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UPDATE: Newfoundland lawyer calls for burning of churches

Dozens of churches in BC, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, mainly Catholic, have been the victims of arson and vandalism.




Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said Caitlin Urquhart was the chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador branch of the Canadian Bar Association. We have since learned that is incorrect. Urquhart was a former volunteer of the woman’s branch of the organization. The Standard apologizes the error.

Lawyer in Newfoundland is the latest legal professional to support Catholic churches to be burned to the ground.

Caitlin Urquhart was commenting on Twitter on reports of churches being destroyed in the wake of hundreds of bodies on the grounds of former residential schools in BC and Saskatchewan.

Dozens of mainly Catholic churches in BC, Alberta and the Northwest Territories have been the victims of arson and vandalism.

“Burn it all down,” she tweeted last month.

In a later tweet, Urquhart wrote: “The Catholic Church in Newfoundland and Labrador has a lot to answer to. Many stories of the horrors of their schools and orphanages. Will they acknowledge the blood on their hands?”

Urquhart tweet

Her statement drew swift condemnation on social media.

“I feel sorry for you people who can’t control yourselves. God, I get tired of listening to you. Destroy Canada; that is all most of you care about. If you feel such rage against Canada lots of other countries would be happy to have you (maybe),” said Donna Simpkin on Twitter.

“Please stop encouraging crime, division and hatred,” said @Bergerstroni·

Urquhart is not the first lawyer to call for the mass destruction of churches.

An indigenous Alberta lawyer said she would help burn down Catholic churches across the country.

And Naomi Sayers said she would be glad to defend anyone charged with arson after setting fire to a church.

Her comments prompted at least one complaint to the provincial law society.

And the executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association called for more Christian churches to be burned to the ground.

Harsha Walia made the comment in a June 30 tweet in response to news reports of two more Catholic churches being burning down.

“Burn it all down,” Walia tweeted.

She was publically backed by her BCCLA board of governors.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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. Claudette Leece

    July 12, 2021 at 11:31 am

    USGUDDIN so being a criminal justifies criminal acts. Easy words to throw around genocide and killing. Manu died of disease, TB killed thousands of fn ,, so if you think these actions lead to understanding of what went on your wrong. Would it be acceptable to take out one of your family because you did a crime against that other person. We were not around and had no say in the decisions made hundreds years ago, so don’t make us pay the price for these terrible deeds

  2. GS Uddin

    July 12, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Well, 500 years of genocide against Natives and support for global crusades of colonialism and invasions up to today justify petty acts of vandalism, at very least.

    Considering how conservative Albertans attack mosques and Muslim women in hijabs, they don’t have a leg to stand on! How you like it?

  3. Alex

    July 12, 2021 at 8:09 am

    If I still had a Twitter account I would be reporting her. Please do so, for those of you who do.

  4. Steven

    July 11, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    The problem with lighting someone’s else’s house on fire is that your house might burndown in the same manner.

    She appears to be another entitled liberal who hasn’t the slightest idea on how the world really works.

  5. Baron Not Baron

    July 11, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Lee Morrison,

    I am talking about the “grinning clown Urquhart”, only.

  6. francis witzel

    July 11, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Anyone notice no one is blaming the government of the day, I don’t see that happening as we would have to blame Trudeau and company . oh no can’t do that , it election season again so he everywhere. But before that the varmit was holed up in Ottawa. There’s plenty of blame to go around , how about the institutions of the day , church and government, because they knew , they all knew .

  7. Josh

    July 10, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    So arson is okay if you feel justified?
    I feel bad for these churches. How many of the attendance are native to Canada.
    Now they have to pick up the pieces caused by people that were trying to “help them”.

  8. Lee Morrison

    July 10, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Baron: Why Godless? This atheist is as eager as any law-abiding Canadian to see the arsonist thugs caught and jailed for long periods. Arsonist has long been considered one of the more serious and dangerous crimes. As for the grinning clown Urquhart: Why has there been no serious effort among her peers to have her disbarred?

  9. Shepherdess

    July 10, 2021 at 12:27 pm

  10. Face Palm 2

    July 10, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Sigh… Any millennials interested in explaining the expression “burn it all down” to this boomer?

  11. Left Coast

    July 10, 2021 at 9:59 am

    This grinning Idiot is the head of the Newfound and Labrador branch Bar Association?

    She must have worked her way up like Kamelhoe Harris, Senile Joe’s clueless VP.

  12. Penny4YourThouhts

    July 10, 2021 at 8:25 am

    A lawyer – and one who is a head of a bar association – who encourages people to break the law. Fascinating. And people wonder why this country is in shambles?

    The convid situation has caused more people to seek refuge in God and church numbers are increasing. This is the opposite of what they wanted so now, in the true machiavellian form, they are digging up a part of the past, painting it in a specific color, and further manipulating the people they’ve terrorized for months into burning churches to the ground. They’ll learn. God can’t be canceled and neither can Christianity.

