Category Archives: Canada

Ottawa weighs making Canadian media official Pravdas

From Bruce Campion-Smith at the Toronto Star:

A precipitous decline in ad revenues, the shift to digital, and the domineering online presence of Facebook and Google have upset the traditional business model for Canadian news organizations. All are casting for a new model that does work. But the ensuring economic turmoil has seen newsrooms close, journalists laid off and diminished coverage, especially in local news.

On Wednesday, the Fédération nationale des communications (FNC) will hold a news conference in Ottawa to draw attention to the crisis.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has hinted that the Feb. 27 federal budget will deliver some assistance to offset the financial challenges confronting news outlets.

And it appears Ottawa will use the Canadian Periodical Fund to channel the new funding. But federal officials have been quietly putting the word out that the financial assistance might not be as generous as some in the industry are hoping for.More.

Reality check: In an age when everywhere we look, someone is tippy tapping away on his phone, the necrotic Canadian media could only ever be an amplifier for government propaganda, and many of them sound like they are rehearsing for the part. The news, whatever it is, will usually be elsewhere.

See also: YouTube anti-propaganda campaign unfair to public broadcasters, say critics The obvious solution is, in a media-saturated age, that governments to quit funding “public broadcasters.” “Editorially independent independent by statute” is nonsense. They know who butters their bread and they act like it. They’re not to blame for that but there is an unbridgeable chasm between independence “by statute” and independence by “we could go out of business” reality.


“Far-right” groups, Chinese-Canadians call for Trudeau apology

Hundreds of protesters — including some associated with a pair of far-right groups — rallied on Parliament Hill Sunday afternoon to demand an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The protesters wanted Trudeau to apologize for denouncing an alleged attack last month on an 11-year-old girl in Toronto, who claimed a man tried twice to cut off her hijab as she walked to school.

Toronto police investigated and later concluded the attack did not take place.

More… Anti-immigration groups at Parliament Hill protest demand apology from Trudeau

Hundreds of Asian-Canadian protesters, supported by several white, far-right, anti-immigrant groups stormed Parliament Hill on Sunday afternoon to demand an apology from the prime minister.

How come the Chinese aren’t “Far Right” Too?

h/t DM


Aboriginals need help that works

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week: “We need to get to a place where Indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future.”

That contradicts what Indians and Inuit have always told me. Young or old, they don’t believe that legislation and phony recognition of aboriginality can enable themselves or their children for the much-vaunted Middle Class where they want to belong.


How Canada became an offshore destination for ‘snow washing’

Canada is one the world’s most opaque jurisdictions when it comes to identifying the owners of private companies and trusts, according to anti-corruption campaigners who say that more rigorous checks are required to obtain a library card than to set up a company in the country.

“Anyone can start a company in Canada. It costs about C$200 and the owner of the company can remain completely anonymous,” said lawyer Mora Johnson, who recently authored a report detailing the country’s lax rules around corporate registration.

While publicly traded firms in Canada are required to disclose major shareholders, private companies need only note their directors, allowing those who own, control or benefit from the firm to remain in the shadows.


Edmonton attack: Muslim terrorist Abdulahi Sharif to remain at Alberta Hospital to complete assessment

The man accused in a knife attack on an Edmonton police officer last September will remain in Alberta Hospital for another month while his mental health assessment is completed.

On Monday, provincial court Judge Donna Valgardson adjourned the election and plea for 30 more days to complete the psychiatric evaluation of Abdulahi Sharif, 30, who is also accused of plowing into four pedestrians with a U-Haul van.

“I’m inclined to agree with the defence counsel in this case that it would be beneficial to have the NCR in hand,” said Valgardson, referring to the report that would determine whether Sharif could be found not criminally responsible…. by reason of Islamity

Must be Crazy Muslim Week In Canada


Judge lets Muslim nutter walk free: Restrictions rejected for accused ISIS sympathizer Khalid Ibrahim

Everyone agrees Khalid Ahmad Ibrahim is a deeply troubled man.

But is he a potential terrorist — or mentally ill?

A ticking time-bomb — or a misunderstood immigrant with an obsession with Middle Eastern violence and a police file full of unsettling incidents?

A man who deserves to have his liberty restricted for the safety of all — or one who deserves treatment for pretty much the same reason?

The Crown’s case was compelling: Ibrahim had allegedly yelled “Allah Akbar” in public and threatened to stab Canadians. Two former roommates claimed he said he “wanted to kill Canadian people by cutting off their heads and that he wanted to join ISIS.”

A search of his cellphone turned up graphic images of “beheadings and corpses, firearms, bombings and known terrorists.”

Justin will be so happy.


Iran Claims Kavous Seyed-Emami Who Died in Prison Was Mossad, CIA Agent

A renowned Iranian-Canadian environmentalist who died in an Iran prison was part of an espionage network set up by Israel’s Mossad and the CIA, according to Tehran’s chief prosecutor.

Kavous Seyed-Emami, a 63-year-old professor of sociology at Imam Sadeq University in Tehran and the managing director of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation, was found dead in his cell last Friday.


Bitchy Islamic convert demands hotel serve halal wedding meal even if all other guests are inconvenienced

…Ashley says she is furious her request is being denied.

“I honestly feel that it infringes on my basic human rights. And my universal human right is my freedom to practise religion,” she told CTV Atlantic. “I can’t say enough how upset I am.”

Halal meats need to be prepared in a certain way, with the animals hand-slaughtered with a cut to the throat, accompanied by an Islamic prayer.

You have no right to impose your cult beliefs on anyone Bitch.

h/t Shasta