A look at Crime Prevention in North Bay.

If you live in North Bay & Struggle. I hope this is an option that has been made readily available to you.

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Written by Ashton Deroy

“Crime, is it is nuisance to society & a black-white way of reviewing people’s capacity for goodness? Or is a crime a mechanism used by the lower class as a method of survival.” Ashton Deroy

Over the weekend I placed myself in North Bay to recover from flu for which I overstressed. It is here where I am staying with 2 individuals. One who is diagnosed with PTSD one of the conditions I have. As well as another individual with autism a condition I also share. In order to protect their identities, their names will be omitted from this article.  My trip to get here was over 10 hours including my commute into downtown Toronto. Since arriving I have had traveling sickness & 2 major anxiety attacks.

It was here I learned about the policing environment executed in North Bay. Sure on the surface, it looks like a town all nice & cutely put together. Decorated with Private businesses & plenty of middle class to go around. It is the kind of place where someone can get drunk in their buddy’s shed. However, behind that quietness, there is a silent sadness occurring. 

People with mental disorders in this town seem to shut out the world. At 7/23/2018 I am in a home with the aforementioned amazing hosts & because of the environment with frequent rainfall & social class policing my hosts are often locked inside. Where are their supports? This is going to have to be a question I answer in this journal. 

What is Crime Prevention, according to Wikipedia refer to the quote below:

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This article discusses the ugliness is racial profiling that exists in an overactive policing system related to New York. City.  https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestoryamericas/2012/06/201261952286250.html

How does this relate to North Bay? 

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New York is 10 hours away from North Bay. 

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About a 3-hour drive from Toronto. 

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Plus 22 hours from Ottawa. 

These three communities probably have the biggest influence on the structure created for North Bay society. I said earlier that this was largely a private community. Tons of small businesses, churches & tourism spots. 

How does the policing look? 

It is 8:00am/800. I am going to walk around to see if I can see a patrol car watching things. I want to mention that I believe even if they used a complaint based policing system in this town. The enforcement may still be executed much too swiftly. As commonly believed political theory states that Conservatism of a private economy much resembles a cleaner but still a devastating organizational fascism.

The police do not know me in this town. So if one was to profile me I am going to look disabled, in sweatpants & a baggy misfitting t-shirt. If possible I would love the chance to talk to a police officer about this crime prevention service. I will let you know how it goes. 

Private communities AKA “outside my door I am blind.”

I am from a small town called Brighton Ontario. This above quote is the unfortunate truth I know about private communities.

Even from my time growing up in rural Canada. There was no teaching my community fast enough about the changed landscape of gay rights, religious freedoms & non-conforming gender individuals. The community was too busy devouring anyone who seemed different. 


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800/8:00am crime patrol and crime prevention car going about their route.

My new friend out patrolling at 800/8:00am. In case you missed it, I tried to get myself profiled in raggedy clothes so I could ask them about their crime prevention service. What I think I did wrong & what I can’t duplicate? Police have never agitated me so I don’t initiate hostility with them like my friends who claim,”We get pulled over all the time.” I also had brushed hair. A guy with brushed hair in sweatpants with big arms is just a fitness freak. When the hair is unruly that is when you get profiled as a lower class citizen.

My experience with police is more helpful than most. Police have been used to calm me and intervene in behaviors where I was a danger to myself as a young person with autism. This is one thing the Quinte West OPP do really well. I can remember when I was 14 the police have to get involved with stopping my mom’s intoxicated driving boyfriend. Back then it was one of the best things that could have possibly happened to our family.

Unfortunately, our mom stuck with him through his stupidities & he continues to abuse as well as scare me until I moved out at 14. That was the first time I was kicked out!

Is crime about survival? 

“You won’t let me have the resources I need, so I find them.” I think that is what my friends would say if they were as articulate as me. You forget with the disability comes an innate barrier. You can’t access employment because so much of your life is out of control, you can’t access community resources because of they all close early, but you can access a hospital. Which is ironic since many of us in and around Toronto end up there after pushing our mental buttons down too hard.

A little hint, “Crime is about survival.”

Stories I can recall thus far.

  1. They found money around a gas station that accepted Point of Sale transaction at the pump. Meaning money commonly falls on the ground at these locations.
  2. They frauded a credit card as a means of survival.
  3. They were homeless in Toronto & traveled to North Bay by public & private transit.
  4. They as well as I can recall sleeping outside.

