Who says librarians can't be edgy? We all have the image of the crusty old librarian in our heads, and the fantasy of the sexy librarian, but librarians come in more forms than those two stereotypes. Some librarians have tattoos.
To celebrate and showcase the many librarians who rock skin ink, the Rhode Island Library Association has created their first ever Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State 2014 calendar.
Tattoos and libraries seem like an odd mix, but they sure combine nicely on these library workers. See a sample of the calendar, featuring some very hip librarians (they do exist!) below.
On Wednesday morning, Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge and the Minister for Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women Isabelle Charest announced the province's back-to-school plan for this year. Officials are aiming for the "most normal possible start to the school year for students and staff."
"Our hope is that from day one, everything will be in place for students to return to their school as they knew it," Roberge said in a press release.
The plan will "take into account the fact that at the start of the school year, 75% of the population aged 12 and over will be vaccinated and that a majority of pupils aged 12 to 17 will have received two doses."
It calls for:
the end of mask-wearing for "pre-school, primary, secondary, general adult education and vocational training students"
"the end of [...] stable class groups"
"the return of full-time attendance in educational services
"additional support measures for vulnerable students or those who are lagging behind
"a return to extracurricular activities
"a return to normal school transportation and the use of cafeterias and lunchrooms"
the "maintenance of cleaning and disinfection measures by maintenance workers, especially for frequently touched surfaces"
the "maintenance of hand hygiene routines for students and staff, as recommended by the CNESST
the "continued assessment of symptomatic children and their possible exclusion."
The government will review the plan in August and make any changes if necessary.
"I am convinced that this excellent news will contribute to the maintenance of good mental health in all students," said Charest.
It would create a new "language policy of the State"
The minister of the French language would create a new "language policy of the State" that would apply to government bodies, government departments and municipal bodies.
This policy would lay out rules that government agencies have to follow in terms of whether they can use a language other than French in their communications.
It would also include ways to "control the quality of French used in an agency." And it even includes a section on "vocal music" in a government agency workplace for the "implementation of a French-language environment" that prioritizes Quebec "cultural works."
It would add two new clauses to the Canadian Constitution
The provincial government wants to amend the Canadian Constitution to include two new clauses: one declares Quebec a nation, and one says Quebec's only official language is French.
It could prompt changes to municipalities' bilingual statuses
Bill 96 proposes that municipalities could lose their official bilingual statuses if census data proves that less than 50% of their population considers English their first language.
However, CBC News reported that the government added a loophole allowing municipalities to vote to keep their bilingual status — regardless of demographics — "as long as that vote happens within 120 days of the bill's adoption."
Montreal does not currently have official bilingual status.
In a May 13 statement, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said, "As the only French-speaking metropolis in North America, Montréal will be an ally of Bill 101 and its reform."
It would mean additions to ministries, commissioners and OQLF powers
The government proposed creating "Francisation Québec" within the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration, which would serve as a point of access for people who want to learn French.
It would also open a position for a French-language commissioner who would monitor the progression of the language situation in Quebec.
There would be an early French requirement for new immigrants
The government proposed that all government communication with new immigrants to Quebec will be in French after six months of their arrival.
However, the bill states that "An agency that provides services in a language other than French to immigrants shall, where the volume of the demand for such services by those persons warrants it, give preference to using their mother tongue."
Judges and Members of the National Assembly would not need to be bilingual
The government's bill proposes that provincially-appointed judges need not be bilingual to be appointed, "unless the Minister of Justice and the Minister of the French Language consider that the exercise of that office requires such knowledge and that all reasonable means have been taken to avoid imposing such a requirement."
The bill also says those appointed to the National Assembly do not need to know a language other than French.
Smaller companies — with 25 or more employees — would form "francization committees"
The current Charter of the French Language requires companies with 100 or more employees to form francization committees.
These committees evaluate the state of the French language at the company and report to the management of the company as well as the OQLF.
The new bill would apply this to companies with 25-99 employees as well.
Businesses with non-French trademarks would have "predominantly French" signage
The government wants businesses with registered non-French trademarks to make their signs "predominantly French."
In a press conference last week, Premier François Legault explained that a company like Canadian Tire would have to make the explanation of its business activities, such as "centre de rénovation," larger than its trademarked name on all signage.
It would cap spots at English-language CEGEPs
The Quebec government wants to place a cap on the number of students who can enroll in English CEGEPs, as well as the number of students receiving English-language education in French schools.
