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MORGAN: Let’s call BLM for what it is. A hate group

“While Calgary and the nation mourns the murder of young Calgary police officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett, Edmonton Black Lives Matter activist Abdulhakim Dalel issues a tweet literally laughing at the death and implying that the slain officer was corrupt.”




While Calgary and the nation mourns the murder of young Calgary police officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett, Edmonton Black Lives Matter activist Abdulhakim Dalel issues a tweet literally laughing at the death and implying that the slain officer was corrupt.

Harnett’s wife – pregnant with heir unborn child – probably isn’t in on the joke.

Will this be the final straw for BLM-friendly politicians and media? Will people of public profile finally call out these extremists or at least stop pandering to them?

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Black Lives Matter has proven itself to be an extremist group for years by their own activities and statements within Canada and abroad; yet in Calgary Mayor Nenshi and his gang on city council gifted BLM with a $120,000 arts grant in order to promote their cause. Will this latest statement from a prominent BLM activist make the Calgary city council reconsider further virtue signalling through pandering to BLM with tax dollars?

Progressive organizations such as Pride Edmonton let BLM bully them to the point where the 2019 Edmonton Pride parade was cancelled. The 2020 Edmonton Pride parade was cancelled due to COVID-19. Will Pride Edmonton finally tell BLM to go to hell and hold a parade in 2021, or will they continue to cower to an organization that dances on the graves of murdered police officers?

Yusra Khogali is one of the founding leaders of Toronto’s BLM chapter. She referred to white people as being sub-human and mused about how she has to struggle to keep herself from killing them.

The incidents of hate and violence from BLM leaders and activists in the United States are simply too long to list not to mention their very well-established streak of anti-Semitism.

There are some very real cultural issues that need to be addressed and solved within police forces. Incidents of police violence, sexism and racism are too numerous to ignore. We need to be examining the causes of these issues and making changes to mitigate them. We should be striking task forces and citizens committees to deal with this issue but the extremists within BLM should have no part in these actions.

BLM rallies are always peppered with ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards) signs and ACAB graffiti is always left behind after a protest. How can we reasonably work with people like that? We can’t.

Had any other organization held such a solid history of violence and hate as BLM, they would have been banned or at the very least marginalized by mainstream organizations and leaders. Instead, our prime minister takes a knee to them. Cancel culture has made elected officials cower in abject terror when it comes to any issue which may involve race. This has allowed BLM to promote their flavour of extremism unchecked for way too long.

Public figures have become complicit in their silence with BLM extremism. They can no longer ignore these statements and actions. They need to actively call out BLM.

We are heading into what is sure to be another tumultuous and challenging year. If we are to see any progress with our policing issues, we will only be able to do so without the input and participation of BLM. That means we have to have the courage to call BLM out for what they are which is a group of extremists. Nothing less.

Cory Morgan is the Podcast Editor and a columnist for the Western Standard

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  1. G.S.K. herzak

    January 12, 2021 at 3:19 am

    Nonsense. BLM is in favour of black rights, Palestinian rights, refugees and immigrants. Does that sound like a hate group?
    The racists are, be honest, white conservatives who abuse refugees, support police brutality, support Modi’s persecution of Muslims and Netanyahu’s same with Palestinians.
    White supremacy is Canada’s greatest threat and must be confronted. BLM does so. If that’s hateful, opposing the KKK is hateful too!

  2. Mars Hill

    January 10, 2021 at 12:07 am

    BLM is why I’m done with professional sports…their virtue signalling of support was sickening, and I don’t have a racist bone in my body, just sick of this $hit.

  3. Charles Martell III

    January 9, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    During Obama’s 8 year run as President . . . over 4000 blacks were killed in Chicago . . . more than were lost in the same period in Iraq.
    BLM said and did absolutely NOTHING . . . although they did have a number of audiences at the White House.
    I still remember BLM marching down the street shouting “What do we want? Dead Cops” . . .

  4. joc22

    January 6, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    The BLM movement leader in the US has openly admitted to being a practicing communist and training in communist tactics. Where she took this training it hasn’t been released but you can go o any public school, college or university in North America to find communist indoctrination going on in the classrooms. For some insight into how this indoctrination goes about, here’s an article from a person who spent 27 years living the Dream of communism. https://spencerfernando.com/2019/01/03/i-survived-communism-are-you-ready-for-your-turn/

  5. That's Dr. #SAND to you...

    January 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Our gutless politicians want to be bullied.

