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Another Liberal Cover-Up
Canada’s Liberal Government is yet again being rocked by another scandal as sexual harassment allegations have been brought against former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Jonathan Vance. Once again, it seems that the most connected and powerful people within the Liberal Party are attempting to cover up, minimize, and dismiss serious allegations as they work to filibuster proceedings, delay investigations, and restrict key witnesses.
Why not Wi-Fi?
On July 7 the National Post published a story on Canadian immigration detention centers . In 2017-2018 6,609 people were detained in holding centres according to the Canada Border Services Agency. The story outlined the conditions of the immigration detainees, noting that women and children are kept together, unless the parents have connections in the country and choose to send their child to those individuals rather than keep them at the holding centres with them, an awful choice for any parent to have to make, especially not knowing if they themselves will be released into Canada or deported. The article went on to note that those who are there for longer than 48-hours have their cases reviewed every 7 days, then every month and that in some cases detainees can be kept in jails indefinitely. Of course those situations aren’t the norm, but if those trying it immigrate can’t prove who they are, or the country of origin refuses to take them back, they can be stuck in a grey area, unable to advance or retreat. The conditions of the holding cells sound ok, for somewhere you aren’t allowed to leave. Meals, a bed, even access to a television, an outdoor recreational area, telephones and medical services. Those with a criminal record are housed in a jail cell however, and have to follow the rules, such as lock downs. With estimated costs of $320/day to detain one individual, the question needs to be asked, why don’t the individuals have access to monitored Internet services? With access to email and the internet individuals who need to prove who they are to the various government agencies, or who have documents with friends of family back home can get quick and easy access to the proof they need to limit their time in the holding centers. With 47.2% of detainees held for 24 hours or less and 3.8 held for more than 99 days that leaves 49% that were held between 25 hours and 99 days. That’s 4,435 individuals costing the government, and taxpayers $1,419,200/day more than they might have to if the government simply gave detainees access to the Internet. How much money could be saved with the one simple service? How much money is currently going down the drain because of red tape? How much of that money could be redirected to have individuals monitoring the computer use of detainees to ensure that nothing untoward was happening under the government’s noses? In a time where jobs are at a premium simply providing internet access to individuals stuck in the system, many of whom have committed no crime other than being forgettable, or forgetting a document or two, could create jobs for people throughout the country. The current system is overburdened, and it’s not functioning at the capacity it should. Are we doing better than our neighbours to the south? Of course we are! Could we be doing better? Sure we could. At the very least it’s worth a test run in a few facilities to see if it improves the flow of detainees, and therefor taxpayer money isn’t it? firstname.lastname@example.org