Will you give us the tools, so we can finish the job?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander
 

I’ve got a big plan that I’ve been working on for a year now, and I’m ready to tell you about it. Because I want to ask you if you agree with my big plan, and if you want to help me do it.

The big plan is to take our channel, TheRebel.media, and turn it into the largest, most influential news media outlet in Canada. 

When I say big, I mean big in viewership and readership, a big audience, having a big impact. I want us to become a leading source of news and opinion – to tell people the other side of the story.

The big plan is to do what we’re doing – but double it, and double that again – have as many Canadians getting their political news from us as from anyone else.

Last year, we crowdfunded our studio – a small room in the middle of our office, with sound-absorbing foam, and a green screen onto which the computer projects different backgrounds. That was a big expense for us – $80,000. 

But now, we need a bigger office. We’ve paid almost no rent at our current location – but it’s way too small. So, we need a new office. And we need a new studio. And we need new equipment for the studio – a new control panel, new cameras and lights. 

We need all of these tools. Each tool is a few thousand dollars – some are a few hundred, the biggest is $30,000. There are 68 tools, 68 things we need to reach our goal. And taken all together, I really think they’re the building blocks of the big plan. 

We're so grateful for your support. The Rebel has only gotten this far because of your help, encouragement, and generosity. Thank you once again for helping us grow!

You can also donate by cheque to help complete the big plan.

Please make it payable to "TheRebel" and send it to:

The Rebel
PO Box 73536, Wychwood PO
Toronto, ON M6C 4A7

And don't forget to put "Big Plan" in the memo section! 

Thank you for your continued support!

Studio Bricks

Goal: $154,500.00

The 68 items we need cost roughly $206,000. So we need 4,000 people to chip in an average of $51.50 to do it. If you contribute $51.50, we’ll put your name on a brick in our new office. Each brick costs $51.50. 

$120,772.56 raised
Help Fund The Big Plan

Studio Cornerstones

Goal: $60,000.00

For people who really want to be cornerstones of the big plan, we will have cornerstones – and if you contribute $1,500, your name will go on them. By the way, we’ll have other special perks (like a coupon code for Premium Content) for people who contribute more than $1,000.

 

$45,000.00 raised
Help Fund The Big Plan

Office Desks

Goal: $2,034.00

Everyone in the office currently works on folding tables. Most of us are ok with that, but some of us need something more. So were going to need to purchase 6 full office desks. 

$735.00 raised
Help Fund Office Desks

Office Chairs

Goal: $3,390.00

We have over 25 staff now. And sometimes we have others help us out too. Please help us purchase 30 office chairs so we can have something to sit on!

$500.00 raised
Help Fund Office Chairs

New Tricaster

Goal: $30,000.00

With a second studio we need a bigger and better control panel. A new Tricaster lets us bring in more guests and work more efficiently.

$2,552.00 raised
Help Fund New Tricaster

Desk Monitors

Goal: $1,582.00

Our editors need to have multiple screens to work on. Please help us be more productive with more desk monitors.

$555.00 raised
Help Fund Desk Monitors

Studio Backdrop

Goal: $3,729.00

One of our new studios will have a physical set. That includes a backdrop for the area behind where Ezra will sit. The backdrop needs to be custom designed and produced for the Rebel.

$515.72 raised
Help Fund Studio Backdrop

200 Sound Baffles

Goal: $11,300.00

Studios need great sound. We need to get rid of the echoes in the new studios and for that, we need 200 sound baffles. Including tax they cost $56.50 each.

Intercom System

Goal: $1,808.00

Right now the producers communicate with the hosts inside the studio by shouting through an open door. We need something better, especially with two studios. The answer is an intercom system.

Cabling

Goal: $1,921.00

A high-tech company like The Rebel requires high-quality cables, and lots of them. Our studios require a lot of work, and the cables are a huge part of it. 

