Rebel travels to the Philippines to uncover the facts about Canada's garbage ship! (Watch ALL of our videos here)

Jessica SwietoniowskiRebel Correspondent

Canada’s recycling is mainly fake. Most recycling is just dumped in the landfill or burned.

We like to pretend that we’re clean and environmental when really, we just outsource our worst garbage to the poor countries of the world. 

Six years ago, dozens of huge cargo containers of Canadian garbage of the grossest variety — including adult diapers — were shipped to the Philippines, where it rotted.

After six years, Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte was fed up with all this, and demanded in no uncertain terms that Canada, that Trudeau, take our garbage back.

So, finally, Canada’s garbage was loaded on a ship to be sent back to Canada. 

Now, what kind of idiot would want that garbage?

 Catherine McKenna! She tweeted:

This weirdo is banning ships that would export ethical oil to Asia. But she’s giddy about welcoming ships bringing toxic garbage back to Canada, to "power homes"?

It's crazy.

So The Rebel is sending me to the Philippines, to ask ordinary Filipinos how they feel about being Canada's dumping ground.

You just know that the CBC and the rest of the mainstream media cabal won't do that — they're fully on board with McKenna's climate scam.

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“Here's to the putrid #GarbageShip!” Keean takes the celebration to the streets

July 1, 2019 - "Here's to the putrid garbage ship!" Ordinary Canadians and Keean Bexte celebrate the return of Canada's trash.

BREAKING! #GarbageShip docks, its filthy cargo to be burned in Vancouver

June 30, 2019 - The #GarbageShip has returned to Canadian shores, and The Rebel was there to welcome it back.

Canada won't release internal documents until AFTER election

June 27, 2019 - Sheila Gunn Reid reports: The Canadian government says that they won't release their internal documents on the return of the #GarbageShip until next year, after the election is already over. 

Filipino Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin responds to The Rebel's Garbage Ship reports

June 20, 2019 - It all began when a Twitter account based in Singapore Tweeted at Filipino Foreign Secretary Teddy Loscin Jr about report on Canada's garbage ship returning to the Philippines. From there, Teddy and I soon began a good-humoured and lengthy Twitter exchange.

“We can't change the weather”, Manila just wants trash picked up

June 20, 2019 - During my trip to Manila to find out why the Canadian #GarbageShip spent years rotting away, I dropped by the Mall of Asia to speak to locals about how to help the environment.

Sorry, eh! Cleaning trash in Manila to apologize for the #GarbageShip

June 20, 2019 - After speaking to the people of the Philippines about Canada using their country as a trash dump, I wanted to make a small apology, by picking up trash myself.

Greenpeace Philippines: Trudeau's garbage ship is "waste trafficking"

June 19, 2019 - Jessica Swietoniowski interviews Lea Gurrero, the Country Director for Greenpeace Philippines. They discussed the conflict between Canada and the Philippines and pushing President Duterte to enact a ban on waste imports.

Duterte's Garbage War: Filipinos are sick of Canada's trash

June 18, 2019 - Turns out that dropping our trash off in Manila is a bit rude. Jessica Swietoniowski speaks with local Filipinos in Manila to ask them what they think of the potential garbage war between Canada and the Philippines.  

Canada's Filipino #GarbageShip part of international problem

June 18, 2019 - Here in Manila, it's clear that the Philippines is already a poor country. Small wonder that President Duterte is cleaning up the beaches and rejecting the trash dumped here by other countries including Australia and Canada.

The Garbage Ship's next stop is in South Korea

June 18, 2019 - Jessica received an update from the Canadian government on the current status of the garbage. After we discovered that the ship the garbage was initially on, had returned to port in Manila we inquired about the garbages current whereabouts. Looks like the next stop is in South Korea! 

Trudeau's Garbage Ship returns to the Philippines!

June 17, 2019 - The Garbage Ship has inexplicably turned around on its way to British Columbia and returned to Manila in the Philippines! 

Get your "S.S. McKenna Garbage Ship" t-shirt! 

Philippines already a “very poor country,” they don't need Canadian garbage

June 12, 2019:  Jessica went out to a prominently Filipino area in Toronto to ask how Filipino-Canadians feel about the garbage ship that is excepted back in B.C. at the end of the month.

Catherine McKenna welcomes rotting garbage back to Canada

June 2, 2019: Last week, on The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra went into great detail just how ridiculous this whole saga is.

