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Wallin cautious over pending Internet censorship law

Broadcast Hall of Famer, now Senator Pamela Wallin, warns new bill could censor online content.




A Canadian broadcast legend has thrown her weight behind opposition to a new federal bill that could censor what Canadians see and hear on the Internet.

Sen. Pamela Wallin (Sask.) Thursday said cabinet must seek wide public input on its bill to regulate YouTube, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Proposed federal controls on the Internet were so far-reaching they “morphed into the possibility of censoring online content,” said Wallin, a Broadcast Hall of Fame recipient.

“The Internet is not only the most powerful space for conducting commerce and for sharing news and information, but it is also the most powerful form of personal communication,” Wallin told the Senate.

“Most governments have taken a hands-off approach to regulating or censoring these exchanges. Speech, dissent, disagreement, criticism, debate are all the basic tenets of a democracy.”

Bill C-10 An Act To Amend The Broadcasting Act would require the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to regulate YouTube videos as programs, with YouTube management being responsible for ensuring videos uploaded comply with federal orders.

Wallin questioned the CRTC’s role in monitoring YouTube content intended for private viewing.

“Use your own judgment,” she said. “If you don’t like what someone has to say, change the channel. Cancel your subscription. You can hit mute if you don’t like my message.”

Canadians clearly called for the feds to engage in widespread and genuine public consultation on this issue and “I add my voice to that call,” said Wallin.

MPs opposed to Bill C-10 yesterday said the CRTC had no business monitoring Internet uploads.

“People’s voices matter and their opinions should not be silenced,” Conservative MP David Yurdiga (Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, Alta.) said in a statement. “I disagree with this bill. I will fight day and night for this bill not to pass.”

Conservative MP Rachael Harder (Lethbridge, Alta.) last night told the Commons heritage committee it must ensure Bill C-10 complies with the Charter Of Rights And Freedoms.

“That’s not a lot to ask,” she said.

“For this committee to continue forward without taking this responsibility is shame on us. To suggest we should just continue ramming this legislation through, that we should just continue considering one clause after another without giving sober second thought to whether or not this legislation does indeed continue to abide by the Charter, is wrong.”

Bill C-10 is the first of two bills to regulate internet content, Cabinet said.

A second bill not yet introduced will target online content deemed to “undermine Canada’s social cohesion or democracy,” according to a December 15 briefing note Regulation Of Social Media Platforms from Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department.

Guilbeault in a March 31 podcast said regulations should also target hurtful comments against politicians or public agencies.

“I have seen firsthand alongside other Canadians the damaging effects harmful content has on our families, our values and our institutions,” he said.

“Canada has a world-renowned public service and it’s integral that we don’t attack them to try and score political points,” he continued.

“Everybody in this country, and especially elected officials, have I think a responsibility, a duty to ensure that we protect our institutions.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.

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

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  1. Steven Ruthven

    May 10, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    10 May 2021
    MPs agree to legal review of broadcasting bill over free speech concerns. CBC Ryan Patrick Jones

    MPs on the House of Commons heritage committee agreed today to pause a detailed review of the federal government’s broadcasting bill while the Department of Justice looks into whether recent amendments violate the free speech rights of social media users.

    I call on Prime Minister Trudeau to immediately remove Minister Guilbeault from the cabinet & let him sit as a backbencher. Bill C-10 is an attack on the freedoms of Canadians & the rage against the bill is growing Prime Minister – growing.

  2. Mervin

    May 9, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Bill C-10 must be scrapped entirety. Amendments are pointless. The fundamental purpose of the Bill to to censor public opinion.

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Vaccine passports now mandatory in Alberta

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.




The Alberta government’s new vaccine mandates for businesses, entities and events are in effect.

Each organization must follow one of two options: implement the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, or comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Order 42-2021.

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.

The REP allows operators to avoid the majority of public health restrictions with the implementation of a proof of vaccination program, although vaccine requirements for staff are at the employer’s discretion. Face mask mandates are still required in all indoor spaces.