As well, the Quebec government will not grant a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) to students living in Quebec who do not have spoken and written knowledge of French as laid out by the minister of higher education.
To evaluate students' knowledge of French, the government is creating a uniform exam for all CEGEP students in Quebec, regardless of their language of instruction.
However, students who have received CEGEP education in English and been declared eligible to receive instruction in English, according to Quebec law, are not required to take that exam to get a DEC.
Jalen Frizzell has been tattooing since 2015 and is influenced by "blaxploitation movie posters of the 70s era, and the dynamics of life, death, and dreams."
Frizzell told MTL Blog that her "Jamaican-Canadian roots have motivated her to center black people in her practice. Exploring different methods of depicting black hair textures with different applications of tattoo needles is one way she presents this - as well as continuously exploring black facial features through the lens of traditional tattoo drawing styles."
Rali is the owner of XYZ Tattoo Studio and first began tattooing in 2017.
She told us that her love of "traditional hand-drawn illustrations and a graphic approach to my designs as well as my black and red colour palette are the elements that define my signature style today."
Rian Desourdie is an artist at Studio Artease in Verdun and specializes in watercolour-style tattoos.
"I love designing colourful tattoos where I can play around with artistic styles [...] and take pride in tattooing them in a way that will age well, balancing strong black linework and vibrant colour work," said Desourdie.
Jones told MTL Blog "I've been apprenticing for the last 2 years and I specialize in black and grey illustrative and traditional-inspired tattoos. I am currently working on opening a private studio with my mentor that will be a safe, inclusive place for all Montrealers to come and get tattooed!"
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It started with a local TikTok video. Responding to a call to "Tell me you're Jewish without telling me you're Jewish," a Quebec TikToker says, "I'm not Jewish but I'd like to adopt one. I even made a bed so they can feel at home." The camera follows him to the so-called bed: his oven.
That's why Lauren Lieberman and Ada Yakobi are using their own social media platforms to launch a viral, multi-pronged campaign that calls on TikTok — and its users — to do better.
Is there really that much anti-Semitic content on TikTok?
Lieberman said she convinced the Quebecer who posted the video to remove it and the SPVM confirmed that police were investigating — but it was only the tip of the iceberg.
After her post about the video went viral — garnering over 13,000 likes and 500,000 views — she said people began sending her the anti-Semitic content they encountered on social media. She said she gets upwards of 10 messages a day.
She added that as she entered "the space," similar videos began popping up on her TikTok feed due to its algorithm.
"As I continued, I saw more and more heartbreaking videos [...] They're belittling and making a mockery out of [one of] the biggest mass murder[s] in the world," said Lieberman, who's the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and who has visited the sites of former concentration camps.
"I saw these things with my own eyes. I walked through the camp. I saw the gas chambers."
Lieberman has started sharing the anti-Semitic content she receives on Instagram in order to raise awareness.
As an example, Lieberman showed MTL Blog a TikTok titled "pov: when you walk into the shower in 1940." In it, a man enters a room and looks around suspiciously as a sound from the game Minecraft plays — this sound indicates points players receive when deaths occur.
The comments section contains numerous Holocaust jokes. At the time this was published, the video had been up for one week.
"The problem is TikTok is shaping the minds of the younger generation," Lieberman said.
How has TikTok responded?
A TikTok spokesperson sent MTL Blog this statement:
"There is no place for antisemitism on our platform or off it. TikTok's mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy and we do not tolerate content that promotes hateful behaviour. We are committed to promoting a safe community environment and remove content that violates our Community Guidelines."
TikTok's Community Guidelines ask users not to post, upload, stream or share "hateful content related to an individual or group," and it specifically condemns attacks based on ethnicity.
Lieberman partnered with The Foundation for Genocide Education to interview a Holocaust survivor on Instagram live, which included his reaction to the initial TikTok video.
The women also started a "TAKE A STAND AGAINST ANTISEMITISM" room on Clubhouse where they plan to hold weekly events, including panel discussions and Q&As — and everyone is welcome, especially non-Jewish people looking to learn.
"Soon, there are going to be no more Holocaust survivors living [...] And history repeats itself," Lieberman said.
"We have to speak for those who can speak anymore. For those who never had the chance to speak because they were murdered in the Holocaust."
Yakobi continued, "And one of the biggest weapons right now is the digital world. It can be used for the greater good or it can be used for [the opposite]."