Questions I still have. 

  1. Are the police using some form of intimidation to scare minority criminals? 
  2. Is Social stigma in association with crime a barrier here?
  3. How do I apply what I have learned & my experiences to heal my own brain?
  4. Will my new friends find happiness together? Or will they find isolation? They deserve to be as happy as anyone else. hearts.png

Contact me: 

  1. If you have thoughts on this article 
  2. If you want to log a comment with the website. 
  3. If you need a content writer 
  4. Or if you want to hire a market research consulting from a financial research background.

Email Ashtonderoy@gmail.com or SMS 647-850-6802.

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Events Marketing product update

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Ashton Deroy Writes: The link above links to our Fiverr Service product. Plan your next Pride event  or regular event with the assistance of the crew at the Mayb. We are designers, freelance writers & designers. 

I personally have 3+ years experience doing LGBTQ Pride event Marketing, public relations and writer promotion. Clients of mine have previously received recognition from BBC world News and local recognition on Radio news mediums. 

Most famously I was well known for trying to manage the internal chaos of the Kingston pride event in 2016. I was trying relieve tensions with Kingston pride & the gender-nonconforming community by being out myself as gender non-conforming and showing the support Kingston pride had given to me. 

“My passion is events & causes that make a difference and have huge impacts of the economics of a community.” 

What are we in the process of doing? 

  1. Finding a DJ to help with the production of a 30 minute radio show with 2 5 minute talks segments. Looking for cost per show, pitch on Fiverr. 
  2. Getting an electronic shop up to design & sell T-shirts related to pride
  3. Creating a content outline. 

Ryley James on the teen rebel phase

Written by Ryley James

Anonymous request for advice from Ryley,

“My sister who is bisexual and a teen is experiencing a rebellious phase with marijuana misuse. Do you have any experience in this area?”

While I did go through a rebel phase (it is hard not to with parents who don’t particularly support or care about who you are), I never did drugs or anything like that. I was more concerned about how I was going to pass my classes and pay for school and the rest of my generalized anxiety disorder. I was never doing drugs, and by the time I was in a place both mentally and physically where I could have tried it, I was in a safe space where I could successfully weigh the pros and cons of the situation. I decided that it was better to leave the smoking to my friends who did that than to try it myself. For me, my rebel phase was more about my body and what I looked and felt like.

As soon as I could do so without consequences, whatever I could do to make my parents uncomfortable with who I was and what I looked like, I took that chance. I got my first facial piercing the moment I got out of high school, I dyed my hair strange colors as soon as physically possible after graduation, I got my lip pierced soon after and my first tattoo for the same reasons. Even now I pick my clothing not only based on what will make me feel good about myself, but what would have my parent’s telling me am not allowed to leave the house until I put on something more conservative. Even if I didn’t do the same thing she is doing, I did go through the same phase, and I probably felt similar things to what she is feeling.
I had been living in a space where I felt like I was confined to a role I didn’t fit, and as soon as I had the means and the space to do so, I changed something I could control so that even if I had to
continue living that role I could do so knowing I was living it my way.
Rebellion itself (be it mine or that of any historical or literary context) has always been about control;I wouldn’t doubt that her’s is too. If I am correct, she is doing this as a way to take back control of her life during a time when she feels like she doesn’t have control. The best thing for you to do in that situation, is to take a step back and just let her do it.
Let her feel in control of what happens to her, and don’t be high and mighty if things go south.

Don’t try to lecture her on safety, don’t try to insert yourself into the situation, don’t try to steer her decisions. It is scary, yeah, because when it comes to keeping her safe there really isn’t much you can do with a hands-off approach, but in the long run not only will it be better for her to have these mistakes and victories under her belt, but it will be better for your relationship too.
If she comes to you for help, hear her out like an adult. Listen to her problem, help her look into solutions, and if she picks a solution that you wouldn’t go with but ultimately won’t end up hurting herself or others, don’t try to shut her down or steer her away from it. Don’t treat her like a child. Treat her like a person who can make informed decisions, because that is what she is.
More likely than not she knows more about her situation than you think she does, and even that you do. She is bound to make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean that she is uninformed or doesn’t know what her situation is. You can be there to catch her if she falls even if she doesn’t want you there to help her every other step of the way.
Be a safety net, not a strait jacket, because that is what she needs right now.

