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Victoria 73 House / SAOTA

first_imgArchitects: SAOTA Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeSAOTAOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCape TownHousesSouth AfricaPublished on August 26, 2011Cite: “Victoria 73 House / SAOTA” 26 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” South Africa Projects Victoria 73 House / SAOTA Victoria 73 House / SAOTASave this projectSaveVictoria 73 House / SAOTA CopyHouses•Cape Town, South Africa Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/163746/victoria-73-house-saota Clipboard ArchDaily Save this picture!Courtesy of SAOTA+ 14 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/163746/victoria-73-house-saota Clipboard “COPY” Area:  1099 m²Text description provided by the architects. Project Brief The property had an existing house, which completely under-utilized the site’s fantastic characteristics. The brief called for a dynamic response to capitalise on the site, creating an environment where the young family could enjoy an outdoor lifestyle offered by the site. This outdoor area is protected from the prevailing winds, and enjoys views of the sea, and more immediate views of large boulders to the South. The clients were eager to utilise every possible area of the site, yet ensure that they maintained privacy in this dense part of Bantry Bay, where sites are fairly small and owners typically maximise their allowable building envelopes. Save this picture!Courtesy of SAOTAThe Site The site tapers from the rear, being approximately 26m wide to the street boundary which is 17m wide and 16m below. This steep tapered shape complicated the design, and hampered the construction process. The budget restrictions implied that a component of the existing building needed to be retained, which also created consequential problems in design, documentation and execution. Due to variations in the Zoning Scheme – applicable when the original house was built in the 1950’s and the recently amended Zoning Scheme, portions of the existing dwelling were illegal. This, along with the imposition of the road widening strategy, applicable to Victoria Road (a scenic route), made for additional complications in the design and submission procedures for the house. Save this picture!Courtesy of SAOTADesign Layout The design was primarily driven by the need to create a family home, which accommodated the kitchen, living room and dining room in one single space. These areas enjoyed all day sunlight with simultaneously framed views of the sea. The secondary living area was to be a dramatic entertainment space, located on the level immediately below the family level, where the clients could entertain large groups of friends. The pool terrace allows for covered and uncovered areas to relax around the pool. The entertainment lounge accommodates a generous bar, and is close to the outdoor braai area. A dramatic gazebo structure is perched at the Western edge of the pool deck, which allows the owners to enjoy the last hours of the setting sun on the edge of the pool deck. Save this picture!Floor PlanThese 2 living levels are located centrally in the vertical arrangement of the house on the Fourth and Fifth floor. The Sixth floor above accommodates the main bedroom with 2 children’s en-suite bedrooms and a small children’s lounge. The guest room, a staff area and a private library are located on the second and third story below the entertainment level. The ground floor accommodates the entrance hall and a five car garage. A glass lift connects the building vertically, and an external service stair connects the levels externally. Save this picture!Courtesy of SAOTADesign Aesthetics The house is strongly influenced by the Californian School of ‘Case Study’ houses. It also takes its cue from Miesien Planar Designs, demonstrated with the cantilever roof slab which is separated from the main off-shutter concrete roof soffit by a dramatic clerestory window. The slab is in turn supported by a marble clad wall plane, reminiscent of the stone walls of the Barcelona Pavilion. Save this picture!SectionVisually the building is enriched with the use of a number of interesting finishes and features. These include textured stone cladding to various walls internally and externally. This is contrasted with the roughness of the off-shutter concrete soffit to the living room, dining room and kitchen on the Fifth floor. The finishes are rich and varied to various other areas in the house, including timber cladding to various rooms, and richly colored mosaic finishes.Save this picture!Courtesy of SAOTAProject gallerySee allShow lessSteven Holl Architects’ Horizontal Skyscraper Wins American Architecture AwardArticlesMiami University Fall ‘11 Architecture and Interior Design Lecture SeriesArticles Sharelast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Nov. 27, 2011 at 10:33 p.m. Bernie Fine, the associate head coach for men’s basketball at Syracuse University, was fired from the university Sunday. The termination comes in the aftermath of allegations that Fine sexually assaulted two former ball boys and another youth. The announcement was made in a statement from Kevin Quinn, SU’s senior vice president for public affairs, on the university website. ‘At the direction of Chancellor (Nancy) Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately,’ Quinn said in the statement. Cantor also issued a statement to the university Sunday night. She said in the statement that SU has been cooperating fully with the authorities and that the university did not have access to a tape-recorded phone call between Fine’s wife, Laurie, and Bobby Davis, one of the former ball boys and an accuser, when the university conducted its investigation in 2005.