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  • coreyjones
    February 02, 2012 - 07:34

    Im sure if you all knew the full details and the ongoing situations with dyer vs harper over the years you would think differently. Embarrassment to the community!!! the kid has fought and changed laws down in africa since age 17. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY? old timers need to get up to speed or butt out. I wouldnt sell myself out and shake hands with my enemy no matter who was there. I consider that a FAKE human being!!

  • Mark
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    If you do not want to shake the Prime Minister's hand, then do not place yourself in a situation where you are expected to show good manners and civility by doing so. br br This young man has learned ineffective grandstanding. br br Does he believe his actions will make a single once of difference to human rights, the funding for human rights programs or the political future of Stephen Harper? Silly if he does.

  • J
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    Angela's comment His stupid toque says it all ... I'm sorry, I thought this was 2010, and that society had finally reached a point where we were no longer judged by what we wore. Nonsense, that was an incredibly immature comment, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Me
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    I don't understand why rebuttals in these comments go to personal image attacks.
    Jeremy was just called spoiled, unintelligent, not a contributing member of society, a Justin Beiber fan, a sook and was asked to move out of his basement and take off his hat.

    What is wrong with society? You do not know Jeremy (well I assume you don't from what you said) and I don't care if you agree or disagree with HIS OPINION but at least try to keep to some educated thoughts that we can actually reason with.

    You sound like grade 6 girls in a cat fight.

  • Richard
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    Go get a real job kid, then you'd have something real to complain about.

  • Jerome
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    How do you protest?

    We have an election every three or four years, but in the meantime, how do you show your opposition to the ruling party? There are not many venues, thus the ''statement'' Jeremy Dyer made.

  • Philosopher
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    Huh?.. peaceful protests were indeed stifled. Hundreds of peaceful protesters, as long as innocent bystanders were illegally detained by jackbooted police officers. Freedom to stand up to the government is our greatest right, and we must fight to keep it. Don't naively watch it drift away, act while it's not too late!

  • Neil
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    Yet another soon-to-be upstanding member of society no doubt. Down on a corner somewhere painting pictures and talking about how the government controls us too much. No respect at all. You don't shoot off your mouth after the fact either. If he felt so strongly about Harpers protest stopping, he should have made a scene at the museum. No good to whine now....what a waste of a column here.

  • Richard
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Ash, the same aboriginals who walked into labrador last year and killed oodles of endangered caribou. those aboriginals? give me a break. I do know how lucky I am, do you? If you want to complain about the government in Canada, move to North Korea; I am willing to bet that would put things in perspective for you. I am sick of seeing grown men and women, acting like hippies and complaining about The Man and all the rules holding us down. They don't know how lucky they are! You wanna get held down, move to Iran.

  • Billy
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Hey, let's ALL not shake Stephen Harper's hand today

  • Manny
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I would love to get a chance to refuse to shake Harpers hand. After what he did to NL over the Atlantic Accord...you betcha!

  • Jessica
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The ignorance of some of the people commenting on this article completely blows my mind, but it is also your right to share your opinion (however small-minded it may be), just like it was Jeremy's right to refuse to shake Harper's hand.

    Thank you for sharing your story Jeremy and for being an activist and advocate for others who's voices have been silenced.

  • Roseanne
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I would imagine that we the taxpayers as usual picked up the tab for their trips. The silent majority as usual are held to ransom.

  • J
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Mr. Dyer, br br You are basically souking because you didn't want to shake Harper's hand. Shaking someone's hand doesn't mean you have to like them - go learn some history. br br Would you shake the Queen's hand given the amount of blood the British Monarchy have on their hands in the almost 1000 years they have reigned? br br Your basically a Lefty who can't show a bit of respect. Hopefully your parents kick you out of the basement soon. br br Museum of Human Rights. What a Joke with a capital J.

  • Angela
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    His stupid toque says it all.

  • Janelle
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    To be completely honest, I thought what he did was pretty respectful. He didn't want to shake Harper's hand (nor would I), and instead of causing a scene, he let the people know beforehand that he would politely decline any handshake offered to him by Harper.

