I’m really glad to see that Lisa MacLeod has a firm understanding of what being the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport entails.
MacLeod, a die-hard Ottawa Senators fan, decided to speak her truth at the Rolling Stones concert yesterday in Burls Creek, Ontario when she saw Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.
According to Melnyk, MacLeod approached him in a crazed state, interrupting his interaction with a Sens fan, when she abruptly asked him “Do you know who I am?”
I will admit that this is perhaps not the most eloquent, or humble way to spark a conversation with the owner of your favourite sports team. But as the Minister of Sport, MacLeod is perhaps attempting to take an unconventional approach.
To that, Melnyk responded “I’m sorry. No.”
Obviously, Melnyk is a busy guy and probably isn’t up to date on Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet shuffles. That is when Lisa MacLeod said to Melnyk what every Sens fan wishes they could say. After introducing herself by yelling “I am your minister,” she quickly went on to call Melnyk “a f*cking piece of sh*t” and “a f*cking loser.”
Melnyk, upset at what had just transpired, decided to email Ontario Premier Doug Ford to let him know what one of his cabinet members was doing.
“I wrote a letter to Doug Ford. I don’t want to make a big point of this, but I said, ‘FYI. You’ve got a loose cannon out there. That’s not the way you talk in public at a public event. You better take care of this.’”
But does Melnyk even have the right to be upset? Let’s do a quick fact check of MacLeod’s statements to discern whether or not Melnyk has the right to be so triggered.
Statement one: I am your Minister
MacLeod has served in three different minister positions since the Ford government took office in 2018; as Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services, as Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, and currently as Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Sport.
Seeing that MacLeod is not only a Minister in Ontario —the province in which Melnyk was born, and where he manages the Senators from—but also the Minister of Sport, it’s reasonable for her to say that she is, in fact, Melnyk’s minister.
This leads us to say that MacLeod’s statement is TRUE.
Statement two: “You are a f*cking piece of sh*t”
In MacLeod’s second statement, she decides to stray from facts and instead takes a more hot-headed approach. There is nothing based in fact that would assert that MacLeod’s statements are true.
It’s for this reason that we will have to label MacLeod’s statement here as FALSE.
Statement three: “and a f*cking loser”
In MacLeod’s dramatic third statement, she returns to a more fact-based approach. In 2003, Melnyk purchased the Ottawa Senators. Though the Senators have made it to the playoffs nine out of the fifteen seasons since Melnyk’s purchase, they have continually been knocked out in the first two rounds of the playoffs, only once making it to round three.
Melnyk has also gotten a lot of flak for trading away their team captain Erik Karlson to the San Jose Sharks for a bucket of nickels. The following year, he traded away star forwards Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, and Mark Stone, again for a bucket of nickels.
This leads us to say that MacLeod’s statement is TRUE. Eugene Melnyk is a loser.
Just a day later, MacLeod went to Twitter to give her side of the story. MacLeod says that she “gave Melnyk some feedback at the Rolling Stones concert,” and that she apologizes for “being so blunt.”
This is where the Sens-sympathizer in me cries a little bit. Lisa, don’t let down the fine people in Ottawa! Stick it to the man! This was the one opportunity for you to actually represent Canadians in a meaningful way, and you blew it!
Shortly after Don Cherry’s comments emerged and the leftist elites started ginning up controversy about it, I pointed out that the vast silent majority of Canadians agree with the sentiments Cherry was expressing.
Cherry himself pointed that out himself when he spoke to some of the media following his firing.
And it became very clear how much support Cherry had as social media exploded with expressions of backing for Cherry, and outrage towards his totally unjustified firing.
Yet, that explosion was also matched by the massive nationwide outrage towards Jess Allen of The Social, who made clearly bigoted remarks about hockey fans and players being “white boys” who “weren’t very nice.”
Then, instead of doing the right thing and firing Allen, CTV made clear that she would stay in her job, even as the family of a Humboldt Broncos crash survivor said they would boycott the network.
Allen even doubled down, refusing to retract her comments.
For a long-time, patriotic Canadians have been saying there is a double-standard, where anyone who upsets the tiny (but loud) far-left outrage mob gets silenced and cancelled, while those who attack the very foundation of Canada (like insulting hockey, accusing Canada of genocide, denigrating Canadian patriotism), get to stay in their jobs and even get rewarded.
Some dismissed complaints of a double-standard as the usual partisan disagreements, and the silent majority remained silent.
But now, it’s clear something is happening in this country.
The silent majority is waking up and speaking up.
In the last few days, the reaction to Jess Allen’s comments has been unlike anything seen before in this country. Canadians of all backgrounds have finally had enough of the corrupt elites tearing down everything we love about Canada, and regular Canadians are pushing back like never before.
This has the feeling of a lasting change, with millions of Canadians really seeing for the first time how deeply corrupted and biased the establishment press has become.
We have seen that those in power in the media will listen to a tiny politically-correct outrage mob and fire Don Cherry, yet won’t listen to millions of hockey fans, hockey families, and patriotic Canadians when we demand that Allen be fired.
