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Study: Public says ‘don’t defund our police’

Data collected through the survey said “police should get more money, not less.”

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Canadians don’t want their police defunded, says a federal study

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair’s department commissioned confidential research on defunding the police, Blacklock Reporter says.

Contrary to the much public sentiment in the U.S., data collected through this survey said “police should get more money, not less.”

But the study of 2,590 Canadians shows they “are divided in their preferences for police funding models.”

The survey cost the Department of Public Safety $114,513, and was carried out by Environics Research.

Results were very close together, 29% said police funding should be increased, 27% said current budgets should be maintained, and 28% “would prefer to see police budgets and staffing reduced with the money reallocated to social services.”

Immigrants and Canadians over the age of 60 reported the most positive views of police, while university graduates and young people under the age of 29 viewed the police least favourably.

Only 1% of Canadians believe adding “social workers to assist police officers” is a priority.

Across Canada, wishes to increase police budgets began at 40% in BC and dwindled to 24% in Ontario and Quebec. Alberta followed BC closely with 39%, while Saskatchewan and Manitoba each yielded 33% and 32% respectively.

The main focus of the study was following Black Lives Matter rallies stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 2020 by police.

In early July 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knelt outside Parliament Hill alongside protestors, resulting in counter-protests from the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

The Association expressed its anger with Trudeau in a letter saying: “The Prime Minister and all members of Parliament who try to gain political points on the back of RCMP members should show some discomfort and embarrassment.”

The letter went on saying: “In fact, they should have asked for explanations and valid and dependable statistics before identifying our members as racist and, by doing so, humiliating us by kneeling down as if demanding pardon for our renowned organization that has served our country with honour, integrity, and devotion for the last 147 years.”

The survey found only three in ten Canadians significantly believed bias is an issue in Canadian law enforcement while 22% called bias in law enforcement a minor issue or no problem at all.

“Only ten percent called it ‘a very big problem’.”

Environics Research said the survey was intended to “better assess the Canadian public’s understanding of bias sensitivity considerations in national security and law enforcement.”

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

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  1. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 9:39 am

    “Contrary to the much public sentiment in the U.S., data collected through this survey said “police should get more money, not less.”” ? ? ?

    That is NOT True . . . Public Sentiment in the USA even in the many Demokkkrat Failing cities is for MORE Police, even in the Black Community. That comment is Pure Fiction!

    The pushers of the “Defund the Police” have been radical Far-Left City Councils, Mayors and of course “Woke” and insane Politicians like the “Squad” in Congress made up of two Terrorists and 3 Communists. The Poster Children for the movement have to be the Incompetent Mayor Lightbrain of Chicago & Comrad DeBlasio of NY City.

    Canada’s problem is our low intellect “Safety Minister” Blair . . . who should have had the Crime Minister arrested years ago.

    BLM is a self-declared marxist organization that used a life-long criminal & drug user as the poster boy of a year long Looting & Rioting excuse. Floyd died of a Fentenyl overdose . . . had he just gotten in the Police car instead of resisting he would still be dead.
    The officer was negligent to the degree of the optics, but the Autopsy showed Floyd died of the Fentenyl in his system. The AG the corrupt Ellison hastled the Dr. over the report.
    If you watched the video, Floyd was already struggling for breath before the police took him out of his car.

    If BLM cared about blacks . . . they would not be ignoring the 100s of young black men dying every week in Demokkkrat run cities like Baltimore, Chicago, DC, St. Louis, LA and others. 9 of the top 10 murder cities in the USA are run by Demokkkrats!

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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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