Toronto Region Board Of Trade Supports Vaccine Passports, While Receiving And Encouraging Subsidies

The Toronto Region Board of Trade, TRBoT, a group that isn’t accountable to the public, and holds no public office, is openly calling for Ontario to adopt vaccine passports. The idea is that people who refuse should be denied access to what they call “non essential” services. Jan De Silva, President and CEO of the group, pushes hard for it. More on her later.

In fact, if a group wanted to kill off businesses, it’s hard to think of a better way to do this.

TORONTO – The Toronto Region Board of Trade is calling on the Ontario government to introduce a vaccine passport system for non-essential business activity.

Jan De Silva, CEO of the board, says vaccine passports are the only way to safely reopen larger events like business conferences and will help revive tourism.

“Now that we’ve got sufficient vaccine, it’s a way to start resuming a more normal form of day-to-day living.” She said it’s a personal decision to get vaccinated, but accessing major events and indoor dining requires moral responsibility.

The board of trade says it is having discussions with the Ontario premier’s office about introducing a vaccine passport system.

This should alarm people. A board representing large business interests is meeting with Doug Ford’s office to discuss limiting people’s right to free association and free movement, unless they agree to have their privacy limited and take experimental “vaccines” for a virus that likely doesn’t exist.

Remember when trade associations used to call for less government restrictions and regulations? Now, the TRBoT is doing exactly the opposite of that. And far from calling on independence, this group openly promotes the idea of its members scooping up government benefits.

The TRBoT is partially funded by the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario and the Ministry of Energy. This means that taxpayers are helping keep this operation afloat. Beyond that, there are also dozens of private sponsors who stand to benefit from the policies proposed. Rather than demanding economic freedom, there are demands for corporate welfare.

The Toronto Board of Trade is also pushing agenda of the mass testing people at work. For businesses with less than 150 employees, enough test sticks can be included to get everyone twice a week for 4 weeks, or 8 times each overall. Of course, it’s really taxpayers footing the bill for this, although that point is minimized. What exactly happens to the personal information afterwards anyway?

Granted these tests don’t work anyway, but whatever.

In their FAQ section, the Board of Trade provides links to what kind of government support is available. It’s interesting that this group, which claims to be pro-business, isn’t demanding Ford and Tory end their martial law. Instead, they push a pattern of dependence on their members.

In June, there was an update to the list of government (taxpayer) handouts available. However, there still isn’t any urgency in just letting businesses operate normally.

Jan de Silva is the President and CEO of the TRBoT. However, her other connections lend doubt as to what her motivations are. She’s a Director at Intact Financial Corporation, a large insurance company. She’s a member of APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), and ABLAC (Asia Business Leaders Council). She’s also a Director at Piment Investments Limited, a firm supporting business expansion in Asia. Also, she’s a non-Executive Director at Blue Umbrella Limited, which sells compliance technology, and is based in Hong Kong. Furthermore, de Silva has chaired the Canada-China Business Council in Beijing. Her profile screams pro-business (in Asia), but she calls on restricting businesses and commerce in Canada, unless certain conditions are met.

De Silva isn’t kidding about lobbying all levels of Government. In fact, the TRBoT has been registered since 2007, and she is personally listed now. What is referred to as “Digital Adaptation – to seek funding for delivery of programs helping small to medium size businesses digitally transform their end-to end operations”, likely is a euphemism that included vaccine passports.

The TRBoT also supports an interesting combination of policies that include: (a) climate change nonsense to kill jobs; (b) “globalized” trade to continue offshoring local industries; and (c) increased immigration to compete for whatever jobs are left.

This is pretty much what Conservative Inc. calls for.

Also, for an organization that claims to be for businesses and a market economy, they don’t seem to mind getting taxpayer subsidies to keep their operations going. This includes receiving CEWS, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

The TRBoT also supports “smart cities“, which means an almost completely digitally-run community. While this may sound convenient, there may be privacy issues to sort out. The April 14, 2021 webcast included as speakers:

1) Craig Clydesdale, Founder & CEO, Utilities Without Borders
2) Craig McLellan, CEO, ThinkOn
3) Raphael Wong, Director- Strategic Initiatives, ThoughtWire
4) Hugh O’Reilly, Executive Director, Innovate Cities

At least we’ll still have jobs when this is over, right?

Now, there is justification in the fear that jobs are disappearing permanently. TRBoT supports the Scale Up Initiative. It’s goal is to put more of the economy online, and to cut costs. Of course “cutting costs” generally means laying off employees. Keep in mind, TRBoT receives public money, which means taxpayers are subsidizing the costs of chopping the job pool available.

How do you feel about this, residents of Toronto and Ontario? Your tax money is helping fund an organization that encourages OTHER businesses to get subsidies, while pushing for vaccine passports? Yay, for capitalism.

(1) https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/video/ontario-needs-a-vaccine-passport-mandate-by-this-fall-toronto-region-board-of-trade-ceo~2241660
(2) https://www.680news.com/2021/07/13/toronto-board-of-trade-vaccine-passports/
(3) https://www.bot.com/AboutUs/WhoWeAre/Sponsors.aspx
(4) https://supportbusiness.bot.com/screening-kits/
(5) https://supportbusiness.bot.com/faqs/
(6) https://supportbusiness.bot.com/2021/06/07/covid-19-government-and-international-response-june-4-2021/
(7) https://www.bot.com/AboutUs/Governance/AnnualReports.aspx
(8) TRBOT Annual Report 2020 FINAL
(9) TRBOT-Annual-Report-2021
(10) https://www.linkedin.com/in/alaina-tennison/
(11) https://archive.is/SUeuH
(12) https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetdesilva/
(13) https://archive.is/Mbh5s
(14) https://supportbusinessdev.bot.com/webinars/rap-webcast-series-3-smart-cities-solutions-to-upgrade-and-drive-your-business-forward/
(15) https://wtctoronto.com/scale-up/
(16) https://wtctoronto.com/rap/
(17) https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/app/secure/ocl/lrs/do/vwRg?cno=15291&regId=911677
(18) https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/hacc/cews/srch/pub/bscSrch

IMM #5(C): Remittances Remain High, Even As Unemployment Rates Soared In 2020

Apparently it’s the International Day for Family Remittances. Despite dire predictions in early 2020 by the World Bank and others, this didn’t actually materialize. The total drop was almost insignificant.

