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MYSTERY: Where is Michael Dunahee?

“We need to know where he is and what happened,” said mom Crystal Dunahee.




Thirty years into one of Canada’s longest-running missing person’s case, police and the parents of a missing Victoria boy hope a new sketch may provide a vital clue to bring him home.

“We need to know where he is and what happened,” said mom Crystal Dunahee.

Four-year-old Michael Dunahee — who was dressed in a blue hoodie, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt, rugby pants, and blue sneakers — went missing about noon, March 24, 1991, near the Blanshard Elementary school in BC’s capital city.

His mom, who was participating in a female flag football practice while hubby watched, had given Michael permission to play in the nearby playground and to wait there for his dad, Bruce.

“Stay there and wait for daddy to come,” she said, unaware those would be the last words she spoke to her boy.

Michael left his mother to join other children and was only a short distance away from his family when he vanished, never to be seen again.

After a frantic search by at least 50 people that day, police were quickly brought in.

“When Michael first disappeared (police) asked us what route we wanted to take,” recalled his mother at a recent news conference.

“We chose the route to make it as public as possible to get it out there that Michael disappeared.”

Michael vanished so quickly from a public place, the police quickly classified his case as an abduction rather than a missing child case, and all the detectives in the VPD were called in to begin the investigation.

Hundreds of tips began coming in every hour from across British Columbia and North America, and at the time they were all written on carbon paper and had to be sorted manually.

Police have said they believe if they’d the same technology available today, such as video surveillance, DNA techniques, and a computer system to sort tips, they may have been able to solve the case.

Michael’s disappearance spawned one of the largest police investigations in Canadian history and more than 11,000 tips poured in, including some that led to DNA testing of two adult males.

Victoria police directed all its resources into Michael’s case, with detectives looking through leads, investigating known sex offenders, and interviewing anyone who had been in the area around the time of the abduction.

They were unable to uncover much information, other than a witness report that a man in his late 40s or early 50s had been near the playground, and that a brown van had also been spotted nearby.

A month after Michael vanished, police staged a re-creation of his disappearance at Blanshard Elementary, which included using a brown van, but the tactic was unable to produce any new leads.

Reports of a young man who looked like Michael, and who had been living in British Columbia since 1991, surfaced in 2006 and breathed new life into the case.

Sadly, nothing came from the leads, and, after DNA testing was done, it was determined the man was not Michael.

In early 2009 U.S. police found a missing person poster of Dunahee in the Milwaukee, WI home of one Vernon Seitz.

Seitz, 62, confessed to his psychiatrist that he had killed a child in 1959, at the age of 12, and knew of another child killing.

Seitz was later found dead by Milwaukee police, apparently of natural causes.

In 2011, with the 20th anniversary of Michael’s disappearance approaching, police were notified of a man living in Chase, B.C., who looked like Michael Dunahee. DNA testing later determined that he too  was not Michael.

Two years later in 2013, another possible break came to light when a man with the username Canuckels posted on the message boards of canucks.com, the official website of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team, that police were coming for a DNA test.

They’d requested a blood sample from a Surrey, B.C. man who they believed could potentially be the missing boy.

Police later stated that DNA testing had determined the man was not Michael.

Despite the extraordinary number of tips and a $100,000 reward, police still do not have any solid leads in the case.

Now, in a last-ditch effort to locate the missing boy, Victoria Police released an age-enhanced sketch of Michael late last month on March 24, exactly 30 years to the day the boy vanished.

What Michael Dunahee may look like. Courtesy VPD

Police said the sketch is based on extensive work with the Dunahee family and investigators and brings together family history, forensic science and artistic skill.

“It shows what Michael may look like today at age 34,” said Victoria police Chief Del Manak, who added Victoria PD partnered with BC RCMP to lend more eyes and ears to the investigation.

“Anything we can do to use technology to our advantage — we will never give up hope.”

It’s hoped the new sketch will present new leads in what has become one of the country’s largest missing persons investigation.

Michael’s dad said it was strange looking at the image his adult son.

“The last time I saw him, he was four, four-and-a-half,” Bruce said.

Added Crystal: “If anyone knows anything, any piece of information that can help us find closure, bring Michael back to us  — that’s all we’re asking.

“You’ve taken away 30 years and we need to know where he is, what happened.”

