The Stó:lō fish story is becoming more wild each day- each day it progresses it seems to me that we are observing an abuse of our court system. Each day also brings us more information that shows how incredibly biased and/or incompetent PressTV’s and Joshua Blakeney’s reporting really is.
First, notice in the Crime Stoppers clipping above how Patricia Kelly was wanted for “purchasing, SELLING, and possession of fish against the fisheries act. Now, if you remember my first story on this issue, Blakeney’s story on PressTV claimed that the Canadian government was oppressing Kelly from fishing when her intent was simply to feed her children. PressTV are total hacks- their channel can obviously not be trusted.
Kelley was scheduled for court for two days last week. The first day was cancelled after she got herself arrested by rudely walking into the courthouse with a friend banging on a drum and getting into a conflict with the court’s Sheriffs. Kelly was charged with Assaulting A Peace Officer. And, of course Joshua Blakeney ran another incredibly biased and incompetent story on PressTV. Here, have a look:
Once again, Blakeney says that Kelly was “criminalized for catching fish to feed her children”- this guy has absolutely no shame. Then, Blakeney misrepresents what happened when Kelly was arrested- he says that “she decided to sing a traditional song as she entered the court- and, within seconds, she found herself being flung to the floor for merely singing a song and tapping on a small drum!”
But, it gets worse- next he says sensationally that a “…gun toting, Tazer possessing, henchmen of the state…beat her and put her to the ground!” Geeze Joshua, are you trying to compete with the National Enquirer? This is a prime example of why potential students should think twice before registering at the University of Lethbridge.
On that subject, last week Kelly (who was representing herself in court) tried to get Lethbridge professor Anthony James Hall to be accepted as an expert witness for her case. Finn Jensen, the Crown Counsel, argued that Hall was not an appropriate expert because he was an advocate for Kelly rather than an objective specialist. He’s right on the money with this one- Hall has an agenda, he could hardly be objective here.
Of course, being the total hack that he is, Professor Hall made the statement that “The criminalization of this woman in this case speaks to a process that is bringing infamy on Canada!” Perhaps infamy on PressTV professor Hall- but nobody of any significance watches them anyhow. At least, not outside of Iran! The court will make a decision of whether Hall can be an expert witness or not on August 29th, when the next hearing is scheduled.
There’s only one big question left for today. That is, what the hell is going on in the minds of Hall & Blakeney that they think it is a good idea to push anti-Canadian propaganda on Iranian TV? This seems dangerously close to treason to me- perhaps I’m wrong, but their behaviour is hardly patriotic at the minimum. I’d be curious to hear what federal authorities have to say about what they are doing.
I’ll continue following this story as it progresses. As I mentioned before, this is a very interesting case study in how Canada’s radicals both take advantage of indigenous relations, and how they misuse the media in their quest. What a long, strange, trip its been…