Despite COVID-19, remittance flows remained resilient in 2020, registering a smaller decline than previously projected. Officially recorded remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries reached $540 billion in 2020, just 1.6 percent below the 2019 total of $548 billion.

Rather interesting: even as the West experienced record level unemployment rates, the drop in remittances sent abroad was almost negligible. If all these jobs were disappearing, where exactly was the money coming from? A huge drop in 2020 was predicted by the World Bank, but did not materialize.

Year Total ($B) To 1st World To 3rd World Diff.
2013 $581B $177B $404B $227B
2014 $592B $162B $430B $268B
2015 $582B $142B $440B $298B
2016 $573B $144B $429B $285B
2017 $613B $147B $466B $319B
2018 $689B $161B $528B $367B
2019 $706B $158B $548B $390B
2020 $702B $162B $540B $378B

According to the World Bank: “With global growth expected to rebound further in 2021 and 2022, remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries are expected to increase by 2.6 percent to US$553 billion in 2021 and by 2.2 percent to US$565 billion in 2022.”

The World Economic Forum estimated about $714B in global remittances in 2019, while the World Bank claimed $706 billion. Note: these estimates are often updated.

These global citizens are the world’s “Economic First Responders”. The money they send across the world’s borders have helped smooth the economic shocks from the pandemic, fostering stronger resilience and recovery in their home nations throughout 2020, and into 2021 and beyond, than would have been the case without these flows.

They provide an essential lifeline to their home communities by funding spending on essentials, lowering extreme poverty and supporting healthcare and education. They serve on the front lines within their host communities as medics, scientists, grocers, bus drivers, construction workers, teachers, and contribute human capital towards the functioning of a robust economy.

These actions, during an unprecedented global pandemic, serve to shine an even bigger spotlight on the criticality of remittances and those who send them. They are the resilient and inclusive global economic force. Policymakers, development experts and economists must give cross-border remittances the consideration and priority they deserve as a significant global economic engine. There has simply never been a greater need for innovation and technology that provides the on-the-ground financial support flowing instantly across borders.

A January 2021 Oxford Economics report, The Remittance Effect: A Lifeline for Developing Economies Through the Pandemic and Into Recovery, illustrates how remittances impact developing economies, both in the very short-term and in the longer-term, in a way that neither government aid nor private foreign direct investment can match, given the larger value of remittances today.

These economic first responders selflessly act to quickly wire money into the hands of loved ones back home, stimulating spending on housing, medical care, and other essentials; boosting savings, improving creditworthiness and funding investments; and supporting economic and financial stability – all of which promote economic growth. As Oxford Economics says, the “remittance multiplier effect” boosts local economic activity and ultimately GDP.

In the last several years, remittances overtook Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as the largest external capital source in developing economies. The forecast for global FDI flows is bleak, with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) having forecast that these flows contracted by up to 40% in 2020.

A strikingly honest take from the World Economic Forum, or at least, a look into how they view things. Sending large amounts of money out of the 1st World isn’t undermining the West, rather “Economic First Responders” are doing their part to save the planet.

It also underscores their agenda. WEF views remittances as a more effective way of doing wealth transfers to other nations. It doesn’t provoke the same backlash as foreign aid does.

These “global leaders” don’t want countries or nations. They want economic zones where employees and production can be shifted around.

Pew Research estimated that Canada sent some $28 million USD (about $33 million CDN) abroad in the year 2018. The United States sent about $159 billion. Under the guise of “pandemic management” Canada had already experienced 63 days of business closures — keeping in mind, this article was written in June 2020. It’s actually much higher now.

One would expect remittances to plummet as businesses closed, many for good. But in the end, the overall drop in remittances was pretty insignificant. So, where did they come from? How much CERB, or other relief, was simply sent abroad?

Unfortunately, too many politicians want to look good in the eyes of the world, instead of serving their own people? Here’s a great example of this sort of mindset. Since most readers are probably blocked, these are some of the tweets that are important.

https://twitter.com/MichelleRempel/status/1245542206624145409
https://twitter.com/MichelleRempel/status/1245537455660503040
https://twitter.com/MichelleRempel/status/1245543250062082054
https://twitter.com/MichelleRempel/status/1245543543877308421

Don’t worry. There will always be Canada-last politicians like Michelle Rempel-Garner in power. She’s fully aware that our programs are used to drive down wages, and to send money abroad (where it will go much further), and she STILL supports it. Seems that the focus is on growing OTHER economies.

Wages work in a supply-and-demand fashion. A low supply of workers will push up the demand, which are salaries. However, when there is a surplus of that supply of workers, it pushes down the demand, as people will work for less.

Of course, it’s much cheaper to feed a family in Guatemala than it is in Canada, even with the fees associated with sending remittances. Such people can afford to work for less. It creates a race to the bottom where most people lose in the end.

Happy International Day for Family Remittances everyone! Go be an Economic First Responder, and send some money abroad.

