Stop Trudeau’s Bill C-11 Censorship Law

As 2022 draws to a close I see Canada’s Independent and Social Media along with the Conservative Party of Canada all abuzz over PM Justin Trudeau’s latest effort on the part of his globalist handlers to deliver a final blow to the New World Order’s inescapable Nemesis – the INTERNET.

Ads on Facebook by the Conservative Party of Canada, like the one below, are calling on Canadians to sign their petition and help them stop the Liberal’s blatant attempt to curb the tongues of the general public when they’re online before the final judgement call occurs and “the People” learn who is really behind all the madness the world’s been subjected to since the advent of the Great Scamdemic of 2020.

When I clicked on their petition ad to sign it a window opened stated the following:

STOP ONLINE CENSORSHIP

“We the undersigned call on the Liberal government to stop their C-11 censorship law that will curtail the freedom of expression Canadians enjoy online.

Whereas the Liberal Bill C-11 threatens to end the freedoms of Canadians on the internet in an open marketplace with a free exchange of ideas.

Whereas under this archaic system of censorship, government gatekeepers will now have the power to control which videos, posts and other content Canadians can see online.

Whereas Conservative Senators are keeping up the pressure in the Senate to abandon this ill-conceived censorship of freedom of expression online.

And whereas Conservatives will continue to fight back to defend the freedom of expression of Canadians, without which no other Charter rights are possible.

Therefore be it resolved that we call on this Liberal government to roll back their online censorship law C-11, and ensure Canadians’ right to freedom of expression online is protected.”

Of course for old radical’s such as myself who’ve been in the freedom of speech front line trenches for decades (and still am!) there’s a bit of irony (and possibly even hypocrisy) attached to the Conservative Party’s current love affair today with the concept of “freedom of expression”.

I can readily recall that it was under the dictatorship of the late Conservative PM Stephen Harper that the freedom of expression loving folks in Canada were already living in and suffering under a tyrannical, Orwellian dystopia thanks to former PM Pierre Trudeau and the Liberal’s draconian Sec. 13 “hate crime” legislation which they had surreptitiously slipped in under the wire immediately following 911 when the House was adjourning for the Christmas break.

Below is an image of many of the former victims of Canada’s undemocratic Censorship Laws.

While Sec.13 was obviously not the creation of the Conservative Party, PM Harper’s government had been going along with it up until the point where they finally realized that it was in fact a double-edged sword; one that could be used to silence not only critics of the left but also critics of the right. This occurred when a couple of media personalities of the day (who I’m not able to identify due to legal restrictions) had complaints laid against them by those who they were running down in the controlled media.

As a result of the conundrum the Conservatives found themselves in they were able to eventually repeal this specious piece of Orwellian legislation with the help of some Conservative Senators back in 2012.

Their fundamental error though at the time of repealing Sec.13 from the Canadian Human Rights Act was to fail to go one step further and repeal the more sinister and dangerous freedom-destroying legislation contained in the Canadian Criminal Code under Sections 318-320; ones which the Liberal government continues to embellish with further restrictions and undoubtedly plan to use against Canadian citizens in the times ahead.

It’s my hope that this time around the Conservative Party of Canada, should they gain a majority in the next federal election, will resolve this issue of freedom of expression once and for all and return to the common sense approach that existed in the former Canadian Bill of Rights which Conservative PM John Diefenbaker bequeathed to Canada on July 1, 1960. His words, spoken 62 years ago, still strike the hearts of all freedom loving Canadians today:

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and for all mankind.”

History of Censorship in Canada

For those too young to remember and those still asleep at the wheel a decade ago it’s incumbent upon me to clarify the who, what and where of this former Censorship legislation known as Sec.13 and Sec. 318-320 of the CCC as well as the history of censorship in Canada from its nascent beginnings.

It’s my position, based upon over 20 years of research and 15 years of ongoing litigation, that Canada’s judicial system was infiltrated and co-opted by globalist interests operating in Canada since as early as 1919. Of course such an assertion will automatically be met with a loud hue and cry of “preposterous! outrageous!” followed immediately by much hand-wringing and declamations of “hatred” and “racism” and further punctuated, dramatized and broadcast across the nation via the Controlled Mainstream Media. So be it. It doesn’t detract one iota from the facts.

All that’s required in order to verify this war against our rights and freedoms, including our most basic right of speaking out and expressing our views on issues vital to our national well being, is to delve into any and all of the legal cases over the past 55 years associated with the issue of freedom of expression and one will see immediately that in practically every instance the globalist elites lining up and vying for intervenor status. And furthermore, concomitant with their zealousness to intervene is usually the underlying fact that it was themselves who were instrumental in bringing forth the charges. And if that isn’t the norm then they’re undoubtedly there to make sure that the complainant (usually an agent in one form or another) gets the maximum support of their power and influence in the courts and the media.

