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Law Society of B.C. rebuked for toppling Begbie



a statue of a person: The Law Society of B.C. had this statue of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie removed from the lobby of their Vancouver offices.


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The Law Society of B.C. had this statue of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie removed from the lobby of their Vancouver offices.

While the rest of the world pulls down statues of colonial white men, two B.C. legal icons want to restore lustre to the province’s first chief justice and denounce the Law Society of B.C. for tarnishing his image.

Retired B.C. Supreme Court Justice Tom Berger, a giant of Indigenous jurisprudence, and scholar Hamar Foster, University of Victoria professor emeritus, slammed the legal regulator for erasing the legacies of Sir Matthew Begbie.

Three years ago, the law society removed his statue from the foyer of its Vancouver building and eliminated other hallmarks such as the little bronze “Begbies” that honour a “lifetime contribution of the truly exceptional in the legal profession” and changing “Begbie” as the code word used to trigger safety procedures.

Berger and

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Protect your pets: Humane Society urges residents to care for animals in heat wave

SAN DIEGO — The weekend will be miserably hot in many parts of the county, and the San Diego Humane Society is urging residents to keep a close eye on their furry friends.

The group released a list of 10 tips for keeping your pets cool and safe:

  1. Always provide plenty of cool, clean water for your animal. When away from home, carry a thermos with fresh water.
  2. Leave your pets at home as much as possible. While you may think that they will be lonely, they will be much more comfortable in your cool home than riding in a hot car.
  3. If you must take your pet along for the ride, don’t leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. Even with the windows open, a parked car can quickly become a furnace. If the temperature outside is
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How Free Market and Civil Society Solved COVID-19 Face Mask Shortage

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April issued guidance for all Americans, urging them to wear cloth face masks in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, state and local governments began requiring residents to wear masks, especially in stores.

When the rapid spread of the disease and new regulations led to a shortage of face masks, both medical-grade and non-medical grade, the free market and civil society stepped up to meet the challenge.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told the Senate’s health committee in March that the Strategic National Stockpile held only about 1% of the N95 and surgical masks needed to protect medical workers against the disease in a domestic pandemic scenario.

>>> What’s the best way for America to reopen and return to business? The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, a project of The Heritage Foundation, assembled America’s

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My Life in Parties: Bob Colacello’s Off-Kilter Views of New York Society | W Magazine

Bob Colacello’s world opened up in 1970 when he got a phone call from someone at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine during dinner at his parents’ house in Rockville Center, Long Island. Warhol had read one of the movie reviews he had written for The Village Voice and wanted to meet him. The rest is history—literally, the social history of 1970s New York City, when cocaine, disco music, and sex reigned supreme. “The ’70s kind of really got started in ’74,” Colacello said. “Nixon left office and the Vietnam War ended, which meant our generation stopped protesting and started partying.” The photos Colacello took during that era and the following decades, during which he became editor of Interview and then a correspondent for Vanity Fair, have been featured in multiple books, and are currently on view in exhibitions at the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island and Vito Schnabel Gallery

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Houston-Based Artist Joseph Havel’s Newest Work to be Shown at Asia Society

New bronze works created in response to “Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes” currently on view

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HOUSTON, August 24, 2020 — Asia Society Texas Center (ASTC) opens its newest exhibition, Joss, on Saturday, August 29, highlighting the work of Houston- and San Francisco-based artist, Joseph Havel. With objects in the collections of local institutions such as the Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Havel is renowned for his work with bronze as a medium. He has created a series of new sculptures in response to the ancient bronze vessels currently featured in ASTC’s Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes, on special loan from the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Havel first encountered the Chinese bronzes featured in Eternal Offerings, as a

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Shang-Chi #1 Variant Cover Debuts the Five Weapons Society


Dike Ruan’s variant cover for next month’s Shang-Chi #1 introduced the mysterious Five Weapons Society.

