Is religion still interfering with my Human rights?

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Written by Ashton Deroy: Most times if someone brought this topic to my attention, religion versus gay rights. I would shrug it off & say you can have some of the traditions with religion while simultaneously respecting the rights of others. My grandma is a great example of a woman who reads the bible, says grace before meals & loves her openly gay grandsons. However, since moving to Toronto I’ve began noticing that usually where you see religion here, you do not see the same kind of tolerance that I used to see at home. You can see this in publishing with Eugene Peterson a pastor who had his publication on Bible interpretation removed from a book store, Religious activism in Toronto & all of the discreet gay/bisexual men in the city.

First off Eugene Peterson, the pastor who published his interpretations of the bible and said he would perform a same sex marriage is a classic example of religion not upholding the country’s values for human rights. All he had to do was speak publicly about the fact that he would perform a same-sex marriage to a public forum, then the Christian conservative community was refusing to sell his books & questioning whether they should read his words at all. It is a three year education to become a pastor, after which you appear before a congregation that approves you. Should the fact that the man expresses a socially Liberal opinion in Canada, 2017 really remove his value in his community? The second part to this story is that it is kind of hard to believe you can still take heat in Toronto for being an LGBT ally.  What does this interfere with? Well choosing your religion as a public LGBT individual is still a challenge & gaining access to a religious sales channel or business institution is also still a challenge.

Despite the time we live in, & the socially Liberal culture we live in here in Toronto. It still isn’t unusual to see something like this going around!

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The last thing is with the dating community of Toronto you still see a lot of in the closet discreet Gay & Bisexual men. When you ask 2/3 of them why they are in the closet what do you get? One person says “most of the time you are going to get from most of them that they are from religious families that condemn same sex relationships.” So rather than cut ties with their family they choose to live discreetly and rather unhappy to avoid losing family ties, financial support or even love in some cases!  What does this do? Well this becomes a hurdle to me a gay man looking to have an open, honest same sex relationship, which is one of my rights. 

 

 

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Now it isn’t all bad in the religion versus human rights argument. Toronto has a massive presence with pro-LGBT Jewish people who frequently make public statements of acceptance & love. Many of these people even share stories of LGBT relatives & how their faith adapts to LGBT rights. So while Christianity can sometimes seem a bit too conservative you can see Jewish people are much more left socially.

Yes it does look like in 2017 in Toronto Ontario Canada. Religion does still step on my rights as a gay man & forces many men to hide in the closet. However I think the Jewish Canadians can lead the way in practicing religion with acceptance and forming more open institutions.

 

Citations

Corent, Michael. “The wrong message on same sex marriage: Coren.” Toronto Star, 30 July 2017, www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/07/30/the-wrong-message-on-same-sex-marriage-coren.html. Accessed 25 Sept. 2017.

 Bad things happen once again for a religious pastor who went public backing same sex marriage. This article published July 2017 tells Eugene Peterson story of having his book removed from religious bookstores because he said publicly that when he was a pastor he would perform a same sex marriage.The incident has now had his book The Message removed from right wing religious bookstores & has people asking in the religious Christian community, should we be reading Eugene Peterson books?

 

 

3 points on Liberal Party of Canada’s 29 Steps forward content.

 

Written by Ashton Deroy: Well for those who don’t know I follow the Liberal Party of Canada’s website. https://go.liberal.ca/  This is where I saw the 29 steps forward video that says 29 amazing things that have been achieved under the current Canadian government administration. Here I will highlight on three important and significant steps being made in 2017 that greatly benefit Canada historically, socially & economically.

Pricing carbon pollution – While the United States has pulled out the G20 and not pledged to reduce carbon emissions. Canada is still taking action for a cleaner & better environment. More can be done, but Canada is on the right track. Stimulation to clean environmental initiatives is both beneficial historically and economically. As green business creates more jobs & historically this is when Canada chose to align with much of Europe when the United States chose to be contrarian to this.

Prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression – When the United States President announced bans on Transgendered people serving in the army, Canada has been protecting transgendered persons rights to employment, income and recognition. Canada is also not as deeply involved with the great “Transgender bathroom debate!” Given there should be no real debate here. “Let them take a shit!”