$525.00 raised
Help Fund Cabling

Internet

Goal: $4,746.00

High-speed internet with unlimited bandwidth is critical to the success of The Rebel. We want to be able to upload all of our content as quickly as possible. Help us cover our first year of internet expenses. 

$793.00 raised
Help Fund Internet

Electrical Upgrades

Goal: $10,961.00

Our new Rebel HQ didn't have a lot of electrical outlets. Between our computers, cameras, lights and sound equipment, the place needs an upgraded electrical system.

2 Garment Racks

Goal: $282.50

Our stars need a place to hang their suits and dresses when they change before and after their shows. Can you chip in so they don't have to drape them over the back of a chair?

$292.50 raised
Help Fund 2 Garment Racks

Sofa

Goal: $904.00

Many late nights are spent at The Rebel, a sofa would not only provide a place to sit, but also to sleep!

$488.00 raised
Help Fund Sofa

Shelving

Goal: $1,186.50

We have printers, merchandise, office supplies, and much more that requires some shelving. Please help us store our stuff. 

$250.00 raised
Help Fund Shelving

Kitchen table

Goal: $169.50

An army runs on its stomach, and at The Rebel we love to eat. Help us have a place to eat our food by donating to our kitchen table fund. 

$169.50 raised
Help Fund kitchen table

Filing cabinets

Goal: $2,260.00

Although we live on the internet, we still have some paper work around the office. Help us stay organized by helping us purchase a filing cabinet. 

$607.22 raised
Help Fund filing cabinets

Ezra's office sponsor

Goal: $10,000.00

We’re letting someone people sponsor Ezra's offce! We’ll have a special lintel, a symbolic stone above the doorway into the room, for $10,000 dollars. And we would name the office after you – we’ll say, the “Larson” office or the “Chan” boardroom, or whatever!

$10,000.00 raised
Help Fund Ezra's office
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commented 2016-12-08 22:14:15 -0500 · Flag
It appears that ANONYMOUS has failed to understand the difference between Governmental financial support and private financial support. The CBC is a government supported institution. The government takes money from it’s citizens whether that citizen agrees with how the government spends that money or provides support to institutions. In other words the citizen has money forcibly taken from him/her regardless of his/her opinion on the merits of the government’s (politician’s) choices on the use of that money.

The institution which obtains private financial support has to convince the provider of funding that the recipient will apply the funding to meet the stated objectives (which, presumably, the funder supports). That person is not told that he must support the institution’s objectives. That support is voluntary and can follow any means that encourages those who support its objectives to make financial contributions.

A beggar seeking financial support to buy food asks for donations to satisfy his/her objective. You have the choice to respond to that request however you want, provided that such response is not criminal. i.e. it is not lawful to physically assault the beggar for making the request. (Do not confuse being impolite with being unlawful.) It is lawful to say no or to make a contribution. The same applies when a charity makes a request for financial support, you have a choice to make a contribution or not. Under the current law you cannot be forced to make a contribution except that with some appeals for charitable funding have been supported by government (taxpayer) funds and, to the extent of your share of the taxpayer’s money, you have been forced to contribute to the cause. The same also applies to any person or company who seeks to obtain funds.

With respect to the current appeal for financial support by the Rebel, the contribution is purely voluntary. The appeal could have been for increased subscribers to their news service just as lawfully as asking for funding in the manner that has been made. Just as easily, they could have made an appeal for funds by other means such as becoming a shareholder or making a loan to them. Each method of raising funds involves different costs and obligations. (Raising funds by way of issuing shares or dealing with loans is expensive and more costly than the approach they have chosen). Presumably, the Rebel evaluated the costs of each alternative and made their choice accordingly while staying within the law.