Marvel Comics’ upcoming five-part Shang-Chi limited series introduces the Five Weapons Society, a mysterious organization that “protected China from countless threats” for centuries, though their “incredible legacy has been shrouded in mystery — until now!” With the release of Shang-Chi #1 now a month away, Marvel has revealed artist Dike Ruan’s variant cover, which gives viewers their first look at the Five Weapons Society.

Ruan’s variant — which features colors by Edgar Delgado — features Shang-Chi himself alongside Sister Hammer, Brother Staff, Brother Sabre and Sister Dagger. Marvel promises these characters “will impact Shang-Chi’s world like never before when a vicious battle for control of the Five Weapons Society erupts.”

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AJC Urges Government, Civil Society to Act on QAnon Antisemitism

NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Jewish Committee (AJC), in a new position paper on QAnon, is urging government and civil society to strongly respond to the group’s antisemitic pronouncements and conspiracy theories.

“In a time of rising antisemitism and growing distrust and division in the United States, the QAnon worldview must be condemned in the strongest terms,” said Holly Huffnagle, AJC U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism, who wrote the AJC position paper. “Antisemitic conspiracy theories about Jewish elites, globalists, and bankers are part and parcel of the QAnon belief system.”

Founded in 2017, QAnon is a loosely organized, far-right network of people who believe the world is controlled by a satanic cabal of pedophiles and cannibals, made up of politicians (mostly Democrats), mainstream media, journalists, and Hollywood entertainers. This cabal is accused of controlling a “deep-state” government whose purpose is to undermine and attack President

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A Reward for a Functioning Society

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On July 5, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle said in the middle of a press conference regarding the restart of Major League Baseball and what would later be known as summer camp, “sports are like the reward of a functioning society.” This sentence was amidst a much longer, thoughtful reply about the societal and health conditions under which MLB players were being brought back. It’s a very similar sentiment to one Jane McManus used on April 7, when she discussed the White House’s meeting with sports commissioners. She said “sports are the effect of a functioning society—not the precursor.” 

Both versions of the same sentiment spoke to a laudable ideal in the context of a country that was not addressing a rampaging virus, and opting instead to bring sports back for the feeling of normalcy rather than the reality of it. “Priorities,” as McManus said.

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Announcing the 2020 British Ecological Society award winners

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IMAGE: Top row left-to-right: Mike Begon, Sandra Lavorel, Michel Loreau, Teja Tscharntke, Wendy Foden, David Odee.
Bottom row left-to-right: Tommaso Jucker, Juliet Vickery, Helen Roy, Iain Stott, Kimberly A. With….
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The British Ecological Society (BES) announced today the winners of its annual awards and prizes, recognising eleven distinguished ecologists whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general.

This year, honorary membership, the highest honour given by the society, has been awarded to three distinguished ecologists: Mike Begon, Sandra Lavorel and Michel Loreau. While this year’s BES award recognises Juliet Vickery, whose work leading the scientific team at RSPB underpins the work of the organisation in conserving threatened sites, species and habitats throughout the world.

Helen Roy, current president of the Royal Entomological Society, is also recognised with the Ecological Engagement Award for her active work in citizen science and her role

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Abruptly canceled, ShanghaiPRIDE could be harbinger for China’s civil society

Annual Pride celebrations are not common in cities across China, but the city of Shanghai is an exception, where Pride events have occurred for a dozen years.

But now organizers say this year’s ShanghaiPRIDE festival is on hold to protect the “safety” of all involved. The rest of this year’s scheduled events in Shanghai are canceled and future events are on indefinite hiatus.

Related: ShanghaiPRIDE went on as planned last month. But the fight for LGBTQ rights in China is far from over.

Yang Yiliang, a 29-year-old artist in Hunan Province, central China, who is gay, says that being part of ShanghaiPRIDE over the years has been life-changing. 

“It’s so important to me. … because it’s like an acknowledgment of who I am and my identity by society. It’s also about connecting with a community.”

Yang Yiliang, 29, artist, Hunan Province, China

“It’s so important to me,” he said, “because

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