two-minute video to his Facebook page Wednesday about social media etiquette.
“Unfortunately, social media is still ground for some hurtful and harmful behaviour,” Diodati said from his city hall office. “At the end of the day, we’re all human beings — and it is OK to disagree, but it is not OK to disrespect.”
He said over recent months, it has been “tense” trying to navigate the pandemic.
“During that time, I’ve been called everything from … disgraceful, asshat, f—ing liar, misogynist, this guy is nuts, full of s–t, idiot, douchebag, reckless and corrupt, not a leader, a ducking donkey, a mini Trump, laughing stock and a complete joke,” said Diodati reading from a list. “We’re better than that, and words have meaning.”
He said he realizes he was elected to be a leader and is “passionate” about being “out front” and “taking it on the chin.”
“But hate on my pages has to stop, and it will stop.”
Recently, St. Catharines city Coun. Karrie Porter outlined harassment she had been facing by an online troll.
When Porter shared her concerns in a Facebook post, St. Catharines regional Coun. Laura Ip and St. Catharines city Coun. Lori Littleton were quick to show their support and share some of their own experiences, whether it be harassment on social media, email or phone calls.
Diodati said while politicians recognize they’re open to criticism, they should not have to accept “disrespect” and “hate.”
He said that goes for everyone — not just politicians — adding there’s a segment of the population that suffers from mental-health issues and that “words matter.”
“This is absolutely not limited to political people but I figured I’m going to use my platform to take a stand.”
Ip, who has been a target of misogynistic online attacks on several occasions during this term of council, said she doesn’t believe most elected officials are looking for “special treatment” or for constituents to be “extra nice” to them, but rather ask for civility.
She said while men in politics do have to deal with social media abuse, there’s a “very significant” difference between the comments directed towards her, Porter, Littleton and other women in politics and what is directed at men.
“The comments that come my way are maybe even that much more extreme because my children are people of colour, I’m a single woman — there’s a number of other factors that play into that,” said Ip.
“But all of the comments that we get are always very personal in nature, and they stop just short of threats, they stop just short of something that we could involve the police in. What I have been experiencing has been near daily since getting elected.”
Porter said incivility seems to have become “progressively worse” during the pandemic.
“Some people have become more kind and more neighbourly and then other people are quick to anger, and there’s a lot of frustration,” she said.
Porter said politicians don’t want to ban people or delete comments from their social media accounts, but “you have to draw the line somewhere and I think there needs to be a push back and people need to be accountable for the comments they make.”
“The criticism is always welcome and encouraged and it should be in a democracy. But we have to draw a line somewhere and we have to keep talking about what that line is.”
Diodati said he’s creating a social media neutral zone.
“This will be a safe space for those around us. And, no, I’m not trying to be a suck, or avoiding criticism. In fact, I encourage constructive criticism. But enough is enough.”
In an interview, Diodati said he will no longer allow people to post “hurtful, hateful, vengeful and venomous” comments on his social media pages.
“If other people want to allow it on theirs, that’s their business. But I’m saying publicly, upfront, think before you hit the send button because I will delete your comments and I will block you.”
Diodati said that doesn’t mean he will delete comments that voice opposition to him, as long as the criticism is constructive.
Media celebrates Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, legacy – Lethbridge News Now
“We never expected the film to generate the reaction that it did. Many people were unfamiliar with her pre-judicial career as a lawyer for the ACLU and how she played such an essential role in securing equal rights, particularly for women, which meant all Americans benefited,” she wrote. “The stories of her personal struggle to become an attorney makes her singular contributions to the law that much more poignant. And her enduring marriage to Martin Ginsburg touched and moved audiences of all genders and generations.”
This CNN Films documentary will be broadcast Sunday on CNN at 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Eastern. The film is also available via CNN on demand with cable and satellite subscriptions beginning Sunday, and for streaming on CNNgo platforms, also beginning Sunday until Sept. 26.
The documentary is available for streaming on Hulu, Apple TV and for rent on Amazon Prime Video and in the iTunes store.
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Time magazine will feature Ginsburg on one of multiple special covers for an October double issue presenting the 2020 Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. It will include a special tribute to the justice, who was featured on the list in 2015.
