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Ben Harper draws controversy for visiting gun range

“The summer keeps getting better and better!” said Ben Harper.

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Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s son, Ben Harper, is under social media attack after posting a picture of himself at a gun range.

On Sunday, Harper posted on Twitter quoting a version of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s famous saying referring to having the “best summer ever” post-COVID-19.

Twitter users had mixed reactions to the post, but many were outraged at Harper not only for his support of firearms but also for echoing his support of Kenney’s high hopes for summer.

One Twitter user commented: “Of course when you’re being paid more than $100,000 to run around playing games and posting pics, it’s a great summer for you. Not so great for nurses, doctors, teachers, health care workers, medical specialists – all those who actually work to make things better for Albertans.”

Another said: “Are you even in the province? Why are we paying you more than nurses?”

Even more offered similar sentiments referencing Kenney’s recent plan to cut the wages of nurses by 3% and asking why Harper was being paid a six-figure salary.

Harper did draw a small number of supporters from the post, with another Twitter user commenting “cue the responses from the angry #ableg Twitter voices. It must be kind of enjoyable to live in the heads of so many rent free. #abpoli”

This isn’t Harper’s first brush with controversy, as he was criticized in October 2020 for being hired by Kenney’s government as a policy advisor for the premier’s office.

As of publication, Harper has yet to comment on the Tweet and has since reposted at least four things to his Twitter page referencing Stampede and other current events around Alberta.

Jackie Conroy is a reporter for the Western Standard
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  1. Jack Masterman

    July 21, 2021 at 8:55 am

    My teacher said “Guns Kill”

    I told her my pencil failed my last exam.

  2. Westcanguy

    July 20, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Wow, a province full of Karens.

  3. Left Coast

    July 20, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Have a Read Uddin . . .

    How The Communists Took Control
    https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_nwo154.htm

    It figures you would be a fan of the Dumbest Leader on the friggin Planet today Justin Trudope. The boy who flunked out of College Twice with a Teacher Certificate.
    Trudeau I was the worst PM in Cdn History . . . till his Idiot Son.

    Canada is full of Useless Eaters today thanks to Justin & his Dad . . . read the Bio on ole Pierre bet there’s all kinds of things you didn’t know. But then you likely belong to the same Marxist Cult . . . yes!

  4. GS Uddin

    July 20, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for confirming the rabid right wing gun nut stereotype Ben.
    The Trudeau dynasty has lasted over decades and continues. The Harper dynasty will last decades too- with Ben asking “Would you like fries with that”?

  5. Seven-Zero-One

    July 20, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    The Fall in 2023 .🌹Wildrose majority government🌹

  6. Dennis

    July 20, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Susan Grant & Left Coast, agree 100% and would only add, its time for Alberta to stand up and be counted.
    Wildrose.party 2023

  7. GonadTheRuffian

    July 20, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Typical Leftwing pukes. If they don’t like something, no ones allowed to like it; their so open minded you know.

  8. Susan Grant

    July 20, 2021 at 11:51 am

    I dont much like Ben these days because he took the traitorus Kenney side, BUT I dont begrudge him his right to learn, use, and practice with his weapon. I would much rather see people informed and skilled, able to confront the criminals. I wish he would grow some courage and confront JK, TS, and the wicked witches Hinshaw and Notley! Oh right I forgot when you are being paid very well by the Global Cabal you DON’T call them out!

  9. Left Coast

    July 20, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Ben Harper is practicing “Gun Control” . . . the art of hitting what you are aiming at!

    For our idiot faction on the Twitter-verse . . . Shooting is an Olympic Sport . . . are you weak minded couch potatoes not aware? Like who care what these fools say . . . lol

    ALL Marxist/Communist/Fascist leaders throughout the ages disarmed the Public . . . our Crime Minister is attempting to do the same.

    Reality is guns don’t kill . . . people kill, especially weak minded leftist tolls or radical marxists. There’s a town in Georgia were everyone has a gun, and the Crime Rate is the lowest in the nation.

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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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