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MORGAN: Anti-Chu protest degenerates into anti-police striptease

“Chu should by no means be let off the hook yet, but allegations this serious deserve to be taken with seriousness demanding evidence.”




The first thing that caught my eye after I parked my car south of Calgary’s city hall to cover the Sean Chu protest, was a billowing black plume of smoke straight north of me.

My first thought was that some lunatic had set off a bomb.

I ran as fast as my middle-aged body would allow to try and get to the scene and find out what was happening. I arrived wheezing and gasping at the intersection of Macleod Trail and 6 Ave. just in time to see the Calgary fire department putting out a blazing SUV in the middle of the intersection. Police cars were flying up and down the roads in all directions with sirens blaring.

A automobile burning nearby Calgary City Hall (Image Source: Cory Morgan for Western Standard)

It turns out, somebody had pulled up, parked the SUV, set it on fire, and ran. Police arrested somebody shortly afterward. As far as I could ascertain, it had nothing to do with the pro and anti-Sean Chu rallies that I was actually down there to cover, so I moved on.

My day was off to an odd start, and it didn’t get any better as the rallies developed.

I first checked in at city hall where the anti-Sean Chu demonstration was to be held. I was early and little was happening yet. A handful of organizers were milling about and I saw plastic bags full of sidewalk chalk at their feet. When you see the sidewalk chalk, you know it’s going to be a progressive barn burner.

I crossed the street to Olympic Plaza where the pro-Sean Chu forces were rallying. Organizers were having trouble with their sound system. Apparently, they couldn’t get a rally permit from the city, and so couldn’t get direct power for their amplifiers. Many people were arriving, predominantly from the Asian community, and they were offered signs to display. Instructions were being read out from a portable loudspeaker in several languages. The plaza itself was treacherously icy, causing attendees to stand quite a distance from the speakers on the stage area. The atmosphere was a bit chaotic, but the attendees tended to be peaceful and calm.

The homeless people who reside within Olympic Plaza were none too impressed with this disruption to their Sunday morning. A clearly inebriated gentleman in a bathrobe approached the main organizer’s table, grabbed the hand sanitizer bottles, and smashed them on the ground. Their surprise that this could happen leads me to think the event organizers haven’t spent much time downtown lately. This sort of experience with Calgary’s street people is par for the course these days.

A homeless man not pleased to see pro-Chu protestors at Olympic Plaza. (Image Source: Cory Morgan for Western Standard)

He told someone else from the Western Standard that he was actually an engineer.

The man then grabbed a microphone away from a Global News reporter and offered an expletive-laden, incoherent rant to their camera until a nearby police officer called him away. I suspect the footage will not have made the evening news.

Eventually, roughly two hundred pro-Sean Chu supporters were assembled. After a few false starts in getting O’Canada going, the speakers began.

Pro-Chu protestors at Olympic Plaza (Image Source: Cory Morgan for Western Standard)

A number of people from Chu’s ward took to the microphone and expressed their support for his remaining in office. They related personal stories of their interactions with him as a councillor and said they had been well served by him.

Their arguments mostly boiled down to pointing out that the Chu incident was settled decades ago, he had been disciplined appropriately, and it was time to move on. It was a polite and sedate affair.

I then crossed the street again to check out the anti-Chu gathering.

Anti-Chu protestors at Calgary City Hall (Image Source: Cory Morgan for Western Standard)

The sidewalk chalk was being liberally applied and an Albertan flag decorated with a Black Lives Matter symbol was on display. What BLM had to do with the Chu controversy, I can only guess.

As I walked among the gathering crowd in my Western Standard jacket, a number of people expressed their desire to see me go copulate myself (paraphrasing.) I found their expression to be gratifying. While they were not big fans of the Western Standard or myself, they clearly followed us closely. As the humble publication has reached its second anniversary, to have earned such recognition and vitriol from Calgary’s extreme left is quite an accomplishment. It usually takes much longer to earn such fear and loathing. As long as they keep reading, our advertisers are happy.