(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj6Hki3bAvk
(2) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTPDxhZ5d8nZgZFLTITA5LA
(3) https://www.knomad.org/publication/migration-and-development-brief-34
(4) https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2020/04/22/world-bank-predicts-sharpest-decline-of-remittances-in-recent-history
(5) https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/migrationremittancesdiasporaissues/brief/migration-remittances-data
(6) https://twitter.com/UNmigration
(7) https://twitter.com/IOMAsiaPacific/status/1405031130043060235
(8) https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/remittance_inflow_trends_snapshot_web-compressed.pdf
(9) https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/remittances-key-post-covid-recovery/
(10) https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/04/11/remittances-developing-countries-deportations-migrant-workers-wb
(11) https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2016/04/13/remittances-to-developing-countries-edge-up-slightly-in-2015
(12) href=”https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2017/04/21/remittances-to-developing-countries-decline-for-second-consecutive-year
(13) https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/06/22/sharp-decline-in-remittances-expected-in-2020-amid-covid-19-lockdowns-in-top-sending-nations/
(14) https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/04/23/record-high-remittances-to-low-and-middle-income-countries-in-2017
(15) https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/12/08/accelerated-remittances-growth-to-low-and-middle-income-countries-in-2018
(16) https://blogs.worldbank.org/psd/remittances-times-coronavirus-keep-them-flowing
(17) https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/remittances-decline-covid-19-migrants-low-income-economies/
(18) https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2021/05/12/defying-predictions-remittance-flows-remain-strong-during-covid-19-crisis
(19) https://www.nycaribnews.com/articles/world-bank-remittance-flows-remained-resilient-in-2020/
(20) https://www.statista.com/chart/20166/top-10-remittance-receiving-countries/
(21) https://canucklaw.ca/imm-5b-global-remittances-hidden-costs-of-immigration/

Oversight For Human Pathogens and Toxins Act, Quarantine Act Removed, Slipped Into Budget Bill

There are few things more nefarious than when politicians pass laws to strip your rights away, or undermine democracy. It’s even worse when this isn’t openly debated, but instead slipped into a larger Bill, and it goes almost unnoticed.

This was done in the Spring of 2019, and pushed through right before an election. Have to wonder why.

In the interest of fairness, Diverge Media broke this story yesterday. A great piece of research, showing that a major regulatory check had been scrapped without any public discussion.

Looking at the timing, it’s hard to plausibly believe that the politicians weren’t aware that something was going to happen. And if they didn’t know, why not speak up now?

The NDP did make a passing objection, but it seemed to be more in the context of having an omnibus Bill pushed. She listed: “Seventh, subdivision K of division 9 of part 4 repeals provisions of the Quarantine Act. Eighth, subdivision L of division 9 of part 4 repeals provisions of the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act.” There were no specific details given as to why these were bad.

This was the public “discussion” on May 6, 2019.
A 90 second speech.

Mr. Chair, I’ll speak to subdivision K, as well as subdivision L, given their similarities.
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The proposed legislative amendment to the Quarantine Act and to the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act would streamline the regulatory process under both acts by repealing the requirement for the Minister of Health to table proposed regulations before both Houses of Parliament prior to making new or updated regulations. This will allow the minister to proceed through the standard Governor in Council process, including prepublication and public consultation in the Canada Gazette. New or updated regulations under both of these acts would continue to comply with the cabinet directive on regulations.
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The proposed amendments would put the Public Health Agency of Canada on level footing with other Canadian regulators and we will be more responsive to stakeholder needs for nimble, agile regulations that are kept up to date by facilitating the removal of outdated or ineffective regulations that may not be adequately protecting the public health and safety or may hinder innovation and economic growth.
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Our ability to have up-to-date regulations will be a benefit for the Canadian public, for the travel and transportation sectors, and for the biotech and medical resource sectors.

On May 6, 2019, Cindy Evans told a Parliamentary Committee that a provision of Bill C-97 would remove the requirement for legislative checks and balances before issuing orders under the Quarantine Act. Keep in mind, this was a BUDGET Bill, and this was buried in an obscure section.

Proposed regulations to be laid before Parliament
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66.1 (1) Before a regulation is made under section 66, the Minister shall lay the proposed regulation before each House of Parliament.
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Marginal note: Report by committee
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(2) A proposed regulation that is laid before Parliament shall be referred to the appropriate committee of each House, as determined by the rules of that House, and the committee may review the proposed regulation and report its findings to that House.
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Marginal note: Standing Committee on Health
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(2.1) The committee of the House of Commons referred to in subsection (2) shall be the Standing Committee on Health or, in the event that there is not a Standing Committee on Health, the appropriate committee of the House.
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Marginal note: Making of regulations
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(3) A regulation may not be made before the earliest of
(a) 30 sitting days after the proposed regulation is laid before Parliament,
(b) 160 calendar days after the proposed regulation is laid before Parliament, and
(c) the day after each appropriate committee has reported its findings with respect to the proposed regulation.
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Marginal note: Explanation
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(4) The Minister shall take into account any report of the committee of either House. If a regulation does not incorporate a recommendation of the committee of either House, the Minister shall lay before that House a statement of the reasons for not incorporating it.
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Marginal note: Alteration
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(5) A proposed regulation that has been laid before Parliament need not again be so laid prior to the making of the regulation, whether it has been altered or not.

Exceptions
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66.2 (1) A regulation may be made without being laid before either House of Parliament if the Minister is of the opinion that
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(a) the changes made by the regulation to an existing regulation are so immaterial or insubstantial that section 66.1 should not apply in the circumstances; or
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(b) the regulation must be made immediately in order to protect the health or safety of any person.
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Marginal note: Notice of opinion
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(2) If a regulation is made without being laid before Parliament, the Minister shall lay before each House of Parliament a statement of the Minister’s reasons.

Although the “exceptions” clause did provide some wiggle room, forcing Cabinet Ministers to bring proposed changes through the legislative process is actually a good check. It ensures that at least there is open discussion. However, given how quickly these changes passed in Parliament, their effectiveness is questionable.