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Frankly, the events of the past week have shaken us all,’ she said in the statement. Cantor said it is vital that the university examines its protocols and actions in dealing with such serious allegations. Cantor said the university needs to learn all that it can from this terrible lesson. If anything good comes out of this tragedy, Cantor said, it will be that the basic principle that SU does not tolerate abuse will be enforced. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim issued a statement through Pete Moore, director of athletic communications, in an email Sunday. Boeheim said he is personally very shocked at the news of the allegations because he has never witnessed any of the alleged activities. ‘I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight,’ he said in the statement. ‘What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.’ The firing comes 10 days after ESPN broke a story detailing allegations of molestation against Fine by two former SU ball boys. Bobby Davis, 39, and his stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, both accused Fine of molesting them in the 1980s and ‘90s. A third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, accused Fine of molesting him in 2002. That molestation allegedly took place in a hotel room the night before SU played an away game at Pittsburgh. Nobody answered the door at Fine’s house. Across the street at the Boeheim residence, Juli Boeheim waved Daily Orange reporters away from the Boeheim property. Fine was a student manager when Boeheim was a freshman on the Syracuse basketball team. After graduating from SU in 1967, Fine went into business for himself. He returned to SU to be an assistant under Boeheim in 1976. He was in his 35th season as an assistant and worked primarily with SU’s forwards and centers during his career. He worked closely with Orange stars Roosevelt Bouie, Rony Seikaly, Etan Thomas and Arinze Onuaku throughout the years. In person outside Manley Field House on Sunday night, Athletic Director Daryl Gross declined to comment. A call to assistant coach Mike Hopkins was not immediately returned. Scoop Jardine, a senior guard on the men’s basketball team, declined to comment when reached on his cellphone. Dion Waiters, a sophomore guard on the men’s basketball team, declined to comment when reached on his cellphone. [email protected] — Asst. Sports Editors Mark Cooper and Ryne Gery, Asst. News Editor Liz Sawyer, Staff Writer David Propper and Asst. Copy Editors Andrew Tredinnick and Breanne Van Nostrand contributed reporting to this article.  Published on November 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Commentslast_img read more

Further restrictions placed on northeastern Iowa as COVID-19 matrix reaches Level 10

first_imgThis section shall not be a basis for closing or taking other enforcement action against a business or other employer absent an additional specific order or directive of the Iowa Department of Public Health. The proclamation limits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings in RMCC Region 6 to only people who live together in the same household. And it continues to limit weddings, funerals, and other spiritual or religious gatherings to no more than 10 people. The proclamation also requires people to remain six feet away from people outside their household whenever possible, and requires employers to take reasonable steps to increase telework and adopt reasonable precautions to protect the health of employees and the public at any in-person operations. All businesses or other employers remaining open with in-person operations shall take reasonable precautions to ensure the health of their employees and members of the public, including appropriate employee screening, social distancing practices, and increased cleaning and hygiene practices. DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration and implementing additional measures to protect residents, workers, and the public in RMCC Region 6. The provisions of this proclamation shall be effective beginning at 11:59 p.m. on April 16, 2020. This proclamation shall not be construed to otherwise modify the proclamations issued on April 2, 2020, April 6, 2020, or April 10, 2020. This state of public health disaster emergency shall continue to expire on April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. These requirements do not apply to or limit gatherings for purposes other than those identified in paragraph A, including those in relation to employment or volunteer activities. JOHNSTON — Governor Reynolds says starting at midnight tonight, the northeastern part of the state will see further restrictions as that area has reached the highest level on the COVID-19 matrix.She says, “As I’ve said from the start, I am committed to making data-driven decisions regarding our response to COVID-19 in Iowa. Today the data tells us that Region 6 has elevated to a Level 10. This is due in large part to the long-term care facility outbreaks, the severity of the illness, and the rate of hospitalization. It also takes into account the increase of virus activity in that area of the state.”Reynolds says by using the regional data, they are able to recognize trends and adjust mitigation measures to more effectively address specific measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.  “Effective at 11:59 PM tonight in all Region 6 counties, all gatherings for social, community, recreational, leisure or sporting activities will cease through April 30th. You may gather only with members of your immediate household. Limited exceptions will be made for weddings, funerals and other religious gatherings which will still be restricted to ten people or less.”Reynolds says people must try to stay away from others as much as possible under the new order.   “Individuals are also required to make every reasonable effort to stay at least six feet away from others when they are away from home. Businesses are encouraged to follow guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding infection prevention measures to protect employees and customers.”Reynolds says all Iowans should stay at home as much as possible.  “Residents of Region 6 and all other Iowans should take personal responsibility for their health and the health of others by staying home as much as possible, leaving only for essential errands. Work from home if you can, if you can’t then make sure you are practicing good hygiene and practicing social distancing as much as possible. Isolate at home if you or a member of your household is sick, and if you need to, call the doctor first.”The counties in Region 6 include Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn and Winneshiek. The order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 16, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020. Read the full text of the proclamation can be read below or click here to read online: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby order that beginning at 11:59 p.m. on April 16, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020: In conjunction with the Department of Public Health pursuant to Iowa Code §§ 29C.18 and 135.35, all peace officers of the state are hereby called upon to assist in the enforcement of the provisions of this Proclamation. RMCC Region 6 includes Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek counties. This section shall apply to all people present in Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, or Winneshiek counties, regardless whether they reside in one of these counties or another county. People residing or working in these counties shall abide by this order at all times regardless of where they are located, including at a workplace or residence in another county.EMPLOYEE AND PUBLIC PROTECTION(RMCC Region 6) All people who do leave their homes must practice social distancing by making every reasonable effort to stay at least six feet away from all people other than members of the same household who reside together. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORGovernor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam GreggFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Apr. 16, 2020Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration, requiring additional protective measures in RMCC Region 6 This section shall apply to all employers with employees physically located in Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, or Winneshiek counties.IMPLEMENTATION AND INTERPRETATION WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has reported an outbreak of thousands of cases of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in multiple countries, causing illness and deaths; andWHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared a national public health emergency; andWHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued to coordinate the State of Iowa’s response to this outbreak and such disaster continues to exist; andWHEREAS, on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic; andWHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamation declaring that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency; andWHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, a Proclamation of Public Health Disaster Emergency was issued to provide additional needed resources and measures to respond to this disaster, was extended on April 2, 2020, and such public health disaster continues to exist; andWHEREAS, the continued spread of COVID-19 in Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, or Winneshiek counties comprising Regional Medical Coordination Center Region 6 warrants taking additional reasonable measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.NOW THEREFORE, I, KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS, Governor of the State of Iowa, by the power and authority vested in me by the Iowa Constitution, Art. IV, §§ 1, 8 and Iowa Code §§ 29C.6(1), 135.140(6), and 135.144 do hereby proclaim a STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER EMERGENCY continues to exist throughout the entire state of Iowa and do hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:HOUSEHOLD PROTECTION(RMCC Region 6) Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby order that beginning at 11:59 p.m. on April 16, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020: All employers shall evaluate whether any more of their employees can feasibly work remotely and to the extent reasonable, shall take steps to enable such employees to work from home. The Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Iowa Department of Transportation, and other participating state agencies are hereby directed to monitor the operation and implementation of this proclamation to assure the public’s health and safety. ===== All social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings of any size with individuals other than members of the same household who reside together are prohibited. Weddings, funerals, and other spiritual or religious gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, and such gatherings with fewer people may continue to be held only if all present comply with paragraph B. This prohibition shall not be construed to restrict the provision of necessary care, including child care, medical care, or other necessary supports, to another person.last_img read more

Driver under the influence of coke arrested in St Johnston

first_imgA Donegal motorist was stopped on yesterday and arrested at a checkpoint for driving under the influence of drugs.The motorist was caught driving under the influence of cocaine during a roadside test on Saturday, October 5. The vehicle was first stopped by Letterkenny’s Roads Policing Unit at a Mandatory Intoxication Testing (M.I.T.) checkpoint. The driver was subsequently tested for the presence of drugs and the test came back positive.A blood sample was obtained and he was later released.The blood sample will now be sent for analysis.  Driver under the influence of coke arrested in St Johnston was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea linked with Song, while West Ham reportedly want Blues winger

first_imgChelsea are interested in Barcelona’s former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, as are Manchester United, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.It is claimed that Barca value the 26-year-old, who left the Gunners in 2012, at £20m.Meanwhile, Sky Sports say West Ham are looking to take Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on loan.Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a move for QPR striker Loic Remy as they seek a replacement for Luis Suarez.With Suarez set to complete a transfer to Barcelona, Goal.com say Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could make a move for Remy.There continues to be speculation about Remy’s futureNewcastle, where the Frenchman was on loan last season, want to sign him on a permanent deal.Talksport, on the other hand, claim Arsenal and Tottenham are battling to sign Remy.QPR have again been tipped to seal the signings of Cardiff defender Steven Caulker and former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand. West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers were targeting Caulker and later that they were in talks with the England international after meeting the £8m release clause in his contract, and that R’s chairman Tony Fernandes has misgivings about bringing in Ferdinand despite a deal being agreed in principle.Sky Sports say Rangers are expected to confirm both deals next week.The Daily Star say QPR are one of several clubs keeping tabs on Billericay Town forward Isaac Layne and that a clause in his contract means a League club can buy him for a pound.Layne, 19, has been on trial at Charlton. Burnley, Millwall and Southend are also said to be interested.For more transfer speculation, including QPR’s Charlie Austin being linked with Sunderland, see this morning’s Paper Talk. See also:Latest Remy speculation and Sunderland are linked with AustinFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Not Another Tetrapod Missing Link

first_imgFossils don’t contain light bulbs, but almost every time a new one is found, scientists claim it sheds light on evolution.  The BBC News kept that tradition going with this line, “Scientists say a fossil of a four-legged fish sheds new light on the process of evolution.”  What, exactly, was found?  Whatever Ventastega curonica was, it would be hard to claim it helped shed any light on evolution, because according to the article, it was an “evolutionary dead end.”    A close look at the article reveals other evolutionary conundrums.  Ventastega was placed after Tiktaalik, but was more primitive.  The BBC News article also said, “Scientists once believed that these early amphibious animals descended in a linear fashion, but this discovery instead confirms these creatures diversified into different branches along the way.”  The animal is made up of a curious mosaic of features.  It would have looked something like an alligator, they said, but allegedly had fishy features like a tail fin and gills.  Interesting, also, is the fact that this fish-o-gator from Latvia was found in sand.  Somehow these sediments, said to be 365 million years old, had not solidified into rock.    