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BC Civil Liberties Association boss calls for church burnings

“Burn it all down,” Walia tweeted.

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The executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association is calling for more Christian churches to be burned to the ground.

Harsha Walia made the comment in a Canada Day tweet in response to news reports of two more Catholic churches being burning down.

“Burn it all down,” Walia tweeted.

According to its website, the BCCLA fights in the courts for “equality rights in relation to mental health, disability, gender, youth, immigration, refugees, race, poverty, LGBTQ2S+ rights, and more. We know looking through an inter-sectional lens is the only way to fight inequality and injustice. We fight overt and systemic discrimination, and seek to promote fairness and equality in Canada.”

Attacking religious buildings is normally classified as a hate crime in Canada.

Walia’s call to burn churches caused a firestorm of social media anger.

Walia tweet

“This lady needs to be removed from BC Civil Liberties. She is an embarrassment to BC and she has no business been (sic) in that role. She is inciting violence and hate. It’s our people that are going to pay the price for her hate speeches. Violence has no place in our society,” tweeted Chris Sankey@chrisjsankey

“I wonder if the @BCRCMP might like a word with Miss Walia,” said Grant Hayter-Menzies@GrantHayter.

“Unbelievable. Can she be charged for inciting violence?” asked Darshan Maharaja@TheophanesRex

National Post columnist Jonathan Kaye tweeted: “Gee if only @bccla knew that @HarshaWalia was a whack job and mob-violence apologist, maybe they wouldn’t have hired her…. oh wait, they *did* know, because she was very public about it as early as 2010.”

Walia, with a background as a community organizer, was appointed to her role in January, 2020.

The Western Standard has reached out to the BCCLA for comment, but hasn’t heard back.

A spree of arson and other acts of destruction have been occurring against Christian churches, focused mostly on indigenous Catholic congregations. The acts range from petty vandalism to lighting fires in or around the churches, destroying many.

As of publication, there have been at least 23 attacks against churches – including at least five completely destroyed by fires, at least three damaged by fires, and more than 15 vandalized to varying degrees.

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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24 Comments

  1. Holly J Harrington

    July 12, 2021 at 8:57 am

    From Brian Holdsworth on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laXT6DekrmU&t=28s

  2. John Benes

    July 7, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    “Burn it all down,” tweeted Harsha Walia, the executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, in a Canada Day tweet in response to news reports of two more Catholic churches being burnt down. Followed by another tweet: “UBCIC (Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs) stands in strong solidarity with Harsha Walia.” Promoting violence in this manner will only reverse any progress made in truth and reconcilliation. Both individuals responsible for these 2 tweets should be fired immediately.

  3. GS Uddin

    July 7, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    She’s right. Churches should come clean and stop killing and raping kids.
    I’m sure if my mosque did these crimes, Christian righties would understand and encourage but when it’s their institution they cry victim. F-ing ridiculous right wing victim complex!

  4. D Reeve

    July 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    We need a petition to get rid of this person. She is irresponsible and an embarrassment. Anyone holding s position such as this should have more intelligence. It also says s lot when the BC “union” of Indians support her; doesn’t say much for them.

  5. Joni Menz

    July 7, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Destroying buildings of any kind in FN communities is destructive to that community. The Catholic Church isn’t the one damaged. The people who gather, marry, sing, pray are now without a gathering place, all because it was a church. Think about consequences before you virtue signal.

  6. Left Coast

    July 6, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    @ GS UDDIN

    So you really want to go there . . .

    Why Did British Police Ignore Pakistani Gangs Abusing 1,400 Rotherham Children? Political Correctness

    In Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, ‘Jihad’ Encourages Sexual Slavery

    I was raped, starved and kept as a prisoner’: How an Australian woman, 30, travelled to Pakistan to meet the man of her dreams

    Just search any of those titles for the Story . . . another Failed 3rd world Culture!

  7. Matt C

    July 6, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    @GS UDDIN… you must have some kind of comprehension problem.

    If you bothered to read the comments pertaining to this and other related articles, you’ll see that the outrage is not over revelations that there were some bad apples in the barrel over a 140 year period…. it is that GRAVEYARDS … at residential schools that were KNOWN …. are being presented by the media as some kind of mass-slaughter/genocide with secretly-dumped bodies.