The program doesn’t apply to those under 12 years of age and businesses that need to be accessed by the public for daily living purposes, including all retail locations. As well, employees, contractors, repair or delivery workers, volunteers or inspectors will be permitted access to spaces without requiring a vaccine passport.

To enter spaces participating in the REP, adults need to provide valid photo identification that matches their paper or digital vaccine record showing name, vaccine type and date of administration. From now until October 25, proof of partial vaccination (one dose) will suffice, however after that date, proof of full vaccination (two doses) will be required. Those under 12 will only need to show vaccination paperwork.

Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities that don’t implement the REP will be limited to one-third capacity of their fire code occupancy and attendees must be in household cohorts or with up to two close contacts if they live alone.

Outdoor events and facilities have no capacity restrictions, but attendees must maintain a two-metre distancing between households.  

Restaurants that don’t follow the REP cannot offer indoor dining, and outdoor dining will be limited to six people per table from one household, and liquor sales will have to end by 10 p.m. with consumption cut off by 11 p.m.

Retail, shopping malls and food courts aren’t eligible for the REP, therefore will be reduced to one-third capacity of fire code occupancy and are required to stop all in-person dining, switching to take out only.

Indoor private social gatherings will be permitted for those that are vaccinated to a maximum of two households up to 10 (vaccine eligible) vaccinated people. There are no restrictions for children under 12. For those who are unvaccinated, indoor social gatherings are not permitted.

Private outdoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 200 people who are socially distanced.  

Churches will be limited to one-third of fire code capacity and masks and social distancing are still mandatory in places of worship.

Employees are mandated to work from home unless their physical presence is required for their duties.

Proof of vaccination will not be required to enter a polling place for Monday’s federal election although physical distancing, masking and other transmission reducing measures will be in place.

For more information on the Restriction Exemption Program, click here.   

Risdon is a reporter at the Western Standard

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Hockey arena backs down on banning unvaccinated kids

Within hours of the Western Standard posting the exclusive story, Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy.




Public pressure has brought minor hockey out of the penalty box in Cochrane.

Following an exclusive story by the Western Standard on Saturday, along with mounting pressure from the community, a Cochrane sports facility has revamped its vaccine passport policy.  

The Cochrane Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) and Hockey Alberta were not mandating a vaccine passport system, but Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) announced it would be requiring proof of vaccine status for anyone 12 and up.

Within hours of the story being posted, CMHS President Cory Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy with this statement: “Youth between the ages of 12 (vaccine eligible) to 18 years of age are exempt from the REP vaccination requirement to enter the facility for the purpose of participating in a youth organized sport organization. Examples include (but not limited to) Cochrane Minor Hockey, Ringette, Cochrane Minor Soccer, Lacrosse, Cochrane Figure Skating Club, Comets, Junior Lifeguard Club, etc.”

Although youth may access the facility without being vaccinated, all adult spectators, coaches, volunteers and organizers of any youth activity “must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or medical exemption to gain entry to SLSFSC premises.”

“Although this helps our kids get on the ice in Cochrane, it’s still an issue at lots of other facilities, especially in larger facilities in Calgary and Airdrie,” Oaten said.

Oaten, who works in the insurance industry, points out the “huge liability issue” this poses to his and other sports organizations.

“Originally, Spray Lakes pushed us to collect this medical documentation from our members,” he said.

The CMHA board consists of 18 volunteer members.

“They can’t put those expectations on a board of volunteers. It’s a big legal issue for us,” Oaten said, adding he and his board refuse to take responsibility for requiring proof of vaccine or the collection of their members’ private medical information.

Oaten was informed the SLSFSC will now have its own security checkpoints set up in the facility and will take responsibility for checking the vaccine status of anyone 18-plus entering the building.

Oaten anticipates families will still pull their kids from hockey and other sports programs as those who remain unvaccinated will not be permitted in the facility to accompany their child.

Hockey Alberta stated on their Facebook page they are working with the Alberta government on how last Wednesday’s announcement will affect hockey for Alberta players. Oaten has asked his members to hold off on making a decision to pull their child from the program until Hockey Alberta comes forward with their updated season plan.

The Western Standard reached out to the SLSFSC for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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