Listen now (40 mins) | An interview with Joanna Baron, author and executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation
An issue that is not addressed is the failure to "follow the science". Most people do not understand science, and have no relevant experience that would allow them to judge for themselves the validity of what is being presented. This make them very dependent on the media, who themselves are
- an echo chamber repeating what other media are saying, and not going and doing basic research into the claims being made.
- have backgrounds in communications and the social sciences, and as a result have no understanding of issues in the sciences
- are generally not of working class background, and lack experience that would give them context. For instance every field worker in the oil industry is trained in wearing masks. Because of their training, they were skeptical about the wearing of masks from the beginning. People in the media are not required to certify in wearing masks as a condition of employment. If you ever want a laugh, go read the fine print on a box of N95 masks.
This leaves us very vulnerable to gas lighting by the media. The generation of fear by the media & governments in the early stages of the pandemic were not helpful. Until this core issue is addressed, and some mechanism to put the brakes on "fear porn" is created we will continue to have things like this happen.
We haven't forgotten. We haven't memory holed. The governments, universities, judges, and assembled elites best bring a big stick next time they want us to do anything. Not only has trust in our civic institutions evaporated, but active resistance verging on hatred bubbles just below the surface. That's probably about a third or more of the country. We don't know the actual percentages because the poll takers are part of the intelligentsia. You really think the people I just described will have a nice chat with the friendly pollster? Canada is harshly fragmented. Solutions? Not that I can see.
It seems to me the government's internal conversation about Covid lockdown looked at the economic ramifications, but did not even consider the social consequences which has proven to be the greater effect. This was a low spot in Canadian history. I feel shame for my government. It is too bad they don't feel the same way.
Glad to see an educated articulate defender of things we all took for granted my entire adult life. (I’m 65). My mind boggles at the illiberalism of the present, and the speed with which it captured every institution. Thank you for your efforts.
During the interview you discuss the freezing of bank accounts as the Emergencies Act was invoked. One legacy of this is that people are afraid to donate to anything that might possibly bring attention to themselves. When chatting with a friend, I mentioned that I send money to support certain foundations that are challenging things like 1st amendment rights violations in the US, etc. She said she was terrified to donate to anything our government might not like. I am curious to know if that chilling effect is more widespread. Have people curtailed their financial support of legal challenges to the government's overreach during the pandemic, for example, for fear of later reprisals?
What this conversation really made me think about was how low trust our communities in Canada have gotten. There are probably a lot of reasons for this but I have to say the way the Liberals have governed from Ottawa the last eight years has been incredibly divisive culturally, geographically and philosophically. Scott Moe said as much yesterday in regards to the carbon tax but you can pretty much extrapolate that to most things Trudeau has touched. It partly reflects the state of the world the last 10 years or so as well as what's coming out of the toxic politics of the behemoth to the south of us but it is really sad that people can't seem to just mind their own business anymore. It really showed during Covid.
I don't know what the solution is to an increasingly low trust society but it seems to me bringing in millions of newcomers with all the frustrations about housing, and jobs by low and middle income Canadians is not a good place to start. I think it's Ok to remember that Western countries had their biggest gains in standard of living during the 20th century after WW 2 when immigration was low, unions were strong, universal programs were the priority of the left and support for families was high.
The short answer is yes.
Really good one. I’m gonna read that book. The conversation needs to continue. People have such short memories. Often I’ll make a bad joke to friends and say ‘remember when we had to walk in one direction one at a time in the grocery store?’ My friend kind of laugh’s uncomfortable in that memory. No one wants to talk about it nor it’s lunacy and control and how we do easily complied. For the sake of safety and control. Civil liberties be damned.
Fearmongering is as effective as warmongering to control us! Our only weapon is our power of reason, thank Goodness for investigative reporters online. Watch and pray for mental acuity and courage‼️💖🙏🏽
Thank you for continuing to talk about the vitally important topic of Cdn freedoms.
The NCI (National Citizens Inquiry) did a brilliant job interviewing people across Canada. Rodney Palmer, former CBC reporter, testified about the "Nazi flag" at the Convoy. It was a plant. A Rebel News reporter did an excellent investigative piece discovering it.
I am so concerned that many are memory-holing the egregious violations of our civil rights and freedoms, as I was one who lost those freedoms and was banned from participating in normal life activities I loved and forbidden to leave or travel in Cda.
My home was a regular gathering place for my dear neighbours - most of whom feared getting together with me b/c I was suddenly "dangerous".
It is horrible too that there are now so many people who are vaccine injured, but have no idea, b/c of the silence of Legacy Media on adverse events from the C19 shot.
My dear, forever healthy (physically & mentally) neighbour, 80, power walks hours per day, was into fitness all her life - and since a few months ago, out of nowhere, she has a painful neck and back; her fully fit legs suddenly give out (become like rubber), and her hands are burning almost continually. She had blood work done and it showed high levels of muscle enzymes (they are ordering a biopsy) *Dr was baffled, as he said these high levels only occur if you've had a heart attack. (She hasn't.) And, finally, she has suddenly developed a problem in her throat making swallowing food difficult (she's lost tons of weight).
Please continue to cover this important topic.
It urks me everyone I hear that those in power (or powerful positions) were genuinely fearful of the virus. I can attest first hand, that I saw efforts made to welcome the virus to Canada. Working at YYZ meeting international flights at the aircraft door, I had at least three experiences where the crew off international flight from Asia requested health Canada at the aircraft door before anyone deplaned due to onboard passengers who believed they themselves had covid and were quite ill. I would contact the airport authority and the airlines control center, I was always reminded of the protocol-Health Canada wanted everyone to deplane and if anyone had any concerns about their health they were to present themselves at the Health Canada desk located outside customs clearance. It's like they intentionally wanted the virus to spread. I heard similar stories from other airline employees and passengers. What makes this more unbelievable is that this happened right up to first weeks of March 2020 shortly before the pandemic was declared.
The Canadian Constitution Foundation is anti-union and anti-public healthcare. Any institution that Preston Manning and the Fraser Institute (the founder of the Fraser Institute is a board member) endorse and which gets money from the Koch brothers' Atlas network is on my watch list but not on my "listen to and engage with" list. They are the bad guys pointing out some other bad guys.
Not a good look, Tara. Beware of the Bret Weinstein "heterodox effect" that saw him go down the right wing rabbit hole in a feeble attempt at being ecumenical.