CANADA’S CONTROVERSIAL ONLINE STREAMING ACT, Bill C-11
Our neighbors to the North continue to do their part to emulate the People’s Republic of China. Recently, Canada’s controversial Internet Censorship Bill C-11 passed thanks in large part to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
What does the bill mean? It means the Trudeau Government gets the right to manipulate an individual’s social media algorithms. It means they control what one can see on varying social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, name it, they call the shots.
Sound Orwellian and from a dystopian film? Unfortunately, it’s not.
On the surface, the bill is advertised as a means to protect Canadian content creators yet ironically, Canadian content creators don’t seem to want it. Prominent Canadian artists have spoken steadfastly against the online censorship bill. Margaret Atwood, a revered Canadian author, was one of the first to blast the legislation.
Strip away everything and what is evident is that the bill is meant to control what Canadians see. An individual’s algorithms will be manipulated so that they only see what Trudeau’s government deems appropriate. Under C-11, any views that stray from legacy media will no longer be accessible.
Freedom of speech was once a core tenet in Canada. Unfortunately, under Trudeau’s Liberal movement, this is no longer the case.
If Canadians do nothing and stand pat, this censorship bill will effectively take away their right to read and watch anything they want online.
WELCOME TO NATO, FINLAND
In a seismic development, Finland became the 31st nation to join NATO earlier this week. Historically, Finland has been Switzerland of sorts, with its steadfast era of military non-alignment.
This is another effort by the US to suffocate Russia. First the unflinching support of Ukraine throughout its conflict with Russia, now this.
Worth noting that Finns and Russians have a volatile past. During World War II, blood was spilled between the border-sharing neighbors, and there is still a dormant hatred simmering on both sides.
Finland’s accession into NATO has long been in the works but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine presented the perfect opportunity to finally get the job done.
A Kremlin spokesperson issued the following statement, “Finland’s accession will force Moscow to take countermeasures to ensure our own security, both tactically and strategically.”
So, what does Finland gain in the endeavour?
Their NATO membership assures them access to the resources of the entire alliance in the event of military unrest. Furthermore, it is specifically written in NATO documents that an attack on a member is an attack on the alliance itself.
In recent years, NATO has pushed for an even greater sphere of influence with renewed geostrategic competition as a result of perceived Russian aggression and the rise of China. Mark this down as another world event that seems to be ushering in a great war involving numerous countries.
*Russia currently shares 1500 miles of land border with five NATO members. Prior to Finland’s accession, the number was half.
TRUMP ARRESTED: CIVIL WAR BREWING?
Surreal. Like out of a movie yet somehow true. For the first time since America’s inception, a former President was arrested Tuesday morning when former President Donald J. Trump turned himself into a New York City district court.
Trump has been charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying New York business records and appeared before Judge Juan Merchan; he pleaded not guilty to each of the counts.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is the man behind Trump’s arrest. The case itself centers on $130,000 in hush money payments that Trump’s crony Michael Cohen allegedly made to porn star Stormy Daniels. The news caused shockwaves and divided an already polarized US.
Many are citing that the indictment is mere theatrics to keep the former President from running in the 2024 Election. In addition, the hypocrisy of chasing down Trump but allowing President Biden to escape possible Chinese meddling and pay-offs has thousands of Americans fuming.
This Shakespearian turn in events is just the beginning.
Whether Trump sees a day inside a prison is definitely water-cooler material but the least of the country’s problems. Inflation, illegal migrants, and the conflict in Ukraine, these are more pressing matters that deserve our attention.
KENTUCKY DRAWS THE LINE
This week, Senate Bill 150 passed in Kentucky. It effectively bans all gender-affirming medical care for trans youth in Kentucky. This includes puberty blockers and hormone therapy. The bill restricts which bathrooms students can use and places limits on discussing gender and sexuality in public schools.
Some on the left are crying foul, asserting the bill is anti-trans legislation. Being transgender is problematic enough so anything the legislative branch can do to lessen the burden is what these individuals are championing.
Conservatives possess a different paradigm. Their core tenet is that once an individual is 18, they can do as they wish to their bodies as long as they are proven to be of sound mind.
In addition, they cite school systems as complicit to the LGBQT+ movement and demand that when in the public sector, children must be protected from outside influences that can potentially set up attitudes and beliefs.
More Americans are speaking up daily about the need for reform; Bill 150 is a testament of this.
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