  • Dennis
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    You said you didn't want to shake his hand and were asked to move from the line of people who were there to shake his hand. So, what exactly is the problem with this? I probably wouldn't have shaken his hand either, but I would not then go about complaining that my rights were impinged upon. You make a choice, then you defend it, but defending it by blaming others is nonsense. One could argue the reverse, that you, sir, have silenced the basic human rights of the PM, as head of state, to have his hand shaken and be treated as a dignitary amongst the other dignitaries present. Not that your action bothers me, but your attention-getting ploy does. You take responsibility for your actions. You drive too fast, you get a speeding ticket. You say you do not want to shake the hand of the PM and you are asked to leave the line of people who are there to shake the hand of the PM. Then you go home and shut up until you have something more enlightening to say.

  • Angelica
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Can we say Emo? Seriously! In the short speech given by Stuart Murray, he clearly recognized youth and their contributions to Human Rights, one of the points Mr. Dyer is whining about. I believe Mr. Dyer was so preoccupied with his refusal to shake the Prime Minister's hand that he didn't hear that platitude.
    Silenced human rights are not about being asked to step out of a receiving line (if in fact that's how it happened; there is some murkiness on that point) - silenced human rights is about MUCH MORE than that, as you should be aware if you are advocating Human Rights.

  • Wallace
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    He's a regular Rosa Parks. What a total outrage...not. He's just sooky because he didn't get enough attention.

  • Ash
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Silly Richard. You don't know me. My parents are from a third world country. I was lucky to be born here. I appreciate that everyday and that's why I care about human rights because my ancestors were not so lucky. We advocate for human rights because we UNDERSTAND how lucky we are. Not because we don't.

    I'm going there next week actually.

    Thanks to development groups that are stationed there, things ARE increasingly getting better.

  • Newfoundlander
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I have no problem with someone not wanting to shake the PMs hand. BUt if you express that sentiment, why be surprised that you might be asked to step out of the receiving line, which last time I checked, was a line of people waiting to shake hands with someone.

  • Esron
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The ignorance of the people will be their down fall, their apathy shall destroy civilization as we know it. br br To those who are mocking or taunting this man [He is 19, but more of a man than most of the men commenting: He has morals and conviction to stand up for what he thinks is right, no matter how big or small the action], I would like to know - Are you happy with your life? Being in a dead-end job, completely self-involved, believing that the whole Universe is about you? Well, unlike you, he wants to change things, to make them better, and despite your remarks, and your callous thoughts, about how 1 person, with 1 action cannot change the world, well you are wrong. 1 Person, many times has changed the world, for the good, and for the bad, and we really need alot less of you pessimistic bad people in this world to ruin it for everybody else. Unknown Man in Tian'anmen Sq was 1 person, standing up to a 1 BILLION plus communist system, and a group of tanks - He may not have succeeded in his goal, but he drew enough attention for the world to notice. br br To Jeremy, If he reads this, and if this even gets posted - Keep up the good work, and don't let pessimists get you down. To everyone else described above, get a brain, and think for yourselves - Take your blinders off, and see what (Harper) is doing to our country.

  • J
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    All political issues aside... I have to admit that I'm thoroughly bothered by the amount of people commenting on this young man's ignorance , and implying that because of his age, he knows nothing of the system. Secondly, the comment by J from All Over has a pretty negative undertone about lefties as he/she calls them. As a proud Liberal, I have to admit that I'm not really surprised a Harper supporter, such as yourself, would say such a thing. Despite this young man not showing respect , at least he showcased the fact that he has a backbone, much less like many people who conform to whatever Harper says.

  • Just
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Ok, I'd really like to hear what Jeremy has to say about the museum's communication director's comments. He was overwhelmed , and decided to step back. Overwhelmed' by Stephen Harper, come on. It seems really coincidental that she was standing next to him when this happened. I really want to hear his rebuttal of the remarks made by Angela Cassie, especially since you, Steve Bartlett, let her have the last word.

  • Calvin
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Human rights aside, it was a political move to remove him from the line. The museum officials, if that is in fact who asked him to move, were protecting their own hides. I do have to comment on something else here though. There a number of poster here commenting on the kids intelligence. I would question some of your intelligence posters. For example This kid has no symphony from me.... It's sympathy genious. Oh and Does he believe his actions will make a single once of difference to human rights.... Last time I checked it was spelled ounce, not once.

  • ³
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    'Salute the rank, not the person.' - Band of Brothers

  • Hewas
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Kid,

    Just say no next time. You were asked to move and you complied. You could have said no and stayed. Them removing you would have caused an incident. You lost your chance.

  • Greg M
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I hope his actions do not prevent him from getting government grants in the future. He would starve otherwise.

  • 5432
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Way to go Jeremy. Good for you for bringing attention to an issue that is extremely relevant to activists nowadays.

