Was Canada Effective in World War II? ASK THE WORLD

I used to always state that Quora.com was a site where people could ask questions on any topic, and those who feel qualified attempt to answer them.¬† “It’s much like Yahoo! Answers”, I would further explain.¬† But it’s becoming increasingly clear that this is not a fair comparison.¬† ¬†It’s becoming more like a bunch of yahoos WITH answers making up answers.¬† And doing an even worse job with some of the questions.¬† Quora doesn’t make people stupid.¬† It just makes stupid people more accessible to the general public.¬† And as the old adage says – “stupidity is contagious, and there’s no known cure”.

The question popped up a few days ago, and I couldn’t believe it.¬† I also couldn’t keep quiet.¬† How dare the uneducated chatter class insult the memory of the tens of thousands of Canadians who gave their lives for our global freedom (yep, including the freedom of the brainwave that wrote this question, no matter where he or she lives).¬† This writer should be happy to discover that Canada was very effective in World War II, along with their Allied partners.¬† It’s why we aren’t speaking German or Japanese today.

WHAT FOLLOWS IS MY RESPONSE, word-for-word, to this highly controversial question.  Photos were later added for this blog article only.


You‚Äôll have to excuse my homeland of Canada – we were amiss apparently by not personally educating YOU on our war effectiveness from 1939‚Äď1945. Let‚Äôs fix that. There are a few people you should talk to:

  • Workman John Hawkins of Toronto checks the tags of Bren machine-guns at the John Inglis Co. plant in Toronto. Canada produced millions of arms for the Allied war effort. ¬© Archives Canada mikan-3197327

    ASK THE BRITISH  how effective we were. Before we even sent a single man, gun, plane, tank or ship Рwe made sure to take care of the British people themselves.  Remember, they live on an island, and risked being isolated by the Nazis, after the war started in September 1939.

    Canadian exports accounted for as much as 77% of British wheat and flour consumption in 1941, 39% of the bacon, 15% of the eggs, 24% of the cheese, and 11% of the evaporated milk that the British imported globally.

    Abandoned British equipment on the beach at Dunkirk. Although 340,000 troops were evacuated from Dunkirk, the British Army left behind: 120,000 vehicles, 600 tanks, 1000 field guns, 500 anti-aircraft guns, 850 anti-tank guns, 8000 Bren guns, 90,000 rifles and half a million tons of stores and ammunition. (Credit: LIFE Magazine, 1940)

    Britain also had to leave 75,000 of their 80,000 vehicles behind in the evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940. Virtually defenseless on the ground, Britain turned to Canada – and particularly the Canadian auto industry – to replace what had been lost. Canada not only replaced those losses – we also did much more.

    Canada produced more than 800,000 military transport vehicles, 50,000 tanks, 40,000 field, naval, and anti-aircraft guns, and 1,700,000 small arms. 38% of this production was used by the British military alone. The Canadian Army “in the field” had a ratio of one vehicle for every three soldiers, making it the most mechanized field force in the war.

    Canada also loaned $1.2 billion on a long-term basis to Britain immediately after the war; these loans were fully repaid in late 2006. That’s the equivalent of about $17.7 billion today.

  • Canadians landing at Juno Beach. (Credit: Le Conseil Regional De Basse-Normandie / Library and Archives Canada)

    ASK THE FRENCH how effective we were. On June 6, 1944, 14,000 Canadian troops stormed Juno Beach, arriving on 110 Canadian ships and supported by 10,000 Canadian sailors, part of 150,000 Allied troops total, who were part of the greatest invasion by sea in world history. Canada was the only nation that captured its beach and fulfilled all Her orders on D-Day. We suffered over 1,000 casualties that day alone.

    The French WILL tell you we were effective, by the way – they were occupied by the Germans for over 4 years – but then just 74 days after D-Day, we liberated Paris, and less than one year after D-Day, our little nation had assisted in bringing down the Third Reich completely – an empire that conquered 11 nations on 2 continents with 20 million battle-hardened troops, And Hitler was dead. Were we effective. They would shout a resounding ‚ÄúOui!‚ÄĚ

Dutch Ambassador to Canada, Dr. J.H. van Roijin and Mrs. van Roijin, greeting Dutch immigrants arriving by ship in Montreal, June 1947. (Credit: George Hunter / National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada / PA-123476)

ASK THE DUTCH how effective we were. Our country welcomed Queen Juliana, Prince Bernhard and the other members of the Dutch royal family as our guests for 5 years, after the Nazis invaded their Kingdom in June 1940. Dutch Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa Civic Hospital.

Later, Canada almost single-handedly liberated the Netherlands from the Nazis on May 9, 1945, and the Dutch still celebrate Liberation Day (unofficially called ‚ÄúCanada Day‚ÄĚ) with Canadian flags flying in Amsterdam on that day, citizens still running to give our aged soldiers flowers as they march or ride in parades there.

In a decades-old Dutch tradition, schoolchildren visit the Canadian War Cemetery in Holten, Netherlands on Christmas Eve every year, where nearly 1,400 Canadian soldiers are buried, and they place candles on every grave. More immigrants arrived in Canada in the 1950s from the Netherlands than from any other nation in the world, including America. In fact, the 2016 Canadian Census reported 1,111,655 persons of Dutch origin living in Canada out of 37 million Canadians. Did they find us effective? They would say ‚Äúja!‚ÄĚ

  • In fact, I’d even recommend ASKING THE GERMANS how effective we were. Particularly the German troops that were garrisoned at the town of Zwolle, in the Netherlands. Canadian soldier L√©o Major was the only Canadian and one of only three soldiers in the British Empire and Commonwealth to ever receive the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) twice in separate wars. In 1945, he single-handedly liberated the city of Zwolle, the Netherlands from German army occupation. He was sent as a scout with one of his best friends, but he thought the town was too beautiful for a full scale attack. So the next rational option was to clear it out himself. A firefight broke out and his friend was killed, but that didn‚Äôt stop him – he put the commanders of each group of soldiers he found at gunpoint, and the entire unit would end up being taken prisoner as a result. He ended up taking nearly 100 Germans prisoner that night, until the entire city was clear of Nazis. He received his second DCM during the Korean War for leading the capture of a key hill in 1951.

(Credit: Globe & Mail.)

Canada declared war in Germany just 7 days after Great Britain and France, and had troops in Europe literally weeks later. It would take a further 26 months before the United States would enter the War. By the time the War was over, Canada had over 1.1 million soldiers in uniform – about 33% of our entire adult male population.

At the end of the Second World War, Canada had one of the largest navies in the world, with 95,000 men and women in uniform, and 434 commissioned vessels including cruisers, destroyers, frigates, corvettes and auxiliaries.

During the 2,159 days that Canadian soldiers fought across Europe, Asia and Africa, 45,000 were killed, and 55,000 were injured. Those total casualties were equal to nearly 1 out of every 10 soldiers that served.

Canadians are not a blunt, brash or boasting lot. We are famous for apologizing for things that aren‚Äôt our fault. So let me say ‚ÄĚsorry‚ÄĚ to you in that vein – during the War, our armed forces were too busy making scraps to make a scrapbook for posterity. Many of our soldiers were gone for six years and then had to be re-integrated back into society after the War. We were also kind of busy burying our dead, and helping rebuild the world.

We’ll be sure to get it right for World War IIIwhich ironically will likely be started by someone like you, asking ill-advised, inflammatory questions like this.


(Editor’s Note:¬† The answer above certainly struck a nerve, which I’m thankful for!¬† ¬†In just the last 30 days alone, nearly 50,000 people on Quora.com read my answer above, and I received dozens of very kind comments.¬† I’ve shared my favorite at the end of this article.

I’m also honoured to have been “upvoted” over 2,900 times, which, according to Quora, means that these readers “believe I answered the question asked and contributed in a meaningful way to Quora’s repository of knowledge”.

If only the ORIGINAL QUESTION had been written with that same goal in mind.

And for the very first time in my life, I believe, something I’ve written has been painstakingly translated word for word into French, by a man I don’t know and have never spoken to before!¬† Merci beaucoup, Pierre Luc Gaudreault de Montr√©al!¬† You did an amazing job / Tu as fait un travail incroyable!

And it’s comments like these that truly make my blog, Quora, Youtube, Twitter…all worthwhile.¬† Thank you Raymond Li!


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By Shawn Jorgensen,  Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted:  January 19, 2020
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]

The Poppy and the Cross

In Canada today, the two most dramatic symbols representing our society, our freedoms Рeven our very identity as Canadians Рare arguably:
– The poppy, which we wear with pride around Remembrance Day (November 11) annually, and…
– The Cross, which we revere every day of the year.

So it should be no surprise that BOTH symbols are under fervent attack by secular humanism and the rise of false religions, more than any other in Canada today.¬† For if the enemies of everything we hold dear simply strike at our foundations, this entire structure we call “Canada”…

…will come crashing to the ground.


Canadian troops at the Second Battle of Ypres, April 1915, and in Afghanistan, December 2008 (Credit: Canadian War Museum – http://www.warmuseum.ca)

THE POPPY

We are NOTHING as a country, if we choose to ignore the individual and corporate sacrifices, (in ‚Äúsweat, blood, toil and tears‚ÄĚ, as Winston Churchill once said), of the brave men and women who have served in our Canadian Armed Forces with honour for 152 years and counting.

On Remembrance Day annually (November 11), we pause for a moment at 11:11 AM local time, in whatever part of this HUGE country’s we may be in, to commemorate the moment when, on that date and time in 1918, the Great War – the “War to End All Wars”, the “Seminal Catastrophe”, or the “European War” as it was known, finally came to a close.

This was the first global war in world history.  Starting in Europe on July 28, 1914, and carrying on for 1,567 days until November 11, 1918.  70 million troops marched onto battlefields in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history.  It was also the deadliest, claiming 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians, as a direct result of the war, and over 20 million others from diseases like the Spanish flu, that claimed another 50 to 100 million, starvation and scattered genocides that followed.

Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France – where the names of the 11,285 Canadians who lost their lives in France and who had no known grave are recorded.

We wear a poppy to commemorate what our soldiers did there because it MATTERED.¬† Our young boys stepped into living Hell on hardened battlefields, that had equally hard names to pronounce and spell –¬† like Ypres, Festubert and Givenchy (1915), The Somme (1916), Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Lens, Passchendaele and Cambrai (1917).¬† In every situation, we did things beyond our training.¬† We successfully completed missions that France and England, who had 1,000 year old military histories, couldn’t do.¬† Canadian soldiers often did the unthinkable – at times, even the impossible – for 1,567 days (from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918), and we assisted the Allies in defeating the Central Powers, which included three Empires (German, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian), as well as¬†Bulgaria.

Little Canada was not even 50 years old when the war started.¬† Only 8 million residents in the whole country then.¬† ¬† We grew up into adulthood before the eyes of the world.¬† So foundational was our input in World War I that the last 100 days, from August 8 to November 11, 1918, are known today as “Canada’s Hundred Days”.¬† At one point during World War I, 7% of Canadians were in uniform, one of the highest participation rates by any army in any war in world history.¬† ¬†If the US had that size of army based on population, it would number 22 million.¬† If China did, their armies would have number 97 million.

The installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London, commemorating the centenary of Britain’s involvement in the First World War . (Credit: Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph)

We wear a poppy to show solidarity with the everyday Canadians who fought for us so long ago.¬† They were us.¬† A total of 619,636 Canadians enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the war, 424,000 served overseas – and 59,544 died during the war (51,748 as a result of enemy action, and 7,796 from “friendly fire” incidents, accidents and disease).¬† ¬†Hundreds of thousands more worked in the war effort back home, in administration, factories making munitions, equipment, tanks, planes, ships, uniforms, and growing and packaging food and medicine.¬† There wasn’t a familiy in Canada that was untouched by the war – there were likely few in the country that didn’t know someone overseas.¬† Many also knew someone who died there.

And this war was not as advertised – it did not “end all wars”.¬† In fact, just 21 years later, the world would once again be set on fire, with battles raging on three continents, as Hitler and his Nazi hordes attempted to conquer the world.¬† By the time the final bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki on August 8, 1945, and the two wars had finally ended in Europe, Africa and Asia, over 60 million people had died, including 25 million Russian civilians alone.

We wear a poppy to remember that Canadian soldiers changed the world.¬† And Canada had become a new symbol of freedom and hope in the world.¬† ¬†We sent over 1 million soldiers to Europe, many of whom didn’t come home for 6 years in World War II.¬† Tens of thousands didn’t come home at all.¬† We declared war on Hitler just one week after Great Britain and France did, on September 10, 1939.¬† We weren’t forced to – the King had told our government that we had free will to determine if this is was a cause we wanted to send our boys into harm’s way for.¬† We debated it in Parliament, we thought about it, we prayed about it.¬† And we did it.¬† Once we declared war on September 10, we had troops on the ground in Europe just 2 weeks later.¬† And our boys volunteered for it.¬† It took the US another 820 days before they joined the war, and their troops had to be drafted, even then, to do so.

We wear a poppy over our hearts, because we loved these young men, and because they gave all they had, with all their hearts, for us.  We honour the heroic contributions of our soldiers, over the last 1.5 centuries, to the building of our nation.  And to the freedom enjoyed by the entire Western world.  They were literally a force for good that stopped the forces of evil spreading across the globe.

Speaking of which – there are some misguided Cretans who introduced a rainbow poppy this year, just before British Armistice Day – like the gay community wasn’t getting enough attention during commemorations for our war dead?¬† Attempting to turn the poppy into a culturally misappropriated gay symbol is outrageous.

These are likely the same morons that wear a pink triangle as a symbol of connection with the LGBT community – not realizing that the symbol was introduced in the Nazi concentration camp system, along with the yellow star, to help sort out which prisoners were which.