One might legitimately say that these deceptive measures to control freedom of speech actually began before the commencement of WW2. After Hitler and the National Socialist Party came to power in 1933 the world’s globalists in Canada were already growing fearful that Canadians might begin to believe what Chancellor Hitler was saying about the International banking cartel and their control of Germany’s own beleaguered nation and so, as a result of their growing paranoia, the provincial government of Manitoba, (of all places) passed a statute to combat what was apparently perceived to be a “rise in the dissemination of Nazi propaganda”, the premise of which (The Libel Act, R.S.M. 1913, c. 113, s. 13A (added S.M. 1934, c. 23, s. 1) was later to become The Defamation Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. D20, s. 19(1) and was in all likelihood the first volley launched against freedom of expression in Canada.

Up until 1970 Section 181 of the Criminal Code which reads, “Every one who wilfully publishes a statement, tale or news that he knows is false and that causes or is likely to cause injury or mischief to a public interest is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.” was the only provision in the Code even remotely connected to the offence of group defamation but it didn’t, at the time, specifically make mention of “hate propaganda”.

When WW2 ended the work of the globalists began in earnest. Their first step in the direction of censorship was the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 with its references to “hate propaganda”. By 1953 we find that the globalists in Canada were already diligently pursuing efforts toward this same end with their attempt to insert anti-hate propaganda provisions into the Canadian Criminal Code which was being revised in that same year.

Their deceptive labours eventually bore fruit in 1965 when they were finally able to convince Canada’s federal Justice Minister Guy Favreau to appoint a special (interest?) committee to look into the purported “problems” connected with the dissemination of “hate propaganda” in Canada.

Surprisingly (not) what became known as “The Special Committee on Hate Propaganda in Canada” was fully furnished with a gaggle of legal beagles that included one notable lawyer who would become instrumental in aiding the globalists in their relentless quest for censorship laws.

This was none other than Professor Pierre E. Trudeau, Associate Professor of Law, University of Montreal, soon to become Canada’s Prime Minister.

The committee studied the alleged “problem” from January 29th to November 10th, 1965 and their conclusions called for new legislation that ultimately affected the Post Office Act, the Customs Act, and most critically in today’s context, what is now Section 319 of the Criminal Code.

Only now that the true history of the last eighty years is finally coming to light, thanks to the free and open Internet, are we allowed to search for and see the original, unadulterated script that was so cleverly designed by the NWO forces of the day and it turns out to be a program of diabolic, treacherous, political pragmatism designed to destroy democratic institutions and replace them with an atheistic, elitist, macabre vision of a New World Order where they, and only they, would hold all the power and control over the world’s people along with all the resources of the planet.

It was back in the mid-1970s when the globalists began lobbying Ontario’s then Deputy Attorney General, F.W. Callaghan and putting pressure on him to silence one of their critics, a rather vociferous fellow by the name John Ross Taylor who had come up with the novel idea of leaving telephone messages on the phone lines of those who he was critical of. The recipients of Ross’s unwelcome expressions were demanding of the Federal Department of Justice the inclusion of speech-restricting legislation that removed the need for “willfulness” or fair comment based on public interest. In that way they could circumvent having to pay their own legal costs which would, under the new law, be off loaded on to the unsuspecting Canadian taxpayer instead.

According to the history of Section 13 by Marc Lemire, an advocate and fighter for freedom of speech during PM Harper’s reign, he states, “In 1976, the Federal Government was looking at a larger Act for employment issues and the provision of federally regulated services. This Act eventually would end up with the innocuous sounding name: the Canadian Human Rights Act. Although no other section of the Canadian Human Rights Act covered speech, it was not a problem for the Federal government to capitulate and slip in an extra section to satisfy Ontario’s Attorney General’s lust to silence John Ross Taylor and his home-based answering machine.”

“In 1977 Bill C-25 or the “Canadian Human Rights Act” was passed by the House of Commons on July 14th. Contained within it under the sub-title of “Hate messages” was Section 13 which read:

13(1) It is a discriminatory practice for a person or a group of persons acting in concert to communicate telephonically or to cause to be so communicated, repeatedly, in whole or in part by means of the facilities of a telecommunication undertaking within the legislative authority of Parliament, any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.

As Lemire goes on to state:

“Only a few years after the law was enacted, Mr. Callaghan finally got his wish and John Ross Taylor became its first victim, with the Canadian Human Rights Commission itself and several globalists as the complainants.

