Enough

When not being a financial overlord in my corner office on the 53rd floor of a Bay Street skyscraper, I toil in the wee bank by the sea. It’s bucolic. Beautiful. When BMO pulled out after 111 years in the little stone palace on the main street of an iconic NS town, I bought it. The 1970s linoleum, suspended ceiling and tacky teller wickets went into the dumpster. A backhoe pulled out the ATMs along with a 3,500-pound steel night deposit safe stuffed in an historic doorway. The giant illuminated Bank of Montreal signs were yanked down and inside, the historic vaulted banking hall was restored.

It’s diminutive but mighty. Now a great crew of financial warriors works for me there and a noble pile of stones lives and breathes again.

But wait. It’s also a place of harm.

As readers will know, in the pre-dawn hours of July 1st, Cancel Canada Day activists trashed and stole the giant Peace Tower flag I’d installed on the little bank to celebrate our nation. The RCMP investigated. No leads. Sadly local politicians sided with the indigenous allies and called the flag “harmful to members of our community.”

It was a low day. A personal loss and an injustice to Canada.

But we rise again.

In the last few months not only did my corporate colleagues present me with a shiny new giant flag, but a blog dog from Ottawa sent a Canada pennant that had also graced the pinnacle of the Parliament Buildings, whose halls I once walked. Thank you.

Today I sent this letter to the poohbahs who run the town and have decided that they need to be woke politicians, rather than custodians.

On June 30th, 2021, I received this note from the Town of Lunenburg:

“Be advised that we have received a complaint regarding the Canadian Flag that you have placed on your building at 12 King Street. Out of respect for our indigenous community we would appreciate that the flag be removed for Canada Day.
 
“Out of respect for the children that lost their lives in the residential school system, we hope that you will understand that such an image, at this particular moment in time, is harmful for members of our community.”

The contents of this correspondence were shared with complainants who were activists in support of indigenous issues. In fact, I was informed of this exact message by an organizer for that group prior to receiving the Town letter.

Within 24 hours the historic and irreplaceable Peace Tower flag mounted on my property was ripped down and stolen, as Canada Day dawned. The RCMP launched an investigation which lasted several weeks. There seems little doubt that by informing “Cancel Canada Day” activists of the message above the Town enabled this criminal act. In the days and weeks that followed I corresponded with the Mayor and others on this distribution list, but received no official response. Therefore it would appear the Town condoned the act, or at least was willing to turn a blind eye.

This note is to inform you a replacement flag will be installed on 12 King Street, Lunenburg, in honour of Remembrance Day. It will be erected on November the 9th. If the Town of Lunenburg still feels the flag of Canada is “harmful to members of our community,” then this is the time to speak up.

I have no right to stand in the way of others expressing their beliefs by flying banners, erecting signs or marching in the street. By the same token, others have no right to prevent me from standing up for my beliefs or my nation, nor to display my country’s flag. The Town of Lunenburg also has no jurisdiction over this matter. Therefore I seek assurances from you that this flag, to be hoisted in memory of men and women from our community who laid down their lives for liberty and  freedom of expression will remain in place and that you will, this time, not enable those who hold an opposing view.

Respectfully, I await your response.

It’s been five months since the prime minister ordered Canada’s flag to be lowered. “indefinitely.” The decision to reverse that lies in the hands of indigenous leaders, as we atone for actions nobody alive took part in. Since Justin Trudeau went beach-walking instead of observing Reconciliation Day, we’re paying a new price. The country has been bowed, reduced, penitent, diminished and, many believe, shamed. A flag that cannot be raised – or apparently even displayed at will, on private property – symbolizes a new subservience. An endless one.

But enough. To live on your knees is not what veterans, including indigenous ones, fought and died for. If leaders fear leading, the people must.

A small town. A wee bank. In a remote corner of the nation. It must begin somewhere.

About the (dog) picture: “I hope this e-mail finds you well,” writes Georgina. “We have been fostering this handsome puppy and I was wondering if you could post his picture on your blog in an effort to find him a permanent home.  He’s 10 months old, vaccinated, neutered and ADORABLE!  He loves human beings (adults and children) and gets along with dogs. He hasn’t encountered a cat yet.  Here’s the link to the adoption application: https://form.jotform.com/pawsacrossthewater/adoption-application.

266 comments ↓

#1 Don Guillermo on 11.01.21 at 12:53 pm

Well done Garth. Very proud to side with you on this.

DG

#2 Dan Griffiths on 11.01.21 at 12:54 pm

Well done Mr.Turner. Well done indeed!

#3 short horses on 11.01.21 at 12:55 pm

May your flag fly as high as your dreams.

#4 None on 11.01.21 at 12:55 pm

I think intent matter.

Last year was a pretty hard time for Canadians. I think the idea was to just put the flags down for a year as a small token to let indigenous groups know that we feel their pain and we have some hard thinking to do about what it really means to be Canadian – both the good and the bad.

Forcing your flag up last years has always felt similar to ‘but.. but…. blue lives matter too!”. Of course they do but don’t derail the conversation.

I’m likely in the minority on this blog but I think you came off as a bit of a jerk last year.

I like to think a Canadian attribute should be: “yeah, we’ve made mistakes and we need to do better” not the “Canada is the best country in the world full stop”.

#5 Don Guillermo on 11.01.21 at 12:56 pm

Steven Guilbeault must be gleefully peeing his pants right about now. His little sock buddy invited him to the party just in time to soak in the ambiance. Greta can show him her perfected Linda Blair Exorcist impersonation and after done celebrating he can jet over to Dubai and scale the Burj Khalifa building.

“Hypocrite airways? Jeff Bezos’s £48m Gulf Stream leads parade of 400 private jets into COP26 including Prince Albert of Monaco, scores of royals and dozens of ‘green’ CEOs- as huge traffic jam forces empty planes to fly 30 miles to park”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10152027/Hypocrite-airways-Jeff-Bezoss-48m-gulf-stream-leads-parade-400-private-jets.html

#6 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 11.01.21 at 1:00 pm

Dogs are great
beer is good
We need to respect the Canadian gopher shooters that stormed Juno Beach, they gave the wokesters the ability to post and spew their ideas in this great nation we call Canada.

#7 Dogman01 on 11.01.21 at 1:01 pm

Good for You!

“The Price of apathy to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men” – Plato

Regarding the Political Correct cowardice overtaking our society:

It does appear the “shock doctrine” is being applied to Canada. They are attempting a “cultural revolution.

Where:

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

#8 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:02 pm

You’re destined to lose this battle, Garth. Take a look in the mirror – that’s why. You People have had hundreds of years to fly Your Flag on the backs of indigenous peoples. Now kindly shuffle off and/or kick into the redistribution kitty. $40k/ea is peanuts. $400k has a better ring to it. $4mm better still.
Your stone building is a monument to genocide. Justice would be you gifting it to indigenous Canadians.

At the very least, apologize.

#9 Inequity on 11.01.21 at 1:03 pm

Well said Garth.

Proud Canadian and supporter of veterans.

#10 Daveyboy on 11.01.21 at 1:05 pm

Way to go Garth!

#11 Steve dawson on 11.01.21 at 1:06 pm

Well done! There was a similar article last week by Conrad Black whom lambasted Trudeau for his never ending apology. Time to stand tall Canadians and move on.

#12 Mark on 11.01.21 at 1:06 pm

What a shameful joke. I’m ashamed to be Canadian these days. The worst part of it is knowing that none of these beaurocrats even care about any of the causes they claim to represent. They just flap whichever way they think the wind is blowing as they try to gain political points with…..whoever.

#13 Flag on 11.01.21 at 1:08 pm

I said it yesterday, and today, it is still true.

Mitsou said it best in the 80s…Bye Bye Mon Canada!

^^^^^^^

#72 Jane Finch on 10.31.21 at 5:23 am

Canada has gone belly up. The stench is bothering the neighbors.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-lowered-flags-are-a-symbol-of-a-nation-in-decline

You’re not seeing it clearly perhaps.

The flag is on the way down the mast, toward being taken off the mast as the country is on the way to being dismantled when reconciliation invalidates the treaties and Canada ceases to exist as a country.

When you look at it with this clarity, it should lave you less concerned about the descending position of the flag.

Now, let Trudeau II finish his good work.

#14 Philco on 11.01.21 at 1:09 pm

Top marks for this Garth.
Here on the left coast my colleges are so done with being pushed around by, lets call it ” these new policies” to be beyond polite. Their changing the names of all of the areas to indigenous types.
And it ok to burn a few churches.
Politicians are pansy’s.

#15 Lunenburg Flag Thief on 11.01.21 at 1:09 pm

We got hardly anything on Kijiji for that last one, Garth.

How about you just give us $50 and we’ll let you keep this one?

#16 Mark on 11.01.21 at 1:14 pm

#8 zxcvbnm
Why don’t you give away your house, then? That’s what I thought.

#17 I fixed it for you..say thanks on 11.01.21 at 1:14 pm

It’s been five months since the Chinese Agent ordered Canada’s flag to be lowered. “indefinitely.” The decision to reverse that lies in the hands of indigenous leaders, as we atone for actions nobody alive took part in. Since then Chinese agent Justin Trudeau went beach-walking instead of observing Reconciliation Day, we’re paying a new price. The country has been bowed, reduced, penitent, diminished and, many believe, shamed. A flag that cannot be raised – or apparently even displayed at will, on private property – symbolizes a new subservience. An endless one.

#18 Dolce Vita on 11.01.21 at 1:16 pm

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
— Abe Lincoln

Cohesiveness, not fragmentation.

Else Canada will be conquered by division.

#19 Dan on 11.01.21 at 1:17 pm

Well done Garth!

Depending on how much energy and money you want to put into this maybe go after the City Hall to reimburse you the value of the flag. Just as a point that they, as so called representatives of law and order, support a group which is acting against the law.

#20 Dragonfly 58 on 11.01.21 at 1:20 pm

None , please this is 2021. A tiny handfull of some of our Great Grandparents made mistakes. And the vast majority of those actually thought their actions were to help First Nations people deal with the New Realty of the age.
The true abusers are { were } criminals , full stop. But a tiny group of people. And lots of abuse happened to non – First Nations children and young people in those days as well.
People in my family have lived on P.E.I since the 1820’s . Which of them are you speaking ? To the best of my knowledge they were just hard working Farmers trying to scratch out a living in a very harsh land.

#21 Michael Motorcycle on 11.01.21 at 1:20 pm

It’s too bad it comes down to providing a letter of intention to do what is your right.

I’m glad Canada has you!

#22 David on 11.01.21 at 1:21 pm

Actions such as this make me think there might be some hope for this country! Thanks for standing up for patriotic Canadians!

#23 Dolce Vita on 11.01.21 at 1:22 pm

#53 Dolce Vista on 10.31.21 at 4:48 pm
But Garth, you don’t understand … it’s little Italy!

And like most things in Italy… it’s little, not to mention, annoying.

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BTW, Vista is vision or sight in Italiano. Sweet vision or Sweet Sight.

Thus, you are of 2 minds it reads, conflicted.

The Comment lights just got turned on upon you, time to scurry away as any good Blattodea would do.

And on Italia:

You are a know nothing Canadese.

#24 the Jaguar on 11.01.21 at 1:24 pm

Well done, Garth.
Buckle up. Two of the eleven posts give an indication of what you are probably in for, but The Jaguar stands with you and for raising that flag. Two of my uncles were in bomber crews during the war. One didn’t come home, the other received the DFC. Raise that flag.

#25 Dolt I Cave on 11.01.21 at 1:25 pm

Is this song for Canadians or for the Natives who’s land was taken. I don’t know. Both I guess…

Silent Running
Mike + The Mechanics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i17mgRK3GX8

Take the children and yourself
And hide out in the cellar
By now the fighting will be close at hand
Don’t believe the church and state
And everything they tell you
Believe in me, I’m with the high command

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

There’s a gun and ammunition
Just inside the doorway
Use it only in emergency
Better you should pray to God
The Father and the Spirit
Will guide you and protect from up here

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Swear allegiance to the flag
Whatever flag they offer
Never hint at what you really feel
Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

#26 Sail Away on 11.01.21 at 1:26 pm

Well said, Garth. I strongly support your position and respect for the country.

#27 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 1:26 pm

Nice job Mr. T

…and get 3-4 cameras on that sucker asap.

#28 Doug t on 11.01.21 at 1:31 pm

AMEN – if its WOKE its BROKE

#29 Doug t on 11.01.21 at 1:34 pm

#8 zxcvbnm

TROLL ALERT – oh u kids make me smile on the inside

#30 Immigrant man on 11.01.21 at 1:35 pm

Action worthy of admiration!

You know what was so shocking to figure out when I just came to Canada 20 years ago? It’s that the laws actually *work* here. Like if PM gets pulled over for speeding – ticket. Unimaginable where I come from. And yet reality here. Or at least it was till recent.

I’ve spent 14 years living in Canada’s north (still am) and I’ve seen a lot of natives and the problems they are in. It’s a time bomb. Huge. Money is not gonna fix it. It’s gonna get worse before “the woke” wake up. I am sorry to say it.

#31 John on 11.01.21 at 1:38 pm

Thank you for standing up for Canada.

#32 Odif Yltsaeb on 11.01.21 at 1:39 pm

Oh boy, here we go again… Hope you at least installed some cameras this time Garth, catch some video evidence this time.

#33 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 1:45 pm

#26 Sail Away on 11.01.21 at 1:26 pm
Well said, Garth. I strongly support your position and respect for the country.
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Which flag and country do you swear allegiance to?

#34 Sail Away on 11.01.21 at 1:46 pm

Wow, US Treasury Series I bonds have just more than doubled yield from 3.54% to 7.12%!

https://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/products/prod_ibonds_glance.htm

This is big. Rates are a-rising. Plan accordingly.

#35 Not Fooled on 11.01.21 at 1:47 pm

My father was sent to an Indian Industrial School, where he was horribly abused. He escaped twice; the first escape resulted in his being beaten and taken back by his parents, the second was more successful. At 14 years of age, he took his brother’s birth certificate and enlisted in the Canadian Merchant Marine during WW II, as insurance against his return to the IIS. He was sunk in the North Sea, but lived to tell the tale.

He would have no truck with flag stealers, steerage whiners or black-face wearers.

Raise the flag.

#36 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 1:47 pm

#8 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:02 pm
You’re destined to lose this battle, Garth. Take a look in the mirror – that’s why. You People have had hundreds of years to fly Your Flag on the backs of indigenous peoples. Now kindly shuffle off and/or kick into the redistribution kitty. $40k/ea is peanuts. $400k has a better ring to it. $4mm better still.
Your stone building is a monument to genocide. Justice would be you gifting it to indigenous Canadians.

