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Poll: Majority of Canadians – outside AB, SK – support COVID detention centres and jailing people who spread ‘misinformation’

But the majority are against police forces doing warrantless entries – but a surprisingly high number, 38 per cent support those actions.

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The majority of Canadians support the federal government’s move to set up detention centres to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new poll conducted by Campaign Research.

A majority also support fining or jailing people who spread COVID-19 “misinformation”.

The large omnibus poll generally showed Atlantic Canadians and especially Quebecers to be the most strongly in favour of more militant enforcement of government COVID measures, while Albertans and Saskatchewanians to be the most resistant.

But the majority – outside of Quebec – are against allowing police to enter homes without a warrant – but a surprisingly high number, 38 per cent support it.

Campaign Research poll

“While separating families won’t fly with voters, isolation centers “where people who breach COVID restrictions could be taken to protect themselves and others” has the support of 58 per cent of Canadian voters while only 33 per cent of voters oppose,” said the poll for Campaign Research.

“There is somewhat more support for isolation centres with voters in Quebec and Atlantic Canada than the average across Canada,” the poll found.

“Support is higher among the Liberal, Green and Bloc voters while opposition is highest with Conservative voters, those voting for “another party” and those who refuse to say who they are voting for,” the poll found

But while Canadians in general support the isolation centres they are firmly against separating family members who are put into them.

Campaign Research poll

“A total of 64 per cent of Canadian voters are opposed to police being authorized to separate family members to reduce or eliminate the risk of COVID spread. Opposition is high among all ages, males and females,” the poll found.

“Though a majority of Liberal voters oppose, there are 36 per cent that support this activity being sanctioned. Voters who remain ‘undecided’ on who they will vote for resemble the NDP, Conservative and Green voters more than how the Liberal breakout on this question.” The poll did find a whopping 82 per cent of people who support “other” parties strongly oppose the action.

“A total of 59 per cent of Canadian voters support fines or jail for those who spread disinformation about COVID (Questioning the existence or seriousness of COVID, i.e. ‘it’s just the flu’). Support is high across all ages, males and females,” said the poll.

“Conservative voters are evenly split on this question while most other voters are firmly supportive of fining or jailing this who spread disinformation,” the poll found.

Campaign Research poll

“A majority of voters across Canada oppose the government suspending civil liberties and rights but surprisingly, 38 per cent of voters support these actions. There is less opposition from females over the age of 35.

“A total of 50 per cent of LPC voters support sanctioning such actions, even higher support than Bloc voters (44 per cent), while less than 4 in 10 CPC, NDP and GPC voters support this. But 75 per cent of voters for “other parties” oppose the move.

The poll shows nearly a third of Canadians – and a majority of Quebecers – support warrantless police entries into homes.

“A total of 58 per cent of voters oppose the police (at their discretion) entering homes without warrants to enforce compliance with COVID restrictions. Surprisingly, 38 per cent of voters support such authority for and action by the police. Opposition is lower with females under 35 years of age,” the poll found.

Campaign Research poll

“Opposition is highest in Ontario and Alberta and lowest in Quebec. Support for this type of activity is highest in Quebec and surprisingly, Saskatchewan.

“Conservative and NDP voters are quite similar with their overall opinions, over 62 per cent oppose, whereas Liberal voters are more evenly split on this question. 60 per cent of Bloc voters support, while 38 per cent of Bloc voters oppose. Voters who remain “undecided” on who they will vote for resemble the Conservative, NDP and Green voters more than how the Liberal or Bloc voters breakout on this question.

It also shows amongst people who would vote for “other parties” oppose the move by 81 per cent. The poll did not include the option for participants to select the Maverick, Peoples, or Libertarian parties.

Campaign Research poll

The study was conducted from January 28-30, among a sample of 2,413 respondents. The study was conducted through online surveys with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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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Penticton joins list of cities cancelling Canada Day celebtations

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

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The city of Penticton has become the second municipality in BC to cancel Canada Day festivites.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

“When we heard what happened in Kamloops and they found the 215 unmarked graves of those children, we thought it was appropriate to hold back and wait to see what the federal government was going to announce,” Mayor John Vassilaki told CBC.

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

“The Chief also made a note that if we were to cool down the celebrations this year, it would be greatly appreciated by the Penticton Indian Band,” said Vassilaki. 

“And we wanted to show respect and reconciliation with what happened in Kamloops.”

St. Albert this weekend became the first city in Alberta to cancel celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

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

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St. Albert cancels Canada Day fireworks

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

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The city of St. Albert has become the first municipality in Alberta to cancel some Canada Day celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

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

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BREAKING: Alberta to drop all COVID restrictions on Canada Day

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3 which was a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

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It’s all systems go for Alberta to launch into Stage 3 of its COVID-19 recovery plan.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3, which included a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

He said Alberta will drop all COVID-19 regulations on July 1 and “our lives will get back to normal.”

That means:

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

“This is a great day for Alberta! Thanks to the diligence of Albertans and the decision of 2.7 million folks to get vaccinated, we are now just two weeks away from getting our lives back to normal,” said Kenney at a Friday press conference.

“This is an important milestone and a great achievement, but we will not stop here. We will keep administering first and second doses as quickly as possible so we’re not just open for summer, but open for good.”

Kenney said the general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

And the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton have said they may continue with their municipal mask bylaws.

“With more than 70% of eligible Albertans now vaccinated with a first dose and more receiving second doses every day, the end of this pandemic is near,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“Thank you to the Albertans who have rolled up their sleeves to get protected. For those who are still thinking about getting a shot, you have only one week to get your shot before we draw for $1 million and other great prizes.”

Anyone in Alberta aged 18 and over can still enter the first Open for Summer Lottery draw for a chance to win $1 million. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 24 and proof of vaccination will be required to claim the prize. The winner will be announced on July 1.

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

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