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Senators dragging out debate on Bill C-10

If it’s not passed before week’s end summer recess and, as expected, the Liberals call an election, the bill would die.

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The Senate is often blasted for the speed of its work – perhaps not this time, though.

Blacklock’s Reporter said senators began introducing amendments to Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s Bill C-10 Tuesday night, the first of two cabinet bills to regulate the Internet.

Legislators proposed lengthy committee hearings that would slow the bill. If it’s not passed before week’s end summer recess and, as expected, if the Liberals call an election, the bill would die.

“Shouldn’t we ask Canadians if they even want the Internet regulated in this way?” asked Sen. Pamela Wallin (Sask.).

“I think it’s clear from the response to Bill C-10 what their answer is, a resounding ‘No, thank you.’”

Bill C-10 passed in the Commons June 21 would see YouTube videos intended for private reviewing regulated as public broadcasts by the CRTC. A companion Bill C-36 was introduced June 23 in the Commons. It would see Internet users accused of comments “that involves detestation or vilification” face investigation by the Canadian Human Rights Commission under threat of $70,000 fines, or a court-ordered peace bond including provision for house arrest without requiring proof any crime was committed.

“We can now quite clearly see the government’s true intent with the introduction of this companion bill,” said Sen. Wallin.

“It might be a good time to remind ourselves that members of the current Liberal cabinet quite openly embrace the idea of empowering the federal government to control social media.

“That is not just regulation. It’s censorship. Of course, there was no explicit language that says free speech will be banned. They don’t have to say it.”

Senator Percy Downe (P.E.I.) moved the first of a series of amendments to Bill C-10 that would subject the CBC to $2 million-a day fines for breach of its terms of licence, “disallow sponsored content from the CBC” and “increase transparency at the CBC to ensure there is no gender pay gap among on-air staff.”

Downe called his amendments “a rare opportunity to improve the Broadcasting Act” last revised in 1991.

“At what point do you think we would make these amendments?” asked Sen. Paula Simons (Alta.).

“We’ll have the committee hearing obviously,” replied Downe.

Sen. Leo Housakos (Que.) said extensive committee hearings are needed before the Upper Chamber takes up Bill C-10 in final debate.

“I do ask all sides of this aisle to ensure this bill is given full review by a committee at a bare minimum, and perhaps we bring forward the necessary amendments to fix this bill,” said Housakos.

“Our committee should hear from legal experts, persons with perspectives on all sides of this issue, to determine if this bill and its provisions are actually fully compliant with the Charter Of Rights And Freedoms,” said Housakos.

A review by the Senate communications committee “is all the more imperative given the speed at which this bill has moved,” he said.

Senators last night adjourned debate on the bill without any votes on Second Reading or amendments.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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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. Proudly_Free

    July 1, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    If the O’Fool and the CPC want to have any chance of getting my vote when we do go to the poles to get rid of the despotic stain of Trudeaupia Inc., then they need to campaign on two issues: CANCEL CULTURE and ELECTION REFORM. Defeating cancel culture in this country means ABOLISHING the CRTC, the Commie Redshirt Telecommunications Commission. For decades, almost more than any other government bureaucracy, they have destroyed this country on so many levels, through muting free speech and expression and protecting our lamestream media and communications companies from any semblance of real competition.

    By election reform, I’m talking about an elected senate with real power to hold the lunatics in the Commons in check. I’m glad to see that this group at least is hard at work with excuses to delay these bills, but when the likes of Pamela Wallin are among those lamely trying to hold up freedom, that’s when it’s clear that this farce of a country is doomed to hell and its time is short.

  2. CLAY STOWELL

    June 30, 2021 at 8:22 am

    That is why the Senate is so important. write them and tell them to turn this back to Parliament to fix. That is there job.

  3. Claudette Leece

    June 30, 2021 at 5:38 am

    Group of unelected lifetime blood suckers off taxpayers. Time to abolish this joke of a group, they haven’t voted against one of these ridiculous policies yet, pretty sure Trudeau won’t be the first they will do it to. Politicians are Canada’s biggest disappointment and have done nothing for Canada, unless your from Quebec

  4. Steven

    June 29, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Commie Trudeau & the Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s Bill C-10 have done nothing for Canadians except make the country more divided. Bill C-10 is the most communist style of censorship Canadians have come up against. Commie Guilbeault & Commie Trudeau along with Commie Singh (NDP) are not looking out for Canadians interests; these three plus more are looking out for their own self interests & its needs to be stopped; dead in its tracks.