At the very least, apologize.
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I wish indigenous folks could get some kind of reparations for the actions of the past too, but they won’t. Not now, not ever.

Trudeau’s out there in court right now appealing all the decisions and making sure it’ll never happen. If you want to know what Trudeau thinks of indigenous folks, just ask Jodie, she’ll fill you in. Anyway, if that Judge doesn’t fall in line with Justin’s way of thinking – like right now – he’ll be out of a freaking job tomorrow. So you know what’s coming.

That’s to say nothing about the smorgasbord of folks that now call Canada home who never even heard of a Mohawk or Mi’kmaq, much less can we expect them to pay a pile of money for history they just learned about last week, and had zip to do with. Not happening, and a decade from now it’ll be even less happening. Eventually it’ll be totally just not happening.

Looks like special flag treatments and an apology will have to do.

#37 Phylis on 11.01.21 at 1:49 pm

#27 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 1:26 pm
Nice job Mr. T

…and get 3-4 cameras on that sucker asap.
Xxxxxxx
…… or one Tesla!

#38 Dolce Vita on 11.01.21 at 1:49 pm

I like your verve and tenacity Garth.

Unsinkable.

Keep being you.

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Dear Overlord:

Now that you have conquered Bay Street, King Street and if you desire to move up, branch out…might I suggest (a slightly larger version of your King Street abode, so you will feel right at home):

https://i.imgur.com/rvTC3iE.png
https://i.imgur.com/oleOoAp.png

Front yard Egyptian obelisk, columns incl.

And bonus, you can re-chisel the façade from:

“M. Agrippa L. F. Cos. Tertium fecit”

to

“G. Turner, the son of Mr. Turner, three times office Overlord, bought this.”

Also, a Lunenburg feel right at home indoor feature:

[It also rains inside the Pantheon but a gently sloping floor and 22 well-hidden holes help the water to drain away.]

Bonus:

The Carabinieri and Polizia will make sure no one absconds with the Canadian flag.

#39 Mean Gene on 11.01.21 at 1:53 pm

The perpetual current reason for half masting is dishonoring the people who fought and died defending our country including peace keepers protecting others, the practice has gone on long enough.

#40 How much this time on 11.01.21 at 1:53 pm

The only thing that will put an end to the ongoing Indigenous issue is for someone to pull out their checkbook.

Over to you, Justin.

#41 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:54 pm

#30 Immigrant man on 11.01.21 at 1:35 pm

Do you notice how you have to preface any opinion with you being an immigrant yourself and with 14 years of “lived experience” and you’re still cautious that you may come across as a bigot? That’s because you’re a bigot. Be better, k?

#42 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 1:55 pm

Your house is your castle.
And any person who violates your privacy should be held accountable.
I also have issue with people who decided to leave this country for “greener pastures”, but then come here and blast this still great country.
Remember, politicians not a country make, people do.

#43 Polozified on 11.01.21 at 1:56 pm

Flags will be raised at midnight Nov 11th just to be lowered at 11:00. They’ll be raised again at midnight Nov 12th just to be lowered at 12:01.

Everybody’s happy?

#44 Disgusted on 11.01.21 at 1:57 pm

Hindsight is 20/20, terrible results from a small group that thought they were probably saving a generation of kids from squalor, abuse, neglect and third world living conditions. Where is the Catholic Church in all this? With their track record in history, it’s truly scary.
Freedom of speech as long as you agree with us?
Tear down statues, protest everything, steal and vandalize but it’s all ok because they are traumatized.
For those of us who pay taxes, we continue to stuff more and more and more money into their pockets. You would think they would spend some on their infrastructure and healthcare instead of my new trucks for council.
Such a sad state of affairs and our “assistant drama teacher” leader eats right out of their hand.

#45 Yukon Elvis on 11.01.21 at 2:00 pm

#8 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:02 pm
You’re destined to lose this battle, Garth. Take a look in the mirror – that’s why. You People have had hundreds of years to fly Your Flag on the backs of indigenous peoples. Now kindly shuffle off and/or kick into the redistribution kitty. $40k/ea is peanuts. $400k has a better ring to it. $4mm better still.
Your stone building is a monument to genocide. Justice would be you gifting it to indigenous Canadians.

At the very least, apologize.
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Perhaps it is time for YOU to consider reconciliation, with reality. We are no longer stone age hunter gatherers.This is the twenty first century. Perhaps it is time for you to move on and catch up.

#46 Dolce Vita on 11.01.21 at 2:01 pm

#8 zxcvbnm

Poster child for:

Non sequiturs in Logic.

Bitter as well.

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Math, Measurement Units:

$40k → $400k → $4mm

mm = common millimeter abbreviation
M = common million abbreviation

…and MM is 2,000 in Roman numerals.

#47 TurnerNation on 11.01.21 at 2:03 pm

This is why I call in Kanada. A fast decent into Kommunism.

Our forum host should rent two crane and suspend a 200 foot flag, across them. Sock it to the Lefties

Do we really need a reminder.
This country is pathetic. On the weekend I spotted people still lined up 6-6-6 feet apart in the cold outside small storefronts. An employee admitting only 1 or 2 at a time. What is this March 2020? No it’s the War on Small Business – 2022. This is WW3 and we have been trained that we are the enemy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distancing
“Distancing is an important concept in all combative sports and arts. It applies to both un-armed and armed combat. ”
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–From AUGUST – still true today.

#24 TurnerNation on 08.28.21 at 1:06 pm
Things which have the permanency in Kanada:
1. Fictional ‘State of Emergency’.
2. Flags at half mast
3. CV Rules. Always the rules Comrade.

#48 Polozified on 11.01.21 at 2:07 pm

I’m just gonna put it out there…

…I like the Pearson pennant. Our current flag’s good too, but I would have had no problem with it.

#49 just a dude on 11.01.21 at 2:18 pm

Hats off to you, Mr. Turner. Thank you.

Proud Canadian here who is deeply grateful for our freedoms and opportunities, all made possible by the tremendous sacrifices of our veterans.

Keeping the flag at half mast indefinitely makes a mockery of the reasons for which it was lowered five months ago. It loses all meaning.

Our veterans, our nation and *all* of its citizens deserve better. Our flag must rise again. It’s time.

#50 Shirl Clarts on 11.01.21 at 2:20 pm

I hope you installed a Ring doorbell to catch the bastards this time.

I applaud your argument and letter.

#51 Dolce Vita on 11.01.21 at 2:24 pm

#45 Yukon Elvis

THAT was good.

#52 Decent Majority on 11.01.21 at 2:26 pm

Bear in mind, we live in a country where an RCMP making a traffic stop can be run down with impunity by career criminals and it’s not called murder any more.

#53 Immigrant man on 11.01.21 at 2:29 pm

#41 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:54 pm
Do you notice how you have to preface any opinion with you being an immigrant yourself and with 14 years of “lived experience” and you’re still cautious that you may come across as a bigot? That’s because you’re a bigot. Be better, k?
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I am not as famous as the regulars here, so I am making sure to put forth my modest credentials. Thank you for paying attention though. I have met plenty of white ppl born in Canada who absolutely hate natives and think nothing good of them. They hide it well. I don’t want to side with them. I think they are missing the broader picture: those who do not work for their money – have no dignity. But you are not born with it – that’s key. *Any* group of people regardless of their ethnicity will end up poor, desperate and in trouble if they are placed in a welfare ghetto aka the Reserve.

I came from former USSR, did you hear that one yet? ) And guess what? That was a welfare ghetto. The place is still suffering the consequences, it takes many generation for that to go away. Nothing to do with race, everything to do with culture. And the Reserve culture (yes created and enabled by the white people of Canada) is horrible and needs to be dismantled asap. Of course anyone who dares to raise the topic of Reserves or the Indian Act is a) bigot, b) racist, c) all of the above, unless we are talking about spending big cash.

#54 Former Navy Chief on 11.01.21 at 2:30 pm

You, Sir, are much braver than I.

When I released from the Royal Canadian Navy after serving for 27 years, one of memento I was presented was the Ensign that flew at the masthead of my last ship, HMCS Ottawa.

This is one of my most precious possession, and in no way would I display it outside my home, even though I live in a very safe neighbourhood, and trust my neighbours.

If I were so inclined to fly our national flag for Canada Day or another such occasion, I would go to Crappy Tire and purchase one for just that occasion, and not risk my Ensign.

Thank you for all you do, and Thank You For Your Service to all who have served, and those who still serve Canada.

#55 More than a tad of green blood on 11.01.21 at 2:30 pm

Hear, Hear

#56 yvr_lurker on 11.01.21 at 2:36 pm

Putting the flag on July 1st was understandable, but I can see how this raised the ire of many people; i.e. one should have expected a ^&*& storm. Interesting how the mayor and police seem not to give a hoot.

Although it may go smoother now, there are still those out there who will aim to repeat the flag theft. With all sorts of radicalization (climate people gluing themselves to the pavement near YVR, blocking major intersections week after week), don’t be surprised if the flag gets lifted or defaced. Since you have the $$$, I’d hire a security company to sit in an unmarked car for a few days just to watch. If it gets lifted, and the perpetrators identified, it will be the real test to see if charges are laid. With how things are going in this country, this last issue is in doubt.

#57 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 2:37 pm

#41 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:54 pm
#30 Immigrant man on 11.01.21 at 1:35 pm

Do you notice how you have to preface any opinion with you being an immigrant yourself and with 14 years of “lived experience” and you’re still cautious that you may come across as a bigot? That’s because you’re a bigot. Be better, k?
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Nah, he’s just pointing out he was not born here – as are more and more and more Canadians. Soon, most of us will have little to zero Canadian history to draw from. Hell, I totally feel and look and act like an Old Stock Canuck – but I’m a first gen. My Grandparents never even learned English, forget about learning any History of Canada. They had priorities – like putting food on the table.

More and more Canadians from all over the world moving here and hearing the activists say the word “indigenous” for the very first time. Maybe some will put “learning about Canada’s history” on their to-do list (for like, during retirement) but I wouldn’t bet on it, K homie?

#58 Nonplused on 11.01.21 at 2:38 pm

Good post Garth.

These Canada haters are best to learn when they should back off, or we’ll end up with our own “Let’s Go Branden” meme and they will be ridiculed into oblivion. I think the only reason it hasn’t started yet is because Trudeau is already too ridiculous to be mocked. At some point a situation or person can become so sad it is no longer possible to be funny about it. Trudeau has reached that point. Your town council too. Unfortunately you can’t reason with them because reason doesn’t live there.

As for reconciliation, well sure, mistakes were made, people suffered. But where are we now? Our natives are among the richest 1% of people on the planet, with voting rights, free education, and free health care to boot! They are probably better off than most Americans. I’m not going to get all excited if they figure they need more brand new ATV’s and 4×4’s on my dime. And that is all this is about; money.

#59 Billy Buoy on 11.01.21 at 2:38 pm

Freedom of expression 101

We stand on guard for thee and Garth!

Respect goes both ways not the way 1 group with 1 opinion believes is 100% right.

#60 Alberta Ed on 11.01.21 at 2:39 pm

Kudos for standing up for Canada and our national flag. Our virtue-posturing, ever-apologizing, pathetic excuse for a prime minister is a national disgrace.

#61 bcPaul on 11.01.21 at 2:40 pm

We have no rights anymore, just privileges.

#62 Devil Coat on 11.01.21 at 2:43 pm

#45 Yukon Elvis on 11.01.21 at 2:00 pm
#8 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:02 pm
You’re destined to lose this battle, Garth. Take a look in the mirror – that’s why. You People have had hundreds of years to fly Your Flag on the backs of indigenous peoples. Now kindly shuffle off and/or kick into the redistribution kitty. $40k/ea is peanuts. $400k has a better ring to it. $4mm better still.
Your stone building is a monument to genocide. Justice would be you gifting it to indigenous Canadians.

At the very least, apologize.
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Perhaps it is time for YOU to consider reconciliation, with reality. We are no longer stone age hunter gatherers.This is the twenty first century. Perhaps it is time for you to move on and catch up.

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Catch up to what Elvis?

Government of Canada, in total cooperation of Banks and totally protecting all risk the banks take on loans, hyping home ownership values and most importantly the loan value at the banks to ensure their profits all to settle the land so that people who spent their life savings would have skin (most/all skin!) in it and be allies in continued settlement upon the lands that don’t belong to them?

Extracting wealth from the land and polluting it as those that want to live on it peacefully with minimal waste and in harmony with nature are marginalized and thrown out? They water polluted?

I understand we don’t like the reality of it, and thus we’re resisting it, even if the native claims are very valid.

What this comes down to is this: most people are misplacing their anger as if this is the native’s fault. As if they were the ones who occupied the land. It isn’t. They were just here.

Time to focus your anger where it belongs – The Crown.

The Crown pulled this scam on the natives, and they pulled the scam on you, making you work and invest your wealth into a scam that is built on legally shaky ground at best. Hence why Supreme Court isn’t allowed to rule on validity of these treaties.

No one forced you to buy into it. You did it all by yourself. Low interest rates and hype made you do it.

Now, bow to The Crown, greaterfool!

#63 Nonplused on 11.01.21 at 2:43 pm

#8 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:02 pm
You’re destined to lose this battle, Garth. Take a look in the mirror – that’s why. You People have had hundreds of years to fly Your Flag on the backs of indigenous peoples. Now kindly shuffle off and/or kick into the redistribution kitty. $40k/ea is peanuts. $400k has a better ring to it. $4mm better still.
Your stone building is a monument to genocide. Justice would be you gifting it to indigenous Canadians.

At the very least, apologize.

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Let’s see, 37 million Canadians of which 7% claim to be native or partially native, at $4 million each, that $10 trillion dollars! I thought Trudeau knew how to spend!

It’s time to call a spade a spade. Reconciliation is all about the money.

#64 Linda on 11.01.21 at 2:44 pm

‘If leaders fear leading, the people must.’. Truth indeed. I for one am more than tired of politicians who fail to perform the duty of leading, leaving it up to the citizens to take action instead. When I cast a vote, my expectation of those elected is that they act not for themselves but for the citizens who elected them. It is the duty of those elected to act for the greater good, not to get re-elected above all other considerations. That means that if an action must be taken that could or would prevent re-election the leaders carry on regardless. That is their duty.

While I too condemn the injustices indigenous people have endured, reconciliation should not & does not mean injustice should then be excused or imposed on others in turn. Two wrongs do not make a right.

#65 Sail Away on 11.01.21 at 2:46 pm

#33 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 1:45 pm
#26 Sail Away on 11.01.21 at 1:26 pm

Well said, Garth. I strongly support your position and respect for the country.

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Which flag and country do you swear allegiance to?

