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Facebook Canada head rejects idea of Australia-style news payment rules

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The head of Facebook Canada says rules requiring it to pay publishers for news content linked on its site would be a worst-case scenario for the social media behemoth.

At a parliamentary committee hearing today, Kevin Chan said such regulation would hinder a free and open internet. He said Facebook already props up struggling legacy media outlets by directing traffic to their sites.

Last month, Facebook blacked out all news on its platform in Australia in response to looming legislation that would require digital giants to pay traditional news companies for their journalism.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Australian counterpart agreed to continue “co-ordinating efforts” to ensure web giants’ revenues are shared more fairly with creators and media after Facebook struck a deal with the Australian government on a revised bill — which still demands that tech titans fork over cash for content.

New Democrat MP Heather McPherson is accusing web giants and the Liberal government of fostering a “cozy relationship” with Big Tech that protects platforms’ profits at the expense of local media and Canadian taxpayers.

Chan notes that Facebook Canada has announced investments of $18 million in sustainable business models over six years.

However, legislation akin to Australia’s “is never something we would ever want to do unless we really have no choice,” Chan told MPs on Monday.

Lawmakers also raised concerns about online hate speech and disinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccines — two problem Chan said the company is trying to address while respecting freedom of expression.

The government is working on a three-pronged response to the challenges that social media platforms and other major internet-based content providers pose to media regulation in Canada, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has said.

One part of the response is a bill currently before the House of Commons to modernize the broadcasting regime, while a second is work underway now to address how major internet companies are taxed, and in turn how traditional media companies are financially supported.

Online hate makes up the third prong; global observers continue to question Facebook’s role in tragedies ranging from the Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand to deadly military violence directed at Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, as well as racist posts in Canada.

Facebook funds a fellowship that supports journalism positions at The Canadian Press.

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What ever happened to a healthy debate?

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Professional Misconduct
Censorship
Ideological discrimination
Institutional Intolerance
Cultural & Gender Wars
Dictatorial Pronouncements by Professional Associations
Struggles of New Canadians within a Closed-Minded society.
Educational Institutions that teach intolerance

Folks does anything catches your attention, specific to your world experiences? The above-mentioned issues cause concern, fear, confusion, and sometimes hate within our democratic society.

There was a well-known writer named J.K. Rowlings, and a professional nurse named Amy H. who have run into conflict with these above-mentioned issues. A writer whose very open to all forms of equality yet showed concern for the young and how they are experiencing gender issues, while gender activists purporting to support them, appear to be indoctrinating them instead. She was attacked for showing concern for the young. Nurse Amy H showed her respect for this writer by making a sign that said, “we love J.K. Rowling”. The nurse was involved in the gender wars also, fighting to have equality above all else established and learned. Both of these individuals were and are under attack by the forces of gender orthodox., a powerful and influential group within the educational, institutional, and media sectors of our societies. These people and others who simply express their thoughts and beliefs come up against an unyielding wall of closed-mindedness, one that purports to be democratic yet proves itself to be undemocratic. Those who opposed them simply complained to their professional associations and councils decided against the nurse. Debate, the very essence of higher education and democratic thought is being silenced by groups and individuals who have learned that simply saying it is not so, and this is the only truly acceptable will prevail against any foe. The opposing opinion is considered the enemy.

My son David went to York University, experiencing the dictatorship of the minority fully. Having an opposing opinion resulted in verbal conflict, and accusations and that did not come just from his fellow students but also from many of his instructors. Ideology in whatever form is king at York and many of our centers of higher learning. Many of our professional Associations have been occupied by similar-minded ideologs. Debate, discussion, and differing thoughts are viewed as unessential and dangerous. These actions were taken from the playbooks of the Jewish Defense League and LGBTQ Community activists of the 1960-the 80s’ and beyond. If you refuse to listen, will not discuss, but simply act as though the opposing opinion does not exist or is a horrid thing, your opinion will eventually be victorious.

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Our society’s intelligence, those who in the past forged get ideas and cultural achievements are now the bull work of bombastic anti-thought. They are now the keepers of ancient ideals that have no functional place in a working society. Equality means something totally different to them, an ideal that ensures their goals at the cost of others. Tolerance has no meaning to them, and words mean less than actions. All they want is to get what they perceive to be right. Democratically inspired citizens need to stand against these “useful fools”(Lenin) and press the majority’s cooperative advantage. What is more Canadian, American, and Caribbean-like, than cooperating with our fellow citizens? Please consider, excuse me, sorry are words voiced by us who only want to build, while these opportunists’ words tear apart, derail and often destroy. Image means more to this lot than reality because they believe our reality is false, misrepresenting, and manipulative.

Imagine yourself as a new national immigrant coming from a nation carrying with you the ideals, customs, and culture of your homeland. Splashing into the confusing gender-cultural wars that exist today. What are equality, gender bias, and democratic self-expression? Why are you being confronted by others with seemingly different thoughts and ideals? Debate perhaps, as you’d expect within a democratic nation.