It is also truly disgusting that some in the Muslim community boycott the sale of poppies because they consider it a symbol of “racism”, and some Legion branches in the UK stopped selling them in “certain areas” of Britain to avoid offense, though they have been selling them throughout the UK since 1921.¬† This vocal minority of Muslims try to extinguish the symbol altogether – yet they are hardly the spokespeople for racial tolerance in the world.

THE CROSS

In Canada, our freedoms are only authentically maintained when our people still hold dear to the sacrifices symbolized by the POPPY – and we must ‚ÄúNEVER FORGET‚ÄĚ to STAND AND SALUTE those who shed their blood for victories over dictators and despots.

However, that freedom only truly exists in Canada and indeed in EVERY nation on Earth, when the people hold EVEN MORE dear to the Sacrifice actualized by the CROSS of JESUS CHRIST – and we must ‚ÄúBE IN REMEMBRANCE‚ÄĚ to KNEEL, BOW AND CLING to the One who shed His blood for our final victory over the Devil and even Death itself.

I STAND to honor the anthem and the flag, and symbolically pin a poppy OVER MY HEART today, with pride and thankfulness.

But first…

I KNEEL and BOW to honor the Cross, and literally invite the Saviour of the World, Jesus Christ, to LIVE INSIDE MY HEART, with humility and thankfulness.

Because of the sacrifices of Canadians – on far off battlefields – many individual freedoms are enjoyed today by the Canadian people.

But without the Sacrifice of Christ – ‚Äúon a hill far away‚ÄĚ – WE HAVE NO FREEDOM AT ALL – either on this Earth or eternity to come.

‚ÄúSo if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.‚ÄĚ (John 8:36)

‚ÄúIt is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.‚Ä̬† (Galatians 5:1)

‚ÄúIn him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.‚Ä̬† (Ephesians 3:12)

‚ÄúI will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.‚Ä̬† (Psalm 119:45)

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By Shawn Jorgensen,  Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted:  November 10, 2019
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]

CANZUK – The Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom Free Trade Bloc

Great Britain is now beginning the process of divorcing from the European Union and going on its own – something it’s quite capable of doing, having built an Empire, then a Commonwealth, with impact around the world,¬† that has lasted 1,000 years.¬† Now a new trade deal is being considered between four very old and dear friends – family members actually – and it’s starting to get a lot of interest among the citizenry of those four countries.¬† It might just be the best idea any of the four has ever been part of!
The proposed union even has an unofficial name, already becoming comonplace РCANZUK:  the Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom trade bloc. There is even a website currently promoting the idea to all four national governments and their citizens Рall four of whom are in various stages of development of the idea already:

CANZUK with insignias of the four Commonwealth countries involved: Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. (Credit: Alexander MacLeod)

I believe strongly that the United Kingdom/Great Britain would indeed be best served by joining with these particular member states of the current British Commonwealth, to form a new trade bloc, like the EU – Australia, New Zealand and Canada (FULL DISCLOSURE: I was born I, and have lived all of my 51 years, as a citizen of Canada).

The personal, professional, business and national connections between these four particular countries are incredibly deep. Of course, this is because we are family, as I stated previously – Great Britain being our mother, and the other three nations (Australia, New Zealand and Canada) being sisters, who to this day very much love and respect one another.

The trust and credibility built between these four nations goes all the way back to our individual founding as colonies of the British Empire, and now member sovereign states of the Commonwealth. The daughter states are all within 44 years of being the exact same age:

  • New Zealand – May 7, 1856
  • Dominion of Canada – July 1, 1867
  • Commonwealth of Australia – January 1, 1901

These four nations fought through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and a host of other challenging times… side by side.

(from l to r, Rt. Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, Rt. Hon. Teresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain, Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand)

We share Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II as our common monarch. A shared monarch is an essential aspect of CANZUK, which represents a global institution which has played an important role as a symbol of a common heritage and parliamentary tradition.

The Crown is the cornerstone of our democratic governments, and the rule of law over a long history of peaceful constitutional development. It is instructive to note that the English speaking countries which have retained the monarchy have been far more successful in avoiding civil unrest than their republican counterparts such as France and the United States.

The four nations have the same Parliamentary governmental system, a similar Constitution, and are all members of the British Commonwealth. We have similarly-ranked and recognized educational institutions, as well as similar trends in the business and financial realms, and similar geopolitical aspirations. The four nations also have, for the most part, the respect and trust of the majority of the nations of the world.

Interest and support is already high in all four nations for such a trade bloc agreement:

Overall National Average Support (in %):

National Support by Region (in %):

We have a similar racial profile, speak the same language (with some various differences that only make things more interesting). Canada, Australia and New Zealand even share a similar currency with a near-identical value – the Dollar. For example, on October 2, 2019 (information provided by Google Finance)

  • 1 New Zealand Dollar equals 0.83 Canadian Dollar
  • 1 Australian Dollar equals 0.89 Canadian Dollar
  • 1 New Zealand Dollar equals 0.93 Australian Dollar

With the United Kingdom ‚ÄúBrexiting‚ÄĚ the European Union trade bloc and going on their own, this idea has gained newfound interest in the UK, and across the other three nations as well.

passs-e1490853717728This concept of a trade bloc consisting of the United Kingdom/Great Britain, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand was discussed in a February 13, 2017 Financial Post article, which I will quote verbatim for some excellent updated information. – In the Trump era, the plan for a Canadian-U.K.-Australia-New Zealand trade alliance is quickly catching on:

Erin O‚ÄôToole, one of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership, has made one of the key planks of his campaign his determination to ‚Äúpursue a Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand trade and security pact.‚ÄĚ The idea of creating a ‚ÄúCANZUK‚ÄĚ zone of free trade and free movement of labour is catching on elsewhere, too.

In New Zealand, the junior coalition partner in the government, the Act New Zealand party led by David Seymour (who himself worked for five years in Canadian politics), is explicitly in favour of free movement and free trade within CANZUK.

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Proposed flag of the CANZUK union, composed of elements from all four national flags. Some with overactive imaginations say this reminds them of a white supremacist flag.

In official party circles within the U.K. and Australia, the wheels are grinding a little slower, but the former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is already into most of the idea, proposing a free-trade agreement and free-movement area encompassing Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. And in Britain, Theresa May’s Conservative government has made it clear it wants new trade agreements with Canada, Australia and New Zealand as soon as possible after it leaves the EU.

The idea of CANZUK begins with a free-trade agreement, free-movement area (the freedom to live and work in each others’ countries) and defence-partnership agreement. O’Toole favours all three of these main planks, and he’s right that it all makes perfect sense.

The post-Cold-War alliances are obsolete. NAFTA is dead. The EU is losing a key member.

The CANZUK countries, working closely together, would make a formidable contribution to world affairs. They would have the largest total landmass of any free-trade zone. They would collectively constitute the fourth-largest market in the world, after the U.S., EU and China.

Their combined military spending would be the world‚Äôs third largest, well ahead of Russia, and on European Geostrategy‚Äôs geopolitical power index, the CANZUK countries collectively have a strength around 70 per cent of that of the U.S. ‚ÄĒ and nearly twice that of China or France. With a combined global trade footprint nearly twice as big as Japan‚Äôs, the CANZUK countries would have substantial influence in opening up global markets and guiding global regulation across a range of issues from banking to shipping to the environment.

tldrcanzukWhat makes CANZUK a natural union is perhaps self-evident. Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand share a similar culture, similar values, and analogous legal, business and social systems that allow us to get along easily and interchangeably. (The term CANZUK was originally a term diplomats used to refer to these four countries because of how frequently they would vote the same way at the UN.)

Most of the main issues our political parties focus upon are instantly comprehensible to anyone from another CANZUK state. Our laws and constitutions share many features, making trade deals and mutual regulatory recognition a relatively straightforward matter. Our citizens enjoy a roughly similar per capita GDP (which is just not true of the other Commonwealth nations with similar constitutions) and face few hurdles in integrating into another CANZUK country’s labour market. Our societies are peaceful and orderly.

And in our modern globalized world, we see that we are much more similar to each other than we are to others. The challenges of dealing with Japanese or Chinese business partners can be overcome, but they cannot be denied. Continental Europeans have different foibles, different goals and different priorities from ours, as well as importantly different legal and constitutional challenges. The arrival of President Trump reminds us of just how different from us many parts of the U.S. really are, and always have been.

Furthermore, while the U.S., the EU and China can all make valuable trading partners in their different regions, each CANZUK state that encounters them is regionally overmatched and, standing alone, will inevitably be dominated. Working together though, exploiting our natural affinities and the world of mass communication, high-value services and rapid transit, CANZUK can allow us stand our ground and project our own values and agendas.

The post-Cold-War alliances and assumptions are obsolete. NAFTA is dead. The EU will soon lose one of its largest members. Trump might downgrade NATO, abandon the WTO and even diminish the UN. It’s tempting, in a world of change, to try to cling to as much of the old certainties as possible. But if we look up and out, something new beckons. Free trade, free movement and a new security partnership between countries of shared culture and natural affinity. CANZUK is the global deal of tomorrow.

Dr. Andrew Lilico, born in New Zealand but based in London, is executive director and principal of Europe Economics, a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and chairman of the IEA Monetary Policy Committee.

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By Shawn Jorgensen,  Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted:  December 15, 2018.  Updated:  October 2, 2019.
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]

Canada’s Reputation Nose Dive

In 2017, just three days before Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, the Reputation Institute announced its annual list of the World’s Most Reputable Countries.¬† In what seemed to be an early birthday present from the world, Canada once again reached the illustrious spot of the #1 Most Reputable Country on Earth.

This morning (June 21, 2018), the Reputation Institute announced its annual list of the World’s Most Reputable Countries for 2018.¬† And for the first time in 6 years, we weren’t #1 or #2 on Earth.¬† Today, we have the privilege of being #7.

I blame the Liberal government and Justin Trudeau squarely for this outrageous drop in our global reputation. And I’m spitting furious about it.


Everything that the mentally and socially-retarded “Golden Boy”, @Justintrudeau, touches these days turns to lead, not gold.¬† Apparently, this now includes Canada’s reputation on the world stage.

The Reputation Institute‘s popular “RepTrak” listing of national reputations on the world stage has become a bigger and bigger event every year.¬† Every year, the Institute polls conducts a giant survey of over 58,000 people living in G7 countries, asking them who they believe to be the “most trusted nation on Earth” out of the top 55¬†economies of the world.

Canada has done very well for itself over the past number of years:

Credit: Reputation Institute, 2017 Country RepTrak Report2017 – #1
2016 – #2 (Sweden was #1)
2015 – #1
2014 – #2 (Switzerland was #1)
2013 – #1
2012 – #1
Credit: Reputation Institute, 2018 Country RepTrak ReportOf the G7 nations, whose residents vote for most reputable nation,¬†Canada has the smallest population of them all.¬† So we didn’t stack the deck with votes.¬† In fact,¬†it means that, in the past,¬†people from the other 6 nations must have voted for us more than for their own country.

Our ranking score in 2018 was 79.2.¬† It was 82.8 in 2017.¬† Why does this drop¬†matter?¬† In 2017, when we were named #1, Lonely Planet’s website named us the best place in the world to visit that year. That’s an actual tourism boost, with all the dollars related to it, just for ranking higher in this annual survey.¬† In fact, the Reputation Institute did an analysis of 72 of the top 100 countries in the rankings over the course of a year, and determined that the following on average was true:

Credit: Reputation Institute, 2018 Country RepTrak Report So this isn’t just some popularity contest, and it MATTERS if we rank lower. It costs us actual exports and actual tourism dollars to have dropped so low.¬† OUR REPUTATION MATTERS around the world.

In fact, for us to drop to such a low point as #7 in the annual ranking is highly significant, as it shows that our reputation in the eyes of the residents of our own nation, as well as the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, has plummeted over the past year.

Now, I don’t at all dispute the other nations’ deserving of the rankings they have this year.¬† We all love Australia, and New Zealand as the Commonwealth sisters that they are.¬† And while it is interesting to see the entire Scandinavian region in the top 10 – Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, it’s not overly surprising.

What is (not) surprising is WHY we dropped so far.¬† In a nutshell, the Reputation Institute blames…our federal government.

Credit: Reputation Institute, 2018 Country RepTrak Report 

Look no further than the “costumes” (according to locals) worn by our idiot Prime Minister, Justa TrueDope, along with Mr. Dress-up’s entire family, when travelling to India earlier this year, as the Toronto Star headline screamed:

The Trudeau at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, India – Feb. 21, 2018. (Credit: Adnian Abidi/Reuters)
The Trudeaus at one of Gandhi’s residences in Ahmedabad. (Credit: Associated Press)
Trudeaus with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai.(Credit: Danish Siddiqui)
The Trudeaus at he Golden Temple, Amritsar, India. (Credit: Public Relations Office Govt. Of Punjab) 

Indian politician Omar Abdullah took to Twitter with a collage of the Trudeau family in their colourful attire, touching their hands and bowing their heads in the namaste gesture.

‚ÄúIs it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI, we Indians don‚Äôt dress like this every day, sir, not even in Bollywood.‚ÄĚ (Omar Abdullah, Indian politician)

Earlier in the week, Trudeau’s office rescinded an invite to a convicted Canadian Sikh extremist to a reception in Delhi.  That caused no small amount of embarrassment and fury at home, when he attempted to blame the Surrey Centre MP (himself a Sikh) for arranging the meet and greet between the Prime Minister and this convicted terrorist.  NO ONE was buying it.

Then there was the debacle recently with the United States over trade disputes, and Trudeau’s pissy 12-year-old school girl responses to Donald Trump’s legitimate concerns over various subsidies we provide – the recent “Supply Management” debacle in Quebec with dairy farmers, which will cost us all more for the grocery staple called MILK, being one example.

As a result of our government’s dumbass decisions in this regard, the US government slapped tariffs on a few Canadian-made or produced items.¬† Trudeau’s “Mean Girls” monologue following this was embarrassing to witness – and infuriating – as he responded in kind with tariffs of his own.

Let’s get real for a moment about Canada/US trade.

