B.C. government to compensate pre-1974 Woodlands residents

VICTORIA — The B.C. government is offering compensation to former residents of the Woodlands provincial mental institution in New Westminster who were shut out of a previous legal settlement.

Bill McArthur, sent to Woodlands at age five, is among hundreds of survivors been left out because a legal loophole.

“Justice has finally been done, after so many years of suffering,” said McArthur. “It’s finally brought closure to a festering sore.”

On Saturday, Premier John Horgan announced payments of $10,000 each for patients of Woodlands who were at the facility before 1974. The former “provincial asylum for the insane” was the site of horrific physical and sexual abuse, but government payments to former patients in 2010 only covered those who suffered at the facility starting on Aug. 1, 1974, based on a legal technicality.

“What we’re doing is righting a wrong,” Horgan told Postmedia News. “We’re ensuring all currently living survivors of the Woodlands experience get the respect and compassion they deserved throughout their lives but most importantly since the government excluded them from the class action suit.”

McArthur spoke Saturday in front of plaques commemorating dozens of residents who died at the facility. He recalled abuses he both witnessed and experienced at Woodlands, including rape, beatings and extended periods of isolation.

Children were lined up naked in a hallway every morning “like cattle” to use the bathroom, he said. If they didn’t move quickly enough, they were beaten with brooms or fists to the head. McArthur described seeing residents pulled down hallways by the hair “like a sack of potatoes,” or forced to take icy cold showers for no apparent reason.

“Other residents were deliberately burned with scalding hot water to the point where their skin would peel off in strips,” McArthur said. “This was deliberate action by the people who were charged with the responsibility of caring for us in a humane manner, and who failed to do so egregiously.”

Another resident, Luanne Bradshaw, said she was sometimes heavily medicated or locked in a “control room” with no lights for up to two weeks over the course of her 12 years at Woodlands.

“I’m very proud of how far I’ve come in just being a free person, living life as I see fit and making sure that my identity doesn’t get forgotten,” said Bradshaw.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are believed to be between 900 and 1,500 survivors of pre-1974 Woodlands, and the government expects to pay between $9 million and $15 million.

The decision caps years of fighting by pre-1974 patients who argued they were unfairly left out of a provincial apology and class-action lawsuit settlement because their claims predated a B.C. law that allowed citizens to sue the government for wrongdoing.

The new payments by Horgan’s government are ex gratia, meaning they are voluntary and don’t come with any admission of legal liability. Horgan said while the government legally doesn’t have to compensate the survivors, he felt a moral obligation to do so and help them achieve some semblance of closure for a dark chapter in their lives.

 

Woodlands opened in 1878 as the province’s insane asylum,  was renamed Woodlands School in 1950 and finally just Woodlands in 1974. It housed children and adult with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, runaways and wards of the state.

B.C.’s ombudsperson concluded in a 2002 report that Woodlands had been the site of widespread physical, sexual and psychological abuse against residents. Patients were beaten, kicked, shackled, isolated and bullied, concluded the report. Mentally handicapped girls were sexually assaulted, resulting in some pregnancies.

The then Liberal government reacted by publicly apologized to the almost 1,700 former residents estimated to still be alive at the time of the report. But a $2-million trust fund was harshly criticized when the up to $510 goodwill cheques to patients were linked to a point system that assigned rating values to the type of physical and sexual abuse suffered, to determine how much money to provide.

A class-action lawsuit was certified in 2005, which prompted the government to settle in 2010. The province offered between $3,000 and $150,000 for each patient in compensation.

However, the government also imposed the 1974 cutoff date because that was when the law that allows people to sue government for wrongdoing, called the Crown Proceedings Act, came into effect. An attempt to appeal that was dismissed, leaving as many as 500 former patients at the time without compensation. Former residents said that the arbitrary cutoff date, though legal, was morally and ethically wrong.

Horgan said it’s unclear how many pre-1974 Woodlands survivors are still alive, but the province will be making every effort to find them.