  13. Face Palm

    July 10, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Sigh… Any millennials interested explaining the expression “burn it all down” to this boomer?

  14. Baron Not Baron

    July 9, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Has this individual really contributed SOMETHING to make the society better? Now.. ooohh, now she’s got SOMETHING to work on! What a way of living your crapy life! The people that live here today have nothing to do with the people from 300 years ago, of even at the time when these events have (allegedly) happened..
    Get a positive attitude and get real! What if these favours are returned to you the same way, by some lunatics that think the way you think? And that is not impossible, as the left can’t wait to downplay both sides..
    You, the reader, understand these imbeciles make their way to public ears because it is allowed and encouraged, to create division – specially in the West? Can you smell the leftist Ottawa? They really don’t give a shit about the natives – just use them like they always have – to create division, turmoil, death in this part of the country. This is what happens when unexperienced people let themselves entangled in these dangerous games – which never served them and never will! Why do it? To get popular for standing up for getting savage? Karma will have its say – it is God’s rule.

  15. Baron Not Baron

    July 9, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    BTW, this is another Godless bitch..

  16. Baron Not Baron

    July 9, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    That is easier to do than having the natives off the Oxy, off of taxpayer money and becoming valuable members of society. Cause why would anyone want them to be clear headed and make decisions for themselves when they can be weaponized according to the elite’s wish? After all “White man came/Across the sea/Bringing pain and misery” LOLS

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Three unvaxxed U o W staff suing province

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim?




Three unvaccinated University of Winnipeg Collegiate instructors forced to take unpaid leave are suing the province and several parties over an “overboard, unreasonable, and discriminatory” vaccine mandate.

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim reported by CBC and Winnipeg Free Press Friday.

“All of the plaintiffs have suffered vilification and extreme ill-will being directed at them as ‘unvaccinated’ people as a result of the University of Winnipeg and other government of Manitoba representatives making false public statements and promulgating policies which have the effect of stating the unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic,” says the lawsuit.

The university, province, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Manitoba Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration are included as defendants named in the lawsuit filed Monday in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. 

The plaintiffs, placed on unpaid leave last September 7, are Renise Mlodzinski, who holds degrees in education and music performance; Evan Maltman, who holds degrees in kinesiology-physical education and education; and Kyle Du Val, who holds degrees in science-physics, music performance, and education.

The instructors allege being placed on unpaid leave caused their vaccination status to be “immediately apparent.”

They point to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects Canadians from being compelled to disclose private medical information, including vaccine status.

As well, they note, the Criminal Code of Canada deems it an offence to make statements that willfully and promote hatred an against an identifiable group.

They allege the province’s vaccine policy amounts to “an expressed intention to engage in a conspiracy to commit assault” because it attempts to force employees to be vaccinated.

The lawsuit calls for the vaccine policy to be stayed until the court reviews the matter.

The provincial government has implemented policies that cast blame on the unvaccinated for hospital overcrowding, the spread of COVID-19, and restricts their rights to access society treating them as “sub-humans,” says the lawsuit.

It challenges the university’s policy claim that vaccination is the single most effective health measure “essential to the university’s institutional response” to reduce the spread of COBID-19 and claim scientific evidence doesn’t support that.

“The rhetoric has resulted in a large portion of Manitobans believing that if they are fully vaccinated, they are safe from the virus and cannot be infected or infect others. Omicron has exploded this mythology,” says the lawsuit.

Scientific studies show no significant difference in the viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who tested positive for COVID-19,” says the lawsuit, pointing to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people.

The province and chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussinhave promoted a “false sense of security” that the vaccinated are protected, it alleges.

“There is neither a moral obligation to vaccinate, nor a sound ethical basis to mandate vaccination under any circumstances, even for hypothetical vaccines that are medically risk free.

“Under the present circumstances, when the science clearly demonstrates that the so-called vaccines do not provide either complete sterilizing immunity nor prevent the ‘fully vaccinated’ from infecting others, the grossly unethical nature of vaccine mandates” becomes even more clear.”

The vaccines, with ingredients not revealed to the public, haven’t undergone the standard approval process that takes years “to properly assess the benefits and risks from clinical data, including any potential long-term side effects,” it says.

“The vaccination program in Canada is being adjusted on the fly as adverse effects manifest necessitating the need for constant amendments of safety guidelines. This underlines the experimental nature of these vaccines.”

They point to Ontario data showing one in 5,000 suffered myocarditis from the Moderna vaccine, and one in 28,000 patients from the Pfizer vaccine.

Recommendations that people age of 18-24 receive the Pfizer vaccine as opposed to Moderna because of an increase in myocarditis and death in that age group have been made by Ontario, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden

“The government of Manitoba has not followed this safety protocol, nor has it provided an explanation for ignoring these concerns to Manitobans,” says the lawsuit.