Canada is the #10 largest economy in the world.¬† We used to be the United States’ largest trading partner, but no more – China has taken that illustrious spot.¬† According to the US. Census Bureau, in 2017, we did we currently do about $581.5 billion worth of trade in goods with the US, with the US selling us $282.2 billion worth of goods, and buying $299.3 billion from Canada. That, however, is only a small fraction of the United States’ current GDP of about $23.76 trillion.

If Canada stopped doing trade with the United States, the #1 economy in world history by far, the United States would survive.¬† We buy only 18% of the US’ goods. The US would survive a trade war with us.¬† They would suffer a serious recession, however, which would impact on all their other global partners, who are our global partners as well.

If the United States stopped doing trade with Canada, however, Canada would sent into the Stone Ages.¬† The US buys 76% of everything we sell.¬† One doesn’t recover from that loss of customer.¬† One is economically destroyed.

At the recent G7 summit in Montreal, Trudeau (the “hostess with the mostest”) decided that the best way to treat house guests is to stab them in the back as soon as they leave – in the news media.¬† President Trump had just taken off on Air Force One to Singapore to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, when Trudeau began to bad-mouth the President behind his back, in a disgusting, classless display.

Trudeau apparently didn’t have the balls to do it to Trump’s face.¬† He also didn’t have the intelligence to understand that there are televisions on Air Force One.¬† Trump launched a string of verbal attacks in response – and the Canadian dollar plummeted by 0.19 of a US cent,¬†to 76.96 cents US, after Trump called Trudeau ‚Äúdishonest‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúweak.‚Ä̬† Trump then refused to¬†sign the G7 Summit declaration, a slap to the face of the goon running our country.

In my opinion, the prissy little queen, Trudeau, actually deserved a punch to the throat.

And so now here we are, on the first day of Summer, learning that the world just doesn’t like Canada as much as it used to.¬† Individual Canadians did absolutely nothing to make that happen.¬† Neither did provincial governments for the most part.¬† No, this falls squarely on the shoulders of the idiots in Ottawa.

And there is no greater example than our Crime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the Queen of Farts.

He’s no longer a “useful idiot”, as some have called him in the past.¬† No, now that he’s ruining our reputation as a country, he’s¬†just a garden-variety idiot.

October 2019, and the next federal election, cannot come fast enough for me Рnor for the reputation of this country I love so much.

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By  Shawn Jorgensen, Founder
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Posted: June 21, 2018
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Canada And The Solar Eclipse

Much of Canada will be left in the dark during the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st (that’s a very good thing) – but we will only have a partial eclipse in Canada of between 26 and 90% coverage. ¬†Still, that will be enough to get great photos in most cities, should the weather hold and we have few clouds. ¬†And remember to protect your eyes, though you won’t have the dangers of a total eclipse when the sun is blocked out completely and then suddenly appears with a flash of light, as Americans will see.


(Check out our related YouTube video with even more info for Monday’s big event! )

On Monday, August 21, millions of heads across North America will be turned skyward to watch a much-anticipated event, peering through every type of conventional protective eyewear (and some contraptions likely inspired by TV’s MacGyver¬†for the occasion) to spot what has been dubbed the¬†Great American Eclipse (link is to an excellent resource, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada site)

The celestial event got its name because totality (complete coverage of the sun by the moon) will occur across a swath of the U.S. stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. ¬†However, it will also be seen in almost every major city in Canada – in the West, at least 70-90% of it, and as you go further East, that will unfortunately drop. ¬†Every major city in Canada will have at least 50% partial eclipse, with the possible exception of St. John’s, Newfoundland and the Territories at around 26%. ¬†Victoria has the honor¬†of being the first in Canada to see it, and the city that will have the most totality in the nation – at 90%. ¬†I’m excited that my home city of Vancouver will be at 86%, if they don’t spread chem trails across our sky first haha.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be advised later Saturday night when we release a video on the eclipse, that will show a very short clip with the total trajectory for every major city in Canada, in order starting from West to East. ¬†Stay tuned to our channel (Saturday evening)! ¬†I will also highlight them all here, with the MAXIMUM coverage showing only – you could be treated however to a partial eclipse that is equally cool up to the point of maximum totality – the eclipse could last up to 1.5 hours from start to finish in some cities. ¬†Again, if you visit our YouTube channel later Saturday evening, you can see when the eclipse will start, it’s maximum coverage and when it will end, for every major city in Canada (Montreal and Quebec City are together for some reason).

Remember that when the eclipse starts, it’ll barely be noticeable. Eventually, however, it’ll look like someone’s taken a bite out of the sun and increase from there. ¬†Our YouTube channel shows a little diagram for each city, showing what it will look like in your city.

It’s important to remember to wear proper eye protection – though many people will undoubtedly set the video camera and leave it. ¬†With the exception of it coming out of totality, which in Canada won’t happen anyway – you should be able to focus your video camera and leave it. ¬†There will not be any sudden flashes of light that would cause your camera to lose it’s focus. ¬†It’s a slow enough event that you should get great footage in most cities. ¬†Be warned: there have been many glasses on the market that don’t meet the standards. Amazon has had to send out warnings to many who purchased inadequate eclipse glasses, causing an uproar just a week ahead of the event. ¬†“Just because 80 per cent of the sun is missing, 20 per cent of the sun is there. You only need a fraction of a percent of the sun to be visible to generate eye damage,” astronomer Paul Delaney told CBC News.

A Total Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is when the Sun is completely covered by the Moon. This diagram illustrates in more detail what happens during a total eclipse:
Here, the moon passes between the Earth and Sun (i.e. comes to a New Moon) at a point in its elliptical orbit when it is relatively close to the Earth. As it does so, it casts a shadow.

The¬†umbral¬†part of the shadow (the¬†umbra) is the area where the Sun is totally obscured by the Moon. During a total eclipse, the Moon is close enough to the Earth that part of the umbra falls upon the Earth; in technical terms, astronomers say that its¬†magnitude¬†is greater than or equal to 1.000. People standing on those parts of the Earth, within the Umbra, see the Sun’s face completely hidden by the Moon ‚ÄĒ a¬†total eclipse of the Sun.

The beautiful part of a total eclipse, though, it what is¬†not¬†hidden: the Sun’s faint¬†corona, and¬†solar prominences.

It Goes The Wrong Way!

So much for how eclipses happen ‚ÄĒ but one question that often comes up is, why does the eclipse go from West to East, when the Sun and Moon go the other way?

Well, the movement of the Moon ‚ÄĒ from East to West ‚ÄĒ is, in fact, an illusion caused by the Earth’s rotation. As a matter of fact, the Moon orbits in the same direction that the Earth rotates; anticlockwise, as seen from above the North pole. But whereas the Earth takes just 24 hours to do one rotation, the Moon takes a month to go round the Earth (actually, the Moon takes 27.32 days to¬†orbit the Earth).

This diagram illustrates the situation ‚ÄĒ but remember that it’s not even remotely to scale!

In other words, if the Earth was sitting still, the Moon would cross the sky from West to East. It would take 14 days to cross from horizon to horizon, and another 14 days to come around into view again. But the Earth doesn’t sit still ‚ÄĒ it rotates, every 24 hours, which is significantly faster than this. It’s like if you’re driving a car and overtake a jogger, they seem to be going backwards relative to you; the Earth rotates faster than the Moon’s orbit, so the Moon seems to be going backwards, when it’s actually going the same way.

Now, I’m going to be honest – I got that from an astronomy site, and I don’t think that makes any sense to me at all. There are many online that are touting the fact that this eclipse proves we do not live 93,000,000 miles from the sun or 285,000 miles from the moon – the shadow cast by the moon would be so much bigger. ¬†I have always thought it was very convenient that the moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, and 380 times closer than the sun, so they appear to be the same size in the sky. ¬†I won’t cover that in this video because frankly, I can’t get my head around why the eclipse is travelling backwards to what it logically should be – East to West. ¬†It instead is going West to East, but I don’t know that, for the purposes of this article, covering that info will lead to any actual better understanding. ¬†NASA’s videos, for example, show the Earth rotating backwards, just so they can get the narratives to all make sense with what we are seeing.

An Event Near You!

For the major cities below (apologies Saskatoon and Montreal, the app I was using didn’t list either of you for some reason. ¬†However, from the information I was able to get from various sources, I can still give you the information you need for a spectacular day ūüôā ¬†All cities are listed from West to East, and you will have the maximum totality of the eclipse and what time that will be, as well as the weather forecast. ¬†In every city in Canada it is supposed to be sunny on Monday, except for 60% chance of rain in St John’s, NF. ¬†We’ll be praying the clouds will hold back until you get to see the eclipse, though it will only be at 26% in your city, due to your location away from South Carolina, where the eclipse will finish in North America. ¬†Enjoy everyone!

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Ends: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 3:50 PM EST
Duration: 2 hours, 28 minutes

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted August 18, 2017
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The CBC: Public Broadcasting Piggy

On November 28, 2016, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) came up with a bold new revenue concept – just ask the federal Liberal government for more money. ¬†$400 million more, to be exact, so Mother Corp. wouldn’t have to face the gruesome task of having to sell ads. They want a¬†funding model much like the one which the¬†British Broadcasting System (BBC) currently enjoys with their Government. ¬†

We thought – what the heck, since they brought it up, let’s do a cost/benefit analysis of¬†the CBC against some of its global public broadcasting colleagues, such as the¬†BBC,¬†America’s Public Broadcasting System (PBS)¬†and¬†National Public Radio (NPR), and¬†the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, – just so we are truly well-informed.

Warning:  results may be offensive and cause irritation.  Some readers have reported headaches, blurred vision, heart palpitations, sleepless nights, angry talk around the office water cooler.  Serious side effects may include calling your Member of Parliament.  Ask your doctor whether thinking about the CBC is right for you.  Continue further at your own risk, viewer discretion is advised.


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National Public Radio ( USA)
|Website:www.npr.org
Media Type:  Radio

Possible Reach:  335,332,408
Actual Reach:
 28.8 million weekly listeners, 39.2 million unique monthly listeners
Number of Stations: 1,000

Open, flexible, cost efficient and collaborative, the new NPR headquarters is the home base for NPR News, digital, NPR Music, technical and administrative staff.
(Credit: Stephen Voss/NPR)
Budget (Fiscal Year 2016):

Total Revenue: $216,000,000 includes: 
Government grants: $20,155,000 Рor $0.70/average weekly listener.  9.3% of revenue
Corporate sponsorships: $60,000,000
Station Programming Fees: $73,000,000

Total Expenses:  $212,000,000 includes:
News and information: $81,600,000
Programming Costs: $20,600,000
Administrative Support Services: $60,000,000 Р28.3% of total expenses

National Public Radio (NPR)  has a unique funding model that is probably not matchable in the world. As a result of a very large population base of over 300 million people and being located in a nation where many of the biggest corporate names in the world are located, their ability to gather corporate sponsorships, personal donations, and revenue through other business means, makes it difficult to compare them.

What is interesting, however, is that almost 10% of the country listens to them on a weekly basis. This is substantial considering how few listeners or viewers there might be on other public networks around the world Рand considering the vast number of radio competitors in every market.

Their real competitive advantage, however, is not government grants or even corporate sponsorships, or their ability to grab large audiences, it’s the quality of their programming – and that’s recognised around the world. ¬†At a time when every radio market probably in every major city has 20 or 30 different competitors on AM/FM – including significant talk radio for mass and the advent of satellite radio which is a growing¬†competitor in the US, they are doing very well.


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Public Broadcasting System – PBS ( USA)
Website: www.pbs.org
Media Type: Television, DVD Sales

Possible Reach:  335,332,408
Actual Reach:
100 million/month, and 198 million viewers annually, 82% of the population
Number of Stations: 350

The global home of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in Arlington, VA (Credit: PBS.org)Budget (Fiscal Year 2015):

Total Revenue: $625,000,000 includes: 
Government grants: $26,000,000 – or $0.13/annual viewer, 4% of revenue
Broadcasting Rights: $165,000,000
Individual Memberships: $158,000,000

Total Expenses:  $618,000,000 includes:
News and information: $372,000,000
Administrative Support Services: $36,000,000 Р5.8% of total expenses

Founded in 1969, PBS is by far the world’s greatest public broadcasting entity and has been rated as the most trustworthy institution among nationally known organizations for 13 consecutive years in the United States. Its reach is staggering, with over 80% of Americans tuning in at some point over the year, and over 100 million regular viewers a month. ¬†With millions of paying members, it’s by far the most loyal¬†audience for any media network in America. ¬†Thousands of Canadians are loyal, paid-up members as well.

PBS averaged a 1.46 primetime household rating during the 2014-’15 season, ranking it the #5 broadcast and cable network. (Nielsen NPower, 9/22/2014-9/20/2015) ¬†In fact, PBS’ primetime household audience is significantly larger than many commercial channels, including Bravo (PBS’ audience is 133% larger), A&E (120% larger), TLC (116% larger), HBO (79% larger), Discovery Channel (51% larger) and HGTV (48% larger). In addition, PBS’ primetime rating for news and public affairs programming is 109% higher than CNN‚Äôs primetime audience. (Nielsen NPower, 9/22/2014-9/20/2015)

Its influence on families is astounding – 71% of all kids age two to eight watched PBS during the 2014-’15 season, ¬†(Nielsen NPower, 9/22/2014-9/20/2015) including global powerhouse Sesame Street, the number #1 children’s programming on Earth. Now into its 46th year on PBS, 95% of American kids have watched an episode before they turn 3. ¬†The winner of 169 Emmy and 8 Grammy awards also has an adult alumni of over 77 million Americans and viewers in 120 other nations.

PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a media-on-demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences. Over 1.8 million registered educators have access to more than 120,000 curriculum-aligned digital resources from over 205 trusted media partners, impacting an estimated 40 million students nationwide.


