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When an out-of-control wildfire threatens everything you hold dear and public officials order you to flee because, they claim, there’s nothing anyone can do − what’s your response? Do you meekly submit? Or do you call you neighbours and try to protect what’s yours? And when politicians publicly denounce you, officials callously demand your dental records so they can identify your charred remains afterwards, police threaten to take away your children and then try to starve your whole community into submission – what then?

These were the terrible choices faced last summer by the “Southsiders” of François Lake, B.C. Their decisions may surprise, or even shock you. But their determination should awe you, their courage inspire you, and the final outcome make you think twice the next time government officials demand you place your fate in their hands. In this meticulously reported exclusive, Jason Unrau brings you the epic tale of how the François Lake Southsiders had to face down not only 100-foot-high wildfire flames, but also the equally towering arrogance and indifference of the public agencies that should have been protecting and supporting them.

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Talk About Immigration While You Still Can

The UN wants the world’s “migrants” – 258 million of them, by its own count – free to move about the world, presumably from poor countries to rich countries. It demands that those rich hosts not only open their arms, but make all their generous social programs instantly available. And, to help this process along, that countries clamp down on any “intolerance” – policing public speech, news media and even academic research. In short, it wants to shut down debate about immigration. In Part II of this special two-part report, with a federal election just weeks away, Lloyd W. Robertson illustrates the importance of talking about immigration while we still can.

Canada’s Sled Dog Apology Plumbs New Depths of Absurdity

The voracious need for self-abasement among Western elites appears to have outstripped the supply of victimized groups that can become the focus of grovelling, apology and pay-offs. That is one way to read the federal Liberals’ latest apology, which goes beyond merely stretching reality, distorting facts or ignoring historical context. Peter Shawn Taylor reports on how last month’s $20 million payoff to Canada’s Inuit for an alleged sled-dog slaughter half a century ago that never actually happened simply stands the truth on its head.

We Need to Have a Talk about Immigration

Imagine a world in which “migrants” can pick up and move to whatever country they choose, whenever the spirit moves them, in unlimited numbers. That’s the plan behind the UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. While that may seem far-fetched amidst increasing resistance to illegal immigration in many countries, the UN has a plan for that too. It wants to shut down discussions about immigration that lead to the “wrong” conclusions. On the eve of Canada’s federal election campaign, Lloyd W. Robertson explains why we need to talk a lot more about immigration. Part I of a special two-part report.

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When an out-of-control wildfire threatens everything you hold dear and public officials order you to flee because, they claim, there’s nothing anyone can do − what’s your response? Do you meekly submit? Or do you call you neighbours and try to protect what’s yours? And when politicians publicly denounce you, officials callously demand your dental records so they can identify your charred remains afterwards, police threaten to take away your children and then try to starve your whole community into submission – what then?

These were the terrible choices faced last summer by the “Southsiders” of François Lake, B.C. Their decisions may surprise, or even shock you. But their determination should awe you, their courage inspire you, and the final outcome make you think twice the next time government officials demand you place your fate in their hands. In this meticulously reported exclusive, Jason Unrau brings you the epic tale of how the François Lake Southsiders had to face down not only 100-foot-high wildfire flames, but also the equally towering arrogance and indifference of the public agencies that should have been protecting and supporting them.

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The weather may be cooling, but the rhetoric surrounding climate change continues heating up. In June Canada’s House of Commons passed a motion declaring a National Climate Emergency. This week CNN hosted a seven-hour marathon wherein ten Democratic Presidential contenders spoke on the “climate crisis,” to use the media’s latest catchphrase. While the issue is regarded exclusively as a liberal or left-wing cause, Mark Cameron argues that conservatives need to live up to the conservationist ethic implied in their name and develop environmental policies that draw on their own traditions.

Playing Chicken with the Alphabet People

Just yesterday Toronto opened its first Chick-Fil-A restaurant and the event was, as expected, met with protests. Dan Cathy, the chain’s CEO, believes in the “biblical definition of the family unit” and has donated millions to conservative causes, some of which take exception to the LGBTQ agenda. Fred Litwin, a long-time gay rights advocate, looks at how we arrived at our current fixation with gender identity, suggesting that LGBTQ is only the beginning. The longest acronym to date is LGBTIQCAPGNGFNBA, but there may be no end to the proliferation of sexual identities. It’s time, says Litwin, to fight back against this dangerous foolishness.

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Marion Buller

What’s in a Word?

Precision of language is critical in government documents. Take the report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), which claimed “Indigenous women and girls now make up almost 25 percent of homicide victims.” Turns out the Statistics Canada report on which this claim was based indicates 25 percent of female homicide victims were Indigenous women, a much smaller number. If the MMIW report’s authors can’t even transcribe a simple government statistic, what business have they bandying about the charge of “genocide”? Hymie Rubinstein looks at historical examples of real genocides, reminding us that the abuse of language has consequences.

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