PCs trying to ‘avoid tough questions’ with TV-news style video: Canadian Association of Journalists

A national journalism association says the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are trying to “bypass journalists and avoid tough questions” after the political party posted their own TV-news style video to Twitter on Monday.

The video in question was posted under the handle @OntarioNewsNow. It shows Lyndsey Vanstone, a former journalist and current communications advisor to Premier Doug Ford, speaking into a microphone while photos of Ford’s activities since his inauguration cast over. The professionally taken photographs show events such as Ford’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Canadian premiers.

The video also includes a segment where Ford addresses the campaign promises he says the party has already achieved.

 

At the end of the video, Vanstone signs off by saying “from Queen’s Park, I’m Lyndsey Vanstone.”

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) issued a strongly-worded statement after the release of the video, saying they are concerned that the PC government is “ducking questions from journalists.”

“To be clear, Ontario News Now is not a real media outlet and shouldn’t be used as an excuse to bypass journalists and avoid tough questions. It’s a social platform run by political party operatives,” CAJ vice-president Evan Balgord said in a statement. “Journalism is a necessary service in our democracy that holds governments accountable, must remain independent, and helps the public understand the government’s actions. Journalists regularly expose government waste, and preventing journalists from doing their jobs will cost the people of Ontario.

Andrea Horwath, the leader of the official opposition, called the videos ‘inappropriate.’

“Not a single penny of public dollars, not a single tax dollar, should be utilized in the partisan advertising and partisan promotion of a political party,” she told reporters.

A day after the video was released to the public, PC members were criticized by the media for having political staffers clap during news conferences, effectively drowning out journalists’ questions. Reporters say this was a widely-used tactic during Ford’s election campaign.

Horwath said that if politicians are holding a news conference, “it’s supposed to be for the press, not for a group of hangers-on to create a ruckus.”

Horwath: It’s completely inappropriate. Not a single penny of public dollars, anot a single tax dollar, should be utilized in the partisan advertising and partisan promotion of a political party.

PC MPP Lisa MacLeod, who had staffers clap at a news conference on Tuesday to address welfare reform, later apologized for the incident.

“You know what, it was my first press conference like that. So I just want to apologize if that offended anybody,” she told reporters on Wednesday.

Deputy Premier Christine Elliott told reporters that while she doesn’t see anything wrong with having staffers at news conferences to applaud “really important” arguments, “it should not be used to drown out journalists.”

“That is something that I think we need to discuss because I think that reporters have a right to ask questions and they should be able to do that uninterrupted.”

Ford’s team began releasing TV-news style videos and promoting them on social media when he was running for office. During the course of the campaign, the Liberals asked Elections Canada to investigate the ‘Ford Nation Live’ video series, alleging Ford was trying to pass off “political advertising” as media coverage.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/pcs-trying-to-avoid-tough-questions-with-tv-news-style-video-canadian-association-of-journalists-1.4037112

 

Woman charged after racially-charged incident on TTC subway caught on camera

A 19-year-old woman has been charged with robbery after a video of a racially charged altercation on a TTC subway train began circulating online.

The now widely-shared video shows two women, one in a black T-shirt and one in pink scrubs, fighting in the isle of a TTC train over a cellphone.

Marilyn Quijencio told CTV News Toronto that she was on the Line 1 train listening to music with a coworker on Saturday when a young woman and man approached them.

The Filipino-Canadians were both on their way to work at a nursing home.

“We didn’t even finish our conversation and this girl and a guy came close to us,” Quijencio said.

The woman then turned to Quijencio’s coworker and asked him for a cigarette and money.

When they were turned down, Quijencio said she asked the pair to leave them alone.

“I said, ‘Go and find work so that you have money.’ That’s what I said,” Quijencio said.

The woman then became “very aggravated,” she said.

Quijencio claims that during the confrontation, the suspect told her ‘you f*** immigrant, go back to China.”

At some point, Quijencio said she tried to change her music and held her phone up close to her face so she could see better.

Quijencio believes the young woman assumed she was filming her.

“When I stood up, that’s when she grabbed my cellphone out of my hand and ran away,” she said.

On the other side of the car, Margaret Anthony had taken out her phone and started filming.

In the video, the woman in the black T-shirt tries to run away from Quijencio toward where Anthony is sitting. When the two start to struggle over the cellphone, Anthony can be heard telling the woman in the black shirt to “stop assaulting” Quijencio.

“I just want her to delete the video,” the suspect says as she looks directly at the camera.

Anthony threatens to call the police just as the doors to the train open at Eglinton West Station. The suspect makes a run for it and Quijencio follows close behind.

“When she started running away, I didn’t realize she had taken that person’s phone,” Anthony, who is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, told CTV News Toronto. “So she snatched her phone and refused to give it up because when she was yelling ‘go back to China,’ she thought she was being filmed by the nurse in scrubs. That’s why she stole her phone to begin with.”

Quijencio said she tried to snatch the phone away but the woman was too strong.

“I could not do anything,” she said. “I ran after her, tried to catch her, but she ran faster than me. After that, I never saw her again.”

Toronto police say a suspect surrendered to authorities early Wednesday morning.

Tashia James, of no fixed address, has been charged with robbery and failure to comply with probation.

Police told Quijencio that the suspects ditched her phone when they couldn’t figure out the passcode.

But the phone is of no concern to her anymore.

Quijencio said she hopes for the best for the woman who attacked her.

“She has to learn from her mistake,” she said. “She should take a look at herself and where she comes from. She’s not a pure Canadian. She’s also an immigrant like me.”

 

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/woman-charged-after-racially-charged-incident-on-ttc-subway-caught-on-camera-1.4036756

Latter Day Satans: Mormons Exposed (Official Documentary 2018)

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Corrections officer, 26, is arrested for ‘twice having sex with an inmate’ inside a special needs facility

A 26-year-old corrections officer has been arrested for allegedly having sex with an inmate.

Janel Sands was working at the Deberry Special Needs Facility in Nashville, Tennessee, when the alleged incidents occurred.

According to an indictment obtained by Fox 17, Sands had sexual contact with the same inmate once in March and once in April.

Sands was booked into the Davidson County Jail Thursday morning.

The inmate she reportedly had sex with is assigned to the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center.

In a statement to Fox 17, the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) said ‘not only does this type of behavior violate the TDOC Code of Conduct, this behavior is criminal and strictly prohibited by state and federal law’.

The safe and secure operation of prisons is key to the Department’s mission and any threat to that mission will be rooted out and dealt with to the fullest extent of the law,’ the statement read.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5998167/Former-corrections-officer-26-arrested-having-sex-inmate.html