Lawyer Viva Frei analyzes Canada’s crackdown on hate speech

Lawyer Viva Frei analyzes Canada’s crackdown on hate speech

Viva Frei, a Montreal lawyer who turned YouTuber, analyses and breaks down on his Vlawgs the possible implications on free speech in light of the federal government crackdown on “hate speech” on social media platform.

In his mandate letter to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau wrote:

I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities. In particular, you will:.. Create new regulations for social media platforms, starting with a requirement that all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech, within 24 hours or face significant penalties. This should include other online harms such as radicalization, incitement to violence, exploitation of children, or creation or distribution of terrorist propaganda.

Trudeau to enforce social media platforms to remove hate speech within 24 hours or face severe penalties

Trudeau to enforce social media platforms to remove hate speech within 24 hours or face severe penalties

Here is an excerpt from the mandate letter sent by Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage:

I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities. In particular, you will:.. Create new regulations for social media platforms, starting with a requirement that all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech, within 24 hours or face significant penalties. This should include other online harms such as radicalization, incitement to violence, exploitation of children, or creation or distribution of terrorist propaganda.

Trudeau bus serves journalists lunch from Soufi’s restaurant

Trudeau bus serves journalists lunch from Soufi’s restaurant

The Liberal Party of Canada shows its support and sympathy with the Syrian Soufi’s restaurant in Toronto that was reopened last week after a few days of closure because of alleged online threats and hate messages directed at the owners and their son Alaa Soufi DaLua.

A since-deleted Facebook post from the Syrian restaurant confirmed that Alaa Soufi DaLua had been one of the protesters against an event featuring MP Maxime Bernier and expressed sincere regret about the situation that occurred. In a video that went viral, a few masked protesters are seen harassing an elderly couple, blocking their way and shouting “Nazi scum” at an 81-year-old woman.

Another video documented Alaa Soufi DaLua’s participation in demonstrations alongside activists affiliated with the left wing group Anifa. Some of these demonstrations turned into violent clashes.

On October 13, 2019 Glen McGregor, a senior journalist covering Parliament Hill for CTV National News, reported that the Trudeau campaign bus was served a lunch from Soufi’s restaurant in Toronto that included a Syrian flatbread and taboulleh.

Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, commended the restaurateur Mohamad Fakih for his role in supporting Soufi’s restaurant and implicitly facilitating Soufi’s lunch for the Trudeau campaign bus:

Milkshake at Fran’s. Thanksgiving event with Masai Ujiri (yeah @Raptors !). Lunch from Soufi’s (way to go @mohamadfakih8!). Toronto, I ❤️ you. Day not over yet! #HappyThanksgiving #WetheNorth