The hypocrisy and double standard are undeniable.
Now, there is no going back.
With the elites exposed like never before, with the anti-Canadian agenda and rhetoric of the far-left no longer even hidden behind any kind of pretense, Canada is descending into a full-blown culture war.
And that’s exactly what the far-left fears the most because until now, the culture war was one-sided, with only the left fighting and winning over and over again.
Now, the tables have turned, and it’s a real battle for the soul of our country.
The Canadian National Railway will be laying off almost 2000 staff members.
According to a report by the Globe and Mail, the Canadian National Railway Co. is laying off roughly 1,600 people, as freight volumes decline largely due to trade tensions and the overall weakening North American economy.
To provide some perspective, the company says it has about 24,000 staff.
This is nearly 7% cut across the board.
According to Global News, a spokesperson for CN said some employees would be placed on furlough and management and union job numbers would be cut “due to a weakening of many sectors of the economy.”
“These adjustments have already started to take place across the network,” senior media relations adviser Alexandre Boulé said in an emailed statement.
South Park is a notoriously offensive animated television show, which is why it’s not surprising that they recently spoofed one of the most absurd things to come down the pike of late—trans women in women’s sports.
Invoking the spirit of Randy “Macho Man” Savage, the latest South Park episode straight-up savages the issue of biological males in women’s sports. Here’s a clip from the episode:
Of course, the trans lobby is furious. Outrage and indignance is what they do best these days. Quillette editor Jon Kay quite rightly points out the fact that, with responses like these, they are quickly becoming the zealots of our time: “You can always tell who the real zealots are in any society: They’re the ones who despise humour and satire—because they know that spontaneous laughter marks one of those few moments when people are immune to the strictures of mob-enforced dogma.”
If anyone thought that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone would shy away from skewering the absurdity of biological men dominating women’s sports just because they feel like women, they obviously haven’t been paying attention. This is the team that brought the world Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon, which takes aim at Mormon missionary work. Just like South Park, the show was initially reviled by the offence police but is still running nine years later.
The funniest part of all of this is how trans advocates keep thinking we shouldn’t laugh at how ridiculous these claims are. Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais have also made fun of biological men invading women’s spaces too. It’s because biological men forcing women into scenarios where they get their asses kicked (as is the case in many sports from MMA to rugby to cycling) or are forced to touch genitals against their will (as is the case in the Jessica Yaniv saga) are either criminal or funny, and since this madness keeps happening with complete endorsement of the elite political class and media, it must be funny.
Biological men with 12 months of estrogen treatment trounce women in every sport they enter, from cycling to track & field to weightlifting. Not only that, but in the case of cycling world champion Rachel McKinnon, they brag and call the women losers. It turns out that taking 12 months to lower a lifetime of testosterone levels doesn’t actually do much to handicap trans male athletes. It’s pretty funny that international athletic associations in so many sports, including rugby, one of the most violent contact sports around, allow men, taking performance decreasing drugs, to compete with women. Even when women take testosterone—which would be against the doping rules—they can’t match the decreased male testosterone levels.
South Park points out the extreme absurdity that we have allowed to happen because of the fear of censure for saying something politically incorrect. While no reasonable person denies the right of trans people to exist in the world and have their identities respected, there must be common-sense limits. When it comes to biological men dominating women’s sports, it must be said loud and clear that in this case, men are not women. And since the people in charge are too cowardly to say so, we must rely on comedians to mock the absurdities of the situation.
Besides: dudes beating the hell out of women in competitive sports is just an objectively funny spectacle worthy of mockery. And when it comes to the women who have trained hard their whole lives to achieve athletic excellence only to be beaten by these men, it’s funny enough to make you cry.
Toronto’s viral Chair Girl has pleaded guilty to mischief causing danger to life on Friday, after throwing a chair off a 45th-floor condo balcony near the Gardiner Expressway earlier this year.
Marcella Zoia, the 19-year-old who threw a chair off a sky-high condo building in February while being videoed has officially pleaded guilty on Friday in a Toronto courtroom.
While she has pleaded guilty to mischief causing danger to life, that does not cover all of her original charges.
When arrested, she was charged with mischief endangering life, mischief endangering property under $5,000 and common nuisance. According to the Toronto Sun, those remaining charges are expected to be dropped by the Crown Prosecutors.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 14, although the crown has called for six months in jail.
While sentencing awaits, according to CTV, Zoia’s lawyer has confirmed that his client has been expelled from the dental hygiene program she was previously in and is currently modelling.
Zoia’s account has significantly grown since the chair girl incident, according to the Toronto Star, her Instagram account grew from 6,000 to more than 32,000 today.
“There was a job opportunity that she had and a decision was made not to proceed with that,” he said outside of the courthouse. “Right now she does modelling when the opportunity presents itself.”
“She was doing modelling before this and she has had contracts since this. If you are asking me if those contracts were a result of this case, I honestly have no idea.”