Andrew Scheer is not a bigot, and the media should stop portraying him as such
It’s almost as if Andrew Scheer is being pushed out of an airplane flying over hot springs. Through no fault of his own, the Conservative Party Leader continuously lands himself in hot water.
Yesterday, Scheer told Global News that while his Conservatives oppose all forced conversion therapy, he is waiting for further details before taking a stance on efforts to impose a federal ban on the practice.
In his full statement, Scheer states that his party is “Opposed to any type of practice that would forcibly attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation.”
But for the rabid mob that plagues Twitter, Andrew Scheer’s “vagueness” wasn’t good enough.
The accusers say that Scheer is intentionally dancing around the subject, intentionally graying his answer to leave it up to interpretation.
Despite his clear sentiment, stating his party “will always, of course, stand up for the rights of LGBTQ individuals and protect their rights,” the unappeasable are yet again, unsurprisingly, unappeased.
This answer was somehow spun by Global to make out Scheer to be a villain. Their title, “Andrew Scheer will ‘wait and see’ before taking stance on Liberal plan for conversion therapy ban,” would suggest that the Liberals have actually produced some sort of legislation on the topic, when in fact, the opposite is true.
But of course, the orchestra of outrage remains silent when it comes to the Liberals.
Only three months ago, the federal government struck down the effort to make conversion therapy illegal nationwide, in a sweeping ban that would ensure that the stone aged “therapy”
They called the practice “immoral,” but said its governance was largely a provincial and territorial issue.
While Canada doesn’t have a national ban on the practice, some provinces have restrictions already in place.
Ontario has made the practice illegal by initiating an outright ban.
Manitoba has outlawed health professionals from offering conversion therapy.
Vancouver has passed a law restricting businesses from offering it.
Nova Scotia has made it illegal for health professionals to provide conversion therapy for minors.
For Andrew Scheer to state that he’s opposed to any type of practice that would forcibly attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation, is progressive, not regressive.
Admittedly, Andrew Scheer does seem like the type to attempt to please everyone, while stepping on a lot of toes while doing it. But when it comes to Scheer’s current situation, it’s worth asking: How many votes is Scheer going to win by pandering to progressive mobs? Presumably, None.
The perception of the Conservatives by many on the left is that the Conservatives are the party of the stone age, who can do no right.
What would pandering to them really do?
How many votes would Scheer win by marching in the pride parade? Though it would serve as good optics, it would most likely already be seen as a political pandering move.
Scheer’s political adversaries will continue to paint him out to be some sort of white supremacist, fascist, gay-hating boogeyman. We’ve seen it been attempted before, and we’re seeing it be attempted again.
Scheer doesn’t need to pander. He needs to be a voice that represents Canadians.
Jessica Yaniv was arrested for the assault of a Canadian journalist on over the weekend. According to Keean Bexte, the journalist who was assaulted by Yaniv on camera outside of the B.C. courts on January 14, 2020, Yaniv spent time behind bars on the charge of assault. She may face up to five years for the assault.
That same day, Yaniv falsely accused TPM‘s own Amy Eileen Hamm of sexual assault while at the courtroom. Hamm is suing Yaniv for defamation with the help of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
There was widespread speculation that Yaniv was arrested over the weekend, but The Post Millennial and other outlets were unable to verify the claims at the time. Bexte, being the alleged victim in this particular case, was able to confirm the arrest Wednesday afternoon.
Yaniv was released back into the community after the arrest and will appear in court in February. She will also appear in court in February for two prohibited weapons charges.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ beloved mascot Gritty is being investigated by police after a father claimed that the big orange furry monster punched his 13-year-old son in the back.
Chris Greenwell took his son Brandon to the Wells Fargo Center for a November meet and greet photoshoot with the beloved, google-eyed mascot.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Greenwell claims that “Brandon playfully patted the mascot on the head after the photo was taken. As Brandon walked away, Gritty got out of his chair, ‘took a running start,’ and ‘punched my son as hard as he could,’ Greenwell said Wednesday.”
“We took Mr. Greenwell’s allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim,” said a spokesperson for the Philidelphia Flyers.
A police spokesperson has described the alleged incident as a possible “physical assault” that occurred “during a photoshoot with 13-year-old white male and Flyers mascot Gritty. The investigation is active and on-going.”
The hashtag #FreeGritty is now trending on Twitter.
The Ontario teachers’ strikes are proving to be more acrimonious than anyone expected. Elementary teachers have now opted out of writing report cards and have already begun to engage in rotating strikes.
