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WATCH: UBC Free Speech Club suing UBC over … well, free speech

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In this episode of The Drill, filmed on January 17th, Paul sat down for a conversation with UBC Free Speech Club Executive Director Angelo Isidorou.

His group has brought numerous speakers to Vancouver over the last few years to speak on campus, often to sold-out crowds. Among the more controversial speakers they’ve featured are noted author and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, and American conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.

Recently the UBC Free Speech Club announced that it was hosting an event featuring journalist Andy Ngo of Portland, Oregon. Mr. Ngo, who focuses much of his reporting on Antifa, was recently the victim of violence from Antifa itself.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Ngo was set to speak about Antifa, and violence.

In a surprise decision, UBC suddenly canceled the event because, “Mr. Ngo has been the target of violence in the past” and “the risk to persons and property was too high.”

Along with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, the UBC Free Speech Club is now proceeding with legal action against UBC for this – a court case which will undoubtely be of historic significance in Canada, possibly precendent setting, and possibly answering the oft-lingering question of “how free is speech in Canada?”

UBC Free Speech Club – YouTube Announcement

UBC Free Speech Club – Facebook Page

This is the first conversation Paul’s had of this nature on the Western Standard’s show. What do you think? Do you like the format? Do you have ideas for other guests and topics? Please let us know in the comments!

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WATCH: Franco Terrazzano of the CTF on Canada’s fiscal state

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Cory Morgan speaks with Franco Terrazzano of the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation on the state of Canada’s fiscal affairs at all three levels of government. The looming debt is massive and the picture is bleak.

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WATCH: The Pipeline. November 18 2020

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Publisher Derek Fildebrandt, news editor Dave Naylor and columnist Cory Morgan discuss the top news items of the week in the West including: 

The pandemic response. Are we setting the stage for another full lockdown? 

The “Great Reset”. No longer in the realm of conspiracy theorists as Prime Minister Trudeau appears to have embraced the concept. 

Defunding the police in Calgary and elsewhere. When will the capitulation to BLM end? 

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WATCH: Alberta sales tax? Franco Terrazzano of the CTF responds

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Western Standard Columnist Cory Morgan speaks to Franco Terrazzano of the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation about the possibility that Albertans may see a new provincial sales tax after the idea was floated by the Alberta Finance Minister.

Also covered was UCP MLA Drew Barnes response to the proposal, how ugly Alberta’s fiscal update looks and what needs to be done in order to get spending under control including public sector wage cuts.

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