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Sean Chu documents leaked from Calgary Police Service

In an exclusive interview with the Western Standard, Chu took aim at what he said was a politically motivated leak to influence the election.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this story came to light, the Western Standard has received further documentation on the story. The most up-to-date story can be found here.

CALGARY, ALTA: A series of documents detailing the appeal of an investigation into Calgary City Councillor Sean Chu have been obtained by the Western Standard, shedding light on an investigation into an incident 24 years ago during his time as an officer on that force. The documents are confidential and were in the sole possession of Calgary Police Services until being leaked online just three days before Chu faces re-election for his Ward 4 seat. 

Chu told the Western Standard that after the release of the documents, he contacted the Calgary Police Association to obtain them, but that he was advised that the records were destroyed in the 2013 flood of the city. 

In an exclusive interview with the Western Standard, Chu took aim at what he said was a politically motivated leak to influence the election.

“Any common-sense person would be able to tell the difference between a real news story, and a pollical assassination. The timing of this release is decades after those matters were resolved, is motivated by politics, and not justice. I am the same person who will always listen and help Ward 4 residents.” 

Sources tell the Western Standard that the appellant in the documents failed in an attempt to obtain a court injunction to stop the publication of the document’s contents in the media. 

Upon learning that the appellant wished to keep the matter from media publication, the Western Standard decided to withhold the story out of respect for privacy, however, knowledge that other media sources intended to publish the story led to that editorial decision being overturned. The appellants name will not be used for privacy concerns. 

The leaked documents include two official judgements from the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board (LERB) that contain details of the appellants’ appeal of the investigation into then-Cst. Chu. Four officers that conducted the investigation are named in the complaint, and in both cases the allegations of impropriety were dismissed.

The judgement found that the appellant was required to undergo a polygraph examination, but never did, however the appellant disputed if she was correctly informed.

The first judgement concludes by saying, “For the reasons provided, the complaints of the appellant are dismissed, however, the Board is Directing the completion of the investigation.”

Following the conclusion of that investigation, a second judgement from the Law Enforcement Review Board dismissed the appeal without costs. 

The appellant said that the four named officers did not properly investigate complaints filed against Chu for an incident in 1997 alleging sexual assault and threats. That investigation found no grounds for charges, however Chu received a letter of reprimand and continued in active duty.

The second judgement ruled that “the case should be dismissed because the appellant has chosen not to appear at her peremptory hearing date”. The Board went on to say that it was satisfied that it made “more than reasonable efforts to accommodate the availability of the appellant.” 

Chu – who served as an officer in the CPS from 1992 until being elected in 2013 – denied any wrongdoing in a prepared statement.

“An internal hearing found that her allegations were without merit…The complainant appealed the decision to the LERB and the complaints were again dismissed, save for a further investigation which subsequently confirmed the dismissal.”

“It is not unusual for police officers to be the subject of unsubstantiated complaints, but a complete and thorough process was conducted which found this complaint to be without merit.”

In a 1999 investigation, Chu said that he voluntarily took a polygraph test confirming his account, leading the Alberta Court of Appeal to deny permission to appeal again. 

The leak of the confidential judgements from the care of Calgary Police Services (CPS) comes at an inopportune time for Chu, facing voters just three days from the time of publishing. 

“The timing of the release of this information is motivated by politics and not justice”, said Chu in his statement. 

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

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By LEE HARDING

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

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The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.

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Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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