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Poll shows majority of Canadians want Beijing Olympics boycott

China seems to be using the two Michaels as a bargaining tool.

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Despite basking in the glow of a successful Toyko Summer Olympics, more than six in 10 Canadians somewhat or completely support Canada boycotting the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

A poll released by CTV News in partnership with Nanos, shows the majority, 64%, of Canadians at the very least somewhat support boycotting the February Beijing-hosted Olympics.

More than 70% of Ontarians aged 18 to 34 say Canada shouldn’t go. Just more than 50% of Quebecers stated their opposition and more than 60% of both Alberta and BC residents also agree China’s Games should be boycotted.

This is not the first time Canada has shown disapproval over China’s practices. The House of Commons (HoC) began compiling evidence of China’s abuses against human rights specifically surrounding the Uyghurs via a study carried out by a subcommittee in 2018.

During 2018, it was discovered through this study the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) had been detaining and torturing members of the Uyghur community and other Turkish Muslim communities. These detentions were dubbed “re-education camps” by the PRC.

Because of what was learned through this study, the HoC released the following statement.

“If the international community does not condemn the human rights abuses in Xinjiang province by the Government of China, a precedent will be set, and these methods will be adopted by other regimes. Complacency is entrenched by a lack of access to Xinjiang; by the lack of free press; and through the silencing and harassment of Uyghurs living abroad.”

The statement from the HoC went on to say that human rights violations are not only currently occurring, but seemed “to have reached a new level of severity.” This new level of severity is referring largely to the imposition of “barbaric methods to reduce Uyghur birth rates.”

The statement went on to specify these barbaric methods saying “including the forced intrauterine contraceptive devices as well as forced and coerced sterilizations and abortions.”

Another point of contention outside the Olympics between Canada and China is the ever-increasing sentences of the two Michael’s trapped in China — Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor — and the accompanying issues believed to be getting in the way of their release.

As of August 9, the two Michael’s have been trapped by the PRC in prison for 951 days — December of 2021 will mark three full years in Chinese prison.

Cong Peiwu, China’s ambassador to Canada, said to OMNI News August 6 “when we talk about our battered relationship, we can’t just not overlook the Meng Wanzhou incident, which is our main obstacle in our balancing [of] relationship.”

The current CFO and daughter of the founder of Chinese communications company Huawei Meng Wanzhou, was detained on December 1 2018, while arriving at the Vancouver International Airport.

Canadian Border Services Agents questioned Wanzhou for three hours, and she ended up being arrested on a provisional American extradition request for fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. The conspiracy to commit fraud charges resulted from a belief that Wanzhou was attempting to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Wanzhou has been held under house arrest in Vancouver at one of her family’s many North American properties. Unlike Wanzhou, the two Michael’s have been held in horrific conditions while being denied access to counsel.

Jackie Conroy is a reporter for the Western Standard
jconroy@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Steven

    August 10, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Showing your true United Nations Agenda & communist colour comrade GS UDDIN ?

    You have a very subjective lefty spin on world history, but you left much of the horror of the organizations you so love hidden behind your liberal spin. Just like the lefty media loves to do.

  2. GS Uddin

    August 9, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Why stop with only China? Why attend the US Olympics given its oil wars, Muslim ban, persecution of blacks, torture and rape of Iraq and Afghanistan? Why attend the Francophonie given France’s crimes in Africa and islamaphobia? The UK is full of Brexit bigots and the Queen took part in residential schools, why allow the Royals here?
    This China bashing is getting ridiculous!

  3. Steven

    August 9, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Wait for it folks my post below will be seen as a hate crime when the Censorship Law is passed. Think it won’t happen? It already is happening.

  4. Steven

    August 9, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Will Canadians be afraid to speak out because of Trudeau’s stance against speaking out on anything Asian?

    Appears Trudeau is stacking the deck with Federal Judicial appointments who will bring the full weight of his pro love for China to silence us. According to these appoints white conservative people are deemed to be white supremist with a hate on for China. Here’s the article check it out for yourselves. https://westernstandardonline.com/2021/08/lawyer-who-called-for-elimination-of-citizenship-tests-appoint-to-bench/ You can be sure this Federal Judge will be happy to follow the Censorship Law. That’s not Canadian, that is pure Communism.