Not interested in self-fornication at this time, I wandered back to see how the pro-Chu event was coming along. Their speakers were wrapped up and they were preparing to parade in front of the anti-Chu demonstrators. I had been joined by the Western Standard’s James Finkbeiner and we rushed out to set up on the street to see how well the parade would be received.

As we set up our camera, we could hear Black Lives Matter activist Taylor McNallie ranting at the microphone about the evils of white people. We chuckled. I covered it when McNallie disrupted Dr. Joe Vipond’s pro-lockdown rallies last summer as she refused to mask up and delivered an obscenity-laced tirade to his gathered supporters. I could see the attendees in the anti-Chu crowd beginning to squirm uncomfortably as McNallie raged on and on about how all cops are bastards and white supremacists. It had nothing to do with the point of the rally, and I am certain Sean Chu would make a terrible white supremacist. No woke demonstrator is going to dare to interrupt a person of color as she speaks, however.

The appearance of the pro-Chu parade allowed elements of the crowd to break away from McNallie’s tirade. I am certain that some in the anti-Chu camp saw this distraction as a blessing. Police officers lined Macleod Tr. and kept the opposing protesters to each side of the street. Pro-Chu supporters marched and waved signs while the anti-Chu demonstrators screamed Chu was a child rapist while berating police officers as being pigs among other things. The patience shown by officers as they dealt with the barrage of hatred from the belligerent extremists in the anti-Chu crowd was impressive.

Eventually, most of the attendees on both sides of the street tired of shouting and waving signs at each other. All of the pro-Chu demonstrators dispersed and the majority of the anti-Chu demonstrators left. The fun wasn’t quite over yet though. The next act of this circus was just about to begin.

Street preacher Art Pawlowski began setting up his weekly luncheon for the homeless next to Olympic Plaza. As his supporters set up a crucifix and a Jesus Saves banner along with food tables, the remaining anti-Chu protesters went wild. They resumed their screaming with most of it involving calling Pawlowski a white supremacist. Police again had to intervene as the lineup of homeless people (mostly non-white) began to get upset with the protesters. Whatever one may think of Pawlowski, he feeds a lot of vulnerable people downtown and they appreciate him for it. While the anti-Chu protesters may claim to hate the police, it was the Calgary police force that saved them from likely being terribly beaten by some of the more animated homeless people.

Pawlowski always has music playing at his lunch line. The anti-Chu protesters believe that some hip-hop was in order to drown him out. Things were almost surreal as gangster rap blared from across the street and the remaining protesters began suggestively twerking at the folks assembled at the street church. Some began lifting their shirts and flashing their breasts when they failed to draw enough attention with their dancing. It was an unintentionally entertaining spectacle that I won’t soon forget.

Anti-Chu protestors dance and strip their clothes off (Image Source: Cory Morgan for Western Standard)

People gathered to defend young women from sexual predation twerking to gangster rap known for normalizing the objectification and abuse of women was a creative combination. The anti-Chu gang appeared blissfully unaware of the irony.

I had seen enough by then and made my way home.

I can’t write seriously about these protesters because they aren’t serious people. Right or wrong, the pro-Chu side made their case calmly and went home. The anti-Chu side was made up of the usual suspects you find at every lefty protest. They are angry, confused, and obscene. There are some serious concerns to be discussed regarding Chu’s time on the police force and the police response to it. That discussion should take place with facts, evidence, and testimony. No serious discourse was to be found at the protests though.

There were about four hundred people gathered to demand the resignation of Sean Chu. I had expected more on a nice sunny day considering the rage demonstrated on Twitter. I should have known better than think online outrage reflects people in the real world. Despite paid advertising for the rally on the part of the union-funded Calgarians for a Progressive Future, they couldn’t draw average Calgarians out to their rally in any significant numbers.

The Western Standard the day before published an exclusive story indicating the person who had been accusing Chu of impropriety was found to be not consistent or believable by investigators, by the presiding (female) inspector. Perhaps that has inspired concerned Calgarians to sit back on this issue and wait until the full story comes out. It’s clear we don’t know all the facts yet. Chu should by no means be let off the hook yet, but allegations this serious deserve to be taken with seriousness demanding evidence.

