The problems of the beautiful. For Laura Fernee her looks cause her all kinds of hassles, the biggest being that she can’t find a job.
Fernee has a PhD and says, ”I’m not lazy and I’m no bimbo. The truth is my good looks have caused massive problems for me when it comes to employment, so I’ve made the decision that employment just isn’t for me at the moment. It’s not my fault…I can’t help the way I look. In the end, as much as I loved my work, going in to work became very, very difficult because of the psychological impact on me. I know people will judge me for choosing not to work but they are underestimating just what a curse good looks can be in the workplace. Everyone thinks it must be great to be attractive but there are serious downsides. Male colleagues were only interested in me for how I looked. I wanted them to recognize my achievements and my professionalism but all they saw was my face and body. Even when I was in a laboratory in scrubs with no make-up they still came on to me because of my natural attractiveness. There was nothing I could do to stop it.”
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About halfway through this year’s contest for the worst roads in Ontario – and at this point Wharncliffe is just sitting in the Top 10 at #9. CAA launched this year’s search a couple weeks back and it all wraps up at the end of the month, so there’s still time to get your votes in. Not only does the Ontario Road Builder Association visit the Top 10 and make their recommendations one voting closes, but it’s also a chance to pick up some goodies for yourself since they have a draw for a $50 gas card daily or possibly gas for a year.
You can check it out and vote here.
If you missed it earlier, there was an unbelievable story out of Cleveland this morning where three women who vanished as teenagers about a decade ago were discovered alive. Police have arrested home’s owner and his two brothers in connection with the case, while Charles Ramsey, the man who discovered them, is being hailed as a hero.
News crews caught up with Ramsey to talk about it in a video that has quickly gone viral.
You can check out the full story here:
Looks like City Council is about to get a 1.5% pay raise, after the corporate services committee approved the pay hikes yesterday.
They’ve revealed that this will push the mayor’s salary to $104,258 while members of council will be paid $33,465, retroactive to Jan. 1.
Of course since the city has been tossing around the idea of a freeze on city spending again, not to mention the fact the unemployment rate keeps rising, a lot of people are questioning the timing of this.
However, to that end Councilman Joe Swan said the raises were justified and added city hall is also looking to establish a “council compensation review task force” to consider appropriate pay levels in upcoming years. As part of that, they want to try and get citizens involved in determining pay for council members.
Sports are supposed to be fun for kids, but anyone who’s ever watched those games know that some parents get out of hand.
In Vancouver parents who get out of line and heckle players or referees at their kid’s hockey, soccer or basketball games could soon be doing pushups or lugging around oranges until they learn a lesson.
Along with the motion that was passed which will allow city staff to come up with a code of conduct outlining appropriate behaviour for parents at minor sporting events, there were a couple ideas for how to deal with those breaking the rules. Things like doing 100 push-ups or bringing oranges for the other team to the next game. Although the board said they were trying to use humour to illustrate their point, it’s got some people saying the city is overstepping boundaries by imposing punishment on the parents.
Regardless of punishments doled out, they are hoping that having a code of conduct in place is only the beginning. Other steps the board would like to see are having signs that are “visibly accessible” in arenas and near fields that remind parents that all facilities should be a positive space for children. As well as the idea of a hotline created for people to call if they see others acting inappropriately.
Read more here
A company in Ottawa has decided to take a stand against smoking by refusing to hire smokers.
Now it’s not just that people can’t take a smoke break at work, but any employee of Momentous Corp. aren’t allowed to smoke on their own time either.
Their president knows it’s going to rub some people the wrong way but he’s being pretty blunt about their policy saying, “Everyone knows smoking kills you and we prefer to work with very intelligent people who aren’t choosing to kill themselves with every puff.”
Their marketing manager, Alex Hosselet takes a less harsh stance: “We’re a team here, we work well together, we don’t have people who leave spontaneously in middle of a meeting for a smoke break. We take care of our health and work well together.”
Although it’s not the only hiring policy they have which could bother people (like you can’t be allergic to dogs to work at Momentum because there are dogs in the office) it’s the non smoking policy which has attracted the most attention.
You can check out more on their policies and the story here
Sad news from the entertainment world as it’s being reported that world famous critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70, just days after he announced his cancer had returned.
Not only was he the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, but he also became possibly one of the best known critics worldwide, not to mention one of the most trusted when it came to his opinion, and of course thumbs.
The news comes two days after he announced he’d be writing fewer reviews due to a recurrence of cancer.
You can check out the latest here