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I’ve taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the US against all enemies and to obey orders of the President of the US.

I’ve also taken an oath of allegiance to the Queen of England and to obey the laws of Canada.

There may be some moral uncertainty if any of those three start arguing!

#66 Dragonslayer on 11.01.21 at 2:46 pm

I get what you’re saying Garth, but this residential school stuff was a punch to the gut when it became known. This is Bosnian level genocide we’re talking about. Unmarked mass graves? Children? And not isolated incidents either. Bet that future investigation will reveal more, a lot more.

Those were sick, sick people who did that to the First Nations kids. This whole residential school issue should have a Nuremburg type commission to sort it out and every one of those monsters should be hauled in front of it as a witness. Don’t care if they have to drag them out of old folks homes by the heels, justice must be done.

You’re going to say there is no evidence that any of the graves were due to homicide, as you’ve said that before in your blog. I think we have to turn that around and say that a full investigation/commission has to occur with witnesses, forensic examination- the whole nine yards. Every death should be treated as suspicious unless the contrary is proved.

So if it means some discomfort for us ancestors of European settlers so be it. If Indigenous people ask us to lower the flag for a while then that’s the least we can do. And I think veterans who fought for this country in the world wars would be as appalled as anyone by what is being uncovered.

There were no mass graves. Child mortality rates a hundred years ago in rural Canada – google it. – Garth

#67 A01 on 11.01.21 at 2:49 pm

Totally support you on this Garth. Thanks for not bowing to pressure and standing up for your principles.

#68 sean on 11.01.21 at 2:49 pm

RE:
#8 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:02 pm
Now kindly shuffle off and/or kick into the redistribution kitty. $40k/ea is peanuts. $400k has a better ring to it. $4mm better still.

#36 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 1:47 pm
I wish indigenous folks could get some kind of reparations for the actions of the past too, but they won’t. Not now, not ever.

My recollection is that there was an extensive reparations process for residential school survivors that started in the mid-2000s. A quick search seems to indicate that this was called the “Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement”:

“More than $3B paid to 28,000 victims of residential school abuse: report”
https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/iap-final-report-residential-schools-1.5946103

The news story has a link to the 100+ page final report which was released in early 2021 and which seems to be a pretty comprehensive summary. According to the report, the average award under this program was just under $92,000.

If this process has been completed and compensation paid through a formal process, why would it be reopened for additional payments?

#69 fisher on 11.01.21 at 2:53 pm

Respectfully, you will lose this argument. Your letter will be ignored, and your “flag” will be dismantled.

As it should be.

#70 Damifino on 11.01.21 at 2:57 pm

The real heroes are those we honor on November 11th. Without them, our flag would be an ugly cooked cross.

My father was among them. He came back with damage today’s mollycoddled Canadians can’t begin to imagine. Then, he and his generation got busy building the fabulous country we all luxuriate in daily.

Pathetic ingrates shall ignore them at their own peril.

#71 Lt. Commander Data on 11.01.21 at 2:57 pm

Humanity is still primitive even in this, 21st century. You have so far to go.

Incredible to think that it is taking humans so long to realize that sexism, racism, agism, culturism are just forms of hate and oppression and one cannot build a good foundation upon these things, regardless of level of good intent.

Gene Roddenberry told you all you need to know with the Prime Directive, and still you refuse to learn and understand, stuck in your primitive ways.

The Prime Directive

As the right of each sentient species to live in accordance with its normal cultural evolution is considered sacred, no Starfleet personnel may interfere with the normal and healthy development of alien life and culture. Such interference includes introducing superior knowledge, strength, or technology to a world whose society is incapable of handling such advantages wisely. Starfleet personnel may not violate this Prime Directive, even to save their lives and/or their ship, unless they are acting to right an earlier violation or an accidental contamination of said culture. This directive takes precedence over any and all other considerations, and carries with it the highest moral obligation.

#72 Jeff on 11.01.21 at 2:59 pm

1) Hard times create strong men
2) Strong men create good times
3) Good times create weak men
4) Weak men create hard times.

My guess :
Prior to 1945 : Step 1
1945-1970 : Step 2
1970-2015 : Step 3
2015+ : Step 4.

#73 G on 11.01.21 at 3:00 pm

Nice to hear you were sent a flag that flew on the peace tower flag pole! If I read that right.

Good to hear ‘blog dog from Ottawa sent a Canada pennant that had also graced the pinnacle of the Parliament Buildings’.
I wonder if any of the other emails some sent requesting you receive a replacement flag from the same flag pole may have help in this regard. Regardless who, why & how the flag got to you, glade a blog dog from Ottawa was able to send you one.

Might you be installing an appropriate size flag pole up on top of your building by Nov 9th? So it is not so easily reachable. Assuming a flag pole that size can be safely attached to the structure. Might need to attach the pole to the ground to keep it within any height limits the town might have, if a flag pole is considered part of the structure.

Or if it’s just up on the side of building again that will be Great to see also!

All the Canadian flags still at half mast have been bothered my wife enough to write the PM an email near the end of summer wanting to know why there are still down.
Of course I haven’t heard from her if anyone got back to her about it. I told her see should have CC her own MP on the email to the PM, then someone might have more likely gotten back to here on it, at least acknowledge it was received and read by someone.
But since the fags are still not all the way up by now her email alone didn’t …

Maybe a few more email from more people to the PM and CC your MP asking the flags all be up fully might help get them up sooner than the PM was planning in the first place. The PM actions speak louder than his words.

Don’t forget about all the private jets burning carbon fuel the world leaders use for themselves. Do as I say not as I do.
Is it really all about the carbon or more about control? But what do I know.

#74 XGRO and chill on 11.01.21 at 3:04 pm

I’ll never understand people who want to tear down things that aren’t hurting anybody.

It’s a prerequisite of living in a free society that we all try and get along with people we don’t agree with. We can’t be at each other’s throats, and tear down everything we don’t like. That does not make a better world. It makes a less tolerant one. One that would rather destroy than build.

#75 Tiffany Pontes Dover on 11.01.21 at 3:08 pm

By his own standards Garth Turner is a climate denier, but I’m willing to look past it to read his financial insights.

Thanks, Garth

#76 Brett in Calgary on 11.01.21 at 3:08 pm

#41 zxcvbnm — strong opinions for someone who won’t write their name.

Good work with the flag Garth.

#77 Dolce Vita on 11.01.21 at 3:11 pm

#34 Sail Away

THAT was a great Fixed Income Tip.

“This is big.”

…an understatement.

“7.12%!”

Emphasis, indeed.

#78 TurnerNation on 11.01.21 at 3:12 pm

At a time like this we need Smoking Man. With his bombast. To say what our forum host cannot. And blast those local Lefties.

— in other news:

Haha I recall 10 years ago when this still was an Internet Consp. Theory.
This is the RESET – that CV was used to kick off.
Old System Shut down. New System put into place, overnight.
https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda.

#79 wallflower on 11.01.21 at 3:13 pm

I sent the dog adoption form off to a bunch of folks because it is easier to adopt a human being now, apparently.

But more to the point… what a heck of a deal to have to complete without even knowing where, in the second largest geographic nation on this planet, the dog resides.

Even more to the point, the best people I know have ZERO social media accounts and the best dog owners I know do not, either!

“Please provide links to your social media accounts.” [mandatory field]

#80 Don't be THAT dog owner! on 11.01.21 at 3:14 pm

Not the first incident, just the latest. Why are some dog owners so inconsiderate?

Was walking my dog Finn today, within city limits in a park-like area with city-mowed walking paths. Clear signs at multiple entrances that dogs must be on-leash and poop picked up.

Of course, many disregard both requirements.

A big golden retriever ran over to us(no owner in sight), jumped all over me with muddy paws and then tried to engage Finn in play. Whilst I tried to avoid getting tripped up in Finn’s leash, both dogs circling around me, the apparent owners (a man and a woman) appeared in the distance. Two other dogs were with them, also off-leash. They called to the retriever who after hearing his name several times and then seeing his owners head back in the opposite direction, finally left us alone.

I yelled out “thanks for the muddy pawprints!”. No reply. Finn and I carried on with our walk.

Upon exiting the park we once again met up with the retriever, his owners close behind. All three dogs still off leash. The retriever came bounding towards me and Finn, leaving a few more muddy pawprints.

“Not again” I said. “Do you see that sign?” I asked the woman, pointing at the very clear picture of a dog with a leash and collar.

“He’s friendly” said the woman.

“That’s not the point. My dog is friendly also, but people should be able to walk through here without being jumped on by other dogs”, I replied.

“Yeah, OK” said the woman sounding defensive, not the least bit apologetic.

#81 Bob in Hamilton on 11.01.21 at 3:14 pm

Rise and rise again….

#82 Prince Polo on 11.01.21 at 3:15 pm

Our dear Photo-op Minister; a Prime disgrace. Surf’s up dude! When is he buying off the <40y.o. crowd again?

#83 Dillon on 11.01.21 at 3:16 pm

Way to go Garth! Thank you for not falling victim to the boneheads in this country! Keep our flag hanging high!

#84 Tyler Durden on 11.01.21 at 3:18 pm

#52 Decent Majority on 11.01.21 at 2:26 pm
Bear in mind, we live in a country where an RCMP making a traffic stop can be run down with impunity by career criminals and it’s not called murder any more.

I have no idea what incident you’re referring to, but if it isn’t being taken seriously than I would assign 1 point to each correct statement:

1. RCMP officer was white
2. RCMP officer was male
3. RCMP officer was straight
4. Criminal was BIPOC
5. Criminal didn’t identify as male
6. Criminal was LGBTQ

If you scored 3 or more points then Canada no longer cares. Sorry for your loss.

#85 Dr V on 11.01.21 at 3:19 pm

Sorry, a little tired after last night’s bloodbath.

So the council of a town declared a UNESCO heritage
site for……planned British Colonialism………..doesnt like
the flag?

Maybe they could just start with that coat of arms. What is that? Sailing ships? A church steeple? A colonial building?

#86 Inequity on 11.01.21 at 3:19 pm

#8 zxcvbnm

The indigenous Canadians were living in the stone age. (literally)
It was a foregone conclusion that they would have a rough go as they were forced to adapt to the modern world.
All these years later they still have a ways to go and still complain how things were handled by the Europeans and the crown. But I think if you ask the Aztecs, things were done very fairly for the indigenous Canadians.

#87 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 3:22 pm

#55 fisher on 11.01.21 at 2:53 pm
Respectfully, you will lose this argument. Your letter will be ignored, and your “flag” will be dismantled.

As it should be.
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…on camera, hopefully.

#88 X on 11.01.21 at 3:23 pm

Out of curiosity have the local leaders/mayor removed the flap from within the local hockey arena? school gymnasium? legion? so as to not offend anyone.

Get some cameras mounted outside as well.

#89 Andrew Bissonnette on 11.01.21 at 3:27 pm

Way to go Garth, I’m with you on this

#90 DC on 11.01.21 at 3:35 pm

You are the best Garth.

Justin Trudeau not so much.

#91 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 3:35 pm

#86 Inequity on 11.01.21 at 3:19 pm
#8 zxcvbnm

The indigenous Canadians were living in the stone age. (literally)
It was a foregone conclusion that they would have a rough go as they were forced to adapt to the modern world.
All these years later they still have a ways to go and still complain how things were handled by the Europeans and the crown. But I think if you ask the Aztecs, things were done very fairly for the indigenous Canadians.
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Careful not to crap on indigenous folks as a whole because of the words of a troll activist douchebag goof like zxcvbnm.

Most native folks are just living their lives, doing their jobs, got no issues with Canada or Canucks, and get real angry when some left wing activist with half a brain burns their Church down as a helping gesture towards them.

Same kind of ultra-stunted bottom feeding intellect that got Garth’s flag stolen. The dregs of society, the dumbest of the dumb – the extremist activists.

We all know the history and wrongs were definitely committed, most of us understand. Be vigilant in pointing your finger in the right direction: towards the extremist activists. It is these folks we need to “welcome to Sparta”.

#92 Barb on 11.01.21 at 3:37 pm

Well done Garth.

Seems all Mayors–from sea to shining sea to half-frozen sea–now behave as eunuchs.
They say they can’t do anything, but they simply don’t want to.

Hope you still have those unused Canada Day fireworks, veterans deserve their celebration. Despite wondering what happened to this country.

A tip o’ the hat to your colleagues for giving you a new flag. Oh…and hope that “blogdog pennant” was removed with permission (ahem!)

#93 Paterfamilias on 11.01.21 at 3:42 pm

# 63. Nonplused. Just for the record, the census of 2016 is reported to show 4.9% of the people of Canada claiming to be ‘Indigenous’ (i.e. with status). You are likely to find that (at least in Canada west of the Manitoba-Ontario border), a great many more people claim ‘some’ Indigenous ancestry. Depending upon what is meant by ‘partial’, could be a lot of people inside the tent. Given another generation or two of intermarriage, when everyone has ‘some’ First Nations ancestry, can everything be set right by just having everyone exchange houses ?

#94 Dolce Vita on 11.01.21 at 3:43 pm

There were no mass graves. Child mortality rates a hundred years ago in rural Canada – google it. – Garth

Wanted to say that for quite some time. Glad you stepped up and said it. Googled it a ways back. So true Garth.

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#86 Inequity

“…Aztecs”

Or the Inca in Peru, something else I have wanted to say, glad you did.

N. American First Nation wars, shorter list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_of_the_indigenous_peoples_of_North_America

or longer list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_of_the_indigenous_peoples_of_North_America

It was a conquest by the technologically superior at war Europeans, plain and simple.

Indigenous allied with the Europeans. Huron, Algonquin with the French, Iroquois with the Dutch and English etc., etc.

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Suffice to say the Indigenous were makers of their own destiny as European allies in trade or war.

It is infantile to think Indigenous good, Europeans bad.

It never is in human history that simple.

#95 Immigrant man on 11.01.21 at 3:47 pm

Hey I remember, was it 2 years ago? Don Cherry rant on “you people” and the poppy flower? About same time I was in a grocery store with my two young children. They’ve seen a cadet selling poppies at the entrance and asked me how come I am not wearing a “coquelicot”? And really, cmon’, for a buck why not show your support? Anyways, I am anticipating this Canadian symbol will be attacked in near future as well. Everything else that made Canada is, so why not this?

#96 Jesse Wuerch on 11.01.21 at 3:47 pm

Thank you.

#97 Habitt on 11.01.21 at 3:51 pm

You have my 100% support. It’s been awhile since I felt proud of this country. I was never called up to duty but would have been there. I often think of our veterans who sacrificed everything and often paid the ultimate price. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Garth. I’ve got some pride back now. God bless

#98 Dolce Vita on 11.01.21 at 3:51 pm

#91 IHCTD9

“…troll activist douchebag goof like zxcvbnm”

You need to be more forthright in your assertions.

