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Regina PPC candidates to run with Sask PCs

The three Regina candidates say that the provincial PCs is a good fit for PPC policies.

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Regina’s three People’s Party of Canada candidates all intend to run as Progressive Conservatives in the next provincial election. Trevor Wowk, Mario Milanovski , and Tracey Sparrowhawk finished fifth in their respective federal ridings last October, but believe there’s nowhere to go but up as they enter provincial politics.

“Going this route makes much more sense because this is an established party,” Sparrowhawk says. “We don’t have to bring it build it from the ground up, and there’s money available for the campaign…Plus it’s not as big a territory.”

The candidates will run in provincial ridings that are within their previous campaign areas. But the provincial ridings are smaller, since there are 14 federal seats in Saskatchewan but 61 in provincial elections. 

Seeds for the partnership were sewn last July when Saskatchewan PC leader and paratransit driver Ken Grey came to a campaign event for Wowk.

“I was almost chuckling out of my shoes the day Ken came to our barbeque because he was in full transit mode with his shorts and his safety vest and his walkie [talkie],” Wowk recalls. Grey agreed to offer PC volunteers to help PPC campaigns if the same would be reciprocated in the next provincial election.

“Early January of this year just about as I was willing to push the send button on my text message to Ken to say we need to have coffee, he sent me a text message. And that’s where we started.”

Gray says the PPC is a good match for the provincial PC’s with its emphasis on immigration policy, balanced budgets, and less centralization for provinces within the Canadian federation. He believes the governing Saskatchewan Party’s growth target of 1.4 million people by 2030 relies on “irrational immigration numbers…at all costs.”

“Many of the people that have come to us are disaffected Sask Party people who felt that the Sask Party was being more liberal, whether it was from a social conservative point of view or even an economic point of view,” Grey says. 

The Saskatchewan Party formed in 1997 as a coalition of four Progressive Conservative MLAs and four Liberal MLAs. The PCs have not won a seat since, but the Sask Party won the 2007, 2011, and 2016 elections under the leadership of Brad Wall. In his final election, the party took 51 seats and the NDP, 10.

Scott Moe replaced Wall as Saskatchewan Party leader and premier in 2018. The NDP and Liberal leaders have also been replaced, with a new Green leader to be chosen soon.

Amidst these winds of change, Grey hopes his party will increase its vote count and win a seat or two.

“The Sask Party has proven to be a very high-spending, high-taxing interventionist government. And I think a lot of conservatives took exception to that and are looking at us.”

The task before the PC Party is high. The Saskatchewan Party won the 2007, 2011, and 2016 elections under Brad Wall, taking 51 of 61 seats in his final effort.

Both the Saskatchewan Party and the PCs could also face a potential new challenger on the right as the new WEXIT Saskatchewan Party drives for its registration in time for the fall vote. 

The PC party only ran 18 candidates in the 2016 election and finished third in 10 of those. They collected 1.28 per cent of the provincial vote. Ken Grey finished third in the Regina Northeast by-election on September 24, 2018 with 2.8 per cent of the vote. Six weeks later he became the new PC leader.

In the federal election, Wowk received 573 votes in Regina-Lewvan. Saskatchewan Party MLA Warren Steinley won federally as a Conservative, taking more than half of the 51,614 votes cast. 

In recent weeks, Wowk invited former Regina-Wascana PPC candidate Mario Malinovsky to look at the platform. 

“I read through it and I felt I was getting back into PPC”, said Milanovski . 

Malinovski received 450 votes in Regina-Wascana, behind Liberal incumbent Ralph Goodale and Conservative Michael Kram, who won the seat.

“At a lot of the doors [during the federal campaign] they said they loved the platform and everything, but they have to vote Conservative now to take Trudeau out,” Maliovski says. “So I will definitely go back to the same doors.”

Sparrowhawk received 513 votes in her run against Andrew Scheer in Regina Qu’Appelle.

“It was good to get out there and talk to people and realize that a) there are a lot of people that a didn’t know who they were even going to vote for, b) they didn’t like Andrew Scheer,” Sparrowhawk says. “They were very open to hearing about the People’s Party platform.”

All three candidates attended a February 22 protest at Regina city hall calling for an end to illegal blockades. The blockades had run for days as a demonstration against pipelines, but on February 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for them to end.

