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Facebook blocks all news in Australia as Canadian big media demand similar subsidies

Canada’s already-subsidized big media corporations are asking for the same tax.

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Facebook has turned off the news taps in Australia.

It announced it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing all news on its platform because of proposed laws to make companies like Facebook and Google pay an effective tax to media companies when users share their content. 

It is the same bailout model that big Canadian mainstream media companies are demanding from Ottawa.

Under the new Facebook policy, Australian web surfers can no longer share content from domestic or international news sources. In other parts of the world, users can’t share news from Australian sources.

“The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content,” CBC reported Facebook regional managing director William Easton said.

The move comes just three days before the country is to launch a massive COVID-19 vaccination progra

“It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said the government would not back down. Facebook’s move came a day after the government said negotiations were “promising.”

“This announcement from Facebook, if they were to maintain this position, of course, would call into question the credibility of the platform in terms of the news on it,” Fletcher told Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“Effectively, Facebook is saying to Australians information that you see on our platforms does not come from organizations that have editorial policies or fact-checking processes or journalists who are paid to do the work they do.”

Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia, but they have signed one deal with an Australian media corporation.

Most mainstream media newspapers across Canada went to press earlier with nothing on their front pages – part of a campaign asking the federal government to start taxing Google and Facebook and pass the revenue on to them. Postmedia newspapers and the Toronto Star all went without pictures or headlines on their front page.

The Western Standard did not participate in the demand for more government money. In place of low-value Google Ads, the Western Standard is moving to sell ad placements directly to businesses and non-profits.

Canadian mainstream media outlets have been the recipients of $600 million in federal Liberal handouts since 2018.

The Western Standard refuses to accept the federal media bailout.


Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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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LETTER: Does Copping have scientific evidence to continue with vaccine passports?

“Surely our government would not discriminate against any Albertans without a sound scientific basis for doing so.”

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RE: Vaccine passports now mandatory in Alberta

My wife and I took it upon ourselves to get tested for immunity to the COVID-19 virus at our own cost. Several other couples in our community have done the same thing. The test is carried out by the Mayo Clinic so I think we can all agree it is done by a very credible organization.

Both my wife and I tested >250 which is the highest level of immunity that they register. It is also the same level of immunity they show on the most vaccinated people. 

With this in mind, I ask the Minister of Health and the entire UCP government, what is the scientific basis for your continuing to impose the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) to discriminate against us and restrict us from being able to participate in society?

Surely our government would not discriminate against any Albertans without a sound scientific basis for doing so.

Murray Woods
Linden, AB

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‘Galileo’ stockbroker loses COVID case

Grammond explained judicial notice of obvious facts is intended to ensuring plaintiffs with pointless claims do not “bog down the judicial process” with unnecessary arguments.

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A Montreal stockbroker who likened himself to Galileo and said COVID-19 wasn’t real had his case tossed out of Federal Court, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“Courts make decisions based on evidence brought in each particular case,” wrote Justice Sébastien Grammond.

“Some facts however are so obvious courts assume their existence and no evidence of them is required. This is called judicial notice.”

Lucien Khodeir filed a federal challenge of Treasury Board vaccination orders for employees.

Khodeir was not personally affected by the orders issued last October 6. The court was told he works as a stock trader for CIBC World Markets.

Khodeir in his submission said vaccine mandates were unnecessary since the coronavirus did not exist, and proposed to call three expert witnesses.

“It is pure speculation,” said the court.

“In his submissions, Mr. Khodeir compares himself to Galileo who was persecuted in the 17th century for asserting that the Earth revolves around the Sun, a theory unanimously accepted today. Yet unlike Mr. Khodeir, Galileo buttressed the heliocentric theory with facts, especially his discovery of Jupiter’s moons.

“In contrast, Mr. Khodeir asks us to believe his assertions regarding the coronavirus without providing any tangible fact in support. The comparison is unfair to the great Italian scholar. Mr. Khodeir’s case has no scientific footing.”

Grammond explained judicial notice of obvious facts is intended to ensuring plaintiffs with pointless claims do not “bog down the judicial process” with unnecessary arguments.

“Over the last two years most people on this planet have been affected in various ways by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the court.

“It has become common knowledge COVID-19 is caused by a virus.

“Numerous trusted sources of information have repeated this fact to the point that it is now beyond reasonable dispute. There is a lack of debate on this issue in scientific circles.”

The Federal Court noted dismissal of the claim was unrelated to numerous cases awaiting trial in which vaccine orders are being challenged as unnecessary, intrusive and unconstitutional. None of the plaintiffs challenging vaccine orders have disputed the existence of the coronavirus.

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Study claims Olympic mandatory app means zero privacy

It was found the server responses are not completely secure, meaning it could be possible for an outside source to create fake notifications for the users or direct them to fake sites.

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A mandatory app for Beijing 2022 Olympic athletes poses many personal security risks including collection of vulnerable medical information, says a new Canadian study.

The University of Toronto study analysis of the MY2022 Olympics app, examined the data collection, privacy policy, and censorship content.

The study called the flaws “simple but devastating,” as the security can be worked around pertaining to individuals’ voice audio and file transfers.

The app’s data collection policy is clear, however, its security breaches the rules of Google’s Unwanted Software Policy, Apple’s App Store guidelines, and even China’s domestic laws on privacy protection.

Medical and travel history, demographic information, and health customs forms that include passport details, are all vulnerable information on the app.

It was found the server responses are not completely secure, meaning it could be possible for an outside source to create fake notifications for the users or direct them to fake sites.

The Chinese government owns the Beijing Financial Holdings Group, which are the owners of the MY2022 app.

Part of its function is to monitor the health of participants related to COVID-19, including vaccination status, passport information and other personal details for international users.

The report said that, according to the official Olympics Games Playbook, such information can be processed by Chinese government authorities and Beijing Organizing Committee.

MY2022 also contains a list of 2,442 “politically sensitive” keywords that are flagged based on the Chinese government’s discretion.

Additionally, the app does not inform users of what other organizations’ data could be shared.

The app is necessary for all attendants, including spectators, athletes, and journalists.

All visitors to the games will need to be fully vaccinated based on origin-country rules or attain approval of exemption and quarantine for 21 days prior if unvaccinated according to the playbook.

All participants will also be COVID-19 tested daily.

The 2022 Beijing Olympics were already shrouded in controversy, as global protests in February of 2021 arose against the games being held due to China’s ongoing genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang.

Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom have all pledged a diplomatic boycott of the games, refusing to send any government officials.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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We the undersigned call on the Canadian government to immediately cease all payouts to media companies.

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