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EXCLUSIVE: Tory candidate admits using a fake Twitter account to spread false sexual rumours

The false tweets were about several women within the conservative movement.

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Western Standard News Editor Dave Naylor has spent more than a month investigating the story of Caylan Ford. Ford seemed certain to be a potential political star – intelligent, photogenic and ready to make a mark.

She was recruited by Jason Kenney to run for the Alberta UCP in the 2019 election. Ford seemed to be on the path to stardom when she was shot down in flames by rumours and planted news stories in an NDP-affiliated propaganda “news” website.

Ford blames one man for her downfall – Karim Jivraj. Much of this story is almost unbelievable and would not have been taken seriously by the Western Standard had it not been for the hard proof obtained by its staff. Over the next week, Naylor will tell their story backed with interviews, and court documentation.

Karim Jivraj, under oath, has admitted to sending false sexual innuendos under fake Twitter handles to try and ruin the reputation of a possible star Tory recruit and other women in politics.

Jivraj ran as a Tory in the 2015 federal election in Toronto, placing third. He had been seeking the nomination in Calgary Centre – but the Conservative party refused to allow him to run.

The false tweets he sent seemed to be a bid to bring down the candidacy of Caylan Ford, a woman who apparently held a strange fascination for Jivraj.

Ford, recruited to run for the UCP by Jason Kenney, was running for the riding of Calgary-Mountainview.

In 2017, Jivraj operated a pseudonymous Twitter account, @TeamBlue2018, which he used to make allegations against a number of Conservative political candidates in Ontario, including accusations of fraud, corruption, and sexual innuendo against female candidates.  He also started using an account called @serena84.

Fake Jivraj tweet

Under deposition questioning by Ford’s lawyer R.E. Harrison, Jivraj admitted he was the author of the fake tweets.

Q: Did you author and post these tweets under the pseudonym “TeamBlue2018”?

A: Yes.

Under questioning, from Harrison, Jivraj also admitted fake tweets targeted other women.

Q: Now, referring to Exhibit A for Identification, you would agree with me that a number of these tweets concern an individual by the name of Sue Liu?  And I can specifically refer you to page 3 of the document.

A: Yes

Q: Ms. Liu was a nomination contestant for the riding of Don Valley North? You suggest in the tweets that Ms. Liu was in an intimate relationship with Bob Stanley, who was the executive director of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario?

A: I see that.

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Q: And you would agree with that suggestion?

A: It was a rumour I heard, yes.

Q: You then suggest Ms. Liu was given preferential treatment due to her intimate relationship with Mr. Stanley?

A: Yes.

Q: And you said that that was based on a rumour that you heard?

A: Yes.  From a fairly credible source.  Yes.

In early March 2018, Jivraj told another political contestant that Ford had made false accusations of sexual harassment against that person. He later admitted Ford had not done this.

Fake retweet

Q   Your statement to Mr. Schuman that: (as read) She is saying you made inappropriate advances on her, refers to Ms. Ford?

A: I believe so, yes.

Q:  You’re informing Mr. Schuman that Ms. Ford alleges that Mr. Schuman made inappropriate advances on Ms. Ford?

A: It appears so.

Q: That statement is false?

A: It was terribly worded.

Q: That statement is false?

A: It is very poorly worded.

Q: How does it bear any reality to what actually happened?

(NO VERBAL RESPONSE)

Q: I just have a couple more questions about Schuman. Now, did Ms. Ford ever allege Mr. Schuman made inappropriate advances on her.

A: This was a ––

Q: Just answer the question.  Did she allege that or not? I don’t need some bifurcation.  I don’t need a soliloquy.

A: Not exactly.

Q: Okay.  Thank you.

A: It was a terrible miscommunication.

Q: Yeah, I’d say.

The saga of Karim Jivraj’s campaign against Ford and other conservative women is just too incredible to be told in a single feature article. That is why the Western Standard has decided to break it down into a series which will dive into several of the actions taken by Mr. Jivraj. It is a story that we did not believe until we obtained the evidence.

NEXT STORY: Tory admits to online campaign of harassment against woman

PREVIOUSLY: It’s a case sex, lies and agent provocateurs. It’s a story how a cancel culture mob fuelled on fake stories ruined the life of a rising female political star.

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 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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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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