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‘Blackface’ Trudeau set to take part in slavery video

Participants in the YouTube video include a Liberal-appointed senator who “felt a sense of hopelessness” after seeing images of Trudeau clowning in blackface.

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After gaining worldwide notoriety for repeatedly wearing blackface, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to take part in a taxpayer-funded $110,000 pre-election video on slavery, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Participants in the YouTube video include a Liberal-appointed senator who “felt a sense of hopelessness” after seeing images of Trudeau clowning in blackface.

“The event will include commentary from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,” the Department of Canadian Heritage said in a statement, adding it tried to interest television networks in broadcasting the sixty-minute video, without success.

“The video will be educational in nature,” said Daniel Savoie, spokesman for the Heritage department.

“It will feature black Canadian personalities as well as storytelling from black Canadians. We recently reached out to broadcasters around the country to see if their organization would be interested.”

The department would not release a script for the production.

The video was produced by the department and National Film Board. It includes commentary by Minister of Diversity Bardish Chagger, and Sen. Wanda Thomas Bernard (N.S.), sponsor of Bill S-255 an Act Proclaiming Emancipation Day that lapsed in the last Parliament.

Bernard in a 2019 interview said she was “surprised and disappointed” by disclosures the prime minister appeared in blackface on three occasions – as a high school student, then a faculty member at Vancouver’s West Grey Point Academy at age 29, and in an undated video obtained by Global News.

“It weighed heavily on my mind,” Bernard said at the time. “I felt a sense of hopelessness.

“It epitomizes how deeply rooted racism is in our country, how deeply rooted privilege and power is in our country. These were socially sanctioned events. It tells me racism is socially acceptable in our country.

“Those types of things were sanctioned by social institutions. The people who attended those events saw nothing wrong with it. People don’t stop to think of how these acts impact on others.”

Trudeau on September 19, 2019 told reporters he could not recall how many times he appeared in blackface at social events.

“I am wary of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out I had not remembered,” said Trudeau.

“I think the question is, how can you not remember that? The fact is I didn’t understand how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination every single day.

“Darkening your face regardless of the circumstances is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface.”

“When did you realize blackface was racist?” asked a reporter.

“Minimizing or further marginalizing people by dressing up that way is absolutely unacceptable,” Trudeau replied.

The prime minister said he never spoke to MPs or staff about the incidents.

“Quite frankly I was embarrassed,” he said – and only revealed them when contacted by Time magazine for comment on his 2001 appearance at a Vancouver costume party.

The federally-funded video will be broadcast on YouTube August 1, the anniversary of Britain’s 1834 enactment of An Act For The Abolition Of Slavery Throughout The British Colonies. No Canadian Parliament legalized slavery.

Savoie said the video was a first-ever federal commemoration of U.K. abolition.

“Recognizing Emancipation Day at the federal level is another step forward in promoting greater awareness of the past existence of slavery in Canada and acknowledging the multi-generational harms caused by slavery,” said Savoie.

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. CLAY STOWELL

    July 23, 2021 at 8:29 am

    no liberal wants to hear the truth.

  2. Steven

    July 22, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Insanity & Lunacy, that is today’s Federal Liberal Party, & the Clown in Charge is Justin Trudeau.

  3. Left Coast

    July 21, 2021 at 9:32 am

    The first legal slave owner in America was black and he owned white slaves.

    Anthony Johnson (BC 1600 – 1670) was an Angolan who achieved freedom in the early 17th century Colony of Virginia.

    Johnson was captured in his native Angola by an enemy tribe and sold to Arab (Muslim) slave traders. He was eventually sold as an indentured servant to a merchant working for the Virginia Company.

    Sometime after 1635, Antonio and Mary gained their freedom from indenture. Antonio changed his name to Anthony Johnson.

    In 1651 Anthony Johnson owned 250 acres, and the services of four white and one black indentured servants. The black indentured servant John Casor (Casar, Cazarao and Corsala) demanded that Johnson release him after his seven years of indenture.

    The courts ruled in favor of Anthony Johnson and declared John Casor his property in 1655. Casor became the first person of African descent in Britain’s Thirteen Colonies to be declared as a slave for life as the result of Johnson’s civil suit.

    In a 1916 article, John H. Russell wrote, “Indeed no earlier record, to our knowledge, has been found of judicial support given to slavery in Virginia except as a punishment for a crime.”

    This of course was a 100 years before the USA came into existence. Slavery was common all over the Planet in the 17th century, some places it is still going on today like Libya & Nigeria . . . but no one seems to care. Our feckless Politicians would rather play act and make up nonsense.

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

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A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.


The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.


Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.


RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.


This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.


“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.


The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.


The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.


“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”

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BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

On Monday, the Surrey Board of Trade wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister of Canada Patty Hajdu, BC Premier John Horgan, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix urging them to “implement a proof-of-immunization model.”

“We support a centralized, Canada-wide approach to COVID-19 proof-of immunization that could be easily used to confirm vaccination status for international and domestic use,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The separation of lines – which was put in place as a federal policy – has since been removed following extensive public push-back.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.

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Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.
mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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