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Canadian drivers don’t think police use racial profiling

The $147,463 study found Canadian drivers pulled over admitted their own wrongdoing and saw no evidence of bias.

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Canadians say they have no fear of traffic police racial profiling them, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Attorney General David Lametti’s department commissioned in-house research on racial profiling by traffic police.

The $147,463 study found Canadian drivers pulled over admitted their own wrongdoing and saw no evidence of bias.

“Most participants were stopped by police for traffic violations and some were aware of why they were being stopped even before speaking to police,” said the report.

 “These participants acknowledged they were speeding or committing some other traffic violation such as not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. A few were pulled over for having expired license plates.”

Black drivers surveyed said they were stopped for routine infractions.

“I suspected it was for speeding,” researchers quoted one driver.

“I had the license plates in the front seat of my car and he said, ‘Okay, no problem,’” said another.

“Most participants indicated the traffic stop was fairly routine and they did not perceive they were being targeted in any way by being stopped by police,” said the report.

“Many said the interaction with police was neutral or respectful.”

Findings were based on questionnaires by EKOS Research Associates with 3,211 people nationwide, including follow-up interviews with drivers who self-identified as black, Asian or indigenous Canadians.

The survey was conducted last February and March following media coverage of the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

“Most participants heard about police traffic stops on the news,” wrote researchers.

“Some said they heard about racial targeting by police during traffic stops or about treating black or indigenous people aggressively. A few believed this happens more in the United States.”

Lametti’s department did not explain why it specifically polled on racial profiling at traffic stops.

Data showed men were more likely than women to be pulled over and drivers over 65 were least likely to be questioned by police.

The research followed an earlier 2021 study by the Department of Public Safety that asked Canadians whether they would support defunding police.

The largest number of respondents said police in Canada should get more funding.

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  1. Left Coast

    September 30, 2021 at 10:10 am

    “following media coverage of the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations.” ? ? ?

    BLM demonstrations . . . you mean the burning, rioting & looting don’t you? Several Square Miles of Minneapolis were burned to the ground. That is your definition of “Demonstrating”?

    While the optics of the arrest were bad, and that is on the officer. The medical examiner determined that George died of a Fentenyl overdose . . . when a video from a different angle was produced the view was quite different. According to the medical examiner George was NOT choked.

    The “Trial” was a scam overseen by the AG Girl Friend beater Keith Ellison.

    The “Survey” was nonsense . . . most of the rhetoric surrounding the issue is Media created and not supported by any facts here or in the USA today.

    BLM is a marxist political organization and has never expressed any concern for the 1000s of blacks killed every year in Demokkkrat cities like Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, DC, LA or Atlanta . . . why is that? And today thanks to intentional cutbacks in Police funding the deaths are increasing at double digit numbers.

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Opposition MPs ask government to ‘show them where the money is coming from’

“Say it’s $10 billion by July. There is no accountability for that.”

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The Liberal’s latest pandemic relief plans may actually be billions of dollars higher than estimated, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Department of Finance was in a “continued race to push money out the door,” said one MP.

Bill C-2 proposes benefits including lockdown subsidies for employers and workers estimated at $7.4 billion. The cost covers payments retroactively from October 24 to next May 7, though the bill allows cabinet to extend subsidies to July 2.

“The issue of course that we’re looking at here is accountability,” said Conservative MP Greg McLean (Calgary Centre) at the Commons Tuesday finance committee.

“If there’s an obvious extension, how do we hold the government accountable for that extension when it’s more money going out the door, more on top of the $7 billion you’re already planning to spend?

“Say it’s $10 billion by July. There is no accountability for that.”

Department of Finance managers said they did not know the cost to taxpayers if the program runs to July 2, 2022.

“I can’t answer that at this stage,” said Max Baylor, senior director with the department.

“It would presumably depend on the parameters.”

“I don’t know if it’s because things have been lax during COVID but this is something you need to get right for the country,” said McLean.

Bill C-2 was “just a blank chequebook,” he said.

“I know the government has had a blank chequebook for far too long,” McLean said.

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ont.) questioned the bill’s impact on deficit projections.

“My question relates to the cost,” said Poilievre.