“He should have done that in the first place,” Milanovski told the CBC.

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Affairs Columnist for the Western Standard

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Unvaxxed grounded in Canada

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.

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As of Tuesday, Canadian travellers over the age of 12 will no longer be able to fly or travel by train in Canada without proof of vaccination.

The policy was originally set to come into effect on October 30, however, the federal government announced it would grant a grace period to unvaccinated travellers allowing for a negative COVID-19 test to be provided within 72 hours of the trip.

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.

The new travel restrictions for the unvaccinated come on the heels of the emergence of a new variant of concern (VOC) dubbed Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cases involving the new variant, originally detected in South Africa, have been found in other countries including five cases within Canada.

Although there is not much known about the new variant at this time, the WHO confirmed scientists around the world are working to determine how the highly-mutated variant will affect transmissibility and severity of illness in the population.

Canada, along with other nations, closed its boards and expanded its screening protocols to travellers arriving from affected areas in southern Africa.

The Canadian airline industry welcomed the vaccine mandates when they were announced in October. Air Canada and West Jet have both confirmed they will be asking all travellers to produce proof of vaccination before boarding their carriers as of Tuesday.

While health measures such as masking and screening will still be required, no measures for quarantining individual travellers have been put in place with the exception of those who have travelled through or arrived from southern Africa.

“If you indicate to your airline or railway company that you’re eligible to board, but fail to provide proof of vaccination or valid COVID-19 test result, you won’t be allowed to travel and could face penalties or fines,” the government indicated in a statement.

The Canadian government is also warning permanent residents abroad to expect to provide vaccine passports to return home.

The rules don’t apply to commuter trains.

The Government of Canada has created a “reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling internationally and within Canada,” states the government’s website. The document is verified once uploaded to ArriveCAN upon returning to the country.

The website warns travellers are not guaranteed entry to another country with the documents and suggests checking the rules of your destination country and the countries you travel through.

“Today, Canada passed a sad milestone in its history,” said Matt Slatter, a pilot with a major Canadian airline and a founder of Free 2 Fly, a hub that has “Canadian aviation professionals standing with passengers in defence of freedom.”

“No longer can it hold itself as a beacon of freedom and liberal values.”

The Free 2 Fly website encourages passengers and airline workers who “feel strongly that the ability to travel should not be linked to vaccination status,” to sign up and join their movement.

“With the advent of mandates requiring all aviation and rail passengers to be vaccinated, Canada is now effectively a two-tier society,” said Slatter.

“On one tier, compliant citizens are afforded many of the rights they once enjoyed in a free society. While the other tier is essentially relegated to their own localities, with limited exception.

“History suggests this style of governance will only lead to more tragedy and heartbreak. The cure is inevitably worse than the disease. Will Canada learn from the mistakes of the past?”

Currently, there are just under 38,000 signed up on the Free 2 Fly site. One of the goals of the group is to “wage a legal campaign to block, and/or overturn, all vaccination mandates.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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CRTC trying to hang up on spoof calls

Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.

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All those calls from the taxman and Canadian Border Services officials threatening to arrest you could soon be coming to an end thanks to new regulations from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

“Many Canadians are now able to determine which calls can be trusted thanks to a new technology aimed at combating spoofed calls named STIR/SHAKEN. Caller ID spoofing is frequently used in nuisance and fraudulent calls to mask the identity of the caller,” said the CRTC in a release.

“As of today, telecommunications service providers will certify whether a caller’s identity can be trusted by verifying the caller ID information for Internet Protocol-based voice calls. This new technology will help reduce the frequency and impact of caller ID spoofing. As service providers continue to upgrade their IP networks and offer compatible phones to their customers, more and more Canadians will be able to see the effects of STIR/SHAKEN.”

It’s believed up to 25% of all calls in Canada are scams.

The CRTC said Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.

“This new caller ID technology will empower Canadians to determine which calls are legitimate and worth answering, and which need to be treated with caution. As more providers upgrade their networks, STIR/SHAKEN will undoubtedly reduce spoofing and help Canadians regain peace of mind when answering phone calls,” said Ian Scott, CRTC CEO.

