Activists call Winnipeg Whiteout tradition racist
Winnipeg is a diverse city that rallies around its beloved hockey team. The Winnipeg Jets have fans of all genders, ethnicities, political views, and religions. The Winnipeg Whiteout is a tradition that dates back to 1987, in which fans create a virtual blizzard in response to the Calgary Flames’ “C of Red” by wearing all-white clothing during games, while also flooding the streets in support of their team.
But now the fan-inspired “white out” is being called problematic by some Winnipeg activists, including local grassroots advocacy group Black Space Winnipeg.
According to Black Space Winnipeg’s founder Alexa Potashnik, some of the language used by Winnipeg Jets fans in their celebration of the postseason is problematic, and could potentially be making people feel unsafe!
They argue that usage of phrases like, “Turn downtown Winnipeg White again” mirror phrases used by “a problematic US politician,” he who shall not be named, President Trump. They argue that headlines like “Province to spend up to $400K on Whiteout parties” could potentially “carry a very different meaning depending on who’s reading it.” This is very true. If any social justice troglodyte were to come across such a headline, I’m sure they would be quick to demand an apology from the “alt-right” adjacent Winnipeg Jets.
An Canadian army reservist who went missing was arrested in the United States. The Manitoba man allegedly has connections to a neo-Nazi group.
Patrik Mathews arrest was confirmed by the FBI. The 27 year old was arrested in Delaware and has been charged with possession of a gun and ammunition along with “being an alien” an FBI statement reported.
Global News reported that his associates, 33-year-old William Garfield Bilbrough IV and 19-year-old Brian Mark Lemley Jr. received charges of “transporting and harbouring aliens” as well as conspiracy to do so.
Firearms charges were also laid on Lemly who used to be a cavalry scout for the U.S. Army.
According to an affidavit, Mathews crossed the U.S. border on August 19, 2019 and the other two men came to pick him up on August 30.
The group that the men are allegedly a part of is called The Base. According to the FBI The Base is a “racially motivated violent extremist group.”
A Statement released by the FBI said, “According to the criminal complaint, within The Base’s encrypted chat rooms, members have discussed, among other things, recruitment, creating a white ethno-state, committing acts of violence against minority communities (including African-Americans and Jewish-Americans), the organization’s military-style training camps, and ways to make improvised explosive devices.”
The Winnipeg Free Press had been investigating Mathews and released information that he may be involved with The Base. He went missing shortly after the information was released.
According to Global News, Mathews was previously a part of the 38 Brigade Group in Winnipeg and reached the rank of master corporal. He was a combat engineer.
The RCMP let the public know that they have been informed of Mathews arrest.
An RCMP spokesperson said, “We work closely with our international partners and maintain strong relationships with law enforcement agencies around the world.”
“The RCMP does not comment on investigations being conducted by other countries and therefore we have no further comment.”
The men are scheduled to be in court this Thursday in Greenbelt, Md.
A VIA Rail passenger train has been derailed in Manitoba.
According to the Manitoba RCMP, the VIA train derailed in the area of PR 350 at Road 73 N, with 12 people on board.
While some onboard have been injured, the RCMP has reported that none of them are serious.
According to the CBC, VIA Rail has confirmed that train 692 derailed “due to an unexpected incident.”
The cause of the derailment is now also under investigation.
The Trudeau government has announced their decision to decrease carbon tax rebates in three provinces that have opted to not adopt the federal government’s pricing requirements.
The Liberal government has also decided to add Alberta into that group, as the United Conservative Party had previously repealed carbon tax laws put into place by the former NDP government.
Saskatchewan will be subjected to the largest drop in rebates, as a family of four will qualify for just $809 in rebates in 2020, down nearly $100 from the $903 figure that was once projected by the federal Finance Department.
Ontario’s rebates will also drop, though only by a few bucks—from $451 to $448 for a family of four, while families in Manitoba will see a $13 decrease, receiving $486.
A family of four in Alberta will receive a rebate of $888 in 2020.
Despite the drops, the sitting Liberal government insists that most households will be receiving more money through the rebates than they will be paying into the carbon tax.
The following is a complete list of the rebate amounts for individuals and families by province in 2020, according to government data, as outlined by the Canadian Press.
Single adult or first adult in a couple – $224
Second adult in a couple or first child of a single parent – $112
Each child under 18 – $56
Baseline amount for a family of four – $448
Single adult or first adult in a couple – $243
Second adult in a couple or first child of a single parent – $121
Each child under 18 – $61
Baseline amount for a family of four – $486
Single adult or first adult in a couple – $405
Second adult in a couple or first child of a single parent – $202
Each child under 18 – $101
Baseline amount for a family of four – $809
Single adult or first adult in a couple – $444
Second adult in a couple or first child of a single parent – $222
Each child under 18 – $111
Baseline amount for a family of four – $888
Drinking and driving will have more consequences in Manitoba going forward.
The province has put into effect new rules through amendments to the Highway Traffic Act were drivers who register between .05 to .079, which is just under the legal limit, will lose their vehicle for three days and receive fines up starting at $400 for the first violation.
Drivers will be referred to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) program if there have been two or more violations within a decade.
Drivers who cross the fail level (blood alcohol content at or over 0.08) will face an automatic fine of $700, roadies license suspension for three months, and will have to use an interlock for the period of a year.
According to Justice Minister Cliff Cullen, law enforcement will be able to proceed with criminal charges if warranted.