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Ambassador urges Canadians to visit Communist China without fear of arrest

“Some Canadian politicians act unfriendly to China,” said Cong.

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Please come visit us, says the Chinese ambassador to Canada.

Ambassador Cong Peiwu said the “vast majority” of Canadians don’t have to worry about being kidnapped by police in the Communist country, says Blacklocks Reporter.

“China is not a police state,” said Cong.

“It’s nothing like that. If you walk on the Chinese streets, it’s quite safe. That is the impression of so many foreigners going to China.”

Cong, addressing a videoconference at Memorial University of St. John’s, complained too few Canadian students study in China.

“There are more than 200,000 Chinese students studying in Canada but only about 1,300 Canadian students studying in China,” he said.

“We do encourage and welcome Canadian students to go study in China.”

The CBC reporter hosting the videoconference, Chris O’Neill-Yates, a pressed Cong on arbitrary arrests.

“Why would any Canadian go to China knowing if some political incident could happen they would be arbitrarily detained in the same way the two Michaels have been?” asked O’Neill-Yates.

“When it comes to the Canadian people going to China whether it’s for business, for tourism, for study, they should not be afraid of anything like that,” replied Cong.

“But of course if a very, very small number of people engage in those criminal activities, whether it’s Canadians or other nationalities, of course, it’s quite reasonable and justified for us to take relevant measures. But I think for the vast majority of people, they should not be worried.”

Two Canadian business consultants, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, are awaiting verdicts of closed trials on espionage charges in a Chinese People’s Court. The pair have been jailed since 2018 in retaliation for the arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies wanted for extradition to the U.S. on bank fraud charges.

Cong accused Canada of “wrongful practices” on the “so-called pretext of human rights,” including a February 22 Commons vote to censure China for crimes against humanity and seek relocation of the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“Some Canadian politicians act unfriendly to China,” said Cong.

“Some media distort facts in order to attract attention, stigmatize China and mislead the public.”

“These wrongdoings by the Canadian side have seriously damaged the relations between the two countries, poisoned the atmosphere of bilateral relations and hurt the feelings of the Chinese people,” he said. “Canada should correct its mistakes as soon as possible.”

China on March 27 imposed sanctions on Conservative MP Michael Chong (Wellington-Halton Hills, Ont.) and the entire Commons subcommittee on foreign affairs, including a ban on visits to the People’s Republic or dealings with Chinese companies.

The subcommittee last October 21 cited China for genocide in the forced detention of Muslim Uyghurs, “the largest mass detention of a minority community since the Holocaust,” wrote MPs.

“What sanctions are anticipated?” asked O’Neill-Yates.

“Do not underestimate China’s resolve,” replied Cong.

“But for the specific measures, I would like to suggest whatever should come, will come. So let’s wait and see.”

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

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Editor 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. Russell Gerrish

    April 10, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I would love to go and visit China – right now. But currently they have a 2 week quarantine period. If they would drop that in exchange for a negative covid test, I would book my flight tomorrow. Really!

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Third pastor arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID lockdowns

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon.

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A Calgary baptist preacher has become the third religious leader arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID-19 regulations over church attendance.

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon. He had been the subject of repeated warnings from Alberta Health Services for having too many people at his services.

Earlier this month, on the church’s website, Stephens vowed to contiue services.

“Our actions are borne out of theological commitments to the Lordship of Christ and his instruction to the church as revealed in Scripture,” wrote Stephens.

“This, above all, is the reason why we have been gathering and will continue to gather … the consequences may be severe. But we stand before Christ rather than bend before consequences.”

Pastor James Coates, of the GraceLife Church, outside Edmonton, spent a month in jail after he was arrested by the RCMP for breaking lockdown regulations repeatedly. His case is still before the courts.

Last week, Pastor Art Pawlowski was arrested in Calgary for continuing to flout the regulations at his street chruch.

Calgary police at the AHS issued a joint statement saying Stephens was “arrested this afternoon for organizing a church service that was held today at Fairview Baptist Church, located at 230 78 Ave. S.E., that did not comply with public health orders, including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits. Police did not enter the church during today’s service.

“CPS has received repeated calls from concerned citizens regarding church services held at Fairview Baptist Church over the past several weeks. Last weekend, Pastor Stephens was proactively served a copy of the Court of Queen’s Bench Order obtained by AHS,” the statement said.

“The pastor acknowledged the injunction, but chose to move forward with today’s service, ignoring requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees.

“For several weeks, AHS has attempted to work collaboratively with leadership at Fairview Baptist Church to address the ongoing public health concerns at the site. It is only when significant risk is identified or continued non-compliance is noted that AHS resorts to enforcement action.

“Once again, CPS acknowledges it is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we are still in a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

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RE: Hinshaw grants approval for high school rodeos

Dr. Hinshaw approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is making me mad. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought Hinshaw wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed!! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then, Dr. Hinshaw. What a bully.

It’s a real kick by Hinshaw, at the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains, while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so-called circuit breaker lockdown.

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

Steven Ruthven
Calgary, AB

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Opposition calls for crackdown on animal activists

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

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By EMMA GREGORY

A coalition of federal Conservatives, NDP and Bloc MPs want to increase punishment for animal rights activists trespassing on farms, because they might make the animals sick.

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

Chief Veterinary Officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there are no proven instances of an animal rights activists spreading a disease to animals while protesting at a farm.

“To our knowledge, there are not many documented cases from trespassing or from people having demonstrations. The one that I heard is the one in Quebec, but I’m not actually sure if there is evidence of transmission from the activists to the pigs. So in the scientific literature, we have not seen much evidence of transmission of disease from these activities,” said Dr. Jaspinder Komal, to the agriculture committee earlier this month.

The one instance Komal mentioned was an allegation made by Porgreg, a pig breeding facility in Saint Hyacinthe, Que.

The activists involved in that protest, members of the group Direct Action Everywhere, are charged under the Criminal Code with breaking and entering and mischief. Whether or not they gave pigs rotavirus is a matter before the court.

Rotaviruses are common amongst pig herds and typically are transmitted from pig to pig, via the fecal-oral route.

If a human were to spread a novel rotavirus to a pig it would be in a similar fashion.

When asked if she or any of her associates pooped in the barn, activist Jenny McQueen said, “No.”

Komal said the CFIA does not police activists.

“The CFIA enforces the Health of Animals Act and regulations which address disease and biological, chemical, physical agents that may affect animals or be transmitted to persons and in the same way to protect animals from these risks…CFIA inspectors are public officers they are not peace officers… In contrast, peace officers are generally police officers, their powers include the ability to detain or arrest individuals. Peace officers may also be armed where public officers such as inspectors are not,” he said.

There are several new provincial laws that seek to lay blame for disease outbreaks in farmed animals on activists.

The Canadian Biosecurity Guideline lists an intentional act of contaminating animals with a disease is considered a possible threat of bioterrorism.

Gregory is a Vancouver-based freelance reporter

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