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Wolf-whistling at pretty girls to be banned in Calgary

“Street harassment of women and girls is one of many types of gender-based violence,” Druh Farrell said.

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Catcalls, wolf-whistled and any unwarranted comment aimed at women in Calgary could soon be against the law.

Late Tuesday night, council unanimously passed a motion by Councillor Druh Farrell to try and stop “street harassment” in Calgary.

It’s up to city administration to now draft a bylaw that would be able to stand up to a court challenge.

“Street harassment of women and girls is one of many types of gender-based violence,” Farrell said.  

“This type of violence manifests in physical, sexual and psychological forms and include sexual violence and harassment.”

Councillor Jyoti Gondek spoke in support of the motion.

“Council, I know it’s easy to sometimes dismiss motions like this and to say, ‘you know, what’s the big deal, somebody whistled at you take it as a compliment, it’s really not a big problem,” she said.

“That is not what we’re talking about here, we are talking about the safety of women and girls in our city. We’re talking about their ability to fully participate in our city and not feel threatened.”

Administration will report back to council next year.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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  1. Joni Menz

    December 17, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Can we just stop. This type of behaviour is rude and harassing, but don’t call it violence. It is an insult to rape and sexual assault victims to call it such.

  2. Cytotoxic

    December 17, 2020 at 9:22 am

    “That is not what we’re talking about here, we are talking about the
    safety of women and girls in our city. We’re talking about their ability
    to fully participate in our city and not feel threatened.”

    “I know you have your premise, but just accept mine without argument and you’ll see I’m right”.

    • warrenzoell

      December 17, 2020 at 11:57 am

      And not being whistled at will increase the safety of woman and girls?
      Do you have numbers supporting this?
      Admittedly whistling at women falls under what many would consider vulgar speech or expression. But whistling causes no harm other than to offend… Maybe. And yes, some women actually enjoy it. Believe you me I know. I’ve seen it all the time when I worked on construction sites. The last time I checked the right not to be offended isn’t a right.
      What would be next? “Your looking at me offends me”? (don’t laugh, that’s actually happened). Thin edge of the wedge as it were.

      “I know you have your premise, but just accept mine without argument and you’ll see I’m right”.

      • Cytotoxic

        December 17, 2020 at 5:12 pm

        I think you need to re-read my comment. Maybe I could have made it clearer, maybe we need a ‘sardonic’ font. Hint: I’m making fun of Gondek’s “style” of “argument”.

      • warrenzoell

        December 17, 2020 at 5:19 pm

        Oh OK. The intent is often lost in the written word.

    • BabyItsColdOutside

      December 17, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Women have a built in safety. You will be saved soon.
      When you turn around 45, no one will notice you anyway.

  3. warrenzoell

    December 17, 2020 at 8:17 am

    I wouldn’t imagine Jyoti Gondek and Druh Farrell got any whistles.
    What’s next? “stop looking at me!”

  4. Allen

    December 17, 2020 at 8:05 am

    “Gender-based violence.” Whistling is violence now. Brought to you by the ugliest woman on council.

  5. H Jenson

    December 16, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Rising unemployment and this is what Calgary council is spending their time on.

  6. Brenda Huxley

    December 16, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Next … Women will be wearing the Berqua in Calgary.

    • BabyItsColdOutside

      December 17, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Well on the way with a mask.

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Kenney leadership review to be held April 9 in Red Deer, in convention-style vote

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

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Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

A pay-to-vote leadership review of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney will be held April 9 in Red Deer, the Western Standard has learned.

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

The source said the board felt it was “being generous” to the 22 rebel ridings by holding a review in April.

Details on how much it will cost to go to the conference are still being worked out, but it will be a system where you have to pay to vote, the source said.

Those details are expected to be announced in January.

While the board meeting was “friendly,” pro-Kenney factions later held long discussions to plan strategy, said the source.

A convention-style review appears to favour Kenney as opposed to a one-vote-per-party-member system as Kenney is famed for his political organizing power.