    Provide a cogent article or please don’t post….and remove the tin-foil wrapped around your head.

  8. GS Uddin

    July 6, 2021 at 9:16 am

    The hypocrisy on the Right is exhausting!

    If Muslims or Mosques were involved in the sexual abuse of Natives, the Righties and Christians would be approving of these attacks, now they grab their pearls and say ‘oh my”.

    Also, I thought Cons hated CANCEL CULTURE. But not when it comes to criticizing Christians or Whites! Hypocrite much!

  9. Steven

    July 6, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Why is Harsha Walia allowed to post bigoted stuff on Twitter & no censorship? No condemnation by the high and mighty social justice warriors either?

    Liberal Cancel Culture hypocrisy has become very subjective on who they choose to cancel & who they choose to ignore.

  10. ADHD

    July 5, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    That woman needs to be stripped of her Canadian citizenship and deported BACK TO INDIA!!!!!

    Many Hindus HATE Christians and Christianity in India, and I’ve ZERO doubt that she has imported that same attitude; whether via her parents (if she was born here), or as an immigrant to Canada herself (if she wasn’t born here), she either way is an absolute MISFIT to OUR Western civilisation and our country of Canada.

    How would SHE like it if somebody were to call for the destruction of her Hindu temples??? [Not that I would EVER wish anything of this sort – God Almighty FORBID!!!!]

  11. Fred Monninots

    July 5, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Another third world import disdaining first world freedom. Thank you Pierre Trudeau and the liberal elites for he mongrelization of a once great country.

  12. Left Coast

    July 5, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    In 1906, Dr. Peter Bryce, the chief medical officer for Indian Affairs, wrote that “the Indian population of Canada has a mortality rate of more than double that of the whole population, and in some provinces more than three times.”

    Reservations were 3 times more deadly in some provinces than life in the city 115 years ago . . . and low intellect morons who have never opened a History book are opining.

  13. Left Coast

    July 5, 2021 at 9:43 am

    This is a perfect example of the garbage that slithers into Canada because of our failing immigration system. This woman comes from a culture that would have thrown her on the funeral pyre of her husband a little over 100 years ago.
    What a worthless POS . . .

  14. K

    July 5, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Pure evil. Deport now.

  15. Matt C

    July 4, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I suspect that if someone were to make a comment like that about mosques, ….he would immediately be visited by cops.
    Unfortunately, the police have become political.

  16. EL

    July 4, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    This so called advocate for equality should be ashamed of herself. But narcissistic, self-serving clowns like this Walia woman are too stupid to realize their very own idiocy. Way to tear down everything BC Civil Liberties Association stands for, Walia. You have clearly revealed who and what you are with your thoughtless tweet. Well done. I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself.

  17. Claudette Leece

    July 4, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Funny the ones crying racist, are the biggest racist of them all

  18. Baron Not Baron

    July 4, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    This bitch, who’s just throwing more gas on the already grown fire, is a “South Asian activist and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is known for her organizing work with No One Is Illegal”(Wikipedia). You clearly cannot allow culture change of the country by being taken over – by idiots like this one – her gross hate towards the white race is just evident.. probably she’s not even capable to understand that Christianity is not just about the whites. First she’s been allowed to live here, and now she’s openly against the very culture (people) that built this country, so she (too) could enjoy the comfort.. here. She should be deported!

  19. Baron Not Baron

    July 4, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    This is a POS!

  20. Dave Symington

    July 4, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Honestly this is Walia a director for mental health etc. And she tweet this kind of rubbish. She needs help in this area. How did she get this far in this group? Make me sick!

  21. Ben Brown

    July 4, 2021 at 11:50 am

    The police are doing nothing and this whole thing stinks. The liberals are behind this and will use it as part of an election platform. Plus face book promotes it!

  22. Ben Brown

    July 4, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Facebook also endorses these actions and are censuring people if they speak up against it. They should be brought to task also!

  23. Brent

    July 4, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Facebook also endorses these actions and are censuring people if they speak up against it. They should be brought to task also!

  24. Bill Marsh

    July 4, 2021 at 10:49 am

    One wonders why her account was not suspended by Twitter for inciting violence and spreading disinformation.

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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
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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
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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
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