The church is loudly silent in Dominica-Claude Weekes

first_img Share Share Tweet Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude Weekes.Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Claude Weekes has called on the church to step up its campaign against crime and violence in Dominica.Weekes who was addressing a village council organised public meeting in Pichelin last night, said the church needs to speak out against criminality.“We must open our mouth and break the culture of silence. Our churches are silent. It is loudly silent in Dominica. Sometimes I believe they have lost their role, they have lost focus, they must get out of the buildings and put themselves on the roads to speak against criminality,” he told the audience.According to Weekes, the Roseau Valley is becoming an area of concern for the police.“Drug dealing brings crime and violence to otherwise peaceful communities. There is a phenomenon developing in the valley with the young boys’ tortured by drugs and that’s a fact because of the magnitude of reports that’s coming in,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 34 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyleLocalNews The church is loudly silent in Dominica-Claude Weekes by: – June 27, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Creation Therapy for Suicidal Thoughts

first_imgSuicide has grown 30% since 2000, and is now a leading cause of death among young people. What can be done?With the memory of suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade in recent news, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just released alarming statistics. Medical Xpress reports.From 2000 to 2016 there was a 30 percent increase in the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States, according to a June data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics….“In 2016, suicide became the second leading cause of death among those aged 10 to 34 and the fourth leading cause among those aged 35 to 54,” the authors write.The means by which people committed suicide are not necessary to know. What’s tragic is that so many people are leading lives that they find very unsatisfying.In this commentary, I want to be very sensitive and gentle toward any who are feeling suicidal and may be looking for answers. I believe I can help— not I, of course, but a very real and living God who cares about every one of us. I don’t pretend to know what circumstances are leading you to feel so down. I do know, however, that most people, including myself, experience trials, tears and crises. The fact that multitudes of great people have persevered through difficulties far worse than any of us will ever know is enough to provide hope that there are answers out there. Right now, there are Christians in North Korea living under horrific conditions, who nevertheless cling to life, pray, and try to help others worse off than themselves. So it can be done. Before anything else, though, make sure your depression is not a result of a medical condition. Some drugs, parasites or physical conditions can cause depression; those may require medical attention.I would not be surprised if many suicide victims (not all, of course) sought a way out from a meaningless life. Not knowing what it’s about is depressing in itself, even in good circumstances. A life bouncing from thrill to thrill gets disgusting after awhile, like a diet of chocolate. I can think of other triggers, like a bad relationship, feeling trapped in a marriage, family, career, or even just monotony. Some are wracked by guilt. Some may live in fear of a terminal illness. Some suicidal persons may feel trapped in debt, like George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, who couldn’t handle the pressure any more and jumped off a bridge (to be saved, as we know, by an angel in training). Frank Capra used that story to show how people are often unaware of their own influence. Taking a quick exit can leave a deep hole in the lives of others.My suggestions are, I hope, better than Capra’s movie, which may look melodramatic to some. Let’s start with meaning in life. At CEH, we show day by day how the Darwinian explanation for life is meaningless, vacuous, and unsupported by the facts of science. What meaning is there in being an evolved ape that got here by chance and will go extinct? No wonder some find escape from meaningless existence in a meaningless universe by checking out.The answer is not ‘religion’ but relationship with our Creator. We were each individually crafted by a wise and loving God, who desires for us to have an abundant life. There’s nobody else like you. Nobody can fill your shoes. You may have had bad earthly parents, but you have a loving heavenly Father who is perfect. He understands you. He cares for you. You can trust Him. He proved his love (John 1:12) by dying on a cruel cross to remove the penalty you deserve for breaking the Great Commandment—which is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind. That is not selfish for God, because He made us! We wouldn’t be here without Him. To love God is to love good, because God is good. To love God is to love love, because God is love. To love God is to love justice, because God is just. All the perfections of excellence are found in Him, and He desires to share His excellence with us forever. