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Thanks to this satirical article on the Beaverton, about the radical Leftist professors and administrators at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, who forced a grad teaching assistant into tears when they confronted her for playing a clip from Ontario’s public broadcaster, of a debate with professor Jordan Peterson, Americans are now discovering Canada’s version of The Onion, The Beaverton.

“WATERLOO, ON – Officials at Wilfrid Laurier University are launching a probe to determine how a TA who showed her students a clip from The Agenda became exposed to the extremist organization and its radical leader, Steve Paikin.

The clip featured a debate on the use of gender neutral pronouns. The university is still trying to ascertain how the TA got hold of such a graphic and disturbing clip.

(continued)”

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From the June 2, 2016 episode of TVO’s the Agenda with Steve Paikin, the guest, claimed, 2 minutes in, that a report on mental health costs said that the annual cost due to lost productivity in Canada was $51 billion, and is projected to go into the trillions in 30 years. Given that Canada has a current GDP (PPP) of $1.6 trillion, that would be 3% of the economy in annual costs today, yet it’s supposed to go up to at least $1 trillion, when, in 30 years, the GDP will be $2.9 trillion (given a highly generous growth estimate of 2% annually), and the cost will be at least 34% of GDP?

The host had every reason to shocked by the claim. And, folks, just because it’s on a serious television program, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t immediately spot the claim as patently bogus.

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Brigette DePape, the Senate page who held up a “STOP HARPER” sign during the Conservative’s 2011 Throne Speech, and being escorted out by the Sergeant-at-arms for it, was a panelist on the October 6, 2015 episode of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on the topic of The Young and Disengaged, concerning the low youth voter turnout in Canadian elections.

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From the description of the May 27, 2015 show posted on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s YouTube channel:

Perry Bellegarde was elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in December 2014. Nearly half a year into his term, The Agenda checks in to see what issues he’s prioritized and what progress he’s made on longstanding concerns such as land claims, education and missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.

Five minutes into the interview, I noticed his accent markedly change, from speaking to an audience of Canadians (almost all non-Native), to his Native audience.

So much for the notion of a departure from business as usual for a Native leader, in acting differently than a typical politician with regard to appealing to his particular audience.

He followed in the footsteps of President Obama and Hillary Clinton, who adopted a foreign accent specifically to appeal to their audience.

I understand the idea of appealing to one’s audience, but unless you’re immigrating to another nation or speaking a completely different language, for me, it’s a type of deception to markedly change your accent from one audience to the next, just to appeal to them. When I attended the 2009 Rethinking AIDS Conference in Oakland, California, I remember an American attendee point out my Canadian accent, and I realize that he was somewhat making fun of it for its distinctiveness and stereotypical Canadianness, but for me it is a symbol of my personal identity, and I don’t intend to change it just to curry better favour with an audience whose accents may be significantly different than mine.

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With the Newsweek claim that they have found the purported founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, starting 15 minutes in to the interview with Tim Richardson on The Agenda with Steve Paikin, he states:

I also happen to know a little about Japanese culture; I’ve lived in Japan, speak Japanese.

And regarding the name Satoshi Nakamoto:

The choice of that word for him has many ramifications if you look at Japanese culture and Japanese history.

and:

The reason why you would pick a person like that, say versus a Korean, or a person from Latin America.

While Richardson wouldn’t say whether he thought this Satoshi Nakamoto was the real founder or not, his words to me imply that the name was invented, or that they chose this person from among a team of founders to be identified as the founder of Bitcoin for a very specific purpose.

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Revolver

The cultural divide over guns between Americans and Canadians was illustrated so vividly in these declarations by two prominent hosts of two Canadian public broadcasters.

From the January 9, 2013 episode of The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TVO, Steve Paikin said (at 11:41):

In the United States, where, as we know, they’re gun crazy… I shouldn’t have put it that way, but you know what I mean.

From the December 16, 2012 episode of the Sunday Edition with Michael Enright on Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, Michael Enright said:

The thing we must remember about the slaughter of the children on Friday is that it will have little or no impact on the crazed world of American firearms. The pattern is always the same.

and later:

The gun lobby in the US is impervious to public mourning and public heartbreak.

The ghouls who preside over the National Rifle Association couldn’t care less about the pile of tiny bodies in the Newtown school.

Or in Columbine. Or in Aurora. Or in Portland. Or anywhere.

They are in the death business and must protect the franchise.

I got into the difference in mindset on guns between Canadians and Americans on my January 9 appearance on Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry (at 52:30).

As for what really happened with the Sandy Hook shooting, see Charles Giuliani’s December 17 and 18 episodes of Truth Hertz.

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Map flag of Iran

Some interesting points came out from the April 20, 2012 episode of TVO’s, The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Iran: A Path to War?

It was stated that Iran only needs 3.5% uranium enrichment for the medical isotopes they say they need their enrichment for, despite enriching up to 20%.

20% was said to be the threshold beyond which it is relatively easy to weaponize the uranium by enriching it up to 95%, with one panelist saying it could be done “within weeks.”

One panelist said Israel could attack before the 2012 presidential election, with another disagreeing.

It was mentioned that the U.S. has a 30,000 pound bunker-busting bomb while Israel’s biggest bomb is only 5000 pounds, and, therefore, only the U.S. would have the capacity to mount an attack within the weeks it was said Iran could make the decision to weaponize.

Khomeini’s fatwa against nuclear weapons was mentioned, with the panelists saying the decision to weaponize will be based on secular concerns, and one panelist arguing that the fatwa was essentially useless in the current context, while another panelist said it was very important and would be used as a face-saving measure if the Iranians choose not to weaponize.

What wasn’t discussed, unfortunately, though predictably, was the terrorism likely perpetrated by Israel, like the Stuxnet virus, the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, and India bombings.

Predictions about when Iran will be attacked are a dime a dozen, like this bogus prediction by Alex Jones’ “insider” sources about an imminent Israeli-U.S. attack on Iran in 2011.

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