B.C. family devastated after teen’s death from apparent overdose unfolds on social media

Aron Crimeni walks around the skateboard park not far from where Carson Crimeni was found by his grandfather. The young teen died of an overdose in Langley, B.C., on Aug. 13, 2019.
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NANCY MACDONALD
LANGLEY, B.C.
PUBLISHED AUGUST 18, 2019

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-a-family-is-shattered-after-dying-boy-is-made-into-a-meme/#

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Indigenous Protestors Delaying Traffic at Border Crossings

Highway Blockade Update

By Pino Demasi
On August 9, 2019 at 7:53 am

The REAL Concerned Citizens of Thunder Bay

(MANITOBA – ONTARIO BORDER)Below is an update via media release from Treaty 1 regarding the round dance expected to stop traffic on the Trans Canada Highway at the Manitoba – Ontario border.

It says this was to delay traffic not a full blocade. My wife and I missed this by a few hours and my son aborted a trip to a friends cabin in Ontario because of it. Anyone affected by this? How long of a delay? I do not think it is an unreasonable step to have their message heard. If I was stuck in backed up traffic for a long time I might feel differently.

More of these delays for round dance ceremonies planned for other border crossings including some to the US.

Some comments on social media calling the protest vandalism, police aiding and abeting road blockets etc …
The difference is they are protesting to create awareness that we are on treaty land and should not take that for granted. Some of them do not have safe water, sewer and other infrastructure, or proper education and healthcare access etc…
Part of that is due to chiefs or band leaders misusing funds. The previous Federal Conservative government created the Financial Accountability legislation so the bands had to report finances just like other levels of government. It exposed corruption and some chiefs got voted out.
The Trudeau led liberals traded enforcement of this for votes under the guise of open and transparent communications. This needs to be enforced again by the next government and the open transparency in other ways so it a proper two way relationship.
Standards need to be brought up once funds are used properly and they or services increased if they still below Canadian standards.

Wab Kinew at a rally in Manitoba – DANTON UNGER / Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

Brian Giesbrecht
Published: August 9, 2019

Winnipeg SUN News Manitoba

https://winnipegsun.com/news/provincial/giesbrecht-indigenous-protestors-start-blocking-roads

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Brian Giesbrecht, retired judge, is a Senior Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy

Are Giesbrecht’s comments reasonable or very short sighted?

He says

“It has nothing to do with more money and power. It is the good old fashioned method that works for everyone – education and hard work.”

He gives examples of Manitoba’s Wab Kinew (NDP party leader) and former Federal Attorney General Jody Wison-Raybold.

There are numerous examples of Indigenous people who came from the reserve that achieved success despite modest beginnings. Senator Murray Sinclair is one.

He assumes the majority of indigenous people in Canada have the same upbringing, privilege, opportunities and are physiological equal to the majority of Canadians. The fact is the colonial systems, residential schools, sixties scoop, cultural differences, systemic racism, often generations of sexual and verbal abuse of children and women, substance abuse or self medicating, inadequate primary education and limited healthcare have put many at a servere disadvantage.

Some grew up in better conditions or were able to overcome these but to say the majority can do this without major changes and support is a stretch to say the least.

These conditions have spanned genetations and it will take major changes and genetations to bring true equality and fine the right balance of the many cultures differences.

Are the chiefs and band leaders of many First Nations partly responsible after incompetence, misusing funds and corruption? The Financial

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Trudeau violated ethics law by pressing Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin deal, Ethics Commissioner rules – The Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-ethics-commissioner-rules-trudeau-inappropriately-pressed-wilson/

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There has been findings of conflict of interest against other leaders and politicians including in other parties. Why is there not more consequences other than to reputation and public opinion? In this case it is the second such finding by the auditor general against Trudeau. This is not much of a deterent.

At a minimum he should be required to resign and not be permitted to run at any level again for 10 years.

Protecting Canadian jobs and the economy is an inadequate defense considering the severity of the criminal charges against SNC and its former executives.
Many of the employees and contracts would get picked up buy other Canadian firms that are not corrupted.

