January 06, 2016

Canada becomes laughingstock after 'trigger warnings' placed on government websites

StaffRebel Columnist

Right-wing news sites and Facebook pages have written about a new 'trigger warning' placed on websites pertaining to the “National Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

According to the site, “This website deals with topics which may cause trauma to readers due to its troubling subject matter. The Government of Canada recognizes the need for safety measures to minimize the risks associated with traumatic subject matter.”

So, reading requires safety measures? Maybe if someone plans to print off sections. Papercuts can sting a bit.

“A national, toll-free crisis call line has been set up to provide support for anyone who requires assistance. This line is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 1-844-413-6649 if you or someone you know is triggered and needs help or support while reading the content on this website,” the disclaimer concludes.

American right-wing website MRCTV published a story about the 'trigger warning' attached to government websites.

They say, “The trigger warning is also on a website providing information on violence and abuse prevention programs targeted toward women and girls.


The trigger warning seems to be primarily implemented on websites that explicitly mention women and girls. For instance, a trigger warning does not appear on the #WelcomeRefugees government website, although the initiative discusses individuals fleeing war-torn Syria.”

Meanwhile, popular Facebook page Disdain for Plebs posted the story with the following caption, “Dude this isn't even a joke. I mean the Canadian government is a joke, but they seriously put a fucking hotline number on a national webpage that coddles people who are "triggered" by that they read.”

The top comment on MRCTV's story just about sums it up: This is genuinely embarrassing for Canada.

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commented 2016-06-06 18:25:12 -0400
Canada is already a laughing stock – a progressive-liberal hell hole hurricane, the eye of which is centered over the University of Toronto’s gender studies department. But don’t laugh too hard – they are very subtle in their ways. How do you prove that all men are dangerous to women? Create safe spaces for women to hide in, wherever there are men. How do you censor words? Start providing “warnings” for words you find scary, so one day nobody will mind when you start censoring them. After all, these were horrible terrible words that traumatized people, so these horrible words need to be relegated to the pages of history along with witch burning and crucifixion. So wherever you see “Trigger Warning” and laugh, don’t be so quick to laugh. These are very subtle ways the “progressive” left slowly makes the parts of the English language it doesn’t’ like illegal.
commented 2016-01-19 09:56:59 -0500
A warning should be placed on all Government Ministers paychecks, that they should be careful of triggers while laughing all the way to the bank to cash their paychecks.
commented 2016-01-08 16:18:19 -0500
That would be the day I would voluntarily tell this government anything. Who the hell are they to act like your grandmother, when all they want is for you to pay their way, by keeping them in government.
commented 2016-01-07 17:04:40 -0500
When I first read about this yesterday and looked at the Government page and noticed ”trigger” I was a little surprised to see how fast this new fad, growing in Academia especially in the States, but also in Europe, has been adopted as a part of the new ‘Change’ Mindset by the Liberal Government and subsequently their administration.

Recall previous articles on TheRebel noting how students and administrations in several Universities promote the avoidance of ‘triggers’ in all forms of communication that might offend or emotionally upset other people – terrible, offensive, stress-inducing terms such as ‘Merry Christmas’, ‘Bless You’, essentially any form of critique or even innocent comment made to a person from an apparent favoured group/culture in Society. – not unlike News Media chastising people who object to behaviors or actions of Immigrants by labeling them ‘racists.’

However, I think we ought to consider whether the Government’s use of the ‘trigger’ concept with their associated offer of free counseling/therapy is really not a ‘warning’ at all, or even a sincere concern about PTSD as much as it is a self-serving promotion of the Government’s contrived image of moral superiority and sincerely being concerned about you. Why?

Now that the Government has demonstrated how eager they are to go beyond the norm and to help anyone and everyone cope with life’s challenges, you will in turn also show your care and give them your support, your confidence, your admiration and especially your vote. It’s a façade.

