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Former top RCMP officer blasts Trudeau, brass in scathing letter

“Your manner to conclude that the RCMP is ‘systematic racist’ is based on myth rather than true facts,” wrote Gilles Favreau

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A former top member of the RCMP has written a scathing letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau slamming him and current RCMP leadership for letting Canadians believe there is systemic racism within the force.

Former RCMP Deputy Commissioner of Operations Gilles Favreau has also posted the letter to the
RCMP Veterans Association website.

“It was an error to have ‘sullied’ the Commissioner of the RCMP in the public domain, forcing her to retract herself in order to support her Prime Minister in contempt of her members. She had lost some credibility within the RCMP and more seriously by the Canadian population. She is now perceived as the head of an organization submissive to the public power rather than being independent to political motives,” Favreau wrote.

“You, that we have protected since your infancy, would have to lead us to believe that you are more acquainted with the RCMP than your recent statement depicts, especially based on your personal experience on how many RCMP members that you have met are considered racist. Your manner to conclude that the RCMP is ‘systematic racist’ is based on myth rather than true facts.”

Last month, Trudeau said the RCMP and other police agencies across the country have a problem with systemic racism — a day after RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said she’s “struggling” with the term and denied racism is entrenched within the organization.

The comments came after the death in the U.S. of black man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officers and several high profile violent RCMP arrests of Indigenous men in Canada.

“Your search for justice toward the Aboriginals should not translate itself by declarations founded on perceptions rather than on documented facts. We do not need to compare ourselves to the ‘foul mouths’ of our southern neighbours and act as if they are similar to ours. We are much different in our ways to perceive such things. Suffice to think of immigration, racism, weapons control and police to name a few,” Favreau wrote.

“The RCMP is present in all provinces and territories, with provincial police responsibilities in eight provinces and three territories. In addition, municipal responsibilities for 52 municipalities. Fifteen to twenty thousands members implement thousands of operations every day. Of course, on some occasions, members under pressure overreact. However, these misdemeanours are never ordered, supported or tolerated by any level of management.”

Favreau said he doesn’t believe the RCMP is systematically racist and that other Canadian prime ministers wouldn’t have put up with it if it was.

“During the 1990’s the RCMP created a Directorate headed by an Assistant Commissioner, specially dedicated to the needs of the Aboriginal Nations. Also, a group of ‘Elders’ were appointed to counsel the RCMP to better meet their objectives and services. Is this a systematically racist Organization?” he wrote.

“Is it thinkable that persons of such distinction as the Hon. Brian Mulroney would have supported the RCMP if known to be racist? He was known to have ferociously fought for the rights of the black communities in South Africa. Do you also believe that the Hon. Jean Chretien would have been so blind to this fact, especially being a father of an aboriginal son? In addition, do you think such honourable persons such as Commissioner Nadon, Simmonds, Inkster and Murray would have tolerated such a situation?

“During my thirty five year career, I have met hundreds of politicians and have gotten to know, due to my responsibilities, not less than seven Solicitors General during my term, responsible for all criminal operations throughout Canada. During that period, we had more than thirty complaints concerning members of Parliament. In addition, the RCMP conducted hundreds of investigations during many years implicating political representatives of all parties. As a result, one must not come to the conclusion that our government, especially our politicians are part of a corrupt system. Definitely not!

“In conclusion, Mister Prime Minister and all members of Parliament who try to gain political points on the back of the RCMP members should show some discomfort and embarrassment. In fact, they should have requested for explanations, valid and dependable statistics before identifying our members as racist and by doing so, humiliating us by kneeling down as if demanding pardon for our renowned organization who has served our country with honour, integrity and devotion for the last 147 years.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

TWITTER: 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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The world wants to move to Canada

Residents of 30 countries around the world pick Canada as their top destination.

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Canada is the top country most people around the world want to move to, a new survey reveals.

Residents of 30 countries around the world pick Canada as their top destination. Japan trailed badly in second place with only 13 countries selecting The Land of the Rising Sun to move to.

On the map – generated using Google search data – country names have been supplemented by their residents’ most yearned-for spot to emigrate to.

The majority of Canadians said they would prefer to move to the U.S.

The map has been drawn up by financial services provider Remitly, which looked at search data from Google for 100 countries. It says it created a ranking by looking at average monthly search volumes for phrases commonly associated with a move abroad and the most-searched-for locations within the 100 countries, the Daily Mail reported.

“It says that Canada, known for its friendly locals, beautiful scenery and well-paid job prospects, proves a clear favourite for relocation for everywhere from Qatar and the Seychelles to Belgium,” the Mail reported.