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He made his gift accessible to everyone: man, woman, child in any nation or people group: repent of your sin, and believe in His provision of eternal life through Jesus. See our Site Map for the signposts to the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Jesus Christ.Entering a relationship with your Maker through Jesus Christ is the key to healing suicidal tendencies, but there’s more to work on after you become a Christ follower, because even Christians can get depressed and suicidal. There are some day-to-day thought processes that need to change, and will change, as the Holy Spirit enters your life and begins to work. His work will accelerate as you study God’s word and learn to trust God in prayer. Finding Christian friends at a solid, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church is extremely helpful for preventing suicidal thoughts from coming back, but there is more you can do silently in your own mind when you are alone.I want to share what I think is the greatest daily therapy for preventing suicide, and that is: ‘Cultivate Gratefulness.’ It sounds too easy, but think about it. Look at what this one habit of mind can do for you.You can’t be depressed if you are grateful.You can’t be angry if you are grateful.You can’t be selfish if you are grateful.You can’t be anxious or afraid if you are grateful.You can’t be jealous or envious if you are grateful.You can’t be bored if you are grateful.This is not a complete list. Almost every destructive state of mind flees away from a grateful heart. I’m not talking about a mechanical “Thank you God for everything” ritual as if this is a magic wand. I mean really cultivating gratefulness, and directing your gratitude to God throughout the day, in the details. The more you look at things with a truly grateful spirit, the more the world becomes alive, colorful, and rich. It brings joy— the very thing that suicidal persons desperately need.If a great artist handed you a masterpiece, would you just say “Thank you” and set it down? That would be rude! To really show gratitude for a priceless gift, you would look at it and study it in detail, spending time to marvel at each nuance of color, stroke, and composition. You would ask questions about it and listen to the artist’s reasons and purposes for each shade of color, facial expression, and placement of objects. You would eagerly learn about the purpose of the painting, and what message is being conveyed through it. That is how you really say ‘thank you’ in the sense I’m talking about. With God, we do that by studying His Word, and looking at the perfections of Jesus. ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face,’ an old chorus advises, ‘and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.’ The things of earth include those things that are making you depressed, angry or bored.Each of us has a priceless gift: a body and a mind. Your body may not ideal. It may even be physically handicapped. You may think you cannot measure up to the ‘beautiful people’ around you. Let me challenge you to thank God anyway. Look at someone who is severely handicapped, say a quadriplegic like Joni Eareckson Tada. Talk about someone who has reasons for feeling depressed! She says in her testimony she went through a suicidal stage after her accident (see this short film on TheJohn1010Project.com). We could claim with scientific support, however, that probably over 99% of her body is working perfectly. Even though she has lost muscle control from the shoulders down, her heart is pumping; her lungs are breathing, her digestive system is working; and trillions of cells are doing exactly what they should be doing. At an age near 70, her heart has beaten successfully without fail over 2.2 billion times! That’s amazing— no mechanical engineer could invent a device with that kind of performance record. Can you see why ungratefulness is one of the reasons for God’s wrath on this sinful world? It’s the ultimate insult against the ultimate Inventor.  “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:20-21). Don’t let that be your epitaph!At CEH, we report often about the body and its wonders. Check the ‘Human Body‘ category from the top pull-down menu and read till your mind overflows with wonder at the capabilities God has put into your body. If there was ever a generation that should be grateful for such a complex, comprehensive, high-performance machine, it should be our generation. Science has revealed wonders  never dreamed of before. The wonders extend all the way from the complete body down to the molecular machines inside trillions of cells. I challenge you to read those articles and then think that anybody should dare to smother it, slit its wrists or poison it. Such a marvel should be treated like a treasure at the Louvre, or a pampered race car. Let me go further, if I might, and dare to say that not treating it so is as rude as criticizing the Artist who handed you that masterpiece. Have you ever said ‘I hate myself; I’m so ugly.’ Think about it. Are you not being ungrateful? You don’t hate yourself. You think you deserve better. As Dave Hunt used to say, ‘If you really hated yourself, you would be glad you’re ugly.’ The problem is pride; you love your self, instead of loving God. Pride leads to destruction. Gratitude leads to joy. Try this exercise: learn something every day about your body that you didn’t know, and verbally thank God for it. If you have a pain somewhere, or a deformity, find things that are working and make it a point to thank your Maker explicitly for those parts, before you pray for healing.The other great gift from your Creator is your mind. If you received a turbo-charged, expensive computer as a gift, wouldn’t it be dumb to use it just for Facebook or Solitaire? Think of all the capabilities it has that you would miss out on. You could make art, compose music, write books, communicate across the world, and do a thousand great works with it. You could spend a lifetime learning about all it can do. We have brains that are vastly more powerful than a computer. Scientists say you have more power in your brain than all the world’s computers combined!  As individuals, we are more than computers. We are living souls, each unique in the universe. We each have a role to play in God’s plan for eternity. You’ll find joy in fulfilling His purpose for you by using your body and brain as He intended. In addition to the human talents God gives to all people, God endows each Christ follower with spiritual gifts that allow her or him to participate in the fulfilling of the Great Commission, to make and multiply Christ followers who fulfill God’s master plan for themselves and for the world. What an awesome and exciting project to be involved in! Cultivate gratitude, then lose yourself in the global mission God is fulfilling in His people.These suggestions work. They turn a suicidal heart away from self and onto God and others. As you get lost in the beauty of God, and the love of Christ, and the mission He has for you, you will find joy. You won’t even have time to think about suicide. Those thoughts will fly back to the devil who sent them to rob you of the joy God made you for. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).Incidentally, the John 10:10 project website is filled with beautiful and meaningful videos to bring healing to your life and faith. Pick some from the menu and watch them now. And if any of this commentary helped you, we’d like to know. Write editor [at] crev.info and tell us; your privacy will be honored.(Visited 507 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa and the Department of Trade and Industry discuss how to change the continental narrative

first_imgPretoria, Thursday 27 March 2014 – Brand South Africa and the Department of Trade and Industry today hosted a seminar with African diplomats based in South Africa on, amongst others, how to change the continental narrative to one that is reflective of the enormous potential that lies within the continent.The panel leading the discussion included Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola,the High Commissioner of Kenya Mr Wamoto, the Nigerian Minister Counsellor responsible for economic affairs, Mr Oguntuase and Ms Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter from the Department of Trade and Industry.  Representatives from 17 African Embassies and High Commissions,  and representatives from the Departments of International Relations and Co-operation, Trade and Industry and Tourism, participated in today’s discussion at the CSIR in Pretoria.The High Commissioner of Kenya made the critical point that Africa must invest in its human capital to ensure we are able to tell our own stories and communicate our own value proposition.  Africa should also be developing its own human capital including analysts and academics so that we can own the process of communicating our own narrative. Our story has been told for too long by parties outside of the continent.  “The task of building the continent’s reputation cannot be left solely to branding agencies.  It is the collective responsibility of each citizen of the continent.  At the same time, we as leaders in our various countries have invested a lot of time and resources in communicating with audiences beyond Africa. It is time we focused on communicating with the citizens of Africa to enable a shared patriotism and loyalty that will go a long way towards building our reputation, and resources,” said Mr Wamoto.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola reminded the delegates that reputation is not about what we say, but we do.  “We therefore need to ensure that our words match what we are doing, as individual countries and the continent as a whole, to build our reputation and manage perceptions.”The robust discussion also included areas of challenge in the continent that are currently being addressed at various levels to ensure that Africa realises its potential as the fastest growing region.  This includes intra-continental trade, market access, cost of trading within the continent.  Ms Mlumbi-Peter emphasized that while much remains to be done, work has commenced on building regional value chains through which many of these areas will be addressed.  “We also need to move from the perception that Africa can only be a source of goods to one where we can also provide services which talks to the creation of a knowledge economy.  Progress has been made in various regional economic communities in the Continent but this must be consolidated and strenghtened to ensure Africa can achieve its potential.”Mr Oguntuase of Nigeria said that, “Although Africa continues to grapple with the social challenges of food, energy and water insecurity, for the first time, we have a continental strategic plan – Vision 2063 – which gives us in Africa much cause for optimism about the direction of our continent.  