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SLOBODIAN: CBC’s list of woke words to help whites

Certainly, chiefs and elders running First Nations couldn’t manage without these buffoons sitting in a newsroom or office telling them some white guy saying the word tribe should deeply offend them.

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If you’re easily offended grab a soother, a soft blankie, and go powwow with your spirit animal in a non-spooky safe space. 

This is not for the ultra-sensitive ever-hunting for ways to accuse “sexist, racist” meanies of inflicting immeasurable pain with their words that leave victims emotionally crippled.

CBC Ottawa journalists brainstormed with possibly phantom readers to compile a lame, tone-deaf list of racist words and phrases.

Of course, the savage list targets — you guessed it, insensitive white people viewed as black sheep in the La La Land where well-paid publicly-funded media fools obsess with skin colour — and sells them down the river.

Just when you think the divisive ghetto CBC tends to dwell in couldn’t-possibly-get-more-ridiculous, they conjure up this fine example of your approximately $1.5-billion tax dollars at work. 

Apparently, CBC consulted black, indigenous, and people of colour to find out what offends them. Nope, no white people. Doesn’t matter if anything offends them. They all apparently have a blind spot when it comes to tolerance, so they don’t matter.

“We ran some of the words by anti-racism and language experts, who said some of these phrases can be hurtful to various groups of people for their historical and cultural context,” said CBC.

Statues have been torn down, history is removed from school curriculums, innocent books are banned, and this is the historical content CBC uses, not to protect, but to create division and wounded feelings. 

Fellow taxpayers, we’re getting gypped with this wasteful CBC spending.

“It might be time to rethink your use of these phrases and remove them from your daily lingo. CBC Ottawa compiled a small list of words, submitted by readers and some of our journalists who are black, indigenous and people of colour,” said CBC.

The list includes ghetto, to sell someone down the river, brainstorm, blackmail, savage, spooky, gypped, powwow, crippled, tribe, black sheep, blindsided, first-world problem, spirit animal, lame, grandfathered in, and tone deaf.

So, what did the ‘experts’ say? Basically, white is bad. Really, very bad.

“The issue here is that these are all negative terms,” said Joseph Smith, an anti-racism trainer and educator. “It connotes evil, distrust, lack of intelligence, ignorance, a lack beauty — the absence of white.” 

He said the lowering of blackness in value was enhanced and pre-dated the transAtlantic slave trade. So white people walking Canadian streets who had nothing to do with that and are appalled by that are guilty? Got it.

Anti-racism trainer Jas Kalra, an inclusion and diversity coach, pointed out the tech industry is moving away from using whitelist and blacklist and adopting terms like block-list or deny-list. 

Great. And so now, the world is a better place.

According to CBC the word ghetto “implies a negative connotation toward people of a certain socio-economic class often associated with racialized groups.”  

What about the term white trailer-court trash people freely utter? If CBC feels any sympathy or outrage about those hurtful words, it neglected to say.

Ai Taniguchi, a linguist and an associate language studies professor with University of Toronto Mississauga, said words like spirit animal, powwow and tribe used by English speakers “can be a painful insult to indigenous communities.”

“If a non-indigenous person says ‘This is my tribe,’ I don’t think it’s OK, despite the fact that they’re using it presumably in a metaphorical way,” said Taniguchi.

“I didn’t know it was racist’ does not eliminate the pain of the hearer,” said Taniguchi. “As language users, we have the social responsibility to monitor the impact our utterances have on others, especially when it involves a marginalized group.”

Awww, isn’t it great that these helpless marginalized groups, most of whom are making it just fine on their own and getting along with their white neighbors and coworkers, have these condescending experts to protect them from racist slurs that aren’t meant to be racist slurs?

Certainly, chiefs and elders running First Nations couldn’t manage without these buffoons sitting in a newsroom or office telling them some white guy saying the word tribe should deeply offend them.

How would black Canadians even know what they are supposed to be wounded about without this expert help?

People make a living and derive superior self-satisfaction from creating and fueling division.

Really, who are the racists though? 

This has an anti-white stench all over it. And by feeling a need to ‘help’ marginalized groups understand what is offensive, these experts label them inferior.

Here’s another list of words and phrases that are harmful and highly offensive: CBC. Inclusion and diversity coaches. Fake lists of racial slurs.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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