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British Broadcasting Corporation (UK)
Website: www.bbc.com
Media Type:  Radio, Television, DVD Sales


Possible Reach:
 65,300,000 (United Kingdom), 372 million worldwide
Actual Reach: 96% weekly reach across radio and TV
Number of Stations: 26 local/regional TV stations, 11 international stations, over 40 local and national radio stations

The £1 billion renovated Broadcasting House, first built in 1932, is the global home of the British Broadcasting Corporation. (Credit: BBC.co.u
Budget 
(Fiscal Year 2016):

Total Revenue:  £4.963 billion includes:
License fee income (mandatory): £3.743 billion  (£10 per person global audience)
Sales of television program rights worldwide:  £1.084 billion
Advertising sales:  $0 (the BBC does not sell any advertising)

Total Expenses: £4.797 billion includes:
Operating Costs: £4.773 billion

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), headquartered at Broadcasting House in London, is the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, with over 20,950 full and part-time staff around the world. ¬†Its news division continues to be the #1 most retweeted in the world.
The BBC was created under Royal Charter and has a funding model unique in the broadcasting world Рa television licence, costing £145.50 per year ($232.50 CA) per household since April 2010, legally required by every home and business to receive broadcast television across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.  Over £1 billion was used to build their new Broadcasting House, which was renovated and re-opened by Queen Elizabeth II  in 2006.

As they have a direct responsibility to the people of Britain for the money collected by this fee, the BBC has embarked on a miraculous transformation in the last few years.  They have continued to reduce the number of senior managers and their cost Р£78.5 million on August 1, 2009, to £47.0 million in 2016.  The total number of senior managers is 356, 45 fewer than last year and 279 fewer than 2009.

Around a quarter of BBC revenues come from its commercial arm¬†BBC Worldwide Ltd, which sells BBC programmes and services internationally and also distributes the BBC’s international 24-hour English-language news services¬†BBC World News, and from BBC.com, provided by BBC Global News Ltd. ¬†Because of the BBC’s incredible quest for delivering quality programming, they are able to sell their programs to individuals as well, through the BBC Store online, which has over 7,000 hours of programming available for sale. ¬†The BBC is seen as THE English language service for the entire world, thus why they have a substantially higher budget than if they were just within the UK.

Their US offshoot BBC America is one of 11 international channels that they oversee worldwide.  They also have headquarters buildings in Scotland and Wales but have reduced their overall costs for building maintenance substantially over the years.  They also have set a cap of no more than 15% spent on on-screen talent (actors, news anchors, etc.), and have so far kept on budget with that.  They truly are one of the most well-managed broadcasting systems in the world, in spite of their incredible size.


Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia)
Website:  http://www.abc.net.au/
Media Type:  Television, Radio, Online music and video services

Possible Reach:  24.13 million
Actual Reach: 23.6 million, based on 98% of homes having access
Number of Stations: 64 radio, 4 television

Budget (Fiscal Year 2016):

Total Revenue: $1.4 billion includes:
Government funds: $1.064 billion – $45.00/person on average
Sale of goods/services: $70 million

Total Expenses:  $1,164 billion includes:
Salaries: $494.947 million – 42% of the budgeted expenses

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) is another unique entity in the world, in that the government of Australia owns and controls the company.  The ABC is funded mainly by the Australian government, in addition to some revenue received from its retail outlets, which are now closing.

Until 1948, the ABC was funded directly by radio licence fees; amendments were also made to the Australian Broadcasting Act that meant the ABC would receive its funding directly from the federal government. Licence fees remained until 1973 when they were abolished by the Whitlam Labor government, on the basis that the near-universality of television and radio services meant that public funding was a fairer method of providing revenue for government-owned radio and television broadcasters.

The term “where your 8 cents a day goes”, coined in the late 1980s during funding negotiations,¬†is often used in reference to the services provided by the ABC.¬†It is estimated that the cost of the ABC per head of population per day is over 14 cents per day today.

Today, ABC operates 54 local radio stations, four national networks and international service Radio Australia. In addition, DiG Radio launched on digital platforms in 2002, currently offering three separate stations.  Within Australia, the ABC operates four television channels, including flagship ABC. In each state and territory a local news bulletin is shown at 7.00 p.m. nightly.  In 2001 ABC TV launched its digital service.


Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada)
Website:  http://www.cbc.ca/
Media Type:  Television, Radio, Online music and video services

Possible Reach:  36.29 million
Actual Reach:  35.5 million, based on 98% of homes having access
Number of Stations: 92 radio, 19 television, as well as 1 Documentary channel.  They also own 40% of the Sirius satellite radio system.

Budget (Fiscal Year 2016):

Total Revenue: $1.55 billion includes:
Advertising: ¬†$253.2 million (down by nearly $80 million – 22% –¬†from 2015)
Subscriber fees: $134.5 million
Government funding: $1.026 billion (66% of the total budget) – $28.27/person

Total Expenses:  $1,619 billion includes:
Corporate Management:  $10.06 million (0.6% of total budget)
Finance Costs:  $28.132 million 

UPDATE РMarch 2017:  Note:  In March 2017, the federal government announced an additional $75 million in 2016-2017 and $150 million per year on an ongoing basis.  The plan is to use the funds for creating new content and making it more accessible.  In other words, they DID NOT GET the $400 million they asked for, as mentioned in our preamble, and advertising revenue is very much required.  The fact that this advertising revenue is down this year by $80 million should be a cause for concern for all Canadian taxpayers.

However, without a doubt the Canadian taxpayer is on the hook for a staggering amount, surpassed only by that of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ¬†PBS and NPR both have very strong corporate connections, which they can boast because of their quality programming. ¬†Unfortunately, the CBC is funded in such a way that the programming doesn’t have to be quality, and often I believe it is trying to be all things to all people, and doing a poor job overall of it. ¬†More than $1 billion is used to support programming that would never be a commercial success in any form.

Many, including me, believe that CBC should sink or swim based on its own programming merits, as do all the other channels in Canada. ¬†They have an unfair advantage in the marketplace, and even with that unfair advantage, they managed to lose $80 million in advertising revenue this year somehow – 22% of their advertising revenue. ¬†That is the canary in the coal mine here – and Canadians should be very concerned. ¬†Where have these advertisers gone and why? ¬†That’s atrocious.

CBC has had some successes. ¬†From 2015-2016, almost 15 million Canadians used CBC/Radio-Canada‚Äôs digital sites every month ‚Äď more than half of them through their mobile devices. ¬†And that number has increased by 3 million in the past year alone.

CBC also will be pouring taxpayer dollars into incredibly risky coverage of Olympics Games, including the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and the 2024 Olympic Games. Granted, they have had incredible success of late.  For example, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on CBC were the most-watched Olympics in history to that point.  CBC hoped to build on that success together with their broadcast partners from Bell Media and Rogers Media for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. That gamble was truly an outstanding success:

  • When Andre De Grasse¬†lined up against Usain Bolt for the men’s 200-metre final,¬†7.2 million people turned to CBC to watch Canada’s new superstar take on the world’s greatest sprinter. ¬†The 7.2-million figure was the largest single audience during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Over the span of the 17-day event, more Canadians than any previous Summer Games¬†followed the storylines of the world’s sports stars. Between CBC and its french-language station Radio-Canada, coverage of the Games reached 32.1 million people,¬†equal to nearly 90% of Canadians. ¬†
  • CBC’s digital properties generated¬†229 million total page views and nearly 37 million video views.¬†In total, Canadians watched¬†626 million aggregate minutes‚ÄĒover a millennium‚ÄĒof live and streamed video online.

The same could not be said for NBC Sports. ¬†Over 15 days of competition, NBC‚Äôs Olympics coverage averaged 27.5 million viewers across all platforms, including digital streaming ‚ÄĒ down 9% from 2012. But traditional TV ratings told a far grimmer story, one that began with Nielsen numbers that showed¬†viewership for the Aug. 5 Opening Ceremony decline 28% from London.

And when CBC gambles with taxpayer dollars that they will have success broadcasting an Olympic Games,¬†if you’re hoping to know how much our national broadcaster is paying for the privilege to show the games, you’re out of luck. ¬†Reporters at¬†Global News¬†put in a Freedom of Information request asking for the total cost of buying the rights to the games. ¬†What they got back was 162 heavily redacted pages with a brief explanation of why they wouldn’t share the information.

“The response cited several reasons for the redactions under the Information Act: trade secrets; something that could compromise a government institution‚Äôs competitive position or contract negotiations; something a third party deems confidential; ongoing consultations; and anything relating to the CBC‚Äôs ‘journalistic, creative or programming activities, other than information that relates to its general administration.'”

That’s frightening. ¬†This is the same broadcaster that lost 22% of its advertising revenue last year.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted December 
4, 2016.  Updated August 9, 2017

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Dear America… Love, Canada

America, Canada, and Australia have always shared so many things together Рas any three sisters would.  

Let’s take a peek into some personal correspondence between them this week, get a glimpse at the lives of these international icons, all loved by millions – and how much they mean to each other.¬†


My dear sister America:

Happy 241st Birthday to the most wonderful, influential and loving sister one could ever ask for.

My dear, you are and will always be the great Land of the Free, you are STILL the Home of the Brave, STILL the world’s only Superpower, STILL a beacon of hope and a light in the darkness to millions around the world.

I owe my own freedom to you, and I will always appreciate so much all that you do for my people every day.  Not only are we so blessed to share a wonderful border, but it will likely always be the largest and most peaceful in the world.

I’m so glad you and I don’t have to get into any of that “wall construction” business – I’d hate feeling that either of us would be shut out from the other. ¬†Australia and I were talking this week on the phone, however, and we both agree that you simply MUST get that Southern wall started right away.

I love this photo, but can’t put my finger on what’s different – did you do something with your hair? ‘Lady Liberty By Hellder Gonzales’ (Credit: Toonpool)

Your Man is doing a great job, by the way, in draining that old swamp behind the house. ¬†I could practically smell that nonsense from here. ¬†I don’t understand how on earth this was allowed to go on for so long, but thankfully you finally found the right man to do the job.

Did I hear correctly that he offered to work for you for free? ¬†How do you find these people? ¬†My man spends the housekeeping budget like it was his last day on Earth. ¬†And between you and I, his wife is a frightful bore (I hid her guitar this week – shh shhh don’t say anything. ¬†She’s still shrieking out those horrible ditties she writes for her kids.)

Speaking of which, did you see the photos of their kids at my birthday party? The boys were so handsome in their little Maple Leaf bow ties – but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m telling you, their eyes are a cry for help.

I’ve grown weary of going to bed with a headache because of her, so I ummm…hahaha… keep a pistol by the bed hahaha. ¬†WHAT, its registered lol Sorry, sorry I remember – guns are not a joke with you. ¬†I wasn’t ¬†thinking – we just can’t relate to the Wild West up here. ¬†(Or Cleveland. ¬†I don’t get that city at all.)

I laughed by the way when I opened my birthday gift from you and saw the President Trump bobblehead. I will treasure it. Our Prime Minister is like a bobblehead as well Рhead full of sand, nods yes to everything and never says anything of value. Maybe we could time share your President every second weekend or something, pretty please?  AFTER HE BUILDS YOU THAT WALL!

And coming back to our earlier point – your man is made of money. I wouldn’t be too concerned about whether he gets a salary or not ‚Äď if he doesn’t care, neither should you. You should, however, be checking out if you can contract him out for the next 8 years now. Neither of us are going to find one like that for a long time. The cost is irrelevant. You need to have a man like that on this project. ¬†And you could buy whole planets with your credit cards so spare me the whining about it. ¬†If you could continue to have Maxine Waters take a salary, you certainly can pay the man what he was worth. ¬†Which is billions, I’m aware.

When Mother smiles, she still lights up a room.

Have you seen on TV lately how Mother is ageing so quickly, it seems, ¬†these days? ¬†Oh I know, you don’t think of her that way anymore. ¬†But anyway, I was actually quite surprised. ¬†I hear Father has stopped doing public events altogether which I’m sure is just fine with Mummy – she’s got enough to do without him hanging around all the time. ¬†Well, I’m sorry but the man needs a hobby and breathing down her neck will never be a very profitable one for him.

However, she’s still as strong and sharp as ever, and she is always so proud of us and Australia. I will always marvel at her British sensibilities and her ability to stand up and stare down any evil Cretan that tries to blow up something over there.

Are they still trying to sneak into the yard at night without being invited? ¬†Oh dear – I hate to say this, and you know I welcome ANYONE with open arms, but that behaviour is outrageous and unacceptable. ¬†I worry about you being all alone in that giant house, knowing those people are just lurking around outside. ¬†Truly I cannot even imagine it. ¬†However, I saw a recent photo of you and you looked so tough! ¬†I was like “wow, that woman’s still got it going on”, you know what I mean?

I sometimes honestly walk around and just check all the doors and windows a few times before bed to make sure all is safe. ¬†Maybe that’s why we’ve been relatively free of that terrorist nonsense?

Before I sign off, I did want to again mention about that silly Reputation Institute Award. ¬†Well, the Award isn’t silly – in fact, I didn’t tell you that it actually made me cry. ¬† I just couldn’t believe that many of the 39,000 G8 residents they polled could vote for ME instead of their own country. ¬†(Well, in Germany’s case that’s not terribly surprising – I would never trust a Fatherland run by a woman).

Now, people do love you as well, don’t get all twisted up on this. ¬†It’s the Most Trusted Nation in the World award. ¬†I’ll be frank – it’s hard sometimes to feel totally safe and trusting with you – you always have a nuclear missile or an aircraft carrier nearby.

Those even makes me nervous – oh yes, so again I do appreciate the offer to have some protection from Putin and that chubby little Korean with the bad haircut, but I do not wish those nuclear devices to be cluttering around in my yard or basement. ¬†Ok? ¬†Point one for me from the MidWest or something.’ Just don’t point one AT me.