If a potential provider of funds is not happy with the method of fund raising used they have a choice of not providing such funds. That person has no right to stop any other person from responding to the request, unless the person wishing to provide the funding is not lawfully competent to do so – generally someone who is not an adult under the law or whose legal capacity to do so is lawfully constrained. If funding is provided by a government (provincial and/or federal) it is paid, indirectly, by the taxpayer. The tax money received by the government is taken from the taxpayer, with or without the taxpayer’s consent. Therefore the taxpayer has no choice in whether his taxes are to be applied to this purpose which is why the government must be very careful about which projects it chooses to support with taxpayer’s money. The support of the news media by the government can be easily manipulated by the granting or withholding of funds with excuses for the funding changes being stated as having no relationship to the objectives that the institution actually does pursue. The managers of the taxpayer’s funds also use other techniques to manage the media such as denying a representative of the media of whose views they disapprove from attending events under their control whether media related or not. It is well known that the politicians (who control the spending of taxpayer’s moneys) have every excuse under the sun to deny the actual rational for their action and provide dubious rationale to support their decision/s.

I wish the Rebel all the best in their endeavors. I trust that they will do their best to apply the funds in accordance with their intent stated above. You might like to compare the performance of the current politicians in using or abusing the funds taken from taxpayers.
commented 2016-12-08 20:38:41 -0500 · Flag
Why doesn’t Rebel news merge with Breitbart and call themselves Breitbart Canada? Let’s have one conservative news agency to take on CNN, MSNBC, CBC, Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, BBC and all the other fake news mainstream media?
commented 2016-12-08 19:46:20 -0500 · Flag
Kevin Hare, you’ll get no backlash from me. Good luck and God speed.
(The Little Book of Joe’s Sh!t Life, available on Kobo, Kindle, soon on paperback)
commented 2016-12-08 16:13:20 -0500 · Flag
I WAS JUST THINKING $40 BUCKS IS LESS THAN 1/2 A CARTON OF SMOKES IT’S ALSO LESS THAN A ROAST AND IS 1/2 OF YOUR INTERNET BILL AND LESS THAN A BOTTLE OF SINGLE MALT SCOTCH AND IT’S ONLY 8 SUPER MAX TICKETS
TU
commented 2016-12-08 15:01:42 -0500 · Flag
I’m disappointed to see no big oil company or pipe line company has not taken the opportunity for some very cheap advertising to buy Ezra’s office.
Then maybe us REBELS will kick in. It would only take 250 REBELS to kick in $40.00 each then we could name the office " TAH HOO REBELS KICK ASS AGAIN" Remember only 250 Rebels have to kick in.
Tell me what you think I ready to kick in the first $40 buck
commented 2016-12-08 13:06:02 -0500 · Flag
Dave, as a retired engineer who’s done a lot of recording and built a couple of studios I understand where you’re coming from. As a one-man show, I too manage to pull off great results using inexpensive, sometimes repurposed and often ageing equipment and software that I understand and maintain myself. But once your organization grows, not everybody on the team has the same technical skills as you do, and it becomes imperative to buy equipment and services that are high-end and up-to-date, last a long time, and are understood by everyone including those brought in at short notice. I trust The Rebel to make those choices and I’ll be contributing to this studio as I did to the previous one.
commented 2016-12-08 11:29:02 -0500 · Flag
Anonymous said, "Peter, it is because Ezra asking for money is a conflict of interest with the product he delivers. "

In what way? Ezra is asking for people to pay for the product they are receiving. That is the heart of the capitalism he supports. So instead of advertising to get people to buy his product, he asks directly. The only difference is his approach to the people.

You have no problems with the CBC whining for money.

You also have no problem with the government forcibly taking the money from the people in the form of taxes.

When Ezra asks for support so he can produce a product the people want, he is not forcing them to support him. All it is, is a different approach from advertising.

You, Anonymous, have everything backwards like a good little socialist lemming always does.

You want the money to support the CBC forcibly taken from you and all other Canadians even if they do not want to support the CBC.

What Ezra is doing is morally superior because he does not take stolen money and he follows closely the capitalist system he and his supporters follow.
commented 2016-12-08 03:18:08 -0500 · Flag
Peter, it is because Ezra asking for money is a conflict of interest with the product he delivers.