Commenter envy here.

#99 OKD on 11.01.21 at 3:54 pm

Heck yeah Garth – well done sir!!!
So many are thirsting for leadership of this calibre; please run for office again!

#100 I’m stupid on 11.01.21 at 3:57 pm

Good for you Garth. Hire a security guard!

#101 OKD on 11.01.21 at 3:57 pm

“Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence“

— Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

#102 gfd on 11.01.21 at 3:57 pm

I feel obligated to crash this flag party.
TD Bank rates effective November 2.
Term Rate Change (bps) New 25 Year Amortization Rate New +25 Year
Amortization Rate New Rental

1 Year Fixed ↑20 2.74% 2.84% 2.89%
2 Year Fixed ↑25 2.59% 2.69% 2.74%
3 Year Fixed ↑20 2.54% 2.64% 2.69%
4 Year Fixed ↑20 2.64% 2.74% 2.79%
5 Year Fixed ↑25 2.74% 2.84% 2.89%
5 Year Fixed High-Ratio ↑25 2.64% – –

We told ya… – Garth

#103 AM in MN on 11.01.21 at 4:00 pm

I applaud your understanding of what’s really important here Garth, and your courage.

Unfortunately the voters don’t agree with you, and thus fear the country that so many fought for has a diminished future for the following generations.

Anyone who thinks that those that tore down the flag will stop at that is dreaming.

They want full Marxism, and I fear they’re going to get it. Check out the discourse on any University campus these days.

Not just here, but the whole western world. Check out what’s going on in New Zealand these days. My Grandfather fought for that nation in WWI, so sad to see how they’re re-writing the history books these days, right out of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

#104 Dicta Vole on 11.01.21 at 4:00 pm

#80 Don’t be THAT dog owner!

Did you think all dog owners are stand up human beings?

Where do you think all the un-scooped poop comes from?

Where do you think all the pee burns spots on lawns of owner who ask for NO DOGS on their lawns come from?

Who do you think left all those dogs in the shelters to be put down? Not the “Not-Dog-Owners”, that’s for sure.

It’s a shame what you highlight. It gives example to other dog owners that this is acceptable behaviour in this area, and it snowballs from there.

The only answer is bylaw enforcement and tickets. Call 311 and set it up a blitz in your region. It works.

#105 AntMan on 11.01.21 at 4:02 pm

Just received a refund from Gofundme for replacing your stolen flag. I’ll keep it handy for the next one.

#106 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:03 pm

#72 Jeff on 11.01.21 at 2:59 pm
1) Hard times create strong men
2) Strong men create good times
3) Good times create weak men
4) Weak men create hard times.

My guess :
Prior to 1945 : Step 1
1945-1970 : Step 2
1970-2015 : Step 3
2015+ : Step 4.
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Stupid Men create stupid posts.

#107 Philco on 11.01.21 at 4:03 pm

#91 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 3:35 pm
#86 Inequity on 11.01.21 at 3:19 pm
#8 zxcvbnm
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+1 IHCTD9
What an idiot.
Lots of great natives where I live doing well driving new jacked up F150s. Friendly too.

I was going to say grab a couple cameras also LOL.
A great brand for the price is Amcrest… I’ve installed 6 systems with about 45 cameras total.
We just busted another idiot slashing tires of my tenant.
They happen to be Footprints security the largest patrol outfit on Van Isl.
The flow of idiots seems to be picking up steam.

#108 e90 on 11.01.21 at 4:05 pm

No country is without shameful events in history. As you’ve said, Canada is pretty great and we should be able to fly our flag proudly. None of us had any say in events before our time. If we’re going to focus so much on the past, I prefer feeling proud of the sacrifices made by the many, versus feeling guilty over the crimes of a few.

#109 Dolce Vita on 11.01.21 at 4:11 pm

Off topic.

Bloomberg gives Trudeau climate kudos:

https://i.imgur.com/4lHwYjV.png
https://twitter.com/MikeBloomberg/status/1455185196811268101

What Mike doesn’t know is the real reason Trudeau went to Europe:

https://i.imgur.com/4kozm9b.png
https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/1454965042693263369

#110 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:16 pm

#36 Ihtcd9

That’s to say nothing about the smorgasbord of folks that now call Canada home who never even heard of a Mohawk or Mi’kmaq, much less can we expect them to pay a pile of money for history they just learned about last week, and had zip to do with. Not happening, and a decade from now it’ll be even less happening. Eventually it’ll be totally just not happening.

Looks like special flag treatments and an apology will have to do.
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agree with you.
My Asian relatives and friends call them whiners.
The recall what they had to endure during Mao’s rule.
Not quite agree, but this is reality.
We have some Japanese parents on our hockey team.
Sometimes we talk about the treatment of Japanese during WWii.
Having their homes confiscated and sent to camps up North.
Got an apology, but never their houses back.
Ask them, does that not bother you.
They don’t wanna talk about it.
Stoic Japanese.

#111 AlbertaGuy in AB on 11.01.21 at 4:18 pm

Garth, Sorry to see your Town leaders are so spineless as to condone this behavior…time to run for Mayor!

#112 Tarot Card Great Post on 11.01.21 at 4:29 pm

Thanks for the blog Garth
Great post
I would like to comment on this part of your post

I have no right to stand in the way of others expressing their beliefs by flying banners, erecting signs or marching in the street. By the same token, others have no right to prevent me from standing up for my beliefs or my nation, nor to display my country’s flag.

This has been a great worry of mine in that we are tolerant of others rights and freedoms, but when we want to express our own rights and believes we are made to feel embarrassed and ashamed of who we are.
Glad you stood up for your rights! Bravo!

So on a positive note you got another flag and you are proud to display it on your bank!

Here’s to all veterans who made the sacrifice so I can live free! Thank you!

Have a great week!

#113 Mark on 11.01.21 at 4:29 pm

Instead of falling like dominoes, we need more leaders like Garth to stand up to the woke mobs consuming western civilisations. Than-you, Garth.

#114 Faron on 11.01.21 at 4:29 pm

Good to hear you have another flag of import to fly, however irreplaceable the lost one was. There is plenty of history to be proud of here in Canada. But, as is true for any diverse nation, there are long past, recent and ongoing actions to be viewed very critically. Appreciation and criticism both have places in our discourse. Neither warrants theft of personal property.

An important aside: it is incorrect to say that those who committed crimes against first nations children in residential schools are no longer alive. Some are though they may be quite old by now. This is a fact. Harper refused to fund criminal investigations that were strongly suggested as a follow-up to the T+RC. That wilful blindness along with the Catholic Church’s refusal to disclose residential school records has ensured that we may never know with certainty who did what to whom. There is only shame in such obfuscation.

#115 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:32 pm

#58 Non Minussed
As for reconciliation, well sure, mistakes were made, people suffered. But where are we now? Our natives are among the richest 1% of people on the planet, with voting rights, free education, and free health care to boot! They are probably better off than most Americans. I’m not going to get all excited if they figure they need more brand new ATV’s and 4×4’s on my dime. And that is all this is about; money.
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Wow,
This one was way below the belt.
No surprise though.
Where’s the hatred coming from?

#116 kommykim on 11.01.21 at 4:33 pm

RE: #68 sean on 11.01.21 at 2:49 pm
According to the report, the average award under this program was just under $92,000.

If this process has been completed and compensation paid through a formal process, why would it be reopened for additional payments?

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Because they’ve spent the money and now it’s gone. They are back for more. Rinse repeat.

#117 Shawn Allen on 11.01.21 at 4:41 pm

Garth, of course, has my full support and admiration in this flag battle.

Nice to see him stand up for what is right. Lunenburg may not know who they are dealing with.

Not everyone can be pushed around.

#118 Faron on 11.01.21 at 4:43 pm

#134 Nonplused on 11.01.21 at 2:12 pm

#129 Faron on 11.01.21 at 11:38 am
#118 the Jaguar on 11.01.21 at 9:21 am

I’ll say it one last time: I try meeting fact with fact here and idea with idea up to a point. I did this with you at one time as well. But, I’ve given up with you. You are immune to fact, so it’s of no use. Because you are immune to fact, I have no respect for your viewpoints.

I’ll say this one more time as well: your adherence to Trump’s Big Lie, the trotting out of poorly understood number theory in defence of it and everything else surrounding the election a year ago is extremely damning to any credibility you may have had as a bearer of “fact” or “truth”. I think many here, including some of the more rational pro O+G folks, can agree with me on that. I see the exact same clinging to a poor understanding of climate, climate change, energy policy and renewable technology from you. Together, these add up to a giant hole in your credibility that cause me to fundamentally doubt everything you say. I strongly advise other commenters to view what you write under a similar lens even though I doubt many will take my advice.

Good luck to you. Pull your head out of the fringe-y parts of the web that tell you what you want to hear and make you feel important as a bearer of contrarian truths. The real world is far more interesting and nuanced than the simplifications any of those sites make and the simplicity of their messaging. You are missing out by ignoring it.

#119 Do we have all the facts on 11.01.21 at 4:44 pm

As a point of interest I was part of a group that made three detailed submissions to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in the early 1990’s. One of our recommendations was to place a market value on the legal interests in Crown lands held by First Nation members. We suggested that Section 56.1 of the National Housing Act, as it was then, could be used to create the equivalent to home ownership for First Nation members.

The concept we presented was to establish a market value for the Crown land attached to homes financed under Section 56.1. The market value of land would be included in the low end of market value for each home and this inclusion would increase the subsidy provided by CMHC to reduce monthly loan payments.

As First Nation members reduced the principal of the loan through regular payments (just like a mortgage) they would build up equity. When the home was transferred to another First Nation member the revised market value of the land would recognized and included in the low end of total market value when a revised subsidy was calculated by CMHC. The equity built up by the previous occupant would by transferred as a cash payment when a new mortgage was negotiated.

When six volumes of findings were circulated by RCAP in 1996 there was not single mention of allowing First Nation members to build up equity through the equivalent of home ‘ownership’.

My point is that the inability to build up equity through home ownership has suppressed the development of First Nation economies. Imagine what Canada would look like today if 100% of the population had been deliberately deprived of the opportunity to gain equity through homeownership.

Food for thought if nothing else!

Please don’t resurrect the 1969 White Paper by suggesting that all First Nation members should relocate to the Promised Land.

#120 gfd on 11.01.21 at 4:45 pm

I feel obligated to crash this flag party.
TD Bank rates effective November 2.
Term Rate Change (bps) New 25 Year Amortization Rate New +25 Year
Amortization Rate New Rental

1 Year Fixed ↑20 2.74% 2.84% 2.89%
2 Year Fixed ↑25 2.59% 2.69% 2.74%
3 Year Fixed ↑20 2.54% 2.64% 2.69%
4 Year Fixed ↑20 2.64% 2.74% 2.79%
5 Year Fixed ↑25 2.74% 2.84% 2.89%
5 Year Fixed High-Ratio ↑25 2.64% – –

We told ya… – Garth
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Yes, you did and we thank you. Now wave that flag, wave it wide and high.

#121 StakeholderCapitalism on 11.01.21 at 4:45 pm

One of key goals of the cultural revolution is to discredit the nation state. Trudeau is very serious when he says “there is no core identity”.

In the same way masks aren’t effective but you still have to wear them. Its a form of centralized control. It makes you complicit in the lie. If we really care about climate change why are millions of non-recyclable masks being produced? If they really care about climate change why are world leaders all flying their private jets to one location instead of video conferencing? The whole thing is about centralized control under the guise of benevolence.

Nations states are irrelevant when the real power structure is international.

#122 ChrisW on 11.01.21 at 4:46 pm

Hi Garth. When I read of you stolen flag I did understand why you were upset. At the same time, I didn’t think it was appropriate that you flew your flag when you did. I think it’s fine to be a proud Canadian, there is a time and place for that, and July 1, 2021 was not the time to showcase it.

It could be that this years Remembrance Day is another one of those days – is there a way to pay tribute without flying a flag that may instill pain with so many? Canada is an amazing place because we put our communities well being in a place of utmost importance.

I don’t want the Canadian flag to become a symbol of hate and us vs them mentality like we see what is happening with the American flag. It doesn’t help that the flags are being bastardized by the Men and Women in blue..but still..

#123 Kyle Glover on 11.01.21 at 4:48 pm

Bang on! Well done! Appreciate you taking a stand for something righteous and true, the ultimate sacrifice that men and women made for our freedoms!

#124 Faron on 11.01.21 at 4:49 pm

#106 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:03 pm

#72 Jeff on 11.01.21 at 2:59 pm
1) Hard times create strong men
2) Strong men create good times
3) Good times create weak men
4) Weak men create hard times.

My guess :
Prior to 1945 : Step 1
1945-1970 : Step 2
1970-2015 : Step 3
2015+ : Step 4.
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Stupid Men create stupid posts.

Ha, that was brilliant Ponz.

#125 Faron on 11.01.21 at 4:59 pm

#110 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:16 pm

#36 Ihtcd9

Nope, I disagree.

Perhaps you could consider that one of the reasons Canada is a desirable place for immigration is because it is a resource rich nation and those resources were appropriated. Or, think of it this way, how many people in the world would pay to be able to live here? How many actually do? The numbers of such people would be quite large. So why not apply a small effective tax on otherwise vast Canadian opportunities (relative to their forsaken homeland) in recompense? An direct analogue is that any newcomer will have to pay tax, some of which will go to repay government debt that they had no part of voting on. Still, they are direct beneficiaries of any benefits that debt may have afforded Canada. A second analogue would be this: you marry a person who has a mortgage and, as most normal couples would, you agree that you help pay the mortgage because you now benefit from the housing even though the choice wasn’t yours. It’s all part of the deal (and no, none of this is straw-man arguing!)

#126 Faron on 11.01.21 at 5:07 pm

#121 ChrisW on 11.01.21 at 4:46 pm

Even if it “wasn’t the time,” which I somewhat agree with, Garth had every right and currently still has the right, to fly a national emblem on his personal property. His rights to such speech are protected under the law as is his personal property. The public doesn’t have a say in private activity unless that activity is obscene or otherwise illegal. Flying a giant Canadian flag doesn’t meet that criteria. Not even close.

#127 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 5:14 pm

#95 Immigrant man on 11.01.21 at 3:47 pm
Hey I remember, was it 2 years ago? Don Cherry rant on “you people” and the poppy flower? About same time I was in a grocery store with my two young children. They’ve seen a cadet selling poppies at the entrance and asked me how come I am not wearing a “coquelicot”? And really, cmon’, for a buck why not show your support? Anyways, I am anticipating this Canadian symbol will be attacked in near future as well. Everything else that made Canada is, so why not this?
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Hey Immigrant,
Poppies used to be real flowers.
But that was before your time.
Now they are from plastic Made in China from oil imported for Alberta.
And don’t kid yourself, most Canadians just buy them from the Cadets in front of the Liquor Stores, just because thats something you do to fit in.
Sad, but that’s the truth.