Remember that crazy artist that did these for us when we were little? I just found them the other day haha. I remember this day like it just happened Рyour hair was so dark then! We are both grey old ladies now!  Well you are anyway lol

I¬†digress. ¬†So yes, the people voted me the #1 Most Trusted Nation on Earth and it was a coincidence that they announced it two days before my birthday. ¬†Yes, this is the 6th year in a row I’ve come in 1st or 2nd.

SORRY – not trying to run it in – but it really IS nice to be #1 most trusted again. No, I don’t know what Sweden did to get to #1 last year or even #2 this year. Maybe people feel sorry because of all the Muslim riots there? ¬†Beats me.

But don’t think people don’t love you just as much or more. ¬†I’m the shy girl with the love of flannel and jeans that everyone wants to be friends with. ¬†You’re the super powerful global superstar they all want to be like. ¬†That is far more incredible.

And Australia is frankly just the best of all worlds Рdamn her haha.  Gorgeous, loving, smart as Hell and tough as nails Рno wonder she could handle her own continent.  Lord, I miss her Рwe always have so much fun together and everyone wants to see her.

Which reminds me, I’m off – I need more place settings at my table before she arrives. ¬†I always want to have room for one more at my table no matter what.

The bottom line is, America, my dear sweet sister, sometimes we gripe about each other, often we take each other for granted. ¬†But when our futures were threatened by common enemies, we didn’t give a second thought to bearing arms side by side and fighting and dying together for the cause of Liberty and Freedom.

And we’d do it again if we had to. America, you still have people who believe in you from outside your borders, that cheer you on and defend you and honour and celebrate your victories.

You are the beacon that the whole world lights its path with. You stand in the harbour in New York and I might catch a glimpse of you on TV or a movie and…

Well, I’ve never told you this America and keep it between us. But when I see you standing there with your lamp held high in New York – I get tears in my eyes and a lump in my throne and you want to know why?

Because when people have looked at you in that harbour, holding that lamp and being so strong for everyone else….you are the most beautiful woman that has ever stood on this planet.

I stand in total and complete amazement of you. ¬†I am in awe. ¬†Because people would stay up for hours as their ships came from the UK or Asia or Australia. They were excited to see the country and go to Disneyland or whatever – but people would stay up for hours and stand on the deck of the ship in very cold weather often…

just because they wanted to see your face. And I’m one of them. I’ll always be your biggest fan. ¬†That’s what sisters are for. And you have no truer friend or dearer sister than this 150-year-old Dominion of Canada (I know I can’t believe it either

We thank God for you. Every single day we thank God for you. You give hope to hundreds of millions. ¬†You’re “American Dream” is being repeated again and again on pillows all over the world tonight. ¬† (Though people like my Canadian Dream too, I have to say. Hahaha)

America, I have known you and loved you and fought with you and shopped with you and been your next door neighbour my entire life. ¬†I look up to you in 100 ways and I’ve never been prouder of you.

Stay strong my sister. ¬†Be brave. ¬†Be honest. ¬†Be kind. ¬†And be at my house at 7:00 next Thursday – I’m hosting a dinner for Australia. I love when we three can be in the same room,¬†because honey, we make those old European broads look like used cars.

Love you so much,
Your #1 Most Trusted Sister
(I had to)

 

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By Shawn Jorgensen,  Founding Editor
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Posted:
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Pathetic Polling #3 – Christy Clark’s… Collapse?

BC NDP Leader John Horgan gives the thumbs up to the crowd at his election night speech during the provincial election in Vancouver, B.C., Canada May 10, 2017. (Credit: REUTERS/Nick Didlick)

UPDATED: June 30, 2017

The inevitable has taken place Рthe Christy Clark minority government voted in on May 9 has been toppled by a non-confidence vote of the Alberta NDP and the Alberta Greens, who have formed an Axis of Evil in order to attempt to take over the government.  And it looks like John Horgan has in fact gotten his way.

I’m outraged by this. ¬†Not only did the NDP NOT get a majority of the popular vote in the last election, but the NDP and Green Party electors did not get to have a say in this merger, an unholy alliance of two political misfits that truly didn’t like each other a month ago. ¬†Now the Green Party leader, with his 3 pathetic seats, has become a kingmaker.

God help us all. ¬†With the idiot in Alberta also a part of the Communi….errr NDP Party, we are sure to see dark days ahead for both of our provincial financial pictures. ¬†That, with Wynne in Ontario and Trudeau in Ottawa – and we truly have a situation where fiancially, the nation could be destroyed by all of these left wing jackasses in power.

UPDATED: MAY 9, 2017

BC Premier Christy Clark faced some worrisome days pre-election. Pollsters had her Liberal party on the verge of collapse. (Credit: Glenn Baglo , PNG)

As we stated below, those “570 days” have now come and gone, and here we are on election afternoon, 2017.

The media have @bcliberals and @bcndp polling “neck and neck”. Do you really believe that John Horgan has somehow magically turned the invisible BC NDP into a government-in-waiting?

Remember, Alberta said it wanted a “change” – and they got 4 Premiers in 6 years, with a 5th being socialist @RachelNotley – currently the 3rd-most disliked Premier in Canada. ¬†Yah, that’s a change alright.

We were told Canada needed a change in 2015 as well Рand we got @justintrudeau (the Shiny Pony) and his entitled wife, now planning which room at 24 Sussex they will turn into a  4:20 Room.

BC doesn’t need a change. Resist the urge to buy-in to the Libtard media nonsense. Since when is a new government after every election a sign of stability?

If you believe the NDP are right to rule… I have a “fast ferry” for sale that you should take a look at – never been used, comes with original owner’s manual – and taxpayer debt load.

It should bring REALITY home to you very quickly.

ORIGINAL POST:  May 15, 2017

In the weeks leading up to the British Columbia provincial election in Canada on May 14, 2013, the pollsters predicted nothing but gloom and gloom for Liberal party leader Christy Clark.

On April 16, 2013, the Victoria Times Colonist announced the start of the 28-day BC provincial election:

Premier Christy Clark launched what she called ‚Äúthe most important election in modern history‚ÄĚ at Government House in Victoria this morning after Lt.-Gov. Judy Guichon dissolved parliament and kick-started the 28-day provincial election campaign…

[Premier Clark] also played down her party‚Äôs continued poor polling, which show the Liberals far behind the NDP ‚ÄĒ and even, in one recent poll, trailing the B.C. Greens on Vancouver Island. (Emphasis mine)

Poll prediction:
Liberals: 36%
NDP: 45%

Angus Reid forecast in its last poll before the election that the NDP was the party of choice for 45 per cent of decided voters and leaners, with the governing Liberals in second place with 36 per cent support.

B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark celebrates her party’s victory in the provincial election on May 14, 2013. (Credit: John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

However, on election night, May 14, it was reported that only 52% of eligible voters went to the polls. The Liberals seemingly shocked the news media, winning 44.4 per cent of the popular vote while the NDP ended up with 39.5 per cent, almost a complete reversal of what was predicted. The win gave the Liberals 50 of the province’s 85 seats, five more than the party had going into the election!

CBC News quoted pollsters at Angus Reid as saying that “voters failed to reveal their true intent prior to the election.” Really? Enmasse – by the thousands? You pollsters are all liars.

The surprising thing to me about the election results at that time were how non-surprising they were. I live in Metro Vancouver, with the majority of BC’s population living within its borders, in BC’s largest city and I didn’t know anyone that was actually voting NDP. Party leader Adrian Dix was less than inspirational and there was no burning reason not to vote for Christy Clark’s Liberals – you wanted to like her.

I strongly believe that pollsters intentionally attempted to sabotage the election and failed – then they attempted to spin the reasons they were wrong ad infinitim, ad nauseum.

Finally, realizing that wasn’t working either, they buried the story and pretended, for the most part, that the gaffe never happened. Several, like Angus Reid, have even gone so far as to change theit BC Election page… to talk about the election in 2017! That’s right, they erased all the info about the most recent election and now show only the one that’s scheduled for May 9, 2017 – 570 days away!
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See our related articles:
Pollsters and Pundits – Well-Paid and Often Wrong
Pathetic Polling #1 – Bibby’s….Battle?
Pathetic Polling #2 – David Cameron’s….Demise?

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Original:  May 15, 2014. Posted May 9, 2017

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Vimy Ridge at 100: Canada Rises Up

A cadet stands in front of the National War Memorial in Ottawa during a ceremony to recognize 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Credit: Andrew Foote/CBC)

The steps of the National War Memorial in Ottawa were bathed in the glow of 3,598 candles on Saturday night, April 9, 2017 Рeach one lit to represent a Canadian soldier killed in the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge.  Canadian Army Cadets then stood guard overnight at our capital city War Memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, fought from April 9-12, 1917.

It seems fitting to include these young cadets in guard duty this week.  They would have been just like all the other boys too young to enlist in active duty as the Great War began.  Left behind while their older brothers, uncles, and fathers went to the fight on foreign fields, these cadets, in a very real sense, are a picture of Canada herself in 1917.  

Though She was 49 years old at the time of this Battle, Canada’s¬†first half century was marked by very little calamity. ¬†That was all about to change on foreign battlefields with names like¬†Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and others. The horrors seen and sacrifices made in this Battle;¬†the military tactical genius that Canada employed;¬†and the bravery of the young men themselves, would lift¬†Canada internationally from behind¬†Her mother’s (Great Britain) apron to a new¬†level of global respect and recognition,¬†a nation that stands on her own, which Canada has built upon ever since.


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The large regimental Celtic cross of the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) where it stood 100 years ago on the battlefield near Vimy Ridge. Although there were other wooden crosses fashioned by regimental carpenters, this is one of the very few to survive. (Credit: CBC)

As late as¬†February 2017, you wouldn’t have to go further than a church basement in Toronto to view¬†a historical artifact from the Battle of Vimy¬†Ridge¬†– a¬†100-year old wooden battlefield cross.

Regimental carpenters had pre-built and would quickly paint the names and erect these crosses right on the battlefield, a thankless job that became an art form in itself, as many hundreds of these crosses were erected on far too many bomb-scarred fields across western Europe.

The fact that this cross¬†had survived for a century was a testament to how well it had been taken care of. ¬†CBC reported¬†that it had been transported across the Atlantic to¬†France twice, but had always found its way back to its “temporary” 100-year home in Canada.

CBC continued:

The cross was expertly packed for the voyage along with one poppy for every one of the 57 names etched on it. It will go on display this weekend at the newly opened Vimy Ridge visitor centre. (Credit: Nahlah Ayed/CBC)

Etched¬†on its surface are the names of 57 Canadian soldiers, most from the 15th Battalion, and most of whom were killed in the first hours of that assault. ¬†That makes it one of only a handful of surviving witnesses ‚ÄĒ and a real-time partial record ‚ÄĒ of the heavy Canadian losses in those pivotal opening moments of the battle.

The 15th Battalion was tasked with taking on the Eastern edge of the ridge, which meant advancing over a longer distance, and through more German lines than other Canadian units.

In fact, they expected such heavy casualties with this Battalion that they had actually pre-dug their graves before the battle even began.  They ended up with two sites where multiple Canadian troops from this Battalion were buried together, and each was given a cross.  This was one of those two handmade memorials.

In February 2017, for the first time in a century, and thanks to the Canadian Ministry of Veterans Affairs, this Celtic cross was flown across the Atlantic, where ministry officials were there to greet it and to transport it Рif only temporarily, to the same spot where these people listed are actually buried.

W.H. Collyer died at Vimy Ridge at 17. The legal age to join the Canadian army was 18, so he would have lied about his age in order to enter the fight. (Credit: CBC)

On the 100th Anniversary memorial weekend, and for the first time in 100 years, the cross was raised over the actual graves of those men for a limited time.

As dramatic as the story of this grave marker is, it will, of course, be overshadowed by the incredible size and beauty of the Canadian Vimy Ridge Memorial itself.   It is by far the most dramatic Canadian memorial to any cause on Earth.  At the time that it was being constructed, however, Vimy Ridge was not considered to be as important perhaps as we see it today.

The Vimy Memorial itself changed all that, designed by Canadian architect Walter Seymour Allward, and taking an astonishing 11 years to build.

Canada Bereft” or “Mother Canada” is the largest statue at the front of the memorial and is said to depict “Canada mourning her fallen sons.” Its inscription reads:

“To the valour of their countrymen in the Great War and in memory of their sixty thousand dead this monument is raised by the people of Canada.”

It is often a quiet place, even when there are many visitors, as it really is a place of reflection.

The Vimy Ridge Memorial at night, as seen April 6, 2017, just days before the 100th Anniversary. (Credit: Vimy Ridge Memorial)

And Canada has much to reflect on.  In fact, I had a lump in my throat as I was writing a sentence. What those Canadian men and boys did, beginning in blinding rain and sleet, on that early Easter Monday morning 100 years ago, is still today looked at as being a marvel of modern warfare.

Situated in northern France, the heavily-fortified seven-kilometre ridge held a commanding view over the Allied lines. Anyone in the future who¬†would be assaulting the Ridle¬†over an open graveyard, since previous French attacks had failed –with over 100,000 casualties.

Canada was given this task next – and to be blunt, there was some mentality¬†of Canadians being “cannon fodder” in this equation. ¬†History shows that Canadian troops, when fighting as part of a larger British Empire¬†force, were often thrown into the front lines of horrific battles, in order to risk¬†less British lives.

Canadian troops go “over the wall” and into a great victory in Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. Troops took the Ridge in one day, suffering the greatest one-day loss of life in Canadian history. (Credit: Metro News)

All four divisions of the little Canadian Expeditionary Force ¬†– ¬†mostly volunteers – were brought¬†together for the first time¬†in Canada’s 49-year history to fight this Battle. ¬†Including one British division, they¬†numbered¬†170,000 troops¬†over 145,000 Canadians, virtually¬†our entire Army at that time.

