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Mainstream media supports Internet censorship

Media approved by the cabinet are entitled to payroll rebates of up to $13,750 per newsroom employee and 15% tax credits for subscribers.

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The mainstream media is supporting Liberal plans to censor the Internet when it comes to hurtful words about the media, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This is not about limiting democratic expression,” Paul Deegan, CEO of News Media Canada. wrote in a submission to the Department of Canadian Heritage.

“It is about protecting it, and its most precious guardians, journalists. And it is about ensuring all publishers including Internet intermediaries are held accountable for harmful content.”

Cabinet has said it will reintroduce Bill C-36 that lapsed in the last Parliament. C-36 would ban legal online content “likely to foment detestation or vilification of an individual or group” under threat of $70,000 fines or house arrest.

News Media Canada endorsed the censorship bill.

“As a business, the news publishing industry remains under threat from the unregulated and unchecked social media and other online communication service providers,” wrote Deegan, formerly a lobbyist for CN Rail.

Deegan said the bailout press faces “harassment,” “defamation” and “threats” but provided no examples.

“Our journalists including female and black,  indigenous and people of colour journalists and our customers face online harm,” he wrote.

The media lobby cited a 2020 UNESCO study that described harassment of reporters in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria. Canada was not mentioned. Findings were based on 714 questionnaires.

“We recommend the Government of Canada explicitly recognize online threats to journalists directly into the Act,” wrote Deegan.

“Journalists should be afforded ‘exceptional recourse’ to online threats. News Media Canada submits online platforms should act upon reports of harassment from news publishers and journalists within 24 hours.”

News Media Canada in 2019 successfully lobbied Parliament for amendments to the Income Tax Act that created a $595 million press bailout fund.

Media approved by the cabinet are entitled to payroll rebates of up to $13,750 per newsroom employee and 15% tax credits for subscribers.

Cabinet initially rejected the press bailout in 2017.

“Our approach will not be to bail out industry models that are no longer viable,” said then-Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

However, the bailout was approved after News Media Canada hired lobbyist Isabel Metcalfe, a campaign fundraiser for Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna. 

Access To Information records showed Metcalfe held 79 separate meetings on the publishers’ behalf including closed-door conferences with political aides in the Prime Minister’s Office.

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  1. Left Coast

    September 29, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Paul Deegan was born 80 years too late . . .

    “It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.”
    Joseph Goebbels

    “A media system wants ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity”
    Joseph Goebbels

    Journalism has been dead in Canada for Decades . . . we have nothing today but Govt. Funded Propaganda and a population mostly too clueless to even figure it out . . .

  2. Jack Masterman

    September 29, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Online Hate is already regulated.

    Perhaps if the mainstream journalists did their job properly and stopped regurgitating Liberal propaganda, there would not be so many negative comments.

    The Liberals want to censor and control every aspect of our lives. They deflect the population with misleading COVID scare tactics (The Climate Crisis was their earlier version of scare tactics) so they can get away with their fiscal disaster.

    It appears the vaccination has a minimum effect and worldwide, it appears the vaccinated can spread the virus the same as the non-vaccinated. Trudeau has contracted for 400 million doses of a questionable vaccine at taxpayer expense (In initial deals with the US government, Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine costs $19.50 per dose, compared with $15 for Moderna’s shot, $16 for Novavax’s, $10 for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine and $4 for AstraZeneca) ($15.00/dose (just my estimate) x 400 million = SIX BILLION. Taxpayer money means nothing to him as we have seen from the SIX HUNDRED MILLION vanity election. They keep saying follow the science, but they are NOT paying any attention to science. Look at Israel, 80% of vaccinated people are getting COVID. Perhaps not as severe but they can still transmit it. I think they are now looking at their fourth shot. This proves the vaccine has limited effect. Now we have vaccine passports for a questionable vaccine. Unelected health officials are using personal bias to implement these regulations and not science.

  3. Jerry Terpstra

    September 28, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    The media is corrupt. If they cant stand on their own. Shut them down. The government should have no input into the media. Since the liberals have made the media a pawn of the government everything has gone to the dogs.
    They are corrupt. Criminals in all sense of the words.

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

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With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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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
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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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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