August 24, 2017

“My mom works here”? Construction signage throws fathers under the bus

David MenziesMission Specialist

There’s a lot of construction on Bathurst Street in Thornhill north of Toronto. As usual, whatever they’re doing there is taking forever. What was unusual was a sign I saw depicting a young boy saying, “SLOW DOWN. My MOM works here.” 

When I make a right turn on Centre Street, I’m confronted with more construction and yet again there’s that photo admonishing motorists to “SLOW DOWN. My MOM works here.”

Yet every time I drive by this area I never see any moms working on the road.

So what’s going on here? Shouldn’t the sign read, “My DAD works here?”

Watch as I share my view that this is yet another example of how fatherhood has been devalued by the progressives.

Unless of course I’ve got it all wrong, and maybe all those burly dudes pouring concrete and operating jackhammers identify as mothers as opposed to fathers.

Maybe they’re all trans-gendered?

I’ll leave that as a rhetorical question for now since I have no burning desire to ask burly Bruno brandishing a power tool if he’s really a chick.

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commented 2017-08-27 09:26:53 -0400
Ah Sarah, no sense of humour I see!
Didn’t get the joke….oh well.
commented 2017-08-26 22:07:40 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

And?

You see usually when signs are made or with advertising – they make multiples to put in different locations.

Couldn’t you have figured that out yourself or should I just come to the conclusion that you are stupid?

I am sure this will blow your mind too – that child most likely doesn’t have a mother or father in construction, but was used for the purpose of the sign.

You are really not a very intelligent woman if this has to be spelled out for you.
commented 2017-08-26 16:58:56 -0400
Sarah, how many Moms does he have? David reported seeing the sign at several construction sites…
You and Andrew must drink together on weekends!
commented 2017-08-26 00:40:49 -0400
It’s just a harmless sign that puts a playful modern spin on things to get attention. It doesn’t negate men. HIS mom works there.
commented 2017-08-25 23:40:36 -0400
I thought we were living in an Inclusive Society, if that’s true, the the sign should read" Slow Down My Parents Work Here." It’s a disgusting campaign to eliminate the male parental presence, to understand why, just look at who and what the Premier of the Province is ? None of this stuff is rocket science.
commented 2017-08-25 17:13:35 -0400
Andrew, I can appreciate your perspective, the whole signage issue can be solved with using the signs we already had – Slow Down, Construction Ahead or Maximum Speed 60 km Construction Ahead, Stop for Construction etc… Again, straightforward, to the point, no PC messaging to the motorist who is simply trying to get to work, school, wherever. Sure, at any given time, there could be a mother working on the site, so, this justifies scrapping existing signage? Like I said, very few women on site; they may be found in other departments such as engineering or procurement, certainly.
This field clearly draws more men to earn their living than women. It’s a reality, not something that requires socialist interventions to balance out the gender numbers like Trudeau is so fond of.
Men at work signs haven’t been around in Ontario for as long as I can remember.

No matter if you don’t live in Ontario, surely, you can understand what the effects of government waste of tax dollars has on working families.

Would you find it dishonest and weird if the signage at an abattoir featured the same little boy with this message:
“Safety first, my Mom works here”? The employees sure would.
commented 2017-08-25 16:01:45 -0400
You may say that all you see are men, but that’s clearly not invariably true – there very well could be someone’s mother on site, which would of course render the sign accurate. Without actually checking this particular work site, it’s impossible to tell.

I again ask… if the situation was reversed, and some “leftist” was complaining about a sign saying “my DAD works here” throwing female construction workers “under the bus”, would you be condemning them as “SJW” “snowflakes” or any of the other epithet the Right likes to use when they get pretend-offended about others being pretend-offended? You’d probably see vulgar condemnation of that exact perspective. Arguing that men are unfairly represented by this sign IS PC in the exact same way that a “men at work” sign being accused of unfairly representing women is.

Or, to put it another way, forcing a sign to be representative … is based in the same principles as Trudeau’s cabinet, affirmative action, the actors being posed for government photo shoots, etc. Is that what you’re trying to endorse? Your objection is that the sign isn’t suitably representative, but it’s not necessarily inaccurate (within reason, the kid’s probably a stock photo). That’s SJW talk.

I don’t live in Ontario.
commented 2017-08-25 15:32:34 -0400
Andrew, Go back to my original post, “David, the only Moms I see working on road construction projects are holding Stop signs (turn it around, it says Slow). Even this job is predominantly held by men.
Hey Rebels, if you see a woman driving a steam roller; operating a jack hammer; driving a gravel truck; spreading asphalt etc…. please e-mail a photo to David Menzies and Kathleen Wynne.”

There is something to be said for being straightforward. Provocative road signs….give me a break. PC messaging is tiresome and expensive. Create more signage, and, do what with the old signs exactly!? Oh, I guess hauling them off to a landfill solves that little problem. Wasting tax payer money in Ontario is a favourite pass time of the Liberals. Meanwhile, our hospitals are understaffed and finding a family doctor is a long term challenge for many Ontarians. Add to that, we have a homeless population that could use some assistance, but, it’s low on the list of priorities, so, they stay overnight in a shelter and get the boot after breakfast. What do they do with their day? I’ll leave that to you to figure out.
Oh yes, and, Wynne has created energy poverty in our province, isn’t that progressive?

The government loves to waste other people’s money, and, these ridiculous road signs are another example of it.
commented 2017-08-25 14:38:48 -0400
Might work for you, but also neuters the point of the sign, which is to be provocative as a means of getting your attention. You may as well just put up the conventional “speed fines triple in work zones” posters, which are a dime a dozen and which most people ignore until they see the photoradar box.