    Jeremy is not whining about his human rights being violated. He is giving just one more example of the chill that has descended over human rights activists and advocacy organizations. Take part in a peaceful protest, get arrested. Criticize government spending, get your own funding cut.

    Billions of people do not have access to services to meet their basic human rights and as a country we have the resources to change this. We have a responsibility to hold our government accountable for its promises and we must not allow ourselves to be silenced.

  • Mike
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I'm glad somebody already corrected Huh?'s ridiculous notion that G8/20 security was a job well done. About the snippet of speech, what some people don't get is that this is maybe 5 seconds of a likely very long speech, by only one of the speakers that day. I don't know what the others talked about but pulling one quote proves nothing. I also can't believe people think that someone deserves respect simply for being PM. The Prime Minister is a servant of the Canadian public and after all he's done contrary to the wishes of many Cdns he has earned no respect from me and certainly lost any he had.

  • Eugene
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    This museum of 'human rights' is a joke, funded by the free-speech-stifling Asper family. I am assuming that participants expressing views critical of Israel's human rights record vis a vis their treatment of Palestinians also would have been excluded from this ceremony. Equal rights, but some are more equal than others.

  • mournful
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    This is not about human rights, it's about protocol. Yet another example of misguided and niave youth railing against the system that props them up. Deeply discounted education and arts grants say enough. Not only is he obviously not that bright, but he is obviously a fan of Justin Bieber. Is this even newsworthy?

  • Philosopher
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    So TG, just because Harper is our Prime Minister, we have to shake his hand? Refusal to shake somebody's hand is a great way to make peaceful protest. Get with the program.

  • JC
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    He was allegedly prevented from standing near the PM and doing nothing. Now that's oppression!

    If this guy's brains were made of dynamite, there wouldn't be sufficient quantity to blow that ridiculous hat off his head.

  • Mike
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The assumptions in these comments blow my my mind. I have no idea how many of you, after reading this article, conclude that Jeremy is living on arts grants, has done nothing for human rights activism aside from this, or doesn't know the issues he's speaking on. Specifically to the one poster that said to get a real job I have to say that if your job is the only real issue in your world then your ignorance makes me sick.

  • Richard
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Ash from NL writes: How many of you are human rights activists? None, I bet.

    Your right. We work, have jobs, and pay taxes. People who contribute to society usually don't have time to be activists!!

  • RNR
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    That's too bad for him. He should of been put on a plane and made pay for his trip. These kids today have NO respect at all. Like Harper or not, he is the PM of Canada and should be shown proper respect. This kid has no symphony from me....

  • Bill
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Human Rights do not belong in a musuem. Human Rights will only survive if people find their voice and their own way to advocate for them.
    I think that Jeremy's actions should be commended. All he was going to do was politely refuse to shake the hand of someone whose support for human rights is lukewarm at best. Watch the Tory cuts to women, environment and international development agencies and you will see what I mean. Congratulations Jeremy.

  • Todd
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Nice Job Jeremy, accusing Harper of taking advantage of a publicity stunt and glorifying himself...I'm glad you wouldn't stoop to something so low......wait.........

  • Heather
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Why did he stay in the receiving line after he was told the PM was going to be there? The attitude of this child is what gives activists bad raps and why they aren't taken seriously. Unfortunately the people who are really trying to do some good are the ones that have their causes jeopardized because something so trivial is given attention. All this kid achieved was to publicize his lack of respect and manners. Seems he is more concerned with himself than human rights.

  • Gerry
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Why, because he was asked to 'step back'?? Oh boo freakin' hoo...take a trip to Afghanastan or the aftermath of the former Yugoslavia to understand 'violating human rights'...

  • Alex
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I'm always interested to see Harpo's lackies putting in their 2 cents - no wonder unemployment rates are down, they're all new hirees staffing the Tory war-room in the run-up to this fall's election.

  • T
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I actually have no idea what this guy is complaining about. OBVIOUSLY with cameras around they don't want the Prime Minister reaching out to shake the hand of someone who will snub him. That's not smart publicity at all.

    People may not like Mr. Harper, but he is the Prime Minister of Canada, and we, as human beings, should show respect for him. It's like the old saying goes, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. Our actions should follow that same theme.

