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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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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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Calls from politicians for Calgary Ward 4 incumbent Sean Chu to resign are growing in light of news around dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct against more than two decades ago.

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
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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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.

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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
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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.

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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
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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