  5. Vladimir Poutine

    June 29, 2021 at 11:17 am

    The very fact that C-10 and C-36 was even introduced should mean a TOTAL DEFEAT of Trudope and the Lie-berals. Not one Canadian should even consider voting for them !

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Four Alberta doctors file lawsuit againt AHS and Yiu over forced vaccination

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.

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A statement of claim was filed Friday against Alberta Health Services (AHS) and President and CEO of AHS, Dr. Verna Yiu by four Alberta doctors opposed to vaccination mandates.

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.

“Further, the Plaintiffs are opposed to disclosing their private health information or have disclosed their private health information with respect to their vaccination status against their will under threat of termination or unpaid long-term leave.”

The statement of claim says the plaintiffs are also concerned the COVID-19 vaccines are “experimental and have not undergone sufficient long-term safety observation,” and claim the ingredients for the vaccines have yet to be fully disclosed.

Plaintiff Dr. Joanna Moser is an anesthesiologist in Calgary and Red Deer and has had severe allergies to past vaccines. Moser is concerned about the risks she faces not knowing what the full list of ingredients are and fears having an adverse reaction to the shot but has been denied an exemption.

The legal filing also highlights the doctors’ concerns that “the COVID-19 vaccines do not provide full immunity,” and may only “lessen the severity of symptoms or potentially reduce the risk of hospitalization.”

In addition to citing numerous Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms violations and medical references disputing the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, the statement of claim also says the doctors are facing “discrimination” and have suffered “vilification and extreme ill-will” as a result of “false public statements” that the “unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic.”

 Local lawyer, Jeffrey Rath of Rath & Company filed the statement of claim on behalf of his clients Friday afternoon and intends to file an injunction application on Monday.

“We’re filing the injunction to provide temporary relief for our clients and others while waiting for this to get to trial,” said Rath in an interview with the Western Standard.

“The injunction will bring broad-based relief to all those unvaccinated within AHS on the basis that it’s creating a toxic work environment and is willfully creating contempt and hatred towards unvaccinated staff members.”

An injunction, if successful, would force the vaccine mandates to be put on hold until the claim is finally determined.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Banned BC doctor claims COVID ‘the greatest propaganda campaign in human history’

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology,” said Dr. Nagase.

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The current COVID-19 crisis is because of a “pandemic caused by vaccination,” said banned Dr. Daniel Nagase, in an exclusive interview with the Western Standard.

Nagase, a B.C. doctor who came under fire for giving patients an unapproved treatment for COVID-19 while working in Alberta hospitals, has been relieved of his duties in September and is no longer permitted to work in Alberta Health Services facilities.

Early October, a video of Nagase speaking at an event commemorating the anniversary of the Nuremburg Trials went viral with his account of working in an Alberta hospital treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, which is also used in agriculture settings.

Western Standard exclusive interview with Dr. Daniel Nagase

The Western Standard shared the video and subsequent tweets from AHS about the incident.

“All physicians — including temporary locums — are governed by AHS’ medical bylaws when working in an AHS facility. Under these bylaws, there are expectations for all physicians to follow regarding unapproved use of medical therapy,” said AHS.

Nagase said he is not against vaccines, but said “there’s never been anything like this given to humans,” referencing the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

“Medically speaking, scientifically speaking, this is a lot closer to gene therapy than it is other vaccines that have been put out in history,” Nagase said adding he has not had a COVID-19 shot yet.

Nagase said his life has been turned upside down since he began to speak out about his experience being relieved of duty for treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, but added, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Since his message has gone viral on social media, Nagase said he’s been able to reach more people with his message that “Ivermectin is a safe medication for coronavirus 19.”

Nagase has researched trials in other countries and said, “in every single one of those studies, Ivermectin worked. In moderate COVID and mild COVID mortality is reduced to zero.”

Also concerning to Nagase is that doctors are being prevented from treating patients as they would have been able to in the past.

“What they did is something that has never been done in 200 years of medical history. They banned doctors from trying a medication and banned patients from receiving it,” said Nagase of how Ivermectin was prohibited from being prescribed and used to treat COVID-19 in Canada.

