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NDP urges urgent passage of Liberal Internet censorship bill

Cabinet on June 23 introduced Bill C-36 to further ban online content deemed to “foment detestation or vilification.”

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh on Wednesday threw his full support behind the controversial Liberal Internet censorship bill, and its need to pass urgently, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This is serious,” Singh told reporters.

“We’ve got hate speech laws. We know and we’ve agreed as a society there are certain things you can’t say, absolutely not.”

Parliament in 1970 banned hate speech under the Criminal Code. Cabinet on June 23 introduced Bill C-36 to further ban online content deemed to “foment detestation or vilification.”

Internet publishers, bloggers, Facebook users and others would face $70,000 fines or house arrest for Internet writings without evidence any crime was incited.

“Right now you can’t use hate speech in public or in written form,” said Singh.

“There can be remedies. But if you’re doing it online, there is no remedy.

“There is no way to stop it right now. That has to end,” he said.

“Right now there are really only two options. The current existing model is we leave Mark Zuckerberg to do it. Facebook does it. I think that’s a bad model. It hasn’t worked. They’re not doing a good job of it and they don’t have a vested interest in it. They just want to make money.

“I think it’s incumbent on Canadians to have a say about what is appropriate and what is not. The way we have a say is we’ve got elected officials and we can bring in legislation that regulates online hate. It should be the government’s responsibility.”

Bill C-36 would amend the Criminal Code to permit house arrest or electronic monitoring for any Internet user suspected “on reasonable grounds” of thinking they might commit “an offence motivated by bias, prejudice or hate.”

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association has called the measure an “astounding proposal.”

“Criminal conduct, in this case, is speech in which no actual harm to any specific person needs to be proven by the state, nor does the anticipated ‘criminal’ speech involve incitement of a crime, but rather incitement of ‘hatred,’ an emotion which is not in itself a crime,” wrote the Association.

Attorney General David Lametti to date has not addressed the impact of Bill C-36 on free expression, but said on introducing the bill involved “different delicate balances to protect this public space that we feel is critically important to the vitality of our democracy.

“We won’t catch everything that is awful out there,” said Lametti.

“There’s a lot of stuff out there that is absolutely brutal, but doesn’t reach the standard. But we will identify a lot of things.”

“These changes are designed to target the most egregious and clear forms of hate speech that can lead to discrimination and violence. They do not target simple expressions of dislike or disdain that pepper everyday discourse, especially online.”

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. Steven

    July 25, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    No Remedy for Communists or Socialists, in Canada, who don’t understand free speech. Bad enough with the Human Rights Tribunals who don’t understand free speech either.

    So many hurt feelings. Some People are not going to be respectful of each other. That’s how humans are. You don’t need to vilify all of us MP Singh & you don’t need to bring in this idiotic Bill of suppression of free speech & censorship.

    The more you bring your style of communism on us MP Singh the more freedom loving Canadians are going to hate you. Not like you hate you.

  2. Claudette Leece

    July 24, 2021 at 3:52 am

    Of coarse he would if there’s anything Marxist hate , it’s freedom of speech

  3. Left Coast

    July 23, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Go to the NDP website . . . read their Constitution . . . you will then understand why these loons take the positions they do.
    Their Constitution reads like Karl Marx !

  4. Woodrow George

    July 23, 2021 at 8:56 am

    I’ve never doubted that Singh is nothing more than a full-blown marxist. Personal freedom, free speech, et cetera are all on his hit list. Buyer beware!

  5. Susan Grant

    July 23, 2021 at 7:45 am

    So says the NPD guy that sits on the inner circle of WEF.

  6. Mars Hill

    July 22, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    If this passes don’t expect it to change with the morons and psychopaths running the country, NDP, Liberals, Conservatives, Block are just shades of difference. We the people will have to clean out everyone and basically start over to fix the mess.

  7. Penny4YourThouhts

    July 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Big surprise there! Every day the NDP and the Liberals are doing their best to move Canada closer to a full-on communist country!
    Who decides what constitutes hate? The same fact-checkers that are censoring everything that doesn’t fit the commie agenda?

  8. j n

    July 22, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    NDP are full of morons

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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
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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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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