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Lethbridge MP challenging federal government crackdown on COVID-19 misinformation

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Is it right to launch a defence of COVID-19 misinformation?   Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder is doing just that and her campaign is taking off.  This has nothing to do with defending bad information about the virus sweeping the world.  It’s all about defending freedom of speech.  Harder is striking a chord with Canadians who disagree strongly with both the way the federal government is implementing the new law, and with the idea that government should have the final say on what Canadians can or cannot say.

Here’s the post that has been seen nearly 200,000 times in the 24 hours since it was first posted.


Your freedom is under attack!

On May 11th the Heritage Minister announced a government initiative to “combat false and misleading COVID-19 information.” AKA: censorship!

Listen to my reflections and take 1 minute to send 1 sentence to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, or give him a call:

[email protected]
514-522-1339

Your freedom is under attack! On May 11th the Heritage Minister announced a government initiative to “combat false and misleading COVID-19 information.” AKA: censorship! Listen to my reflections and take 1 minute to send 1 sentence to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, or give him a call:hon.steven.guilbeault@canada.ca 514-522-1339

Posted by Rachael Harder, MP on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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BREAKING:The government is dictating what information you can and cannot access.No legislation was brought forward, no debate occurred with opposition parties, and yet the Liberals have decided to go ahead and start censoring "misinformation".

Posted by Rachael Harder, MP on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Alberta

Southern Alberta hailstorm caused almost $1.2B in damage: insurance bureau

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EDMONTON — The powerful hail storm that pounded homes, vehicles and crops across parts of southern Alberta last month caused almost $1.2 billion in insured damage.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the hail, rain and wind that hit Calgary, Airdrie and Rocky View County on June 13 were part of the costliest hailstorm and the fourth most expensive insured natural disaster in Canadian history.

Hail as big as tennis balls shredded vinyl siding, pounded roofs, smashed windows and flattened crops.

Celyeste Power, a vice-president with the bureau, says insurers are still processing claims.

The bureau says damage caused by hail and wind is typically covered by home, commercial and comprehensive auto insurance policies.

It notes that the Alberta government is offering some support for people who experienced overland flooding in flood-prone areas.

“Albertans know too well the stress, turmoil and financial hardships that severe weather events can cause,” she said Wednesday in a release.

“Of the 10 most costly disasters in Canada, six of these have hit Alberta. Fortunately, Albertans are resilient and continue to come together in difficult times like these.”

The most expensive insured natural catastrophe on record is the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, which cost almost $4 billion.

The next highest loss was the 2013 flooding in southern Alberta at $3.5 billion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 8, 2020

 

 

 

 

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Alberta RCMP Officer attacked with own baton

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Cold Lake RCMP officer recovering after aggravated assault

A 44-year-old male is in custody in Cold Lake following yesterday’s violent attack on the RCMP officer trying to effect his arrest.

At 5:30 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP located a stolen vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and the responding officer made an effort to deal with the vehicle and arrest the male who was believed to be responsible.  The male allegedly assaulted the RCMP member by punching the member in the head.  The RCMP member’s baton was taken by the male and the member was struck in the head numerous times with the baton.

The male fled on foot with the RCMP baton. The male smashed the window of a different, occupied vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it.  He then threatened another driver with a knife and the baton and fled southbound on Highway 28 in the newly stolen Trailblazer.

Cold Lake RCMP initiated a pursuit and managed to cause the stolen Trailblazer to become disabled.  The male was arrested on scene without further incident.  The RCMP baton was recovered in the vehicle.

The RCMP member has been treated at the hospital for non life-threatening, but serious injuries and is recovering at home.

The male remains in police custody and will be facing charges as this investigation continues. An update will be provided when available.

“I want to thank the community members who came forward to assist our RCMP member and to provide valuable witness evidence in relation to this terrible incident” says Sergeant Ryan Howrish of the Cold Lake RCMP.  “An incident like this highlights the unpredictable and dangerous situations we face on a daily basis.”

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