Our lives end the day we fall silent about the things that matter to us. Strong people will stand up for themselves, while even stronger citizens stand up for others. Charity, Concern for others, and respect for your opinion and the opinion of others is what democracy is all about. Ideolog, arrogant supermen and women need to hear the fire of debate, the expression of thoughts and principles that have and will shape us all.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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Air Canada suspending flights to Calgary from YXE and YQR – CTV News Saskatoon

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Starting in mid-January Air Canada will no longer be offering direct flights to and from Calgary for the province’s two biggest airports.

Travelers at the Saskatoon Airport were not happy with the announcement.

“I want them to continue. There are many people in Saskatoon that go to Calgary,” said Josephine Regan.

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“Who wants to go to Vancouver and then fly back again,” said Anne McDonald.

Air Canada passengers will now have to catch a connecting flight through Vancouver, more than tripling the time it takes to reach Calgary with a direct flight.

“It was a surprise, we were not aware that this decision was going to be made,” said Vice-President of Business Development for Skyxe Airport CJ Dushinski.

“It’s obviously disappointing anytime a carrier decides to cease service from a market, especially when we’re talking about a market like Calgary which is one of our largest markets out of Saskatoon.”

Saskatoon and Regina both see approximately two in-bound and out-bound flights to Calgary daily.

“We know loyal Air Canada customers will be disappointed. It provides a few less options for connections through a variety of places,” said Manager of Customer Experience for Regina Airport Authority Justin Reves.

In a statement to CTV News the airline provider said “Air Canada has made some changes to its flights to/from Calgary. We are continuing to rebuild our business in a prudent and disciplined way and that means looking at every aspect of our network and deploying our resources where they will be most productive. After careful review, we’ve decided that we must continue to strategically focus on rebuilding our main hubs of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to suspend a number of regional routes from Calgary effective Jan. 2023.”

Sandy Levinton who operates Marlin Travel Agency says the direct flight suspensions will force her company to switch up some flights for customers.

“We have to find alternate routes for them,” she said. “The airlines have to streamline their operations whenever they can. They’re seeing that flights are not filling up and they’re just going start pulling those or suspending them.”

In the wake of the suspension Levinton says WestJet Airlines has already added more direct flights to Calgary.

Air Canada says it does “review opportunities to add services,” which could have the company add the flights back to the province’s two major airports, however it provided no timetable for when that could happen. 

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Blood Donations: The Gift We take for Granted

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How has the pandemic affected the blood pool within the North America Region? Has the blood supply so needed by the racialized, Black and Asian Communities suffered?

Black and Racialized North Americans tend to die or have blood-related illnesses more often than White Folk. The exact cause is unknown, but it is likely a combination of genetics, behavior, and risk factors entering into it. Blacks tend to have smaller blood vessels, leading to heart-centered illnesses. Ethnic health issues are front and center, in front of our political and health officials these days.

Canada is facing a blood shortage, and 100,000 donors are required to maintain the nation’s blood supply. This is a challenge to accomplish in itself. There are racial communities that have particular needs not being serviced. For many of these people, there is a shortage of donations from their specific genetic community, causing a life-or-death situation.

“Most of the time, blood really never sees race,” says Madeline Verhovsek, a hematologist from St. Joseph’s healthcare in Hamilton. Matching blood transfusions between donors and recipients is usually an easy endeavor, but in some special cases, the blood types available are not sufficient. Sometimes a person with special unique medical conditions or complications may require extended matching, challenging the system’s blood pool. In some cases, people from specific ethnic communities are required to donate to their kin and community members.

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One such condition is sickle-cell anemia, which affects people living in malaria-prone areas of Sub-Sahara Africa and The Middle East Regions. Sickle Cell Anemia can require patients to experience up to 25 transfusions annually. While there are 4 main blood types (O, A/B, A, and B are antigens that sit upon red blood cells), there are other antigens contained in blood, and their genetic codes can vary. Blood from the black community is like gold to the Canadian Blood Services, mostly because of its rarity and availability. That is not to say that the black community does not donate blood, but rather that there are stumbling blocks placed before racialized community members. If you have had malaria, you are not allowed to donate in Canada. In America, those who have had malaria are not banned for life.

Margaret Media of Canadian Blood Services (director of philanthropy) said “Canadians must realize and acknowledge that some government policies are a hindrance to people donating their blood, marrow, and stem cells”.

Sikh Nation, a community-based organization, raises the Sikh Community into donating their blood. They want a safe supply, but also adequate supply, so when there is a need the supply is there. The ban that disallowed LGBTQ Community Members to donate has been re-imaged recently. Those communities with a historic rare blood record have been organizing community drives, as well as blood storage with the Canadian authority’s assistance and cooperation. Those that help themselves through organizing and determining action seem to achieve wonderful results. In our crazy energetic world, finding the time to donate is another problem. The Business World has often responded to this difficulty through employee-encouraged blood drives, paid wages while donating, and promoting blood donations. The blood agency and activist organizations pursue diligently those employed in super active jobs, such as truck drivers and seasonal workers to encourage and achieve blood donations.

Governmental action to lower the barriers to donating blood, especially within Black and African, and Asian populations seems to be achieving its necessary goals. The Indian community of Brampton has responded well to the presence of increased donation centers in Brampton. Sikh Canadian activists point out that blood donation is perfectly in line with Canadian – Sikh values, to save lives.

Sources…Canadian Blood Services, CBC, and Brampton Guardian.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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