  • Ash
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Richard, I work 2 jobs. I am a law-abiding, upstanding citizen. Do you think I'm 12 or something? br br Just because I have a passion for ensuring that everyone in the world enjoys the rights we do does not make me a bad person. br br It's heartbreaking to see that others don't care. Don't you realize how lucky you are to be born into a wealthy country? And even so, what about the aboriginal people that Canada has been exploiting for so long? You would be advocating for the other side if you weren't a privileged middle-class white man. br br Kudos to all the privileged middle-class white men who DO give a s**t about human rights. Jeremy Dyer included.

  • Bert
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Peaceful protests wasn't what the police officers were breaking up Dywer!! Its the people who join in on these protest and start causing mahem so that the police officers are diverted away from areas the goons want to raid. Dywer you are a joke and certainly do not have the confidence of the rest of Nl. Even with all the animosity most nlers have for the P.m. it will pale to how they feel about what you have done.

  • Huh?
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    'oppressing peaceful protests', ah, the ignorance of youth.

  • B
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    B'hahaha. If some ones asks you to move, its not being silenced. If someone removes you or detains you, then you have in issue. Jermey, I'm sure getting your face in the Telegram will score you some points with the emo skinny jean girls (or boys, however you roll) - until they grow-up and realize what a poser you are.

    These words are my words and my rights have been maintained, and now they are on this message board.

  • Donald
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I don't know where this kid is getting the information that Police were clamping down on peaceful protests in Toronto. Maybe he just thinks it's the in thing to support. I was in Toronto during the G20, and there was nothing peaceful about it. Masked protesters were continually throwing pieces of concrete and rocks at Police. Not to mention destroying everything in sight. In a riot situation, when Police tell you to move, you move. Some people have this sense of entitlement that they can do what ever they want and the rules don't apply to them.

  • Ash
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The comments above make me ashamed to be a Newfoundlander and a Canadian. I used to proud of this place but seeing such an increase in ignorance hurts me deeply.

    If you were truly human rights activists you would NEVER shake the hand of a man who has set back the human rights movements as much as Stephen Harper has. The fact that he was even in Winnipeg for this event just shows what a major hypocrite this man is! Sure, let's take away the rights of human beings during the G8/G20 meetings (and no I AM NOT taking about the protests, I am talking about the ACTUAL content of the G8/G20... although what happened with the protests was a tragedy) and then let's show up at a human rights event. How dare he!

    As for the respect argument? I don't think Stephen Harper deserves any. I think it's interesting that after Harper has been such a jerk to this province you would all at least agree in that regard.

    It's interesting that all of you are so ready to dismiss Jeremy as a person when you don't even know him and the work he has done to advocate for human rights.

    How many of you are human rights activists? None, I bet.

    And for those of you bringing in Justin Bieber into this conversation... REALLY?! Do you REALLY have nothing better to say that you would bring in something completely irrelevant? Wow, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

    This country is headed into dark times. Get informed. Fight back. Trust me, you do not want to look back on these times and wonder how we let Canada become such an awful nation.

    It starts with you and your actions.

  • Kent
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I think this guy Dyer is seekign attention... Listen pal, your not exactly Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks or Ghandi. ... Just another rubber-boot wannabe looking for a cause, where there is none. Very transparent indeed.

  • 2 Sided Coin
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    If people have a right to protest, then other people have a right to not be subjected to protests.

  • how silly
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Yet another case of a kid parroting activist nonsense.

    And to those posting here who take exception to remarks not supporting this spoiled brat, get a grip. This kid is barely shaving and he wants to be treated like he is the second coming. One day he will put away his toys and act like an adult.

  • Libertarian
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    All this foolishness because some pretty boy with a doily on his head missed gave up his opportunity to snub Harper. The most important rights are the one's you fight for, not the ones given to you.

  • Charles
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Young Mr. Dwyer is an embarrassment to his community, his family and the province of NL. Did he think that his actions provided support to his position? Those that believe in real human rights, not human privileges are ashamed to be associated with you. NL should take better care in selecting representatives. Just another middle class, white kid with no home taught manners or real life experiences. Shameful.

  • Michelle
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Jeremy, please grow up. br br As someone who lives in Toronto and experienced the chaos of the G20 first hand, I personally commend the police for doing an excellent job for protecting people in the face of such planned destruction. br br While as a Canadian, I too depend on my right to free speech and peaceful protest, I do not agree with the endless whining of these human rights groups who have the rights of the law abiding Canadians masses swept away to accomodate the loud and often irrational voices of a few. br br If you do not want to shake someone's hand, then get out of the receiving line. br br And Angela, I could not agree more!