    Here’s another BLM gem:

    “BLM Toronto leader believes white people are sub-human, calls them ‘genetic defects'”


  6. Amanda Jean

    January 6, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Abdulhakim Dalel is not associated with the organization BLM. This is irresponsible journalism. Just because some random person tweets a hate comment, doesn’t mean they represent an entire movement. This article is fear mongering and does not encourage conversation. It divides citizens and is incredibly inflammatory.

    • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

      January 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Spoken like a true racism apologist.

    • Guest

      January 6, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Not believing you Amanda Jean. Let Edmonton Black Lives Matter (BLM) make a statement on Mr. Dalel. Or, are you the mouth of BLM Edmonton Amanda?

      • Amanda Jean

        January 7, 2021 at 3:08 am

        Hi Trust but verify, BLM leaders made statements on FB. Author Mr. Morgan did not ask the BLM group about it or look into it, which is why I feel this is poor journalism. But now you know. 👍

      • sunbeamvalley

        January 8, 2021 at 9:45 pm

        Post deleted. What was stated by Amanda Jean?

      • Guest

        January 9, 2021 at 2:15 pm

        I didn’t take a screen shot of her comment & I can’t remember what she said.

  7. That's Dr. #SAND to you...

    January 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    This will shock you: No CBC coverage.

  8. fedup citizen

    January 6, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Let’s be blunt ..that POC is a POS.

  9. Mars Hill

    January 6, 2021 at 12:37 am


  10. Guest

    January 5, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Abdulhakim Dalel has made some very slanderous statements concerning a police officer whom served the Calgary Community well. Mr. Dalel is an activist of the Edmonton Black Lives Matters (BLM). Does the Edmonton BLM also agree with the statement of Dalel concerning Sgt. Andrew Harnett ?

    I am thinking in the very least this is a hate/racist’s crime by a black person against a white cop. If the situation was turned around where a white person had made a similar statement concerning a black person the media and politicians would be falling over themselves to cover this, but as is normal for Canadian media they hide in their ignorance & fear.

    Thanks for posting this opinion Western Standard. At least the WS has a backbone to stand up to racist hypocrisy.

    • Wildrose Wip

      January 5, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      It boggles my mind how someone could be so hateful…I feel sorry for this dude. Hopefully he will never be in power anywhere in Canada.

      • sunbeamvalley

        January 8, 2021 at 9:44 pm

        Agreed. Sadly, I wouldn’t be shocked if he gained support. Hating white people is fashionably woke don’t ya know?
        I would like to know if any media agencies approached him for comment?

      • G.S.K. herzak

        January 12, 2021 at 3:23 am

        Yet you don’t mind white nationalists having powerful political positions in Alberta and Canada?

  11. Rod M. Kerr

    January 5, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    This guy is slanderous and promoting hate . How come he is not charged?????WTF

    • GonadTheRuffian

      January 5, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Skin tone and religious affiliations. That’s why.

  12. Rod M. Kerr

    January 5, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Is this the new Canada? If it is there will be revolution.

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MAKICHUK: Welcome to the age of the scaremongers

“Should we be afraid of it? How worried should we be? Will it soon be on or shores? Should I get a booster shot? Should I blame Jason Kenney?”




And so it goes.

Another day, another thing to fear.

This time it’s an African COVID-19 variant called Omicron and the media is in its heyday, scaring the pants off you. Man how they love doing that!

Should we be afraid of it? How worried should we be? Will it soon be on or shores? Should I get a booster shot? Should I blame Jason Kenney?

Be afraid, be very afraid — we’re all gonna die, etc., etc.

Next thing you know, Dr. Anthony Fauci is being interviewed on CNN — Dr. Death himself. Again, be afraid, be very afraid.

Can you feel your blood pressure rising?

Welcome to the new world of the scaremongers. 

They come in the morning when you are still not awake, they come in the afternoon blindsiding your day, they come in the evening after you had dinner. But they come. They always come.

If it isn’t COVID-19, it’s climate change.

There she is, Glum Greta, in all her glory … plastered on magazines and on TV screens around the world as she bitch-slaps our generation for destroying the planet.

Arguably, a very strange child who seems to enjoy scaring everyone to death with her dire warnings of the looming end of the world.

Meanwhile, the Liberals tell us, “Our Earth is in danger.” Be afraid, be very afraid. We’re all gonna die, etc., etc.

These are like broken records that keep playing, over, and over, and over. Like a merry-go-round that doesn’t stop until it makes you barf.

And then we have the government’s ill-conceived gun buyback program.

Forget the fact that these gun owners were vetted by the RCMP and obtained their weapons legally.