Since popular news reports tend to exaggerate, a look at the original paper in Nature1 might shed light on the wattage of this fossil.  The Editor’s Summary in the June 26 issue said it “resembles a simple intermediate between Tiktaalik and Acanthostega, with the skull shape of an early tetrapod, but proportions more closely resembling a fish.”  Sounds promising so far.  The next sentence, however, undermined the missing-link story in a one-two punch: “But the picture is more complicated than that, due to the unexpected morphological diversity of early tetrapods, and the fact that their initial diversification was earlier than had been thought.”    On to the original paper.  Ahlberg et al opened by claiming that the long-mysterious fish-to-tetrapod gap has been beginning to close, and that their fossil narrows it further.  But then they said that the paucity of complete fossils makes it hard to fill in the gap.  Even after the highly-publicized find of Tiktaalik, “Acanthostega and Ichthyostega are still the only Devonian tetrapods known from near-complete skeletons,” they said, adding: “We know less about the fish�tetrapod transition than the taxic diversity suggests.”    The fossils are not new discoveries.  They had been collected between 1970 and 2001.  In addition, the fossil did not declare itself a transitional form.  This deduction was done with software.  The team plugged various traits they deemed significant into tree-building algorithms.  Though they got consistent results with different permutations, the interpretations were not straightforward.  The fossil contained both “primitive” and “derived” (evolved) features.  The paper suggested that the authors were puzzled about where to fit the pieces from Ventastega and other specimens.    They ended by saying it was “tempting to interpret Ventastega as a straightforward evolutionary intermediate” (i.e., missing link).  “However, this simple picture should be approached with a degree of caution.”  Why?  Because it contains trait combinations that are substantially different from alleged earlier fossils.  “At a minimum this demonstrates the presence of considerable morphological diversification among the earliest tetrapods,” they said, ending on a positive note that this fossil and Tiktaalik fit expectations of what a transitional form “at a particular point in the phylogeny” should look like.    All the paper’s caution was cast to the wind by the popular press.  Science Daily, with artwork to prove it, trumpeted, “New Fossils Of Extremely Primitive 4-Legged Creatures Close The Gap Between Fish And Land Animals.”  National Geographic News admitted that the diversity of the Devonian tetrapods was surprising, but nevertheless labeled them as “Fishy Ancestors of Humans”.  Only on page 2 was some caution sprinkled in: “So researchers have a rough idea of the major evolutionary changes that took place but still have their work cut out for them when it comes to filling in the gaps.”    Shaun Doyle critiqued the claims being made about this fossil in an article on Creation Ministries International.1.  Ahlberg, Clack et al, “Ventastega curonica and the origin of tetrapod morphology,” Nature 453, 1199-1204 (26 June 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06991.Probably this was just Jennifer Clack’s latest attempt to one-up Neil Shubin’s fish-a-pod after the press gushed on him without shame or restraint (04/06/2006) and made him a celebrity (01/16/2008).  Clack had been the darling of PBS till this rival muscled in.  Remember her sermonette on 04/06/2006 that one skeleton is unlikely to unlock the key to understanding of evolution, and that the concept of missing links, though having a powerful grasp on the imagination, contains unfounded notions of evolutionary progress?    Does anyone really believe a fish-o-gator (or whatever it was) from Latvia decided to swim over to Canada where the evolving conditions were better?  We could make up a better case for an evolutionary sequence with living fish and amphibians than these ideologues can with fragmentary fossils that their worldview demands be placed into ancient epochs without observers.  When the Darwin story collapses, sociologists will use these phylogenetic rivalries to “shed light” on how scientists can deceive themselves into seeing what they want to see.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lotto Scam Legislation to be Passed by End of March

first_imgMinister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, says legislation to prosecute persons involved in the illegal lottery scam will be passed by the end of March.He noted that the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act, 2012, was tabled in the House of Representatives on February 26 by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting. “This Bill targets advanced fee fraud, and makes the possession of paraphernalia involved in scamming an offence. It targets identity theft and the dishonest use of access devices, a defined term taken from the US Criminal Code, which covers present and future technologies for accessing financial accounts,” the Minister said.He was delivering the keynote address at a breakfast forum staged by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), at Sandals, in Montego Bay, on February 28.Senator Golding added that the legislation would also prohibit the use of threats and intimidation over the telephone, or intent to coerce victims to part with funds; and make it an offence to own or control premises from which scamming is conducted.He said the Government is determined to eliminate lottery scamming in the country, but there are gaps in the current laws, which make it almost impossible to convict lotto scammers.