Introduced a bill to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana – This is an essential movement as well and the backbone of the Liberal campaign. The new laws around marijuana will make access easier, get money out of drug dealer hands & introduce a new stream of government revenue. Not to mention attract 420 loving tourists, once the recreational system is in place.

The problems with off shoring & outsourcing call centers.

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Ashton Deroy writes: Off shoring & outsourcing are legitimate business practices used frequent by fortune companies especially in the practice of setting up call centers. This allows the company to focus on their stock price, product development & Public image. However this has been mentioned to be a practice that economically annoys the public, antagonizes business customers and even shatters customer relationships with companies in some cases. What is wrong with the practice of outsourcing? Why is it damaging companies instead of bringing in benefits & furthering the companies?

Honesty & Transparency– Why is outsourcing perceived as dishonest? Think about it the representative is not working really to satisfy the customers. They are working to satisfy the needs or goals of the “Client”. In fact frequently when I was in call centers I struggled with seeing the line between “Doing the right thing” & “Pleasing the client”. What is created here is an environment where you try to please everyone and end up pleasing no one! The customer feels like they have no idea where your interests are at, then the client is mad because they have low customer satisfaction in some cases lower than their internal customer service teams!

(In call centers clients & company representatives rely on multiple sometimes contradicting key performance indicators to evaluate business success.)

They also randomize representatives to customers. Rather than provide direct lines which would establish connection and ensure customer resolution.  This process has frequently made me think the customer & representative relationship was much too unfamiliar.

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What is the better way to do this? The Employees should work directly with the client & customers. Why do it this way? The vendor has you work with company administrators who just become too many people. With a direct line to the employee/employees they can communicate common issues, trade negotiate concerns directly with the company reps & become self-empowered to resolve any customer issues. 

Customer perspective “I have my favorite StarBucks Barista on Facebook! Why can’t I have a direct line to a call center rep I like?”

Over estimation of external tools – Ever supported a 24/7 call center from the cubicle position? Then you know what I am talking about! You cannot run computers, software &other machines all day every day without the systems starting to go to shit. Call centers should NOT be making a 24/7 service promise. For reasons of business limitations, human limitations and tech limitations. Besides this a 24/7 call center requires employees to often work longer hours which wears employees down & increases company churn. If you want a 24/7 operation you should be sorting it out with many call centers taking a chunk of time. Not a bunch of call centers taking 24/7. Customer relationship management software, servers & dialers also start to fail after so much time in use. Which can make it feel like you are helping people with your arms tied behind your back. 

Over promising the employees We tried addressing this issues with meetings at my last job but an over promise is an over promise if no resolution is made. So what do I mean by over promising employees? Service contracts are negotiated between clients & call center companies. It is no wonder so many service terms on these contracts are violated as some of the promises have nothing to do with company infrastructure and everything to do with how many call center employees that show up for that day! Call center employees really try to make employers aware when things aren’t working but often it isn’t enough with their personal interests contradicting the interests of the business. Often this results in the business booking employee hours that employees are not willing to complete. Which can result in employee churn & schedule non-compliance.

What could resolve this? Democratically elected employee representatives. The Union is dead in North America and it is really a shame! If someone was writing down legitimate employee concerns & taking them to an admin they might just fix some of the employee issues. 

Honestly though despite the challenges of the job, call centers are the job of the future. No matter what line of business you work in you will have to provide customer support & resolution. If a center was able to meet my economic needs, or my scheduling needs. It may be the long term job for me. 

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Sassy City Girl reviews, Orphan Black. Watch it now on Crave TV. Tracy Gerhardt’s Love Winx Page.

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Orphan Black is a Canadian sci-fi TV series filmed mostly in Toronto. The fifth and final season started on June 10, 2017. I first came across this show in 2014 and it’s been my favorite ever since. It examines moral issues around cloning, has great characters, and is constantly surprising me. I’m sad that it’s ending, but I have seen what happens to shows that get dragged out so they keep airing. Besides, it will be an amazing season if the first episode was any indication.

