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Facebook Page Targeting Winnipeg Aboriginals Pulled Down

Before disappearing on Wednesday, the Facebook page had close to 5,000 members and was filled with negative comments about aboriginal people. (iStock)

Before disappearing on Wednesday, the Facebook page had close to 5,000 members and was filled with negative comments about aboriginal people. (iStock)

CBC News

A Facebook page that attacked aboriginal people in Winnipeg and re-ignited the racism debate in the city, has been pulled down.

The page, called “Aboriginals Need to get a job and stop using our tax dollars,” claimed support for Kelvin High School teacher Brad Badiuk who was suspended in January after making racist comments on his own Facebook page.

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A screen grab of the controversial Facebook page. (Facebook)

The page was created in December — the same month Badiuk’s posting was made. Before disappearing on Wednesday, the page had close to 5,000 members and was filled with negative comments about aboriginal people.

Robert Sinclair, an aboriginal man, who came across the page on Tuesday, called it a hate crime and hopes the people behind it are held accountable.

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A note on the Facebook page claims support for Brad Badiuk. (Facebook)

“Knowing the fact that people [were] looking at and supporting it, it doesn’t say a great deal of positive outlook for the way that Winnipeg is directing themselves,” he said.Just before it was pulled down, the page started getting a lot of posts critical of it, with at least one person calling the administrators “racist a—holes.”

A new Facebook page called Protest against “Aboriginals Need to get a job and stop using our tax dollars” started in response and was applauding the removal of the racist page.

‘Inspiring, important moment’

One aboriginal leader says he’s not angry by the page, but rather inspired by the opportunities it presents.

Niigaan Sinclair, who teaches indigenous literature, culture, history and politics at the University of Manitoba, said it used to be that no one talked about racism, that it was swept under the rug.

Now, people talk about racism and relationships every day, and that is the only way to make things better.

“I actually think this is a really inspiring important moment,” he told CBC News on Wednesday, adding he wants people to talk about what it means to be a meaningful citizen in this city.

Police Investigate Racist Facebook Pages Targeting Thunder Bay Aboriginal Community

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By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY – Local police are investigating a racist Facebook page believed to be targeting minorities in this city.

In a news release issued Friday evening, Thunder Bay Police Service officials say they are in the preliminary stages of an investigation into racially charged comments that have been posted on two Facebook pages.

Police say the origin of these pages appear to be local, and target the Aboriginal community.

The pages are said to be extremely offensive and include posted photographs ridiculing Aboriginal people.

One post viewed by tbnewswatch.com staff, which we cannot verify as part of this investigation, mocks a missing persons report and questions why anyone would want the subject to be found.  Despite having viewed the post, tbnewswatch.com will avoid promoting this page by providing a link.

Police say while it is too early to determine if the Facebook pages are criminal, ‘the necessity to condemn this kind of activity is clear.’
The police media release continues: “As a community, we cannot tolerate the use of social media to express extreme racism. It is disappointing to say the least that this type of behavior is originating in our city. We must take a collective stand against this.

“The Thunder Bay Police Service has been in contact with city officials and the concerns are clear.”

Acting Mayor Paul Pugh says, “Targeting a person or group’s identity is unacceptable in our city and does not reflect our values or the views of most people in Thunder Bay.

“Our police service will investigate hate motivated crimes. This includes web based forms of communication which targets a race, religion or life style.

“This is early in the investigation and more information should be available regarding our progress this Monday.”

Tories Criticized Over ‘Fear-Mongering’ Facebook Post On Bill C-51, West Edmonton Mall Threat

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The Conservatives have tabled an anti-terror bill that will give Canada’s spy agency more power to thwart suspected terrorists.

| The Huffington Post Canada

A Conservative party Facebook post has spurred accusations that the government is using fear-mongering to promote its proposed anti-terror legislation.

And at least one Alberta Tory politician has publicly suggested his federal cousins have gone too far.

On Monday, a screengrab from a video by Somalia-based terror group al-Shabaab was posted to the official Facebook page of the federal Conservatives. The group, linked to al-Qaeda, attacked Kenya’s Westgate Mall in September 2013 and murdered close to 70 people.

The Facebook post highlighted a threat made near the end of the 77-minute video, posted to YouTube last week, in which a masked al-Shabaab spokesperson urges similar attacks on western shopping centres, including Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall.

“If just a handful of mujahedeen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, then imagine what a dedicated mujahedeen in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centres across the world,” the man says in the video.