#128 Faron on 11.01.21 at 5:14 pm

#34 Sail Away on 11.01.21 at 1:46 pm

Wow, US Treasury Series I bonds have just more than doubled yield from 3.54% to 7.12%!

https://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/products/prod_ibonds_glance.htm

This is big. Rates are a-rising. Plan accordingly.

Interesting to look at the break-down.

https://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/research/indepth/ibonds/res_ibonds_iratesandterms.htm

The fixed-rate portion is 0%. The 7.12% is based on an estimate of inflation! Meaning:

1) That’s a very high inflation rate.
2) Nice to have that built-in inflation protection
3) The fixed-rate portion will likely go up soon. If inflation isn’t as “transitory” as the fed predicts, that means the rates on these things will climb steadily. Good yield for a safe product.

Thanks for the heads-up.

#129 SW on 11.01.21 at 5:17 pm

Good. I think it looks great.
We should always remember our mistakes but cheerfully celebrate our achievements and aspirations.
And try harder in future.

#130 Dr V on 11.01.21 at 5:26 pm

118 Facts – thank you for your post. For those that need a refresher for the 1969 White paper

https://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/the_white_paper_1969/

As far as the concept of “market value” goes, it is straight forward on lands that do not have restricted dealings.

Can you provide a step-by-step example, with values, of
what was proposed as it starts with a newly constructed dwelling than passes through future residents?

#131 Nonplused on 11.01.21 at 5:31 pm

#114 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:32 pm
#58 Non Minussed
As for reconciliation, well sure, mistakes were made, people suffered. But where are we now? Our natives are among the richest 1% of people on the planet, with voting rights, free education, and free health care to boot! They are probably better off than most Americans. I’m not going to get all excited if they figure they need more brand new ATV’s and 4×4’s on my dime. And that is all this is about; money.
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Wow,
This one was way below the belt.
No surprise though.
Where’s the hatred coming from?

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Not hatred. My guess is that if you surveyed actual natives most of them couldn’t be arsed about “reconciliation”, they have other things to do. Trudeau and a small but vocal minority of professional grievance protestors are hogging the media with past bygones, offering no solutions or improvements, and damaging good will for their own selfish purposes. Have we got problems? Ya sure. Let’s get them some water, for starters, Trudeau. But half flags? Piss off.

Canadians have started to remind me of the monks in Monty Python’s “The Quest for the Holy Grail”, walking around banging their heads with planks for Dog knows what alleged offense of their forefathers. Original sin I guess.

#132 Leichendiener on 11.01.21 at 5:36 pm

Good luck. You’re dealing with woke kidults, especially small town ones who don’t know how to make a living. And never will, living in their parents’ basement in their thirties, forties?

#133 Ronaldo on 11.01.21 at 5:41 pm

Good for you Garth. Keep up the good fight. Our country is turning into a nation of wusses. Our parents would be absolutely flabbergasted by what is happening today.

#134 dosouthh on 11.01.21 at 5:42 pm

Wow, slow clap to fast clap….just WOW!! Like I said before you cannot keep apologizing and move forward. Too bad you didn’t send the letter to the local paper or Facebook or Instagram bloggers.

Well done you….time marches on and you cannot fix stupid but you can take a stand, no matter how small.

#135 Devil in da skies on 11.01.21 at 5:44 pm

#47 TurnerNation on 11.01.21 at 2:03 pm

This is why I call in Kanada. A fast decent into Kommunism.

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You again. I thought I asked you to leave this blog impolitely several times already. Take your backwards Engrich and get yourself a descent spellchecker!

#136 Trevi on 11.01.21 at 5:47 pm

So pleased to support you on this issue, Garth. We are currently travelling the world again (Europe is very comfortable now, btw). Coincidentally, today we were wandering through Seville and discussing the fact that countries like Spain would be laughing in the face of Canada if they were to allow past civilizations (Romans, Muslims, etc) to claim ownership over their lands of the past and force the current government and citizens to fly the Spanish flag at half mast. WTH?

#137 BillyBob on 11.01.21 at 5:49 pm

#106 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:03 pm

Stupid Men create stupid posts.

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Yes, yes, we know, we all have to scroll past yours and Faron’s multiple daily offerings.

Having amply demonstrated your point perhaps you could dial it back a tad?

Glad to hear a new flag has been procured. I wonder how long until daring to fly a flag, particularly at full height, will be declared a hate crime and a bill passed to prevent it?

Ahhhh…could never happen. Right?

#138 mark on 11.01.21 at 5:51 pm

I’m guessing there’s a high number of affluent hippies there?

#139 HonestEnD on 11.01.21 at 5:52 pm

This message was possible because of the brave men and women who fought for our rights and freedom. We owe them respect. I will wear a Poppy in their honor…wait…is that still allowed? Or did they cancel that too?

#140 Steve French on 11.01.21 at 5:57 pm

Well done Garth!

Good on you!

Carry on my wayward son….

#141 Debtslavecreator on 11.01.21 at 6:05 pm

Way to go Garth. Spot on. We need to tip the balance back as the silent majority are being swept aside by this vocal, smell radical woke minority. Left wing brain disease will be cured eventually.

#142 Ed on 11.01.21 at 6:18 pm

On behalf of my father on Remembrance Day …a big f u to all the pussies making Canada such an embarrassment.

#143 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 6:29 pm

#136 BillyBob on 11.01.21 at 5:49 pm
#106 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:03 pm

Stupid Men create stupid posts.

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Yes, yes, we know, we all have to scroll past yours and Faron’s multiple daily offerings.
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We all have to scroll past?
You the Queen?

#144 Another Deckchair on 11.01.21 at 6:32 pm

@35 Not Fooled;

Very nice story.

The war is against evil. Period. War-crimes type people that exist in society and are looking for a break to start their personal perversion.

It exists. Talk to Court of The Hague war crimes lawyers. I have. Had 2 friends who were lawyers doing such in The Hague, and a neighbour Lawyer who did UN work in Africa.

Some of the stupidity I see in Canada and on MSM is simply greed; stupid greed from those who should know better, but want baubles. They should be pitied.

Those with their personal perversions are waiting, biding their time, and will pounce when they sniff weakness.

Standing firm, arm in arm together (All makes and models of Canadians) is the way forward. Trudeau and ilk should talk to the war crimes people.

#145 Page on 11.01.21 at 6:36 pm

If you were to start each workday with a public, Ron MacLean-style land acknowledgement (“I would like to begin by acknowledging that the wee bank by the sea is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.”), you may be able to neutralize the wokesters.

Or at least confuse them.

#146 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 6:37 pm

#65 Sail Away on 11.01.21 at 2:46 pm
#33 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 1:45 pm
#26 Sail Away on 11.01.21 at 1:26 pm

Well said, Garth. I strongly support your position and respect for the country.

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Which flag and country do you swear allegiance to?

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I’ve taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the US against all enemies and to obey orders of the President of the US.

I’ve also taken an oath of allegiance to the Queen of England and to obey the laws of Canada.

There may be some moral uncertainty if any of those three start arguing!
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Haha
Just what I thought.
You’re double Agent Sailo.
To quote the Natives:
“Olive Man who buys fake Hawaiian Whale Art” speaks with Forked Tonque.
About moral uncertainty:
Morals?
Haha, again.
You have the morals of a Soldier of Fortune” who would sell his soul to the highest bidder with no hesitation.
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Sorry for taking more than my “usual” share of posts.
But the topic needs reasoned  discussion by people who know what they are talking about.
Knee jerkers need not apply.
Happy Post Halloween Day!

#147 Faron on 11.01.21 at 6:39 pm

#136 BillyBob on 11.01.21 at 5:49 pm

#106 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:03 pm

Stupid Men create stupid posts.

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BilyBob: “Hold my beer.”

#148 Faron on 11.01.21 at 6:47 pm

#136 BillyBob on 11.01.21 at 5:49 pm

While you are here, BillyBob, can you regale us of how much better things are in the world precisely where you are? And how much worse they are precisely where you left (an interesting feat in its own right)? I love it when you document how it just-so-happens that you do things exactly right. To a tee. Lacking any kind of humility must be a real strength because you have none.

#149 45north on 11.01.21 at 6:49 pm

The decision to reverse that lies in the hands of indigenous leaders, as we atone for actions nobody alive took part in.

which may explain why they have offered no defence

#150 Ballingsford on 11.01.21 at 6:51 pm

With you all the way Garth! You have a manly set of balls!

#151 Oleg S on 11.01.21 at 6:55 pm

Was thinking of joining the reserves to do my part. This is yet another reason of why bother?

#152 Bunker Dweller on 11.01.21 at 6:56 pm

This is a Garth that I used to know.
I hope you take the same stand on other issues that are starting to infringe upon our freedoms.

Real men get vaxed. – Garth

#153 Do we have all the facts on 11.01.21 at 6:58 pm

#129 Dr. V

The Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau embraced the opinions of Diamond Jenness who had studied dozens of aboriginal communities around the world. Jenness concluded that Aboriginal communities who decided to assimilate within the dominant society had fared much better than communities that clung to their traditional lands and values.

At a press conference in 1970 our Prime Minister withdrew the 1969 White Paper in anger and told the audience that “we will keep them in the ghetto as long as they want”

I can tell you without any fear of being wrong that the social and economic benefits realized by Canadian citizens living outside of the Crown lands reserved for the exclusive benefit of First Nation members have always exceeded the social and economic benefits received by First Nation members living within reserved Crown lands.

By referring to reserved Crown lands as a Ghetto the Prime Minister of Canada was confirming that a substantial difference in benefits received existed.

The belief that First Nation members in Canada are ‘citizens plus’ and are receiving total benefits in excess of Canadian citizens in general is far from reality. This myth continues to be perpetuated as witnessed by a number of comments on this blog.

In closing I ask just one question. How do you think additions to the net worth of the average Canadian over the past 20 months stacks up against the gains in net worth realized by the average First Nation member living within reserved Crown lands over the same period. I thought so!

#154 George S on 11.01.21 at 7:00 pm

Thank you for flying your flag high and proud. People should be proud to be Canadian not ashamed and afraid.

These days we are being plagued by misinformation that is meant to erode our confidence in our society and government and in our great lives that everyone in Canada lives.

The misinformation is about everything from medical to financial to climate and is pervasive throughout the media. It seems that everyone’s “truth” is being taken as valid, no matter how absurd and every side of a debate is given the same consideration, again no matter how absurd.

It probably is a phase that every country goes through every now and then when things get too good.

#155 Scooter on 11.01.21 at 7:11 pm

Well Done!!!

#156 Mehling on 11.01.21 at 7:12 pm

Garth, I fully support you and thank you for this.

November 11th is very special to me.

Please consider security to protect the flag and a burly guard (s) with an ornery disposition.

Without question, they will be back.

Hell’s Angels and German shepherds. – Garth

#157 I Identify as Cranky on 11.01.21 at 7:28 pm

Perhaps the airline pilots should call In sick when it comes time to fly home these climate hypocrites at COP26. Make them walk or swim home to get a jump start on lowering emissions.

#158 DON on 11.01.21 at 7:31 pm

“To live on your knees is not what veterans, including indigenous ones, fought and died for. If leaders fear leading, the people must.”

Agreed…they deserve our recognition, if not for them…less we forget.

#159 Trojan House on 11.01.21 at 7:33 pm

#134 Devil in da skies on 11.01.21 at 5:44 pm

I believe it may be you that needs a decent (not ‘descent’ as you put it) spellchecker.

If you don’t like TN’s posts, or any others’ posts, feel free to not read the comments section.

#160 Drinking on 11.01.21 at 7:37 pm

Awesome!
There are many that care for the ultimate sacrifice of all!!

Unfortunately we have a kid pretending to be P.M. that just not grasp any of this!!

#161 Jerk on 11.01.21 at 7:41 pm

You are completely tone deaf on this.

Just keep giving insulting everyone and giving everyone the middle finger you are so good at it.

#162 Yukon Elvis on 11.01.21 at 7:42 pm

#152 Do we have all the facts on 11.01.21 at 6:58 pm

In closing I ask just one question. How do you think additions to the net worth of the average Canadian over the past 20 months stacks up against the gains in net worth realized by the average First Nation member living within reserved Crown lands over the same period. I thought so!
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No one forces anyone to live on a reserve. They can live and work anywhere they want. Like anyone else, they can get an education, get a job/career, and build a life and equity like anyone else.They don’t have succumb to the trap of victimhood offered to them. They have options, and can make choices like the rest of us.

#163 Udar on 11.01.21 at 7:42 pm

Thank you for your leadership Mr. Turner!
It seems like “chiseled abs” wasn’t a metaphor. You must come out of your little bank from the little town and run again for something important.

#164 Canada is lost on 11.01.21 at 7:44 pm

The red in the Canadian flag represents communism now. It is too late guys.

#165 mike from mtl on 11.01.21 at 7:51 pm

I don’t know what to say but this country today is a complete joke, T2 just enamours it. Empty SJW, PC cancel culture, cultural Marxism is the best way to describe it. Canada is certainly not alone with this, but are honestly leading the way.

Really we are not far removed from not having a flag or nationality anymore, this sickeningly seems the intent.

Indeed I don’t recognise the Canada of today to that of a decade ago.

#166 William Wallace on 11.01.21 at 7:52 pm

Real men get vaxed. – Garth

Real men don’t fight for freedom of choice?

Five million dead from a virus we can tame. You have no right to prolong a pandemic. Get vaxed. – Garth

#167 James Macdonnell on 11.01.21 at 7:52 pm

Just read through some of the comments posted here and I have to say this: It is a sad day when our flag divides our people instead of uniting us. To be ashamed of our flag, our nation, to have our country projected as a disgrace to the outer workd is to embrace that small minority of actors who have either forgotten or just do not have an understanding of what it means to be a nation state. That same small closedminded group will tell you that we should be ashamed of our past and that we must pay for it by any means necessary. That same group is why we live divided, with hatred and animosity, fear and apprehension. They are like a disease, a cancer that is spreading to all aspects of our great nation seeking to censor free speech, thought and the ambitions of a great nation. It truly bothers me that my family sacrificed so much blood on battlefields throughout history to have it reduced to such infantile jibber jabber. I think its time for that small “woke” group to shut up and say thank you to this great nation for affording them the right to be wrong, misguided and “woke” because without everything that makes up Canada those rights they seem so quick to trammel on in the name of “wokeness” social jusitce or whatever jargon they so choose is they wouldn’t be afforded that opportunity to do so anywhere else.

