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Update on the arrest of a right wing journalist from “Viva Frei”

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This video is from David Freiheit.  Freiheit is a Canadian lawyer who creates youtube videos under the pseudonym of “Viva Frei”.  

Freiheit received his law degree from the University of Laval and began practicing law in 2007.

In 2018 he left his law practice behind to dedicate himself to the creation of youtube videos where he analyses current issues from a law standpoint.

On the weekend, “Viva Frei” put out a video about the mysterious arrest of a right wing journalist in Ohio.  Millie Weaver was arrested (with her partner and her brother) in front of her children last Friday.   It was the same day Weaver released an extremely controversial video called Shadow Gate.  All three spent the weekend in jail awaiting a hearing in front of a judge which took place Monday.

“Viva Frei” obtained a copy of the indictment.  Though the charges are in no way associated to the Shadow Gate video, Frei says the situation “smells fishier than a pike in summer”.

Here’s Canadian Lawyer Viva Frei with his take.

And here’s the original video from Viva Frei which includes video taken during the address.  As an interesting aside, Facebook has banned the video released by Millie Weaver the day of her arrest.  It’s called Shadow Gate and undoubtedly this controversy will drive more attention to this situation which Frei calls  “Julien Assangee”

Who is Millie Weaver and should we care if this right wing “journalist” has been arrested?

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Open Letter to The Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity

December 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

 

Feed Ontario recently released “Hunger Report 2020”. The report highlights some troubling details surrounding food bank usage in Ontario between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

While usage during the pandemic is concerning, it is the pre-pandemic figures that are truly concerning. Between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, 537,575 Ontarians accessed food banks (5.3% increase over the previous year).

The report also indicates that nearly half of food bank visitors worried about getting evicted or defaulting on mortgage payments in the coming months. Additionally, 93% reported borrowing money, accessing payday loans or using credit cards to pay for monthly necessities.

As Prime Minister Trudeau has stated, “We [Federal government] took on debt so Canadians wouldn’t have to.”

The Hunger Report 2020 indicates otherwise.

According to your December 2019 mandate letter from the Prime Minister, your ministerial position was created with the intention of improving the use of data in government decision-making.

The food bank usage data should be the only data needed to indicate that Canadians are struggling.

We do not want handouts and subsidy programs. We want to work, to provide for our families and to support vulnerable individuals within our communities.

Canadians are urging you to act on their behalf to reduce government red-tape, end crony capitalism, stop corporate subsidies, put aside plans for a “green economy”, encourage free market competition and stop the war on work.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jared Pilon

Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

[email protected]

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Until you walk a mile in their shoes, on the north side

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I have heard too often that there is no bias against the residents in Red Deer, living north of the river, but it is usually from someone living south of the river.

I bumped into a retired city department manager a while ago who felt a need to show remorse to me. She lived in a beautiful home on a nice street in Highland Green. Thought I was blowing things out of proportion, until she tried to sell her house. A big learning experience.

A realtor told a client that she needed to buy south of the river for better return on investment in real estate.

One contractor asked another where the next subdivision would be and he replied that it did not matter as long as it was south of the river.

Numbers tell the story. Number of recreational facilities, number of high schools, and number of services on per capital basis favor the south every time.

Projects that fall into the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) category usually gets built north of the river, and every desired project gets built on the south side of the river.

Skaters versus swimmers bias is evident not only in the number but in the history of Red Deer. Collicutt is such a huge success but our leaders only talk about ice rinks. The city residents have told survey after survey, as a top priority, that the city needs a 50m pool  yet we have built how many ice rinks?

We talk about replacing our rinks when they reach a certain age but the newest pool (Collicutt) is 20 years old. The Dawe pool is twice that and the Michener pool I think is nearing it’s best before date. Yet it will be 10 years at least before we build a pool.

The worst part about this whole situation is; “Lost Opportunity”.

There is ample land available, north of 11a, in a buyer’s market. There is ample workforce available. There is money available. Tenders are coming in at sometimes north of 30% lower than before. Red Deer County and Blackfalds have capitalized on these.

Red Deer did when they sped up renovations at city hall. They found the money for new ice rinks, the Central Community Centre, downtown and Capstone but no money for a pool.

The twinning of rinks at the Dawe Community Centre is much appreciated and it does help soothe the anguish felt by the residents living north of the river, but a lot is erased when some politicians deny the bias against them, exists.

Swimmers are also smarting under the remarks that there isn’t any bias favoring skaters over swimmers.

It is usually the perpetrators of bias who deny that bias exists, but the victims of bias still feel it. Walk a mile, in their shoes, on the north side before you declare “No bias exists.”

 

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