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Few Canadians know about aid given to China

Federal agencies paid out a total $6.5 billion in foreign aid worldwide in 2020 according to government stats. A total $14.2 million went to China.

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Canada still send millions of dollars in foreign aid to China – but ony 4% of Canadians realize it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Money for local Chinese projects on “empowerment” and “environmental justice,” was included last year.

“The goal of the department is to increase the awareness of Canadian international development issues,” researchers wrote in a Foreign Affairs department report.

“The immediate need is to find out the best ways to connect with Canadians,” said the report, adding “current messaging does not seem to work.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,200 people nationwide. The department paid Narrative Research of Halifax $47,968 to conduct the survey.

Asked, “What if anything have you read, heard or seen recently on Canada’s international development efforts?” 72% replied, “Nothing.” Only 19% said they “strongly support” foreign aid.

Asked, “When thinking about Canada helping people in developing countries, how does it make you feel?” 35% relied “it feels good” but 13% replied, “We need to look after Canadians.”

Five percent said, “It depends on the country getting aid.”

Federal agencies paid out a total $6.5 billion in foreign aid worldwide in 2020 according to government stats. A total $14.2 million went to China.

Cabinet in a separate report tabled in the Commons detailed a portion of Chinese aid, a total $941,140 in grants awarded through a Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

“The Fund provides modest funding for small scale, but high impact projects,” said the report.

Spending included:

• $37,654 to “foster dialogue on the challenges of young female offenders” in China;

• $31,791 on “empowerment” to “help low income single mothers and girls grow up happily”;

• $30,801 on “enhancing environmental justice and ecological restoration”;

• $18,668 to “advocate equal reproductive rights for non-married women and lesbians”;

• $1,248 for “increasing understanding” of sanitation workers.

Opposition MPs have called for suspension of all foreign aid to China.

“I don’t believe Canadian taxpayers should be sending any money to China,” then-Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer told reporters April 17, 2020.

“We’re talking about a Communist dictatorial government that abuses human rights, quashes freedoms, violates rights of its citizens, and has a very aggressive foreign policy all throughout the region.

“Even before this pandemic there were clear signs China is headed in a direction that is not in alignment with Canadian values when it comes to foreign policy. Add in the fact they’re holding two Canadian citizens hostage (consultants Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor) and that they are blocking exports of Canadian products.

“We’ve been calling on this government to stand up for itself, stand up for Canadians, stop being bullied and pushed around on the world stage, especially by China.”

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. Baron Not Baron

    July 15, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    CLAUDETTE LEECE,

    I saw that footage and I found it very bizarre, as for WTH are they doing here? This is not China! And the gvt or main stream media.. crickets!

  2. Steven

    July 9, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Remember folks, Trudeau accepted Chinese donations to the Trudeau Foundation not long after he was elected as PM.

    Justin Trudeau compromised himself & Canada, but the media or the head of the RCMP don’t care.

    The Canadian Military shut down Trudeau’s plan to have Chinese soldiers train on Canadian soil. I bet that pissed the brat off. But, Trudeau will get even with our military brass, probably through sex scandals??

    Justin Trudeau is a Communist I’ve no doubt about that. Right along with Gerald Butts.

    Canadians are being foolish if they think the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) are not well entrenched in Canada & every fabric it’s society. As an example: Chinese Nationals Scientists removed from the Level 4 Virology Lab at Winnipeg Manitoba. However, Justin Trudeau is hiding the details of this behind Cabinet Privilege. With his hand picked RCMP Commissioner in his back pocket, we can be sure there will be no investigation. Just like SNC-L.

    Corruption? Just look to the Liberal Party of Canada & Justin Trudeau.

  3. Bryan

    July 9, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Under True-dope, we are the ChiComs’ largest colony. Little does he/she/it (I’m being inclusive here) know that when his ‘usefulness’ to them is over, he’ll be put against a wall and receice his ‘lead ration’ from the ChiComs.

    Ceterum autem censeo Justinius True-dope-us esse delendam

  4. Claudette Leece

    July 8, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Baron not Baron, there was Avery interesting story on Salt Spring Island, where there is a huge compound owned by the Chinese, where they actually look like their doing military training. Dressed in camaphloge , guns in hand doing drills. Very bizarre. But love the list of the money given to, if that doesn’t sound like it fell out of Trudeau’s left wing brain don’t know what does. Problem is while the rest of the world see the Chinese as someone to not trust and be wart. Trudeau is right at home with them, embraces them. Someday you will all wake up and think you woke up in hell

  5. Baron Not Baron

    July 8, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Interesting fact is.. something is brewing about China, in Canada. More exactly, in our Alberta cities! I must say that in the last couple of weeks I noticed Chinese men running early in the morning during working days. Now.. one would say it is paranoia..but it doesn’t smell good. I haven’t seen them before for years and now they all kinda warm up for something. Before COVRIG, in my neighbourhood, the Chinese use a drop off house where they always drop packages and later a Chinese lady inside the house will open the door and take it. Many times, someone will drop the package at the same doorstep and later someone on foot (Chinese guy, of course – not always the same one) will pick it up and walk away. It happened countless times. Another way of receiving the packages is when they bring their children with the pretext of music lessons given by this lady.. but the problem is.. so many want to be musicians and the lessons really take about 10-15-20 minutes maximum.. while the parent is waiting in the car in front of the house. And many times you’d see 2-3 cars at the time. It’s almost like a show what is going on, you can’t ignore it.

  6. Left Coast

    July 8, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    China is the Second Largest Economy on the Planet . . . and Canada sends them MONEY!

    We also send China money through the Paris Accords . . . the Great Klimate Con . . .

    Time for it all to end.

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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
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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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