Police say they’re still committed to the case and ask anyone with information to submit their tips to the dedicated Michael Dunahee tip line at 250-995-7444.

Mike D’Amour is a former investigative reporter for Sun Media, and the Western Standard’s B.C. bureau chief


Mike D'Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief and Copy Editor for the Western Standard. He worked as an investigative crime reporter at the Calgary & Winnipeg Suns. mdamour@westernstandardonline.com


Unvaxxed grounded in Canada

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.




As of Tuesday, Canadian travellers over the age of 12 will no longer be able to fly or travel by train in Canada without proof of vaccination.

The policy was originally set to come into effect on October 30, however, the federal government announced it would grant a grace period to unvaccinated travellers allowing for a negative COVID-19 test to be provided within 72 hours of the trip.

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.

The new travel restrictions for the unvaccinated come on the heels of the emergence of a new variant of concern (VOC) dubbed Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cases involving the new variant, originally detected in South Africa, have been found in other countries including five cases within Canada.

Although there is not much known about the new variant at this time, the WHO confirmed scientists around the world are working to determine how the highly-mutated variant will affect transmissibility and severity of illness in the population.

Canada, along with other nations, closed its boards and expanded its screening protocols to travellers arriving from affected areas in southern Africa.

The Canadian airline industry welcomed the vaccine mandates when they were announced in October. Air Canada and West Jet have both confirmed they will be asking all travellers to produce proof of vaccination before boarding their carriers as of Tuesday.

While health measures such as masking and screening will still be required, no measures for quarantining individual travellers have been put in place with the exception of those who have travelled through or arrived from southern Africa.

“If you indicate to your airline or railway company that you’re eligible to board, but fail to provide proof of vaccination or valid COVID-19 test result, you won’t be allowed to travel and could face penalties or fines,” the government indicated in a statement.

The Canadian government is also warning permanent residents abroad to expect to provide vaccine passports to return home.

The rules don’t apply to commuter trains.

The Government of Canada has created a “reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling internationally and within Canada,” states the government’s website. The document is verified once uploaded to ArriveCAN upon returning to the country.

The website warns travellers are not guaranteed entry to another country with the documents and suggests checking the rules of your destination country and the countries you travel through.

“Today, Canada passed a sad milestone in its history,” said Matt Slatter, a pilot with a major Canadian airline and a founder of Free 2 Fly, a hub that has “Canadian aviation professionals standing with passengers in defence of freedom.”

“No longer can it hold itself as a beacon of freedom and liberal values.”

The Free 2 Fly website encourages passengers and airline workers who “feel strongly that the ability to travel should not be linked to vaccination status,” to sign up and join their movement.

“With the advent of mandates requiring all aviation and rail passengers to be vaccinated, Canada is now effectively a two-tier society,” said Slatter.

“On one tier, compliant citizens are afforded many of the rights they once enjoyed in a free society. While the other tier is essentially relegated to their own localities, with limited exception.

“History suggests this style of governance will only lead to more tragedy and heartbreak. The cure is inevitably worse than the disease. Will Canada learn from the mistakes of the past?”

Currently, there are just under 38,000 signed up on the Free 2 Fly site. One of the goals of the group is to “wage a legal campaign to block, and/or overturn, all vaccination mandates.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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CRTC trying to hang up on spoof calls

Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.




All those calls from the taxman and Canadian Border Services officials threatening to arrest you could soon be coming to an end thanks to new regulations from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

“Many Canadians are now able to determine which calls can be trusted thanks to a new technology aimed at combating spoofed calls named STIR/SHAKEN. Caller ID spoofing is frequently used in nuisance and fraudulent calls to mask the identity of the caller,” said the CRTC in a release.

“As of today, telecommunications service providers will certify whether a caller’s identity can be trusted by verifying the caller ID information for Internet Protocol-based voice calls. This new technology will help reduce the frequency and impact of caller ID spoofing. As service providers continue to upgrade their IP networks and offer compatible phones to their customers, more and more Canadians will be able to see the effects of STIR/SHAKEN.”

It’s believed up to 25% of all calls in Canada are scams.

The CRTC said Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.

“This new caller ID technology will empower Canadians to determine which calls are legitimate and worth answering, and which need to be treated with caution. As more providers upgrade their networks, STIR/SHAKEN will undoubtedly reduce spoofing and help Canadians regain peace of mind when answering phone calls,” said Ian Scott, CRTC CEO.