 

In opposition, Dix spent almost 12 years advocating to expand the settlement and offer fairer terms. He embedded the promise in his 2013 election campaign as NDP leader. Dix praised the survivors who “have persisted against prejudice and mistreatment from the province for decades” and said he hoped the additional money would bring “some small measure of justice for them.”

“I give full marks to Adrian for all the work he’s done on this group,” said Horgan, adding Dix introduced him to survivor groups and argued how important it was to help them all.

The government will also pay up to $10,000 for patients who were housed at Woodlands after 1974, though the amount could vary depending on how much those patients already received in the previous settlement. The government said Sunday it expects to have paid out the new compensation packages by March 31, 2019.

Woodlands was closed in 1996. Its buildings were largely gutted by a fire in 2008 and then destroyed in 2011.

“It will help us close the chapter,” said Horgan. “For those British Columbians who know of the Woodland story, I think they will be grateful, and for those that don’t perhaps it will give them an opportunity to look back and see how far we’ve come as a society and how much further we have to go when it comes to working with people with developmental disabilities.”

 

B.C. government to compensate pre-1974 Woodlands residents

Euthanasia Activists Want Nursing Homes to Starve Dementia Patients to Death

Assisted-suicide advocates are pushing an “aggressive advance directive” that would force nursing homes to starve dementia patients — even if they willingly eat — when they reach a specified stage of cognitive decline. NPR is on the story:

Treading into ethically and legally uncertain territory, a New York end-of-life agency has approved a new document that lets people stipulate in advance that they don’t want food or water if they develop severe dementia.

Aaand, there’s a penalty flag on the field. The organization pushing this is not “a New York end-of-life agency,” terminology that could make the reader think it was an official government body. Rather, it is an assisted-suicide advocacy group. Hence, its aggressive instructions would not be legally binding, as mandatory starvation is not specifically authorized by New York law.

Still, it is worth noting that nursing homes could face family pressure — even lawsuits — to prevent spoon feeding if a patient had signed the group’s “aggressive advance directive:”

The document offers two options. One option is a request for “comfort feeding” — providing oral food and water if a patient appears to enjoy or allows it during the final stages of the disease. Another alternative would halt all assisted eating and drinking, even if a patient seems willing to accept it.

Advance directives permit signers to decide ahead of time the kind of medical treatmentsthey want or don’t want if they become incompetent to make their own medical decisions. But spoon feeding is not a medical treatment! It is humane care, akin to keeping the patient warm and clean.

People should not have the power to force caregivers to starve them to death — any more than they should be able to order their future selves to be placed in front of an open window without a blanket during a blizzard so they die of hypothermia.

And imagine if such an order ever became enforceable. How many good and kind caregivers would leave the field if they knew they could be forced to starve their patients — even if the patient begged for food — since the dementia sufferer would be deemed incompetent to make the request.

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Then, the same people now pushing the “aggressive advance directive” would stomp and yell about how cruel it is to starve people to death. But instead of insisting on stopping the practice, they would say to give them the lethal jab and get it over with quickly. That wouldn’t be a medical treatment either.

The assisted-suicide movement pretends to want a limited license to end life. But that is a subterfuge. The actual goals are far more radical and sweeping.

Those with eyes to see, let them see.

 

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/04/02/euthanasia-activists-wants-nursing-homes-to-starve-dementia-patients-to-death/

Tainted Heroes Full Documentary

“Becoming a hero is easy when those you killed have lost their voices”

 

https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/africa/item/26019-new-film-exposes-takeover-of-south-africa-by-communist-terrorists

 

new documentary by the South African civil rights group AfriForum exposes uncomfortable truths about revolutionary Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC), including the fact that much of the Soviet-backed party’s violence was directed at black people who refused to fall in line. The film, Tainted Heroes, also shows the unfathomable brutality employed by the ANC, its terrorist wing, and the South African Communist Party that controlled it behind the scenes in the effort to seize political and economic power over South Africa. Especially noteworthy is the ANC’s brutal war against black organizations and individuals viewed as rivals.