Between her drunk rant in St. John's to her excited tweet welcoming the shipment of dozens of containers of old, rotting garbage from the Philippines, just how much damage will Catherine McKenna do to Canada's reputation on the world stage?

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commented 2019-06-25 01:16:38 -0400
The ship went to Taiwan, and is now is Xiamen, China — 15 hours from Taiwan by ship.
commented 2019-06-18 00:34:39 -0400
Interesting Ralph.
Brian that is obvious, but it was Trudeau back in 2017 I think, who as PM promised it would be brought back to Canada , then dragged his feet.
commented 2019-06-17 21:23:47 -0400
This garbage is the result of a black market, underground operation in the Philippines purchasing recycling on a black market, sorting and selling to China. That destination has disappeared and Duterte has been caught with his market collapsed. There is very little contamination and the whole thing is a scam.
commented 2019-06-17 20:01:06 -0400
Brian, As you say, “garbage people ship garbage”, but do not go on to mention WHO tells the garbage people to do it, so it comes right back to the government…those in power.
commented 2019-06-17 16:19:13 -0400
Prime Ministers DO NOT SHIP GARBAGE. Garbage people ship garbage. There was an original DEAL to enter into this arrangement on both sides. SO Where is it being reported?
commented 2019-06-15 01:09:27 -0400
If Jessica digs a lot, she may find the name of the company that sent that garbage to the Philippines six years ago, and where it came from, and even the names of some people in Canada who were involved. The name and location are kept hidden from us by our government.
I’m sure someone knows.
Also, how long has this garbage trade gone on in the region, and is it still on-going? Manilla produces 860,000 tonnes of garbage a year (2350 tonnes/day). We sent 50 containers (150 tonnes per) = 7500 tonnes. or about 3 days of garbage for Manilla.
It should arrive in Vancouver on June 19th. 5 days from now.
Cost: about $270,000 to ship 69 containers to Vancouver.
Cost to dump it in the Philippines, about the same.
commented 2019-06-14 11:35:42 -0400
Matt Salenius…I have been advocating this for years …those incinerator fires can also make steam for electrical generation as well.
commented 2019-06-13 19:39:58 -0400
Just give McKenna a shovel, she will know what to do with it.
commented 2019-06-12 18:39:09 -0400
Toronto is still shipping their garbage all over Ontario . They should be forced to deal with it in their jurisdiction .
commented 2019-06-11 19:31:32 -0400
the solution to garbage disposal was solved decades ago,,
high efficiency modern incinerators,
they can even burn plastic which is only petroleum,
like burning oil or gasoline,
the solution has been there for decades,
why is it so difficult for the government to see it,
maybe it is too simple ????
matt s. Montreal, QC
commented 2019-06-11 10:37:34 -0400
Bring it to San Francisco and dump it in the streets – no one will notice.
commented 2019-06-10 01:04:58 -0400
“The Company, or whoever is responsible for this fiasco must be held accountable for ALL costs… Taxpayers had no part of “this deal””

The province that sent the waste in conjunction with the company that was involved should be held responsible not the federal government and/or all Canadian taxpayers. But we all know that the current federal party’s fallback position in everything is to blame Harper. Since we are not given the point of origin of the waste from in Canada or the company involved logic dictates that the waste probably came from Ontario (GTA) due to having the highest population count and is long known to ship their waste out of the GTA (to Southwestern Ontario, Michigan). An investigation should be started asap as to determine who exactly is responsible and then go from there instead of making all Canadians to pay for a specific provincial government and a private company screw up.
commented 2019-06-09 19:22:53 -0400
Actually, I agree. It would be better that Keean and Jessica were covering BC’s reaction to this stuff before and when it’s arriving.
commented 2019-06-09 19:21:00 -0400
Duterte banned Soros from the Philippines, so he knows how to get rid of garbage.

