Scheduled test of new B.C.-wide emergency text alerts to take place May 9

A B.C.-wide system that allows emergency alerts to be sent as text messages goes live on Friday, while the first test alert will be sent next month.

The national Alert Ready system will be ready on April 6, according to a news release from the B.C. government. The system allows for broadcasts of emergency information about natural disasters and major emergencies through radio and television broadcasts, social media feeds and, beginning this week, text messages to smartphones.

“Accurate and timely information in an emergency situation can save lives and livelihoods, and we need to deploy every tool available to alert people of potential public safety threats,” said Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth.

“As technology improves, we are always looking for new ways to broaden our reach and reduce the time it takes to communicate critical safety information. Wireless alerts will help us achieve both of those objectives.”

Wireless text alerts will be tested on Wednesday, May 9 at 1:55 p.m., alongside routine television and radio tests.

Scheduled test of B.C.-wide emergency text alerts to take place May 9


The employer’s guide to the Men’s Rights Movement

A few months ago I was in Los Angeles meeting with a partner and he was telling me how the day before they had undergone sexual harassment training. He mentioned that it made the men uncomfortable, and I asked why. He explained that it was because only men commit rape.

I found that interesting, not only because it is not actually true, but because if the falsely accused group were women, I doubt the demographics of the perpetrator would have even been mentioned.

According to the US Center for Disease Control, the crime of Made to Penetrate (the rape of a male by a female) is reported as often as rape, and that doesn’t even include men raped by gay men.

Now, had the person giving the presentation been talking about another crime, say murder, would it be acceptable to say that people with black skin commit more murder than people with white skin? I would hope not, and if that ever happened, I would walk out of the room, and hope that the room would followed me.

So why is it unacceptable to mention true statistics about race and murder, and acceptable to mention false statistics about rape and gender? Well, probably because most men just don’t know the real statistics.

Viktor Orban: Hungary’s identity as a Christian and Hungarian nation is at stake in the upcoming elections

When Hungarians head to the polls on April 8, they will not just be deciding about their country’s future for the next four years, but for many decades to come, the prime minister said in an interview to a local broadcaster in south-western Hungary’s Nagykanizsa on Thursday.

“This will not be a regular election,” Viktor Orban said.

“There is a struggle going on in Europe,” Orban said. At the centre of it is the question of which countries will get to “stay out of the global trend which creates immigrant countries taking in more and more mixed populations, cultures and people without roots”, he said. The question is whether Hungary, together with Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia “and perhaps Romania”, will get to “stay out of this and preserve Hungary as a Christian, national, Hungarian country”.

Hungary is a country of religious freedom; everyone has a right to express their opinion, can choose their path in life, their faith and their conviction, Orban said. “Men and women have equal rights; here in Hungary we observe the law and consider public safety an asset.” Hungary does not have to deal with terrorism, but these life principles and Hungarians’ way of life “is now at risk”, the prime minister said.

The question is whether Hungary can remain Christian and Hungarian or will become part of a Europe where mixed populations live, Orban said.

“And then they will settle, at first tens and later hundreds of thousands of people who have nothing to do with the culture or way of life which we have developed over the past one thousand years,”
he added. What is really at stake in the April 8 election is whether or not Hungary will become an “immigrant country”, he insisted.

On the topic of Hungary’s opposition parties, Orban said they lacked the courage as well as the will to protect Hungary. “In fact, they are connected to an international network,” the prime minister said. “This Soros empire is specifically working — employing at least 2,000 mercenaries and paid activists in Hungary — on turning the entire continent and all of its member states into immigrant countries,” he said.

“They want to dismantle the fence, change the laws that keep migrants out and approve the Brussels diktats that would bring tens and hundreds of thousands of migrants to Hungary,”

Orban said. This would halt Hungary’s growth, he said, arguing that “we won’t be able to raise pensions, support young people and home construction and create jobs all while building an immigrant country.”

Concerning gender equality, Orban said that “the culture of life is equivalent to respect for women”. “Our culture — Christian and Hungarian culture — assigns a prominent role to women,” he said. “We might not always behave the right way, but overall, the Hungarian community is one that respects women; this is the line of division between our civilisation and other civilisations.” Orban said the migrants entering Europe “don’t accept women as the equal members of society”.

Cyclists oppose stiff increase in fines proposed in Highway Code update

Cycling groups are criticizing the proposal to drastically increase fines for scofflaw cyclists in the update to Quebec’s Highway Safety Code.

Bill 165, tabled in December, includes stiff penalties for distracted drivers, especially those caught using cell phones, and extends the period where the use of winter tires is mandatory.

The legislation will also require the use of booster seats for children under nine, impose a curfew on young drivers, and clearly state that photos taken by a machine will be admissible evidence in court — thus closing a legal loophole in challenges to photo radar.


But what is drawing flak is the plan to increase fines for cyclists riding bicycles without the legally-necessary reflectors.

Under current law the fine for missing a reflector is $15, but the legislation increases that to at least $80.

“I think it’s a grossly disproportionate increase in the amount of the fine,” said Alain Deschamps of Ghost Bikes Montreal. “Now you’re going to have a cyclist who has a missing reflector who’s going to have a higher fine than a driver who has a broken tail light.”

The fine for a cyclist ignoring a stop sign or running a red light would also increase by more than five times to $80.

Last month, multiple groups addressed a parliamentary committee of the National Assembly about what they liked and disliked in the legislation, with Velo Quebec calling for measures to force drivers to pay more attention to cyclists: stiffer penalties will be imposed for distracted driving and younger drivers will also have a curfew.

“There’s definitely parts of the bill that we welcome and that we’re very happy to see,” said Deschamps.

The hefty fines for some cycling offences are out of balance, says the city of Montreal’s point person on cycling, city councillor Marianne Giguere.

“Those rules, they’re sending the message that cyclists, people on bikes, are as dangerous as somebody in a car or in a truck, which is nonsense,” she said.

The bill is expected to be voted on shortly.