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You Can See Inside The Ivory Tower On Social Media – Forbes

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One of the most powerful things about social media is how easy it is to form, build, and grow communities. These can be communities based on identity or politics or hobbies or passion…or even profession.

Scientist enjoy talking to other scientists on a range of topics on everything from the weekend weather outlook to the deepest mysteries of the world around us. They also like talking about their profession. They like talking about opportunities, career advancement, notable or infamous people in the field, plans for the latest conference, and so on.

It should come as no surprise whatsoever that some of these conversations are happening on social media. These platforms allow scientists from around the world to engage in discussions on their profession and discipline. Discussions that had already been happening before the advent of social media, but on a much more limited, local level.

Everywhere from Facebook groups to long Twitter threads, scientists talk about the job of science. While some of these discussions are closed to the public, some (especially those happening on Twitter) are wide open, allowing anyone to peer inside and see the guts of what goes on inside the scientific profession.

And what you’ll find probably isn’t all that surprising. New job opportunities. Complaints about the quality of work of certain colleagues. Grumblings about policy decisions that affect the community. Debates over directions of where the profession should go or what the most interesting topics are. It’s all the usual chatter that happens at, say, your typical conferences, but it never ends and anyone can join.

And since it’s tough to get into a scientific conference unless you’re actually a scientist participating in the field, these conversations open a whole new world into science. Most amazingly, they do a large part to demystify the job. To scientists, the actual day today is like any other job. There are people you’re in charge of, people you report to, a mix of short and long-term goals, and all the interpersonal issues and relationships that make workplace environments exactly what they are.

Seeing these conversations play out for yourself is as easy as finding a scientist you like on social media and following them. Who knew that the doors to science have been so wide open for so long?

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Newest council appointment resigns after controversial social media posts surface – CityNews Toronto

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  1. Newest council appointment resigns after controversial social media posts surface  CityNews Toronto
  2. Newly appointed Toronto councillor resigns after controversial social media posts resurfaced  CTV News Toronto
  3. Toronto politician accused of homophobic social media posts resigns from city council  blogTO
  4. Toronto’s newest councillor resigns hours after she was appointed  Global News
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Media Advisory: Ministers Stoodley and Davis to Attend Run for Women in Support of Stella's Circle – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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On Sunday, June 26 the Honourable Sarah Stoodley, Minister of Digital Government and Service NL and the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will attend the LOVE YOU’ by Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women, in support of women’s mental health programs at Stella’s Circle.

The event is set to begin at 8:45 a.m. at Quidi Vidi Lake, 115 The Boulevard, St. John’s.

The Run for Women is held in 18 cities throughout Canada and focuses on Women’s Mental Health. Funds raised go to this year’s charity partner, Stella’s Circle, to specifically support programming at Naomi House and the Just Us Women’s Centre. The event also promotes physical movement as a means to creating better positive mental health outcomes.

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709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca

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Newly appointed Toronto councillor resigns after controversial social media posts resurfaced – CTV News Toronto

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A newly installed Toronto councillor has resigned after her old social media posts, which appear to show homophobic content, were unearthed hours following her appointment.

Rosemarie Bryan was appointed by city council as the new councillor for Ward 1 – Etobicoke North during a special meeting on Friday, filling the vacancy left by Michael Ford, who ran in June’s provincial election and won.

After she was appointed, however, Bryan’s alleged past social media activities, which appears to show her sharing anti-LGBTQ content, were brought to light.

Friday was the start of the Pride Toronto’s Festival Weekend, which features the return of the Pride Parade to downtown streets on Sunday following a two-year hiatus.

Several councillors posted to social media that had they known about Bryan’s posts, they would not have voted for her to fill the seat.

“A majority of councillors would have never this (way) had this information been brought forward. We relied too heavily on the recommendation being made by former councillor,” Coun. Mike Layton tweeted.

“We need to reopen this debate.”

Of the 23 councillors who cast their ballots, 21 voted for Bryan, including Mayor John Tory.

Coun. Josh Matlow, one of the two councillors who did not vote for Bryan, called for her resignation, tweeting that he does not believe “anyone who supports hate and bigotry should be a Toronto city councillor, or hold any public office for that matter. This is disgraceful.”

On Friday night, Bryan released a statement announcing that she is resigning, saying it’s the best way to continue serving those who love and support her in Etobicoke North.

Bryan said she is devastated that her past online posts are being “thrown against my decades of commitment to the community.”

“I recognize councillors were not aware of those posts before today’s discussion and now that they are, I recognize many would not have cast their vote for me. I don’t want to hurt all those who supported me and I remain committed to helping my community in any and every way I can,” she said.

In a statement, Tory said while Bryan made a “strong case” to council for her appointment, her past social media posts are “not acceptable.”

“I totally disagree with any homophobic or transphobic views. I absolutely support our 2SLGBTQ+ residents. City Councillors are expected to set an example when it comes to consistency with our shared values,” Tory said.

“I would not have voted for this appointment had I been aware of these posts and I know that is the sentiment of the vast majority of council who also voted today.”

He said it was appropriate for Bryan to resign.

“The upset this has caused everyone involved is extremely unfortunate. This is especially unfortunate on the very weekend when we are celebrating the progress we have made together,” Tory said, adding that he has asked staff to review the overall appointment process.

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