“Since the law was first enacted, two major changes were made to Section 13.  These changes fundamentally shifted the original intent of the legislation, and turned Section 13 into an instrument to financially and morally punish those with politically incorrect views.

“The first change to the legislation occurred on May 15, 1998, when Royal Accent was given to Bill S-5 (1998), which added a new penalty provision to the Canadian Human Rights Act. Bill S-5 added Section 54 to the Canadian Human Rights Act, and allows the Human Rights Tribunal to impose a financial penalty of up to $10,000.  On top of the fines, Section 54 also gave the fanatical Tribunal the ability to impose penalties of up to $20,000 as so-called ‘special compensation’.

“According to the background section of Bill S-5, these penalties were added ‘as a response to the rising incidence of hate crimes around the world. The government believes that stronger measures are needed to deter individuals and organizations from establishing hate lines. It hopes to accomplish this by allowing victims of such lines to apply for compensation and subjecting offenders to financial penalty.’

“The second change occurred in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.  Sadly, this legislation equated non-violent politically incorrect words – which are covered by Section 13 – with terrorism and concerns of national security. Under the guise of Bill C-36 – Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act, Section 13 was expanded to cover “a group of interconnected or related computers, including the Internet.”

This change, gave the power to the Canadian Human Rights Commission to censor the internet and harass Canadians with views that the Rights Fanatics disagree with.

Closer to Home

Of itself censorship is nothing new having been around since Cicero’s day. It didn’t become established to any degree until after the middle of the 15th Century when Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press and set off the Gutenberg revolution. Once the technical means were in place allowing mass communication to occur the inevitable pursuit of controlling the narrative also appeared and by the turn of the 20th Century the globalists of the day had already firmly established their worldwide news networks. They’re still with us today and the times we now live in are, in many ways, but a reflection of the effects that the controlled media has produced upon the planet over the past 125 years.

Having arrived on this 3rd rock from the sun in 1947 I was in a sense a Johnny-come-lately in terms of understanding how the mass media was structured even though by the time I left high school in 1965 Marshall McLuhan’s Gutenberg Galaxy had already been on the market for three years. My time spent at Simon Fraser University from its opening in the fall of ’65 until I left with my Teaching Certificate in hand was the precursor to what would eventually turn out to be a rather radical life spent within McLuhan’s famed galaxy.

I didn’t encountered the malevolent effects of censorship until I reached my 50th year. It was only then I finally realized that if a Canadian citizen wishes to express themselves in a free and open manner that the heavy hand of Big Brother can and will appear to silence you. My reaction at the time to having my letters to the editor of the local community newspaper the Quesnel–Cariboo Observer censored by my then employer School District #28 set me on a new path that would eventually lead up to the present moment and the issue now at hand.

Those who know me and my previous published works since I began publishing my own newspaper The Radical back in June of 1998 will understand perfectly well what I’m talking about when I state that ever since I first encountered head on the diabolic, Big Brother, Communist threat to individual freedom of expression back in 2007 the issue of CENSORSHIP has over shadowed my life’s work.

The legal consequences alone, after spending over a decade in and out of the Provincial and Supreme Court systems, have left an indelible mark on my ability to speak TRUTH to the power brokers who, since the onset of their transparently overt 2020 Covid attack upon humanity, have now turned the socio-political world into a farcical free-for-all with no holds barred.

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Concluding Remarks

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,
I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
Shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and
Beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
~ Jesus Christ, St. Matthew Ch. 7, vs 24 -27

The premise of my argument that Canada’s Legacy media or MSM is, and always has been, an integral part of the NWO’s overall plan to formulate and establish Orwellian laws inimical to the rights and freedoms of the Canadian people stands undefeated to this day for the simple reason that the globalists will never debate the issue in an open public forum as they’re fully aware it’s much easier to just use the power of their press to vilify and smear anyone who exhibits the testicular audacity to openly challenge their verifiable culpability in every criminal deception they’ve been involved in over the past century and longer. Frankly stated it’s the modus operandi of these globalists to react precisely in this fashion for that is how they mendaciously twist and stifle debate on any issue of national importance to Canadians, be it our Charter rights or our fundamental right (and responsibility as patriotic protectors of our country) to question the direction of the nation’s domestic and foreign policies.

It’s also my ardent contention that the Censorship template for Canada’s anti-free speech legislation, falsely labelled “Hate Propaganda” was, from the start, designed in such a way as to function as a legal shield which the globalists could then use to defend themselves against any allegations aimed at exposing their covert actions, all of which were designed to benefit their inordinate influence over Canadian politics.