“What if such an attack was to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota, or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, or in London’s Oxford Street, or any of the hundred or so Jewish-owned Westfield shopping centres dotted right across the western world?”

The threat forced the West Edmonton Mall to take extra security precautions last week.

At the bottom of the Facebook post, followers are told “Jihadi terrorists are threatening Canada” and asked to add to click a link to the Conservative website,where they can add their name to a petition supporting Bill C-51.

“Sign your name if you support our efforts to keep Canada glorious and free,” the site reads, with supporters invited to provide their names, emails, and postal codes. Such data is commonly collected by political parties to build up voter databases.

While many of the comments on the Facebook post were supportive of the party, others expressed reservations about the tactic.

“More fear-mongering,” wrote one man.

“Using fear to push your agenda is what terrorists do… anyone else see the hypocrisy here?” wrote another.

An apparent Tory supporter also said he’d vote for whatever party vows to repeal Bill C-51, if it passes in its current form.

Edmonton MLA Thomas Lukaszuk, who ran for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives, took to Twitter Tuesday to call the post troubling “on so many levels.”

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Lukaszuk was then challenged by a man who, according to CBC News, formerly served as a Wild Rose Party press secretary and federal Tory policy chair.

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But the Facebook post also yielded some strong reactions and questions from journalists online.

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Earlier this week, Tory MP Tim Uppal, who represents the riding of Edmonton-Sherwood Park, sent an email to party supporters urging them to sign the same Bill C-51 petition.

“Jihadi terrorists have declared war on Canada,” he wrote, echoing earlier comments from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “They hate us because of our values. They hate us because we love freedom and tolerance.”

A survey conducted for CBC News revealed Wednesday that nearly 50 per cent of Canadians feel less safe from the threat of terrorism than they did just two years ago.

But advocacy group Lead Now made waves this week with a unique ad warning Canadians not to be “manipulated” by politicians on this issue.

In January, Tories were accused of using the attacks in Paris as part of a fundraising drive after a “donate now” button appeared on a party website urging Canadians stand up to terrorism in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

Tory spokesperson Cory Hann told The Huffington Post Canada that the donation icon was a built-in feature that appears on every page of the Conservative site but was removed to avoid confusion.

“This was not, and is not, a fundraising campaign,” he said in an email.

Amid the controversy, federal Liberals also removed a donation button from a site featuring Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s comments after the Parliament Hill attack last fall.

Trudeau’s Liberals have announced they will vote for Bill C-51 and amend the legislation if they win the next election. Thomas Mulcair says his New Democrats will not support the bill, calling it “sweeping, dangerous, vague and ineffective.”

 

Facebook allegations spark protest outside Regina police headquarters

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By Teri Fikowski | Global News

REGINA – Allegations against two city officers travelled from the online world to the front steps of the Regina Police Service headquarters Wednesday.

Supporters of a woman who alleged police abuse gathered to protest how police handled the accusations, but officers say their response was necessary after the claims were widely shared through social media.

Lisa Dustyhorn posted the accusations against police on Facebook and said the alleged incident has left her 25-year-old daughter Brooke Watson traumatized.

“They took her and they terrorized her,” she explained to reporters. “She told them my address, and asked why can’t you take me to my mom’s, and they said four words to her; ‘Shut the ‘F’ up’.”

Dustyhorn claimed two officers drove her intoxicated  daughter away from the city Sunday morning, removed her boots and coat, and threatened to leave her outside.

“We have to have bigger minds, bigger leadership, bigger vision, than just protecting a couple bullies within their police department,” said protester Connie Deiter.

The police service called for an independent investigation and the chief responded to the accusations Tuesday, citing GPS data showing the officer’s vehicle remained within city limits.

The allegations echo the so called, “starlight tours” that rocked Saskatoon police in 1990 when young First Nations men were dropped off out-of-town.

However, David Gerhard, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Regina said recent events in North America may also play a role.

“This particular issue is, I think, relevant today because of the interactions with police having stories all over the world,” he added.  “Like in New York and other places, so the timing is more relevant in this one.”

Deputy Chief Dean Rae said the social media post was public and widely spread, so in a rare move police responded publically in an effort to alleviate any fear within the community.

“If they had brought the complaint to the Public Complaints Commission or to another police service, we wouldn’t be having this discussion today, the process would be undertaken and we wouldn’t have divulged any of our information.”

Rae adds the two officers accused are not facing a suspension as the investigation continues.