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BC man who stutters stands up to Enbridge

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Murray Minchin is a postal worker from Kitimat, British Columbia, and a vocal advocate for protecting the Douglas Channel, part of the coastal region he calls home. When he heard about plans for a pipeline and marine terminal there three years ago, the potential damage to the environment worried him. Despite his stutter and chronic shyness that had affected him his whole life, he decided to become a spokesperson for the cause and stand up to the huge Alberta gas distribution company, Enbridge.

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Stuttering and sincerity

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Most people seemed to like Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention on September 4. But some pundits and commentators pointed out a habit she had of stuttering on certain phrases. While some people called her out for being "fake", others thought it enhanced her speech by making her seem humble and honest. It was a genuine "part of her rhetorical style", and had been "practiced" .

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Freedom of Speech at the Beach

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CSA members Daniele Rossi and Samuel Dunsiger share what they got out of attending the 2012 National Stuttering Association conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

By Daniele Rossi

This year marked my third time attending the NSA conference. It was great to hang out with my friends again and have good times together.
But spending only four days with my friends just was not enough.

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"Kill Your Stutter" Exposed

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At the risk of sounding repetitive, it is time to restate our campaign against the "Kill Your Stutter" product that is currently being sold over the net through the on-line marketing company Clickbank. On the face of it, the whole thing seems frivolous and ridiculous, something nobody would fall for. Yet the price of the e-book that claims to be able to stop stuttering in 10 minutes has risen steadily since its introduction, from $37 to $97 – it would seem sales are going strong. The people who sell it have nothing but contempt for people who stutter, as illustrated by the communication on an on-line forum where they make fun of stuttering and comment that people who stutter "seem like a good desperate niche [market]".

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Stuttering John's Bistro

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On Saturday June 2, some members of the stuttering community in Toronto made a road trip to Oshawa, Ontario to Stuttering John's Bistro, to visit our friend Johnathon Boville and treat ourselves to more delicious food. We had a great time! We got a chance to visit with each other and Johnathon joined us, between serving customers, to chat and let us know what he's been up to.

Johnathon has always been very active in his community, volunteering his time for fundraising events for the youth and schools, and is an active BIA member. Recently his contribution to the community was recognized by the Durham Regional Employment Network (DREN).

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Social media and stuttering

This article was first published in the Fall/Winter 2011 version of CSA Voices.

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Upon returning home from the National Stuttering Association conference in Fort Worth, Texas last year, I’ll admit that one of the first things I did was log onto Facebook. Its normal addictive powers are even greater when you come home from a conference that hosted 800 people and you want to connect with them. During the first few post-conference days, I felt like I was high on Facebook. I spent more hours than usual on it, adding new stuttering friends and browsing through profiles. It’s the power of social media.

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