At some point we need to stop being deliberately bland to avoid even the slightest offense to triggered snowflakes, no? This is a stupid thing to get upset about.
commented 2017-08-25 14:05:58 -0400
Andrew Stephenson, “Slow Down, Construction Workers Ahead!” Yep, works for me. Not excluding anyone, and, is honest!
commented 2017-08-25 11:26:00 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt commented 16 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson,
Honesty in advertising/signage, even when it’s asking motorists to slow down!
I don’t think the signs are a deliberate attempt to throw men under the proverbial bus, I think it was dishonest.

Much like many Canadian cities,we have summer, which is also known as construction season. I drive a lot in the Nation’s capital, and beyond; where we are beleaguered by time consuming slow downs.
I look around, and, no, I do not see female road construction workers. The Moms wearing work boots, hardhats and reflective vests are flaggers!
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What’s “dishonest”? You just acknowledged you see women on construction sites, They may only be flaggers, but that doesn’t render the sign wrong, does it?

If this had been reversed – that someone complained about a sign that said “my dad works here” was insufficiently inclusive towards female workers, what would be the response? I am sure the term “leftist”, “snowflake”, and "sjw"d would be tossed around abundantly and derogatorily. Perhaps, since you’re advocating for inclusiveness, we should include every possible caretaker role on the sign, even if that renders it unreadably long?

It’s just a sign. Don’t overthink it.
commented 2017-08-25 02:55:21 -0400
I bet if they put that sign up near a heavy prostitution area Andrew and Kelly would have a cow.
commented 2017-08-25 02:54:46 -0400
Andrew Stephenson the left whine and gets triggered about everything that ever happens. And how is a trans man diminished by not peeing around little girls? IDIOT!
commented 2017-08-25 01:01:26 -0400
Men’s lives do matter.!!
commented 2017-08-24 22:09:39 -0400
Is this a sign of The Rebel reboot and making smarter editorial decisions – this whiny bullshit?

Hey Menzoid – you might want to take the pickle out of your ass if this is what keeps you up at night.
commented 2017-08-24 19:42:33 -0400
Andrew Stephenson,
Honesty in advertising/signage, even when it’s asking motorists to slow down!
I don’t think the signs are a deliberate attempt to throw men under the proverbial bus, I think it was dishonest.

Much like many Canadian cities,we have summer, which is also known as construction season. I drive a lot in the Nation’s capital, and beyond; where we are beleaguered by time consuming slow downs.
I look around, and, no, I do not see female road construction workers. The Moms wearing work boots, hardhats and reflective vests are flaggers!
commented 2017-08-24 17:44:56 -0400
MENZOID triggered Kelly
commented 2017-08-24 16:42:57 -0400
The recent river bridge replacement had almost 100% females operating the 40 ton articulating rock trucks and Packers. Then traffic control/ flagging. Just because you cannot see them does not mean they are not there. When I worked in Russia there were crews putting up massive precast concrete apartments, the crews were often 100% female according to our Russian drivers. Personally, I think the reversal of the normal gender expectation will only serve to make the slow down message stick in the minds of drivers.
commented 2017-08-24 15:48:19 -0400
Menzoid, you mentioned something about overzealous desk-bound bureaucrats eager to allow political correctness, to escape reality or to eclipse reality…
Welcome to lefty-land!

…and now that I think of it, that section of Highway 97 between Williams Lake and 100 Mile, seemed to have a disproportionately large number of women operating the heavy equipment…men on the hand tools – there was lots of time to sit and observe.
So, if radical feminism is demanding – and getting – ‘equal-outcome’ – like they do for everything else – then we all know from past experience that we will be getting political appointees and not qualified, merit-based heavy equipment operators. Affirmative Action hirees. What could go wrong? 50 ton vehicles, under qualified operators, and a bad case of PMS or two…
Of course, as you suggest Menzoid, they could all be trannys, er the transgendered, or whatever…and then that would make it OK…right?
commented 2017-08-24 15:38:18 -0400
Tammie,

what IS the point of the report? “Old man yells at cloud”?. It’s not meant to be a commentary on women in construction … it’s meant to catch your attention so you hopefully slow down.

What about “dad”? Is he diminished in any way by this sign? Of course not. Hell, it was probably guys that put it up.
commented 2017-08-24 14:43:50 -0400
Kelly Weber, the point of his report escapes you. Oh well!
commented 2017-08-24 14:37:46 -0400
Ah, David got triggered by a sign. When Ezra was cleaning house, he should have dropped this guy.
commented 2017-08-24 14:36:23 -0400
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commented 2017-08-24 14:18:24 -0400
I think it’s Suncor that has a training program for heavy equipment for women only. I used to work in this industry in administration, and the equipment is huge. It’s like driving a 2-story apartment with big wheels. We went out to site for safety training, and to see what it’s like. Once all the land is stripped of everything, it’s pretty dusty and desolate. I don’t know many women that would want to do this for a living. The program should be open to both men and women. I know a lot of guys that would love this training.
commented 2017-08-24 14:14:07 -0400
I’m getting sick of this BS. This constant messaging about women is beyond the pale.
commented 2017-08-24 14:13:33 -0400
David, the only Moms I see working on road construction projects are holding Stop signs (turn it around, it says Slow). Even this job is predominantly held by men.
Hey Rebels, if you see a woman driving a steam roller; operating a jack hammer; driving a gravel truck; spreading asphalt etc…. please e-mail a photo to David Menzies and Kathleen Wynne.
commented 2017-08-24 13:43:48 -0400
The progressives will have this society as ludicrous as it gets soon.
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