For all the talk of the virtues of a free market economy, the rebel has proven it has to ask for handouts in order to survive. For once, I would like to hear an argument that does not bring up how the CBC gets government funding. Or better yet, I would like to see Ezra run his business in such a way where he does not have to constantly grovel for money. There are plenty of you tube channels out there that make huge amounts of money, and never have to ask the viewers for donations. Ezra should be
modelling the rebel after those channels, instead of what he has here.

Look at Prager University. They have lots of subs, and never panhandle for donations.
commented 2016-12-07 12:28:07 -0500 · Flag
I am behind this effort. I think this is a great avenue to get the word out there about our outright abusive and oppressive government. I want to support as much as possible and donate and get involved.
But I can’t afford it.
I am an ex-Alberta oilfield worker who was laid off in March and have been on EI since. Four months ago, my daughter severely fractured her femur and I became a stay-home dad, unable to go back to work even I could find a job. She was confined to the main floor of our house and I gave up my office (my man-cave) so she could have a bedroom and we modified the bathroom to make things easier for her, to help her retain a little independence.
I don’t write all this here for sympathy from everyone. I am getting very involved in the Alberta situation by keeping up with what is going on this site as well as newalbertaseparatist.com and I was there at the recent carbon tax rally in Edmonton. My EI runs out in April 2017 unless I qualify for an extension but being at home has really gave me time to experience and discover just how screwed over we are and I didn’t sit around doing nothing and feel sorry for myself. Still unable to find gainful employment, I resorted to writing my findings down in a book (The Little Book of Joe’s Sh!t Life, available on Kobo, Kindle, soon on paperback) and the only means I have to try to become self-sufficient again is to shamelessly flaunt it anywhere I can so I can pay the bills. I understand I will probably get some backlash on this post and I hope I will be forgiven but I have to do something. My only recourse is to promise I will give back by donating some earnings to help this project grow.
The book is very tell-it-like-it-is, humourous and promises to entertain at the very least about the current issues we are facing. I hope someone gives it a read.
commented 2016-12-07 00:58:54 -0500 · Flag
For those who want a debate of the leftist views and the right views, I recommend that, for the former, read the writings or listen to the verbiage of the leftists on the MSM and digest the utterances of the right. The verbiage from the leftists comes drom those to the extreme left to those who are middle of the road. They do not cover the right views. Any debate is comprised of those who expunge the views for the argument and those who expunge the converse view. Those arguing for one side cannot argue both sides of the argument. This leads to the conclusion wanted by the publisher dominating the debate resulting in a biased debate which would be an unreliable source for evaluating the argument.

The Rebel is asking for financial contribution. It is not mandating that anyone should pay. The Rebel leaves it up to the individual to make the choice. If the individual favours the objectives of the appeal he/she/it has the choice to participate or not to participate as he/she/it chooses. The institutions which are supported by the Government means that the Taxpayers – since all taxes (income and sales and from all other sources) are paid by the consumers (taxpayers) – are compelled to pay for the institution to meet its objectives without any choice to support or deny support of that institution’s objectives. This applies to the media financially supported by the government. For these institutions to continue they need to, either, meet a universal need, or provide something for everyone under the guise of being balanced. There is no accounting for production of material which is severely biased towards one view by presenting that view very strongly and presenting a weak contra argument and then proclaim that they are providing a balanced view.

As far as the Rebel is concerned, at least they are up front and clear as to their philosophical views. They are not responsible for providing contrary arguments. If you do not like it, don’t support their appeal. If you do not like their views you can choose to ignore them and not read them or publish counter arguments (at your cost or the cost of someone empathetic to your views/arguments). It is not the Rebel’s responsibility to publish views contrary to their views. They can choose to do so if they wish – it is their choice. They are not forcing everyone to pay for their operation since they do not receive any government funding which means the payers have no choice concerning the operation of the organization and its philosophy. Whether the Rebel survives or not depends on the choice of the readers/viewers – if they do not raise sufficient funds to survive they will fail, they have no means of forcing viewers/readers to provide funds. They my require the payment of a subscription and those potential subscribers make a choice to pay the subscription or not – no-one is forced to pay the subscription.

