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Alberta school changes will produce ‘nutbar…right-wing warriors’, top NDP official says

McGowan is the president of the Alberta Federation of Labour and was an NDP candidate in the 2015 federal election.

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New laws governing Alberta’s education system are aimed at producing “nutbar…right-wing warriors”, says a prominent NDP member.

“UCP paves the way for nutbar religious charter schools & home-schooling that doesn’t follow the curriculum. They’re trying to create an army of brainwashed right-wing warriors. And they accused the NDP of being too political with education! #ableg #abpoli” tweeted Gil McGowan Thursday afternoon.

McGowan is the president of the Alberta Federation of Labour and was an NDP candidate in the 2015 federal election.

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“To add insult to injury, this will pave the way for a money grab so that the government can use YOUR tax dollars to help fund these crazy right-wing, religious schools. No other province gives more public money to fund private schools than Alberta.”

McGowan was going ballistic after Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, said she’s making good on an election promise to safeguard parent choice in education introduced Bill 15, the Choice in Education Act.

The AFL gets automatic seats on the provincial NDP board.

“It is completely unacceptable that the head of the NDP-affiliated Alberta Federation of Labour would call families of students who are homeschooled or attend a charter school nutbars,” LaGrange said in a statement to the Western Standard.

“Unlike this NDP affiliate, our government stands with all parents, regardless of how they choose to educate their children. Rachel Notley and the NDP must condemn this hateful, bigoted rhetoric.”

LaGrange said the bill strengthens the idea that parents have the right to choose the type of education their children receive, through amendments to the Education Act.

Premier Jason Kenney told reporters the proposed legislation is important because there continues to be special interest groups and political parties in Alberta who undermine the right.

“This legislation won’t let them do so in the future,” he said. 

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“This legislation enshrines the belief of Albertans in freedom, diversity, pluralism and choice as well as parental responsibility. Because we believe that parents know better than politicians or bureaucrats about what’s in the best interests of their kids.”

 Bill 15 changes the home education programs section of the Education Act, allowing for “unsupervised notification-only, non-funded home education program,” meaning those students would no longer need to be supervised by an Alberta school board.

Parents would have to submit an education plan that shows the ministry the student would have the opportunity to achieve appropriate learning outcomes.

The bill also proposes changes to how charter schools can start. 

Current laws say that those wishing to establish a charter school have to go to the school board in the area and request that the board establish an alternative program before considering the charter application. 

Under the proposed changes, those wishing to establish a charter school would go directly to the minister. 

There hasn’t been a single charter school application since Kenney took office.

“The waiting list for charter schools is unacceptably long. Last I heard, there were 14,000 students province-wide waiting for a position in a charter school,” he said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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HEAR THE TAPES: Secret tapes of CNN execs talking about shaping the news to be released

James O’Keefe, from Project Veritas released a tape Tuesday morning of CNN executives sitting in stunned silence when they were informed the tapes were going to be released.

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Secretly recorded tapes of CNN’s editorial morning meetings are being released Tuesday night.

James O’Keefe, from Project Veritas released a tape Tuesday morning of CNN executives sitting in stunned silence when they were informed the tapes were going to be released.

CNN president Jeff Zucker ordered the Tuesday called stopped and demanded new procedures for the morning call.

O’Keefe unmuted himself and revealed to them he has two months worth of recordings provided by a “brave inside sources.”

He said the recordings between Zucker and producers will show the thinking behind CNN’s slanted news.

“I think Mr. Zucker is shaking in his boots right now. I think he’s very afraid of what may be coming,” said O’Keefe.

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The hashtag #CNNtapes will start releasing the tapes at 7 p.m. (EST) Tuesday night and throughout the week.

Project Veritas is an American right-leaning activist group founded by O’Keefe in 2010. The group uses undercover techniques to reveal supposed liberal bias and alleged corruption. 

In an email to group supporters, O’Keefe said that the recording that they will “be releasing will give you some insight as to why Zucker has such a tough time answering questions about journalistic integrity.”

This is one of the first tapes.

And here is the second:

The Western Standard will update the story as the tapes are released.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Liberals backtrack on section of gun grab law

The new policy was to come into effect Monday, but has been put off until Dec. 1, 2023.

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Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is deferring the “marking” section of their gun grab law.

The new policy was to come into effect Monday, but has been put off until December 1, 2023.

“The existing Firearms Marking Regulations under the Firearms Act, scheduled to come into force on December 1, 2020, have been deferred until December 1, 2023. The Government will use the deferral period to continue consulting with partners and develop an effective markings regime that is appropriate for Canada, balancing the needs of law enforcement with the impact on firearms businesses and owners, while prioritizing public safety,” said the government in a release.

“Firearms markings enables law enforcement to trace crime guns, and is most successful when paired with records of ownership and imports.

“In the absence of record-keeping requirements for non-restricted firearms, consultations with law enforcement and industry led to the conclusion that the existing Regulations, as conceived in 2004, are ineffective in facilitating successful tracing of crime guns.

“While the Regulations have been deferred, the Government remains committed to firearms markings regulations as part of its broader firearms strategy to protect public safety, including the prohibition of “assault-style” firearms announced this past spring.”

On May 1, 2020, the federal government prohibited buying, using and selling thousands of firearms.

There are 316,791 licensed firearms owners in Alberta.

The national police union that represents the RCMP has blasted the gun grab plan for doing nothing to stop the flow of illegal guns into the country, and driving previously legal firearms into the black market.

The union said 2,242 illegal guns used in crimes in Canada last year were traced back to manufacturers in the U.S. Three of the four firearms used in the tragic mass shooting in Portapique, N.S, in April 2020, were obtained illegally in the U.S.

The union said Stats Canada data shows Canada reported 678 homicides in 2019, and that 261 (38 per cent) of them were gun-related fatal shootings.

Of those 261 homicides, over 60 per cent were committed with a handgun, as opposed to a rifle.

Trudeau’s Liberal government announced in May they are banning 1,500 different makes and models of what he called “military-style” and “assault-style” guns in Canada. Most firearms experts say that the Liberal failed to define what constitutes “military-style” and “assault-style” firearms beyond aesthetics.

The ban came into effect immediately and was ordered by the cabinet without any bill or debate in Parliament.

In response to the federal order, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said their provinces will look at appointing its own chief firearms officers.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Farrell calls for Calgary law to ban cat-calls

Calling in “street harassment”, Coun. Druh Farrell is calling for public input on a potential bylaw to make such actions illegal.

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The old caricature of construction workers cat-calling when a pretty girl walks by could soon be outlawed in Calgary.

Calling it “street harassment”, Councilor Druh Farrell is calling for public input on a potential bylaw to make such actions illegal.

Farrell said street harassment includes things like unwelcome comments, gestures and actions made primarily to women by people they don’t know. 

“It’s most frequently an attack, a verbal attack on women but it’s also against many LGBTQ people,” Farrell told CBC.

“We certainly see that harassment happening in Calgary.”

Farrell said a Statistics Canada report that found one-in-three girls and women were victims of unwanted sexual behaviour in the previous year.

“With all of our bylaws, we look at education first and then establish a social norm. It’s not OK to harass strangers on the street,” said Farrell to CBC.

She notes other Canadian cities including Edmonton, Vancouver and London have already passed bylaws to regulate street harassment.

If Farrell’s motion is approved by council, they would get a report back from administration on the issue in the first quarter of 2022.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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