Proposed regulations to be laid before both Houses of Parliament
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62.1 (1) The Governor in Council may not make a regulation under section 62 unless the Minister has first caused the proposed regulation to be laid before both Houses of Parliament.
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Marginal note: Report by committee
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(2) A proposed regulation that is laid before a House of Parliament is deemed to be automatically referred to the appropriate committee of that House, as determined by the rules of that House, and the committee may conduct inquiries or public hearings with respect to the proposed regulation and report its findings to that House.
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Marginal note: Making of regulations
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(3) The Governor in Council may make a regulation under section 62 only if
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(a) neither House has concurred in any report from its committee respecting the proposed regulation before the end of 30 sitting days or 160 calendar days, whichever is earlier, after the day on which the proposed regulation was laid before that House, in which case the regulation may be made only in the form laid; or
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(b) both Houses have concurred in reports from their committees approving the proposed regulation or a version of it amended to the same effect, in which case the regulation may be made only in the form concurred in.
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Marginal note: Meaning of “sitting day”
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(4) For the purpose of this section, “sitting day” means a day on which the House in question sits.

Exceptions
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62.2 (1) A regulation may be made without being laid before each House of Parliament if the Minister is of the opinion that
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(a) the changes made by the regulation to an existing regulation are so immaterial or insubstantial that section 62.1 should not apply in the circumstances; or
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(b) the regulation must be made immediately in order to protect the health or safeguard the safety of the public.
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Marginal note: Explanation
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(2) If a regulation is made without being laid before each House of Parliament, the Minister shall cause to be laid before each House a statement of the reasons why it was not.

The Quarantine Act also had legitimate safety mechanism stripped out, buried as a seeming afterthought in an omnibus budget Bill.

The “Budget Bill” did pass along Party lines. At the time, the Liberals held a majority, so they needed no support in ramming this through. While the NDP and Conservatives voted against it, these provisions were very unlikely to have contributed, since their was no real debate. Even now, they don’t speak up.

With hindsight, things are much clearer.

(1) https://divergemedia.ca/2021/06/14/no-debate-required-quarantine-act-changed-in-2019-to-allow-for-no-debate-before-its-use/
(2) https://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&billId=10404016
(3) https://parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-97/third-reading
(4) https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/FINA/meeting-208/evidence
(5) https://archive.is/WXhI8
(6) https://www.ourcommons.ca/Content/Committee/421/FINA/Evidence/EV10460698/FINAEV208-E.PDF
(7) https://openparliament.ca/
(8) https://openparliament.ca/debates/2019/4/10/jenny-kwan-1/
(9) https://openparliament.ca/search/?q=Date%3A%20%222019-04%20to%202019-11%22%20Quarantine
(10) May 6 2019 Quarantine Act Amendment
(11) https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/Q-1.1/page-6.html#docCont
(12) https://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/H-5.67/page-7.html#h-255451

Using Artificial Scarcity, Product Placement, Market Manipulation, To Drive Up Demand

This article will get into some of the advertising and marketing techniques employed to get people to purchase products and services. There is quite a lot of science and research behind it.

1. Important Links

Alex Cattoni On Creating Scarcity Conditions
Justin Atlan On Scarcity To Create Sense Of Urgency
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_scarcity
Psychology Today: The Scarcity Mindset
Investopedia On Suggestive Selling
Product Placement Strategies, History
Marketing Plans Should Include Sponsorship
Psychology In Advertising: Common Methods
CTV: Culture Shift On Wearing Masks

2. Techniques To Create Scarcity Illusion

  1. Price Scarcity — the price will increase
  2. Quantity Scarcity — limited amount available
  3. Premium Scarcity — limited time bonuses
  4. Offer Scarcity — relaunching a temporary product

Now, these specific techniques can be used individually, or in some combination, depending on the circumstances. The point of this is to put pressure on people to act now, or else the offer will never be better. While the creator, Alex Cattoni, says to be honest, artificially creating scarcity can be very manipulative nature. This type of pressure can be applied almost universally, although the specific methods vary. Justin Atlan talks about using scarcity in order to drive up sales.

Of course, artificially creating scarcity can be done for many reasons, and several of them are quite valid and legitimate.

  • Cartels, monopolies and/or rentier capitalism
  • Competition regulation, where regulatory uncertainty and policy ambiguity deters investment.
  • Copyright, when used to disallow copying or disallow access to sources. Proprietary software is an example.
  • Copyleft software is a counterexample where copyleft advocates use copyright licenses to guarantee the right to copy, access, view, and change the source code, and allow others to do the same to derivatives of that code.
  • Patent
  • The Agricultural Adjustment Act
  • Hoarding, including cornering the market
  • Deliberate destruction
  • Paywalls
  • Torrent poisoning such as poisoning bittorrent with half broken copies of music and videos to drive up prices when instead streamed from places the author has deals with
  • Planned obsolescence
  • Decentralized digital currencies (e.g. Bitcoin)
  • This is from Wikipedia. There are perfectly valid reasons to engage in the creation of scarcity, such as intellectual property, and not undercutting your own prices. That said, there are unscrupulous ones as well.

    Economics is the study of how we use our limited resources (time, money, etc.) to achieve our goals. This definition refers to physical scarcity. In a recent book titled Scarcity, Mullainathan & Eldar (2013) broaden the concept of scarcity by asking the following questions: What happens to our minds when we feel we have too little? How does the context of scarcity shape our choices and our behaviors? They show that scarcity is not just a physical limitation. Scarcity affects our thinking and feeling. Scarcity orients the mind automatically and powerfully toward unfulfilled needs. For example, food grabs the focus of the hungry. For the lonely person, scarcity may come in poverty of social isolation and a lack of companionship.

    The scarcity mentality is well known by social psychologists. It forces being to think in finite terms, and to ask what they are missing out on. This can be good or bad, depending on the circumstances.

    3. Fear Of Missing Out On A Benefit

    FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is commonly used to pressure people into buying good and services now. Notice, it doesn’t have to be the product itself. It can just be having their life back to the way that it used to be. Perhaps something happened recently to change what was considered normal.

    4. Suggestive Selling/Upselling

    Understanding Suggestive Selling
    The idea behind the technique is that it takes marginal effort compared with the potential additional revenue. This is because getting the buyer to purchase (often seen as the most difficult part) has already been done. After the buyer is committed, an additional sale that is a fraction of the original purchase is much more likely.

