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Scores of graves found near former residential school in Cranbrook

The graves, some of which were as shallow as three to four feet, were found near the former St. Eugene’s Mission Residential School, near Cranbrook.

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The Lower Kootenay Band in BC says they have discovered 182 human remains in unmarked graves.

The graves, some of which were as shallow as three to four feet, were found near the former St. Eugene’s Mission Residential School, near Cranbrook. 

The remains are believed to belong to members of the Ktunaxa Nation, which includes the Lower Kootenay Band, Aq’am, and nearby First Nations communities. 

The community of Aq’am began using ground-penetrating radar in 2020 near the school, which was operated by the Catholic church from 1912 until the early 1970’s. 

According to the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia, the first “Kootenay or St. Eugene’s residential school opened in 1890,” but was replaced in 1912. 

There were recurring outbreaks of influenza, mumps, measles, chicken pox, and tuberculosis, according to the IRSHDC.

In 1969, the federal government took over operation, closing the school the following year. 

The site now contains a golf course and casino.

The findings follow the discovery of 215 children’s remains near former Kamloops Indian Residential School, and 751 human remains found near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. 

The topic of unmarked graves found near residential schools has become a contentious topic, and amid the discoveries a total of seven churches have been set on fire in BC and Alberta, the most recent being the century-old St. Jean Baptiste church, 30 km north of Edmonton.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Andrew A

    July 4, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    “have discovered 182 human remains”

    What human remains? 182 bones or 182 bodies? Where is the evidence? The credulity of the media, including Western Standard, is astounding.

  2. Dennis

    July 1, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Well said Paul B,

  3. Patrick Kaupp

    July 1, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Cosmo – I agree. Unfortunately the main street media and government officials do not have the courage to oppose the narrative that this is a result of mass murder or genocide. Disgraceful.

  4. Cosmo Kramer

    June 30, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    My Apple News has “182 unmarked graves on Ktunaxa Nation territory in B.C.” as a story. No doubt they will release a lot more locations. They know where the unvisited forgotten graves are and now very quickly releasing the locations. These are not hard to find places where professionals are needed to search for. This appears to be an organized psyop to stoke hate and stir up against Christians. Looks very sloppy and unprofessional on how they are executing it and hopefully not many are fooled.

  5. Left Coast

    June 30, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Time to take these ground radar units to Indian Reservations . . . might solve the missing woman issue . . .

    NOT ONE of these finds has been exhumed or examined, but the Media is stirring up the idiots among us who are burning down churches. Not unlike the “Offended” Antifa & BLM class in the USA that spent more than a year looting & burning US Dem Cities.

    Is the “Media” ever held accountable for the Yarns & Myths they spin . . . hell NO ! ! !

    We have a Crime Minister that is Stoking the Flames . . . this is no different from the CCP Cultural Revolution that took place a few decades ago with millions dying.
    We have a genuine CCP supporter running the country today . . . anyone concerned?

    The likely scenario is most died 70 to 100 years ago, grave markers were wood and are no longer there. No one would expect the parents & relatives to ever come and maintain the graves, no high expectations then or now.

  6. paul bryce

    June 30, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    I wonder how the Western Standard sleeps at night when they promote this fear of mass murders devoid of any evidence? Playing right into Trudeaus hand as he lines Canada up for the Global Elites takeover by the UN, well, further takeover.
    What is newsworthy here? How many unmarked graves are there in Ireland from the potato famine, London from the workhouses, New York from the Immigrant workhouses, USSR from the 1920’s Communist massacres of 10’s of millions of Russian Orthodox Christians. Where are all the graves of the Indigenous peoples of Canada before the Europeans came? I walk through grave sites from the 1920-1950’s here in Western Canada and there are many unmarked plots. The native chiefs have made it clear these are simply unmarked graves and include many adults. Were they just the Church cemetery and burials were free? The Church and these residential schools were usually side by side.
    Let me know when there is actually any evidence of wrongdoing please but until then its just more fear mongering meant to divide people. Where was the government when all this was happening and why was the government not running these training facilities for Indigenous people. Oh, thats right they didn’t care about the natives so private charities did what they could which from what I have heard from natives themselves was pretty darn good.

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Judge says military accounting a major mess

Defence lawyers in the case argued army accounting was so incompetent all evidence of theft was circumstantial.

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A judge in Nova Scotia says he has no doubt Canadian Armed Forces money was swiped, but military bookkeeping is so terrible he can’t say how much.

Blacklock’s Reporter said the money was discovered to be stolen from Sydney, N.S. Garrison after an internal audit faulted the Department of National Defence for mismanagement of money-losing golf and curling clubs.

In convicting a former manager of theft, Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judge Peter Ross said he was “convinced beyond a reasonable doubt” that tens of thousands of dollars were stolen from the Sydney Garrison, but had to estimate the loss at $28,000 due to “lax accounting practices” and “sloppy recordkeeping.”

Defence lawyers in the case argued army accounting was so incompetent all evidence of theft was circumstantial.

“There are too many holes in the bucket,” the Court was told.

David Mullins, a former Department of Public Works manager, was found guilty of theft. Mullins worked as manager of the Sydney Garrison Messes for two years handling food and liquor sales, hall rentals, petty cash, bank deposits and inventory.

Court was told bookkeepers in Halifax became alarmed when the Garrison started “going into the red” and reporting bank deposits for $4,700 “deemed suspicious because it was such a round number.”

Forensic accountants found the Garrison “did not have working cash registers” and discovered $2,800 in banknotes in a filing cabinet.