However, we must all participate in making this plan a reality.”The panellists and delegates appealed to all citizens of the continent to play their part in Africa’s regeneration and renewal.  These are exciting times for the continent and we can all be a part of these developments which will ultimately result in our improved reputation and competitiveness.Note to EditorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young to not so young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand SouthAfrica.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0) 73 126 9128Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Savor the Flavor this Holiday Season While Remaining Mindful about Nutrition

first_imgby Joanna ManeroThe holiday season is quickly approaching.  For clients trying to maintain or even lose weight, the holidays are stressful.  They may feel anxiety about holiday parties, family gatherings, and feel like they will have to miss out on all of their favorite foods.  The American Heart Association has put out a Holiday Guide to Healthy Eating.  In this blog post, I will highlight some of the tips that I found most helpful.  Please visit the link below for the complete guide.Some holiday favorites are packed with fat and sugar; to help keep the calories to a minimum without missing out, follow the tips below:BeveragesRead the labels– Compare and contrast within different brands of your favorite holiday drinks. Pay special attention to serving sizes between brands as they may not be on the same scale.Go easy on the toppings-To save yourself some unnecessary calories, skip out on the marshmallows and whipped toppings on your beverage.Mix it up– Fill your glass with half water or skim milk to save yourself some calories on drinks like egg nog and apple ciderWatch the base– When making drinks, make sure to use low-fat milk or water as bases rather than full-fat milk or crème.Avoid the alcohol– Stick to non-alcoholic or “virgin” drinks when you can to avoid extra calories.MealsSavor the Flavor– Use herbs and spices to season your food in place of salt and butter.Make smart choices– Go for the lighter pieces of turkey as they contain fewer calories and fat.Gravy– Keep the gravy to 1 tablespoon portion or less.  Gravy is typically high in fat and sodium.Fill up before the meal– Make sure you eat a substantial breakfast before your gathering to avoid overeating.Get involved-To control what is served, volunteer to help plan the menu for the holiday party, or cook some of the meal.Fill up on veggies– Often a good source of fiber, these will help control your appetite while providing nutrients. Watch out for vegetable casseroles as they are often made with crème bases and fatty cheeses.Share dessert– If you love dessert, partner up. Share dessert with a friend to cut your portion in half.Finally, the guide covers the importance of staying physically active during the holidays.  It is recommended to get at least 150 minutes a week of moderately vigorous physical activity.  Being active may be harder to achieve during the holidays than during the rest of the year.  Tucker and Gilliland found that physical activity decreases with extreme weather and that a seasonal effect plays into account. (Tucker and Gilliland, 2007) It’s important for dietitians living in colder regions to continue to encourage physical activity through the season.    Here are some tips on how to stay active during the holidays:Physical ActivityJoin a gym– If the cold weather isn’t for you, join a local gym. Find a workout plan that you will stick to and enjoy.  Group fitness classes may be fun and motivating if you haven’t tried them.  Try to go with a friend. Find what works best for you and your schedule.Play outside– It’s the holidays, time for family fun! Pick up the sled and join in on the fun this winter, try ice skating with family and friends, or even walk down the neighborhood and look at the Christmas lights.Join an indoor league– If sports are your thing, try to join an indoor league. It won’t feel like exercise once you get back into the competitive spirit.Little steps– Don’t forget about the little ways you can increase your activity this winter. Take the stairs over the elevator or go for a walk during your lunch break.Do you have tips we missed? We’d love to hear them!  Please leave them below.AHA Holiday Eating GuideTucker, P., Gilliland, J., The effect of season and weather on physical activity: A systematic review. Public Health, Dec 2007 Vol. 121, Issue 12, Pages 909–922.8 Ways to Stay Active This Winter (Infographic)This was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Interview BWM Rules Threaten SmallSized Ships

