Stackhouse Soapbox - Death of youth affects writer

I can’t even begin to explain the emotions I had upon learning a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death, in front of his own mother in Hamilton last week, in what was nothing more than an attack by two bullies. So senseless. It seems like the victim and his family tried to bring the bullying issue to light earlier in the school year and were met with school officials who said they have a zero tolerance policy on bullying, but also recognize everyone has a right to an education, including bullies. What a total abandonment of responsibility. It’ll never happen because this is Canada and we, long ago, punted common sense down the road; but as soon as a student interferes with another when it comes to getting an education, you are surrendering that right to get educated. Teachers and administrators, as a minimum, should lose their jobs over this. As for the murderers, it’s no secret what I think they should get, but they’ll both be back on the street as hardened criminals before they are 30, I’m sure.

CBC is suing the Conservative Party of Canada for copyright infringement over the use of a couple of video clips used to promote a 1:45 YouTube ad in which the Conservatives highlight Justin Trudeau’s corruption and bungling of various files. There was nothing in the clips that made any of the media people/companies appear one-sided and there is significant legal language to weed through to determine whether or not this is an actual theft of media. Rosie Barton, a CBC anchor, was listed as a plaintiff when the allegation was filed and she moderated some of last week’s federal debate. Real fair.  

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I hear a lot of people mocking right-wing based Rebel Media for their one-sided showing of journalism and now we have CBC that is the Rebel Media of the left and there is no longer any disputing that. For the most part, I don’t care. The media don’t call anything down the middle like they are supposed to, but I’m tired of paying good money to an outlet that acts as a marketing arm for the federal Liberals. Get rid of the CBC. Let them go it alone with private radical left wing funding.

We live in a country where police, voluntarily, shut down a possible criminal investigation of the governing Liberals over SNC Lavalin because they don’t want to influence an election and yet in this same country, a publicly funded broadcast company can sue a political party challenging the existing government and that, somehow, is not an influence? Remember, this is our money. What an outrageous and offensive waste. If Canadians vote Trudeau in again, we are just asking for more of this and we are dancing dangerously close to the dictatorship line, and I’d submit we’ve even surpassed it on a few levels already.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was in Winnipeg on Monday as part of his election campaign and the media lit him up for not revealing how much his personal donation to the emergency relief efforts was, despite the fact Scheer said it was a private donation. What I’m wondering is if there is an actual amount that would have made these vultures happy. These low life journalists (because that’s what these ambulance chasers are) then attacked Scheer for the appropriateness of his visit to an area dealing with the aftermath of a major snowstorm that has resulted in thousands going without power. I fail to see what his presence does one way or the other. To put this in perspective, Winnipeg and Portage have a combined population of close to 800,000 people and 20,000 are without power. That’s a high number, but it also only represents 2.5% of the population.

Conservative voters took a fair amount of online abuse on Sunday after they dared to question the legitimacy of Justin Trudeau delaying a speaking engagement by 90 minutes on Saturday night and then emerging with ghostbuster looking type security people and a very obvious bullet proof vest under his fancy suit.  Apparently wife Sophie was supposed to introduce him, but she was sent home with the kids out of safety concerns. Yet, it was safe enough for Trudeau to come out and mingle with over 400 vulnerable Liberal supporters. The whole thing smells like a ruse to me in order to generate a sympathy vote and put a shining light on the perceived violent hate of the right wing.  Sorry for questioning a guy who has lied nonstop for four years and shows no regard for the rule of law, so why wouldn’t he exploit whoever that was protecting him on Saturday night? Trudeau, don’t forget, paraded out one of his young children to act as a shield when he had to face the media for the first time in relation to SNC Lavalin. He also used four year old children to push his down to earth personality in the wake of the blackface scandal through a staged question and answer session on a promotional video.  He uses the LGBTQ as props for re-election and mocks First Nations people, so excuse me for not thinking there is no such thing as a ‘too low’ bar for Trudeau to stoop to in order to influence Canadians. It’s working as 32% of us are clearly fooled judging the latest polls.

Nice person mentions this week: Tim Kearse, Greg Vandermeer, John Gormley, Shelly Kay, and Nyla Dubiel.

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