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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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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
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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
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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
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