As for JWR being reinstated and backpay that should have been the decision of the new leader and PM.

It sets a bad precedence regardless of which party you support. It has far reaching consequences including a loss of confidence in him, the liberal party and in government in general.

It is clear in the eyes of many Canadians and even Mr. Dion the Ethics Commissioner that Trudeau was in conflict of interest when he took advantage of his position of power to help SNC.

It is no different than what Harper, Doug Ford, Pallister, Bowman and others have done with the strong leader models we have in Canada at all three levels of government.

They are allowed to control who gets and keeps cabinet, comittee chair, EPC and other important positions that pay more and allow opportunities for more power and often offers of influence.

They use this to manipulate the will of those they appoint and influence out ones on important votes and decisions.

If the appointees disagree and voice this within the cabinet or party they are shuffled out and often back benched. If they or even regular MP’s, MLA’s etc… speak out publicly against the party or leaders position they are “voted” / kicked out of caucus / party and lose the political and financial benefits of party status.

Should there be more independence allowed for the other elected officials and together they vote to pick these and other currently appointed positions?

Are these current strong leader models needed to prevent in-fighting and allow effective governing? If so there needs to be more checks in place to prevent unethical influence and corruption plus better enforcement of them and the current protections often ignored or misinterpreted.

We need to look at other democracies that are working properly and not loosing so much public confidence and trust.

I knew deferred prosecution agreements (DPA’s) are becoming more common and used in other respected democratic countries but it was the lack of transparency with Trudeau and most of those he has influence over changing their story so many times. If he and his inner circle were open about it from the beginning there would have been no issues.

They snuck it in with an Omnibus budget bill and knew the finance committee would not debate it properly. They knew the overwhelming amount of evidence against SNC and its former execs plus several criminal investigations, charges and trials would prevent an open acceptance of a dpa for them so they tried the back door route. It failed and It failed thanks to JRW standing up for the public and should have or what would have come through that back door next?

SNC used employees as a front to donate over $100k to the liberal party, a lesser amount to the Conservatives and individual candidates and when caught were only required to pay it back.

I know Sheer, Ford, Harper, McGinty, Wynn, Christy Clark and many other political leaders have been influenced, conflicted or unethical and been caught. The whole political, governments, judicuary, law societies system needs to be changed and the swamped drained to restore a propery functioning democracy with strong public confidence and trust along with fiscal sustainability, fair taxation and strong economic growth.

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Bitcoin Soars On Falling Yuan; North Korean Crypto Thieves

LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES

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There is still many volatility, security and privacy concerns but these are not stopping some investors. There is a growing number of competing cryto currencies and blockchain based systems being developed so this will continue to evolve.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cryptoconfidential/2019/08/10/bitcoin-soars-on-falling-yuan-north-korean-crypto-thieves/

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Justice Centre applies to intervene in appeal of BC ruling ordering hormone treatment on child without parent’s consent

Two articles about this Charter rights case that involves a minor, parental rights and gender transition treatment.

Posted on Jul 24, 2019

Justice Centre applies to intervene in appeal of BC ruling ordering hormone treatment on child without parent’s consent

The case concerns a female-born minor proceeding with testosterone treatments to transition to the opposite gender. A lower court Order prohibits the publication of the names of the born-female child (“AB”), the child’s father (“CD”), the child’s mother (“EF”) and the medical professionals involved in this case. The court’s Order also prohibits using the pronouns “she” and “her” to refer to this born-female child.

The father and mother divorced about four years ago. Since that time, their female-born child was frequently in trouble in school, seeing school counselors on a regular basis.
With the support and affirmation of school counselors, the female-born child began to transition to a male identity, including taking on a male name. This was kept secret from the father, even though custody is legally shared between him and his ex-wife, and despite his legal right to know all significant happenings and developments pertaining to his own child. The father only found out after seeing his child in a school yearbook, dressed up as a boy with a new male name below the picture.