Orphan Black centers around a group of female clones all played by Tatiana Maslany. The series opens with con-artist Sarah Manning witnessing a woman commit suicide. She notices that Beth Childs looks exactly like her and steals her purse. She meets several of her clones soon after. At first, Sarah is only interested in Beth’s money, but she grows to care about her sisters. They are fighting threats from the extremely religious Proletheans and the science institute DYAD. A few of the clones also develop a

A few of the clones also develop a mysterious life-threatening illness. The show examines the moral implications of cloning as well as how it affects each sister’s identity. Other clones include soccer mom Alison, scientist Cosima, Ukrainian assassin Helena, and “pro clone” Rachel. Each one has her own personality and struggles.

Sometimes I find it hard to believe they are all portrayed by the same actress. Maslany is extremely talented, doing many different accents flawlessly. The non-clone characters are fantastic as well. Sarah’s biological daughter Kira is very precocious and senses when things are not right. Her foster brother Felix and mother Siobhan have strong personalities yet are very loving. Cosima’s girlfriend Delphine does whatever she feels is best for her even if it compromises their relationship. Alison’s husband Donnie often provides much needed comic relief. I recall a scene where he accidentally killed an antagonist and I couldn’t help laughing.

Another thing that makes the show amazing is unexpected plot twists. I didn’t like Helena in the first season. However, she turned out to have a soft side and is now one of my favorites. Certain characters turn out to have hidden motives or be more involved in the conspiracy than I thought. The genetic original was not who I was expecting at all. There are many emotional moments. One scene in season four had me crying harder than I ever have during a TV show. I even tweeted that I wished I could kill a certain antagonist. However, there are many heartwarming moments too. I really enjoyed the ending of season three where several clones were having dinner together and reminiscing about recent events.

If you have not seen Orphan Black, I highly recommend it. The show deals with moral issues of cloning, has amazing characters with strong bonds, and always surprises you. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 PM on Space and are available on space.ca soon after. Past seasons can be watched on Crave TV. I am excited to see what transpires during the rest of the final season.


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Why we aren’t currently social media marketing

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Ashton Deroy writes: It is plain to see I still write Social media, website & SEO content. However I have not taken out any web based advertising in 2017 at all. Why haven’t I taken out any ad space? According to Marketline Instagram and Facebook are the best affordable mediums for a B2B targeted campaign.

What am I doing instead? I am relying on content to gain traction, I am reaching out in the community and utilizing the SEO tools with the WordPress.com Business package. Listen it is clear to see that within this year if I want to continue running my business I will need a new advertising + Sales campaign! It is just a matter of creating one that will bring in new contacts that I can convert in to clients. I am also going to hang up posters around Toronto.

It is also important to not here that it is great if Social Media Marketing boosts your idea! It is not great if your idea lives and dies with Social Media Marketing…

 

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There is no conversion guarantees in Social media marketing. Some people like to think like, okay if I get in front of this ____ people, I will sell to 4% of the people! It is highly idealistic, but you a web based business, If you convert 1%, it is a miracle. Plus web businesses have the cliche flaw of being really under developed. I sold to my first client thanks to social media advertising, but it was a small sell.

Minimizing advertising to focus on development. Ironically, I saw Beaut doing this and I thought it was stupid as hell! It still kind of is, because my sales projects aren’t down just my advertising is down. Toronto Businessphere needs a new logo, we need to print merchandise & create a community relations plan.

Capital expansion. Ashton Deroy is going to be starting a job at Teleperformance in time to put a little capital in the business and keep fueling this little fire. Don’t let the internet fuel you, these businesses require a massive amount of capital to start, and a massive amount to keep going! Considering people that enhance Toronto-Businessphere get paid. The need is still present for full time employment to continue development of the brand.

My friend actually said “This is a good idea but I wouldn’t spend money on it until it makes money.” Having no business background she had no idea for an idea to make money you actually have to spend a lot of money. Business projects are long term investments that require capital to fund and can require increasing amounts of capital for five years before even approaching a break even point. This was something I learned through studying Financial accounting in school though, not from working telemarketing where her and I met.

I do see other people online begging for their projects to expand so it can become full time work. I actually don’t think that is what I want at this time… I think I am glad this project is still small because if it was big it would be out of control a bit. I also think I miss the working world and I can’t wait to go back in to it and develop more professionally.

 

My office @ High Park Toronto

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This is my office for selling during the week. Benefits of being a Freelance seller for the Ashton Deroy brand.  