It is about time each of us took responsibility for our decisions and think about the choices we make and not leave it to others to do on our behalf. It is up to each one of us to do our own research of all arguments relevant to the decision and make the decision that suits our objectives for our selves and the society in which we live.

You should be grateful that you have a choice to voluntarily support or not support The Rebel and you are not being told that you will support OR not be allowed to support them regardless of what opinion you hold!
commented 2016-12-06 21:19:01 -0500 · Flag
No Idea why you want IMacs for Video Editing. I have a custom made Desktop Computer, that runs Windows 7 Pro and Linux MINT Sara Cinnamon, use Vegas pro 13 on the Win 7 side and KDenlive on the Linux side, and I can guarantee you either platform can render a video out in shorter time than IMacs can. And You can cut the costs, if there is a cable connection to the new building look at Execulink, for 69 bucks a months we rock High speed here And 69 a month is a whole lot cheaper than 395 a month you have now.
commented 2016-12-06 10:58:54 -0500 · Flag
My wife and I have both contributed to the Big Plan and encourage others to do so. Fox News Media seems to have views that align closely with those of TheRebel. I wonder if Ezra has considered a “Fox Media North” solution ( like Bloomberg North ) where he might pitch Rupert Murdoch for some serious money and the formation of some kind of operational entity. This could take TheRebel to cable channel status where the messages are more broadly dispersed. Social media is great but it has limitations in reaching many of those who are in need of the message from the right.
commented 2016-12-06 09:24:05 -0500 · Flag
lol

Looks like Michael Mann… I mean Jimmy Reece is triggered.

“Hillary will have the last laugh when she is President and you all look like the morons that you are.

Better buy the Depends diapers now and tampons, because you are going to be shitting in your pants a whole lot coming November and bleeding from your vagina’s as you can’t believe that Canada AND America is run by Liberals."
commented 2016-12-06 09:15:48 -0500 · Flag
Fraser McBurney,

Nobody gives a fuck how proud you are.

Canadians have to pay for a ton of things that they may or may not support and your personal tax money may not be going to the CBC anyway.

Stop whining like a little bitch about the CBC and get out the Vagisil.
commented 2016-12-06 08:04:34 -0500 · Flag
Michael Mann… I mean “Jimmy Reece” said:

“Edward,

I am not going to be wrong, so keep em – you are really going to need them come November.

I can’t wait to laugh at all you morons, who didn’t have a clue and actually believed that Trump would be President."

lol
commented 2016-12-06 06:43:14 -0500 · Flag
IT’S FUNNY HOW EVERY CANADIAN IS FORCED TO PAY ABOUT $50.00 A YEAR TO FUND THE CBC AND THE LEFTIES ARE PISSED OFF THAT FREE REBELS KICK IN $51.50 TO SUPPORT THE REAL NEWS THAT IS NOT BROADCAST ON THE CBC
I’M PROUD TO BE A REBEL
commented 2016-12-06 02:51:24 -0500 · Flag
Great job Ezra been with you from the start I’m going to kick in
I think people just want the truth with no bullshit

I all so like the Idea of both sides of the story
we live in a world where the truth has to be exposed you need to explore
both sides for that and crowd funding is the only way to trust our sources
you folks keep up the great work and good luck
commented 2016-12-06 01:01:28 -0500 · Flag
Jaroslav Ovtsyn,

You are absolutely right. Ezra hasn’t figured out yet that it’s debate that will get him the eyeballs that he wants. A conservative circle jerk website is only going to go so far, which is the exact reason why the traffic here has stagnated per Alexa.
commented 2016-12-06 00:56:42 -0500 · Flag
Peter Netterville,

Ever hear of the BBC? It’s the same thing with CBC. You weren’t born yesterday – despite your idiotic comments that confirm otherwise.

You don’t have to like it or support it just like some people support road tolls and some people don’t support road tolls, but you know very well why was the CBC was created, why it is exists and why even Harper supported it.