    Typical examples of add-on sales are the extended warranties offered by sellers of household appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines, as well as electronics. A salesperson at an automobile dealership also generates significant add-on sales by suggesting or convincing a buyer sitting at their desk that the buyer would be much happier with the car with a few or several add-on options.

    Investopedia explains that upselling it often considered a better use of a person’s time that focusing solely on new customers. After all, the person is already buying something, so why not take the minimal amount of effort to see if they will purchase anything new?

    There is of course the idea of a volume discount. For example, take the BOGO (buy one, get one) free or greatly reduced. Often, people who may not have been willing to take multiple products now will, if it appears to reduce the price per unit.

    5. Product Placement As A Sales Strategy

    Product placement is a marketing strategy that has accidentally evolved a few decades ago. Nevertheless, the efficiency of the product placement has been spotted by professionals and since then various companies engage in product placement activities in various levels with varying efficiency. One of the main differences of product placement from other marketing strategies is the significance of factors contributing to it, such as context and environment within which the product is displayed or used.

    Implementing an efficient marketing strategy is one of the essential conditions for a product to be successful in the marketplace. Companies may choose different marketing strategies including advertising, channel marketing, internet marketing, promotion, public relations, product placement and others. Each of one of these marketing tools has its advantages and disadvantages and the rationale behind the choice among these tools relates to the type of the product, type of the market and the marketing strategy of the company.

    Product placement is a long recognized trick for getting a product into another production, without directly admitting that it is a form of advertising. This may be a substitute for more blatant ads, or may work in conjunction with it.

    6. Keep Repeating Your Talking Points

    This comment was (supposedly) in the context of pushing the climate change agenda on Canadians, but the principle can be applied much more broadly. It’s a variation of “if you tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth”. Unfortunately, this is all too true.

    7. Including Sponsorship In Marketing Plan

    1. Shape consumer attitudes.
    2. Build brand awareness.
    3. Drive sales.
    4. Increase reach.
    5. Generate media exposure.
    6. Differentiate yourself from competitors.
    7. Take on a “corporate citizen” role.
    8. Generate new leads.
    9. Enhance business, consumer, and VIP relationships.

    Sponsoring a group or event can bring several benefits to your group, and those are outlined pretty well. Yes, the benefits are more intangible and difficult to measure, but it’s commonly believed to be an effective practice.

    8. Pay For Advertising, Sponsoring In Media

    (a) Subsidization Programs Available For Media Outlets (QCJO)
    (b) Political Operatives Behind Many “Fact-Checking” Groups
    (c) DisinfoWatch, MacDonald-Laurier, Journalists For Human Rights
    (d) Taxpayer Subsidies To Combat CV “Misinformation”
    (e) Postmedia Periodicals Getting Covid Subsidies
    (f) Aberdeen Publishing (BC, AB) Getting Grants To Operate
    (g) Other Periodicals Receiving Subsidies
    (h) Still More Media Subsidies Taxpayers Are Supporting
    (i) Media Outlets, Banks, Credit Unions, All Getting CEWS

    Paying for advertisements in newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and online, is a long accepted way of getting a message out. It’s an effective way to promote a product, service, or ideology. Of course, Governments can go the extra mile and just outright subsidize such outlets. It’s a way to create financial dependence, and ensure that they will be obedient to whatever is needed.

    9. Psychology Used In Selling To People

    1. Branding
    2. Give, Give, Give, Give, and Ask
    3. Power of Scarcity, FOMO
    4. Perceived Value & Pricing
    5. Power of Persuasion
    6. Power of Convenience
    7. Appeal To Morality
    8. Changing Language, Misusing Terms

    Advertising is much more complicated than simply being interesting and visually appealing. There are plenty of mental and psychological ways to do this. After this, it’s impossible to view ads in the same way ever again.

    10. Have Credible Actors Promote Message/Brand

    One of the keys to an effective marketing program is to have believable and realistic actors selling the message. Getting caught out like this doesn’t help at all. From a casting perspective, Ontario Deputy Medical Officer Barbara Yaffe was an extremely poor choice. Health Minister Christine Elliott wasn’t a great selection either.

    When the stakes are high, it’s essential to have actors and actresses who have read and understood their scripts. They will be better able to improvise when asked difficult questions. See here and here. Remember, even though the media questions are screened, sometimes they will accidently be curveballs.

    BC Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry is also a bizarre choice. While she seems likeable, and has the fake trembling nailed, she frequently jokes about the “no science” part. Perhaps she was never informed that this is serious.

    Alberta Premier Jason Kenney may have topped them all. He admits there could be 90% error — and hence, no pandemic — but then defers to the experts.

    Granted, these are difficult roles to play, given the scrutiny they are under. But still, the casting left a lot to be desired.

    11. Why Does This Marketing Info Matter?

    Even back in May 2020, the MSM in Canada was openly talking about “shifting the culture” to get everyone wearing masks for the foreseeable future. Of course, this sort of predictive programming is not limited to masks, but spread to other areas.

    Imagine a group of people not driven by money, but by ideology. They wanted to convince the general population to inject — en masse — an experimental mRNA vaccine, to cure a disease they don’t know exists.

    Such a task would be very difficult to accomplish, without using brute force. An alternative solution would be to apply some of the techniques outlined above, and get people to take it willingly.

    As for appealing to morality, does this sound familiar?
    “My mask protects you, and your mask protects me”.

    Words and terms are redefined in false and misleading ways.
    It’s not “martial law”, it’s “sheltering in place”.

    Healthy people should not be viewed as normal.
    Instead, they are “potential asymptomatic spreaders”.

    The Federal and Provincial Governments are not buying off media outlets and businesses into compliance. Instead, they are handing out “emergency relief”. See the difference?

    FOMO, or fear of missing out is being applied as a hardball tactic to get more people into taking the vaccine. After all, who isn’t desperate for some return to a normal life? If there aren’t enough to go around, doesn’t that create artificial scarcity?