Chu is going to be sworn in as the Ward 4 councilor on Monday no matter what Calgary’s organized progressives may think. Chu was found to have broken no laws and there is no legal mechanism for blocking him from taking the role he was elected to. Protests can be effective tools for people to express opposition to things and they often make decision-makers think twice on issues. The anti-Chu protesters didn’t indicate any kind of groundswell of opposition to the swearing-in of Chu as a city councillor.

We need to be patient and watch for the full story to unfold. Perhaps Premier Jason Kenney will get around to proclaiming his promised recall legislation into active law one day, and people will be able to start petitioning to have Chu removed from office. Until then, it’s time to let Chu get on with his role as the elected councillor for Ward 4, and for the media to continue to unearth evidence that can decide his fitness for office one way or another.

Cory Morgan is the Alberta Political Columnist for the Western Standard and Host of the Cory Morgan Show

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  1. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    October 26, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    What you see taxpayer is not what you get.You have allowed a trojan liberal horse in side city hall.There red will grow and taxes will rise. Rise up sirs and give your brains a weaken or sure as fate start packing.

  2. Claudette Leece

    October 26, 2021 at 10:38 am

    BLM only goal is to stir sh…., who can take them serious anymore. Chu faced this years ago, it was settled, MeToo has allowed this garbage to happen. Could of asked half the anti Chu crowd what really happened, they wouldn’t know, and yes Cory the irony of girls stripping to protest , would be funny if not so sad this is what some women believe gets them respect

  3. K

    October 25, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Not really sure what the story is behind Chu, but what I do see is a deranged, selected leftist mayor already stirring up drama and social justice nonsense in the city in less than 1 week.

  4. Dennis

    October 25, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Great story Cory. As I said in an earlier post, I don’t really know the guy or his history but on the surface I have to wonder why this 2 decades old story re-surfaced on Election Day? Don’t that kinda have a bit of a stench to it?

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BRADLEY: No Central Bank Digital Currency can stack up to Bitcoin

Why Bitcoin will always be the superior digital currency.




These days, many countries are considering introducing their own Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

The Bank of England recently released a research paper discussing the possibility of creating its own digital currency, saying it has “not yet made a decision on whether to introduce CBDC”.

In July 2021, the Bank of Canada issued a discussion paper called “The Positive Case for a CBDC”, citing it “could be an effective competition policy tool for payments” and “could also support the vibrancy of the digital economy.”

But no country is moving faster on this front than China.

The Central Bank of China has already introduced a digital yuan, which is expected to eliminate physical cash and provide a centralized payment-processing network.

As China continues to expand its CBDC implementation beyond its trial run in some cities, more of its citizens will be forced into using the government’s app to identify themselves, store their wealth and make everyday purchases. That means the Chinese government will be able to track purchases and even freeze or close personal accounts, for whatever reason they see fit.

That is a terrifying prospect – and it highlights one of the many reasons bitcoin will always be superior to any currency issued and controlled by any government.

The Bitcoin network uses blockchain technology to track the status of the network, including user balances and transactions. This allows transparency and decentralization by nature. Perhaps most importantly, this means that the system cannot be controlled or influenced by any one person, company or government.

China’s digital yuan – and any CBDC under consideration – have the complete opposite fundamentals. With a CBDC, one central bank has ultimate control and power over the currency, not to mention the ability to track and even reverse everyday purchases.

It’s a particularly worrisome situation in China, where its government has been pushing a social credit system that, at its core, rewards or punishes people for their economic and personal behaviours. As the country implements its digital yuan more broadly, there are fears China could use its CBDC to extend control over even more of its citizens’ rights and freedoms.

We don’t face that threat in western countries yet, but that’s not to say we are immune from the possibility. If Meta’s recent announcement that it’s shutting down the face recognition system on Facebook is any indication, our society is definitely not keen on being monitored, controlled, or surveilled in any way.

From 2013 to 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice ran Operation Choke Point to monitor and crack down on payments for what the government deemed “high-risk activities”, ranging from online gambling and payday loans to pornography and surveillance equipment sales. These activities were not illegal but they offended the government’s moral compass – a slippery and scary slope.

