Bullying is a major problem in Canadian schools, workplaces, homes, and on the internet. Three in four Canadian adults said they were bullied while in school, according to a new survey, while nearly half of the parents polled said their kids have been bullied at some point.
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“Pink Shirt Day” is a national event encouraging Canadians to don pink shirts and take a stand against bullying by raising awareness of the problem. The movement began in Nova Scotia in 2007, after a student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. It has since spread across Canada, with people of all ages joining in the fight against bullying.
WATCH: Tara Robinson from YouthLink Calgary explains the significance of Pink Shirt Day and why it’s important.
Several events are happening around Alberta. In Edmonton, the annual hair massacure coincides with the day. All day long people sporting bright pink hair will be having their heads shaved at the West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace, and many will be wearing pink shirts too.
— Hair Massacure NA (@HairMassacureNA) February 23, 2016
Premier Rachel Notley, Education Minister David Eggen and Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir will also be celebrating Pink Shirt Day with students at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton.
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