    Covid internment camps are a conspiracy theory. Those “mandatory isolation centres” are not at all the same thing, and people need to stop misrepresenting the truth.

    No one is trying to trick citizens into taking the vaccine. Instead, they are just conducting research into ways to overcome “hesitancy”. See Part #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.

    Regarding hope for the future: an astute person will note that Canada has ANNOUNCED a program to compensate people for injury or death caused by vaccines. However, there have been no DETAILS of what it will look like. It could be the Government falling behind, or it could be tat they have no intention of implementing anything.

    TSCE #14(F): About Michael Chong’s Motion Concerning Genocide In China….

    Canada passed a resolution, declaring a genocide in China. It was sponsored by Michael Chong, and Ontario Member of Parliament with the Conservative Party of Canada. While the Motion itself is not the issue, the lack of consistency is.

    1. Trafficking, Smuggling, Child Exploitation

    Serious issues like smuggling or trafficking are routinely avoided in public discourse. Also important are the links between open borders and human smuggling; between ideology and exploitation; between tolerance and exploitation; between abortion and organ trafficking; or between censorship and complicity. Mainstream media will also never get into the organizations who are pushing these agendas, nor the complicit politicians. These topics don’t exist in isolation, and are interconnected.

    2. Text Of Motion Declaring Genocide

    MOTION TEXT
    That,
    .
    (a) in the opinion of the House, the People’s Republic of China has engaged in actions consistent with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 260, commonly known as the “Genocide Convention”, including detention camps and measures intended to prevent births as it pertains to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims; and
    .
    (b) given that (i) where possible, it has been the policy of the Government of Canada to act in concert with its allies when it comes to the recognition of a genocide, (ii) there is a bipartisan consensus in the United States where it has been the position of two consecutive administrations that Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims are being subjected to a genocide by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the House, therefore, recognize that a genocide is currently being carried out by the People’s Republic of China against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, call upon the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Olympic Games if the Chinese government continues this genocide and call on the government to officially adopt this position.

    Michael Chong introduced a Motion to declare what has been going on in China as “genocide”. Have they always thought that the Chinese Government was bad?

    3. Michael Chong Then V.S. Now

    https://openparliament.ca/debates/2013/4/18/michael-chong-1/
    https://openparliament.ca/debates/2021/2/18/michael-chong-1/

    It’s interesting how Chong was a huge fan of letting China infiltrate Canada (via FIPA), in 2013/2014. He shrugged off the many justifiable objections to this.

    In fact, Conservatives in general have been largely supportive of “free trade” arrangements which outsource Canadian industries. They see nothing wrong in engaging in a rigged game with a country that can undercut Canadian workers and companies.

    4. Erin O’Toole Then V.S. Now

    https://openparliament.ca/debates/2014/9/22/erin-otoole-1/
    https://openparliament.ca/debates/2021/2/17/erin-otoole-7/

    Since first getting elected as an MP, O’Toole was a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade. O’Toole repeatedly hyped up how Canada would benefit from FIPA, and how the concerns were unwarranted. His recent opposition to China appears to be politically motivated, not based on ideology or morality.

    5. Federal Cabinet Abstains In Vote

    The vote was 266-0, and sold as “unanimous” to the public. However, that’s misleading, considering that the Prime Minister and the Cabinet all abstained from voting. Was this done to at least make working with China possible, while pretending to object?

    Considering that everyone else voted to declare this a genocide, a predicted election would be interesting. Discussions around foreign relations could get awkward and strained.

    What really happens now, anyway? Other than some words on paper, what will actually be accomplished? Will the Chinese Government suddenly realize the error of its ways? Will these camps suddenly be shut down?

    6. Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations

    Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention

    It was addressed a week ago that Canada, and dozens of other nations signed the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations. This seemed (at least in part), to be a shot a China, given it held 2 Canadians prisoner, and was abusing Muslim minorities on a massive scale.

    While this is fine in principle, the elephant in the room is that Canada has been under varying levels of martial law over the last year. Using the false of pretense of a health emergency, politicians of all parties have supported suspending indefinitely the basic rights of citizens.

    Going abroad to seek human organs should be criminalized (Bill S-240), but forcing quarantine on healthy people, and medical experimentation locally is very hypocritical.

    7. Support Genocide Via Population Replacement

    The Canadian Government grandstands about how morally superior it is to China. Even so, successive Administrations have engaged in the practice of population replacement, to eliminate the “old stock”, or at least, dilute their numbers. While it’s certainly not exclusively Chinese, they are in the top 3 source countries, year after year.

    Not only are the people replaced, but the culture, history and traditions go as well. This is supported by the United Nations. A “Canadian” identity is substituted for a “multicultural” one. This inevitably leads to balkanization and enclaves, as similar people band together.

    In most countries, this would be considered genocide. In Canada, and other Western nations, it’s diversity, and only racists question the agenda.

    These symbolic actions against China ring hollow when considered against other things that go on.

    8. Canada-China Business Council

    There is Ambassador Dominic Barton, featured prominently.
    Who else runs the group?

    • Paul Desmarais Sr. — former head of Power Corp (deceased)
    • Andre Desmarais — son-in-law of Jean Chretien
    • Oliver Desmarais — Vice President of Power Corp
    • Sam Boutziouvis — VP (Government Relations) of SNC Lavalin
    • Morgan Elliott — VP (Government Affairs) of Huawei
    • Tim McGuire — Executive VP, China Construction Bank
    • Martin Cauchon — was in Jean Chretien’s Cabinet
    • James Moore — was in Stephen Harper’s Cabinet
    • Stockwell Day — was in Stephen Harper’s Cabinet
    • Scott Brison — was in Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet

    Sure, Canadian politicians will grandstand to show how righteous they are with regards to China. But will any of this stop them from doing business with them? That seems highly unlikely. Morals are morals, but money is money.

    In fact, take a look at the CCBC website. There isn’t a single mention of genocide by the Chinese listed anywhere.

    While there is talk locally of boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics, that is pretty minor in the scheme of things. It is a single event.