#168 Equality of Principle on 11.01.21 at 7:56 pm

It never ceases to amaze me that all these woke progressive ideals rarely if ever get applied to any culture outside of the West. I lived in North Africa, and I didn’t see thousands of protesters screaming the pyramids should be torn down due to them being built by an elitist slave culture. Or the caste system in India persecuting the poor, or the patriarchy in Asia, or the slave history of the Middle East, or the Barbary slave trade, or the colonization of Europe by the Moors for 7 centuries. Accuse a Turk of the Ottoman genocide of Armenians and be prepared to likely get punched in the face. In the West, all is a sin now, and you are guilty until purged of sin, and even then you are still unclean. We should be learning from history, rebuking the bad and embracing the good, and not using it as a selective political weapon.

#169 Farmer Brown on 11.01.21 at 7:57 pm

100% support you Garth. Leaving the flag at half mast indefinitely takes the meaning away of what it’s supposed to symbolize. Does anyone even notice it flying at half mast anymore? Not likely. In my opinion it would be appropriate to raise it before Remembrance Day so we can honor our veterans the way they should be. In my opinion it would be more meaningful if we lowered it to half mast annually on Sept 30.

#170 Dr V on 11.01.21 at 7:58 pm

152 Facts

“In closing I ask just one question. How do you think additions to the net worth of the average Canadian over the past 20 months stacks up against the gains in net worth realized by the average First Nation member living within reserved Crown lands over the same period. I thought so!”

Thank you for your response, but you really lost me there as this was not what I was asking. The nominal values I requested were so that I could simply follow the proposed process.

For those of us who own “fee simple” title on non-reserve lands, the concept of equity comes from working to pay off a mortgage, then selling the house in a free market to realize the gain and doing as we please with the money. Any mortgages obtained are based on the marketability of the title.

I have worked on Reserves, but do not understand the existing mechanisms and how the “average” Native band member obtains and/or pays for housing. However, I have seen some band members do
quite well economically, while many continue to live in apparent squalor.

The lack of treaties in BC also gives little clarity to the
crown’s responsibility.

#171 SP on 11.01.21 at 8:03 pm

You have my deepest respects Sir.

#172 Love_The_Cottage on 11.01.21 at 8:03 pm

#165 James Macdonnell on 11.01.21 at 7:52 pm
Just read through some of the comments posted here and I have to say this: It is a sad day when our flag divides our people instead of uniting us. To be ashamed of our flag, our nation
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I read through the comments too. Can you point out just 1 example where someone said or inferred they were ashamed of our flag or our nation? I couldn’t find one.

As for the divisions, the same handful of people have been going back and forth in the comments section for months. Nothing to do with the flag, they’d argue about ice cream with as much hatred for each other.

#173 Mattl on 11.01.21 at 8:04 pm

Atta boy Garth! Enough is right.

#174 Sail Away on 11.01.21 at 8:05 pm

#145 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 6:37 pm

I’ve taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the US against all enemies and to obey orders of the President of the US.

I’ve also taken an oath of allegiance to the Queen of England and to obey the laws of Canada.

There may be some moral uncertainty if any of those three start arguing!

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Haha
Just what I thought.
You’re double Agent Sailo.

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Triple agent, actually. You’re the double agent.

Who would you support in the event Canada and the UK became enemies, o thou morally unambiguous one?

#175 Toronto Rebel on 11.01.21 at 8:07 pm

I agree with Garth. But it’s too late. The indigenous issue has been radicalized to undermine the moral of the country and confidence of its people. We have a government and media establishment that is fully invested in the project of deconstruction. This last election showed that Canada is inhabited by unserious people who are simply too stupid to survive. It’s all downhill from here. It’s over.

#176 Mr Canada on 11.01.21 at 8:11 pm

This is a national embarrassment for all Canadians. You certainly did not deserve this. The mayor and council are enablers who are nothing but leaderless virtuous bad actors who have their own interests in mind.

#177 OwlEyes on 11.01.21 at 8:15 pm

Back in the year 1077, the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV did his penance at Canossa. It was his cross to bear, as the people looked on.

In 2021, our princeling looks on from the beach at Tofino as the rest of his people do penance.

Things have changed.

#178 SCD on 11.01.21 at 8:17 pm

Garth-I agree totally with your viewpoint!

#179 Winterpeg on 11.01.21 at 8:17 pm

A beautifully crafted letter to the Town of Lunenburg.
Interesting what their response will be.
I tend, though, to lean to the side of some of the blog dogs who suggest that it may only antagonize the supporters of the indigenous people. Also that, in July, you maybe could have seen it coming, when the first flag was stolen.
That said, Remembrance day is more sacred to many Canadians than many other stat holidays. So, good luck. Fly it well out of reach.

Wondering, would it help to put the letter in the local paper; letter to the editor? Or would that be seen as just stirring the pot?

#180 Yuus bin Haad on 11.01.21 at 8:24 pm

Lest Lunenburg becomes Loonenburg

#181 Sayonara on 11.01.21 at 8:30 pm

Justin is a “global citizen”. He needs the slimmest pretense to run the country into the ground. his disrespect for the flag is just a symbol of that.

I wonder what the flag will be for the new world order he and his little authoritarian buddies are working for?

#182 Puzzled in Mtl on 11.01.21 at 8:32 pm

United we stand
Merci monsieur Turner!

#183 fishman on 11.01.21 at 8:33 pm

So predictable our Canadian petty bureaucrats & minor government officials. Bent over at the waist, following in the footsteps of ” conscription if necessary ,but not necessarily conscription” Mackenzie King. With “patriotism if necessary, but not necessarily patriotism” lil potato.

#184 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 8:42 pm

#138 HonestEnD on 11.01.21 at 5:52 pm
This message was possible because of the brave men and women who fought for our rights and freedom. We owe them respect. I will wear a Poppy in their honor…wait…is that still allowed? Or did they cancel that too?
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I got my first poppy this past weekend heading into Canadian tire to get some dash bulbs for the new (to me) 3/4 ton. Young teenaged Indian girl at the entrance complete with Hindi accent. She was a Royal Canadian Air Cadet. Gotta love it.

Eventually, the woke activist [email protected] won’t have any targets they can actually fire on. Just give it some time.

#185 weiners on 11.01.21 at 8:42 pm

Right on

#186 Dr V on 11.01.21 at 8:46 pm

152 Facts – I did find this

https://www.fnmhf.ca/english/index.html

“Significant barriers must be overcome to develop and improve market-based housing systems for First Nations citizens so that they may benefit from the homeownership opportunities that so many Canadians can take for granted. Enabling self-sufficiency and wealth creation is at the core of reconciliation.”

#187 Trudeau’s Magic Money Machine on 11.01.21 at 8:48 pm

You took the words right out of my mouth.

In a much more eloquent manner.

BEST POST EVER!

Thank you.

#188 Do we have all the facts on 11.01.21 at 8:48 pm

#161 Yukon Elvis

First Nation members have a strong attachment to what remains of their traditional hunting grounds and to their language, culture and spiritual values. Clearly an attachment to ancestral lands is not unique to First Nations in Canada.

This issue boils down to the simple fact that the primary objective of the Government of Canada since 1871 has been to ‘persuade’ First Nation members to assimilate within Canadian society. Unfortunately the commitment to assimilation abrogated a legal commitment to provide Treaty based First Nations with equitable compensation after they agreed to share an aboriginal interest in their traditional hunting grounds with the British Crown in Right of Canada.

Do you really feel it is reasonable for First Nation members to ignore an obvious breach of fiduciary obligations established for the Government of Canada by the British Crown under Equity?

#189 Dr V on 11.01.21 at 8:54 pm

Further to the above, this is a progressive step.

https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/indigenous-stewardship-front-and-centre-in-huu-ay-aht-forestry-partnership-4708845

#190 Canadian on 11.01.21 at 9:10 pm

It is sad that another post about this had to be written. Your flag should have been left alone.

Quick thoughts:

Canada is a great country to live and has done many wrongs. If you claim to be Canadian, then you also inherited all the problems. You can help right the wrongs or not make it your problem.

Real men have real hearts for all people, cultures, and neighbours.
Men with balls don’t think for themselves and continue to follow the crowd that left and died before them.

Fly your flag because Canada is a country that has freedom but has lots of work to reconcile with the Indigenous people.

#191 Philco on 11.01.21 at 9:11 pm

Garth a beauty building! BTW.

#165 William Wallace on 11.01.21 at 7:52 pm
Real men get vaxed. – Garth

Real men don’t fight for freedom of choice?

Five million dead from a virus we can tame. You have no right to prolong a pandemic. Get vaxed. – Garth
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We just did as we held out because we could.
With near zero covid here and running our own show.
ie No threat to no one, don’t have public jobs and live on a big property.
We wanted to see the effectiveness of the Vaxes and see how it played out…
I went in and I got a retired Dr., she nearly hugged me for coming in. Chatted for a half hr. Were on the same page on data. The support team BEYOND helpful.
Flue shots prove to be about 50% effective, Moderna is about 92%
All good….i dunno I think I felt better after…..go figure.
Get’er done.
One buddy that got it from working on a tug contracted Covid got his ass kicked. Lost 35Lbs, I told him a win win he needed it.

#192 Michael in-north-york on 11.01.21 at 9:17 pm

#41 zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:54 pm

#30 Immigrant man on 11.01.21 at 1:35 pm

Do you notice how you have to preface any opinion with you being an immigrant yourself and with 14 years of “lived experience” and you’re still cautious that you may come across as a bigot? That’s because you’re a bigot. Be better, k?
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Stop being a bigot, zxcvbnm. Stop being a bigot for your own good.

Anglo Canadians somehow accept the new variation of racism. The one directed against themselves. We will have none of it. Once we, the immigrants and descendants of non Anglo immigrants, achieve the electoral majority, we will cancel all special statuses.

Same rights and same rules for every person. End of your bigotry, full stop. Get used to it, zxcvbnm.

#193 IHCTD9 on 11.01.21 at 9:20 pm

#130 Nonplused on 11.01.21 at 5:31 pm

Not hatred. My guess is that if you surveyed actual natives most of them couldn’t be arsed about “reconciliation”, they have other things to do. Trudeau and a small but vocal minority of professional grievance protestors are hogging the media with past bygones, offering no solutions or improvements, and damaging good will for their own selfish purposes. Have we got problems? Ya sure. Let’s get them some water, for starters, Trudeau. But half flags? Piss off.

Canadians have started to remind me of the monks in Monty Python’s “The Quest for the Holy Grail”, walking around banging their heads with planks for Dog knows what alleged offense of their forefathers. Original sin I guess.
—— –

Pretty much. No Bellyaching from the local FNR out my way. They’re too busy making bank on tax free weed, smokes, gas, and building materials to waste their time on that stuff. I happily support them filling my gas tank and the requirements of improving the bunker complex.

Just about all the crying and violence surrounding FN grievances are by activists who have no brain or job. As usual, the dumbest folks in the nation, and also the group most influencing the near brain-dead primates in Ottawa.

Maybe next time, we’ll elect some folks who still have some actively firing synapses, instead of the goofball git douches we currently have.

#194 Disgusted on 11.01.21 at 9:36 pm

I’m betting flying the Taliban flag would gather no
resistance in Canada as it shows the tolerance we
as Canadians MUST show as a nation of equals.
Funny how the church historically pulls off atrocities yet
the coffers always get filled with no reprisals.

#195 David Dudek on 11.01.21 at 9:52 pm

Full support, enough of this.
Let’s all grow a set!

#196 Gord Stevenson on 11.01.21 at 9:53 pm

I 100% agree with you Garth. Thank you for your leadership!

#197 Tyler Durden on 11.01.21 at 9:55 pm

We all know the history and wrongs were definitely committed, most of us understand. Be vigilant in pointing your finger in the right direction: towards the extremist activists. It is these folks we need to “welcome to Sparta”.

The left is still patting themselves on the back for the job well done during the Summer of Love 2020.

$2 billion Black Lives Matter Riots estimate

#198 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.01.21 at 9:57 pm

@#137 Billy Bob

Nothing is impossible in TrueDohNia.

#199 AlbertaGuy in AB on 11.01.21 at 9:57 pm

Eco-hypocrites….

More than 400 private jets carrying politicians and business executives to this week’s conference will belch out 13,000 tons of carbon dioxide, exceeding the emissions of 1,600 average Scots for a full year, according to an estimate by the UK’s Sunday Mail.

https://www.rt.com/news/539018-cop26-private-jet-hypocrisy/

#200 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.01.21 at 10:01 pm

Well.
One would hope that the Lunenburg Legion would support you Garth on the 100th anniversary of the Poppy symbolizing Remembrance Day

#201 Philco on 11.01.21 at 10:10 pm

#199 AlbertaGuy in AB on 11.01.21 at 9:57 pm

I guess this piece of garbage borrowed Greta’s carbon fiber sail boat?
https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jesse-kline-trudeau-declares-war-on-alberta-oil

#202 Stealth on 11.01.21 at 10:14 pm

Garth,

Good evening,

Do provincial and territorial flags need to follow Federal flag 1/2 mast rules?
For example is Quebec’s flag 1/2 mast or do provinces decide?

What are the rules?

Thank you.

#203 Doug t on 11.01.21 at 10:25 pm

#175 Toronto rebel

KABOOM = spot on

#204 Rvanzo on 11.01.21 at 10:26 pm

Well, that’s what happen when we allow tyrant to take hold. I wouldn’t be surprised if the mayor side with the radicals.

#205 Shirl Clarts on 11.01.21 at 10:27 pm

#54 Former Navy Chief on 11.01.21 at 2:30 pm

How dare you replace the name of our great nation with the word ‘Crappy’. It is one of our beloved institutions, for God’s sake! I will not stand for this blasphemous verbal treason.

If you had more respect for Canadian Tire, you might fly your Ensign.

Garth, i ask that you banish her/him to 7 days and to seek atonement for their great sin.

#206 Doug in London on 11.01.21 at 10:28 pm

The direction we’re going in reminds me of an episode of South Park. The kids we’re preparing to put on a school play about the first Christmas, the birth of Christ. As they were rehearsing someone said it will be offensive to non Christians. Someone else said it will be offensive to non Jews, it will be offensive to many other people and so on. What they ended up with was a play that was meaningless and pointless rubbish.

While I understand the mourning of the awful things that were done to indigenous people, and can somewhat understand why many people were in parades wearing orange shirts on Canada Day, I think it’s gone too far, like that play on South Park. It’s time to pick up and move on. Those Canadian flags should be raised right away before Remembrance Day. Keep in mind a lot of indigenous people served their country.