We must buy back those guns, from prairie farmers … God forbid, they kill a deer or a moose, or a pheasant to feed their families over the winter.

Try explaining that to some Eastern dipsh-t politico.

According to a report from Public Safety Canada, the Liberals are increasing spending on that program to $8.8 million.

The real scary part of this? The costs are apparently soaring before a single gun has been purchased! Now that is scary.

“This is more evidence that the gun buyback is going to be a boondoggle,” Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) federal director Franco Terrazzano said in a blog post. “The feds haven’t bought a single gun yet and costs still continue to go up.”

The Ministry of Public Safety is looking at spending $1.6 million out of the $8.8 million on an advertising campaign to “increase awareness” about the gun ban and buyback. 

The Parliamentary Budget Officer said reimbursing gun owners could cost up to $756 million. And that doesn’t include administration costs, which could add billions more.

All for a program, that was never really needed — Canada already had strong gun laws.

Again, be afraid, be very afraid.

But as my friend Pete says, “the Liberals are a boondoggle!”

Ladies and gents, I have reason to believe that might be the case.

And just in case your blood pressure wasn’t off the dial enough, here comes Statistics Canada, highlighting Alberta’s soaring homicide rate.

According to the federal agency, the number of homicides hit historic highs in 2020, helping propel Canada to its highest homicide rate in nearly three decades. 

Alberta recorded 139 homicides, the highest number of homicides for the province since data collection began in 1961.

Also, another juicy tidbit for the media to trumpet — Edmonton and Calgary had the largest increase in homicides among all cities in Canada.

At least 29 of those slayings were tied to gangs, StatsCan said, who very likely obtained their weapons illegally.

Across the country, there were 743 homicides, including the 22 victims of the Nova Scotia massacre — the highest number of homicides recorded since 1991, the report said.

Now, I should mention at this point that being a kid who grew up in Windsor, across the river from the Motor City, where they sometimes hit or exceeded 1,000 homicides a year, while in Windsor, we sometimes had one or two — I’m not really phased by this.

Yes, it is a concerning trend, no question, and look I like the gun laws we have. If our laws were like our friends down south where you can buy a gun like buying a pack of gum, I’m not really sure that’s a good thing.

If I lived down there I would definitely have two or three guns, just because they’re cool. Again, this is probably not a good thing for me to have.

I don’t know how you feel about all of this but I sometimes wonder what happened to common sense and reasonableness. 

It seems to have been thrown out the window with the baby, the bathwater, and anything else within reach.

And I am dog tired, I really am, of the mainstream media trying to scare me to death every goddam day — instead of just reporting the news. Western media outlets are just as guilty as eastern media outlets, in this regard, by the way.

So anyway, here’s some news, that won’t scare you.

Last night, me and my good friends, Carrie and Faron, went to the Scotsman’s Well where we had a beer and a great steak sandwich. It was on sale for $12.99. 

Nobody got shot or killed. Nobody caught Omicron. Nobody tried to take our guns away (we didn’t really have any, anyway.) Nobody shouted at us for owning gas-guzzling cars. Seriously, none of this happened.

And then we all went home. 

Other things not to be afraid of? Sasquatch, werewolves, reptilian aliens, Green Bay Packers fans, Trumpsters, and anyone who likes Barry Manilow.

See, life ain’t so bad after all. 

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the Calgary correspondent for ChinaFactor.news

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KAY: Green extremists ignore indigenous voices that don’t fall in line

Barbara Kay’s debut column with the Western Standard.




In mid-November, a handful of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in BC spearheaded yet another attempt — thwarted by the RCMP — to scuttle Coastal GasLink’s $6.6 billion natural gas pipeline. The half-completed pipeline will run 670 km from Dawson Creek in northeast BC to Kitimat on the west coast, there to be processed in an $18-billion terminal financed by LNG Canada’s joint partnership, then exported as low-emission liquified gas to replace high-emission coal-based energy in client Asian countries.

In their latest act of mischief earlier this month, the scofflaws blockaded a workers’ camp, trapping up to 500 workers without food or water before the blockage was dismantled; they stole or vandalized heavy machinery, and they caused destruction to forestry roads sufficient to bring the movement of police and industry personnel to a halt. 

It certainly doesn’t help matters when prominent voices on the left egg on the activists. Longtime political gadfly David Suzuki was roundly criticized when he opined, at an Extinction Rebellion event, that “there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.” This was a shockingly imprudent impulse. Most of Canada’s energy and transportation hubs run through native lands that cannot be adequately policed against sabotage. (He has since apologized, but the unfiltered instinct to say it remains “problematic,” a word frequently trotted out by progressives when critiquing the manifold perceived sins of conservatives.)

