March 19, 2017

Carleton U shoots the messenger: “Triggering” weigh scales banished from campus gym

David MenziesMission Specialist

Ottawa’s Carleton University is taking a uniquely academic approach to solving the issue of overweight students on campus by banishing the weigh scale from the campus gym. 

Apparently the mere sight of such a measurement device is “triggering” for kids on campus carrying around a little too much junk in the trunk.

First-year student Samar El Fakim, told the Charlatan newspaper:

“Scales are very triggering. I think people are being insensitive because they simply don’t understand. They think eating disorders are a choice when they are actually a serious illness.”

Why don’t those in charge tell Samar that eating less and exercising more could have a positive effect on that “serious illness” once referred to as “being fat”?

Well, according to Bruce Marshall, manager of wellness programs at Carleton, “We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive effect on your health and well-being.”

Actually, unless students heading toward the quarter-ton mark want to endure myriad health complications and a premature death, it would indeed be prudent to get fixated on weight.

This reflects the ongoing free speech battle on campus where opinions that contradict loony leftist ideology are no longer just contrary opinions but rather, hate speech.

But instead of debating the issues, opinions are shut down lest they hurt some snowflake’s feelings. Similarly, a weigh scale turns from a wellness tool into a mean machine and just like hurtful opinions, calibrated weigh scales must go.

I think this was once called shooting the messenger.

One in four Canadian adults and one in 10 children are clinically obese but don’t cite this stat on the bubble-wrapped campus of Carleton University lest you “trigger” Large Marge and get charged with uttering hate speech.

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commented 2017-03-21 12:10:04 -0400
Jay Kelly said, “Not all Rebel readers appreciate David Menzies’ campaign for homosexual rights”

It is fascinating how Jay Kelly can see/hear what someone writes/says and understands precisely 180 degrees the opposite. Cognitive bipolar dysfunction?
commented 2017-03-21 11:48:53 -0400
PAUL DIXON commented 1 day ago
“In the elementary school where I teach…”

Man, talk about being between a rock and a hard place…
One has to wonder how many teachers feel the same way. Are they cowering in fear of PC and staying low to protect their income and lifestyle, or are they all for indoctrinating our children with this evil, degenerate sickness…when one considers the makeup of the teacher’s, public sector union…
commented 2017-03-20 04:08:06 -0400
I propose Mr. Menzies go to Carlton and bring a scale with him to the gym. Tape it and put it up here for us to see what happens.
commented 2017-03-20 02:55:44 -0400
Not all Rebel readers appreciate David Menzies’ campaign for homosexual rights. I for one remain disgusted at his demonstration during the last federal election where he wore a full-length gown to the polling place.

Let Carleton University work out its own policies. I doubt if Menzies has ever been made fun of on that campus.
commented 2017-03-20 02:13:56 -0400
I am picturing some SJW snowflake in the gym calling the scale a Nazi.
commented 2017-03-19 21:10:03 -0400
Jamie McMaster, I agree. I guess my last post didn’t make it clear that I object to senseless capitulation; or the knee jerk reaction of decision makers to appease the offended; no matter how irrational it sounds to the rest of us.

Paul Dixon, good advice for parents to stay involved & withdraw their children for the day if some of the teachings are objectionable. A good friend of mine did not want her teenage daughter to visit a mosque during a school field trip; she called in an approved absence, Mom & daughter visited the art gallery for the day.
commented 2017-03-19 20:25:56 -0400
In the elementary school where I teach, at the last staff meeting, the principal offered a new book to any teacher who wanted to use it in the classroom. The book was about “heterosexism”. I did not check the book out, but I know that our school board has some official policy that states that a person is not allowed to claim that heterosexuality is the “norm” (this is “heterosexism”), but that homosexuality is to be considered as “normal” as heterosexuality. I suspect that the book from the principal supports this lunacy! Any teacher who is still sane has a tough go of it amidst the insanity of education these days!

So if you have children in elementary school, MAKE SURE that you are checking out what they are being taught and get on the teachers, principals, and board officials about the aberrations. Teachers are in a tough spot, in that they can lose their jobs if they object to some weirdo teachings. Parents need to get in there and help the teachers. Parents are the taxpayers. Your kids are the victims and need to be protected. If you object to some teachings demand that a separate space be provided for your kids to do some other work, or just withdraw your kids for that day. There are parents who do this.

Better still – homeschool!
commented 2017-03-19 18:08:41 -0400
Liberalism, Greig McKinnon is not simply a serious mental disorder……it is Evil.
commented 2017-03-19 17:53:44 -0400
Universities in the whole Western world have become a joke.
At least their programmes in humanities. But even in hard sciences (Darwinism and man-made Climate Change as dogma).
I would never send my children to university.
Only two in Canada I know of that are objective and honest and intelligent: Redeemer University in Hamilton, and Western Trinity in British Columbia.
Universities have become a sick joke and should not be supported by our tax dollars…..for that matter, even secondary and elementary education is invaded by evil neo-Marxist, feminist, LGBTQ (sicko), and SJW ideology. Check your kids’ education, parents, and complain with force against the neo-Marxist curriculum. Our schools produce brain-washed illiterate morons.
Let restore true learning to our educational institutions.
commented 2017-03-19 17:21:35 -0400
As I see it, the only “serious illness” here, is that these self inflicted faux-trauma types,do not have two functioning brain cells, to put together to figure out the concept of, don’t step on the scale. Liberalism really is a serious mental disorder.
commented 2017-03-19 16:45:48 -0400
“I heard this decision was reversed (radio report in Ottawa approx. 1 week ago). "