#207 Barb on 11.01.21 at 10:50 pm

“In Canada there was a town called Lytton…”
Oh gawd, T2 has started his yabbering.

https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/trudeau-invokes-lytton-the-town-that-was-as-climate-change-talks-begin-in-scotland/

#208 WillinSC on 11.01.21 at 10:54 pm

We’re with you Garth. I fly my flag every day. In honour of the country I was born in and all those who have helped to make it a better place.

#209 Wow on 11.01.21 at 11:11 pm

This is an absolute outrage. I have a peace tower flag which I was proud to receive almost 30 years ago. Unlike yours, mine has sat in its box as a cherished memory of my time in Ottawa. I’m sorry they took yours. Keep flying, and post details where we can send cheques for replacements.

#210 Overheardyou on 11.01.21 at 11:14 pm

If I could I would walk by and salute that flag on your bank Mr. Turner

#211 Dave from St.Thomas on 11.01.21 at 11:16 pm

Garth…

Sounds like you’ve watched a re-run of “Network”….

“I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Congratulations!

#212 Former Soviet satellite state on 11.01.21 at 11:20 pm

Garth,

Good evening,

Do provincial and territorial flags need to follow Federal flag 1/2 mast rules?
For example is Quebec’s flag 1/2 mast or do provinces decide?

What are the rules?
_—–_———–

Only in Chinada….a country where u cannot raise the flag to show patriotism or nationalism….uhh bad isms, is not a country worth staying in…lmao

#213 Cancel Canada Day on 11.01.21 at 11:29 pm

Reparations must be our focus until we have made up for our past.

#214 the Jaguar on 11.01.21 at 11:45 pm

GT: I have some free time at the moment. Let me know if you need help riding shotgun over that flag.
I have some experience as a junkyard dog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mceZ8fldXgY

#215 Robert Ash on 11.01.21 at 11:45 pm

There has been a deterioration of respect for others, and personal accountability. It is just too common, for others, to want to interfere and almost Command, action or compliance. The best comment I read was the Governing councils, are not Custodians, but Activists, and that has to change, and we should be alarmed like Garth is… I am surprised at how Angry it makes me at times, and the constant Propaganda, aka Facebook surrealism. The whole Energy Debate has zero common senses, when one googles and learns, that 84% of the Worlds Electricity comes from Fossil Fuels.

#216 cmj on 11.01.21 at 11:50 pm

Your leadership is inspirational and it all started in a small town……. Thanks for setting an example for us
Our country needs to be reunited and not at odds with one another.
My dad fought in WW2. One day a person remarked that he could tell by his accent that he was French Canadian. My dad immediately replied, “No, I am Canadian.” How he loved our country…..

#217 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 11:51 pm

#186 Dr V on 11.01.21 at 8:46 pm
152 Facts – I did find this

https://www.fnmhf.ca/english/index.html

“Significant barriers must be overcome to develop and improve market-based housing systems for First Nations citizens so that they may benefit from the homeownership opportunities that so many Canadians can take for granted. Enabling self-sufficiency and wealth creation is at the core of reconciliation
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You may not be a Dr, but this post is what the Doctor ordered.
Thank you.

#218 IHCTD9 on 11.02.21 at 12:12 am

#110 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:16 pm
#36 Ihtcd9

That’s to say nothing about the smorgasbord of folks that now call Canada home who never even heard of a Mohawk or Mi’kmaq, much less can we expect them to pay a pile of money for history they just learned about last week, and had zip to do with. Not happening, and a decade from now it’ll be even less happening. Eventually it’ll be totally just not happening.

Looks like special flag treatments and an apology will have to do.
————–
agree with you.
My Asian relatives and friends call them whiners.
The recall what they had to endure during Mao’s rule.
Not quite agree, but this is reality.
We have some Japanese parents on our hockey team.
Sometimes we talk about the treatment of Japanese during WWii.
Having their homes confiscated and sent to camps up North.
Got an apology, but never their houses back.
Ask them, does that not bother you.
They don’t wanna talk about it.
Stoic Japanese.
————

Yep, Japanese had it bad in Canada during ww2. But ask the Chinese how the Japanese treated them in China around the same time. I suppose if I try hard enough, I could find some maltreatment of my blood in the annals of history by someone as well.

Those who beef about this stuff too much are lost. We’re already well past the point where fixing FN issues makes any sense given the huge immigrant population in Canada with their own equally bad historical horror stories via their homelands – maybe even worse stories.

#219 IHCTD9 on 11.02.21 at 12:22 am

Some great comments tonight.

On that note, my inebriated lizard brain says this is a great vid! :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK-_SxdKHrA

Lefties don’t click :)

#220 ChrisW on 11.02.21 at 12:25 am

#126 Faron

I never implied it was legally wrong. Just poor taste, and unneccessary.

#221 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.02.21 at 12:27 am

2 degrees outside.
Window to the bedroom wide open.
Buffalo hide blanket keeps me warm.
Sleep like a baby.
Get up at 6 o’ clock for my 10k walk.
May rain.
No problem.
I remember the commercial about 30 years ago, saying that a 70 year old Swede is fitter than the average 30 year old Canadian.
Probably not much changed since then.

#222 Harvey Cane on 11.02.21 at 12:33 am

We all see how Gerry Butts, Justin Trudeau and his “Super Geniuses’ manipulated 57 seats in the desperate communities of the GTA and how Canadians have been thrown under the bus in the name of imported WOKE Critical Race theory and The Evils of Civilization. Screw them.

Proud Canadians are slow to anger. This quality is why we’ve built such a divine nation for the benefit of all who live here . Even though it takes some longer to appreciate what they have compared to the violent ugly places they came from.

Gerry Butts super genius plan to kill energy and costs are up 30% and it’s not even snowing.

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/energy-provider-says-alberta-natural-gas-rates-set-to-soar-next-month-1.5644147

Let’s see how those 57 seats in the GTA feel about the Trudeau Plan come December. Until then…stand tall friends. We will never be closed by the likes of Trudeau knowing any time were called our brave boys will rise to the call for democracy and freedom.

Garth, thank you for the gumption to stand with us.

#223 Outwest on 11.02.21 at 12:46 am

Garth, I salute you. Fly our flag, it belongs to all whom call themselves Canadians.

#224 Jon B on 11.02.21 at 12:48 am

Will this country ever be governed by adults again? I find it interesting that I’m unable to associate the woke ideology with educated, experienced and reasonable adults. There’s something about woke culture that is so very naive, so very young and dumb.

#225 Doo Bee on 11.02.21 at 1:12 am

Zillow Seeks to Sell 7,000 Homes for $2.8 Billion After Flipping Halt.

The company is seeking roughly $2.8 billion for the houses, which are being pitched to institutional investors, according to people familiar with the matter. Zillow will likely sell the properties to a multitude of buyers rather than packaging them in a single transaction, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private.

A representative for Zillow didn’t immediately comment.

The move to offload homes comes as Zillow seeks to recover from an operational stumble that saw it buy too many houses, with many now being listed for less than it paid. The company typically offers smaller numbers of homes to single-family landlords, but the current sales effort is much larger than normal.

If successful, the sale would make a dramatic dent in Zillow’s inventory. The company acquired roughly 8,000 homes in the third quarter, according to an estimate by real estate tech strategist Mike DelPrete.

Zillow shares dropped 8.6% to $96.61 on Monday. The stock had slipped 22% this year through Friday after nearly tripling in 2020. The company is scheduled to report earnings on Tuesday.

Read more: Zillow’s Zeal to Outbid for Homes Backfires in Flipping Fumble

Zillow recently said it would stop making new offers in its home-flipping operation for the remainder of the year, though it continues to close on properties that were already under contract. The decision came after the company tweaked the algorithms that power the business to make higher offers, leaving it with a bevy of winning bids just as home-price appreciation cooled off a bit.

An analysis of 650 homes owned by Zillow showed that two-thirds were priced for less than the company bought them for, according to an Oct. 31 note from KeyBanc Capital Markets.

“I think they leaned into home-price appreciation at exactly the wrong moment,” said Ed Yruma, an analyst at KeyBanc.

Zillow put a record number of homes on the market in September, listing properties at the lowest markups since November 2018, according to research from YipitData. It also cut prices on nearly half of its U.S. listings in the third quarter, according to Yipit, signaling that its inventory was commanding prices lower than it expected.

Read more: Cerberus Leads Wall Street Landlords Finding Hidden Homes to Buy

Led by Chief Executive Officer Rich Barton, Zillow is best known for publishing real estate listings online and calculating estimated home values – called Zestimates – that let users keep track of how much their property is worth. The popularity of the company’s apps and websites fuels profits in Zillow’s online marketing business.

But more recently it has been buying and selling thousands of U.S. homes, practicing a new spin on home-flipping called iBuying that seeks to offer sellers a better way of selling a home.

Zillow invites owners to request an offer on their house and uses algorithms to generate a price. If an owner accepts, Zillow buys the property, makes light repairs and puts it back on the market.

The company bought more than 3,800 houses in the second quarter, making progress toward its stated goal of acquiring 5,000 homes a month by 2024. The increase in purchases left the company struggling to find workers to renovate the properties.

Read more: Wall Street’s Favorite Suburban Housing Bet Is Getting Crowded

Zillow and its chief iBuying competitors, Opendoor Technologies Inc. and Offerpad Solutions Inc., often sell homes to single-family landlords in the normal course of business. Investors bought roughly 9% of all homes Zillow sold in the first quarter of 2021, Bloomberg previously reported.

Investors have been buying single-family rental homes during the pandemic, chasing the inventory-starved housing market for properties they can buy and rent. That should help Zillow find buyers, said Rick Palacios, director of research at John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

“I bet Zillow can sell to single-family landlords at a profit given how hungry those groups are for inventory,” he said.

#226 Jane24 on 11.02.21 at 1:22 am

World geography, who owns what is always changing as humans flow from one country to another. Where is the historic cut-off? All wars are basically about real estate.

As a Brit living in Britain of Saxon descent I am very upset about the French Norman invasion of 1066 when my Saxon ancestors lost everything as the Normans took over all the land and redistributed it to their own side. Who should compensate me for this injustice. Should it be Brits of Norman origin or the current govt (although of course they had nothing to do with it) or France or even Norway where the Normans originally came from.

I also think that the Romans who took Britain from the ancient Britons in AD 43 and drove those poor indigenous people into the wilds of Wales have a lot to answer for! Obviously we want compensation from modern Italy.

If you go down this path of historical people movement where does it ever end?

#227 Anne in NVan on 11.02.21 at 1:48 am

Thank you for your position. Thank you for standing firm.
I love the idea of Hell’s Angels and German shepherd dogs being “at the ready”.
I had envisioned an RCMP member standing in his/her red serge dress uniform, in front of it. But perhaps a squadron of cubs, brownies, guides and scouts would help too.

#228 lee Adams on 11.02.21 at 2:11 am

zxcvbnm on 11.01.21 at 1:02 pm

Blow it out your ass you idiot

#229 Diamond Dog on 11.02.21 at 2:29 am

#199 AlbertaGuy in AB on 11.01.21 at 9:57 pm

Are you saying us non hypocrites are doing any better?

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/canadians-have-highest-lifestyle-carbon-footprint-of-all-nations-in-this-study

#201 Philco on 11.01.21 at 10:10 pm

Of course, casting an opinion on an opinion won’t end well. Politicians have talked in platitudes and ideals since the age of modern man and all is well and good until political will dries up.

This story below sums it up:

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/despite-30-years-of-climate-mitigation-and-policies-emissions-keep-rising

“Either we make the rapid and radical changes needed to reduce emissions or climate change will impose chaotic impacts beyond our ability to cope, the paper stated.” – link

Wreaks of a framing effect bias, but I agree with it and with justified fear believe humanity is headed for the latter. This story for example, suggests why my fears are grounded in reality:

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/plans-for-global-fossil-fuel-production-wildly-out-of-step-with-climate-limits

The gist of it is that most of not all nations haven’t met their emissions targets for decades and most make new targets that in practice they will not meet. The rich and powerful will have their way in the future, just as they have their way in the past and right now.

The fatal flaws in the judgment of the rich and powerful (and by default our own) isn’t simply from turning a blind eye to danger for self serving status quo, it’s in underestimating the timeline or length of time we all have to deal with this truly global problem that couldn’t be more serious than life and death itself.

#230 Cdn Expat on 11.02.21 at 2:44 am

Well said Garth. I hope you have installed a video camera this time!

#231 Justin Trump on 11.02.21 at 2:57 am

You’re still crying about that flag?

Have you shed any tear for those poor murdered residential school children?

You’re just making things worse by putting up that new flag.

#232 Under the radar on 11.02.21 at 5:19 am

“A flag that cannot be raised” – your letter nailed it. The Town should be ashamed.

#233 Drake on 11.02.21 at 5:45 am

Proud of you Garth, not our PM. What a fake.

#234 Immigrant man on 11.02.21 at 6:36 am

#127 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 5:14 pm
Hey Immigrant,
Poppies used to be real flowers.
But that was before your time.
Now they are from plastic Made in China from oil imported for Alberta.
And don’t kid yourself, most Canadians just buy them from the Cadets in front of the Liquor Stores, just because thats something you do to fit in.
Sad, but that’s the truth.
—————–

Real poppies? In November? But they are so fragile, how do you even wear one? Seems impractical. Even if you could grow them in November in Canada )

According to this 2014 article poppies are made domestically: https://financialpost.com/news/from-plastic-to-prisons-to-lapel-how-canadas-millions-of-poppies-get-made
Sounds like they are made from US oil. Not as good as AB oil, but I much rather that then Saudi/Russian/Venezuela/pick your bad guy to fund.

As for fitting in – that’s what humans do. We wear the same clothes, follow traffic lights, follow customs, that’s all good stuff, takes away a lot of anxiety and allows us to concentrate on more complex and important things. Well that’s the idea anyway. Fitting in for Remembrance day is not so bad, compare that with many examples from history of people fitting in to repressive regimes. Hey, even now, people fitting in this new woke apologetic Canada like the mayor of Lunenburg. Anyways, my point is that fitting in is just human nature and not bad in itself, but it has to be pared with a moral compass that makes you NOT fit in when it is wrong. Which is very hard to do btw. Which is why we admire people that are able to do just that.

#235 Immigrant man on 11.02.21 at 7:06 am

#168 Equality of Principle on 11.01.21 at 7:56 pm
Accuse a Turk of the Ottoman genocide of Armenians and be prepared to likely get punched in the face.
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But that was a real genocide, indiscriminate killings, theft of property, destruction of cultural artifacts, the whole shebang. Greeks and Assyrians (all Christians) were targeted too. You can’t just brush this one off. And all unpunished evil creates more evil. It was the precursor to Holocaust.

