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Stockwell Day forced to step down from CBC, corporate boards for saying Canadians aren’t racist

“But are Canadians largely and in majority racist? No, we are not.”

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Former Opposition leader Stockwell Day has stepped down from two corporate boards and a role as a TV commentator after he told the CBC Canadians aren’t racist.

Day was asked on CBC’s Power & Politics show about comments made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada had a problem with systemic racism.

“We have to recognize that our system is not perfect in Canada,” Day said.

“Yes, there’s a few idiot racists hanging around but Canada is not a racist country and most Canadians are not racist. And our system, that always needs to be improved, is not systemically racist.”

“Should I have gone through school and been mocked because I had glasses and was called four-eyes and because of the occupation of my parents?” Day asked.

“Should I have been mocked for all that? No, of course not. But are Canadians largely and in majority racist? No, we are not.

“We celebrate our diversity around the world and for the prime minister to insinuate — and it is an insinuation — that our system is systemically racist is wrong.”

It wasn’t long before Twitter became a baying mob of people arguing Day – a cabinet minister under the government of Stephen Harper – was wrong.

Shortly after Day issued his own statement.

“By feedback from many in the Black and other communities I realize my comments in debate on Power and Politics were insensitive and hurtful. I ask forgiveness for wrongly equating my experiences to theirs. I commit to them my unending efforts to fight racism in all its forms.,” Day said in a tweet Wednesday.

The fallout continued with Day stepping down from his role on the CBC panel, the board of directors at Telus and as a strategic adviser for McMillan LLP.

“At McMillan LLP, we believe that systemic racism is real and that it can only be addressed when each of us — as individuals and organizations — commits to meaningful change,” the company said in a statement.

“Yesterday, Stockwell Day made comments during a televised interview that run counter to this view. Today, he offered his resignation as a strategic advisor at our firm and it was accepted.”

In a statement, Telus said: “The views expressed by Mr. Day during yesterday’s broadcast of Power & Politics are not reflective of the values and beliefs of our organization.”

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 and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. 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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Horgan told he can’t build a ‘BC Wall’

Many pundits said such a move would be against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Horgan plugged away and last week ordered government lawyer to do some digging to see if he could.

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BC Premier John Horgan isn’t legally allowed to ban other Canadians from travelling to his province, his lawyers have told him.

Horgan has been musing for several months about the ban, which he said would help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Many pundits said such a move would be against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Horgan plugged away and last week ordered government lawyers to do some digging to see if he could.

Section 6. (2) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states: “Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right: to move to and take up residence in any province; [and] to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.”

And guess what BC lawyers found – they concluded the pundits were correct!

“The review of our legal options made it clear we can’t prevent people from travelling to British Columbia. We can impose restrictions on people travelling for non-essential purposes if they are causing harm to the health and safety of British Columbians,” Horgan said.

“Much of current interprovincial travel is work related and therefore cannot be restricted.

“Public health officials tell us what is most important is for everyone to obey health orders, wherever they are, rather than imposing mobility rules. Therefore, we will not be imposing travel restrictions at this time.

“If we see transmission increase due to interprovincial travel, we will impose stronger restrictions on non-essential travellers. We will continue to work with the tourism and hospitality sectors to make sure all possible safety precautions are in place.”

In November, Horgan said: “We need a pan-Canadian approach to travel. People in Quebec and Manitoba should stay in Quebec and Manitoba.

“We want to make sure we have an approach to travel not inconsistent with citizenship. Non-essential travel should not be happening in British Columbia,” he said.

So far, BC has had almost 63,000 cases of COVID-19 with 1,119 deaths.

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

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Dastardly thieves steal entire herd of Saskatchewan cattle

While it’s quite common for the RCMP to be called in when one of two cows get stolen on the Prairies, it’s a whole different matter when the entire herd is pilfered.

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The cattle rustling – and there’s cattle rustlin‘!

While it’s quite common for the RCMP to be called in when one of two cows get stolen on the Prairies, it’s a whole different matter when the entire herd is pilfered.

RCMP in Saskatchewan are now on the look-out for 63 purloined cattle worth an estimated $100,000.

RCMP said between October and December, a Saskatchewan farmer had 35 cows and 28 calves on multiple quarters of land between Moosomin and Fairlight go missing.

It was only reported a couple of days ago and RCMP are investigating the matter as a theft.

“It’s definitely rare. Just everything about it,” Cpl. Dallyn Holmstrom told Global News.

“I’ve heard of people losing cows to the (United) States over frauds … but it’s always been a fraud where they’ve sold cows and then through frauds or whatever, they haven’t gotten money.

““But I’ve never heard of cows just being stolen — at this magnitude anyway.”

Holmstrom told Global all the cows are all branded with a line over a capital T and E.

“The calves aren’t branded, but they all have ear tags and the cows have ear tags as well, but they’re branded,” Holmstrom told Global.

“They can’t go to an auction mart, they can’t go to a butcher. They can’t because they’re branded.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 310-7267 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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

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Edmonton councillor calls for study on creation of urban reserve

An urban reserve is defined as a reserve within or adjacent to an urban centre.

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An Edmonton city councillor will ask administration to study the possibility of setting up an Aboriginal reserve with city limits, the Western Standard has learned.

Ward 5 Coun. Sarah Hamilton will make the request at the next council meeting on Monday.

She will move “that Administration prepare a report to formally implement an Urban Reserve Strategy for the City of Edmonton, to work with First Nations that would like to establish an urban reserve within the City of Edmonton boundaries.”

An urban reserve is defined as a reserve within or adjacent to an urban centre.

There are numerous urban reserves across the country – the majority being created as a result of a specific claim and Treaty Land Entitlement settlements, which provide First Nations with cash payments that, may be used to purchase land.

Hamilton asks administration to “outline how other municipalities in Western Canada have implemented an Urban Reserve Strategy, including bylaw compatibility, municipal service agreements and other considerations, and recommendations of feasibility on implementing a similar model in
Edmonton.”

In a federal government website on urban reserves, it notes it’s important for the new centre to have a municipal servicing agreement because it provides a fee for services such as water, garbage collection, police and fire protection, in an amount which is generally equivalent to the amount the municipality would have collected through property taxes.

“The same sales tax exemptions that apply to reserves in rural areas also apply to urban reserves,” the government said.

“Many First Nations in Canada are located in rural areas, far from the cities and towns where most wealth and jobs are created. This geographic remoteness can sometimes pose challenges for First Nations trying to increase their economic self-sufficiency. As a result, urban reserves are one of the most successful ways to address the problem of geographic remoteness of First Nations.

“Urban reserves offer residents economic opportunities that are generally unavailable in more remote areas. They give First Nation businesses the chance to establish themselves and provide employment and training opportunities. At the same time urban reserves can create jobs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and contribute to the revitalization of the host municipality.”

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

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