The child continued to meet with school counselors who supported AB presenting to others as a male. They referred the child to a psychologist (“Dr. IJ”), who then referred the child to “Dr. GH” at the BC Children’s Hospital. In December of 2018, Dr. GH sent the father a letter stating that the Children’s Hospital would begin giving the child testosterone within two weeks, without the father’s consent. The father then filed a court application to prevent the treatment from going ahead without his consent.

On February 27, 2019, Justice Bowden of the Supreme Court of British Columbia declared that it was in the best interests of the child to receive the controversial cross-sex hormone treatments and/or pubertal suppressant drugs, and/or whatever other treatment may be recommended by the BC Children’s Hospital, including surgeries such as mastectomy.

Further, Justice Bowden also specifically forbade the father from attempting to persuade AB to abandon this experimental treatment, which carries life-altering, permanent consequences. Calling the female-born child by the name assigned at birth or trying to persuade the child not to proceed with irreversible treatments, would constitute “family violence” under BC’s Family Law Act, according to Justice Bowden.

If granted leave to intervene, the Justice Centre will explain how children have a legal right to the protection of those who love them the most and know them the best: their own parents. The Charter protects the liberty and security interests of parents in the raising and caring for their own children, including a right to make decisions for them in fundamental matters such as participating in elective irreversible medical interventions.

The Justice Centre will also explain that compelled speech violates free expression as protected by section 2(b) of the Charter and has been described by the Supreme Court of Canada as “totalitarian, and as such alien to the tradition of free nations like Canada.” In addition to protecting every person’s freedom to speak, hear and listen, the Charter protects the right not to be compelled by the government (including the courts) to utter words which are not one’s own. By ordering the child’s father to express agreement with, or consent for, the hormone treatment, the BC lower court violated the father’s Charter right to freedom of expression.

Neither the government nor the courts will pick up the pieces of this child’s life if they are wrong regarding these treatments. It will be the parents.
There should be no irreversible medical treatment until the parents agree, or the child reaches an age with the requisite maturity of a “mature minor”.

The following related article which mentions some studies and confirmed findings. If these accurate it appears it is better to wait till the child is an adult to consider hormone treatment.

https://www.thepostmillennial.com/bc-court-ruling-father-child-hormone-treatment-case-dangerous/amp/

In 2018, Brown University published Lisa Littman’s findings from a case study with 256 parents
evidencing the rapid onset of gender dysphoria in adolescent girls. The study
evidences a correlation between social media use and peer influence as twin
factors contributing to the phenomenon.

Gender dysphoria is often linked with mental health problems and
childhood trauma. It may be triggered by peer pressure, or by their
social environment, but gender confusion typically desists following
puberty.

The psychologist who was treating AB, Dr. IJ, has publicly stated
that only 2% to 20% of transgender kids stay transgender. The vast
majority grow out of it. Dr. IJ’s claim is consistent with medical
research, which shows that more than 80% of gender-confused children
accept their biological gender by the time they are 18, absent
“affirmation therapy” and cross-sex hormones.

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Fresh Evidence Relating To Cambridge Analytica And Brexit Campaign Published By DCMS… – LBC

DCMS Committee chair Damian Collins MP published new evidence provided by Brittany Kaiser, the former Director of Business Development for Cambridge Analytica
Picture: LBC / Getty
30 July 2019, 15:06 | Updated: 30 July 2019, 18:47

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/cambridge-analytica-dcms-evidence-brexit-leave-eu/

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Average Canadian household spends more on taxes than living costs in 2018, report finds

What is missing in this article is what the value for taxes is in Canada and among provinces. In Manitoba, especially in Winnipeg and some of the other provinces and cities residents are paying among the highest taxes, leves, fees and fines yet getting among the least in return. Add to this public utilities and public auto insurance that are costs high, low value and increasing at many times the rate of inflation with much of it diverted to general coffers and misused.

Bloated bureaucracy, incompetence, unethical influence and corruption are the main reasons.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-average-canadian-household-spent-more-on-taxes-than-living-costs-in/

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