“The new law represents a focused and concerted legislative effort, along with amendments to come with the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), to finally and swiftly get convictions and seizure of properties owned by scammers,” the Minister said.“The Minister of National Security will make an order amending POCA, so that persons convicted under the new lotto scam legislation will face the full brunt of the asset forfeiture provisions. The order is already drafted and will be signed and gazetted as soon as the lotto scam Bill is passed by Parliament,” he told the audience.Meanwhile, Senator Golding said that legislation passed to allow testimony in a Jamaican court via video link, is also an important initiative. He said this will allow victims who are often unwilling or unable to travel to Jamaica to give evidence in the criminal trial of scammers, can give their testimony from their home jurisdiction.last_img read more

Manitobas Minister of Aboriginal Affairs unapologetic over ignorance of dogood white people

first_imgIn an e-mail, Eric Robinson makes a reference to “the ignorance of do-good white people”.By Melissa RidgenAPTN InvestigatesManitoba’s deputy premier and Aboriginal Affairs minister stands by comments made in email obtained by APTN National News in which the he refers to the “ignorance of do-good white people.”A three-line email from Eric Robinson, NDP MLA for Kewatinook, dated Nov. 22, 2012, was sent to the province’s special advisor on Aboriginal women’s issues, Nahanni Fontaine. A copy was obtained though the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [FIPPA]. It begins in response to an email from Fontaine outlining her concerns about a media report that a Winnipeg clothing store, The Foxy Shoppe, was holding a burlesque fundraiser, proceeds of which would go to Osborne House, a provincially-funded shelter for battered women.“This is SO bad and looks SO bad and is simply a bad idea on the part of the Osborne House ED [executive director],” Fontaine wrote to Robinson. “Like what was she thinking? Did the [Osborne House] board approve this ‘fundraiser’”?Robinson replied, “I know nothing of this matter and haven’t seen today’s freep [Winnipeg Free Press] but I will now.” The remaining two lines of the email are then blacked out.But when held to a certain light, the type under the black bar that is used to hide the blacked out words shows the words: “On the surface it is not a very good idea and moreover further exploits an already vulnerable group in society. It also further demonstrates the ignorance of do good white people without giving it a second thought.”When contacted by APTN, the deputy premier said, “The comment was internal between myself and some staff members. I don’t deny writing what I wrote which was about what white do-gooders are trying to do.”Asked if he was referring to The Foxy Shoppe or Osborne House executive and board, he said it was a “general statement” not specific to anyone. He went on to add he is “absolutely not” sorry for what he said and would “probably not” apologize if asked by Premier Greg Selinger and “probably not” resign if someone asked him to.“I don’t think [the fundraiser] sent a good message then, nor do I think that was a good message to this day.”Robinson doesn’t believe the comment will affect his role as deputy premier in dealings with the non-Aboriginal community.“I have a good record championing issues of violence against women and murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls.”Robinson points out that of the 180 or so women and children who show up at the shelter each month, 80 per cent are Aboriginal.The FIPPA office said its decision to redact the minister’s inflammatory comment was covered under Sec 23 (1)(a) of the Act to protect against material that would “reveal advice, opinions, proposals, recommendations, analyses or policy options developed by or for the public body or a minister.”The Canadian Association of Journalists president Hugo Rodrigues questions that explanation.“The challenge we have with a lot of freedom of information legislation is it allows a big clause on ‘advice given to’ and there’s not a lot of guidance to the person interpreting the act,” he said.Rodrigues adds the public pays for politicians and government staff and should have reasonable access to their professional discussions, otherwise “what is the purpose of having freedom of information access in the first place?”This is the second time in as many weeks for the Selinger government has made news for questionable remarks. Last week, backbench NDP MLA David Gaudreau was stripped of his caucus duties after uttering a gay slur to a Conservative opponent in the Legislature. He later apologized.(Aug. 23, 11:54 AM: Updated with clarifications from Minister Robinson’s office.)last_img read more