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RCMP applaud censorship bill, will help in prosecutions

“It may not seem like a massive development in terms of dealing with the scope of everything that’s been talked about here today, but it will equip law enforcement to see more things through to charges in this country.” —RCMP Cpl. Anthony Statham.

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An Internet censorship bill will be useful in prosecuting bloggers and Facebook subscribers, an RCMP specialist said Monday night. Bill C-36 will “see more things through to charges,” a webinar was told.

“Law enforcement has to have the ability to use the law effectively,” said Cpl. Anthony Statham of RCMP’s British Columbia Hate Crimes Team. Statham complained Parliament did not “define what hatred is” when it outlawed hate speech in 1970, reported Blacklock’s Reporter.

Bill C-36 An Act To Amend The Criminal Code threatens house arrest or $70,000 fines for any Internet publisher, blogger or social media user suspected of posting hateful content without incitement of any crime. Cabinet introduced the bill June 23 just minutes before Parliament adjourned for a three-month recess.

“In Canada we don’t have anything regulating speech,” said Statham. “Under Sec. 2 of our Charter Of Rights our freedom of expression is protected. So there is no such thing as free speech in Canada, only freedom of expression.”

Speaking in a webinar sponsored by the federally-funded Canadian Anti-Hate Network, Statham noted the current Sec. 319 of the Criminal Code forbids “public incitement of hatred” by “communicating statements in any public place (that) incite hatred against any identifiable group.” The term “hatred” is not defined.

“The government is now proposing to add a definition of hatred under this section of the Code,” said Statham. “Now, it may come as a surprise to many Canadians just in general, the fact we have this section that deals with promoting hatred, but we haven’t actually defined what hatred is.”

Bill C-36 would define hatred as “the emotion that involves detestation or vilification and that is stronger than dislike or disdain.” The amendment will lead to more charges, said Statham.

“I think the proposal to do that is a very good thing,” he said. “It may not seem like a massive development in terms of dealing with the scope of everything that’s been talked about here today, but it will equip law enforcement to see more things through to charges in this country.”

“This needs to be revisited,” he said. “An amendment to this section of the Code I believe will have a positive effect as far as our ability to do something about online hate when something needs to be done.”

Bill C-36 would make it “a discriminatory practice to communicate or cause to be communicated hate speech by means of the internet or other means of telecommunications in a context in which the hate speech is likely to foment detestation or vilification of an individual or group of individuals on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.”

Internet users suspected of vilification would be subject to house arrest “on reasonable grounds” regardless of whether a crime occurred. Facebook content that “discredits, humiliates, hurts or offends” would be exempt.

The Department of Justice in a June 23 Backgrounder document said the measures “would apply to public communications by individual users on the internet, including on social media, on personal websites and in mass emails,” blog posts, online news sites, “operators of websites that primarily publish their own content” and user-comment sections.

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

Mike D'Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief and Copy Editor for the Western Standard. He worked as an investigative crime reporter at the Calgary & Winnipeg Suns. mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Allan D

    July 23, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    What the hell is the matter with people like Anthony Statham? They become an RCMP member and suddenly they become are arbiter of whatever they think is hate speech? Screw them

  2. Proudly_Free

    July 23, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    For a “hate crimes specialist” working at the RCMP, this so-called “Corporal” is a completely inept moron who should be fired immediately (Oh, SORRY! I guess saying that would probably get me fined and placed under house arrest should this insane legislation be allowed to pass). Leaving aside his dangerous Orwellian word games about the supposed difference between free speech and expression, does this fool not realize that for an act to qualify as a HATE crime, there needs to be an actual direct threat of violence or an act of violence against the intended victim? Until now, this has been the definition of a hate crime. What this bill from hell does–it should be called 66 not 36 (Star Wars Episode III)–is REDEFINE hate along PURELY EMOTIONAL TERMS.

    With our federal law enforcement arm now saying that they are going to help enforce it, this bill is going to completely overwhelm our already disastrously corrupt and beleaguered court system with petty, nonsensical, judge Judy style he-said-she-said grievances all because we are totally incapable of sorting this type of crap out with each other like mature adults. This is the ultimate in the government treating its citizens like a bunch of grade-school children, telling us that we can’t even work out our differences without needing their help. But that’s what marxists do; they break the people under their power down in every single way, including emotionally and psychologically, so that they become utterly dependent on them. COVID was the weapon they used to accomplish they used to accomplish this comprehensive breakdown. Now Canadian sheep can all be easily manipulated by the same type of fake fear campaign that will surround this bill as we go to the polls. Instead of fear of each others’ bodies, this bill preys on fear of each other’s words. And it will not stop online. The next bill will govern all speech in real life, both private and public.

