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Guilbeault says majority of Canadians want Internet censored

Guilbeault acknowledged offensive content like hate speech is already banned under the Criminal Code as Parliament outlawed hate speech in 1970.

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The majority of Canadians support the Liberals attempt to censor the Internet, says Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Guilbeault promised a bill mandating “content moderation” will be introduced shortly, though he has made similar statements since March 31.

“This is really an important point,” Guilbeault told the Commons ethics committee on Monday.

“There are some people out there, a minority clearly, who would advocate that we shouldn’t intervene, there should be no laws whatsoever regarding the Internet, and anyways what happens on the Internet stays on the Internet. Well, it’s clearly not the case.”

Guilbeault acknowledged offensive content like hate speech is already banned under the Criminal Code as Parliament outlawed hate speech in 1970.

“The legislation will address categories of online harms which are already criminal according to Canadian law,” he said.

Guilbeault said the bill would go further in regulating “content moderation” on the Internet.

“The bill we’re talking about now deals with the moderation of content,” said Guilbeault.

The minister repeated earlier statements the bill would see the CRTC or a new federal regulator enforce internet rules with powers to shut down websites operated by scofflaws.

“It’s going to be about an entire new ecosystem to help us deal with these harms online in a way we can’t right now. It’s not the entirety of the system we want to propose,” he said.

Guilbeault did not fix a date when the bill will be introduced, however, Parliament is scheduled to adjourn June 21 for its summer recess and an expected general election campaign.

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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9 Comments

  1. K

    June 8, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Enough with the LIES

  2. Mars Hill

    June 8, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    It’s almost like the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats are willfully shooting themselves (:
    ???

  3. Debbie Lawrence

    June 8, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    It really bothers me when politician say “the majority of Canadian’s want this” or it’s what Canadian’s want without even asking us our opinion. This is just a brainwashing narrative to justify getting their own way. It is a sad day for freedom when freedom of expression and opinion is censored by government.
    There have been many Lockdown and Freedom protests in Canada as well as around the world. Last month hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of London for an afternoon last month. Thousands gathered for a protest in the streets of Italy but none of it was shown on TV or reported in the mainstream press. It was only seen on the internet. Pushing threw Bill 10 doesn’t look good for the Liberal Government.

  4. CodexCoder

    June 8, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    How about if the Western Standard puts up a poll on this site to see how many people want the Liberals or their peons to censor the internet? Let any Canadian answer that question in the open. I, for one, don’t want the Liberals to force their values (NONE) on the rest of us. Either it is free speech or it isn’t.

  5. Rose

    June 8, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    He’s flat-out lying.
    We absolutely DO NOT want to be censored!!
    Free Speech is paramount for a free country.

  6. Joni Menz

    June 8, 2021 at 11:12 am

    It isn’t your job to protect me from harmful words on any media, but you know that already don’t you Steven? This is censorship and we all know it. When in history have the censors ever been the ‘good guys’? This is nefarious abuse of power. Libs are sick!

  7. Cosmo Kramer

    June 8, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Bill, coincidentally nearly identical bills are being pushed through in the UK and in Ireland. It it is probable that if we looked into it, we would find the same in other countries as well. Something above is coordinating and managing this and the politicians are representing these globalists and not citizens.

  8. Greg Strohschein

    June 8, 2021 at 10:56 am

    I would be interested in seeing the data that he is using to believe that the majority of Canadians want the government to censor internet content.

  9. Bill Mccann

    June 8, 2021 at 10:47 am

    So China,North Korea and now Canada, am I missing any others?

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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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