Most recently, in October 2021 U.S. President Joe Biden and his government backed down from requiring the IRS to collect data on every bank account with more than $600 in annual transactions. 

Infringements like these on our privacy are unacceptable. But the likelihood of them happening will grow exponentially if, and when, western governments introduce their own CBDCs.

Aside from a potential loss of personal freedom and privacy, CBDCs would introduce another undesirable outcome: even greater inflation than we’re experiencing today. Governments, including our own here in Canada, are printing money faster than ever, which simultaneously drives inflation and devalues personal wealth.

As Saifedean Ammous writes in his fantastic book, The Fiat Standard: The Debt Slavery Alternative to Human Civilization, “CBDCs would allow for the implementation of…inflationist schemes with high efficiency, allowing for increased central planning of market activity. Government spending would proceed unabated by whatever little discipline credit markets currently exert. Real-world prices are likely to rise, which would lead to more control over economic production to mandate prices.”

To sum this up, CBDCs could lead to higher inflation, less personal autonomy, and more government meddling. For those reasons, whenever I’m asked if the introduction of CBDCs will kill bitcoin and its relevance, my answer is a resounding, “No.”

Central bank digital currencies are not the same thing as bitcoin. They aren’t even competitors with bitcoin, nor will they ever replace bitcoin. They are a distraction. In my opinion, CBDCs will only create greater demand for bitcoin and its many advantages.

Bitcoin offers individuals the profound ability to own sound money, protect their wealth from inflation and keep governments from micro-managing their finances. That is certainly not what CBDCs will do, and it’s why we should all be very apprehensive about giving central banks the ability to issue, oversee and control digital currencies.

No CBDC can, or ever will, stack up to bitcoin.

Guest Column from Dave Bradley, Chief Revenue Officer at Bitcoin Well
@bitcoinbrains on Twitter

Sponsored by Bitcoin Well

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ROYER: Canada ignores Alberta. Because it can

The only conclusion is that Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces.




Crickets. That is the sound of Canada’s response to Alberta’s request to consider revisions to the equalization program over a month ago. What does the deafening silence say about Canada?

Trudeau brushed off the referendum saying that he couldn’t unilaterally address the issue, although he clearly can. His government has several bilateral agreements with provinces other than Alberta.  He can agree to change the equalization formula to drain less wealth from Alberta and Saskatchewan in the first place.

The federal Conservative Party’s silence is due to their leader Erin O’Toole’s decision to pander to Ontario and Quebec, taking the West for granted.

The silence has made one thing absolutely clear: Alberta has no voice in Canada. Voting against the Liberals hasn’t worked. Voting in a couple of Liberal MPs hasn’t helped. Relying on protection provincial sovereignty under the constitution has proven to be useless; Trudeau’s government intercedes into those defined powers with impunity.

All that remains is to look at the big picture. Alberta had no democratic input into decisions that dramatically diminished its economy. Wealth continues to be drained from the province and it has no means to stop it. A referendum — the ultimate expression of democratic rights — is ignored. What does this make Canada?

First, it clearly is not a modern democratic nation. Modern democracies give voice to minorities and seek compromise.

We do not have a federal government. There is no structural input from the far reaches of the country in the nation’s decision-making process. It is a central government, serving only the centre.

We are not really a federation either. Rights of the lesser provinces are extinguished at the whim of the central government. Those intrusions are dutifully upheld by the Supreme Court, an institution with a majority of judges from central Canada. The Senate is completely ineffective in protecting the federation. It over-represents Quebec and Atlantic Canada, is appointed at the sole discretion of the prime minister and has very limited powers to disagree with him. Alberta’s attempt to introduce democracy into the selection of Senators has been ignored by the prime minister.

Power is extremely concentrated. Trudeau’s emissions cap on hydrocarbon production is just the most recent example. No discussion with Parliament or the provinces was taken; he just made the decision with his personal staff, and announced it

He has this power because hyper-partisanship, strict party discipline and the overly centralized government concentrates power. We’ve abandoned our historic Westminster Parliamentary system of government and taken on an American style constitutional system with judicial supremacy, but with an all-powerful prime minister that lacks the checks-and-balances placed upon an American president.