Back during the period of my legal battles with the Canadian Human Rights Commission then Conservative PM Stephen Harper was the globalist’s Trojan Horse de jure and front man in this deliberate, ongoing, slow motion coup to capture the nation’s political and legal systems. His only saving grace was to have not stood in the way of repealed the Sec. 13 law before his tenure ended.

When we go back in history and retrace the steps these Machiavellian interlopers have taken since the end of World War 2 it’s clearly evident what they’ve been up to, especially in light of the now increasing displeasure that more and more Canadians are exhibiting toward the actions of the current Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when it comes to his relentless, mean-spirited attacks upon our truckers, our clergy and our nurses and doctors.

Those despicable actions, exacerbated to the nth degree by his psychotic obsession with wanting to jab every living soul in the country, from pregnant mothers and new born babies to the aged, with the World Health Organization and Fauci’s poisons that are now decimating the world’s populations everywhere make it abundantly evident that our nation is under serious attack by these foreign globalist insiders who are manipulating the Prime Minister of the country to commit treasonous acts designed to obliterate the people’s fundamental rights and freedoms.

These examples coupled with his outright phony posturing and endless display of abject obeisance to the wishes of international globalist organizations like the World Economic Forum of which he’s a charter member and one of the more fanatical and embarrassing examples of what a true Statesman ought not to be all point to the unequivocal conclusion that the nation has been betrayed by the Liberal Party of Canada and it MUST BE REPLACED in the most expedient manner as possible.

A final reminder for readers is Sec. 2b of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which clearly delineates our fundamental right to freedom of expression:

Sec.2b(2): Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.

As fate would have it my own legal case was destined to be the test case for the globalists working in Canada. Should they win and find me guilty under Sec. 319(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada then that precedent would undoubtedly unleash a flood of subsequent attacks upon the rest of the bloggers and publishers and writers and artists living in Canada who might also see an imminent threat to their freedom of expression encapsulated in this draconian, Orwellian legislation designed with malicious forethought to censor truth and stymie any and all attempts to achieve and maintain justice and freedom of speech in Canada.

Just as the great parable of Jesus Christ shown above regarding the foolish man who built his house upon the sand has come down through history so too has the foolish attempt by those who labour for the Satanic forces to build a globalist house of invisible governance upon the sands of deception, usury and an insatiable lust for power and control over their fellow mortals.

Now that the rains of the peoples’ outrageous indignation and the floods of perceived injustice and repression of personal freedoms and the winds of Truth and Freedom are beginning to beat with greater and greater intensity upon the once mighty and powerful House of the New World Order (thanks to the miracle of the Internet), the underpinnings of this deceptive, age-old hoax are giving way and, if the people continue to unite and persevere in their staunch resistance to and abolition of all the censorious “Hate Propaganda” laws now being used against them, then soon and with great relief and thankfulness, will come the inevitable fall of this House of Horrors followed by a new beginning for those who want only peace and love and justice and brotherhood to reign supreme.

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Christmas: Old Style on the Canadian Prairies

Editor’s Note: I first published this story back on my old “QuesnelCaribooSentinel” site on December 23, 2011. That site no longer exists on the net so I thought I’d re-post it again for posterity and for the enjoyment of new readers. In doing so I’ve also revised it and added some additional photos that I didn’t have back in 2011. Enjoy and share if you like it. Comments are always appreciated here on the Cariboo Sentinel.

Christmas:

Old Style on the Canadian Prairies

By Arthur Topham

Growing up on the prairies of Saskatchewan back in the late 40s and early 50s, to say the least, was a far cry from the world we’re living in now as the year 2022 draws to a close.

We did have two modern-day pieces of technology though back then; one a telephone and the other a 12 volt battery operated radio. As for the telephone it was a community effort so to speak with a number of neighbours in the surrounding area also enjoying this modern new device and quickly learning how to eavesdrop in so that conversations of a supposed private nature sometimes became just the opposite!!

My parents were farmers – born on the prairies – Dad coming from English stock and Mother from Russian Doukhobours who had immigrated from Ukraine back in the 1890s thanks to the assistance of the famed Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. They grew grain and gardens, milked cows, cut their own firewood, hunted wild game and raised pigs, chickens and beef on their quarter section of land in order to feed and clothe themselves and four children. It was no easy task and they worked hard in order to survive.

My Father Roy Alfred Craig Topham with his favorite team Dick and Star.

We lived about five miles west of the nearest small town called Togo which was right next to the Manitoba border. It was our local shopping area where one could buy essentials and haul your products to town in order to sell them. Apart from the actual grain crops that went in to the wheat elevator in the fall we also would take in milk and cream and butter every Saturday which would then be sold to the local buyers.

