Taking in the Trent-Severn Canal at the Peterborough Lift Lock, Summer 2008.
Ominous clouds approach with a chilly fall rain, Ottawa, 2010.
The unforgiving North Atlantic Ocean. Ferryland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Summer 2012
A Southern Shore sunrise at Ferryland, Newfoundland and Labrador. March, 2012.
View from “The Track” on a typical #Ferryland (foggy) day. Summer 2012. (at Ferryland, Newfoundland and Labrador)

Caution: High-speed Trains; Capturing the #LakeshoreEast GO Train near Pickering Station | August 2014
Timelapse photography from a Nexus 4 using LapseItPro, music from “Free Stock Music (dot com).

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Endless #Toronto #Traffic on King’s Highway 401 | August 2014
Timelapse photography from a Nexus 4 using LapseItPro, music from “Free Stock Music (dot com).

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#Summer #Sky | August 2014
Timelapse photography from a Nexus 4 using LapseItPro, music from “Free Stock Music (dot com).

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I think Ottawa’s Capital Pride serves as a good case study on the mechanics of prejudice.
Capital Pride purports to represent the interests of the queer community in Ottawa and Gatineau. In practice they only serve white, upper or middle class, able-bodied, working-age, anglophone, cisgender gay individuals. For the purposes of this article, I’ll shorten this latter group to cisgays, but know that when I use that term I mean all of these qualifiers.
In this article I’ll focus on Capital Pride’s prejudice against trans people, people of colour, and francophones. I would assert that participation by these communities is despite of, rather than due to, the board of directors for Capital Pride. Though their exclusion is well-known to members of these communities, I will nonetheless substantiate these claims.
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So many things wrong with this “article” it hurts my brain. Read it. I want your brain to hurt, too. 
(Below is my rant. Just a rant, pure and simple. I’m upset because I am one of the targeted people in this person’s post - one of the bad people. Yet I am actually the opposite. I have actually been politically and community active; I’ve fought, educated, sweat, cried and even bled for the GLBTQ community. I know people who have done and experienced what I have more than a thousand fold. This is why I’m ranting. And I need to vent. So fair warning.)
Just for fun, maybe I’ll charge discrimination, too. I’m a homosexual male, middle age, low income… My physical gender matches that of my mind. I’m middle of the road on just about everything. The “gay” community classes me as “straight acting” because I enjoy sports, drink beer and would sooner vacation at a camp site without running water than hop on a gay cruise ship. I can’t stand most dance music, I do not worship Lady GaGa, nor do I gender bend in my personal style. Some people in the gay world label me an “otter” - I don’t have abs, I don’t shave my chest and I’m not overweight. When I go out to party in Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal, I typically avoid the “gay” districts and establishments… why? I’m more comfortable at a sports pub than in a dance bar.
So… Where are my events? Why must I attend events that play annoying dance remixes of Whitney Houston? I don’t enjoy drag king/queen shows… why do I have to watch them? …oh wait, I don’t. And the group within the broader GLBTQ community that I fit into? I can go create it. Or I can just wander and have a good time, despite it all.
On the outside, I’m that middle-class male that represents all things evil… just like some of the people featured in the guide! …funny thing is, I know some of those photographed/featured. Disabilities, mental illness, addiction, etc. are actually represented - you just can’t tell based on the photo.

Now on to a few stats of my own:
According to StatsCanada, in the Ottawa-Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA), only 8.6% of the total population is French-speaking (only). The CMA population is 1,236,324.This means that 1,130,000 people speak English (and/or additional languages, not just French) - a majority 90.3% if the region speaks English. 106,324 people in this census can’t speak English. A very small minority. Hardly cost-effective for any festival or event to hire teams of translators and produce everything in French, Cree, Cantonese, Arabic, Italian, Polish, Russian, Inuktitut, Blackfoot, Ojibwe (and Algonquin - which for reference, Ottawa is Algonquin “territory”) and dozens of other languages that can be heard in the region.
Want to see something in a minority language? Sign up and volunteer. Work on that translation and get it perfect — without getting paid. Go get that corporate sponsor or government grant to pay for graphic design and publishing. Put yourself in the volunteers shoes and live up to your expectations.
As for the gender component, let’s be clear - gender and sexual orientation ARE different issues. 20 years ago, the gender movement didn’t exist like it does today. But you know what? Drag Queens were part of Stonewall - as in the corner stone - part of the Toronto Bathhouse Raids, too. So in a way, gender has always been a part of orientation - almost one in the same - lumped in with “gay”, yet a totally different dynamic/issue/subject. It wasn’t automatically and specifically identified in the GLBTQ acronym like it is today. 20 years ago, things were just “gay”. The original pride protest/parades in Ottawa were put on by the “Gays of Ottawa”. The  Then Gay and Lesbian. Then Bisexual was added… then Trans and Queer/Questioning. Different stripes of the rainbow flag.
“Free to Love” IS inclusive of everyone who wants to love. It’s about loving someone. It’s not about gender, it’s about emotion/connection. The theme isn’t “Free to Love, except if you don’t identify in a traditional gender role and/or if your spirit doesn’t match your physical body”. 
Cutting down an orientation-based festival (born out of political protest) because it doesn’t include trans-gender issues as well as it could is just plain ignorant, rude and narrow-minded. You’re insulting genuine people who are volunteering their time and efforts and trying to be as inclusive as possible. Volunteers. Meaning good intentions and no pay. Many of the faces you refer to as racist, transphobic and fat shaming are truly quite the opposite - they work to be inclusive, to get the community involved - both on local issues and non-local ones. Go meet them - you’d be pleasantly surprised! 
And really… Fat Shaming? Fuck off. Obesity should not be positively portrayed in the media anymore than smoking or crack use. All three can be detrimental to one’s health and strain the social and health systems we all pay into. No one wants to see a picture of someone strung out on heroin, even though you will see someone at the festival battling the addiction. Positive pictures of people smoking are illegal (ads) or just not politically correct, so you won’t see that… but funny enough, many still smoke in the GLBTQ community - in greater numbers than our heterosexual counterparts. Alcoholism? You bet. Substance abuse? …it’s rampant, but it’s not pictured in the guide, because it’s considered a health issue and/or illegal. It’s also politically correct to show happy, healthy people having fun. No one wants to see a festival guide showing someone overdosing on MDMA, despite the reality that it does and will happen.
Want the festival to be more inclusive? Pull your fucking head out of your arse and organize something. Go make a poly pansexual queer vegan float for the parade. Us “white cisgay” faggots who happen to like hockey did. You can too.
And one final word - many of the cisgay people you’re ranting against? They were the original movement. Because of them, being non-gender conformist heterosexuals won’t lead to a stay in a mental health facility. Because of them, a man can wear a skirt and not be locked up for it. Because the community is inclusive, resources get pooled, word gets out and having a penis but identifying as a woman means help from the health care system, not therapy from another.

//End Rant.
Between The Gut and The Flats on the Irish Loop Road, near Saint Vincent’s-Saint Stephen’s-Peter’s River, NL (at Trepassey, NL)
The new suspension bridge at LaManche Provincial Park, Newfoundland and Labrador  (at Lamanche Provincial Park)
Exploring the abandoned American Radar Station at Red Cliff, near St John’s, NL (at East Coast Trail - Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove)
The view from my bedroom when I lived up de’shore.  (at Ferryland, Newfoundland and Labrador)
The #Ferryland #Lighthouse at sunset, autumn 2012. #unfiltered  (at Ferryland Lighthouse)