As the United Nations-supported and Soviet-directed chaos and horror was unfolding — mass-murder of dissident blacks, savage torture of political enemies, the deliberate targeting of innocent women and children, and more — establishment media organs in the United States and across the Western world concealed the truth. And so, much of the real history of the ANC and its bloody “struggle” has remained carefully hidden from the public to this day. But now, with the new film, and the emergence of the Internet, the untold history of the ANC is finally coming out.

 

That myths about the ANC persist even today is obvious — many ignorant and uninformed people have little to no knowledge of the group’s real history aside from bogus platitudes and mythology. For instance, the ANC and its revisionist allies around the world like to pretend that the organization was merely involved in a “freedom struggle” against the apartheid system and the former white-led government. Mandela is often inaccurately characterized as a “political prisoner” who was jailed merely for his belief in “democracy” and his peaceful opposition to apartheid, a system of government-enforced segregation that was already being dismantled even before whites voted to surrender power in 1992.

But the film shatters many of the ANC myths and lies. Some of the most shocking testimony in the film comes from black victims of the ANC, as well as from ANC operatives who participated in the atrocities against both white and black civilians. Others shown in the film describe the brutal and deliberate murder of their families — including young children — by the ANC’s terrorist wing. Indeed, one former ANC operative interviewed and shown in the film describes how the ANC made a conscious decision to target even the wives and children of South African farmers for extermination.

Many scenes of the film are difficult to watch. Especially horrifying, for example, are the graphic descriptions and images of a terror tactic pioneered by the ANC for use against their black political enemies. It became known as “necklacing.” Basically, if a black person was suspected of being loyal to the government or hostile to the ANC, the ANC cadres would fill a tire with gasoline, put it around the victim’s neck, and set it on fire. The death is perhaps among the most excruciatingly painful imaginable.

And yet, Mandela’s wife at the time, Winnie Mandela, promoted the barbaric form of execution — no trial needed — as a means of “liberating” South Africa. “Together, hand-in-hand with our sticks of matches, with our necklaces we shall liberate this country,” she declared. Many children were murdered through “necklacing,” merely for being suspected by the ANC of sympathizing with opponents of the ANC. Others were beaten or stoned to death. The overwhelming majority of ANC victims were civilians.

So violent were the ANC and Mandela, the leader of its terrorist wing known as Umkhonto we Sizwe, that the party and Mandela himself were added to the U.S. State Department terror list, only being removed less than a decade ago. While the film does not focus too much on Mandela, perhaps to avoid controversy, both the ANC and the South African Communist Party revealed after his death that he had lied all along. Not only was Mandela a member of the Communist Party, which he always denied, he was on its decision-making Central Committee, often referred to as the Politburo. An unpublished draft of Mandela’s autobiography released after his death also shows his full-blown support for violence, terrorism, and communism.

The film is just as relevant today, if not more so. It details how current South African President Jacob Zuma, who is pushing to steal land and wealth without compensation and openly sings genocidal songs advocating the slaughter of the embattled Afrikaner minority, joined the Communist Party in 1962. He then went to Moscow and was trained by the murderous Soviet KGB. Indeed, virtually every South African ANC leader since 1994 of any significance — from presidents to party bosses — has been a known member of the Communist Party with training and support from some of the world’s most murderous regimes.

Of course, the significance of this should be obvious, but communist atrocities and mass-murder have also been largely swept under the rug by the establishment, its propaganda organs, its “education” establishments, and its pseudo-historians. As numerous reliable sources have documented, though, estimates suggest the communist regimes that backed the South African communists murdered more than 100 million of their own people in the last century, not including those slaughtered in wars.

The film, unfortunately, likely due to time constraints, glosses over much of that horrifying history. But it does a great service by providing factual information about South Africa that is often lost amid the propaganda version of history pushed by the ANC and its allies. While never defending the government-enforced system of segregation known as apartheid, the documentary does offer context and balance that is almost entirely absent in history books that often falsely equate it with mass murder, slavery, Nazism, and other horrors.

Part of the idea behind separate development, for example, was an effort to mimic Europe, with sovereign, independent, self-governing homelands being created for the multitude of nations and peoples that call Southern Africa home. The film also explains how the policy came about, how it came to be discredited, and how the whole issue was weaponized and exploited by blood-thirsty and murderous communist revolutionaries to seize power using terror.

