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Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:27 am Post subject: OPP shuts down CBC social experiment in Ontario town
( if this isn't another reason the CBC needs to be cut back I don't know what is , they seriously sent people into conservative ridings in Ontario to test for racism by trying to selling racist t shirts , it sounds like they went to Barrie which is a cpc riding north of Toronto and Alliston which is in Simcoe Grey party of Kellie Leitch's riding to try and see if the people there were racist , seriously this is so insulting and disgusting its not even funny , who at the CBC thinks stunts like this are ok ? )
Jan 23, 2017 | Vote 0 0
OPP shuts down CBC's social experiment testing racism in Alliston
By Shane MacDonald and Brad Pritchard
UPDATED -- CBC Marketplace caused a stir in Alliston when it started selling T-shirts bearing "white power" and "Make Canada Great Again" slogans in a social experiment designed to see how Canadians react to racism.
The reaction by some residents was to call the police when they saw a CBC actor selling the T-shirts on Victoria Street in downtown Alliston.
Nottawasaga OPP media relations officer Const. Harry Lawrenson confirmed the detachment put an end to the film shoot on Jan. 11 after receiving complaints from a couple of residents.
“When our officer arrived, (one complainant) went absolutely ballistic on these people,” he said. “So our officer determined it was a public disturbance and decided to shut it down.”
Lawrenson said selling T-shirts with the phrase "white power" isn't illegal.
“While it’s hurtful to many people, it’s not crossing a line in terms of hate propaganda,” he said.
The CBC said a report it commissioned looking at Canadians’ online behaviour revealed a 600 per cent jump in the past year in the use of language that is racist, Islamophobic, sexist or intolerant.
To test the rise of intolerance off-line, the CBC Marketplace episode called "The Trump Effect in Canada" began its social experiments in Alliston, which they noted is part of Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch’s riding.
Leitch has been compared to United States President Donald Trump since she called his election win “an exciting message” that needs to be delivered in Canada.
According to the CBC, four shirts with one of the slogans were sold in under an hour during the experiment in Allison. The experiment was also conducted in Barrie, where two shirts were sold, and in Toronto, where one shirt was sold.
While some bought in to the rhetoric, the more common response from people who witnessed the social experiment was to share their disapproval or to call the police.
The experiment also prompted complaints to the town bylaw office. Town of New Tecumseth spokesperson, Tatjana Milne, confirmed the town received a complaint on Jan. 11 regarding the sale of goods from a vehicle, which is contrary to the town's hawkers and peddler's bylaw.
A request for comment from Leitch has not yet been returned.
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OPP shuts down CBC social experiment in Ontario town