Am I cynical? Perhaps, but there’s plenty of examples over the past few months that would make anyone cynical of Federal Government policies, promotions and promises. And even if the Government was actually concerned about phrases or terms that would be potentially emotionally harmful to citizens who have endured terrible experiences: (a) Why would these comments not be purged out of the supposed ‘public’ documents, and (b) I’ve yet to see any such serious emotion-laden content on the Government’s ‘trigger warning’ website – admittedly from my perspective. Is this need for a trigger and protection for fragile citizens a non-issue? – but one that plays well to a leftist liberal media?
commented 2016-01-07 10:36:43 -0500
Oops, I meant woman not women!
commented 2016-01-07 10:36:16 -0500
Well this is one Canadian women that will continue to trash this illegal government, anywhere anytime, until they are dumped into a dung heap somewhere, where they truly belong. They are going to have to kill off all of us old folk before they can pull the wool over the eyes of those who remain under their evil spell. I think Trudeau is a disgusting misfit, who needs mental help. Though I highly doubt anything can help that simpleton now.
commented 2016-01-07 09:44:19 -0500
the real enemy is not a term or an adjective… it is a person who has a face.
commented 2016-01-07 06:32:07 -0500
Canada will be turned into a crib full of babies by the time Trudeau is finished, treat them like kids and they will be dependant on the government, a socialists way. Canada’s credibility on the world stage will be diminished dramatically with the Sesame Street characters running our country.
commented 2016-01-07 03:49:53 -0500
If we are lucky, then maybe the trigger warnings can block out all those aboriginal news stories that try to guilt and blame us.
commented 2016-01-07 00:07:41 -0500
A new low for The Rebel. People who have experienced rape, or have family members who have been raped or murdered, might have troubles dealing with the content.
commented 2016-01-06 21:49:34 -0500
Stupidest thing I have ever heard. Why stop there, how about crime stories in the newspaper, violent TV shows & movies, what you will see & read about if you visit Winnipeg’s Human Rights Museum, on & on & on. If you cannot deal with the graphics, etc, then stay away. Many TV shows have this warning at the beginning & that should be enough. Is it the responsibility for the gov’t to coddle everyone? How much is this all costing the taxpayer Mr. Trudeau.
Christine Richards…….I too would want to know what happened to my loved one, however, some murders are never solved no matter who the victim is & all of these cases have been investigated by police & RCMP (the majority of them solved) which cost millions & having an inquiry will not halt what you called native on native violence. It is a fact that the majority are killed by their own people. The money would be much better spent helping these women & their families improve their lives through better education & better parenting, etc.
commented 2016-01-06 20:08:04 -0500
Lad Reme commented 3 hours ago
The Government of Canada, Misled by Justin Trudeau dose not want us to become traumatized. Every time I see a picture of him, I want to punch him in the face. In fact, if I ever do get close enough to him, I will hit him so hard, he will have to put his hand up his Butt just to clean his teeth.

Ezra, You want to make some money? Have a load of toilet paper printed up with Justin’s picture on each sheet and sell it in the Rebel Store.
Excellent idea.

I will buy a case for each bathrooms in the house, each of the three port-a-potties and each of the the two outhouses I own.