    Postmedia Subsidies & Connections May Explain Lack Of Interest In Real Journalism

    Postmedia owns the bulk of the media outlets in Canada. This includes both mainstream news, and many smaller ones. It is also heavily subsidized by the Government, which in reality, means the taxpayers. Is that the reason why they don’t properly cover this so-called “pandemic” in Canada?

    1. The Media Is Not Loyal To The Public

    Truth is essential in society, but the situation in Canada is worse than people imagine. In Canada (and elsewhere), the mainstream media and fact-checkers are subsidized, though they deny it. Post Media controls most outlets in Canada, and many “independents” have ties to Koch/Atlas. Real investigative journalism is needed, and some pointers are provided.

    2. Important Links

    https://www.postmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Postmedia-Network-Canada-Corp-MDA-Q1-F21-Final.pdf
    https://www.postmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Postmedia-Network-Canada-Corp-FS-Q1-F21-Final.pdf
    Postmedia-Network-Canada-Corp-FS-Q1-F21-Final
    Postmedia-Network-Canada-Corp.-Cons-Aug-2019-1-1

    Fall 2018 Economic Update For Canada
    Canada 2019 Federal Budget
    Digital News Subscription Tax Credit (15% Back)
    Refundable Labour Tax Credit (25% Of Salaries)
    Canada Periodical Fund (75%, Up To $1.5 Million)
    Special Measures For Journalism (CV-19)

    Postmedia Subsidies For Periodicals

    Postmedia Governance
    https://archive.is/hctqB
    Vincent Gasparro’s LinkedIn Page

    Postmedia’s Debt Restructuring
    Postmedia Debt Arrangement Settlement 2016

    3. Many Programs Available For Media Firms

    It was outlined earlier, some of the taxpayer subsidies that media companies can get. These include:
    [A] Digital News subscription Tax Credit (15% rebate)
    [B] Refundable Labour Tax Credit (up to 25% of salaries)
    [C] Canada Periodical Fund (75% of expenses, up to $1.5M)
    [D] Special Measures for Journalism (75% of expenses, up to $1.5M)

    Now, we have the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which is even more handouts in order to keep otherwise unprofitable media solvent. In fairness, Postmedia does bring in over $100 million per quarter, according to its financials. But one has to wonder what strings are attached to these grants, such as the type of coverage provided to the public.

    Granted, many businesses that have nothing to do with this industry are eligible as well for the CEWS.

    4. Postmedia Expects Millions In Tax Breaks

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    4. GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE
    .
    Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
    .
    On April 11, 2020, the Government of Canada passed the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) to support employers facing financial hardship as measured by certain revenue declines as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. CEWS currently provides a reimbursement of compensation expense to June 2021 provided the applicant has met the applicable criteria, which has been established up to March 13, 2021. During the three months ended November 30, 2020 the Company recognized a recovery of compensation expense of $6.6 million related to CEWS. As at November 30, 2020, the Company has an amount receivable related to CEWS of $5.6 million included in trade and other receivables on the condensed consolidated statement of financial position (August 31, 2020 – $13.0 million).

    Journalism Tax Credits
    .
    On June 21, 2019 the federal budget was approved which contained measures specific to the news media industry including a journalism tax credit whereby qualifying Canadian news organizations may apply for a refundable labour tax credit applied to the salaries of journalists. In December 2019, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) issued the Application for Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization Designation and guidance related to the eligibility, qualifications and determination of the refundable labour tax credit which was further clarified in April 2020. On November 19, 2020, the Company received its designation as a Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization.

    On October 2, 2019, the Government of Quebec announced a similar refundable labour tax credit to be applied to the salaries of journalists in Quebec provided an entity receives an eligibility certificate issued by Investissement Québec.

    Both the federal and Quebec journalism tax credit legislation include provisions to reduce the qualifying salaries and wages eligible for the credit for other forms of assistance received including CEWS. During the three months ended November 30, 2020, the Company recognized a recovery of compensation expense of $1.5 million related to the journalism tax credits (2019 – $2.4 million). As at November 30, 2020, the aggregate journalism tax credit receivable of $12.3 million is included in trade and other receivables on the condensed consolidated statement of financial position (August 31, 2020 – $10.8 million). The recognition of the journalism tax credits receivable is based on the Company’s interpretation of the federal budget and the related legislation. Actual amounts received may differ from the amounts currently recorded based on future CRA and/or Revenue Québec interpretations of eligibility, qualifications and determination of the tax credits.

    To its credit, Postmedia is open about the subsidies it gets. They build into the financials the anticipated refunds from the Canada Revenue Agency. Now that they have their status as Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization, this seems inevitable.

