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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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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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