 

S.W. Agency business plan

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We are now developing the business plan for S.W. Agency. This is an exciting endeavor with in our network of freelancers that I have connected with both in person and over Fiverr.

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At this time we have my sister Ashley working on a project to do artwork for my personal blog. Diana Skye is now developing her Fiverr shop that will be linked on this page as soon as it is ready. There is likely to be a higher output of the business this year than there was the year before. So lets get excited for everything happening!

Knuckleheads go bowling!

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Ashton Deroy Writes: My Depression was hitting me hard in April, as it usually does and I needed to have my spirits lifted. Alana Skye to the rescue again! She took me bowling in Newmarket and we annoyed some people as we always do. It was a great time. I am lucky to have some of the greatest friends & family imaginable. I hope you get a kick out of our bowling video below. 

 

 

Another update: We are now in the planning phases of launching a personal sales business for print and digital promotion. Get in touch with me for more details at Ashtonderoy@gmail.com 

When is it time to transition from college staff to a recruiter & or career counsellor?

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People sometimes ask why I get jobs so quickly in transition periods. They might even assume it has to do with a heightened skills that employers demand. Neither of these things are why though.

I have experience accessing resources for mental health, crisis & of course needing a job. When I need a job, I no longer waste my time on job boards & consulting professors. I go straight to the source. The people who are paid specifically to complete hiring quotas. I am talking about government funded employment counsellors &  company recruiters.

How do you know when it is time to approach employment counsellor instead of academic staff? If you have graduated college in Canada as of May 2018 it is time just get to Employment Ontario. Time to access these employment resources. They connect you with usually vetted job boards, resume & cover letter best practices and mock interviews. The people I know who were waiting on professors to get them digital marketing jobs are “still waiting”.

What if you want to join the army? Don’t get me wrong it is not an easy process but get started sooner rather than later. As of now I am still awaiting a college transcript to start this process. (It takes that long!) you might yourself have paperwork to get done. Get started now! However army recruiters are extremely efficient and I am related to a few.

How do I know if I can trust a talent recruiter or HR representative? They met with you in person. Every outsourced talent recruiter who I only meet on the phone is a complete moron! I don’t even think the last guy I talked to didn’t know half of what was happening at a firm whose job offer I had to reject. I have also been sent to non-existent sites & old addresses. When you are on the phone with a talent recruiter or HR rep? Ask if they will be at the office to meet with you. If not hit “do not go.”

How long did it take to get my last job? By not doing an on the couch job search, by connecting with experts and cold calling agencies. I got my job in field for the first time on

Wednesday May 2nd 2018.  I didn’t waste my time with a college career connection. I knew where I needed to go from my own research.

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Should I quit my job to manage my online store?

Most Shopify users may as well be making minimum wage to under minimum wage. Only the smallest percent of survey Entrepreneur drop shippers make a killing.

Sorry to burst your bubble but this is not the time to be an online Entrepreneur. Sadly I think the time you wanted to get on and off the ride was from 2012-2015. Factoring in things such as the Facebook + YouTube Algorithm changes, the fact most stores sell want-based products & the percentage of people selling branded merchandise without proper licensing. This will not likely be how you make your living.

Should you quit your job for the drop shipping lifestyle? Absolutely not, you should keep your job and invest your income. Also, hire a content manager for when you are working. Someone to sign up email contacts, create content and get your brand noticed on the web because it is not easy anymore. 

It is time to unload the truth on you. You became a drop shipper because you thought eCommerce would be an easy job. Why wouldn’t you think eCommerce is easy? That is what Shopify told you. Only to realize the market is cluttered, Facebook is screwing with your business & the customers don’t buy expensive products. 

 

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To unlicensed merchandise sellers in North America. There are now a variety of ways to report you for selling copyright merchandise, but you want to still take these stupid risks? Have someone do a risk analysis for you and you should be able to see that ripping off and reselling someone else’s intellectual property is not very smart. Even if you see Asian suppliers or stores doing it, you don’t do it! The Asian market is different and therefore follows different regulations for operating their creative businesses. 

Now you know the truth about the drop shipping business. This is not your new career or your pathway to millionaire status. These are want-based stores, balancing on the balance beam of regulations & advertisers have been lying on behalf of Shopify to say selling goods on Facebook is easy. Do not quit your job to sell stuff on Shopify unless you want to starve. 

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