    I’ll ad my voice to Boycotting the China Winter Olympics in 2022 also.

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Massive, loud support displayed as BC’s truckers roll east

The convoy is approaching Alberta and will spend the night in Calgary before departing east on January 24 in conjunction with Alberta’s truckers.

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The eastbound “freedom convoy” rolling towards Ottawa in protest of vaccine mandates is well underway with hundreds coming out to support the truckers’ departure from BC’s Lower Mainland early Sunday morning.

The recent mandate — instituted by the federal Liberal government on January 15 — is forcing truckers crossing the border into Canada to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival using the ArriveCan app if they want to avoid testing and quarantine requirements.

American truckers will be denied entry.

Prior to the the January 15 mandate truckers were deemed an essential service.

Despite widespread concern of further economic devastation amid an already hurting supply chain, Liberal Health Minister Jean Yves-Duclos maintains his position that restricting cross-border movement of unvaccinated truckers is the “right thing to do.”

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) anticipates the loss of 12,000-16,000 (10-15%) cross-border commercial drivers as a result.

In border areas, drivers will often cross over five or six times a day.

“That’s a lot of loads in a year that no longer have a way of coming up,” Colin Valentim told the Western Standard.

Valentim — who has been a trucker for more than 20 years — spearheaded the group out of BC, which steadily grew in size throughout the day as truckers across the province joined the Ottawa-bound convoy.

The convoy is approaching Alberta and will spend the night in Calgary before departing east on January 24 in conjunction with Alberta’s truckers.

When the convoy arrives in Ottawa, it will rendezvous with four convoys from various points of Ontario, convoys from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, other Atlantic areas, and Quebec — forming a mass coalescence of rolling steel within the nation’s capital.

“We need to show this government what they’re doing is wrong and we won’t take it anymore,” said Valentim.

While the national demonstration is organized by big-riggers, those involved say it represents other professions that have been effected by mandatory injections such as healthcare workers, municipal workers and more. All professions and vehicles are welcome in the convoy.

The official GoFundMe page has received more than 37,400 separate donations adding up to more than $2.8 million with donations steadily flowing in by the minute.

The fund’s page — organized by Tamara Lich — says money raised will be dispersed to truckers for the cost of the journey and “any leftover donations will be donated to a credible veteran’s organization which will be chosen by the donors.”

The page says GoFundMe will be sending donations directly to “our bulk fuel supplier.”

“Your hard-earned money is going straight to who it was meant for without having to flow through anyone else,” reads the page.

The Western Standard reached out to Lich for further details regarding the allocation of donor’s funds, but has not heard back.

“Time to stop these mandates destroying people’s lives and businesses,” writes one donor.

“This tyranny must stop, and I believe the truckers are uniquely positioned to make this point,” writes another.

Maps, routes, times, and contact information for the respective organizers can be found here.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
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Judge slashes large defamation award to only $50,000

The judge ruled prairie courts are much more modest in awarding liberal damages.

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A Manitoba judge has slashed the $500,000 awarded to a defamation victim to $50,000, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The judge ruled prairie courts are much more modest in awarding liberal damages.

“Civil jury trials in Manitoba are rare,” wrote Justice William Burnett of the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

“Awards for defamation in that amount are virtually non-existent.”

“The jury’s award of $500,000 is wholly disproportionate and shockingly unreasonable,” wrote Burnett, who worked 32 years as a civil litigator.

“This was not a case of widespread or repeated publication of defamatory statements in print media, radio, television or on the Internet.”

Millionaire developer Marcel Chartier in 2021 won his defamation claim against a former business partner who badmouthed him at a lunch meeting. The court was told Chartier’s ex-partner had called him a thief.

“There was no further publication of the defamatory comments,” wrote Burnett.

The slander was uttered to two people over a lunch table, “a small audience by any measure,” and “the impact of the comments was negligible,” the court added.

“The jury’s award of $500,000 is replaced with an award of $50,000,” ordered the court, noting there “is no mathematical formula” to placing value on damages for defamation.

Burnett said he reviewed dozens of rulings in Western courts, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia over the past six years in concluding the half-million award was excessive.

“Having considered more than 50 recent decisions where damages were awarded for reputational harm it is readily apparent the present award is well beyond the maximum limit of a reasonable range,” wrote Burnett.

