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

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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.  His latest video talks about the case of a right wing journalist who arrested (with her husband) in front of her children on Friday.  So far it’s unclear why Millie Weaver was arrested, but she claims she was about to release shocking news that would rock the establishment.  Weaver is expected to face a judge on Monday and she’s expected to be released from custody.  Is this some kind of ultra strange publicity stunt combining fake news and a timely arrest?   Here’s Canadian Lawyer Viva Frei.

VIVA FREI: ” I had never heard of Millie Weaver until yesterday, but the silence around her arrest is a stark contrast to the coverage when a CNN reporter was arrested live on televisions. Here is a summary with as much information as is currently known. ”

And here’s video of the arrest of Millie Weaver.

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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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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DIGNITY OF WORK

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Dignity of Work

Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

December 2, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

Walking the streets of downtown Red Deer, Alberta paints a very bleak picture. “For sale” and “for lease” signs are nearly more frequent than business signage. This isn’t solely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rather the result of crippling government policies that have knee-capped businesses over the past five years.

Bill C-69 (no more pipelines), Bill C-48 (tanker ban), expansion of Tax on Split Income rules, Canada Pension Plan enhancements, Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, an overly-complex tax regime, corporate subsidies and crony capitalism have suffocated the entrepreneurial spirit in Canada.

There is dignity in work. There is personal pride in earning a paycheque.

Canada’s economy has been devastated by the disjointed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jobs have been lost. Business have been shuttered or permanently closed. The mental health of Canadians has never been more fragile.

There is however, hope.

After listening to Chrystia Freeland present the Fall Economic Statement 2020, I am calling on your government to immediately do the following:

  1. Repeal all anti-oil & gas legislation noted above.
  2. Commission a private sector study of the Income Tax Act with the aim of major reform.
  3. Immediately fast track all projects waiting for approval with the Canada Energy Regulator.
  4. Eliminate corporate subsidies in all sectors of the economy.
  5. Release timely COVID-19 data to enable Canadians to make educated health decisions.
  6. Suspend foreign aid programs until Canada has fully repaid debt accumulated due to COVID-19.
  7. Replace Carbon Tax legislation with free market competition focused on innovation.
  8. Legislate a decrease in federal bureaucrat wages until the federal budget is balanced.

Sincerely,

 

Jared Pilon

Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

[email protected]

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