This current Google Earth image of the town of Togo tells me that it hasn’t grown in size since we left Saskatchewan back in December of 1956 headed by train for British Columbia where my Father had found steady employment with the Aluminum Company of Canada (Alcan) at Kitimat.

The CN ran by Togo and Saskatchewan Pool had their grain elevator next to the tracks.

It was a simple life and a challenging one but at the same time it was also a life full of riches that no money could buy or no computer might simulate. Our food came from the sweat and toil of our hands. My mother would grow a big garden each year and then in the fall can and preserve all the essential items necessary to keep us healthy throughout the long, cold, windy winter months ahead.

This photo was taken in the spring of 1949-50. That would be me learning to harrow the family garden plot! Brother David and sister Audrey are standing by observing.

Every year when winter came my Father would go out with the horses and the sleigh and chop with his axe enough standing poplar to last for the next year’s winter wood supply. Each tree would be loaded by hand onto the sleigh which had bunks on the sides similar to what we now see on the logging trucks of today. At one point the neighbours would arrive with a mobile sawmill unit and wood cutting would commence for a day or two and all the trees bucked into stove length.

Dad’s woodpile.

In our case we used the wood in our wood cook stove that my Mother had in the kitchen. It would go throughout the day and for the most part heat the kitchen and the living room areas of our small house. When the temperatures plummeted to the minus 20 – 40 below levels we also had a small coal burning heater in the living room that my dad would load up for the nights.

The kitchen in our house was originally a granary that my dad had hauled over to the main house and butted up against it. It was finished inside and contained the wood cook stove and a table that mom used when baking. The door in the back of the photo was the main entrance into the house. From all appearances it must have been bedtime for my brother David and me. I appear to be holding a muffin or something similar that mom probably baked during the day.

As winter approached and the first snow falls began it was time for my dad and his buddies to go hunting. Wild game, especially deer that had been feeding off the grain crops throughout the fall, were always in demand. Below is a photo of my dad and my Uncle Jim with their trophy “jumpers” as dad used to refer to them as.

Winter was a special time in that much of the hard labour of the spring and summer and fall months was over and done with and we would have way more time for recreation. Once the winter wood was cut and split and stacked and the hay and grain were in the barns and the canning and veggies were in the root cellar below the kitchen floor us kids would be free to spend our non-school hours and holidays basically doing our own thing.

Here’s a photo taken with our Kodak Brownie camera back around 1952. My sister Audrey is on the far left grinning like a Cheshire cat. Next to her is my older brother David (covered in snow with his hood of fringed fur around his head) and then my eldest brother Ray with the stick in his mouth. That’s me in on the right, cozy and warm in my winter coat. My Mother was a fine seamstress and would make most of our clothing on her Singer sewing machine or else knit our mitts and gloves and socks by hand. In the forefront is our dog Pal who was my constant companion for the years that I lived on the homestead. The snow is piled up and we’re all enjoying it.


When we weren’t building snow forts or digging tunnels we could be found either skiing or tobogganing on the hillside that sloped down to the creek next to where we lived. We would shovel off the frozen ponds by the creek and have skating parties or else play hockey or a somewhat crude form of curling. The game of curling was a lot of fun. We filled jam cans or other tin containers with water, let them freeze, then used them for curling rocks.  We had little in the way of store bought articles so being innovative and creative was not only the one option available to us but it also served to build a sense of self-reliance and ingenuity that would be useful throughout our lives.

When winter began rolling in on the prairies it also created certain challenges for those who lived out of town. As long as the snow wasn’t too deep our family would be able to make it into town in our 1928 Model “A” Ford that Dad had scored somewhere along the way. Here’s a shot of the family just prior to leaving for Togo on our Saturday run to deliver the cream and milk and eggs and pick up maybe $5.00 in spending money that my parents would then use for other essentials deemed necessary. That’s me standing in front of my Mother. From the looks of it I would guess it was around 1950 or ’51.


Of course when winter set in and the snow began mounting up and the winds began to blow as they always did the car was parked and left until the springtime. No such thing as plugging it in to keep it warm. There wasn’t any “plug in” and all the current bushes at that time were under snow and not producing any voltage! 🙂 It was the wind that played such a determining role in all of this. Whenever a snow storm would hit, the dirt road that led into town would be subjected to strong winds that would produce snowdrifts of varying sizes and shapes some of which would pile up anywhere from 4 to 6 feet deep or deeper. There was just no way that you could take a chance of getting stuck somewhere along that 5 mile stretch of barren landscape with the temperatures down around 30 or 40 degrees below. It would have meant freezing to death within a very short time.