Don’t be disingenuous.
commented 2016-12-05 21:50:40 -0500 · Flag
Ezra, I think you’ll beat the CBC and alike when you start inviting people with opposite points of view to your shows. Right now, they remind me of the left-wing echo chambers.

I wanna hear a debate! Not just two conservatives agreeing with each other.
commented 2016-12-05 20:05:45 -0500
Of course, Ezra asking his viewers to voluntarily crowd source to see news content and opinion commentaries is wrong in the leftie’s mind, but it is okay with those same lefties that the CBC asks for a billion and a half forcibly taken from unwilling tax payers.

Yup, the screwed up logic from hypocrite leftie world.
commented 2016-12-05 19:54:27 -0500 · Flag
@ Anonymous

Why does Ezra asking for money bother you so very much?
commented 2016-12-05 11:29:52 -0500
Paypal is the corporation that bullied the legislature of North Carolina about the “transgender bathroom” issue. There is a way to respond to their scheme through their business and I think the Rebel should find another way to raise money in order to “bully the bully”, don’t you think??
commented 2016-12-05 07:45:41 -0500
Michael Mann… I mean “Jimmy Reece” said:

“Hillary is going to be President and you will see that America will be just fine after her 8 years. America won’t be destroyed like everyone here thinks.”

Lol
commented 2016-12-05 02:30:46 -0500
It turns out that I am not obligated to give money. I can see all sorts of videos on you tube for free. The rebel is no different, so therefore, I am not forking over any money.

How many you tube channels ask you for money?
commented 2016-12-04 23:04:56 -0500
Harley Logan,

So in other words, you just want The Rebel to tell you things that you already agree with.

Understood.
commented 2016-12-04 21:17:28 -0500
Michael Mann… I mean “Jimmy Reece" commented:

“Bill,

Since Trump is going to lose – you will experience relentless mocking and people laughing at you. That is your future on The Rebel. Enjoy!"

http://www.therebel.media/dear_trump_phobic_american_progressives_don_t_move_to_canada?page=1

Never gets old.
commented 2016-12-04 19:36:45 -0500
Jimmy Reece, you ask me why the Rebel doesn’t have a liberal on staff. I can not say if they do or they don’t I’m not privy to such info. What I do know is that in Canada there is already enough liberal socialist based media to go around. I am conservative . I look at my country through a conservative prism and what I see is the country is being led down a socialist path by the current political left governments. We need alternate , right wing media to get their message out, the other side of the story, and let the masses decide. I don’t want to see a Rebel “debating contest” media. I want a Canadian media that mirrors my views and reports subjects and opinions that interest me. Jimmy lets face it, I could get all political but I’ll just say this , the left is left and the right is right ideologies completely opposite. The pendulum swings left then right and only one ideology prevails at a time.
commented 2016-12-04 17:10:45 -0500
As soon as I watched this video, I chipped in what I could for the Big Plan. Why? Because I find The Rebel’s reporting on SJW’s, Muslims, Trump, etc., to be more realistic and representative of what’s actually happening than the MSM’s.

CBC and other stations would have everyone believe that it’s all just one big love-in with these groups of people and if you don’t agree with their take on the news, you’re a racist, a bigot, a whatever. I know from personal experience that SJW’s, Muslims and any other Leftists, that they can be nasty, unscrupulous people when they want to be. CBC is just selling pie-in-the-sky with their reporting.

CBC reports from all over the world on just about anything, but they won’t even tell you the chaos that the so-called “Syrian migrants” are causing in Europe. They’d lead us all like lambs to the slaughter.

The Rebel’s was the only reporting that I saw that didn’t discount Trump’s run for office and he could well be the best thing that’s happened to America in quite some time.

While CBC reports from behind rose-coloured socialist glasses, The Rebel gives you the real news. It might not be pretty, but it’s real news.

I’d rather know what’s really happening than to get some whitewashed, spun story about what the socialists wish were happening.