If we had lost – if Canada¬†had failed on that Ridge – it would’ve been an unthinkable disaster for our nation, as we risked¬†destroying our entire national Army. ¬†I get angry just thinking about the risk our nation was asked to take.

To capture this difficult position, the Canadians would carefully plan and rehearse their attack.  To give them greater flexibility and firepower in battle,  specialist roles as machine-gunners, rifle-men and grenade-throwers underwent weeks of training behind the lines using models to represent the battlefield, and new maps were drawn up from aerial photographs to guide their way.

British-dug tunnels around the Vimo Ridge area. One still exists for tourists to explore to present day. (Credit: Wikipedia)

bring men forward safely for the assault, engineers dug deep tunnels from the rear to the front. Despite this training and preparation, the key to victory was a devastating artillery barrage that would crelate a moving wall of high explosives and shrapnel that forced the Germans to stay in their treaches and away from their machine-guns.

In the week leading up to the battle, Canadian and British artillery pounded the enemy positions on the ridge, using new artillery tactics that allowed the gunners to first target, then destroy enemy positions.  Canadians were given an almost limitless supply of artillery shells, which destroyed hardened defences and barbed wire.  The Canadian infantry would be well supported when it went into battle Рwith over 1,000 artillery pieces laying down withering, supportive fire.

6-inch gun of the Royal Garrison Artillery firing over Vimy Ridge behind Canadian lines at night (Credit: Wikipedia)

Attacking together for the first time, the four Canadian divisions stormed the ridge at 5:30am on April 9, 1917. More than 15,000 Canadian infantry overran the Germans all along the front.  Incredible bravery and discipline allowed the infantry to continue moving forward under heavy fire, even when their officers were killed.

There were countless acts of sacrifice, as Canadians single-handedly charged machine-gun nests or forced the surrender of Germans in protective dugouts.  Hill 145, the highest and most important feature of the Ridge, and where the Vimy monument now stands, was captured in a case of bayonets versus German machine-gun positions.

It took there more days of costly battle to deliver the final victory. The Canadian operation was an important success, even if the larger British and French offensive, of which it had been a part, had failed. But it was victory at a heavy cost:  on top of the near 3,600 Canadians killed, more tHan 7,000 were wounded.

Prince Charles, the British Prince of Wales, said so dramatically and beautifully at the 100th Anniversary ceremony on April 9, 2017:

Prince Charles and sons Prince William and Prince Harry, visit one of the only still-accessible tunnels used by Canadian troops at Vimy Ridge. (Credit: Daily Mail)

‚Äú(The Canadians) succeeded in seizing the vital high ground of Vimy ‚Äď a task in which many others before them had failed,‚ÄĚ Prince Charles said.

‚ÄúHowever, victory came at an unbearably heavy cost. This was, and remains, the single bloodiest day in Canadian military history. Yet Canadians displayed a strength of character and commitment to one another that is still evident today. They did not waver. This was Canada at its best. ‚Ķ ‚ÄĚ [Emphasis mine]

More than just a memorial to one specific Battle and the nearly 3,600 soldiers who died there, Vimy Ridge became a national place of mourning for all soldiers of the Great War.  In fact, there are 11,285 names carved into the monument, all Canadians who died during the Great War but who have no known resting place. The names are those still found across Canada today.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President François Hollande honor the fallen at the cemetery at the Vimy Ridge Memorial on April 9, 2017. (Credit: Metro News)

The April 9, 2017 ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge was attended by more than 25,000 Canadians, with millions more Canadians estimated to be listening on the radio and over television.

To them, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau summarized the day:

“As I see the faces gathered here ‚Äď veterans, soldiers, caregivers, so many young people ‚Äď I can‚Äôt help but feel a torch is being passed,‚ÄĚ Trudeau said in his speech. ‚ÄúOne hundred years later, we must say this, together. And we must believe it: Never again.‚ÄĚ

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted April 9, 2017

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The Fleecing of Alberta

The NDP government in Alberta released its budget yesterday and tried, with “fingers crossed”, to push a $10.3 billion deficit down your throats¬†–¬†this after having a $10.8 billion deficit last year.

Enough is enough.  This government is destroying Alberta, killing your futures Рand all because they believe philosophically that they are better at running your life than you are.

It’s time to kick them to the curb.


To my dear Alberta friends, your government has once again lied to you today, and as far as I’m concerned, have sold the province out and may even have technically committed treason.

Yesterday, the NDP government released its 2017-18 budget, and projected a deficit of $10.3 BILLION.

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci: “We are laying the foundation for a return to economic growth.”
CBC News: “The $45 billion debt amounts to a nominal GDP ratio of 13.8 per cent with debt servicing costs of $1.4 billion.”

Economic GROWTH?  NOMINAL GDP ratio of 13.8%?  Let me give you a healthy dose of REALITY:

  1. A “nominal” GDP/Debt ratio is 5-10% of revenues. And no government actually pays that much back in a year, except perhaps Premier Ralph Klein, as he was finalising Alberta’s DEBT-FREE status. Ouch – too soon? ¬†The Calgary Herald reported on January 5, 2016 that:
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Alberta is the only province in Canada with financial assets greater than government liabilities¬†but its debt-to-GDP ratio is set to skyrocket, says a new report from the Fraser Institute. Every Canadian government, except Saskatchewan, was expected to see an increase in its debt-to-GDP ratio from 2007-08 to 2015-16, but¬†Alberta was expected to have the largest percentage increase, climbing 92.6 per cent, says the study released by the conservative think-tank.”

2.  Alberta has 100,000 FEWER high tax paying citizens in the last year, thanks to the slump in the oil industry.

3.  Albertans have already started paying the hated NDP carbon tax, which is an increase on your pocketbook in a time of economic uncertainty. That is money that will NOT go into the general economy, it will NOT create jobs, and it will NOT sustain growth. It will, however, help pay the $1.4 BILLION in debt costs this government racked up this year alone.

This deficit of $10.3 billion, called “nominal” by the CBC, is:

$28,219,178.08 ($28.2 MILLION) per day

$1,175,799.09 ($1.175 MILLION) per hour

$19,596.65 ($19 THOUSAND) per minute

$326.61 per second

On October 1, 2016, Alberta’s population reached 4.269 million, up 67,471 or 1.6% from October 1, 2015. When you get a moment, hug someone new to Alberta this year, because it reduced your personal amount owing on this deficit to $2,412.74 per person.

For a family of four, your share of this year’s deficit is $9,650.97. ¬†May wanna hold off on that trip to Vegas for a bit?

And that’s on top of the $35 billion already amassed, or $10,541.11 per person. Oops, that included babies, small children, seniors and the sick and disabled as well – who of course can’t pay.

Better keep your cheque book close by.  Rachel Notley is gonna need it.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted March 16, 2017

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Canada Versus (And For) The World

BhGzOP9CIAACs8EIn May 2015, I published a rather blunt article about our national anthem, ‚ÄúO Canada‚ÄĚ, We Stand On Guard For Thee!¬†¬†which seemed to have really hit a nerve – it’s now the 2nd most read out of the 120¬†posted in the last 2 years – and we saw the 2nd highest number of new followers added in a single day (over 135!)

However, one reader wasn’t at all impressed, and it took me by surprise.¬† He seemed quite genuinely ticked off.


angry-man-clenching-teeth-at-computer“Why are you so militantly patriotic?”, he started. ¬†“I don’t get why you are so ‘up in our business’ about Canada. ¬†There’s ‘loving my country’ and then there’s the ‘I’d DIE for Canada’ uncomfortable crap that you believe.¬† It’s just so¬†——- (censored)¬†black & white for some of you Conservatives.¬†¬†It’s totally backwards¬†to be so¬†disgustingly patriotic like the Americans… ¬†It’s not how we do things here. ¬†Oh and btw (by the way) Canada does bad things too. ¬†Canada is sometimes REALLY WRONG.” ¬†(Emphasis mine)

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I admit I couldn’t respond to him – it made me so mad I just didn’t bother.¬† Then just this morning (Sunday, November 6) – a full 1.5 years later,¬†I saw¬†a short video clip on Facebook, highlighting the differences in reaction between Canadians and Americans when it comes to the homeless, and it just hit me emotionally – though¬†I didn’t really get why at first.

I’ve thought about it off and on over the last day, as the impending U.S presidential election was at that time still 2 days away, and on the minds of much¬†of the world. ¬†I sat down to just start writing out what I was thinking. ¬†Here are my thoughts, in¬†their entity and (almost) completely unedited.

First off, I’d say to that miserable guy¬†that messaged me that day that¬†I’d take the days that Canada has actually been wrong over any day of the week where most countries, including the United States, has been perceived to be RIGHT. ¬†(Sorry America, but even you have to admit you really aren’t doing so well lately.)

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When I saw the video, I said to myself “THIS is why I love Canada so much, THIS is why I would gladly lay down my life for Her.”¬† When you get past the United States and all it’s “we’re number #1” bravado, many of them will tell you, behind closed doors, late and night, perhaps when few are listening – that CANADA got it right.

Canada was the grand experiment in multiculturalism that worked. We are like a great tent, and inside you’ll find 200 nations sitting down together, breaking bread together, talking together, laughing together, learning together.

There are very few in Canada who can truly say “I am friends only with my own race” – and mean it. ¬†Almost no Canadians have premeditated that statement. ¬†Very few Canadians¬†would be¬†proud of that statement.

treeoflifeThe Bible says in Revelations 22:2 that in the last days of mankind and this world we live on, we would see a “tree of life” planted: “and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

I’ve heard it said that Canada is like that tree. ¬†Of all the nations on earth, and all the flags and symbols and logos and crests of all the nations on earth – our Maple Leaf is one of the simplest, yet most striking and easily identified flags on earth.

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That Maple Leaf adorns backpacks and sweatshirts and smartphone cases all over the world today – why? ¬†Because those that wear that symbol – Canadians literally on the far flung corners of the world – are walking under a banner of peace and acceptance. ¬†The whole world looks to us as “peaceful”, “trustworthy”, “reliable”, “kind”, “giving”, “intelligent”, “determined”, “loyal”, “just”, “dependable” and “humane” – whether it be to fish or fowl, man or women, old or young, black or white, rich or poor, weak or strong.

Why? We aren’t perfect. We suffer from a fringe of fear, a ring of racism, a shadow of suffering. We make mistakes. ¬†We quietly wore¬†our patriotism in our hearts, not on our sleeves, for the longest time. ¬†We aren’t boasters, we don’t have to be #1, but we’re happy when we are.

I have to say at the same time, where we have erred, where we consistently are wrong again and again…. those issues are predominantly a part of the HUMAN condition, a GLOBAL issue – perhaps something only God Himself can fix on earth.

The breaktaking Canadian War Cemetary at Vimy Ridge (Credit: William Paul Kinsman / WordPress.com)

But when we get it right, we NAIL it. Canada does not “attempt to be good”. Canada “is good”. We don’t “try our best” to help others. We have laid down our lives to fight tyranny around the world, in places we could barely name, couldn’t point to in a map and often can’t even spell like Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, the Somme, Ardennes, Dieppe, the Scheldt.

In honor of our men and women who fell in foreign battlefields, here is a complete list of all the Canadian War Cemetaries around the world (The sheer number of them alone can cause one to get a bit emotional – I know, so anti-Canadian, right?):

Europe

The stunning cemetary at Vimy Ridge. This massive monument was made with over 30,000 tonnes of granite. (Credit: William Paul Kinsman / WordPress.com)

Belgium:  Florenville Cemetery | Saint Mary Cemetery

Cyprus:  Dhekelia Cemetery

Denmark: Copenhagen Cemetery

England:  Brookwood Cemetery | Cheadle-Gatley | Farnborough | Gosport | Hebburn | Helston | Langar | North Luffenham | Portland, Dorset | Royal Naval Cemetery | Radcliffe-On-Trent | Seaton | St. Merryn | Wallasey-Wirral

France:  Ars-laquenexy | Bistroff | Choloy | Le Vigan | Lelling | Marville | Metz | Piennes | St. Avold | Y Ravine Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel РWorld War I | Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais РWorld War I | Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Dieppe РWorld War II | Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Bretteville-sur-Laize РWorld War II | Bayeux War Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, Bayeux РWorld War II | Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Pas-de-Calais РWorld War I | Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Bény-sur-Mer РWorld War II

Germany:¬† Arnsberg |¬†D√∂rlinbach |¬†Hannover |¬†Iserlohn |¬†Karlsruhe |¬†Kippenheim |¬†Kuppenheim |¬†Lahr |¬†Rastatt |¬†Rheindalen |¬†Rheinm√ľnster-S√∂llingen |¬†Werl |¬†Willstatt |¬†Zweibr√ľcken

Italy:  Cagliari

Netherlands: Holten | Nijmegen | Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery РWorld War II

South Korean sentries at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan - where nearly 400 Canadian soldiers are buried from the Korean War (Credit: Legion Magazine)
South Korean sentries at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan – where nearly 400 Canadian soldiers are buried from the Korean War (Credit: Legion Magazine)

Northern Ireland: Belfast City

Scotland:  Arbroath | Glasgow | Lossiemouth

Asia

Hong Kong:  Sai Wan War Cemetery РWorld War II | Stanley Military Cemetery РWorld War II

South Korea:  United Nations Memorial Cemetery

We make mistakes – and we are men and women enough to admit it, putting us at the top of the list worldwide. That’s why¬†at least 6 years in a row, in a survey of 37,000 people around the world, CANADA was named either #1 or #2 most “trusted” nation on Earth by the Reputation Institute.

Top 10 most trusted nations in the world. Canada has been #1 or #2 for the last 7 years in a row (Credit: Reputation Institute)

I would rather see Canada be most “trusted”, than most: feared, powerful, useless”, or the “richest, largest, densest, angriest, cheapest, weakest, dumbest, greediest, rudest” people on earth.

When the world talks about universal health care, a social safety net, taking care of those less fortunate, they think of Canada. When they think of natural beauty, some of the most photographed places on Earth, their minds will drifted to Lake Louise, Banff, Prince Edward Island, 1000 Islands, the limitless canvas of a prairie sky, Vancouver, Halifax, and so many more.