  3. Northern Sentinel

    July 22, 2021 at 4:31 am

    GS UDDIN… sounds like Hate Speech coming from you.

  4. DFCtomm

    July 21, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Should have kept those guns. Looks like you might need them before too long.

  5. Left Coast

    July 21, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Uddin . . . Justin did attend a Wahabi Mosque with his buddy Algebra, dress in the garb, kneel on his rug and repeat the believers prayer. Those are known facts man . . .

    Meanwhile in the little country of Sweden, here’s some news you won’t see on the CBC.

    For years, Swedish police chiefs have said they can’t contain the country’s rising tide of mafia crime. They blame the over 40 established migrant crime families on mass immigration which started in 2015 when Sweden welcomed migrants with open arms.

    Swedish state news agency, SVT Nyheter, went to great lengths to avoid mentioning the gangs are migrants. They did, however, choose to highlight a migrant business owner who was being terrorized by the gangs of illegals. Thus, the media continuously ignores all of the natives Swedes being targeted.

    Gothenburg is a Swedish city that has been riddled with migrant violence, robberies, and unrest.
    https://rairfoundation.com/sweden-migrant-mafia-terrorizes-business-owners-police-warn-they-can-not-protect-victims-video/

  6. Jack Masterman

    July 21, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Is this a comment from the RCMP or just this member?
    If the law needs updating, update the law. Don’t champion bill C-36.

    The laws of Canada should be applied to any comment that can be taken to court and properly tried in a court of law. There should not be a generalized internet regulation that the Liberals deem as “hate speech” and can use it politically.

  7. Baron Not Baron

    July 20, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    WILDROSE INDEPENDENCE PARTY OF ALBERTA COUNTRY. !!

  8. K

    July 20, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Sickening. Who defines ‘hate’? The very people YOU DO NOT WANT DEFINING HATE.

  9. j n

    July 20, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    WIPA all the way
    RCMP you can go home to ottawa

  10. Andrew

    July 20, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Wildrose will implement Alberta Police and other changes Albertans need!

  11. GS UDDIN

    July 20, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    As long as right wingers make up conspiracies about Trudeau being a Muslim, how Covid is a communist Chinese conspiracy to force Communist Sharia law, how Planned Parenthood sells baby parts so that their ownership can drive Ferraris…
    And as long as right wing blowhards continue running over Muslim families, blowing up abortion clinics and attempting to kill the PM over QAnon conspiracies we will need this bill. APPLAUSE!!!
    Righties cause a problem and condemn the solution!

  12. Seven-Zero-One

    July 20, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Incredible.Day by day this politicians r turning country in to basket case.

  13. GonadTheRuffian

    July 20, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Always remember this unfortunate truth; EVERY SINGLE DEPARTMENT AND AGENCY of the Canadian Federal Government are tentacles of the Federal Liberal Party; the RCMP included. They do the bidding of dictator Castro and his Librano Gang. They do not serve Canadians especially the hated Albertans.
    Time to leave the Commiefrog leeches and the Laurentian Elite behind.
    Vote separatist if you value your childrens future.

  14. David Fermor

    July 20, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    “So there is no such thing as free speech in Canada, only freedom of expression.” Now there’s a Stalinist quote for the ages. Did the genius who dropped that one consider how one can express oneself without speaking or writing?

  15. GonadTheRuffian

    July 20, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Kenney; get these KGB wannabees out of Alberta; NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yet another good reason to get Alberta out of the dying, Globalist run, former nation of Canada.

  16. Dennis

    July 20, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Well folks, yet another reason for Alberta to cut ties with Ottawa and form our own Alberta police Force that will work for the citizens of Alberta and not the Libranos. Wildrose.party 2023

  17. Fred Monninots

    July 20, 2021 at 10:41 am

    New skills to be acquired and used in addition to luggage handling.

  18. Left Coast

    July 20, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Hate is an Emotion . . . is Statham and the RCMP really this stupid?

    I understand our Low Intellect Crime Minister gets upset when you tell the truth about himself & his marxist father . . . and the irreparable damage they have done to this country.

    But there have never been any prosecutions of the Real “Haters” . . . those who just hate our Freedom & Canadian Values!

  19. Steven

    July 20, 2021 at 10:02 am

    I am thinking the law will be very subjectively applied to only people the State deems hateful.

    The RCMP can’t see the chilling effect this will have on a so called free nation. The result is, Trudeau loves China and this is the type of abuse of power that China does to it’s citizens is now in Canada. To the Socialists in Canada who see this as a win. You can thank Commie Trudeau.

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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
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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
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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.”

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“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
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