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UPDATED: Speaker slaps down Liberal amendments to censorship bill after it passes Commons

Bill C-10 now proceeds to the Senate. The Upper Chamber last defeated a government bill in 1996, a measure limiting liability for a privatized Toronto airport authority.




The race against time continues for the Liberals as they burnt the midnight oil to get their Internet censorship bill through Parliament, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Commons debated Bill C-10 until 12:42 (EST) with Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault mistakenly claiming regulators cannot cancel programming, though the CRTC has repeatedly suspended radio broadcasters’ licenses for ignoring its program orders.

But their plans were dealt a blow by the Liberal Speaker Anthony Rota who said Tuesday the committee “exceeded its authority” by passing the amendments after the House imposed time limits on further work by the committee.

Rota ordered all but one of the changes passed after their deadline be struck from the version of the bill currently before the House.

“This bill is not about content moderation,” said Guilbeault earlier in the Coimmons.

“The CRTC in its decades of existence has never said to Shaw or the CBC or TVA, oh, you can do this program but you can’t do that program. The CRTC has never had that power.”

In fact, federal law allows the Canadian Radio and Television Telecommunications Commission to pull licenses.

The Commission last revoked a radio license in 2011 when it closed CKLN, a campus station at Ryerson University in Toronto, for breach of content requirements. CHOI-FM of Québec City was similarly closed in 2004 for “failures to meet the objective of high standard programming.”

“The CRTC is not above Canadian laws. The CRTC must comply with our laws and regulations. They are a regulator. We have many regulators,” said Guilbeault.

Bill C-10 would similarly regulate YouTube videos as public broadcasts.

Guilbeault said cabinet had no choice but to cut short debate on the bill and force last night’s Third Reading vote.

“This bill hinges on consultation. That’s ended,” he said.

Bloc Québécois MPs voted with cabinet in passing the bill.

“Call it a gag order, call it what you will,” said Bloc MP Martin Champoux (Drummond, Que.).

“I hope it won’t happen again, but it was necessary.”

Conservative MPs opposed the bill as an infringement on free expression.

“We always have and always will stand up for free speech,” said MP Warren Steinley (Regina-Lewvan).

“We believe citizens across the country shouldn’t be censored on what they put on social media and Facebook and YouTube. We believe they have a right to their own personal thoughts and opinions.”

“I have been a broadcaster for over forty years,” said Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood), former voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“This bill is despicable. No amendments, no discussion, nothing. Forty percent of this bill was never talked about in the heritage committee, and yet now we’ve got another gag order thanks to the Bloc supporting the government.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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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  1. Steven Ruthven

    June 17, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Western Canada will never have autonomy or free speech as long as we are tied to Eastern Overlords. The CRTC isn’t concerned for our welfare or culture west of the Manitoba Ontario border, why would it be? Bend your knee to the CRTC & Bill C-10 if you want Eastern Canada, but don’t expect Western Canada to accept it without a fight; and not even then.

  2. mm

    Lee Harding

    June 17, 2021 at 9:35 am

    As the Washington Post says, “Democracy dies in darkness.”

  3. Dennis

    June 16, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Once again folks, please remind me why Alberta should be a part of a dysfunctional, corrupt confederation and a government that is Openly Hostile to our economy and very way of life in Alberta. I say, go to Wildrose.party buy your membership, make a donation, get involved with your local CA and start the train to rid ourselves of a broken and hostile confederation. Wildrose.party 2023

  4. Milton

    June 16, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Wow! The Bill is still in the chamber. Report stage has not begun, neither 3rd reading. This article is inaccurate.

  5. Liberty

    June 15, 2021 at 11:14 am

    And what did the Liberals promise the Bloc support on in compensation?

  6. Erik Tarves

    June 15, 2021 at 10:18 am

    It’s highly suspect how concerned they are with ramming it through.

    Sick of this country

  7. K

    June 15, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Doing whatever they can to damage us. Malevolent criminals, every last one of these freaks.

  8. Left Coast

    June 15, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Trudeau is a criminal . . . the Lieberal Party are CCP assets . . .

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.




A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.

The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.

Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.

RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.

This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.

“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.

The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”




BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

On Monday, the Surrey Board of Trade wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister of Canada Patty Hajdu, BC Premier John Horgan, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix urging them to “implement a proof-of-immunization model.”

“We support a centralized, Canada-wide approach to COVID-19 proof-of immunization that could be easily used to confirm vaccination status for international and domestic use,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The separation of lines – which was put in place as a federal policy – has since been removed following extensive public push-back.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.




Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

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

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