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Calgary residential school memorial set alight

More than 50 churches have been burned or vandalized across the West since hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered at a former residential school in Kamloops.

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Cops are searching for an arsonist who set fire to several pairs of shoes set up outside Calgary city hall to commemorate residential school victims.

“Just before 11:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, City of Calgary Corporate Security observed a man through CCTV as he appeared to attempt to light the memorial on fire before fleeing,” said Calgary police in a release.

“Security officers extinguished the fire and called for assistance. Police and the Calgary Fire Department quickly responded to the memorial where it was discovered several shoes and other objects were heavily damaged.”

Investigators released CCTV of the suspect in the arson. He is believed to have short hair and was wearing a black baseball hat, a black backpack, blue jeans, white-soled shoes and a long-sleeve plaid shirt.

Arson suspect. Courtesy Calgary police

“It is still too early to know what motivated the suspect and investigators need time to investigate. The Hate Crimes and Extremism Unit is assisting with the investigation to ensure any evidence of hate motivation is captured and handled appropriately,” said police.

“We are very aware of the current tensions in the community around residential schools and the acts of vandalism and arson that have been occurring. We will examine whether there is any connection in this case, but we are asking people in the meantime to be patient while we work to identify the suspect.”

Anyone with information about this case or the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

More than 50 churches have been burned or vandalized across the West since hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered at a former residential school in Kamloops.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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. R3

    August 5, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Approved protests are sacred even if they consist of dirty shoes.

  2. SaskFreedom

    August 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    And what is the point of lining up nike shoes on steps? Makes no sense. If you really want to protest government overreach, protest government overreach. Putting shoes on a step does nothing.
    The government is currently, NOW, overreaching their powers leading to the disenfranchisement of Canadians.
    Just like the government thinking they knew better, stole FN children from parents and then subjected them to cruel and unusual punishment, those same victims of the government are now promoting mandatory vaccines, pushing to have children stolen from parents if they choose not the vaccinate.
    Seems to me we’ve learned absolutely nothing from history. It boggles my mind that after everything FN has been through, they support big government. It boggles my mind that FN in my province, demanded, first access to the “vaccines”. So after everything that has happened to them, they still think the government is their friend????!!!??? Not only the same government but the same family (Trudeau’s) that forced the separation of children from parents. Trudeau considers FN his base… In what realm of history does that make any sense whatsoever. His dad was putting those kids in the schools! For crying out loud does no one read anymore? This guy is an elite and his family and party abused FN, but all that’s forgotten now…. it’s just the church they’re mad at.

  3. SaskFreedom

    August 4, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Trudeau’s dad, had a part in residential schools. According to a Canadian University Indigeneous Foundations report, the term residential schools refers to an extensive school system set up by the Canadian government and administered by churches that had the “nominal objective of educating Indigenous children.”

    Set up by the GOVERNMENT, administered by the church. Make no mistake the GOVERNMENT was the cause, the church were just administering a government mandate.

    Trudeau is quick to allow the anger to be deflected solely to the administrators (church), because it takes the heat off the real aggressors (government) and more specifically his “dad”.

  4. SaskFreedom

    August 4, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    A resident of a Sask reserve has already come out and stated they long knew of all the unmarked graves. Graves were unmarked because of poverty and neglect, not because evil nuns murdered everyone and dumped them in unmarked graves. They died of the same things people died of before widespread modern plumbing and antibiotics.
    Were children abused? Perhaps, and that is horrific. Was it against their human rights to steal them from their parents, absolutely, yes. Was corporal punishment used, yes. Just as it was used on white children during this time. My white grandpa always used to tell me stories about getting the belt, and a teacher hitting his fingers so hard the tip of his finger was lost. This is horrific, but this corporal punishment was not race specific.
    Was this an evil conspiracy by clergy to mass murder children? No, there’s no evidence of widespread purposeful murder. There’s evidence however of taking children from their parents and using excessive corporal punishment. The media implies though that nuns and priests just went around murdering FN, but there’s no evidence of this at a widespread calculated level.
    In addition, it was the GOVERNMENT, not the Church, who mandated taking FN children from their parents. The GOVERNMENT made these policies and just found the church to facilitate their mandates. Why are churches being targeted for the errors of the past when it was the government who made the rules and just subcontracted the churches to carry out their tyranny?

  5. RW

    August 4, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    I’d wager it’s just another hate-hoax for publicity.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if a CBC reported did it to get their ratings up.