Anytime someone asks me to sell for free, I just treat it like they are trying to take this away from me. They are trying to take away my time in the park, without paying for it. They are stealing my time with nature. 

Why am I fantastic sales person? 

  • I value my time 
  • I prospect every day 
  • I research the customer 
  • I increase marketing viability 
  • I am experienced
  • I am a lifestyle sales person 
  • I am a closer 
  • I have been a top sales person for Shaw Cable.

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Church Street, Point of Pride? Or Drug addicts & bathhouses?

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About this Writer: Ashton Deroy  is 23, Gay, male, living in Toronto and going to School for Business & Marketing at Seneca College.


Church Street, point of pride

Thursday June 1st 2017 will start Pride week in Toronto, this will be the only time of the year I can possibly get Diana Skye to Church street in Toronto. Why won’t she go otherwise to the gay culture hub of Toronto?

For me my worst experience in Church Street begins with a little app the gays call GrindR.

I went there hoping to meet a guy who I met on the app for a booty call. Cause to be honest that is the nature of all meetings from that app. 

As I got to know him and what he was like I learned he was a bit of a sex addict quite obviously and he was inhaling something called poppers.

He offered me some then I declined. After he offered me a hookup, but to be honest I just wasn’t feeling it after I saw the drugs come out and I just went home. This was my personal fright with Church Street. Here are some more notable happenings:

 

Hudes, Sammy. “Toronto police raid 4 marijuana dispensaries.” Toronto Star. N.p., 29 Mar. 2017. Web. 18 Apr. 2017. <The Star Article >. Sam Hudes wrote this article for the Toronto Sun, This article contains the information about a raid on 4 Marijuana dispensaries in Toronto Ontario. This relates to this article because one of the locations busted was on 461 Church Street, Toronto Ontario. This article proves that on Church Street the LGBT community is experiencing issues with drugs, illegal drug distribution and other crimes that domino from that. This also proves there needs to be police on Church Street, for more than just an occasional raid!

Mann, Arshy. “Toronto councillor wants to enforce bylaw that could shut down almost every LGBT club.” Daily Xtra. N.p., 30 Mar. 2017. Web. 18 Apr. 2017. <Daily Xtra article>. Arshy Mann speculates on weather all of the establishments in Church Street Toronto are properly licensed and a pending law that could shut them down. While saying these bylaws are almost impossible to follow, it is clear from a reader perspective that this is just one of many examples that show regulations on Church Street are not quite as moral as they should be. The article goes on to mention that at this time there are only 40 licensed clubs in Toronto and none of them are on Church & Wellesley.

To conclude, Church street could be a hub for LGBT+ culture in Toronto, but I am begging Toronto OPP to continue to clean this mess up! Read this related article: OPP denied a float at Toronto Pride 2017.

 

#LIUB = Light it up blue, Ashton’s Autism Awareness Day interview.

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Written by Ashton Deroy 

Today seems like the perfect day to write on Autism because I just had the interview with Seneca College’s Journalism student Kiavash Golzadeh  for his assignment. This is not the assignment but I thought maybe I would write about some interesting questions I’ve been asked prior about my autism. 

How do you feel about Autistic people presented in Television shows? I feel like people only get to see the low functioning math geniuses. They don’t get to see emotionally complicated autistic people like me or Diana Skye. I think people would be surprised to know that I feel my ADHD has made learning math more complicated. However, I also feel it has made me more focused at athletic activities. 

 

How do you feel about Autism SpeaksI admire their dedication to making autism more liveable as well as preventing autism in the future. Despite thoroughly enjoying my autistic peers I have wondered since I was a kid, what is it like to live without this brain abnormality? Would I be happier? It is not something you really even consider unless you live with autism yourself. 

 

What is your biggest fear in coping with your autism? I feel silly saying this but my biggest fear with this autism is ending up alone in life and therefore reverting backward from currently conquered behaviors.  I have no interest in being different, unemployed and rude. I want what anyone else wants, a long-term partner, a career, and my own home.  Despite these ambitions sometimes feeling equal to a kid drawing their future on construction paper. 

This is my piece on living with autism. Feel free to like & Share this blog link on Facebook. 

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