3010130We are the only nation on earth that is almost universally recognized – frankly, it’s often even the punchline of a few jokes – that we will apologize even when someone else walks into us.

It says a lot about our natural tendency to prefer others, to defer to others, to downplay ourselves. ¬†Our chivalry isn’t what it used to be, but it also isn’t what it could be if we grabbed our passport and flew to almost any other nation on earth.

3401322-funny-canadian-quotesCanada is VERY different than every other country. ¬†There is a sense of peace that envelopes this country. ¬†Nothing quite feels at home like…home. ¬†Though I suppose that’s true no matter where you live, when people think if immigrating to another country, 300,000 a year come here first. Yep, even to the cold cities. They determined that they would even trade surf for snow blindness, +40 for -40, densely packed cities to miles of endless sky.

Why? The Statue of Liberty may symbolize freedom – and has for millions. But where do AMERICANS want to go when the chips fall even on the US? What ONE NATION ON EARTH do they wanna flee to when they no longer can trust their own government anymore? The beaches of CanCun, Puerta Vallerta and many more down south?

_88540632_0afa62c9-2f13-4499-9bb2-d8fba1dcdc7bHELL NO, 95% of them think of CANADA FIRST. How many times have we heard in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and now 2016: “if such as such becomes President, I’m moving to….”

Honduras? Bali? Bermuda? Jamaica? Argentina? Brazil? Fiji? No no, they want to VISIT those. But if they had to flee and wanted to be safe and feel secure again….they would MOVE to Canada.

Because deep down they know – we GOT IT RIGHT. We keep getting it right. And we will always be here to get it right for THEM when they need it. And the best thing of all – they’ll never know we even think it. We will keep treating other people like they matter more, like they are better, like we are so glad they are here.

imagesmh9r08dbThey won’t be put off by our patriotism and no one will ever be fearful of our flag or despise our democracy. Those things are the reason why they will come, do come and are already HERE.

But deep down, just between us Canadians, we know what’s REALLY going on.

And we breath a silent prayer of true thanks right now (which is the Canadian way) to the God we love for continuing to bless the Dominion of Canada from sea to sea to shining sea.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted November 11, 2016

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The Poppy STILL Matters

There are some today who believe that it’s time to put the poppies away, let go of the past, and stop commemorating Remembrance Day. ¬†Some believe it should no longer be a statutory holiday, others say it “glorifies War” – an activity that only the criminally insane would ever contemplate. ¬†

And for one giant global sports brand, apparently wearing a¬†poppy is considered nothing more than¬†a “political statement”.

Nothing could be further from the truth. ¬†The poppy still matters. ¬†Remembrance Day still matters. ¬†And they are both¬†worth fighting for – because they represent those who fought – and died –¬†for us.


The “controversial” poppy armband, now banned by FIFA’S players to wear on November 11. (Credit: The Guardian)

BREAKING NEWS:

The BBC reported on November 1 that Zurich, Switzerland-based FIFA, the international union of 211 member associations that governs worldwide football, turned down a request from England and Scotland for players to wear armbands featuring poppies when they face each other at Wembley on Armistice Day (Remembrance Day in Canada or Veterans Day in the United States), says the Scottish Football Association (SFA).

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, wear the poppy with pride in 2013. (Credit: The Mirror)

FIFA doesn’t allow any “political, religious or commercial messages” on shirts. The teams were allowed to wear black armbands embroidered with poppies in November 2011, after Prince William and British Prime Minister David Cameron appealed to the football governing body.

Certainly the poppy is not a religious or commercial message. ¬†So we’re left to believe it’s a ¬†political message? ¬†Surely World Wars I and II are much more all-encompassing than a debate about politics?

THIS Is Why Poppies Matter, FIFA

RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) men search the packs of the British dead for letters and effects to be sent to relatives after the Battle of the Somme, September 1916. (Credit: Imperial War Museum)

In World War I, more than 10 million soldiers on both sides Рincluding 6 million Allied troops Рwere killed on the battlefield.  Another 9 million civilians were killed in the crossfire. Europe buried an entire generation of young men, changing their landscape and history forever.

Great Britain (whom¬†FIFA believes doesn’t need to be wearing it’s history on its sleeve)¬†alone raised an army of 6 million troops out of their population of 46 million – and 900,000, or 11.5% of those, were killed. ¬†Overall, the death toll represented an astounding¬†2% of the overall population – the largest loss of life in the 1,000-year history of Britain from any conflict.

Canada’s contribution was even more priceless – thus perhaps why we are just as upset as our British brothers and sisters. ¬†Our little nation of 7 million somehow raised an army of 620,000 troops – that’s 1 out of every 11 people in the country.¬† Today, with 35.6 million people, an equivalent army would number 2.9 million people – or the entire populations of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland put together.¬†

img_1316-1But our¬†total losses on foreign battlefields with names like the Somme, Vimy, and Passchrndaele changed us forever –¬†with¬†67,000 killed and 250,000 wounded, nearly 40% of our armed forces ended up casualties of this Hell on earth,¬†representing 5% of our population!

Perhaps people in Zurich, Switzerland¬†where FIFA is located, a neutral country in both wars, cannot relate to the horrors of war.¬†¬†That’s an enviable position to be in for sure.

But for the nations that lost so much for the price of freedom…

…the same freedom that Switzerland enjoys without having lost any of their sons¬†for it;

…the same freedom that allows FIFA to make buckets of money in¬†a relatively wealthy, peaceful Europe today

…those nations who remember and honour that terrible price have a¬†RIGHT and a RESPONSIBILITY¬†to commemorate those¬†who freed our world of evil and tyranny, and who¬†laid the foundations for our Western greatness and freedoms with their bodies.

The installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' at the Tower of London, commemorating the centenary of Britain's involvement in the First World War . (Credit: Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph)
The installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London, commemorating the centenary of Britain’s involvement in the First World War . (Credit: Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph)

From a business perspective, it makes no sense for FIFA to¬†snub their¬†nose at an event that millions of people commemorate. ¬†Every year, more than 40 million poppies are sold in the United Kingdom alone to support the Legion.¬† 40 MILLION.¬† In fact, I could even go one step further and say that to ignore or to even insult the memories of the fallen dead within Wembley Stadium on November 11 will¬†have negative repercussions on FIFA for a long time¬†to come.¬† FIFA is making¬†a political statement here by banning the poppies¬†– they are saying that the millions who died don’t matter, that¬†their¬†sacrifice isn’t as important as corporate image, or as necessary¬†as insulting some modern leftwing pacifists’ delicate sensitivities.

We, from both sides of that terrible War, know better.¬†¬†FIFA also doesn’t seem to recognize that a¬†new generation of school children are finding a new interest in Remembrance/Veterans/Armistice Day, and attendance has never been better.

Why? ¬†Because we¬†all need to believe in heroes, more than ever before.¬† The next generation needs to see¬†peace on Earth modelled for them. ¬†They need to be taught that sacrifice isn’t a wasted effort, that “I” and “self” can be our greatest threat.

We all need to hope and strive to never see war like this ever again between nations.  And a people that forget their history are doomed to repeat it.

The poppies of Flanders Fields, Belgium

The poppy is incredibly symbolic in this commemoration.¬† When the ground was ripped apart in Europe after World War I, it was noticed on Flander’s Fields in Belgium, an especially bloody battlefield, that equally blood-red poppies were just about the only plant that would grow anywhere afree¬†– and grow they did, like a weed.¬† The symbolism wasn’t lost on the Canadian physician, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, who penned the words we all know so well:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders

Citizens of the United Kingdom, and football players of England and Scotland, disobey the rules.¬† Let’s not “break faith with those who died”. ¬†Wear your poppies with pride. ¬†These men and women have earned your honour.¬† They have earned your commemoration.

So we “Take up our quarrel with the foe.” ¬† FIFA, their¬†young players have earned all of our respect for their patriotism and desire to do the right thing. ¬†We hope they all come to the game wearing their poppies, violating your rules.

Signs like this appear in Premier League stadiums annually

You can even fine them if you wish – an outraged world will happily pay it. ¬†Unlike American football players who can’t seem to even stand for their anthems, these young men simply want to show respect.

Maybe you should return the favour to them. ¬†You should know from history that the United Kingdom doesn’t get told what to do, nor will they forsake their dead heroes for you.

I anticipate¬†the stands in Wembley¬†Stadium¬†to be a sea of red. And if you don’t change your opinion before November 11, you may find your global financial statements will be a similar color.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted November 2, 2016
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Surrey Shootings MUST BE STOPPED NOW

On August 1st, the 516,000+ residents of the City of Surrey, BC were once again dsheartenrd by news of our 51st shooting being recorded since January 1.

The number of personnel and budget for the Surrey RCMP continues to climb – yet so does the crime rate. ¬†Perhaps it’s time to seriously consider a municipal police force, if the RCMP cannot bring their bumper sticker nonsense about “Safe Homes and Safe Communities” to reality.¬†


Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and RCMP assistant commissioner Bill Fordy. (Credit: Jason Payne / PNG)
Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and RCMP assistant commissioner Bill Fordy. (Credit: Jason Payne / PNG)

On the evening of July 31, my city of Surrey recorded its 51st SHOOTING, a homicide.

Our Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is now¬†investigating after a man was shot to death on the 13900-block of Antrim Road in Surrey Sunday night. Neighbours¬†say after the shots rang out they heard a car drive away ‚Äď then police flooded yards in the area looking for a suspect.

@SurreyMayor Hepne and Surrey RCMP¬†Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy –¬†I trust you¬†actually understand ¬†how asinine this number is, when we’re¬†not even 3/4 of the way through the year yet?¬† That’s more than 3 Surrey shootings every 2 weeks since January 1st! ¬†

On July 12, a man was shot by TWO MEN ON BICYCLES at 108 Avenue and King George.¬† For those of us who are residents,¬†¬†that’s ONE BLOCK from the Whalley RCMP station – and it was only¬†2 blocks from MY HOME.

Ms. Mayor, these crooks have no problem shooting each other a BLOCK from a police station. What does that tell you about the effectiveness of the RCMP here?

bettersafethansurrey in the first 90 days of the year, had over 7,500 property crimes. Over 12,000 crimes total in just the first 3 months of the year.¬† It seems almost laughable now that “Safe Homes and Safe Communities is one of the bumper-sticker¬†platitudes adopted by the City and Surrey RCMP as a long-term goal.

Short term,¬†the catchphrase is¬†about as appropriate for Surrey as¬†calling a 300-lb man “Tiny”.¬†¬† Sadly, the message¬†has instead¬†been¬†controlled by folks who even sold T-shirts with slogans like “Better Safe Than Surrey“, which again enjoys a sales boom today¬†thanks to¬†this latest gunfight.

Surrey has the largest RCMP detachment in the ENTIRE COUNTRY. In fact¬†we just hired 100 MORE¬†police officers¬†this year alone. The cost to police this city¬†is becoming bloody OUTRAGEOUS – the police budget for our city of 468,000 is $146 MILLION a year – that’s $311 charged to each and every one of our residents –¬†including the kids.

According to a 2015 Vancouver Sun, the nee additions brings the number of RCMP officers in Surrey to about 800, or an officer for every 500 residents.

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Surrey RCMP, Remembrance Day 2013 (Credit: flickRiver, CanadaGood)

We are NOT getting the results we should be.

Mayor Hepner and Superintendent Fordy, perhaps you could pull yourselves away from the¬† Festivals and long weekend parties and dog days of Summer…. and bloody well GET TO WORK.

We either need to see results, or we need to push for a referendum on cancelling this RCMP contract for services and bring in the damn ARMY if necessary.

Mayor Hepner, I voted for you.¬† I believe in you to fight for us and do the right thing for our city.¬† I know¬†you have publicly spoken of your horror and frustration as the next shooting, and then the next, and the next… have been playing out in 2016.

However, one of the biggest issues is the fact that this largest RCMP detachment in the country – has no police chief. ¬†Bill Fordy, mentioned above, is assuming that role, but he is also the Assistant Commissioner for the entire province of BC and the 8,000 officers of it. ¬†In fact, the distinction of levels between Surrey RCMP and provincial RCMP was made less clear when the “E” Detachment headquarters was moved from Vancouver to Surrey a few years ago.

The new RCMP Division E Headquarters in Surrey (Credit: RCMP)

Today, the 804 officers and 300 administrative staff of the Surrey RCMP are just one agenda item of many.  That needs to change.  Strong leadership is needed. Even after hiring a new person, that will take a while to manifest.

The Vancouver Sun reported today (August 4) that Mayor Hepner is expected to announce a¬†new chief by September 15 – down to 3 possible candidates. ¬†In the context of this situation, that’s about 4¬†shootings away from now.

There are accountability measures that the City must start to insist on NOW. ¬†The RCMP’S feet must be put to the fire. ¬†There is an unspoken belief – though I have had one friend express it to me this week – that the RCMP in BC are outsiders. ¬†These individuals believe that the officers¬†don’t actually consider this home, and are parachuted in to police us. ¬†The Vancouver Police Department, in contrast, sees its officers live and raise their families within the city.

In actuality, that’s nonsense. ¬†Yes, there are people that move here from other provinces to work for the RCMP, but the same certainly can be said of Vancouver Police and every other police departments across Canada. ¬†And Surrey RCMP just as certainly has a large group of officers that were born and raised here, and consider this home all their lives. ¬†Bottom line: ¬†officers are not the problem.

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Surrey Crime Statistics, 1st Quarter 2016(Credit: RCMP)

Here’s where we are weak ¬†– the leadership of the RCMP is in Ottawa, and they don’t necessarily give a rip about Surrey. ¬†They are also not here to stand accountable for decisions made here, budgetary, training, etc. ¬†The City’s crime rate is in fact one of the best means possible to visually see and quantify what their effectiveness is in the City. ¬†There should be ramifications for not seeing that rate lowered, especially violent crimes like this. ¬†It’s time the folks at the Green Timbers HQ building get the message – residents have had enough.¬† I’m almost willing to see a temporary police state or even martial law.