first_imgImage Courtesy: IMOAn amended implementation scheme for ships to comply with the D-2 biological standard under the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) was tentatively accepted at the 71st session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71).The MEPC delayed the implementation schedule for existing ships to comply with the Convention, which aims to stem the transfer of potentially invasive species in ships’ ballast water. The treaty enters into force on September 8, 2017, and from the date of entry into force, ships will be required to manage their ballast water.As the expenses of fitting older ships with the necessary equipment could reach up to USD 2 million, certain market estimates showed that owners might opt to demolish such vessels instead of making them compliant with the Convention.In an effort to find out more about the side effects of the BWM Convention, World Maritime News spoke with Christos Efstathiou, Technical Director of the Greek ship classification society International Naval Surveys Bureau (INSB Class).Christos Efstathiou, Technical Director, INSB ClassAlthough the fitting expenses are steep, Efstathiou said that it is still early to comment safely whether owners will decide to scrap their vessels instead of retrofitting them with ballast water management systems (BWMS). He added that small-sized ships could face a serious challenge, as shipowners will have no option than to scrap their vessels, unless the price of the systems drops.On the other hand, shipowners’ decision on larger vessels will depend on the price of the BWMS when the time comes to install the system on board their vessels, as well as on the shipping environment and freight rate levels. Efstathiou added that the price of the BWMS is expected to drop below USD 0.5 million.In late 2016, Moore Stephens informed that vessel operating expenses for both 2016 and 2017 were expected to rise, mainly driven by upgrades being made ahead of September 8, 2017. With the pressure also arising from an overall depression seen in the shipping industry, Efstathiou believes that the shipowners are not willing to invest in retrofits.The increase of the operational expenses in conjunction with the reduced freights, have already put considerable pressure on shipowners leading to the current trend of cost containment.Speaking from an engineering point of view, Efstathiou pointed out that the retrofit of a ship with a BWMS is quite challenging. “The choice of the system depends on the size of the ship and consequently on the space available, as well as on the system’s compatibility with the ship.In this respect, the advantages and disadvantages of the various technologies used have to be taken into consideration, since there is a spectrum of power parameters that should be considered. A risk assessment should take place in order to identify the impact of the operation of the system, generation of dangerous gases, spillages, exposure to chemicals, power consumption, the stability of the ship, and other related parameters.”WMN: Are shipowners ready to comply with the requirements of the Ballast Water Management Convention?Efstathiou: To our experience, the majority of shipowners are trying to extend the compliance with the applicable requirements, to the extreme limit. It seems that only very few shipowners are willing to install a ballast water management system in order to comply with the D-2 ballast water performance standard, prior to the deadline.Although the majority of the shipowners are aware of their obligations towards the BWM Convention, it seems that the level of their preparedness to comply with the new requirements still remains at an average level.Image Courtesy: IMOWhen asked about the major challenges of classification societies in helping owners adhere to the new rules, Efstathiou said that the challenge lies in assisting shipowners to opt for the most convenient ballast water management system that will suit their vessel, having in mind the size of the ship, the available space for installation of the system and the individual characteristics of each vessel.According to the IMO resolution A.1088 (28), the majority of flag administrations have connected the retrofitting of the ballast water management with the first renewal survey associated with the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate under MARPOL Annex I, that will be carried out after September 8, 2017.Commenting on the “grace period” provided to shipowners to undertake the retrofit during their next survey if it occurs after the entry into force date, Efstathiou said that the majority of flag administrations have accepted the de-harmonization of the said survey from the rest of the applicable statutory surveys.As the shipowners of the existing ships are arranging their vessels to pass renewal IOPP survey before the implementation date, the retrofitting of the BWM system will be delayed by almost 5 years.“As it was expected, having in mind the present strangled international economic environment and the present level of freight rates, shipowners are clearly in favor of the delay of implementation of the BWM Convention and especially in favor of the delay to the retrofitting of the BWMS, and consequently are supporting this position,” Efstathiou concluded.On July 7, 2017, at its 71th session, the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) approved draft amendments of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, adding two years to the global installation process, thus giving many vessel owners more time to comply.The BWM Convention introduces two standards for the handling of discharged ballast water, namely the D-1 standard covering ballast water exchange and D-2 covering ballast water treatment, and requires compliance with either the D-1 or the D-2 standard on or after September 8, 2017.There will be a transitional period from this date when only compliance with the D-1 standard is required, until compliance with the D-2 standard becomes mandatory.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Five things you need to know about polyamory

