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Former top RCMP officer blasts Trudeau, brass in scathing letter

“Your manner to conclude that the RCMP is ‘systematic racist’ is based on myth rather than true facts,” wrote Gilles Favreau

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A former top member of the RCMP has written a scathing letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau slamming him and current RCMP leadership for letting Canadians believe there is systemic racism within the force.

Former RCMP Deputy Commissioner of Operations Gilles Favreau has also posted the letter to the
RCMP Veterans Association website.

“It was an error to have ‘sullied’ the Commissioner of the RCMP in the public domain, forcing her to retract herself in order to support her Prime Minister in contempt of her members. She had lost some credibility within the RCMP and more seriously by the Canadian population. She is now perceived as the head of an organization submissive to the public power rather than being independent to political motives,” Favreau wrote.

“You, that we have protected since your infancy, would have to lead us to believe that you are more acquainted with the RCMP than your recent statement depicts, especially based on your personal experience on how many RCMP members that you have met are considered racist. Your manner to conclude that the RCMP is ‘systematic racist’ is based on myth rather than true facts.”

Last month, Trudeau said the RCMP and other police agencies across the country have a problem with systemic racism — a day after RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said she’s “struggling” with the term and denied racism is entrenched within the organization.

The comments came after the death in the U.S. of black man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officers and several high profile violent RCMP arrests of Indigenous men in Canada.

“Your search for justice toward the Aboriginals should not translate itself by declarations founded on perceptions rather than on documented facts. We do not need to compare ourselves to the ‘foul mouths’ of our southern neighbours and act as if they are similar to ours. We are much different in our ways to perceive such things. Suffice to think of immigration, racism, weapons control and police to name a few,” Favreau wrote.

“The RCMP is present in all provinces and territories, with provincial police responsibilities in eight provinces and three territories. In addition, municipal responsibilities for 52 municipalities. Fifteen to twenty thousands members implement thousands of operations every day. Of course, on some occasions, members under pressure overreact. However, these misdemeanours are never ordered, supported or tolerated by any level of management.”

Favreau said he doesn’t believe the RCMP is systematically racist and that other Canadian prime ministers wouldn’t have put up with it if it was.

“During the 1990’s the RCMP created a Directorate headed by an Assistant Commissioner, specially dedicated to the needs of the Aboriginal Nations. Also, a group of ‘Elders’ were appointed to counsel the RCMP to better meet their objectives and services. Is this a systematically racist Organization?” he wrote.

“Is it thinkable that persons of such distinction as the Hon. Brian Mulroney would have supported the RCMP if known to be racist? He was known to have ferociously fought for the rights of the black communities in South Africa. Do you also believe that the Hon. Jean Chretien would have been so blind to this fact, especially being a father of an aboriginal son? In addition, do you think such honourable persons such as Commissioner Nadon, Simmonds, Inkster and Murray would have tolerated such a situation?

“During my thirty five year career, I have met hundreds of politicians and have gotten to know, due to my responsibilities, not less than seven Solicitors General during my term, responsible for all criminal operations throughout Canada. During that period, we had more than thirty complaints concerning members of Parliament. In addition, the RCMP conducted hundreds of investigations during many years implicating political representatives of all parties. As a result, one must not come to the conclusion that our government, especially our politicians are part of a corrupt system. Definitely not!

“In conclusion, Mister Prime Minister and all members of Parliament who try to gain political points on the back of the RCMP members should show some discomfort and embarrassment. In fact, they should have requested for explanations, valid and dependable statistics before identifying our members as racist and by doing so, humiliating us by kneeling down as if demanding pardon for our renowned organization who has served our country with honour, integrity and devotion for the last 147 years.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.

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Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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Officials urge booster injections to tackle lingering Delta variant amid Omicron craze

The WHO classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” however, the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.

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The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly urging COVID-19 booster injections for those over the age of 50.

In addition, the committee is now recommending boosters of an authorized mRNA vaccine to those 18-49 years of age at least six months after completion of a “primary COVID-19 vaccine series with consideration of jurisdictional and individual risks.”

The announcement comes amid global discussion of the Omicron variant. The federal government requested on Tuesday that NACI swiftly review its booster guidance in response to Omicron.

The NACI’s new booster recommendation, however, focuses on the lingering Delta variant while more details are gathered on Omicron.

On Nov. 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” although the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.

“As chair of the South African Medical Association and a GP of 33 years standing, I have seen a lot over my medical career,” writes Dr. Angelique Coetzee, in an op-ed for the Daily Mail.

“But nothing has prepared me for the extraordinary global reaction that met my announcement this week that I had seen a young man in my surgery who had a case of COVID that turned out to be the Omicron variant.”

The young man was unaware he had contracted the virus.

Coetzee says she has seen nothing about the variant that warrants panic.

“No one here in South Africa is known to have been hospitalized with the Omicron variant, nor is anyone here believed to have fallen seriously ill with it,” writes Coetzee.

She also says the variant has been circulating South Africa for “some time.”

Viruses — such as COVID-19 — have their own DNA or RNA, therefore allowing them to mutate into new forms.

“This virus is going exactly how you’d expect,” Dr. Steven Pelech, chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, told the Western Standard.

“Strains are going to predominate which are more infectious and mild. That’s how it displaces other variants, it doesn’t kill the host. The host often doesn’t even know they are infected.”

Pelech — who is far from alone in his analysis — suggests the “variants of concern,” including Delta, are merely steps towards COVID-19 evolving into a common coronavirus. One that is highly infectious and exceedingly mild.

The Canadian government implemented additional travel restrictions in response to Omicron on November 30 — built upon previous measures.

“We know that these concerning mutations can arise and, where vaccinations are low in parts of the world, they can spread rapidly,” said BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday.

BC officials say the province will have more information on Omicron and its implications — such as vaccine efficacy — in the coming weeks.

“Isn’t this the same playbook we heard a year ago with the Delta variant?” said Pelech.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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Surrey RCMP investigating rocks thrown from overpass

Multiple vehicles, including a transit bus, were damaged by rocks hurled from the pedestrian overpass. Fortunately, no one was injured.

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Several incidents involving rocks thrown onto Highway 99 in South Surrey have prompted an investigation from Surrey RCMP.

Multiple vehicles, including a transit bus, were damaged by rocks hurled from the pedestrian overpass. Fortunately, no one was injured.

The first incident took place on November 26, at 7:44 p.m. when a semi-truck and bus were struck with rocks. The following incident, involving another two semi-trucks occurred three days later on November 29 at 10:49 p.m., and most recently, November 30 at 10:20 p.m. when yet another two semi-trucks were damaged.

“These incidents are very concerning. Throwing objects off of the overpass has the potential to cause serious or even fatal injuries to the occupants of vehicles,” said Cpl. Vanessa Munn, Surrey RCMP.

“We are asking anyone with information to contact police. If you reside in the area please check your residential cameras and be sure to report all suspicious activity to police.”

The overpass where these incidents took place is between the 32 Avenue and King George Boulevard exits of Highway 99.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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