Ecuador Pulls Funding from Left-Wing Propaganda Network Telesur

The government of Ecuador has announced that it will pull funding from the regional left-wing propaganda network Telesur.

Despite Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno’s election as a member of the leftist PAIS Alliance party, the country’s Communications Secretary Andres Michelena indicated that the channel had become too costly and they now preferred to focus on their own state media.

“We have met with the people of Telesur because we want to make an open-door approach, where everyone will report the good things and criticize the bad things,” Michelena said.

“The new policy of the Secretariat of Communication will be to pull the channel off the air, given its very expensive cost of 2 million dollars.” he continued. “That is what the Ecuador TV public channel is for.”

Telesur was founded by former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez alongside regional radical left-wing governments in Ecuador, Argentina, Cuba, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Bolivia, with the aim of promoting Latin American integration based on “anti-imperialism” and propping up the supposed successes of socialist policies throughout the region.

Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa, was a key ally of Chávez and a supporter of his failed “Bolivarian Revolution,” whereas his successor Moreno has criticized the Maduro regime’s use of violence against civilians and has replaced Quito’s ambassadors in Caracas and Havana for being too close to the country’s governments.

In 2014, Telesur opened an English-language site to penetrate the North American market and change perceptions about left-wing leaders in the region, who have so frequently clashed with the United States.

However, the channel has come under great scrutiny in recent years, especially given its favorable coverage of the Castro dictatorship in Cuba and the Maduro regime in Venezuela, both of which are responsible for egregious human rights violations.

In 2016, Argentina’s center-right leader Mauricio Macri also announced he would cut funding to the network after it refused to broadcast his government’s positions. The channel had previously aired propaganda in favor of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who left office in 2015 and now faces a corruption trial.

“Argentina was a partner prohibited from sharing our view,” Minister of Communication Hermann Lombardi said at the time. “It’s an interesting South American television project, but there was no pluralism at Telesur.”

Local media analyst Martina Rapido told La Hora that the channel was “past its peak because leaders like Correa and Chávez used it for their own political propaganda.”

“The fact the government has withdrawn funds does not seem like a bad decision, given that main of the people running the channel have attacked freedom of expression with their propaganda strategy,” he continued.

Rabbi says vandal smashed glass doors of Thornhill synagogue with rocks

The front glass doors of a synagogue in Thornhill were smashed in broad daylight on Wednesday, the synagogue’s rabbi tells CP24.

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of Chabad at Flamingo on Bathurst Street, south of Flamingo Road said he witnessed a suspect smashing the glass doors in the entryway of the Synagogue with chunks of rocks at about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“The person went out of his way to climb over the debris to be able to approach our synagogue, and if you look at the video there’s clear pre-meditation, he thinks and re-thinks,” Rabbi Kaplan told CP24. “When you see the way he throws that stone, the malice and the hatred is really obvious.”

Kaplan said he contacted York Regional Police to inform them about the incident and they arrived at the scene later on Wednesday to begin an investigation.

He said police investigators have so far done a “marvelous” job looking into the incident.

“This is the ugliest and most grotesque form of hatred and racism being directed against a visible minority group. Any decent Canadian should be outraged,” Kaplan said, adding he hoped the surveillance footage he published on his Facebook page and circulated to media outlets would help catch the suspect.

B’nai Brith Canada said it had reached out to Chabad at Flamingo and was assisting them in any way possible.

“It is both despicable and lamentable that someone would feel the need to resort to such vile behaviour,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “We trust that police will investigate this matter seriously.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 1-866-876-5423.

Later on Wednesday afternoon, local MPP Gila Martow condemned the vandalism, calling it “a deliberate act of hate against the Jewish community.”

“With Passover coming up, it is imperative that all community members are safe in their places of worship,” Martow said in an emailed statement.

Premier Kathleen Wynne tweeted that the “anti-Semitic vandalism that occurred at Chabad at Flamingo in Thornhill is reprehensible.”

“I stand strongly beside the congregants of this shul & Ontario’s Jewish community.”

Ontario teen charged for allegedly making online threat against U.S. high school

A 14-year-old girl from Ontario has been charged for allegedly making online threatsagainst a high school in the United States.

Const. Natalie Lang with the Brantford, Ont., police says the girl was arrested Tuesday night and charged with uttering threats to cause bodily harm or death.

She says the threat was made in an Instagram post that threatened a school in Hanover, N.H., and mentioned a shooting.

READ MORE: 5 youths charged after threats made against schools in Simcoe County: police

Lang says the girl, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, will be prosecuted in Canada.

The girl appeared in court Wednesday for a bail hearing.

Police say officers executed a search warrant at a home in Brantford and seized electronic devices.

“Yes, she has been charged … but co-operation between our detectives in the major crime unit and the Hanover Police Department is still ongoing,” Lang said in an interview Wednesday.


Ontario teen charged for allegedly making online threat against U.S. high school

Service Canada’s gender neutral directive is ‘confusing’ and ‘will be corrected’ says minister

they back down after pubic outcry


A federal cabinet minister says a directive to Service Canada agents telling them to use gender-neutral language — such as ‘parent’ instead of ‘mother’ or ‘father’ — when speaking to the public was badly worded and will be corrected.

The directive, obtained by Radio Canada, the French-language arm of CBC, instructs Service Canada employees who interact with the public to stay away from terms such as Mr., Mrs., father and mother, and to “use gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language.”

“This avoids portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or gender,” says a copy of speaking notes prepared for managers and team leaders. “It is important that Service Canada, as an organization, reflects Canada’s diverse population and ensures that the views and interests of Canadians are taken into account when we develop policies, programs, services and initiatives.”

The move was quickly mocked by the the Conservative opposition, who suggested Father’s Day and Mother’s Day would be renamed to be gender-neutral.

But in an interview with CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos said that the directive is more about asking Canadians how they want to be addressed — and then following that advice.

“The directive that was sent this morning was confusing it will be corrected … so that it’s clear Service Canada agents have the respectful responsibility to do exactly what they are paid to do,” Duclos told guest host David Cochrane.


Duclos went on to say that agents will continue to use honorifics such as Mr. and Ms., providing the people they’re speaking to agree to be identified with those terms.

“Now, when there is uncertainty as to how Canadians want to be respectfully greeted by Service Canada agents, Service Canada agents will politely and respectfully ask Canadians how they want to be greeted.”


The uncorrected guidelines rule out using terms such as mother and father because they are “gender specific” and say the neutral word “parent” should be used instead.

The same goes for honorifics such as Mr., Mrs., and Ms., and in both languages. Instead, the guidelines instruct employees to address customers by their full names, or to ask them what they want to be called.

Service Canada helps Canadians connect with a variety of government programs, including Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security.