Our mode of transportation during these cold periods was a small, rectangular shaped wooden van (as we called it) that had a back door and no windows other than a very small one in the front right above the open slot where the reins from the team of horses entered into the van. Inside was a small wood heater and two benches running along the two outer walls. The whole thing sat on sleigh runners.  You can see the van behind my Father in the photo above. We would go into town during the daylight hours and usually we didn’t return until after the sun had set. I can remember those trips home as vividly as though they were just yesterday. Dad would stoke the little stove up before we were ready to leave Togo and after we were all inside he would give the team a signal to go and they would head off into the darkness steadily plodding their way westward toward our farm.  It was snug and cozy inside the van and pitch dark except for the glow from the damper on the little stove. Many times on our trip home we would encounter high snow drifts and the horses would have to sometimes leap into them at which our little house on sleigh runners would jerk and sway and tip at times right over on its side as the horses struggled and lunged and pulled their way through the drifts. Once through the van would right itself and we’d carry on in the night. I recall many a trip while the moon was bright in the night sky and this gave us kids an opportunity to peek out through the little window to view the frozen white landscape glowing in the winter night and gaze at the twinkling canopy of stars above.

Another photo of myself and brother David along with our dog Pal. Behind us is the van and the entrance to our home.

The other mode of transportation around the farm and within the local area was the larger sleigh that Dad would use for various tasks, be they hauling hay or wood or grain or whatever.

Here you see my sister Audrey, myself and brother David getting ready for a journey. Our cat is also giving some serious consideration to joining us on this trip.

Another photo showing Dick and Star along with Pal and the three of us.

Along with the approaching festive season our one room school house called Mylor School would hold its annual Christmas concert. It was a time when all the parents would attend and the students would perform and sing Christmas carols.

Mylor School

Mylor School was a very special place for our local community as we never had a community hall and so it was basically the hub for most social occasions. My dad, seeing as we live very close to the school, was also the janitor and he looked after the care and heating of the building. During the winter months it was heated by a coal burning furnace that was located in the basement. There were times when I would accompany him when he went to load the furnace and do regular maintenance. One special memorable event for me was when he would do all the chores we would go upstairs into the classroom and he would sit down at the piano and play beautiful music. I never knew at the time how he came to learn to play but later when I was older I was told a rather sad tale (oddly connected to the present day) of how when he was born on November 2, 1918 his mother came down with the Spanish Flu and within a month died. My Grandfather remarried not long afterwards as he already had three young daughters and his second wife was a piano teacher.

Anyway, getting back to the Christmas concert. I only recently discovered in my late Uncle John’s (mother’s brother) belongings which were bequeathed to me at one point, a letter he had received from my mother with some photos taken when my oldest brother Ray and sister Audrey were up on the stage along with some of the other older students doing a square dance for the audience! My mother had written on the back of the photo, “This is the night of the Christmas Concert at our school. They are doing the Tennessee Wig Walk! 🙂

Sister Audrey on the left and brother Ray on the right.

Heel toe and away we go… but it looks like Ray ain’t goin’ nowhere! 🙂

As Christmas arrived my mother would begin baking goodies and bringing up treasures from down in the root cellar. We always raised chickens and turkeys and pigs and so there was no shortage of fine “organic” turkey for the table along with all the vegetables and fruits also grown in a natural fashion. And I can’t forget those late summer days either when mom would take us kids out with our berrie buckets to pick wild Choke Cherries and Saskatoons that would later manifest as delicious jams and jellies. Fresh butter, fresh cream, fresh milk from the cows. As kids we took this all in stride never given a thought to the fact that later in our lives things such as these would eventually become the exception rather than the norm.

Gifts were rare and in many instances were things that we would make for each other. But one thing we could count on was getting at least one individual gift.

Here is my beautiful mother Pauline holding a Christmas gift that she had received in the mail from her younger sister Nora. When I think about all the effort and loving care that she put into our home on the farm I thank the Lord for having placed me in this family upon my arrival. My mother was born in 1916 and this photo taken in 1953 would make her 37 years old at the time. May God bless and keep her always.

Here as well is my father Roy on Christmas morning. It’s the only photo that I could find of him taken around the time all the others in this story were. The inscription on the back of it by my mother read, “Father looks kind of sick, but he hasn’t had breakfast yet. That’s his three big boxes of cigarettes he got for Christmas.” Having been born in 1918 he would be 35 years old when this photo was taken. May God bless and keep him also. He was a wonderful father from whom I learned many lessons that served me well throughout my own lifetime.