It also doesn’t help when our political and cultural elites continually harp on Canadians’ inherent shame as collective genocidaires, not to mention endless land acknowledgements that beg the question of why we seem to admit the land was “stolen,” but don’t give it back. 

Instead of inviting reconciliation, our various forms of breast-beating are inspiring revanchism. The mantra one hears with increasing frequency amongst indigenous activists these days, “Land Back,” means exactly what it says. Those chanting it have been encouraged to believe, by non-indigenous allies in government, academic and environmental-activist circles, that their hunting and gathering ancestors understood the concept of land “ownership” as we do today, and that consequently, 3% of the Canadian population deserves legal title to a third of our land mass. 

That is not going to happen, and such lines of thought should be discouraged by everyone with political and cultural influence. The 1997 Supreme Court Delgamuukw ruling made clear that Wet’suwet’en land title is limited, and that the Crown has use of the title land for the public good.

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault recently tweeted: “Indigenous peoples have been stewards of this planet since time immemorial. The fight against climate change is not possible without their knowledge and leadership.” But whose leadership exactly? Elected band council leaders who signed on to the pipeline project, or a small group of unelected hereditary chiefs who do not enjoy support from more than a tiny fraction of their people? There is little clarity on this important distinction from government officials.

And whose “knowledge”? The CGL met the highest environmental standards in planning its project. They complied with all provisions set out in eight provincial and federal regulatory environmental Acts. They requested meetings with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en (which represents the hereditary chiefs) to discuss issues related to the project over 40 times, with no response from them. If the hereditary chiefs had “knowledge” it was important for CGL to know, they had ample occasion to share it and chose not to.

None of our climate-obsessed progressive elites ever emphasize what an economic boon and lifeline to independence this pipeline and other eco-responsible projects are to indigenous peoples (a far greater boon than government handouts). While indigenous Canadians make up 3.3% of our general workforce, they represent 7.4% of the country’s oil and gas sector workforce. 

As for indigenous peoples being “stewards” of the planet: Even if we all agreed that indigenous people are “stewards” of the land, why should we assume that all indigenous people are of the same mind as Steven Guilbeault in his opposition to resource development? There is plenty of diversity amongst stakeholder populations, including amongst the hereditary chiefs. Yet the establishment media rarely draw attention to this diversity, preferring, as befits the modern, culturally self-loathing progressive spirit, to romance the anarchic dissenters.

Majority Wet’suwet’en opinion is pro-resource development, and it is time their voices were heard and respected. I, therefore, recommend a visit to the Canada Action site, where you will find many strong statements such as these below: 

  • “There’s quite a bit of support for this project,” says Bonnie George, Witset First nation, Wet’suwet’en. “But people are afraid to speak up because, in the past few years, people that [have] spoken up were either ostracized…[or] ridiculed, bullied, harassed, threatened, and being called a traitor – a sellout….There’s a small group of members from the Wet’suwet’en Nation that doesn’t support the [CGL] projects.”
  • “Twenty First Nations participated extensively during five years of consultation on the pipeline and have successfully negotiated agreements with [CGL]. This is on the public record,” says Karen Ogen-Toews of the First Nations LNG Alliance.
  • Theresa Tait-Day, a hereditary chief of Wet’suwet’en Nation, says the voices of female hereditary chiefs “are not being heard. “We have been working particularly with LNG and [CGL]. Our people wanted a benefit and they wanted to be able to make a decision on a positive note. However, we’ve experienced lateral violence and coercion since then by the five chiefs who claim to represent the nation” (since then, two chiefs of the five have dropped out of activating)…The protest organizers are conveniently hiding beneath our blanket as indigenous people, while forcing their policy goals at our expense.”
  • The Haisla Nation are associated with the Kitimat terminal project. Speaking for them, Crystal Smith says, “I’ve seen the impacts first hand. I’ve felt the impacts firsthand. The focus for us is the long-term careers. For the first time, we’re funding culture and language programs…This independence is what we want. This is what we need more of in our community. We need to heal our people. No other government…has been able to heal our people the way they need it.”
  • Also for Haisla Nation, former chief councillor Ellis Ross: “Professional protesters and well-funded NGOs have merely seized the opportunity to divide our communities for their own gains…and ultimately will leave us penniless when they suddenly leave.”
  • “This is one of the biggest projects in Canada, who wouldn’t want to be a part of it?” asks Derek Orr, former chief, McLeod lake Indian Band.