Nagase has been banned from hospital practice in all AHS facilities, but is still able to practice if he opened his own office. However, Nagase said as of Monday, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has asked him to voluntarily withdraw his licence.

“And usually when they demand you voluntarily withdraw your licence, it’s because they are leading up to involuntary revocation of your license,” he said.

Nagase also slammed the Alberta government for its handling of the health crisis.

“It has been completely anti-science,” Nagase said who went on to explain “when healthy people wear masks, you are actually driving the evolution for any virus to overcome that mask.”

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology.

“I’m worried that we are living through the greatest propaganda campaign in human history,” Nagase said when asked why he believes there is such conflicting information around the pandemic.

When asked how he would have handled dealing with the pandemic, Nagase said, “two weeks to flatten the curve and that’s it. Isolate only the people that are at high risk of dying — that’s all.”

Nagase is in Calgary speaking at the Freedom Talk conference running Friday and Saturday. Details on the conference are here.

For those not on Facebook, the video will also be available here on Rumble.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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BC Liberals refuse to accept Gunn as leadership candidate

“LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.

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BC Liberals have told Aaron Gunn he will not be allowed to stand as a candidate for the leadership of the party.

“After a thorough review of Mr. Gunn’s statements on social media, both public and private, and after having provided Mr. Gunn with the opportunity to respond to concerns raised by certain of those statements, LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.

Gunn was less than pleased with the decision.

“Today, it became clear that conservatives, and all British Columbians who believe in common sense and freedom of speech, are no longer welcome in today’s BC Liberal party. I will be releasing a full statement later today, but rest assured, if you think this fight is over, you couldn’t be more wrong,” he tweeted.

Gunn tweet

“mm 7 unelected, non-Indigenous insiders decided my candidacy would be inconsistent with “reconciliation”… Meanwhile, it was ACTUALLY supported by the only Indigenous person in the race,” he tweeted.

“Imagine being so entitled and arrogant that you believe a small group of unelected insiders should decide the future direction of a political party and not its democratic membership.”

Gunn announced on October 9 he would try and run for the leadership.

“I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines … the policies being enacted are the antithesis to common sense,” Gunn told an enthusiastic crowd assembled at the Greek Community Centre in Saanich — a municipality of the Greater Victoria area — moments ago.

“For too long, politicians have promised us one thing, but failed to deliver once in power … under the NDP things have gotten worse,” he said, referring to John Horgan’s government.

“I think it’s time for a change, I think it’s time for renewal and I think it’s time for common sense,” he said moments before officially announcing his candidacy.

Gunn, 31, who planned on running under the banner: Bring Back Common Sense, tried to join six others — Gavin Dew, Kevin Falcon, Michael Lee, Val Litwin, Ellis Ross, and Renee Merrifield — who’ve already tossed their hats into the leadership race ring.

His said priorities would have included scrapping the carbon tax, “serious” health care reform, and opposing vaccine passports.

“I’ll be the only one in the race opposing those, as I believe I have a substantially different approach than the other candidates. I’ve got very clear positions on on the development of resources, on supporting our forest industry, on supporting our energy industry, and a whole bunch of other things.”

Gunn said changes need to come from the top.

“I think it all starts with political leadership,” he said.

“When (police) feel they don’t have the political support, or no one’s got their back, I think that trickles down into what you see in everyday policing issues. I know many police — I’ve talked to people in the Vic PD, for example — they know sometimes they arrest one of these people, and they do all the paperwork only to see them back on the streets in just a matter of days, or even less.

“So I think there’s lots of problems and, provincially, there’s only so much you can do, but you can direct prosecutors to pursue maximum sentences, and to pursue people who are repeatedly and flagrantly breaking the law.”

Gunn served Canada during a three-year stint in the Army Reserves straight out of university, before he went to work for the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation where he founded and became executive director of the “Generation Screwed” initiative which battled government debt, among other issues.

He’s been on the fringes of the political scene for the past three years or so, and his YouTube videos have garnered more than 50 million views and tens of thousands of followers, making him one of British Columbia’s most listened to political voices. (As an example, his Facebook followers number 20,000 more than Premier John Horgan).

Gunn said he not only wants to rebrand the BC Liberal Party — which is not affiliated with its similarly named federal party, but to rename it, as well, to reflect his and other party member’s conservatism.

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