Could be, TAMMIE. But the problem isn’t the silly order to remove the weigh scales – it’s the reflexive compliance. It’s this embarrassing, cowardly, ridiculous, tendency to comply and/or apologize. THAT’S what’s killing us.
commented 2017-03-19 15:09:30 -0400
I heard this decision was reversed (radio report in Ottawa approx. 1 week ago). It was a ridiculous idea in the first place. If overweight people are sensitive and triggered by scales; the obvious solution is for them to avert their eyes when walking past them; they can absolutely keep a “safe distance” from the technology that tells the truth; and, they are not forced to step on the scales in the first place. What’s the problem!?
Oh that’s right, someone thought it might be divisive to have scales available to the athletes….let’s lodge an irrational complaint and see if we can lead the adults toward lunacy by using terminology that frightens them “triggered” “eating disorders” “insensitive” ….
commented 2017-03-19 13:08:54 -0400
Marty, they are after the future votes.
commented 2017-03-19 13:06:27 -0400
Muta Ween, I could see cemeteries being shrouded, and Brian Smith, your prediction will come much sooner, no more mirrors in gyms… These snowflakes are doomed when they get out in the real world, but of course our governments will seek their votes and accomodate them.
commented 2017-03-19 13:03:02 -0400
This article and especially the universities decision, is not about the banning of weigh scales at the university. It is about the some Muslim’s asinine complaint, i.e. Samar El Fakim, who is probably fat.
So, really it’s about the university capitulating to the ‘Muslim snowflake’ once again, with no thought about the consequences or the feelings about non Muslims – to hell with everyone ‘a Muslim has complained so lets ban the item ’.
What the hell is the matter with Western governments, politicians, police, teachers, university professors and generally Western authorities, that they are so afraid to tell Muslims to just ’f*ck off’.
We keep blaming the ‘Snowflakes’ for these idiotic decisions, but really its our so called learned authorities that are creating these snowflakes.
Western leaders everywhere are churning out ‘Snowflakes’ by the dozens just to appease their own slanted and bent sense of right. Actually, I believe its their fear of dire consequences, like being called prejudiced or being accused of supporting hate speech or something. Or worse being beheaded by the followers of that ‘Oh so peaceful’ religion called Islam, headed by none other that Satan.
When and if we in the Western world wake up and elect and support strong leadership that is willing to stand up for Truth and Liberty is when our world will become sane again. I wonder how long that will take?
commented 2017-03-19 11:42:09 -0400
Next on the prohibited list, mirrors, then skinny people will be banned from the gym because the undisciplined fatties can never be skinny.
commented 2017-03-19 11:36:58 -0400
What happens when these vulnerable little children actually encounter something irreversable like a death in the family.Do they have the fortutude to drive by a graveyard on their way to school or do we need to hide cemetaries too.
The numbers on a weigh scale can be eliminated but unless I’m mistaken death is irreversable and it must be confronted.
commented 2017-03-19 11:29:15 -0400
The world is going crazy. Why not just shoot all the fat people, they would be really triggered then.

Just joking Folks.
commented 2017-03-19 11:27:10 -0400
Coddling the snowflakes yet again, similar to the no fail policy. Can’t have the little snowflakes suffering from bruised feelings. Quick make another safe space because there are not enough of them!!
Good going socialists, soon all young Canadians will be terrified to leave their Mom’s basement.
commented 2017-03-19 11:25:18 -0400
Climate poverty will force people to live in colder homes in winter “triggering” an increase in fat burn rate. Done-done, climate & obesity disasters solved. Starvation is terrible but is hunger all that bad?
commented 2017-03-19 11:24:52 -0400
Rumour has it that the Alberta Non-Democratic Government is to pass legislation through the Health Ministry that bans all weigh scales from the Province. Health Minister Hoffmann indicates that a concern with being fat is not healthy for one’s well-being, hence her desire to take direct action on these unhealthy devices. Transport Minister Mason has purportedly expressed concern that highway weigh scales are included in the ban, but Hoffmann, being the bigger person in the party, over-ruled him.
commented 2017-03-19 11:19:26 -0400
Once again the P.C. storm troopers sally forth to protect an endangered safe space from reality. The only thing that children are taught in our bastions of higher education is that there will always be big brother to protect them and their precious perceptions of life from the dangerous invasion of contrary ideas.
commented 2017-03-19 11:03:42 -0400
Someone please put these fat pigs and fat-pig enablers out of our misery, I’m so sick and tired of these freaks and flakes pushing their considerable weight around and their flabby, sicko BS!
You’re fat, you’re ugly and you’re likely smelly inside all those sweaty fat folds, it is very unattractive and aesthetically offensive and the only eating disorder you have is You’re A Fat Pig, so take responsibility for your own fat-pig behavior – now, step away from the doughnut fatso…

The truth is where you find it…
commented 2017-03-19 10:32:02 -0400
You can get rid of the scale, and you can call it a “serious illness”, but it doesn’t change the fact that you’re still fat, no matter how you call it.

So deal with it or not, it doesn’t affect me, but don’t expect me to accomodate your being overly sensitive about it!
commented 2017-03-19 10:13:46 -0400
That is what most people in a gym are trying to do – lose weight, or tighten up!! How can that be determined unless there is a scale available?
Idiocy prevails!
commented 2017-03-19 09:39:39 -0400
As if an overly-sensitive hippo would ever would cast a shadow on a gym floor. The real story isn’t the removal, it’s the acquiescence of the pansies that let it happen.
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