What are the BC staunch protesting screaming environmentalists saying about this, especially Burnaby residents who will have to smell the stuff?
David Suzuki, where are you now?
commented 2019-06-09 15:29:57 -0400
Why are the Taxpayers paying for this? I agree with Daniel, as he asked all the right questions. Sending Jessica to the Philippines will do nothing. The Company, or whoever is responsible for this fiasco must be held accountable for ALL costs… Taxpayers had no part of “this deal”.. I will be happy to contribute financially when The Rebel goes after our local politicians, but going to the Philippines is a waste of time, and money… Peter is correct as well. The Philippines can be a dangerous place, but one has to know where to go. The South/Mindanao is dangerous, but because of a particular Religion. Islam is creeping in from the South.. Most of the Country is safe, and there are many Canadian Expats living very well in the Philippines..
commented 2019-06-09 15:24:19 -0400
Blaming Canada. You are right, it happened under Harper’s time but Justin was the one who promised to take care of it, and then had to be threatened into action by Duterte. Old Yeller’s (aka Climate Barbie) ridiculous spin on how wonderful it all was and now we can incinerate it and use it to heat homes in Burnaby was so ludicrous and hilarious that I expect her to have a party for the barges of trash upon their arrival. I don’t know if you caught Duterte’s video threat, but he was laughing at Justin and at Canada. He thinks Canada is as ridiculous as Justin is and he is the one who mentioned Justin Trudeau by name because he was dragging his feet on his promise.
commented 2019-06-09 11:05:16 -0400
Am I missing something? As a card-carrying member of the PC party, I am no apologist for Mr, Trudeau. But Stephen Harper was PM from February, 2006 until November, 2015. If this garbage was shipped six years ago, why are we blaming Justin for causing the problem?
commented 2019-06-08 13:02:02 -0400
Recycling plastics, they were paid for our recycling, not Canada’s garbage.

It will be INCINERATED in Burnaby when it arrives back in Canada, which is what should have happened in the first place. WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY to incinerate a plastics /garbage mix, and that is what we should always be doing to keep it out of landfill and oceans.

If enviro radicals like the bunch of rabid ones in the Justin Trudeau Liberal government, had any sense, they would spend their money on educating, selling and building proper incinerators around the world.
The Philippines, China and India are huge contributors to plastics in our oceans. But no no no, Old Yeller wants to ban straws and her boss wants to tax anything packaged in,or made of plastics up the wazoo.

Wrong headed illogical policy is the trademark of the Liberal party of Canada, with the Conservatives promising to following their lead like obedient little puppy dogs.

If you want common sense, you have to vote for the new party. The only conservative thinking party running in the October 2019 election race.
The PPC, The Peoples Party Of Canada. Maxime Bernier.
commented 2019-06-08 02:18:55 -0400
I am assuming the Philippines entered into a contract for financial reward, in taking this garbage??? If so, then they are contractually obliged to fulfill said contract. If not, then Canada can make arrangements elsewhere to dispose of their domestic detritus…preferably disposing of it within the Canadian border. Seems pretty clear cut to me.
commented 2019-06-07 16:08:16 -0400
We’ll never find out the company name as its a Liberal front company. They’re working on a DPA. (Defered prosecution agreement). Trudeau is working the back room to secure a competent lacky/Justice.
commented 2019-06-07 14:01:54 -0400
I was going to say some 0f the things that have already been said. However, I will just agree that there is no need to send a reporter to the Philippines. The questions should be asked at home – who sent the garbage over there (what companies and what government were involved), why are we dumping (or trying to dump) garbage on another nation?
commented 2019-06-07 12:40:07 -0400
Don’t worry about the garbage and where it’s going to go when it returns to Canada. It will probably be released into the St. Lawrence Seaway along with all the other waste that the Liberal Government has poured in there.
commented 2019-06-07 11:47:54 -0400
Before you head to the Phillipines, I have some questions I’d like to have answered here at home:

- Did the garbage leave BC, and therefore, is being sent back to BC? Who were the signatories who signed off on having it sent to the Phillipines? Was this a part of an ongoing agreement to send “recyclable” material to the Phillipines? Why was this particular shipment sent with “garbage of the worst kind”?

- Who was in power at the time 6 years ago? Questions need to be asked of the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.

- What company was responsible for the management of these materials? How could they, in good conscience, send this garbage away? What pressures were they under, what quotas needed to be met?

Instead of sending reporters to ask public-opinion questions (which won’t result in any actionable news other than responses ranging from “I didn’t know it happened” to “it’s atrocious that it was allowed to happen”).

I’d rather that money be spent haranguing our local leaders and decision makers into finding out how such an event could be allowed to happen.

Oh, and of course, exactly how we’re going to turn “a stinking pile of the worst garbage” into “clean power for Canadians” — now that would be a worthwhile story, if only it could be true.
commented 2019-06-07 11:30:22 -0400
The Philippines can be a dangerous place to unaware tourists
commented 2019-06-07 10:05:00 -0400
I smell a dead rat here? Is it a he or a she?
commented 2019-06-07 05:20:37 -0400
Can we call her Garbage Barbie now?