Cannot happen soon enough.
commented 2016-01-06 20:07:38 -0500
Does it do good or does it just “feel” good. LMAO
commented 2016-01-06 19:53:43 -0500
I didnt know that rape and murder was such an easy topic for everyone to read about? This stuff disturbs me. This line may be going a bit on the safe side, but so be it. This is the kind of stuff that Conservatives kind of nit-pick and then make themselves look heartless to the left. Yes, pick on safe spaces at schools, but geez, pick your battles.
commented 2016-01-06 19:44:23 -0500
@rachel MCCONNELL Only in Liberal land people want to know what has happened to their dead relatives? God forbid you ever have to experience the feeling of not knowing what has happened to someone you love, but let me tell you, most people want to know. People want answers, people want to be able to put things to rest and heal. Knowing the truth helps that. The Native people have learned to mistrust their government because of the past, maybe this will help them to gain trust. Maybe there will be some answers for a lot of us in these investigations, even you. Possibly you can say “see it was just Native-on-Native violence” again.
commented 2016-01-06 19:34:52 -0500
Im a Conservative, but I have also been a victim of sexual assault. I can see this trigger warning being there for people that may also be victims of sexual assault and reading about it can trigger different symptoms possibly related to PTSD. This site may well be viewed by victims’ family members, and the murder of their daughter, granddaughter, neice ect. and information about it could trigger some terrible emotions and cause stress. I dont think that its very laughable. I think they are offering support to family members and victims of crime. Maybe I see this differently?
commented 2016-01-06 19:14:49 -0500
Wow, I heard about this a couple of days ago and laughed.. I thought it was a joke !!!! OK, I am going to call and complain that the trigger warning has triggered me because I regard trigger warnings as a barbaric cultural practice.
commented 2016-01-06 18:30:34 -0500
A whole department created for an inquiry into crimes that already have close to a 90% solved rate. The bulk of which is perpetrated by men in their own homes, or communities. Only in Liberal land.
commented 2016-01-06 17:22:58 -0500
WOW…will we have any pride left when Robbing hood is gone? Every time I read something new or see Trudeau I get this horrible feeling in my stomach and my head starts spinning…..No joke I really may be traumatized…I`m not sure if I need a lawyer or a shrink!! It`s an awful feeling being in my mid fifties thinking the end of my full time working career was a few short years away only to end up wondering every day if I will have anything left by the next elections. Oh how did we get to the state we are in …Alberta we get a double dose …the fried prince of puff & the nut that is Notley….WOW
commented 2016-01-06 17:03:58 -0500
The Government of Canada, Misled by Justin Trudeau dose not want us to become traumatized. Every time I see a picture of him, I want to punch him in the face. In fact, if I ever do get close enough to him, I will hit him so hard, he will have to put his hand up his Butt just to clean his teeth.

Ezra, You want to make some money? Have a load of toilet paper printed up with Justin’s picture on each sheet and sell it in the Rebel Store.
commented 2016-01-06 15:54:05 -0500
Elton Braun – commented
“Well I’m traumatized every time I see Trudeaus’ face. Thank goodness I can finally call someone.”

Every time I see that fools face I want to slap it, on behalf of all normal Canadians!
commented 2016-01-06 15:42:52 -0500
ELTON BRAUN, I did and they asked me Trudeau? who is Trudeau? Guess I should have said ‘Selfie King’, or ‘the pretty boy with the beautiful hair – or is it heir?’
commented 2016-01-06 15:28:58 -0500
Well I’m traumatized every time I see Trudeaus’ face. Thank goodness I can finally call someone.
commented 2016-01-06 15:12:42 -0500
I thought that this comment on mrctv.org article is noteworthy as well.
@zeph1 • a day ago
That website was clearly created to appeal to (white) leftist Canadians who aren’t even affected by these issues but want to “feel good” through their slacktivism.
As for the “inquiry” itself this sentence sums it up quite well, “The Government will immediately begin engaging with survivors, family members and loved ones of victims, as well as National Aboriginal, provincial, and territorial representatives to seek their views on the design and scope of the inquiry.”
In short, the Canadian government is only using this to expand its control and oversight of indigenous communities in Canada. They’re looking to shift the blame of their historical policies that contributed to this (government-funded Indian Residential Schools, anyone?) onto the citizens of certain political, social leanings. It’s nothing more than a way for the government to exonerate itself.
The same thing our government does here in the USA…shifting blame onto its citizens while using it as a distraction (and an excuse) to expand itself and increase its own funding.
commented 2016-01-06 14:08:48 -0500
“how many public sector employees did they add to the trough to run this idiotic dept.”

Probably about 20 to 30.
commented 2016-01-06 13:59:11 -0500
its the liberal way, how many public sector employees did they add to the trough to run this idiotic dept.