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BC Civil Liberties Association boss calls for church burnings

“Burn it all down,” Walia tweeted.




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

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. 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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While calls for Chu to resign grow, the Recall Act still awaits cabinet approval

Bill 52: The Recall Act, now awaiting proclamation, “creates a process that could lead to the recall of elected officials, including members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), municipal officials and school trustees,” states the Alberta Government website.




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Premier Jason Kenney said the allegations were “appalling” while mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek has called for Chu to step down.

Michelle Rempel Garner, Calgary-Nose Hill MP overlapping Ward 4 said she’s “formally withdrawing her endorsement of Councillor Sean Chu,” adding he’s no longer a member of her Constituency Association.

A new bill allowing Albertans to recall elected officials throughout their term was introduced in the spring of this year and and was passed by the legislature in June.

But Bill 52, the Recall Act, is still awaiting proclamation, leaving it in a state of legislative limbo.

The Western Standard reached out to Government House Leader, Jason Nixon for comment as to when Bill 52 will be proclaimed into law, but no response has been received as of publishing.

According to the Government of Alberta’s website, the bill “creates a process that could lead to the recall of elected officials, including members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), municipal officials and school trustees.”

The process to recall a municipal official involves applying for a petition to recall the politician with the city’s chief administrative officer (CAO). If approved, the applicant is charged with gathering signatures from 40% of eligible voters in the official’s ward within 60 days. If successful, the CAO would make a declaration at the next council meeting and the official would be removed at that time.

According to the bill, an elected official cannot be recalled any earlier than 18-months from the date they were elected, meaning that even if the bill was proclaimed by the Alberta government, Chu would still be ineligible for a recall petition until 2024.

The Western Standard spoke with Chu in an exclusive interview before Monday’s municipal election to discuss the incident referenced in a series of documents leaked from the Calgary Police Service just days before the election.

Chu called the leak of the documents “politically motivated”, stating the timing of the release was “decades after those matters were resolved” and denied any wrongdoing.

In 1997, Chu was investigated for complaints alleging sexual assault and threats. The investigation found no grounds for charges, but Chu did received a letter of reprimand for caressing the leg of a minor while in uniform that he said he believed at the time to have been over 18.

The Western Standard had a follow-up interview with Chu the day after winning Monday’s election in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes when he reaffirmed his innocence, said he would not resign, and responded to allegations first published by CTV Calgary.

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013 and is now looking at his legal options for a possible defamation suit.

Because Chu was not charged in the incident, it appears any bid to try and remove Chu at this point would fail.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Whistlestop’s Scott launches new anti-COVID lockdown advocacy group

“We never thought we would be in the world that we are in today, yet here we are,” Scott said.




Whistlestop Cafe owner Chris Scott — who rose to fame fighting Alberta COVID-19 lockdowns — is starting an advocacy group to continue the battle.

The new group, FullSteamAhead, is becoming a non-profit membership association which links individuals and businesses and lawyers affected by government’s plans for forced vaccination for employment in some areas.

Scott said his group has a mission:

• To actively seek out credible information.

• To advocate for those who are mandated out of work.

• To effectively influence change in order to protect Constitutional Rights & Freedoms.

“We never thought we would be in the world that we are in today, yet here we are,” Scott said in a Facebook posting.

“And we want you to know that you are not alone. There are thousands of individuals and businesses across Alberta and Canada that are asking themselves how to navigate this new world.

“We want individuals and businesses to team up with a group of lawyers that are ready to take on the government and companies that are stripping away our rights and freedoms. And we want to help those individuals and businesses that are being discriminated against in order to keep their job or their business running.”

Scott was arrested May 8 after a protest which saw 1,500 people show up in support of his business in Mirror, 50 km east of Red Deer, which has faced repeated crackdowns by the provincial government.

That week saw the RCMP seize all of the establishment’s beer and then days later padlock the restaurant after a dawn raid.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers the next day in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government had recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

Scott made a solemn promise to Alberta Health Services and the RCMP he would no longer open his establishment.

So when he was inside May 29, cleaning damage up after someone broke the glass in his front door, he was shocked to see AHS and RCMP speed into his parking lot, and re-padlock the restaurant.

Last week saw him receive a $20,000 fine and an 18-month probation period.

The Whistle Stop Cafe has become a flashpoint in resistance to provincial lockdown orders and restrictions imposed by the Kenney government, as Scott defied the orders and “illegally” reopened in mid-January of 2021.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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AHS says at least 1,200 employees don’t want the jab

A total of 7% of AHS employees have yet to submit their proof and AHS is “actively working” to confirm their vaccine status.




Despite Alberta Health Services reporting overwhelming support for their proof of vaccine policy, at least 1,200 AHS staff have requested an exemption.

In a live address to Albertans on Tuesday, AHS President and CEO, Dr. Verna Yiu said, “there is very broad support of the vaccine policy,” referring to AHS requiring all medical staff to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 31.   

Yiu said 92% of physicians and nurses have submitted their proof of vaccination along with 97% of all ICU staff.

But 7% of AHS employees have yet to submit their proof and AHS is “actively working” to confirm their vaccine status.

Approximately 1,200 medical staff have asked for vaccine exemptions provided for in the policy with 838 already submitting the necessary paperwork to be considered.

Yiu said those seeking a vaccine exemption, whether medical or religious, account for less than 1% of AHS staff and confirmed only 61 employees have resigned to date.

Any staff who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to do so and “address any concerns they may have with their leader or healthcare provider,” said Yiu.

“We stand by the policy and it will be fully implemented.”

Those without accommodations or proof of full immunization will be placed on unpaid leave at the end of the month.  

AHS says with such low numbers, they don’t anticipate “having any significant impact on our ability to provide care to Albertans.”

Yiu also took the opportunity to thank Albertans for helping to bring case numbers down and “reduce the strain on the healthcare system.”

She also confirmed that with “pressures easing” AHS has been able to allow for more surgeries to return to the hospitals.

“It’s a fine balance and we must ensure that we have adequate ICU capacity should COVID numbers increase again,” said Yiu

There are currently 376 general adult ICU beds available with 75% occupancy. The “surge beds” will be reduced incrementally as volume allows.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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