“Featuring prominently in the Global Peace Index as one of the safest places to live, and boasting low unemployment rates alongside a high amount of immigration options, it’s arguably no surprise that Canada is head and shoulders above the rest of the world.”

The Mail reported Jago McKenzie, business manager at Remitly, said: “Some of the main reasons people seek a move to another country are for greater job prospects, better pay, quality of life and to send money back home to their families, and I think for many, 2020 has been a year for assessing the choices that could change our lives for the better.

“With that in mind, I wasn’t surprised to see that many are searching for this change and potentially thinking about making it when worldwide travel resumes.

“While Canada topped the list, it was encouraging to see the variety of where different nationalities are looking to move to, with many places home to great job prospects with high earning potential.

“With the need for digital remittance services for immigrants even more important after the pandemic, we hope we’ll be able to make any transition smoother.”

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

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Edmonton spends nearly $550K to keep eight public washrooms clean during COVID pandemic

The dollar figures have some Edmonton councillors shaking their heads.

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Talk about pricey Port-a-Potties!

Edmonton taxpayers have been flushing out a pretty penny to keep the Whyte Ave. and seven other public washrooms clean during the pandemic.

A report headed to council on Wednesday shows from April 7 to Oct. 8, 2020, a total of $548,002 was spent on COVID-19 washroom response to ensure residents, especially vulnerable populations, have access to public toilets.

A total of $126,000 was spent just keeping the Whyte Ave. facility clean. There are two attendants on the site, day and night.

Source: City of Edmonton

“The outbreak of COVID-19 disrupted the operation and accessibility of many public facilities including washrooms, libraries and recreational centers (sic). In order to ensure Edmontonians still had access to public washrooms, Administration worked with Boyle Street Ventures to provide washroom attendants,” the report said.

“Public washrooms play a key role in ensuring healthy and equitable urban places.

“A cost analysis showed that despite a significant increase in direct staffing costs for monitoring the washroom (compared with costs of custodial services with no attendants on site), these costs may be partially offset via the overall increase in safety, cleanliness and a reduction in police response to social disorder as well as a reduction in repairs to the facility.

“Attendants provided thorough cleaning of the washrooms, disinfection and ensured users followed physical distancing guidelines to make washrooms safe and mitigate the spread of the virus.”

Source: City of Edmonton

The city will now create a formal long-term implementation plan to address challenges
associated with managing public washrooms.

The dollar figures have some Edmonton councillors shaking their heads.

“I do not understand how we spent over half a million dollars  in half a year to operate eight bathrooms. When we are thinking about cutting everything else in our budget this seems like a prime opportunity. I will be finding out how we can save money here,” said Coun. Jon Dziadyk, vice chair of the Community and Public Services committee which the report will be presented to on Wednesday.

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

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Majority of Canadians want Terry Fox to be the face of new $5 bill

Past Tory voters overwhelming pick Fox

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The vast majority of Canadians want Terry Fox to adorn the new $5 bill, a new poll finds.

The non-profit Angus Reid Institute found that among the eight final candidates, Terry Fox is named more than all others as the preferred new face, chosen by 57 per cent of Canadians.

Angus Reid poll

After losing part of his right leg to cancer, Terry Fox campaigned to raise national awareness and funding for cancer research by running his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada 42-km daily run, on his prosthetic leg.

By February 1981, $24.7 million had been raised—or $1 for every Canadian.

His run was interrupted just past the half-way point when the cancer reached his lungs, and ultimately took his life.

Today, annual Terry Fox Runs are held all over the world to raise money for cancer research. In 2020, the Marathon of Hope marked its 40th anniversary.

“Famed Indigenous soldier Binaaswi (Francis Pegahmagabow) is chosen by one-in-five (21 per cent), including one-quarter of residents in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada. Crowfoot (Isapo-muxika), an integral part of Treaty 7 negotiations in Alberta, is chosen by one-in-five (19 per cent) as well,” Angus Reid pollsters found.

“Past Conservative voters are much more likely to prefer Terry Fox as their choice (three-quarters do so), while those who support other parties like candidates other than him.

Angus Reid poll

“Residents in Quebec (34 per cent) and young women across the country (27 per cent) show considerable support for Robertine Barry, the first French-Canadian journalist and an advocate for women’s rights, as a candidate.”

Angus Reid poll

More than three-in-five overall, and a majority in each region of the country, say it is a good idea to change the face of the five. But a significant segment, 37 per cent (including 57 per cent of past Conservative voters), disagree.

Sir Wilfred Laurier, Canada’s seventh prime minister, has graced the nation’s sky blue five-dollar bank note for almost 50 years.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is to make a decision early next year about who should adorn the new bill.

Bios on all the finalists can be found here.

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

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