Large libel awards are uncommon in Canada. The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench last December 15 ordered the CBC to pay $1,659,403 for defaming a local investment adviser in a 2012 television broadcast.

The case is under appeal.

The largest award to date, $3 million, was paid in 2008 to an Ottawa pilot falsely accused of impairment.

The Supreme Court in 1995 upheld a $1.6 million award to a Toronto Crown prosecutor defamed by the Church of Scientology.

In 2016, the British Columbia Supreme Court awarded $1.1 million in damages to a Vancouver businessman falsely accused of being a drug trafficker.

The Supreme Court in 2002 refused to hear an appeal from the CBC over a $950,000 award to an Ottawa physician falsely accused of improper conduct by the news program The Fifth Estate.

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Sask residents say vaccine choices dividing families

“It’s putting these parents in a really horrible situation,” said Ness. “It’s not selfishness. They truly believe to their core that it’s not the right decision for them. It’s not that they don’t want their children.”

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For personal and legal reasons, vaccine choices are dividing families, say two Saskatchewan residents.

Michael Jackson, a divorced father from the rural community of Carievale in southeastern Saskatchewan, was opposed to his seven-year-old daughter Sarah receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

When his ex-wife said Sarah would get the vaccine, he refused to return her. Jackson’s ex-wife applied for a court order for police to retrieve Sarah and a judge heard the case in court.

Jackson lost his case and failed in a subsequent appeal. He went into hiding with his daughter before police could enforce the court order.

Two cases in Quebec suggest judges in other provinces take a similar view. Last fall, a 13-year-old boy wanted the vaccine so he could be in school sports and go to movies and restaurants, but his father was opposed. Then his wife, the mother of the boy, went to court and had the father’s objections overruled.

A similar ruling was made by a Lethbridge judge.

Nadine Ness, founder of Unified Grassroots, says a Lloydminster father who got their under-12 child vaccinated for COVID-19 showed her that proper checks aren’t always made. 

“He messaged me, ‘Look, I’m pro-vaccine. But I think you should know this,’” Ness recalled in an interview.

“He was never asked any documentation as to who he was, how connected he was to that child, nothing. He was just asked for the kids’ health card, and that was it, nothing else. So if that’s happening, then parents who have full decision authority over their children’s health, like the other parent can go and do whatever they want because they’re not asking for ID either. That was a story that I found really odd and concerning.

At other times, parents are at odds. Shortly before Christmas, a Quebec judge denied an unvaccinated father visitation rights to his double-vaccinated 12-year-old child. Ness said knows of instances where parents are using the threat of vaccinating children for COVID-19 as a bargaining chip to extract more from the parent who is opposed.

“I grew up in a divorced family with an absent mother. She was a drug addict, so I know what it’s like to grow without a parent there. And I know how important it is for both parents to be involved in children’s lives. I’m divorced myself, so I share custody of my kids,” Ness said.

“I could never imagine anyone trying to keep their kids away from the other parent, but it’s just you see that too often in custody issues…If you’re using your child to go after the other parent, you’re not doing what’s in your child’s best interest.”

Ness said former allowances for the unvaccinated to cross the U.S. border to see their non-adult children have been taken away.

“At this point, policies like that just show more that this is not about health. And this is about punishing the people who oppose government, punishing political opposition,” Ness said.

“Omicron is so mild. We had it all in our house and I was sick for a day and a half…It was the mildest cold I’ve ever had. My son was sick and had fever for six hours. That was it, nothing else. He’s seven. My 12-year-old never got symptoms, and my two-year-old had a bit of a runny nose.”

Ness believes COVID-19 is an inadequate reason for politicians, judges, and families to separate unvaccinated family members from their children or other relatives.

“It’s putting these parents in a really horrible situation…Some of these parents, it’s not selfishness. They truly believe to their core that it’s not the right decision for them. It’s not that they don’t want their children or don’t want to see their children,” Ness said.

“These are real people, real lives affected. They’re not just robots. It’s dehumanizing them and not recognizing them. These are children who go to bed at night crying because they don’t have their other parent there, their family member there. 

“They don’t deserve this; they deserve better from us. And we deserve better from our government as well.”

Lee Harding is a contributor to the Western Standard living in Saskatchewan.

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