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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise View Post
    I didn't see how he suicided. Did he OD? It's hard for a kid to suicide unless he jumps in front of a train.
    not true. Kids can commit suicide in many of the same ways adults do. hanging, shooting, etc. It makes no difference on how he did - he did. We should focus on how to stop the violence against gay teens.

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    I read his blog earlier this evening and I was and at the same time...I can't believe stuff like this is still happening...we are living in the 21st century...why is tolerance still such an issue?
    What is wrong with people?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise View Post
    Or at the VERY least assault. What the hell happened
    It's called the Youth Offenders Act of Canada and it ties the hands of the Police like you wouldn't believe. I have Cousins and the husband of a good friend on the Police Services of various Cities in Ontario, and one Cousin an Officer w/the Ontario Provincial Police, and the frustrations they have w/this piece of legistation is beyond high. It truly keeps them from doing what needs to be done in cases such as this and lets the ones who are at fault basically get away w/whatever they've done.

    Overhauling this law is an ongoing favourite promise here in Canada during Federal Election Season, but while tweaks have taken place, the very badly needed overhaul and updating the Act requires has yet to take place. Usually when the Police Chief Association of Canada have their Annual Meeting, this is always at the top of the list of their top concerns they want Parliment to deal w/. It hasn't happened yet though.

    And yes, I know...I'm crossing the line between here and PI, but Mods, please have patience as it truly was the answer to the question Louise asked.

    This really upsets me, and the old way of "boys will be boys" or whatever and a kid like this just has to be abused to an inch of his life? I could rant on how the American right wing does not want to include 'the gay' in the bullying criteria. But Christ, a kid is dealing with batteries shoved down his throat? I really can't believe it, or don't want to. That is not bullying, it's not saying bitchy things in the lunch line, that is assault and battery. What's with these schools that they will tolerate this kind of behavior?
    Keep in mind this happened in Canada. While I know this is something that happens on both sides of the Border, this sad story happened in Canada. Also what I quoted belongs more in PI than here.

    Let's not turn this thread down that road please. That's what PI is for.

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    http://www.skatecanada.ca/AboutUs/Ne...S/Default.aspx

    Was just reading this statement from Skate Canada, thought I'd share.
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    ^^^
    Thanks for sharing the statement.

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    Skate Canada ???

    Quote Originally Posted by marbri View Post
    http://www.skatecanada.ca/AboutUs/Ne...S/Default.aspx

    Was just reading this statement from Skate Canada, thought I'd share.
    Considering Skate Canada's less than stellar track record with the Gay Community, since 2009, they should just STAY OUT of this.

    There is no place for them here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirschel View Post
    Considering Skate Canada's less than stellar track record with the Gay Community, since 2009, they should just STAY OUT of this.

    There is no place for them here.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirschel View Post
    Considering Skate Canada's less than stellar track record with the Gay Community, since 2009, they should just STAY OUT of this.

    There is no place for them here.



    Forgive my ignorance, but care to explain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aemeraldrainc View Post
    Forgive my ignorance, but care to explain?
    Ditto, I have no idea what this person is talking about but there is nothing wrong with Skate Canada taking a step forward no matter what may have happened in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aemeraldrainc View Post
    Forgive my ignorance, but care to explain?

    I found it by going to a website called Google.com and typing in "Skate Canada Homophobia 2009" then I pressed enter.

    http://www.outsports.com/forums/inde...howtopic=40856

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    Quote Originally Posted by aemeraldrainc View Post
    Forgive my ignorance, but care to explain?
    http://www.skatecanada.ca/AboutUs/Ne...S/Default.aspx

    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    Ditto, I have no idea what this person is talking about but there is nothing wrong with Skate Canada taking a step forward no matter what may have happened in the past.
    I think the family of Jamie Hubley is probably very touched by the statement and the donation made in his honor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirschel View Post
    I found it by going to a website called Google.com and typing in "Skate Canada Homophobia 2009" then I pressed enter.

    http://www.outsports.com/forums/inde...howtopic=40856
    Gosh. What an insightful link.
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    The recent statement by Skate Canada was nothing but appropriate.

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    Skate Canada's statement was completely appropriate.

    I think the family of Jamie Hubley is probably very touched by the statement and the donation made in his honor.
    It was wonderful of Skate Canada to do that.

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    How sad.

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    Terrible.

    I don't understand why teenagers are still being persecuted like this.

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    Devastating. My prayers and thoughts go out to Jamie's family.

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    Jamie's funeral was held on Thursday.

    Here's an article: Hundreds pay respect to Jamie Hubley
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    Quote Originally Posted by fsfan22 View Post
    Ottawa Citizen article

    Globe and Mail article

    Jamie was a skater from the Eastern Ontario section here in Canada.

    It's really disheartening to hear stories like this ...
    Only 15 years old. He was just a baby. I can't imagine what his poor parents must be going through.

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    Skate Canada's statement in regard to Jamie's death was most certainly appropriate. What is less fortunate is the stance taken publicly by SC officials about presenting fs as "tough" read "macho," read "Our sport is not associated with being gay," read "homophobia and insensitivity."

    Why can't the ISU and all federations focus on educating everyone about the inclusiveness of figure skating, about the fact that it is a great sport that attracts all types of people? Why can't feds and ISU celebrate everyone of our skaters, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, all ethnic backgrounds? Please let's get out of the dark ages. Why not take a stance of inclusiveness and embrace all young skaters who take up the sport? Most importantly, ISU and feds, stop being quiet and start speaking up about all the different people who make up this sport, past and present, and highlight all the things that make this sport great ... Maybe by taking such a stance, SC (and other feds) could help young skaters like Jamie to see that they are not alone, that they have something special to give, and many people who love them for who they are, and that their lives are worth living, worth living ... Saying goodbye is not the answer. May your life not have been lived in vain, Jamie. Your father's tribute speaks volumes ... an angel on earth, and now, in heaven.

    Wake up, figure skating. Wake up, world.

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