My parents would always do their best though to purchase at least one present that could be shared among us kids. Seeing as how 3 out of 4 kids were boys it usually meant the present was something that normally males would appreciate more. My sister Audrey though was not one to be dismayed by it all and she learned at an early age how to do boy things just as good or even better than us. One Christmas we would got a Crokinole Board and it would become the center of attention throughout the long winter nights with everyone joining in to see who could shoot the best.

The next Christmas might bring us a hockey game which we would set up on the table after dinner in the evenings and everyone would join in playing. My Father was a big fan of hockey and like most of the young men of his time he had learned to skate and play the game when he was young and also played with the local team that was usually composed of the neighbourhood boys. They would travel from one small town to the next during the winter months and play for the sheer sport of it all.

When winter came that was when hockey also started on the radio the only other modern piece of technology that we had in our home. Saturday night was Hockey Night in Canada on the CBC and it was the big event of the day. Dad and whoever wished to would sit around the radio listening intently to the game. When hockey wasn’t on though there were all sorts of other radio programs that we could tune into for entertainment.

This is a photograph of that little technological wonder that used to keep us listening for hours throughout the winter evenings. It was only about a foot long and maybe 7 or 8 inches high. It was a tube radio that Dad would hook up to a car battery. We had an antenna running up the side of the house on a long pole and that was our link with the outside world. No satellite dishes, no high speed internet, no television, no cell phones. It’s hard to image really just how quickly we’ve developed the technological skills over the past half a century and longer.

Apart from our immediate family we would of course get together with our relatives who also lived on farms around the area. Cousins and close friends would gather at someone’s home and while the adults would gather round the table for drinks and card games and lively talks all the kids would play outside until they were either half frozen or they heard the call to come in for supper. It was all so simple then and so uncomplicated. Little did we realize that within a decade or so the intensity and commercialism of today’s Christmas season would soon be upon us. Looking back now I can appreciate just how lucky I was to have grown up in that environment and had the opportunity to experience life in that way.

In closing I would like to take this time to thank all those who have subscribed to the Cariboo Sentinel as well as friends and family who have been so supportive over this past year. The loss of our youngest son Shashone on January 25th of 2022 had a devastating effect upon the whole family and the wide circle of friends and associates who knew and loved him.

It’s my wish and hope that the New Year will bring a semblance of peace and harmony and justice to the world.

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Azovstal Documentary, OAN Archive by John Mark Dougan

EDITOR’S NOTE: I received this video this morning from associates in the alternative news media. The following comments on the video accompanied it.

“Thank you for sending this around. It is the most powerful, important, and timely video that I have ever seen on YouTube. I see that it was only posted seven hours ago. If it lasts there for another seven hours, I will be surprised. It’s really quite amazing to me that it ever got up on YouTube in the first place. I trust that other platforms will pick it up so that it won’t be lost to the public when YouTube inevitably takes it down.

I encourage everyone to watch it all the way through. Late in the video, Dougan mentions that the only American news organization that is covering this side of the story is One America News (OAN), which I see is who posted it on YouTube.

Who is John Mark Dougan? You might be interested to know that he used to have a Wikipedia page, but he was too important, too genuine, and it had to be taken down. How do I know this? Because the first two links in the article I wrote about Dougan in 2018, “Seth Rich Confidante” Escaped to Russia, were to that now defunct Wikipedia page. Dougan has certainly not become less important since that time, but don’t expect his Wikipedia page to be restored anytime soon.”

Please share this video while it’s still available.

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Majority of Canadians Support Defunding the CBC

I’m not sure about you, but I can’t recall the last time I tuned into the CBC.

I’m sure I’m not alone – only 28% of Canadians listen to CBC Radio and less than 4% of Canadians watched CBC-TV in 2019.

So why are Canadian taxpayers on the hook to fund a service that we rarely use?

A recent report by the Auditor General of Canada presented to the CBC’s Board of Directors shows that the CBC received $1.24 billion in funding from taxpayers in 2021-2022.

A recent report by the Auditor General of Canada presented to the CBC’s Board of Directors shows that the CBC received $1.24 billion in funding from taxpayers in 2021-2022.

In addition, in the Trudeau government’s latest fiscal update, the government pledged an additional $42 million for the CBC to “offset revenue losses related to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

And the cherry on top – a recent report by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation reveals Canadians have been on the hook for over $156 million in the form of raises and bonuses for CBC staff since 2015.

And the cherry on top – a recent report by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation reveals Canadians have been on the hook for over $156 million in the form of raises and bonuses for CBC staff since 2015.

Arthur, it’s no wonder the majority of Canadians support defunding the CBC.

True North is proof that a media outlet does not need to rely on government handouts to succeed.

True North is the fastest growing online media outlet in Canada.