The issues will be available on newsstands in the U.S. beginning Sept. 25.
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The 2018 biopic focusing on Ginsburg’s law school years and early legal career is available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video and in the iTunes store.
Felicity Jones, who portrayed the young law student and fighter for justice, told the AP in an email Saturday that Ginsburg was a beacon.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave us hope, a public figure who stood for integrity and justice — a responsibility she did not wear lightly,” she wrote. “She will be missed not only as a beacon of light in these difficult times but for her razor sharp wit and extraordinary humanity. She taught us all so much. I will miss her deeply.”
Other distribution plans for the movie were pending Saturday.
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McKinnon, who has played Ginsburg in a series of “Weekend Update” segments on the NBC show stretching back to 2015, appeared on Thursday’s online 2020 National Constitution Event honouring Ginsburg.
She praised the trailblazer in a statement Saturday.
“For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again,” McKinnon said. “Playing her on SNL was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her. It was one of the great honours of my life to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand, and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”
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Tributes and re-broadcasts are trending on streaming services and the apps of major networks, with more to come.
Plans for “CBS Sunday Morning,” beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern, include journalist Erin Moriarty looking back on the life and times of the justice. Rita Braver, who covered Ginsburg, will offer an appreciation. John Dickerson of “60 Minutes” will report on the political implications of her death and “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker will have a tribute at the end of the Sunday night broadcast.
The network’s “CBS This Morning” with co-hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil will dedicate much of Monday’s broadcast to remembering Ginsburg and also look at the fight for who will replace her on the court.
At NBC, the news division and those of its other networks, are already out with special reports. On MSNBC, a past profile, “Justice Ginsburg,” was re-broadcast as word of her death spread. The NBC streaming service Peacock is streaming the National Constitution Center virtual gathering for Ginsburg.
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos will go one-on-one with former President Bill Clinton on the trailblazing icon he nominated to the Supreme Court. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Ted Cruz will discuss the fight to fill Ginsburg’s seat.
Throughout Saturday, Fox News shows “FOX & Friends,” “CAVUTO Live” and “America’s News HQ” will discuss the legacy and historic career of Ginsburg. Joining the live coverage will be Chris Scalia, a son of Ginsburg’s close friend and colleague, late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Fox News Channel will present a one hour special on the life and legacy of Ginsburg on Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern, anchored by Shannon Bream.
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RETRANSMISSION – MEDIA AVAILABILITY: CN Police officers available for media interviews during Rail Safety Week – GlobeNewswire
MONTREAL, Sept. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) is offering members of the media the opportunity to talk with uniformed police officers during Rail Safety Week, from September 21-27, about the importance of rail safety at crossings and the dangers of trespassing.
Members of the CN Police Service will be available for media interviews throughout the week. Providing that social distancing be respected or in a virtual manner, we invite media outlets to contact CN to arrange onsite, in studio or on air interviews. The CN media relations team is also happy to offer visual elements for on camera interviews.
CN will mark Rail Safety Week with a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing the number of collisions and trespassing-related accidents. Throughout the week, CN Police will conduct safety initiatives at commuter stations and railway crossings reminding commuters and motorists about the importance of safety at crossings and the deadly risks of trespassing on railway tracks and property.
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Brooks death prompts warning not to spread misinformation on social media – CHAT News Today
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Sep 20, 2020 5:28 PM
BROOKS, AB- The death of an elderly man due to natural causes Saturday has prompted the Brooks RCMP and the City to advise residents not to spread misinformation on social media.
According to the Brooks RCMP, EMS responded to a medical distress call near the Circle K at around 8 p.m. Saturday. The death was non-criminal in nature, and RCMP were called out to assist as part of joint response–something RCMP say is typical in cases involving the deceased. But what soon followed, set off a flurry of concern from the public.
“ Unfortunately someone took photographs of the emergency vehicles and posted that on social media, and as well made comments that it was a shooting, and a male was deceased because of that shooting. So that information was totally inaccurate and inappropriate,” said Brooks RCMP Cpl. Rob Harms.
The post on Facebook which showed three RCMP cruisers was also viewed by family members of the elderly man.
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