The only respectful response to Alberta came from Saskatchewan’s Premier Scott Moe. He called for his province to become a nation within a nation, a status effectively granted Quebec. Neither the federal structure nor the national parliament protect the outlying provinces. They now need to gain near national powers in order to protect themselves from the central government.

The only conclusion is Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces: Ontario and Quebec. The concentration of power and the malleability of federal sovereignties has makes the prime minister effectively an elected dictator. The only check on the prime minister’s power is in an occasional national election, the results of which are determined almost entirely in Ontario and Quebec.

So, what is Canada? It is a country in which the central provinces in conjunction with the central government have dominion over the outlying provinces, and those central provinces elect a prime minister who is given near royal prerogative.

Our country is called (at least officially) the Dominion of Canada, a constitutional monarchy. By the word dominion are we saying that the centre has dominion over the rest of the country? And does constitutional democracy say that the constitution concentrates power into the hands of a single person?

We can do better.

Randy Royer is a Western Standard columnist

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VENKATACHALAM & KAPLAN: Oil and gas production is essential to BC’s economy

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors.




Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan of the Canadian Energy Centre

British Columbia has been producing oil and natural gas since 1952. In fact, as of 2018, BC produced 32% of Canada’s natural gas production and 2% of Canada’s conventional daily oil production. British Columbia collects royalties from oil and gas development, supporting the economic prosperity in the province.

Want to know how important the oil and natural gas industry is to the BC economy? Using customized Statistic Canada data from 2017 (the latest year available for this comparison), it turns out oil and gas in BC  generated about $18 billion in outputs, consisting primarily of the value of goods and services produced, as well as a GDP of $9.5 billion.

As for what most of us can relate to — jobs — the BC oil and gas industry was responsible for nearly 26,500 direct jobs and more than 36,100 indirect jobs (62,602 jobs in total) in 2017. Also relevant: The oil and gas sector paid out over $3.1 billion in wages and salaries to BC workers that year.

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors. That included $600 million from the finance and insurance sector, $770 million in professional services, and $2.8 billion from the manufacturing sector, to name just three examples.

Spending by the oil and gas sector in BC is not the only way to consider the impact of the industry. Given that a large chunk of the oil and gas sector is next door in Alberta, let’s look at what Alberta’s trade relationship with its westerly neighbour does for BC.

BC’s interprovincial trade in total with all provinces in 2017 amounted to $39.4 billion. Alberta was responsible for the largest amount at $15.4 billion, or about 38%, of that trade.

That share of BC’s trade exports is remarkable, given that Alberta’s share of Canada’s population was just 11.5 percent in 2017. Alberta consumers, businesses and governments buy far more from BC in goods and services than its population as a share of Canada would suggest would be the case. Alberta’s capital-intensive, high-wage-paying oil and gas sector is a major reason why.

If Alberta were a country, the province’s $15.4 billion in trade with BC would come in behind only the United States (about $22.3 billion in purchases of goods and services from BC) in 2017. In fact, Alberta’s importance to B.C. exports was ranked far ahead of China ($6.9 billion), Japan ($4.5 billion), and South Korea ($2.9 billion)—the next biggest destinations for BC’s trade exports.

BC has a natural advantage for market access in some respects when compared to the United States. For instance, BC’s coast is near to many Asian-Pacific markets than are U.S. Gulf Coast facilities. The distance between the U.S. Gulf Coast and to the Japanese ports of Himeji and Sodegaura is more than 9,000 nautical miles, compared to less than 4,200 nautical miles between those two Japanese ports and the coast of BC.

The recent demand for natural gas in Asia, especially Japan (the largest importer of LNG) and price increase for natural gas, presents an exciting opportunity for BC oil and gas industry. The IEA predicts that by 2024 , natural gas demand forecast in Asia will be up 7% from 2019’s pre-COVID-19  levels. 

Be it in employment, salaries and wages paid, GDP, or the purchase of goods and services, the impact of oil and natural gas (and Alberta) on BC’s economy and trade flows is significant.

Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan are with the Canadian Energy Centre

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