True North is the fastest growing online media outlet in Canada.

We want to compete with legacy media – will you help us?

Your support ensures we’re able to reach more Canadians and continue producing videos, podcasts and news reports.

Thank you,

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Senior Researcher

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New Quesnel City Council Sworn In

From Left to Right Debra McKelvie, Scott Elliott, Tony Goulet, Martin Runge, Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, Mitch Vik. Mayor Ron Paull in forefront. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Dyok – Quesnel Observer)

Source Article from the Cariboo Observer with added commentary & graphics by Cariboo Sentinel Editor)

Ron Paull delivered his first speech in Quesnel city council chambers as mayor after being sworn in on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.


Paull was the first to sign an oath of office and code of conduct followed by returning councillors Scott Elliott, Tony Goulet, Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, Martin Runge and Mitch Vik, and newcomer Debra McKelvie.


He opened his inaugural address with the quote “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter” from Martin Luther King Jr.


“As an incoming council we’re fortunate what is a headstart in knowing one another and where we stand on the myriad of issues and opportunities that await us,” Paull said, thanking everyone in attendance and extending his thanks to candidates who put their name forward in the 2022 municipal election including former mayor Bob Simpson.


According to Paull, inflation, global economic uncertainty, climate change and pressure on Quesnel’s industrial base are making spending and inherent taxation an even more pressing issue.


“Emerging societal issues are competing for the lead today,” he continued. “Taking over the agenda is a conglomeration of complex societal issues rooted to a large part in the illicit drug trade — crime, street disorder, violence, vagrancy, vandalism, addiction, mental health, public safety, homelessness and the associated need for different levels of supportive housing are all interconnected and in need of our immediate care of attention.”


Paull said council and the community must not be afraid to openly discuss and share ideas for outside-the-box solutions that are effective yet compassionate, noting there is much to be shared with and gleaned from other communities.


He added he is optimistic about future potential projects, including the interconnector and Three Rivers Community Forest, and events such as next’s year Coy Cup Championship and Minerals North Conference and Trade Show. The BC Winter Games will also be in Quesnel in 2024.


As for a lawsuit launched against the city by former employees who lost their jobs in relation to the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Paull said he had no comment. A mandate by the city issued in November 2021 requires city workers to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and volunteers and contractors entering a city-owned or operated facility to provide proof of vaccination.


“It is before the courts, but I do wish to say that I should be able to have, in fact, I must be able to have access to my mailbox and my mayor’s office, so I’m very anxious to see the mandates and COVID behind us,” Paull said, later confirming to the Observer he refuses to disclose his vaccination status.


Newly sworn councillors also expressed their gratitude for being elected to serve a four-year term with Goulet, who was also re-elected a trustee to the Quesnel School District Board of Education, doing a little jig.


While some of the complex social issues may be outside their purview, Vik said they are compelled to face them nonetheless and that the community is expecting council to deliver solutions as quickly as possible.


“Regarding finances, we need to keep our eye on the ball,” Vik added, noting the city’s pressing infrastructure needs.


Elliott described the voter turnout at 29.6 per cent as disappointing but consistent with previous election results. In 2018 just 25.5 per cent of residents and property holders voted.


“Let’s get to work and keep moving forward,” Elliott said. “We’ve got a great team here, and I think a lot of potential.”


Letters of congratulations were shared by the Tsilhqot’in National Government and Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes.


At the inaugural meeting Lhtako Dene Nation elder Bryant Paul said he prays they can all work in a good way.


Among the council committees and appointments, Roodenburg was selected for Indigenous relations. Terrence Paul with the Nazko First Nation said they look forward to sitting down with her.


“Hopefully, we can carry forward the areas governments have introduced towards the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and we can all start trying to establish policies that have never existed before and new realisations in how we establish relationships.”


Editor’s Comments. I’ll add to this story my comments that I posted on Councillor Debra McKelvie’s fb page as well as a graphic depicting one issue that the Cariboo Sentinel will be pushing for over this next council’s tenureship.

“Congratulations to Mayor Ron Paull and Councillor Debra McKelvie on their successfully ran campaigns and their victories. It’s a great relief for me to not have to look at the previous individual who occupied the chair Ron is now sitting in. As for the other Councillors I do hope they will be willing to work with Ron and Debra as the city forges ahead over the coming years. I can’t imagine a more challenging time in which to be a player on any political stage be it municipal, regional, provincial or federal. May God bless you all and guide you in your decision-making so that THE PEOPLE benefit from your leadership and experience. I look forward to driving into Quesnel again from Cottonwood and seeing our Gold Pan City sign once again standing in its former location.”


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