“How is the government paying the $7 billion associated with this proposal?”

No official answered, though 10 departmental witnesses appeared before the finance committee.”

“If they have anyone over there who is concerned about where the money comes from, that person could speak up,” said Poilievre:

  • MP Poilievre: “Clearly they’re getting the money from somewhere. Anyone here from Finance Canada?”
  • Director Baylor: “I can provide a high-level response but I’m afraid I won’t be able to answer directly…”
  • MP Poilievre: “Where is the money coming from?”
  • Director Baylor: “That is within the government’s broader macro-economic framework and I’m not responsible. I can’t speak to that.”
  • MP Poilievre: “You don’t have anyone? It’s just that we’re being asked to vote in favour of another $7 billion in spending. The obvious question is, where is it coming from?”
  • Director Baylor: “I appreciate the question, but I can’t answer that question.”

New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood-Transcona, Man.) called the testimony “a waste of time” and complained the finance committee could not get straight answers to its questions.

“We’ve been here almost four hours and I haven’t gotten one thing I would classify as an answer to a question,” said Blaikie.

“I’ve asked for a breakdown of the budget. I don’t know if they really don’t have that answer or are on a mission of obfuscation.”

“You have to conclude that our civil servants who ought to be treating the legislature with respect aren’t being upfront about some of these questions, or you have to conclude the people who are running the country never bothered to ask them. Neither one is a very good outcome for Canadians.”

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland called Bill C-2 the last emergency appropriation for pandemic relief spending. Freeland is to release a fiscal update on deficit figures next Tuesday.

Parliament last May 5 voted to increase the federal debt ceiling to a record $1.831 trillion. It represented a 57% increase from the previous $1,168,000,000,000 limit under the 2017 Borrowing Authority Act.

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Flights from Vancouver to Kamloops priced more than $1,200 over Christmas

BC flight prices have skyrocketed over the Christmas season following flood damage to highways.

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Following substantial flooding in November, which led to savaged highways and infrastructure, many of those planning to visit family out of town for Christmas are forced to fly — and some will be paying exorbitant prices for it.

For example, a WestJet round trip — listed on Expedia — from Vancouver to Kamloops, BC on December 22, with a return flight on December 27 is listed at $1,264 as of Wednesday morning.

The normally 30-minute flight includes a nearly four-hour layover in Calgary.

On TripAdvisor, the same round trip is priced similarly.

Those planning a round trip from Vancouver to Kelowna, BC on the same dates will save a few hundred bucks in comparison to those headed for Kamloops. For example, one round trip with WestJet from Vancouver to Kelowna — December 22-27 — is listed at $741 on Wednesday, although it includes a six-hour layover in Edmonton.

Normal flight times between the locales are 55 minutes.

Prices on WestJet’s website are comparable. On Air Canada’s site, all are currently sold out for the aforementioned dates and locations.

However, those travelling between Vancouver and Kelowna can find cheaper trips on Swoop if they fly out of Abbotsford, BC. On Wednesday morning, a non-stop round trip from Abbotsford to Kelowna, departing on December 22 and returning on December 29, is priced under $300.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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Top Ontario doc says separating vaxxed and unvaxxed best way to get COVID under control

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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One of the ways to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control is to stop “the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” says Ontario’s chief medical officer.

“Basic means of protecting individuals is stopping the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” said Dr. Kieran Moore at a Tuesday press conference.

“And if our cases continue through and after the holidays we would make recommendations of government to continue the certification process in play. But we’ll continue to review the data. We do have a very robust testing strategy in Ontario for the winter months as we’ve released previously. We’ve purchased … 11 million rapid antigen test for all students in Ontario.”

Moore was asked whether COVID-19 is “something we’re just going to have to learn to live with” and whether it would ever go away.

“We have a long ways to go with the World Health Organization and other international organizations to try to decrease the number of individuals in which this virus can mutate and/or spread,” he said.

“But I do see a time when we’ll have low, endemic rates and it will turn out to be like influenza or other winter respiratory viruses where there’s a seasonality to it, where it does have an intermittent impact on our health-care system and like influenza, you need an annual vaccine to protect against it.”

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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