And so, the documentary spends much time explaining how the mass-murdering communist regimes ruling the Soviet Union, Vietnam, China, and other nations supported and guided the ANC and its totalitarian agenda. The film features numerous experts, participants, and others describing how South African terrorists were sent all over the world — from Southern Russia and Indochina to other communist-ruled nations across Africa — to indoctrinate them with Marxist “ideology” and train them to wage a campaign of mass murder and terror.

The documentary makers do an excellent job of showing how the communists worked in South Africa. Basically, a small core of communist revolutionaries in the South African Communist Party directed a vast army of people Lenin used to refer to as “useful idiots,” in this case the ANC masses secretly led by the Communist Party who were duped into helping to forge new chains for themselves under the Soviet-inspired guise of “liberation.” Despite the ostensible collapse of the Soviet regime, such tactics continue to be used today by communist revolutionaries around the world, making the film important for people everywhere to understand, not just in South Africa.

Of course, the ANC, which is right now in the process of driving South Africa into the ground, was not amused with the explosive documentary airing its bloody laundry. But rather than address any of the facts, ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa was instead quoted viciously (and falsely) demonizing the people who produced the film with the party’s standard response to factual criticism. “They have failed in the past working with other sources to delegitimize the ANC. This is nothing else but propaganda,” he said. “They should be doing a film about how many of them in AfriForum have collaborated with apartheid. They are nothing else but hardcore racists.” AfriForum and its leadership have always been consistent against racism, of course.

The ANC spokesman also smeared fellow black people who appeared in the film and helped expose the ANC, its tactics, its history, and its totalitarian agenda. “Many of the voices in the film, like the IFP [Inkatha Freedom Party], were voices that collaborated,” Kodwa declared, smearing the Zulu party for collaborating with the apartheid-era authorities in a bid to defeat communist terrorism and prevent the enslavement of South Africa under a Soviet puppet regime like so many others in Africa. “The ANC remained the most prominent voice among the oppressed people. It enjoyed a lot of support.” Of course, as the film shows, the reality is not nearly so simple.

Ernst Roets, deputy CEO of AfriForum, was in the United States earlier this year showing the film across multiple cities. But rather than focusing on getting out the documentary to the masses, the organization is working on reaching opinion molders and other influencers in America and around the world with the truth about the ANC. “We decided to start in the U.S., since the U.S. is one of the major players in international politics,” Roets said. “Our approach is like that of a sniper, rather than shotgun tactics. Our goal is not necessarily to reach masses of people with the overseas viewings, but to reach those who have the greatest influence on world politics.”

Unfortunately, while the film hints at the issue, it does not spend as much time as it probably should have exposing the establishment and globalist forces in the Western world that backed the ANC even as it was massacring innocent whites and blacks in a brutal campaign of terror. As this magazine has been documenting for decades, South African communists had friends in high places, not just in Moscow, Beijing, Havana, and at UN headquarters in New York City, but in Washington, D.C., London, and beyond. Those forces proved crucial to the communist takeover of South Africa.

Especially important to helping the communist terrorist movement’s meteoric rise to power was help from organizations such as the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and its sister organs in other countries. Those forces also played a key role in sidelining black leaders opposed to communism and the ANC, including black leaders who were brought to America on speaking tours by The John Birch Society, which publishes this magazine, and other conservative and anti-communist organizations. This magazine extensively documented the facts at the time. But as far as the establishment was concerned, the black opponents of communism and the ANC did not even exist, despite often having far more legitimacy and support than the ANC within South Africa.

While communists and establishment globalists may have succeeded in keeping the facts concealed for a few decades, the truth is finally coming out. The documentary will undoubtedly play a valuable role in educating Americans, young South Africans, and people around the world about what really happened to that land. Recent developments in South Africa suggest strongly that the country is now on the verge of multifaceted catastrophe of immense proportions. The timing for this important film Tainted Heroes is fortuitous.

Winnie Mandela dead. BBC fails to mention her advocacy for burning people to death & innumerable human rights violations.