His office came under fire last month for allegedly using money from third-party political action committees (PACs) to send people to the UCP AGM which turned into a Kenney love-fest that left the leader smiling.

Kenney denied knowledge of the PAC money.

“I’m not involved in third party organizations, but third party political organizations are free, within the law, to be involved in politics,” said Kenney.

Prior to the AGM Airdrie-Cochrane UCP MLA Peter Guthrie sent Kenney a letter which said the party was on the verge of collapse. 

“Public opinion continues to wane, and we may be at a point where this party cannot be salvaged,” writes Guthrie, in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“Membership has fallen from 150,000 to less than 10,000 and fundraising is evaporating along with our credibility.”

Much of the UCP grassroots frustration has come on the heels of controversial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Kenney also brought in a vaccine passport scheme he vowed never to introduce.

Another scandal that infuriated UCP members was when the infamous pictures were published of Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace” in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney would be the subject of an early party leadership review.

“Caucus is in total chaos,” said the MLA, who spoke with the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

But the expected caucus revolt failed to materialize.

At one point the caucus booted MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes for dissension.

Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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YouTube cancels Western Standard for reporting news story

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

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YouTube issued one strike against the Western Standard for reporting on a Calgary police officer who was put on leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccinations.

YouTube sent the notification via e-mail to Derek Fildebrandt, president and CEO of the Western Standard, on Wednesday, and stated the video included in the story violates YouTube’s “medical misinformation policy.”

“YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO),” said the e-mail.

“YouTube banned our account for sharing content that contradicted the advice of the WHO and local health authorities,” said Fildebrandt.

“But the WHO and local health authorities contradict themselves. One such health authority, Alberta Health Services (AHS), had to contradict itself after the Western Standard caught them lying to Albertans about which they falsely claimed was a COVID-19 death of a child.”

The notice indicated YouTube had removed the video stating, “We know this might be disappointing, but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all.”

In the video, an emotional Const. Brian Denison, a 24-year veteran with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), explained the turmoil he has faced for refusing to be vaccinated by the December 1 deadline set out by the CPS.

Denison, one year from retirement, called the vaccine policy a “farce” and said the CPS is “bullying” staff. He also described the segregation of society into the “vaccinated and unvaccinated” as similar to Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The Western Standard’s News Editor Dave Naylor covered the story in an unbiased fashion and included the video of Denison.

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

The YouTube team further warned a second strike will result in a two-week suspension and three strikes within a 90-day period would result in the channel being permanently removed.

“YouTube — like other big tech and big social corporations — is so terrified of being regulated by the government that it over-regulates itself,” said Fildebrandt.

“In time, these monopolies will destroy themselves.”

The Western Standard has already submitted an appeal to YouTube and contacted their press department, as well as moved the video in question to Rumble.

“Of all the social media giants, YouTube has the weakest monopoly,” said Fildebrandt.

“They can ban the Western Standard and other media from posting legitimate news content all they like, and we’ll just put it on other platforms. That’s why we’ve been making a concerted effort to utilize platforms with a greater respect for free speech, like Rumble.”

The Western Standard did not receive a response from YouTube’s press department in time for publishing.

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

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Canada joins growing diplomatic boycott of Chinese 2022 Olympics

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

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First, it was the US. Then Australia. Now Canada has joined the list of countries refusing to send diplomats or high-level officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete.

“For months, we have been coordinating and discussing the issue with our allies,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday.

“As many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.

“This should not come as a surprise” to the Chinese regime, said Trudeau.

“(The athletes) need to have one thing in mind and that’s representing the country to the best of their ability and winning a gold medal for Canada,” he said.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons passed a motion calling the violence directed at religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.” Trudeau and his cabinet were absent for the vote.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said it “understands and respects” the decision and applauds the effort to “draw an important distinction between the participation of athletes and the participation of government officials.”

Canada’s last Olympic boycott was in Russia in 1980, protesting that country’s invasion of Afghanistan.

The US announced its decision on Monday.

“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the [People’s Republic of China]’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing.

Chinese officials have already said the US will pay for its boycott.

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