The university rejected vaccine exceptions on religious grounds applied for by all three instructors.

They’re seeking $1 million in damages for violating their Charter rights and up to $1 million in damages for the “intentional infliction of mental distress, and assault and battery” they allege resulted in threats and assaults, loss of income, post-traumatic stress disorder and lost employment opportunities.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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Canadians want more indigenous representation on Parliament Hill

The survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.




There is too much colonialism represented on Parliament Hill and the majority of Canadians asked said they would like to see more Indigenous representation, says a Department of Public Works survey.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

“Sixty percent believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the country,” said an internal survey.

“Somewhat fewer but still half of Canadians believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be a gathering place reflective of Indigenous cultures (56%).”

Twenty percent rated reflection of Indigenous cultures as “unimportant” on Parliament Hill, said the report.

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,551 people nationwide. The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.

“The public opinion research forms part of the public engagement strategy to obtain feedback on how their experience on Parliament Hill and the broader precinct could be improved in the future, and how to ensure the precinct continues to be a welcoming place that reflects the values and aspirations of all Canadians,” wrote researchers.

Parliament Hill tributes currently celebrate Caucasian people including statues honouring Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, former prime ministers Macdonald, Mackenzie, Laurier, Borden, King, Diefenbaker and Pearson, a War of 1812 Monument, and statues for two Fathers of Confederation killed by assassination, George Brown of Toronto and D’Arcy McGee of Montréal.

Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”

The document was written as a guide for the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies,” said the report. “This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

“He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

The national archives in 2021 deleted a web feature First Among Equals honouring Macdonald.

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U of M prof: Alberta suffers least, Ontario most by unvaxxed trucker ban

“You can quote me: they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” says University of Manitoba professor Barry Prentice.




As of Saturday, truckers who cross the American border into Canada must be vaccinated for COVID-19, something one Manitoba professor says will hurt all Canadians, but Westerners the least.

Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba, tells the Western Standard the federal government has failed to properly assess the risks.

“This is nonsense. We’ve been now 22 months into this, and suddenly they think, ‘Oh, people have to be vaccinated.’ Is there a big risk? No, there’s no risk assessment associated with this decision whatsoever. And, indeed, the drivers, they tend to stay in their cabs. They’re not getting out running around. So who are they going to infect?” Prentice said.

Although the announcement was made November 19, the timing for follow-through seemed odd to Prentice, since Manitoba minimized its isolation requirements. As of January 1, vaccinated Manitobans who tested positive for COVID-19 but have no fever and were feeling better needed only five days’ isolation.

“The Manitoba government has just told us, ‘We’re cutting y’all loose. You’re on your own, good luck.’ In so many words that’s what they’ve said. ‘Look after yourself now, we’ve done as much as we can do.’…Saskatchewan’s in that train as well. Kids are going back to school, and there’s more damage done to them, psychologically, being trapped in their houses, than what risk a virus might have,” Prentice said.

“It’s back to the vaccine, either it works or it doesn’t work. Now we all know that the vaccine won’t stop you getting the virus; it just stops you from becoming a hospital patient. That is the premise. Of course, nobody wants to get the flu…I take precautions anyway, as do most people.”

The trucking industry has already had worker shortages for years and Prentice believes the border policy will raise trucking prices and push some truckers out of the driver’s seat altogether. This will mean higher prices for goods, especially for fruits and vegetables bought east of Saskatchewan.

“You can quote me, they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” Prentice says, as he explains why cross-border trucking is less prevalent on the Western Prairies.

“There’s nothing really south of Alberta. So if you drop a load off in Alberta, you can’t pick up a load there to take back somewhere in the States because there’s nothing in Montana or Wyoming. Whereas, if you’re coming to Winnipeg, you can drop down to Fargo, Minnesota; or Minneapolis. And if you’re in Ontario, there’s a huge number of loads there to Chicago, Detroit and so on.”

Prentice believes Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is “incompetent” and his Liberal colleagues have a blind spot when it comes to supply chains.

“It really shows that this is a party of three big cities. And they don’t really understand how things move around because they’re urban, they’re urban people represented in government. Alghabra, I don’t think he’s ever been to Manitoba, let alone the rest of Western Canada or to the North. And he’s a Mississauga MP,” Prentice said.

“It goes back to the quality of leadership in the country. I don’t have a lot of belief that this prime minister understands transportation.”

The US is planning a similar mandate for truckers crossing into their country, requiring vaccination as of January 22. Prentice is more concerned about U.S. thinking and politics crossing the border than COVID-19.

“You literally can look up almost anything on the Internet. But of course, it also is a great vehicle for spreading falsehoods…to the political peril. What we’re seeing in the States right now scares me. Living next door to them doesn’t protect us from their craziness,” he said.

“We need to vaccinate them for stupidity. That’s what we need a vaccine for.”

Lee Harding is a freelance contributor living in Saskatchewan.

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