In July 2019, the Federal Government announced it would be funding many initiatives to counter “online disinformation”. This is 6 months PRIOR to the alleged pandemic that took place. Again, this was set up IN ADVANCE of 2020. And it’s strange just how many of the leaders of these groups have political connections.
1. The Media Is Not Loyal To The Public
Truth is essential in society, but the situation in Canada is worse than people imagine. MSM in Canada (and elsewhere), has been largely obedient to the official stories since they are subsidized to do so, 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
Press Release: Gov’t Funds “Online Disinformation” Initiatives In 2019
Groups Receiving Tax Dollars In “Disinfo” Initiatives
Emergency Funds Available $500M (CV Funds)
Canada’s International Engagement Strategy
Public Policy Forum (Democracy)
Peter Donolo’s LinkedIn Profile
Kathleen Monk’s LinkedIn Profile
Robert Asselin’s LinkedIn Page
Elizabeth Dubois’ LinkedIn Page
Rachel Curran’s LinkedIn Page
Francis LeBlanc’s LinkedIn Page
Megan Beretta’s LinkedIn Page
Amy Giroux’s LinkedIn Page
Terrence Clifford’s LinkedIn Page
News Media Canada Governance
3. Anti-Disinfo Just Another Gov’t Program
Officially, this program against “disinformation” was set in place with the 2019 election in mind. However, that seems strange, given the election itself was just 4 months away.
That said, the timing lines up pretty well if, let’s say, a pandemic were to break out, and Canadians started questioning how real it was.
It’s worth pointing out that this is by no means the first act of financial support the Government (or, really, taxpayers), had shelled out for.
4. Groups That Are Receiving The Money
|Apathy is Boring||2018-2019||$100,000|
|Apathy is Boring||2019-2020||$340,000|
|Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada||2019-2020||$460,000|
|Canadian News Media Association||2019-2020||$484,300|
|Encounters with Canada||2018-2019||$100,000|
|Quebec Professional Journalists||2019-2020||$202,570|
|Institute for Canadian Citizenship||2019-2020||$250,000|
|Journalists for Human Rights||2019-2020||$250,691|
|New Canadian Media||2019-2020||$66,517|
|Samara Centre for Democracy||2019-2020||$59,200|
|Sask Weekly Newspapers Ass’n||2019-2020||$70,055|
|Simon Fraser University||2019-2020||$175,000|
|Vubble Inc. Unboxed project||2019-2020||$299,000|
So, who’s actually getting the money. Here are some of the groups listed by the Canadian Government, whose goals are to counter online “disinformation”.
In later sections, let’s take a look at who is actually running some of these organizations. The results, and the connections, may be quite surprising.
5. Emergency Support Fund For Organizations
Ottawa announced in the Spring of 2020 that it would help fund media outlets that had been harmed by this “pandemic”. That’s nice: crash the economy, and then hand out money with the expectation of favourable coverage.
6. International Engagement Strategy
- International meeting at Stanford University, California
- Canada-France joint declaration
- International meeting in Ottawa
The Canadian Government’s strategy to control the media is not limited to being within the borders. There are a number of international initiatives that are going on as well.
7. Public Policy Forum
Interesting how subjective the terms “hate” and “misinformation” can be. In fact, the meanings of these words can — and often are — misconstrued in order to shut down legitimate discussion on important topics. Will this research just be more research into how to go about doing it?
8. Peter Donolo: Longtime Liberal Strategist
Peter Donolo is a longtime Liberal operative. He was Chretien’s Communications Director, he worked in the Office of the Official Opposition for Michael Ignatieff, and other political roles. Ignatieff, incidently, is now a Vice-President of Soros’ Open Society Group.
Donolo is also now a Board Member at CIVIX and Journalists for Human Rights. He has ties to the Liberals, who are also funding various initiatives to counter misinformation.
9. Kathleen Monk: Longtime NDP Operative
Kathleen Monk was involved with the Federal NDP (under Jack Layton), and is part of the Broadbent Institute – named after ex-NDP Leader Ed Broadbent.
She is now a Board Member at CIVIX.
10. Robert Asselin: Ex-Trudeau Operative
Robert Asselin worked in the Ministry of Finance from November 2015 to November 2017, under Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau. He also worked at Blackberry.
Currently, he is a Board Member of CIVIX.
11. Elizabeth Dubois: Assistant To Liberal MP
Elizabeth Dubois was an assistant for Diane Hall Findley, who was a Member of Parliament. She also worked as a climate change program manager.
Now, Dubois is a Board Member at CIVIX.
12. Rachel Curran: Harper Operative
Rachel Curran is a public policy manager at Facebook Canada. She also spent years in the Office of the Prime Minister, when Harper was in office. She’s part of CIVIX now.
13. Francis LeBlanc: Ex-Liberal MP
Francis LeBlanc is a former Liberal M.P., and held various Government roles after that. He is now Board Member at CIVIX.
By the way, and relation to Dominic LeBlanc, head of the Privy Council? He previously proposed passing laws to combat “misinformation” related to coronavirus.
14. Megan Beretta: Ties To Several Groups
Megan Beretta has worked for CIVIX, Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Canadian Digital Service, and studied at Oxford Internet Institute.
15. Giroux, Clifford: Ex-Mulroney Operatives
16. News Media Canada On Disinformation
News Media Canada is supposed to be developing a program to combat misinformation online. Problem is, the Directors all come from mainstream outlets, who are heavily subsidized by the Government, or rather, taxpayers. There is a conflict of interest in claiming to be the leader in truth seeking.
17. Politics Mixing With Media Fact Checking
The examples above are not exhaustive, but they do show an interesting pattern: many of these taxpayer funded groups who are supposed to fight “misinformation” are run by people with political ties. This seems to be an obvious conflict of interest.
Yes, it’s an overused cliche, but this is a case of putting the fox in charge of monitoring the hen house.