The Ontario government, on the other hand, have offered up to $60 per day for parents who are feeling the fiscal consequences of the strike, and rumours of back to work legislation is being floated around the corridors of Queen’s Park.
The teachers’ strikes are deeply consequential and have affected the day-to-day lives of 13 million Ontarians who live in the most populace province in Canada. Due to the vast impact this strike, and the mainstream media’s lack of balance in the coverage (often siding with the unions and tecahers), The Post Millennial has compiled a list of things you need to know about the Ontario teachers’ strikes.
1. Ontario’s teachers are among the highest paid in the country
Ontario’s teachers are among the best paid in the country. In the Greater Toronto Area, for instance, top teachers can expect to get paid up to $96,000 a year. The average salary for a teachers in Ontario is $89,300 for elementary teachers and $92,900 for high school teachers. In contrast, the average Ontarian earns $55,000 per year.
2. Ontario teachers are taking more and more sick days
A 2017 study found that teachers have been taking more and more sick days over the past five years. On average, sick days have increased by over 30 percent. In 2020, another report revealed even starker results with teachers taking 70 percent more sick days than over a decade ago.
3. Teachers get a whole lot of time off
Ontario’s teacher’s have a pretty great job. Not only do they get paid a wage that is far higher than the average Ontarian, they also get a lot of time off. Due to breaks in the school year, teachers are allowed three whole months off, on top of the aforementioned sick days.
4. Teachers’ Unions are spending big bucks to win the PR war
So far, the OSSTF has spent $336,389 on Facebook ads alone. These ads usually attack the Ford government and have been running since June. In one week alone, they spent over $40,000. They’re also waging a war of words against Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce through the mainstream press.
5. The Ontario government has already made concessions, but unions won’t meet in the middle
Premier Doug Ford has offered numerous concessions to the teachers’ unions from the government’s initial demands. Ford, for example, offered to meet the teachers half-way on classroom size. This, however, was not good enough for the teachers, and they walked away from the negotiation table. They’re also refusing to do report cards and help out in after school activities, despite claiming the strikes are primarily for the students, not their pay cheques.
6. Ontario’s students are flunking math tests
If you’re going to teach mathematics to a new generation of students, you should probably have to prove that you have some basic ability to do so. This hardly unreasonable request, however, created some tension with the teachers’ unions. Despite EQAO tests showing all-time lows, the unions were upset that teachers had to score at least 70 percent in a math test.
7. Ontario’s debt is astronomically high
After a decade of Liberal government, Ontario’s debt stands at over $350,000,000,000. This figure constitutes one of the highest sub-national debts in the world. Due to this, the Ford government is trying to cut back public sector salaries, which means slowing down the rate at which teachers are paid. Teachers in Ontario also have what many experts consider to be a great pension package.
Shawn Lewis, city councillor for London, brought forth a motion to move the annual London Santa Claus Parade at Tuesday’s Community and Protective Services Committee meeting. The idea for the move is due to its proximity to the Remembrance Day Parade according to CBC.
The motion Lewis introduced was to restrict any parade permits on public streets between Nov. 1-11, the idea being so that the public doesn’t lose focus on the veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made. Lewis serves as chair on the committee.
“As a member of the Royal Canadian Legion myself, I think it is important that Remembrance Day and the lead up to it have a public focus on our veterans and the sacrifices they have made for us,” Lewis wrote in a letter.
The London Santa Claus Parade has taken place on the second Saturday of November in the past, a date that often falls just before Remembrance Day, leaving many veterans feeling unappreciated.
The organizers of the Santa Claus parade agreed to move the date in the future but Lewis wanted to ensure that this didn’t become an issue down the line.
“As time goes on, people retire from organizing events, other people take over, councils change, mayors change, and I think it’s just a good idea to formalize it in our procedures and policies with respect for our veterans,” he told the committee.
Much to Lewis’ delight, the motion passed 4-1.
Ward 3 Coun. Mo Salih voted against the decision however stating, “Me personally, I’m supportive [of the motion], … but I’m struggling on restricting people from choosing to make their own decisions,”
He went on to add, “Many of those people who have served, served to ensure people can make whichever decisions they want to make and do what they want to do on certain days, but I recognize where this is coming from,”
“It seems like a simple solution,” said Ward 1 Coun. Michael Van Holst, who voted in favour of the motion. “[It’s] surprising that someone hasn’t thought of it before.”
Lewis stressed the importance of dealing with this procedurally, saying it’s the only way to address the issue but the decision will still require approval from city council.