first_imgThis week, a court in Newfoundland and Labrador recognized three unmarried adults as the legal parents of a child born within their “polyamorous” family. It was believed to be a legal first in Canada. However, many Canadians were left with one big question: What does polyamorous mean? Here’s five things you need to know:1. There is no definitive definition, but there are a few basic principles.The term appears to have emerged in the early 1990s, but there is no single definition that has universal acceptance.John-Paul Boyd, executive director of the Calgary-based Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, says people who consider themselves polyamorous prefer to have intimate relationships that involve more than two people, where marriage is not considered necessary.And there’s an added dimension that typically involves a high degree of openness and trust about the voluntary arrangement.“Polyamorous relationships have been in the open since the late 1960s, but it has really picked up steam in the last 10 years,” Boyd says.Those who describe themselves at polyamorous typically reject the notion that exclusivity is required for long-term, loving relationships.2. Polyamorous relationships have nothing to do with bigamy or polygamy.Under Section 293 of the Criminal Code, it is illegal to be married to more than one person. Polyamorous relationships do not violate that provision of the law.However, it would be wrong to assume that is the only difference between polygamy and polyamory.Last July, two men in British Columbia were found guilty of polygamy. Winston Blackmore, 62, was married to two dozen women, while James Oler, 54, was found to have married five women. Both are leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bountiful, B.C.Boyd said these arranged marriages were part of a patriarchal structure that led to “serious, negative social effects within that community.”“They were mandated by God and there’s no pretence of equality,” he said. “And it’s mandatory.”By contrast, polyamorous relationships are voluntary.“The key is that whatever (polyamorous) relationships look like, they are consensual,” he said. “Everybody knows what’s going on. Honesty and transparency are at the core of it all.”Boyd said his research has found that among those who consider themselves polyamorous, there’s a heavy emphasis on equality, regardless of gender, sexual identity and parenting status.3. We really have no idea how many people are polyamorous, but there has been some fascinating research.There’s no way of knowing how many Canadians consider themselves polyamorous. Statistics Canada doesn’t collect that kind of data.However, a 2009 American study suggested that one in 614 Americans lived in openly polyamorous relationships. Another U.S. study the following year suggested about one in 500 Americans described themselves as polyamorous.In 2016, Boyd used social media to ask polyamorous Canadians to take part in an online survey. More than 500 people responded.“That’s a huge number,” he says. “Getting people to fill out surveys is like pulling teeth.”Of the 480 responses that were analyzed, 82 per cent agreed that the number of people who identify as polyamorous in Canada is increasing.Meanwhile, the website for the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association includes more than 100 links to sites for advocacy, support and dating.4. Polyamory is not just another term for what “swingers” do.According to the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, there’s a big difference between swingers and those who are polyamorous.Swinging is non-monogamous sexual activity “treated much like any other social activity,” says an October 2000 paper published in the journal, titled “Today’s Alternative Marriage Styles: The Case of Swingers.”“Emotional monogamy, or commitment to the love relationship with one’s marital partner, remains the primary focus.”By contrast, those who are polyamorous may not be interested in sex: “It’s just consensual non-monogamy,” says Boyd.Polyamorous relationships emphasize emotional and egalitarian aspects, while swingers focus on sexual non-monogamy and emotional monogamy.That said, a polyamorous person may engage in swinging, while swingers sometimes develop emotional bonds with their sexual partners.5. Children are frequently part of polyamorous families.The data compiled from Boyd’s 2016 survey showed that 40 per cent of respondents said there were children living in their homes full- or part-time.“What that shows is that it is hardly uncommon for people to have children in their polyamorous relationships,” Boyd says.Still, the recent case in Newfoundland and Labrador drew attention to the fact that the law hasn’t kept up with the evolution of Canadian families.In that case, released Thursday, the St. John’s family included two men in a relationship with the mother of a child born in 2017. The adults had been together for three years, but the biological father of the child was unknown.In his decision, Justice Robert Fowler of the provincial supreme court said: “Society is continuously changing and family structures are changing along with it. This must be recognized as a reality and not as a detriment to the best interests of the child.”last_img read more