  6. Left Coast

    August 4, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    On what Planet does piling up old shoes at Calgary’s City Hall for people who died over 100 years ago from Tuberculosis, Smallpox, Spanish Flu and Whooping Cough make any sense?

    Any of these low intellect shoe droppers could have read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report released over 5 years ago . . . but hey, when you’re a recent graduate of the Public School system . . . Research, Critical Thinking & Logic have never entered your little empty head.

    “The report states at least 3,213 children were reported to have died at the 150 residential schools that operated over the roughly 140-year history.

    In 1906, Dr. Peter Bryce, the chief medical officer for Indian Affairs, wrote that “the Indian population of Canada has a mortality rate of more than double that of the whole population, and in some provinces more than three times.””

    So how many 100s of children do you suppose these schools saved?

    “In 1909, Bryce and a colleague examined 243 students at seven schools in southern Alberta. Bryce found a “marked” presence of tuberculosis among all age groups. In some schools, “there was not a child that showed a normal temperature” and “in no single instance in any school where a young child was found awaiting admission, did it not show signs of tuberculosis.” In other words, they brought the disease to school.

    The Spanish Flu was especially devastating. Hamilton writes that in 1918, only two people among the children and staff did not catch it at the school at Fort St. John, B.C., where 78 died. Hamilton quotes the diary of Father Joseph Allard who was the school principal who also conducted funeral services.”

    Do any of the shoe droppers have any clue what life was like 100+ years ago in the cities, let alone out in the woods? Of course not . . . they can’t even imagine life without their I-phone for a weekend.

    “Indian Affairs did not have a formal policy on burial of children from residential schools until 1958. Schools usually covered burial costs for students who died, and the most inexpensive way to do so was to bury them in a cemetery at the school. Students, teachers, clergy, and nuns were buried there, and even those living nearby.

    Yet, neither Indian Affairs, nor surrounding municipalities, paid for the maintenance of the cemeteries. That burden fell to local religious congregations. Over time, the wooden crosses marking the graves deteriorated, as did the fencing around the cemeteries.

    Some school sites were remote and abandoned in the 1920’s and forests have grown over them.

    “The cemeteries that have been documented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are, for the most part, abandoned, disused and vulnerable to accidental disturbance. Developing a strategy to address this problem is complicated,” Hamilton wrote.”

    Of course leave it to the FakeStream Media and our Low Intellect Crime Minister to stir this up as a distraction to his Govt’s gross incompetence.

  7. berta baby

    August 4, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Wow let the labelling begin!! Set 50 churches on fire …. Nothing . Set a couple shoes on fire …. WHITE HATE RACISM,

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.

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As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”

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For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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Lock-down ignoring party host arrested again in Vancouver

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD.

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A man arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) earlier this year for running a “makeshift nightclub” from his downtown penthouse has been convicted of new charges.

Mohammad Movassaghi was initially sentenced to 18 months probation in April, along with 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty in BC provincial court on counts of violating a public health order and selling liquor.

The 43-year-old man hosted hundreds of party-goers to his 1,100 square-foot penthouse near Richards Street and Georgia Street, equipped with cash machines, menus, and doormen.

VPD officers arrived at one of the parties on January 31 after a “witness” reported the event. One of the alleged doormen was issued several fines, however Movassaghi refused to open the door and was defiant with police. Officers returned early Sunday morning with a search warrant and subsequently issued over $17,000 in fines for violations contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

Large quantities of cash were seized as well.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison, following the January 31 arrest.

“If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic, and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Of Addisons’ top concerns was the fact that “none of them were wearing masks.”

A GoFundMe was set up shortly after Movassaghi’s arrest, which stated he’d lost $15,000 in cash and liquor.

The campaign was shut down before it reached $300.

Judge Ellen Gordon compared Movassaghi’s actions with those of a drug dealer, specifically fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine. Her logic being COVID-19 can kill people, and so can fentanyl. Therefore there is “no difference.”

“What you did, sir, is comparable to individuals who sell fentanyl to the individuals on the street who die every day. There’s no difference. You voluntarily assumed a risk that could kill people in the midst of a pandemic,” said Gordon.

Fast forward to August and Movassaghi had violated the court orders again when he began hosting more parties in his penthouse, prompting a second VPD investigation leading to his arrest on Wednesday night.

He has since plead guilty of two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor, says VPD.

Movassaghi has now been sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine — leaving many wondering if he will switch up the location for his next party, possibly somewhere more discreet.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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