Do¬†what’s best for our families. ¬†The rest be damned.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted August 4, 2016

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Surrey Shooting Victims – Their Stories

51 shootings in Surrey, Canada in 2016.  51 stories – some crooks or wannabes, some innocents in the wrong place – but all with families that either grieve or continue to worry about them.  

The RCMP needs to stop this nonsense, no matter how forcefully they must do so. Every resident has become a victim – some afraid to go outside at certain times, and others unwilling to go to certain parks, restaurants, gas stations or banks, target locations in the past.

Overall, there is confusion and fear of the unknown – though we know that a drug war has been declared between two opposing sides, just who is fighting who is hard for the average layman to determine without uniforms and flags present, though they are usually “known to police”. And where these shootings will strike next, and the possible targets, are anyone’s guess.

Residents are angry and want accountability.  We have 100 more police officers than last year – 804 total – and yet we have seen crime rates in this city either flatline at the current levels…or rise dramatically. 


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Read the original post here:
“Surrey Shootings MUST BE STOPPED NOW”
(Posted August 4, 2015 by Shawn J.)


It seems that another Drug War has been unofficially declared in the city of Surrey, BC – a suburb of Greater Vancouver in Canada.

surreyshootingThe battleground is all around us, the troops mostly 20-something punks and halfwits that don’t care who they start shooting at or where – with innocent civilians being hit, some even killed, as a result.

As you can see from this map (above left), no neighbourhood is safe, dealers and distributors fight it out for territory.  Police are even investigating a bullet hole found in a window of the Surrey RCMP detachment, though officers have not yet determined when that shooting occurred.

Doesn’t exactly breed confidence in our local police.  And though the RCMP has confirmed that they’ve investigated 51 incidents, they’ve only provided information on about 35 of them.  Surrey RCMP told CTV News they would not provide details on at least 15 others because there was “no need for public assistance”. 

 

bettersafethansurreyWhat?  Nearly a shooting every 2 weeks that we’re told that 1) we don’t need to know about because 2) they don’t (cough) need our help solving the crimes? I beg to differ on both counts.  First of all,  your role is to protect and serve us, @SurreyRCMP, not the other way around.  Secondly, the optics are that you are protecting someone or a group of people that the general public wouldn’t likely be happy about.

The Surrey area was chosen as the #1 resettlement district in BC for “Syrian refugees” – and it would be extremely serious mistake for these people to make, after we have opened our door wide to them.

The majority of the shootings have been in the Newton area, where most of the current drug users live as well, followed by City Centre and Guildford.  Ironically, the notorious Whalley district (where I live) –  which used to be the hotbed of drugs and other street crime for Surrey, is now overrun with a different kind of headache – yuppies and their puppies.  Thanks to the beauty of “gentrification” (a word so despised by Libtards but embraced by the rest of us) a miraculous transformation has come to this area.

The following is a timeline of the reported 2016 shootings in Surrey (information gathered from sources including CTV BC’s news team):

 Jan. 4:A drive-by shooting in the area of 152 Street and 48 Avenue turned into a high-speed car chase after a victim of the shooting chased down his alleged assailants.

Jan. 11: Investigators were called to the area of 123A Street and 90 Avenue shortly after midnight for reports of a possible shooting.

Jan. 22: Three people were arrested after a house was shot at in the area of 153a Street and 111 Avenue shortly after 3 a.m

Jan. 26: Mounties arrested two people following an early-morning shooting near 136 Street and 111 Avenue, but did not provide further information.

Feb. 8: Police provided few details, but there were reports of a shooting in the area of 84 Avenue and 133A Street early Feb. 8 or late Feb. 7.

Feb. 9: Shots were fired in the area of 141A Street and 84B Avenue shortly before 10 p.m., but no one was injured.

imageFeb. 10: RCMP were called to the area of 144 Street and 84 Avenue for reports of shots fired between two vehicles, and found casings on the road.

Feb. 13: Two men appeared at a Surrey hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. Police are not releasing the location of the shooting at this time.

Feb. 18: A male received a leg injury after being shot while riding in a taxi at 5 a.m. shooting near 143 Street and 109 Avenue.

March 5: Police were called to the scene of a shooting in the area of 62 Avenue and 142 Street, where witnesses reported occupants of one vehicle were shooting at another vehicle. No injuries were reported.

March 6: Police were called to the area of 136B Street and 59 Avenue for reports of shots fired.

untitledMarch 11: A driver crashed into a tree near 79 Avenue and 123 Street and died of serious injuries, which were later determined to have been caused by a shooting.

March 13: A male victim was treated in hospital for serious injuries following a nighttime shooting in the 14200 block of 64 Avenue.

March 14: Shots were fired into the front window of a home in the 15800 block of 98 Avenue following an argument, but no one was injured.

March 18: A victim of a drive-by made his own way to hospital after being injured in a 2 a.m. shooting in the area of 144 Street and 92 Avenue.

March 20: Police found shell casings after being called to the 11000 block of 132 Street shortly before 7 a.m. No injuries were reported.

March 22: A male victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after what police called a targeted shooting in the 10800 block of 143 Street after 7 p.m.

March 25: No victims were located after several shots were fired in the area of 128 Street and 56 Avenue, shortly before 1 a.m.

March 29: Police were called to the scene of a possible shooting at approximately 2:30 a.m., in the area of 91A Avenue and 124 Street, but officers would not provide details on their investigation.

April 2: A male was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after shots were fired in the evening in the 12200 block of 92 Avenue.

April 3: No injuries were reported when shots were fired between two vehicles in the area of 88 Avenue and 132 Street on Sunday evening.

April 4: A victim received non-life-threatening injuries in a brazen daylight shooting in the area of 86A Avenue and 140 Street in the early afternoon.

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April 5: RCMP discovered a hole in a window at the Surrey detachment. It is not known when the building was shot at.

April 5: A teenager and another person were injured in what police say was a targeted shooting in the 7700 block of 155 Street, at about 11 p.m.

April 15: The provincial government announced a $23M gang and gun strategy to curb Surrey crime.

April 16: No one was injured when shots were fired in the 16000 block of 93 Avenue shortly before 10:30 p.m.

April 24: RCMP received a call at 6 a.m. reporting that a female had fired a gun in the area of 94a Avenue and 168 Street, but police did not find a gun or any evidence that shots were fired.

May 9: A man appeared at an Abbotsford hospital suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds in the early morning hours, and police believe the incident may have happened in the 7500 block of 135 Street.

May 9: Shots were fired from one vehicle to another in the 7200 block of 152 Street. No one was shot but a victim sustained minor injuries from glass fragments, and police believe it may be connected to the earlier shooting on the same day.

May 14: Several people were inside a home in the 1700 block of King George Boulevard when someone opened fire at the building around 3:30 a.m., but no one was injured.

May 14: An injured man was found inside a bullet-ridden SUV in the area of 75A Avenue and Scott Road in what police believe was a targeted attack.  Even more concerning, the incident happened in broad daylight on a busy Surrey street.

May 18: Shots were fired in the 8300 block of 135A Street during the evening, but no injuries were reported. A black pickup truck was seen fleeing the scene, and a possible male suspect left on foot.

May 19: Police announced results of a gun amnesty program, which saw 500 firearms and 3,000 rounds of ammunition turned over to RCMP. Officers also revealed that 18 people were arrested in the last three weeks, all of whom are allegedly involved in drug trafficking and other related crimes.

June 27: A 21-year-old man showed up in hospital suffering from a gunshot wound, which police believe may be related to shots fired at the intersection of 128 Street and 60 Avenue at approximately 8 p.m.

June 28: A family dog was found dead, possibly of gunshot wounds, after a shooter opened fire on a home near 127 Street and 100 Avenue shortly after midnight.

July 3: A body was found in Bog Park, apparently suffering from gunshot wounds. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots the night before.

July 10: Shots were fired near 92nd Avenue early Sunday morning, but few details have been provided.

July 12: A man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being shot at by two males on bicycles in what police believe was a targeted incident at King George Boulevard and 108th Avenue.  (1 block from my home!)

downloadJuly 23:  Mayor Linda Hepner called it her “worst nightmare” – a shooting fatality that had no recognized drug/gang connection.  Jatinder ‚ÄúMichael‚ÄĚ Sandhu was sitting in a car with a friend on Saturday (July 23) at about 10:20 p.m. in the 14300-block of 90A Avenue when another car pulled up and opened fire.  Sandhu was fatally struck by a bullet and his friend was injured. He’s in hospital and will survive.

July 28: Police are investigating a shooting in the area of 135A Street and 108 Avenue around 3:10 a.m. that left two people in hospital(Again, 1 block from my home!)

surrey-shooting-july-31July 31: A 27-year-old died of gunshot wounds following an incident in the area of Antrim Road and 140 Street shortly after 8 p.m.

Sadly, to be continued….

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted August 4, 2016

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Alberta, Your Foundations Are Being Destroyed

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has done the unethical, unthinkable, impossible, unbelievable, and most destructive act she could conceive of – and soon, Alberta’s foundational economic engine could be destroyed.

And you are letting her get away with it.  


Premier Rachel Notley should no longer be given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to protecting the interests of Alberta and Albertans.  Period.

cp-alta-bgt-balance-2015I personally have plenty of suspicions about the timing of her cutting of the Alberta forest fire fighting budget on Tuesday, April 20, by about $15 million to an even $100 million.  No real justification for this, when forest fires were already raging across the province, ever came.  As the Edmonton Journal reported:

With dry conditions and dozens of blazes already burning across Alberta, Premier Rachel Notley said Tuesday her government’s decision to slash the wildfire budget by $15 million this year won’t impact the province’s firefighting efforts. [Emphasis mine]

The Fort McMurray forest fire looms like a demon in the distance (Credit: Toronto Star)
The Fort McMurray forest fire looms like a demon in the distance ((Credit: Toronto Star)

However, just 12 days later, on May 1, 2016, the disastrous man-made Fort McMurray fire struck ¬†just outside the oilsands project (which¬†she has always been vocally against), forcing¬†all of the oilsands workers, along with the rest of the 88,000 residents of that city, to flee for their lives. ¬†The oilsands projects themselves began shutting down already by May 6¬†closed, and the entire oilsands project was completely closed down, and all workers evacuated by May 16.¬† According to Warren Fraleigh, executive director of the Building Trades of Alberta, “2,000 to 4,000 members of the trade union umbrella group lost their jobs after many oilsands operations were shut down.

What a bizarre, poorly/well-time “coincidence”.

At 6:25 PM on May 3, the entire city of Fort McMurray was put under a mandatory evacuation order.  The optics of not even declaring a state of emergency until May 5, 2 days later, is not lost on some of us who were watching this Premier closely.

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(Credit: CBC.ca)

Hearing that Canada’s biggest fire-fighting planes, the Martin Mars water bombers, were not even requested by the Alberta government, and though it was under inspection at the time, another water bomber was offered and not taken advantage of – it makes me question the comments the Premier made April 20 that fighting fires would not be affected by her budget cutting decisions.

We saw the heartbreaking story of the courageous South African firefighters that travelled across the earth to help us battle this 589,000 hectare fire Рand then ended up having to go home because the basic arrangements for their pay were not properly made.  It was a disgrace and I blame the government of Alberta.

Nonsense,¬†you say. ¬†Speculation. ¬†Circumstantial evidence. ¬†There is no way that an elected official in Canada would do something that blatantly evil to her own province. It’s unthinkable.

Well friends it’s about time you started thinking. ¬†100,000 oil and gas jobs are gone and who knows when or even if¬†they are coming back.

And now, we learn today that Premier Notley has hired the proverbial wolf to oversee Alberta’s oil henhouse!

Here how the CBC introduces her:

index“Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose¬†Party¬†is criticizing the NDP government¬†for appointing someone to an advisory group¬†who once compared the oilsands¬†to “Mordor.”¬† Mordor¬†is¬†a dark, scorched land of¬†suffering¬†in the fictional world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

On Wednesday, the province announced the members of¬†an 18-member advisory group¬†to implement Alberta’s climate-change plan.¬† The¬†group’s mandate is to¬†provide advice on ways¬†to ensure that initiatives created as part of¬†the government’s climate-change plan, announced last year, are effective and widely supported.

One of the co-chairs of the group, Tzeporah Berman, an adjunct professor of environmental studies at York University in Toronto, has vocally criticized the oilsands in the past.

Wildrose¬†energy critic¬†Leela Aheer¬†shared Jean’s disappointment, citing Berman’s opposition to pipelines in the past.¬† “To see that this NDP government have appointed an individual from Ontario who¬†openly opposes¬†Keystone XL, Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan and Energy East is deeply disappointing,” Aheer said.¬†“Hardworking Albertans and their families deserve better”.

How does one come back from all these comments to develop a “climate change” policy for Alberta that doesn’t include the destruction of the oil industry?¬† They didn’t hire her for her administrative forte, leadership abilities, or public speaking skills.¬† They hired her because she’s a leftwing lunatic, oil-hating shrieking shrew that has had no problem wiping Alberta’s reputation around in the mud for awhile.¬† You need to see her comments for yourself here.¬† None of this was a secret before she was hired.¬† It’s the reason she was hired.

imagesGod help us.  The inmates have been hired to run the asylum.  If you believe that a weakened oil industry would benefit from the influence of a woman like this, one of their greatest adversaries Рthen do nothing.  If not, then you must fight back against this.

There is a petition developed by Rebel Media, demanding that this government reverse this idiotic decision.¬†¬† This woman wasn’t elected – she was hired, and she can be let go the same way.

The future of Alberta depends on it.  Your foundations are being destroyed.  What will YOU do about it?

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted July 18, 2016

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