“If bottles are missing, cost is what matters,” testified Roberta Sullivan, a forensic accountant with the Department of Public Works.

“If cash is missing, retail value is what matters.”

The Garrison Messes were managed by the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services branch, the same division responsible for operations of 39 military-owned sports clubs nationwide.

An earlier Non-Public Property Audit Of Special Interest Activities found the clubs lost $2.7 million annually.

The review found military clubs sold memberships to the general public in direct competition with the private sector.

“Policy dictates the combined non-military membership at a special interest activity shall not exceed 50% of the total membership,” said the report.

“Several special interest activities have requested exceptions to this, citing financial sustainability.”

“Policies require special interest activities to operate as businesses with the goal of being financially sustainable.”

“Sustainability” was widely interpreted, the report added, with unnamed club managers found to “interpret a net loss as acceptable” as long as it was subsidized by the Department of National Defence.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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Civil service mag promotes immunization passports

Any mandatory scheme would see Canadians required to carry proof of vaccination to eat at a restaurant, visit a shopping mall or go to a baseball game, said the magazine.

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A magazine for Canadian public service managers says the country must introduce vaccine passports, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The immunity of the population is detrimental for the safe reopening of the economy and various jurisdictions across the world are exploring the idea of immunity certificates as an enabler,” said a commentary in Canadian Government Executive, a periodical published for federal public service managers.

“After a rigorous analysis of the issue of immunity certificates, this article concludes the necessity of immunity certificates in Canada as a key enabler for the safe reopening of the society and economy in a post-Covid world.”

Any mandatory scheme would see Canadians required to carry proof of vaccination to eat at a restaurant, visit a shopping mall or go to a baseball game, said the magazine.

“They can also be used to promote economic activities such as workplace safety, tourism etcetera,” said the periodical.

The magazine acknowledged Canadians were divided on the issue and numerous foreign jurisdictions have banned vaccine passports.

“It is important to note in the United States several states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona etcetera have either banned or prevented the mandatory use,” said the commentary.

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien in a May 19 statement said vaccine passports breached the Privacy Act since they compelled users and non-users alike to disclose personal health information to access public facilities.

“There must be clear legal authority for introducing use of vaccine passports,” said Therrien, adding Parliament would require “a newly enacted public health order or law” before any mandatory scheme could be introduced.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a January 14 podcast called it a divisive issue.

“I think the indications that the vast majority of Canadians are looking to get vaccinated will get us to a good place without having to take more extreme measures that could have real divisive impacts on community and country,” said Trudeau.

“I think it’s an interesting idea but I think it is also fraught with challenges. We are certainly encouraging and motivating people to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. We always know there are people who won’t get vaccinated, and not necessarily through a personal or political choice.

“There are medical reasons. There are a broad range of reasons why someone might not get vaccinated. I’m worried about creating undesirable effects in our community.”

Federal research shows about 12% of Canadians would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine under any circumstances. A total of 26% said they did not trust the Public Health Agency, according to the Statistics Canada report.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Canada Post to make bank on lending operations

The union said loans would be issued in a test project at post offices in Halifax and Bridgewater, N.S. and surrounding rural areas, as well as Calgary and Red Deer by year’s end.

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“A roll of stamps and $30,000 please.”

That will soon be possible as, for the first time in 53 years, Albertans will be able to go to the post office for a loan.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Canada Post on Thursday confirmed outlets in Alberta and Nova Scotia will broker cash loans for the Toronto Dominion Bank.

“The market test goal is to offer the new financial service in over 249 Canada Post locations before the end of 2021,” the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said in a statement.

Post offices would offer Toronto Dominion loans of $1,000 to $30,000 at “competitive rates.”

Post offices currently sell money orders, gift cards and process electronic cash transfers but disbanded deposit-taking postal banks in 1968.

The union said loans would be issued in a test project at post offices in Halifax and Bridgewater, N.S. and surrounding rural areas, as well as Calgary and Red Deer by year’s end.

“CUPW continues to support the creation of an independent postal bank despite our current partnership with Toronto Dominion Bank,” said the union.

“Partnering with a financial institution does not put an end to the goal of an independent postal bank.”

Parliament in an 1867 Postal Act allowed post offices to hold cash deposits and offer cheque-cashing services. Postal banks at their peak in 1908 held the equivalent of a billion dollars on deposit.

A 2016 Department of Public Works survey found 39% of small business owners nationwide, and 44% on the Prairies, said they would use Canada Post banking services if offered.

The department paid $142,137 for the study by Ekos Research Associates Inc.

“I think Canada Post is very open to increased financial services, not necessarily ‘postal banking’,” Brenda McAuley, national president of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association, said in an earlier interview.

“I think the word ‘banking’ scares a lot of people. The banks don’t think it is necessary.

“There are islands in British Columbia where people have to take a ferry to get to a bank. We will look at pilot projects. I’ve got quite a few places on my radar.”

Canada Post in its 2020 Annual Report said it was “reinventing our retail model” at 6,084 post offices nationwide, including “assessing new financial services and options” mainly in rural Canada.

“Our vast retail network of post offices and dealer outlets across the country provides convenient locations and services with many of them offering evening and weekend hours to meet the changing needs of Canadians,” wrote management.

Jessica McDonald, then-chair of the Canada Post board, in 2018 testimony at the Commons government operations committee said the Crown corporation was “very open-minded” on resuming postal bank services.

“Postal banking has been under a tremendous amount of discussion and continues to be,” said McDonald.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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