South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died aged 81, her personal assistant says.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.

The couple – famously pictured hand-in-hand as Mr Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years – were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades.

However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically.

Family spokesman Victor Dlamini said Mrs Mandela “succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones” following a long illness, which had seen her go in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

Retired archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu praised her as a “defining symbol of the struggle against apartheid”.

“Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists,” he added.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-43621112

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/winnie-mandela-blamed-for-violation-of-rights-1.208809

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission has delivered a stinging verdict on the former wife of President Nelson Mandela, blaming her for human-rights abuses that demanded further prosecution.

The commission found Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela accountable for a reign of terror inflicted on Soweto township in the 1980s by a gang known as the Mandela United Football Club, which it accused of involvement in at least 18 killings.

The once fondly proclaimed “Mother of the Nation” was also held personally to blame for assaults – including an attack on the pregnant lover of a man with whom Ms Madikizela-Mandela was involved – and accused of knowledge of murder.

“The commission finds that Madikizela-Mandela . . . is accountable, politically and morally, for the gross violation of human rights committed by the Mandela United Football Club.

“The commission finds further that Madikizela-Mandela herself was responsible for committing such gross violations of human rights,” the commission said in its long-awaited report.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela was convicted in 1991 of kidnapping and assault and was dragged before the commission in 1997 in a separate inquiry at the request of Ms Joyce Seipei, mother of a murdered black teenager. The commission said that where amnesty had not been sought, or had been denied, prosecution should be considered in cases where there was evidence of gross human rights violations.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela has not applied for amnesty from prosecution, which under commission rules would have required her to tell the truth about what had happened and to demonstrate that any crime was politically motivated. Tens of thousands died in apartheid-spawned violence in South African townships like Soweto, the sprawling city just to the west of the country’s economic capital, Johannesburg.

Against the smouldering backdrop of a pitched battle to beat apartheid, the commission painted a chilling picture of the fear inspired by Ms Madikizela-Mandela and the young men of her club.

A 30-page summary of its investigation into the football club said it was “feared and loathed” by the very community of which Ms Madikizela-Mandela was a leading figure during the battle to defeat apartheid.

She did nothing about this, however, and instead allowed a climate to evolve in which any who opposed her were branded as apartheid stooges, with bloody results. “Those who opposed Madikizela-Mandela and the [club], or dissented from them, were branded as informers, then hunted down and killed,” the commission found.

Drawing on testimony from more than 40 witnesses, the commission detailed specific cases in which it found Ms Madikizela-Mandela had been personally involved in abuse.

The commission said the ruling African National Congress knew that things in Soweto had got out of hand and bore “some responsibility” for not making a more determined effort to bring her into line.

It acknowledged Ms Madikizela-Mandela’s role in the liberation struggle, but said this had been tarnished by the subsequent disclosures of murder, torture and intimidation for which her football club is blamed.

“What is so tragic is that a figure such as Madikizela-Mandela, with her own rich history of contribution to the struggle, became embroiled in a controversy that caused immeasurable damage to her reputation,” it said.

Greater Vancouver Zoo quarantines rabbits, fearing deadly virus

A popular Metro Vancouver zoo is taking steps to protect its rabbits from a deadly virus that was first detected on Vancouver Island but has now spread to the Lower Mainland.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo says its rabbits have been removed from the petting area because of concerns about rabbit hemorrhagic disease — an illness that kills rabbits, although it is not transmitted to humans or other farm animals.

The zoo says its rabbits are healthy and remain on display, but it cancelled plans for bunny petting and a bunny care workshop over Easter, and says the rabbits will remain in prolonged quarantine, as a safety measure.

The virus that begins with fever and convulsions, kills rabbits within 36 hours and has already caused the deaths of hundreds of feral rabbits on Vancouver Island and in Delta.

B.C.’s chief veterinary officer says vaccines will be imported from France to curb an ongoing disease killing rabbits in the province.

There are restrictions on importing the vaccine into Canada, she said, but those have been lifted due to this outbreak, only the third one to happen in this country in the last 10 years.

 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-zoo-rabbit-quarantine-1.4602080