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SLOBODIAN: CBC’s list of woke words to help whites

Certainly, chiefs and elders running First Nations couldn’t manage without these buffoons sitting in a newsroom or office telling them some white guy saying the word tribe should deeply offend them.




If you’re easily offended grab a soother, a soft blankie, and go powwow with your spirit animal in a non-spooky safe space. 

This is not for the ultra-sensitive ever-hunting for ways to accuse “sexist, racist” meanies of inflicting immeasurable pain with their words that leave victims emotionally crippled.

CBC Ottawa journalists brainstormed with possibly phantom readers to compile a lame, tone-deaf list of racist words and phrases.

Of course, the savage list targets — you guessed it, insensitive white people viewed as black sheep in the La La Land where well-paid publicly-funded media fools obsess with skin colour — and sells them down the river.

Just when you think the divisive ghetto CBC tends to dwell in couldn’t-possibly-get-more-ridiculous, they conjure up this fine example of your approximately $1.5-billion tax dollars at work. 

Apparently, CBC consulted black, indigenous, and people of colour to find out what offends them. Nope, no white people. Doesn’t matter if anything offends them. They all apparently have a blind spot when it comes to tolerance, so they don’t matter.

“We ran some of the words by anti-racism and language experts, who said some of these phrases can be hurtful to various groups of people for their historical and cultural context,” said CBC.

Statues have been torn down, history is removed from school curriculums, innocent books are banned, and this is the historical content CBC uses, not to protect, but to create division and wounded feelings. 

Fellow taxpayers, we’re getting gypped with this wasteful CBC spending.

“It might be time to rethink your use of these phrases and remove them from your daily lingo. CBC Ottawa compiled a small list of words, submitted by readers and some of our journalists who are black, indigenous and people of colour,” said CBC.

The list includes ghetto, to sell someone down the river, brainstorm, blackmail, savage, spooky, gypped, powwow, crippled, tribe, black sheep, blindsided, first-world problem, spirit animal, lame, grandfathered in, and tone deaf.

So, what did the ‘experts’ say? Basically, white is bad. Really, very bad.

“The issue here is that these are all negative terms,” said Joseph Smith, an anti-racism trainer and educator. “It connotes evil, distrust, lack of intelligence, ignorance, a lack beauty — the absence of white.” 

He said the lowering of blackness in value was enhanced and pre-dated the transAtlantic slave trade. So white people walking Canadian streets who had nothing to do with that and are appalled by that are guilty? Got it.

Anti-racism trainer Jas Kalra, an inclusion and diversity coach, pointed out the tech industry is moving away from using whitelist and blacklist and adopting terms like block-list or deny-list. 

Great. And so now, the world is a better place.

According to CBC the word ghetto “implies a negative connotation toward people of a certain socio-economic class often associated with racialized groups.”  

What about the term white trailer-court trash people freely utter? If CBC feels any sympathy or outrage about those hurtful words, it neglected to say.

Ai Taniguchi, a linguist and an associate language studies professor with University of Toronto Mississauga, said words like spirit animal, powwow and tribe used by English speakers “can be a painful insult to indigenous communities.”

“If a non-indigenous person says ‘This is my tribe,’ I don’t think it’s OK, despite the fact that they’re using it presumably in a metaphorical way,” said Taniguchi.

“I didn’t know it was racist’ does not eliminate the pain of the hearer,” said Taniguchi. “As language users, we have the social responsibility to monitor the impact our utterances have on others, especially when it involves a marginalized group.”

Awww, isn’t it great that these helpless marginalized groups, most of whom are making it just fine on their own and getting along with their white neighbors and coworkers, have these condescending experts to protect them from racist slurs that aren’t meant to be racist slurs?

Certainly, chiefs and elders running First Nations couldn’t manage without these buffoons sitting in a newsroom or office telling them some white guy saying the word tribe should deeply offend them.

How would black Canadians even know what they are supposed to be wounded about without this expert help?

People make a living and derive superior self-satisfaction from creating and fueling division.

Really, who are the racists though? 

This has an anti-white stench all over it. And by feeling a need to ‘help’ marginalized groups understand what is offensive, these experts label them inferior.

Here’s another list of words and phrases that are harmful and highly offensive: CBC. Inclusion and diversity coaches. Fake lists of racial slurs.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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