Here is a quote from a famous genocide champion: “I have issued the command – and I’ll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad – that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formations in readiness – for the present only in the East – with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

That was Hitler, btw. Ridiculous to even put 1.5 million dead Armenian on the same page as residential schools.

#236 Wrk.dover on 11.02.21 at 7:07 am

You don’t step on Superman’s cape
and you don’t mess with manly man Garth!

Don’t bust an artery old boy.
This nation is counting on you.

#237 Parallels on 11.02.21 at 8:12 am

Israel and Palestine

Canada and First Nations

There are parallels I didn’t see of before. But they are definitely present.

#238 You've lost on 11.02.21 at 8:14 am

#228 lee Adams

You’ve just lost the discussion and the argument.

Always stay classy, or you always lose.

#239 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.02.21 at 8:46 am

@#231 Trump’s Justice
“Have you shed any tear for those poor murdered residential school children?
++++

Unmarked graves = murdered now?
The Blame Bandwagon is getting pretty full.

#240 David McDonald on 11.02.21 at 9:20 am

Yes, enough. I would like to see the Canadian flag at full mast on rememberance day. Thanks Garth.

#241 Matthew Michael on 11.02.21 at 9:36 am

Garth, you’re true Canadian patriot. Unfortunately a dying breed.

Stay strong and free.

#242 Dharma Bum on 11.02.21 at 9:37 am

I must admit, as a Canadian born citizen, living my entire life in a densely populated large urban environment, I was not exposed to a lot of residentially displayed Canadian flags. In most neighbourhoods of Toronto, Canadian flags on properties were rare and uncommon.

When my parents bought a cottage property in the early 70’s, my father, a European immigrant, had a giant flagpole installed, and hoisted up a huge Canadian flag.
I was so proud and impressed by it.

As the years went by, it would be periodically replaced as it got worn out by the elements, as my old man felt that it was disrespectful to allow the symbol of this great nation be displayed in a non-pristine condition.

Today, it’s our own leaders who are the disrespectful ones, shaming the country, and symbolically defiling it by flying the flag at half mast. Shameful, sad, and disgusting.

For the first time, I have installed a flagpole on my own cottage property, and am proudly flying the Canadian flag.

Trudeau and his band of misfits have been actively destroying the morale of Canadians for years.

It’s time to fight back.

https://imgur.com/gallery/PLCniM4

#243 Cancel Canada Day on 11.02.21 at 9:38 am

Garth, your firm charges lower, reasonable rates for your services. But……

What if –

After signing such a contract with you, your client comes back, shocked that you have afterwards raised your annual rates to 25%, from originally under 1%. In spite of what the contract said.

And then you told them:

“Well, that’s how I interpret that contract, in my language and culture. Just accept it and be quiet. I’m in charge here now, anyway.”

That is EXACTLY what Settler Canadians have done to Indigenous peoples.

Complete disrespect for, and deliberate misinterpretation for decades of Treaties signed with dozens of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

Do “contracts” mean nothing, if you are a (mostly) white Settler?

Seems to be the case, still. Even this week, Justin launched a last minute appeal, an effort to yet again deny compensation for former Indigenous children.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-indigenous-leaders-disgusted-by-ottawa-s-foster-care-compensation-appeal-as-feds-vow-talks-1.6231709

How can there be “reconciliation” when Canadian governments continue to play legal games and try to kick the can down the road, forever? Burying the truth of its history under mounds of legal paperwork.

And yet, some hope exists. This week is a special week to be thinking about this.

It is Treaties Recognition Week

https://www.ontario.ca/page/treaties-recognition-week

We did NOT give away the land and its resources to Settlers. READ the treaties!

Plus, now, Glasgow.

As we watch the environmental meltdown caused by the settler mentality of consuming and destroying the planet in pursuit of private gains, do the pieces not start to come together?

Western-oriented cultures that worship individual greed and private profit over all else are on the cusp of wiping us all out.

By comparison, very interestingly, First Nations history and cultures are looking wiser, smarter and more resilient in their approach to life on this planet with each passing day.

The Canadian flag is a symbol, not unlike others. Including the symbols of so many First Nations that have been robbed by Canada’s deliberate evasion of Treaty obligations.

The flag should stay down until real reconciliation happens.

In human civilization, contracts are real.

Treaties matter.

If not, Canada is a complete fraud. Worth no respect at all.

Think about it.

Some more thoughts on this……

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHq6sRU-NLs&t=1s

#244 IHCTD9 on 11.02.21 at 9:46 am

#224 Jon B on 11.02.21 at 12:48 am
Will this country ever be governed by adults again? I find it interesting that I’m unable to associate the woke ideology with educated, experienced and reasonable adults. There’s something about woke culture that is so very naive, so very young and dumb.
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It’s the manipulative tantrum of a spoiled child except from grownups. The woke are low IQ and EQ adult brats who used to always get their way – but now live in the real world where that seldom happens (unless you’re a very privileged one like Trudeau who can rewrite the rules).

When low IQ and EQ meet unemployment – you get an extremist activist. When you allow folks tending this way to run the country, you get non-PM’s like Trudeau, and non-Finance Ministers like Freeland. There’s just not enough brainpower there to make any good political decisions. They don’t have the background required for the job.

They live in a world where positivity and togetherness will overcome anything. Happiness is always waiting at the end of the rainbow, and at the top of magic mountain. Just like Momma promised when they were kids. Now we all got momma(s) promising us the same. Listing to these Libs over the last 6 years has been like redoing grade school.

#245 Do we have all the facts on 11.02.21 at 9:54 am

#186 Dr V

The First Nation Housing Market Fund (FNMHF) established in 2007 improved the availability of financing but requires First Nations to guarantee payment if a ‘homeowner’ defaults on their obligations. It is a step in the right direction but still relieves the Government of Canada of their fiduciary duty to provide equitable compensation to a Treaty based First Nation.

The only market available to ‘sell’ a home constructed under the FNMHF is another member of the First Nation.
Since full repayment of all mortgages provided by financial institution must be guaranteed the real issue becomes what portion of the total market value of a new home should be covered by Government of Canada as a fiduciary obligation and what portion should be covered by the First Nation and the First Nation ‘homeowner’.

I spent over 20 years trying to convince the Government of Canada to meet their fiduciary obligations to Treaty based First Nations. In the end I was forced to acknowledge that meeting their fiduciary obligations to First Nations would be counter productive to the ultimate goal of assimilation.

All the posturing and promises made by political leaders cannot hide the reality that First Nation members currently face two choices: assimilation or discrimination.

This is the sad state of affairs in Canada today and based on comments offered on this blog I don’t see much real change on the horizon.

#246 Jesse on 11.02.21 at 10:22 am

Let’s face it, we’re not a serious country anymore. We don’t make anything, and those that try are told they are ruining the climate and need to pay more in taxes. Oil & Gas, the industry that funds Canadian health-care (and other social services) has been vilified by the very government that depends on it for funding. A radical environmentalist criminal is our Minister of Climate Change now (does this nation really need a ‘Minister of Climate Change’? Does any country?). There is nothing holding this nation together anymore. We’re a silly country.

#247 scf2rider on 11.02.21 at 10:25 am

Well said Garth. Keeping the flags lowered endlessly without actually doing anything no longer serves a purpose. The continued litigation by our federal government against previous Truth and Reconciliation
decisions just proves the point. We can’t lower the flag for our veterans if it always at half mast.
I applaud your stand for your own viewpoint. Everyone needs to be heard equally.

#248 Heath Slee on 11.02.21 at 10:30 am

Well said Garth, any chance “we the people” could convince you to run for PM?

#249 the Jaguar on 11.02.21 at 10:30 am

@#245 Do we have all the facts on 11.02.21 at 9:54 am

What about homes constructed on FN lands sold to non band members as profitable business enterprises, thereby enriching the band as a whole. Example: Westbank FN. There are others.

#250 Quintilian on 11.02.21 at 10:46 am

While I condemn, denounce, and decry the vandalism; I find that some of the comments revealing of something insidiously sinister.

So sorry Garth, I have empathy for your legitimate grievance, but see what kind of unthinking, uneducated, reflexed, reactive outbursts get captured within your support?

Free speech. How messy. – Garth

#251 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.02.21 at 11:01 am

#249 the Jaguar on 11.02.21 at 10:30 am
@#245 Do we have all the facts on 11.02.21 at 9:54 am

What about homes constructed on FN lands sold to non band members as profitable business enterprises, thereby enriching the band as a whole. Example: Westbank FN. There are others.
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There are others?
Where are they?
Oh the ones who live on inhabitable soil where you freeze your bum off for most of the year.
And clean water has to be trucked in.
Etc, etc.

#252 Jeff on 11.02.21 at 11:07 am

#106 Ponzius Pilatus

Indeed your post was quite stupid.

#253 Jeff on 11.02.21 at 11:14 am

#106 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.01.21 at 4:03 pm

#72 Jeff on 11.01.21 at 2:59 pm
1) Hard times create strong men
2) Strong men create good times
3) Good times create weak men
4) Weak men create hard times.

My guess :
Prior to 1945 : Step 1
1945-1970 : Step 2
1970-2015 : Step 3
2015+ : Step 4.
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Stupid Men create stupid posts.

Stupid men create stupid comments.

#254 Dr V on 11.02.21 at 11:15 am

245 Facts – thank you

249 Jag – this could be leased land. There is/was a procedure to “surrender” rights to reserve land as long as it could be shown that the Nation as a whole and/or certain members would benefit. Required(s?) fed approval as they have a fiduciary duty. 49 years was a typical term as this may have not required the same level of involvement. I am not sure if new “First Nation Land Management” status bypasses these requirements.

#255 IHCTD9 on 11.02.21 at 11:41 am

#250 Quintilian on 11.02.21 at 10:46 am
While I condemn, denounce, and decry the vandalism; I find that some of the comments revealing of something insidiously sinister.

So sorry Garth, I have empathy for your legitimate grievance, but see what kind of unthinking, uneducated, reflexed, reactive outbursts get captured within your support?
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Don’t be scared homie, humans are like that – you and I included (in the eyes of others). Best start getting used to it.

#256 Doug t on 11.02.21 at 11:45 am

#243 cancel canada day

“In human civilization” progress has never been stopped, whether you like it or not the human experience is usually to overtake and grow

#257 the Jaguar on 11.02.21 at 11:52 am

@#254 Dr V on 11.02.21 at 11:15 am
Exactly. It is leasehold land. Long term leases. And it’s a money maker.
My point is that there are many business enterprises being run by FN people that are profitable, innovative and that benefit band members. It isn’t all just a bad news story. BC is where a lot of these enterprises can be found. Bet Fishman has examples where the fishing industry is concerned.

#258 Dr V on 11.02.21 at 12:00 pm

251 Ponzie – yes there are others. This one is brand new.

https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/23533455/7037-sha-elum-dr-lake-cowichan-lake-cowichan

#259 Don Guillermo on 11.02.21 at 12:03 pm

#251 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.02.21 at 11:01 am
#249 the Jaguar on 11.02.21 at 10:30 am
@#245 Do we have all the facts on 11.02.21 at 9:54 am

What about homes constructed on FN lands sold to non band members as profitable business enterprises, thereby enriching the band as a whole. Example: Westbank FN. There are others.
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There are others?
Where are they?
Oh the ones who live on inhabitable soil where you freeze your bum off for most of the year.
And clean water has to be trucked in.
Etc, etc
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You’ve probably never herd of this PP as Netlix hasn’t done a series on it yet.

Redwood Meadows by Bragg Creek is owned by the TsuuT’ina Nation

Water Treatment & Quality
Redwood Meadow’s water supply comes from the Elbow River . We are committed to providing high quality, safe and clean tap water.

Here are a few facts:
There is an onsite Water Treatment Plant within the Townsite.
The Water Treatment Plant is monitored by our Operations Department and by a third party contracted water monitoring service.
Redwood Meadows’ water meets or exceeds current federal and provincial regulatory standards.

#260 Overheardyou on 11.02.21 at 12:25 pm

#213 Cancel Canada Day on 11.01.21 at 11:29 pm

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A past that has nothing to do with us, plus if you want to blame others atrocities maybe look to England or France they’re the one who settled here.

Incase you’re forgetting, you can’t change our past. But our future is in danger due to climate change. Maybe work on what’s coming and can be changed.

#261 the Awakened One on 11.02.21 at 1:17 pm

Canada is a free country.
Freedom of expression. Free speech.
Lest we forget.
I served this country 18 years; and not even born on this soil. But because one believes in this country.

To those looters, vandals & cowards: what have you done for Canada other than pandering to Trudough’s squishy spineless cravenness?
Thank you Garth.

#262 Sail Away on 11.02.21 at 1:27 pm

#251 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.02.21 at 11:01 am
#249 the Jaguar on 11.02.21 at 10:30 am
@#245 Do we have all the facts on 11.02.21 at 9:54 am

What about homes constructed on FN lands sold to non band members as profitable business enterprises, thereby enriching the band as a whole. Example: Westbank FN. There are others.

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Many First Nations have Economic Development as a key part of their future. Osoyoos wineries are a major success story, and there are many others I am aware of throughout BC, including but not limited to:

Seafood processing (Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Nimpkish), boat launch operations (Clutsehaven in Port Alberni) marinas (Secret Beach, Toquaht Bay), campgrounds (Nanoose), commercial operations built on reserve land and leased to the public (Tseshaht, Nanoose), resorts (Tin Wis, Wya, many motels on the west coast), charter operations… the list goes on.

This isn’t an either-or question. Excellent progress has been occurring for a long time.

The strident wokesters who think they speak for First Nations are condescending in the extreme.

#263 bob klinck on 11.02.21 at 5:23 pm

A crime that is not being forensically investigated? Where are the disinterments? Are there no longer police and coroners in Canada? Where indeed are images from the ground-penetrating radar?

#264 Trudi Woods on 11.03.21 at 12:44 am

I grew up across the river from what is known now as Mohawk Territory…Deseronto…its only in recent years I’ve learned why the people are so angry…it has to do with water and the disproportionate number of missing and murdered women in this country…not your problem for sure…but listening goes a long way.

#265 Marvin on 11.03.21 at 7:33 am

Thanks for standing up on behalf of the silent majority that has been cowed by the woke folks. As a first generation immigrant who loves Canada, it amazes me how quickly people have turned on this wonderful country of ours with no perspective on how rotten most of the world really is.

#266 Daniel Bouchard on 11.04.21 at 12:13 pm

Discusted by this action of the town of Lunenburg, NS. Pathetic little people. Indeed My country has been on a downward spiral for quite a few years now.