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White men need not apply for this job at Alberta financial company

That seems to be the impression left by an employment ad by the Canadian Western Bank.

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It appears straight white males needn’t bother applying for this job.

That seems to be the impression left by an employment ad by the Canadian Western Bank.

“Bring you. All of you. Feminist. First Nations band member. Gay rights activist. Sign language speaker. Labels don’t matter here, but your perspective does,” reads the ad looking for a senior communications advisor.

“All applicants are welcome, and we expressly encourage applicants to apply who identify as women, persons with visible and invisible disabilities (including physical, mental, sensory, learning impairment, etc.), Indigenous peoples (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit), LGBTQ2S+ and/or racialized persons.

“We are specifically seeking diversity in this role, because at CWB we believe that inclusion has power, and we’re looking for some unique perspectives to add to this area of our business. We have a culture that thrives on idea-sharing, collaboration, respect, caring and camaraderie. If you have a voice to add to the conversation, we’d love you to apply.”

Ironically, the main photo on CWB shows three white middle-aged male employees.

Some social media posters questioned whether the ad was a breach of the Human Rights Act which guarantees equal rights for all.

” I guess I will not be applying to this position with Canadian Western Bank as a senior communications officer,” wrote one white, middle-aged man on Facebook.

The Western Standard reached out to CWB for comment but hasn’t heard back.

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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  1. berta baby

    June 9, 2021 at 11:14 am

    This white guy won’t bank there

  2. Steven Ruthven

    June 9, 2021 at 11:06 am

    1995 – 2003 whites males need not apply. I remember that time very well. It was a time, if you were not a gay white guy, good luck getting hired to a large police force in Canada. Forces were under pressure to up the diversity. I can’t say they were wrong, but it was the way the Federal, Provincial & Municipal Governments went about it. Very humiliating

    The other big kick for large police forces back in the day was to hire only University grads. Some forces, found out retaining grads after 4 to 6 years was a problem because, One, their student debt was now paid off & Two, better paying jobs outside policing were plentiful.

    So the big thinkers at the larger forces then decided. They would only hire a grad with reasonable student debt. A trainer I knew on, back in Ontario, said of the university grads. Book smart & street stupid.

  3. Left Coast

    June 9, 2021 at 10:40 am

    What few of the “Woke” among us remember . . . is that ALL of the Western Democracies were forged by Caucasian Christian Men . . . almost ALL of the 19th & 20th Century inventions also came from this sector of society.

    For 60,000 years on the west coast of Africa . . . no one though of putting a sail on a boat.
    North American Natives sat around the campfire before the Europeans came . . . they had not even contemplated the wheel.
    Many other groups have not even imagined Democracy to this day . . .

    Venezuela went from the Largest Economy in South America to disaster in one decade . . . will Canada do the same?

  4. Proudly_Free

    June 9, 2021 at 9:28 am

    What about if I myself am a white, conservative, almost middle-aged male who ALSO SUFFERS from some invisible physical disabilities? As if skin colour and disability are two separate categories. YOU FREAKING MORONS!!! Even if I could apply for this job, between the wokeness and the obviously low double-digit IQ, I don’t think I will. NOPE! Definitely NOT. I’ll just keep trying to get my own business off the ground, thank you very much!

  5. Left Coast

    June 9, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Imagine how bat-shit stupid a CEO of a nation-wide company would have to be to run an advertisement like this. As a sane caucasian straight male I would never open and account or deposit one dime in a Bank that obviously does not like me.

    These “Woke” CEOs are following the FakeStream Media down the rabbit hole . . .

  6. Erik Tarves

    June 9, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Seems pretty racist to me. It’s ironic twist the people that schreech the loudest, are themselves the worst offenders

  7. Cosmo Kramer

    June 9, 2021 at 9:00 am

    This is totally nuts. A lot of the looniness appears to be originating out of Human Resources (HR) departments. Core duties should be screening applicants, mediating workplace disputes, benefits, etc. They have gone way beyond that and have become a force of political correctness, politics, and are instrumental in deciding what the face of most organizations should be. This needs to be curtailed. I would not have anything to do with the Canadian Western Bank and if any sane person is dealing with them the ties should be severed.

  8. Baron Not Baron

    June 9, 2021 at 8:11 am

    If we are ruled by psychopaths, why wouldn’t a bank employee be mantally challenged? I don’t see a problem

  9. K

    June 9, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Pathetic attempt by whitey to eradicate his existence in this country. The irony of that photo cuts deep.

  10. Joc2257

    June 9, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Anyone who does business with this bank should close their account and move to a different one. Any bank that would promote racism like this bank does needs to be closed. I would not bank, invest or work for or with any bank that chooses to hire people only based on the criteria that they have set out in this advert. It’s obvious that they are more interested in virtue signaling than a persons abilities.

  11. Claudette Leece

    June 9, 2021 at 6:47 am

    Funny if that had flipped and said no people of color, disabilities, women etc apply, the media would be all over them for being racist. Guess racist against being white is completely acceptable now. And what happened to the best person for the job. We have seen from Trudeau’s diverse cabinet, how well that works out. This started in public schools and now continues to be flogged in universities. If you want to poison your child send them to public school. This will not end well but will be too late , when we look back in history and see when society decided , this was acceptable, left society because the right has no voice anymore and most msm is playing in there hands

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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
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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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Vancouver’s Stanley Park shut down at night because of fire threat

“The closure is being activated in an effort to reduce the fire risk to the park, which is extreme due to the current drought conditions and sustained heat events.”

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The risk of fire is so extreme in Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park, officials are to start closing it on a nightly basis.

“The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation will be temporarily closing all non-essential access to Stanley Park between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am beginning tonight,” said the board in a Friday statement.

“The closure is being activated in an effort to reduce the fire risk to the park, which is extreme due to the current drought conditions and sustained heat events.”

The board said park rangers will set up temporary overnight access control points at five locations.

“The current conditions in Stanley Park are extreme right now and given the size of the park, the risk of a fire breaking out overnight when fewer people may notice it or report it presents a significant threat to the wellbeing of the park, its trees, wildlife, and everyone who relies on the park and its ongoing health,” said Amit Gandha, Director of Park Operations.

“We have been in close contact with our partners at Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services as well as the Vancouver Police Department and they fully support this proactive measure to reduce the risk of a catastrophic fire in the park.”

Vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and anyone who does not require access to the park will be turned around at access control points. 

Anyone requiring entry into the park during the closure, including the #19 bus, emergency services, patrons, and staff of park businesses, will be permitted to enter through the control points. Individuals who remain in the park after the closure begins will have unrestricted access to leave the park through the control points, said the board.

The access control points will be positioned at the following locations:

  • Traffic circle off Georgia St
  • The corner of Barclay and Park Lane
  • The corner of Beach Ave and Park Lane
  • The south exit of the Stanley Park Causeway
  • The north exit of the Stanley Park Causeway

The Causeway will remain open but access to the seawall will be closed.

The temporary closure will be in effect seven days a week beginning Friday, July 30 and will extend indefinitely until the fire risk has been significantly reduced.

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s largest urban park, with more than 400 hectares of naturalized West Coast forest. The park has approximately half a million trees – mostly cedar, fir, and hemlock – some of which are hundreds of years old.

Hundreds of wildfires are currently burning across BC.

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

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