Who indeed? Only virtue-signalling enviro-alarmism obsessives, irresponsible disruptors who get a thrill out of “direct action” that sows chaos and disorder, and patronizing Nanny Statists who prefer that indigenous peoples continue to boil their drinking water than admit that responsible capitalism providing work, resources and human dignity is the way forward for Indigenous populations.

Barbra Kay is a Senior Columnist for the Western Standard

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Why oil and gas matters to Ontario

Many Canadians may not be aware that the first commercial oil production in North America started in Ontario in 1858.




By Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan

The headline screamed: “The end of oil age” in the Economist in 2003. Fast forward 18 years and that still doesn’t make sense in many ways. The demand for oil is increasing across the globe. Even U.S. President Joe Biden is now asking OPEC to produce more oil.

You don’t have to go far to fill your gas tank to see the rise in fuel prices in recent months. Who says oil is dead? Just look at the growing global disconnect between supply and demand, where the need for natural gas threatens all sorts of shortages.

Many environmental groups have been calling for divestment from oil and gas, yet, they ignore the realities on the ground. Divestment from oil and gas harms not only the many energy companies that are creating jobs in the economy, but also investors, such as the middle-class and seniors, and other value chain sectors that depend on oil and gas.

Let’s look at Ontario, as a prime example.

Many Canadians may not be aware the first commercial oil production in North America started in Ontario in 1858. Since then, the oil and gas sector has played a significant role in the provincial economy. Though Ontario is not a major producer of oil and gas, there are still some 3,000 oil and gas wells active in the province.

There are many ways the oil and gas sector benefits the Ontario economy, in addition to reliable energy supply. Thousand of kilometres of pipelines in Ontario move oil and gas to the U.S., creating many jobs in Ontario. The refining industry also creates employment and contributes to the provincial economy. And many value chain sectors in Ontario supply goods and services to oil and gas companies.

Looking at the most recent (2017) comprehensive data available from Statistics Canada, it turns out the oil and natural gas industry was responsible for adding $7.7 billion in nominal GDP to Ontario’s economy and more than 71,000 jobs. Many of these jobs are indirect, but just as critical to the oil and gas sector. Think of oil and natural gas employment in Ontario as engineers and manufacturers hired to design and build oil and gas operating equipment and facilities, a building in Edmonton or in downtown Toronto, or an investment firm tasked with raising capital for a natural gas company operating in northern Alberta or B.C. Also think of an Alberta oil sands company whose local spending on office furniture results in jobs created in the Ontario firm that produces that furniture. 

In 2017, the oil and gas industry purchased $7.3 billion worth of goods and services in Ontario, including $4.3 billion from Ontario’s manufacturing sector alone. Other “big ticket” purchases include $700 million from the Ontario finance and insurance sector, $600 million from the professional, scientific and technical services sector, and $300 million from transportation and warehousing. Overall, $2.1 billion in salaries and wages were generated as the result of oil and gas industry spending in Ontario. 

Beyond the impact of the oil and gas sector, let’s widen the look at Alberta’s impact on Ontario’s economy. In 2017, Alberta’s population was 11.6% of the national total, while Alberta’s share of purchases from Ontario’s manufacturing sector was 21% of Ontario’s total interprovincial trade in manufacturing. That’s nearly twice Alberta’s share of Canada’s population. In fact, Alberta’s consumers, businesses, and governments were responsible for nearly 24%, or $32.5 billion, of Ontario’s total interprovincial trade in 2017. This was second only to Ontario’s next-door neighbour, Quebec.

Now consider Alberta’s share of Ontario’s interprovincial and export trade and how it compares to selected countries. Alberta’s $32.5 billion in purchases from Ontario in 2017 was behind only the United States ($197 billion), but ahead of the United Kingdom ($14.7 billion), China ($3.4 billion), Mexico ($3.2 billion), and Germany ($1.9 billion), among others. Add up the goods and services purchased by Alberta consumers, businesses, and governments from Ontario firms between 2012 and 2017, and the total value was about $193 billion.

Economies may be locally based, but local businesses and jobs are impacted by investment and trade flows from other places. Whenever someone says oil and gas doesn’t matter to Ontario, tell them to look at the “on the ground” realities. From Bay Street to Yonge Street to Main Street, people living across Ontario benefit from a thriving oil and gas sector.

Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan are with the Canadian Energy Centre, an Alberta government corporation funded by carbon taxes. They are authors of $193 billion and 71,000 jobs: The Impact of Oil and Gas (and Alberta) on Ontario’s Economy.    

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