    5. Postmedia Periodicals Are Subsidized

    NAME YEAR AMOUNT
    Airdrie Echo Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $18,210
    Bow Valley Crag & Canyon Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $29,507
    Chatham-Kent This Week Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $55,450
    Clinton News Record Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $21,086
    Clinton News Record Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,272
    Cochrane Times Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $19,730
    Cochrane Times-Post Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $25,118
    Cochrane Times-Post Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $6,280
    The Cold Lake Sun Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $20,629
    The Courier Press Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $18,333
    Devon Dispatch Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $18,529
    Drayton Valley Western Review Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $36,803
    Drayton Valley Western Review Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $9,201
    Exeter Lakeshore Times-Advance Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $43,679
    Exeter Lakeshore Times-Advance Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $10,920
    The Fairview Post Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $21,966
    The Fairview Post Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,492
    Fort McMurray Today Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $45,970
    Goderich Signal Star Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $66,744
    Goderich Signal Star Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $16,686
    The Graphic Leader Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $24,378
    The Grove Examiner Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $54,973
    Hanna Herald Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $12,539
    Hanna Herald Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,000
    High River Times Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $18,012
    Huron Expositor (Seaforth) Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $23,501
    Huron Expositor (Seaforth) Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,875
    The Journal Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $29,340
    Kenora Miner & News Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $44,217
    The Kincardine News Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $18,210
    Leduc Rep Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $40,857
    The Londoner Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $18,210
    Lucknow Sentinel Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $17,215
    Lucknow Sentinel Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,000
    The Mayerthorpe Freelancer Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $10,156
    The Mayerthorpe Freelancer Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,000
    The Mid-North Monitor Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $13,959
    The Mid-North Monitor Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,000
    Mitchell Advocate Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $36,312
    Mitchell Advocate Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $9,078
    Nanton News Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $10,060
    Nanton News Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,000
    Northern News This Week Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $39,207
    Ontario Farmer Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $855,254
    Ontario Farmer Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $213,814
    Pembroke Observer & News Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $50,195
    The Pincher Creek Echo Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,000
    The Pincher Creek Echo Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $14,512
    The Post Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $34,234
    The Record Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $29,688
    Record-Gazette Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $20,152
    Record-Gazette Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,038
    Sarnia & Lambton County This Week Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $17,172
    Sault This Week Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $144,121
    Shoreline Beacon Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $39,074
    Shoreline Beacon Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $9,769
    The Standard (Elliot Lake) Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $47,825
    The Standard (Elliot Lake) Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $11,956
    The Timmins Times Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $19,582
    The Trentonian Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $32,614
    Vermilion Standard Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $20,765
    The Vulcan Advocate Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $19,194
    The Vulcan Advocate Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,000
    Weekender Times-Advance Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $44,932
    The Wetaskiwin Times Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $14,794
    The Whitecourt Star Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $21,872
    The Whitecourt Star Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $5,272
    Wiarton Echo Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $24,872
    Wiarton Echo Apr. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 $6,218

    This is hardly all of them, as this has been going on for a very long time. The search came up with 216 donations to these various groups. Given all of these outlets that are controlled by Postmedia, and propped up by Government subsidies, is it any wonder that there is no real criticism of this “pandemic”?

    6. Connections Of Postmedia Board Of Directors

    Janet Ecker (Director)
    .
    Janet Ecker recently retired from the role of President and CEO of Toronto Financial Services Alliance, having served in the role for nearly 13 years. Ms. Ecker served as a member of provincial parliament in Ontario from 1995 to 2003 and held the portfolios of Minister of Finance, Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social Services and Government House Leader. In 2002 she was the first woman to deliver a budget in Ontario.
    .
    In November 2016, Ms. Ecker was named a Member of the Order of Canada for being a leader in the financial industry.

    Janet Ecker was a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Mike Harris (who was succeeded by Ernie Eves). She was part of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party…. which now back in power, headed by Doug Ford.

    Vincent Gasparro (Director)
    .
    Mr. Gasparro is currently the Managing Director, Corporate Development & Clean Energy Finance, at Vancity Community Investment Bank. Previously he served as the Principal Secretary in the Office of the Mayor of Toronto and held various roles in private equity with Lynx Equity Ltd. and its affiliates. Prior to that Mr. Gasparro served as Special Assistant in the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr. Gasparro is a graduate of York University (BA), earned an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Villanova School of Business in Philadelphia.

    Gasparro worked in the Office of the Mayor of Toronto under John Tory. He also worked in the Prime Minister’s Office under Paul Martin. Martin was succeeded by Dion, Ignatieff…. and now Justin Trudeau.

    Andrew MacLeod (Director)
    .
    Mr. MacLeod is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Postmedia Network Inc. He joined Postmedia in 2014 as EVP and Chief Commercial Officer and served as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2017. Prior to joining Postmedia, Mr. MacLeod held a number of senior executive positions in the technology sector, including serving as the Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director of North America at BlackBerry. Mr. MacLeod also currently serves as a Director on the board for Waterfront Toronto and Communitech. Mr. MacLeod is a graduate of Western University (BA).

    This could be entirely coincidental, but BlackBerry did get a large contract to build a national contact tracing app for Canada. The Postmedia Directors are very connected.

    Graham Savage (Director)
    .
    Mr. Savage is a corporate director, and from 1997 to 2007 he was Chairman and Founding Partner of Callisto Capital, a private equity firm. Prior to that, Mr. Savage spent 21 years as a senior officer at Rogers Communications Inc. Mr. Savage is currently the Chairman of Sears Canada Inc. and a director of Cott Corporation. Mr. Savage previously served as a director of Canadian Tire Corp., Rogers Communications Inc., Sun Media Corp., Royal Group Technologies Ltd., Hollinger International Inc., among others.

    Savage was a Senior Officer at Rogers. Guess who else worked there? John Tory, former head of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, and current Mayor of Toronto. Tory is a former President and CEO of Rogers Media.

    This is just a few of them. It doesn’t exactly look like these are arm’s length relationships.

    7. Postmedia Debt Restructuring, 2016

    Postmedia Completes Recapitalization Transaction
    October 5, 2016 (TORONTO) – Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (“PNCC” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company’s previously announced recapitalization transaction (the “Recapitalization Transaction”), described in the Company’s management information circular dated August 5, 2016, was completed effective today upon implementation of a court-approved plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. The Recapitalization Transaction includes, among others, the following key element

    Postmedia Debt Arrangement Settlement 2016

    In return for being able to get around millions in debt, Postmedia has had to give up 98% of the stock value to its creditors. Or rather, it allowed so much stock to be printed that current shareholders saw their investments plunge. This came from a court approved arrangement in 2016. The case file number is CV-16-11476-00CL.

    8. Postmedia Lobbying Federal Government

    Interestingly, Postmedia had lobbied the Federal Government over the years. One of the subjects was allowing foreign investment into the company.

    As an aside, one of the firms lobbying was Capital Hill Group, the same firm that is helping G4S get more security contracts from Governments.

    9. What Does All This Mean For Canada?

    All of these subsidies and political connections may explain why this media conglomerate does no real journalism surrounding this “pandemic”. The Directors and various politicians are all connected, and no one wants to lose their tax subsidies.

    It’s Canadians who lose. Instead of acting as a check on government overreach, media talking heads like Brian Lilley are all too willing to parrot back the talking points they are handed.