June 12, 2019

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

Jessica SwietoniowskiRebel Correspondent

I went out to a prominently Filipino area here in Toronto to hear how Filipino-Canadians feel about the #GarbageShip that we are excepting back in B.C. at the end of the month.

Not only did Canadian garbage make a mess in the Philippines but putting us on the verge of a “garbage war” may hurt Canadian-Filipino relations.

June is Filipino Heritage Awareness month in Canada, so it’s a good time to talk about this mess.

Watch my video to hear what real Filipino-Canadians think about the garbage ship.

PS: I’m travelling to the Philippines this weekend to report on this situation and get the facts the rest of the media won’t bring you.

Please support my exclusive independent journalism at GarbageShip.com.

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commented 2019-06-13 11:03:47 -0400
We are not “excepting” the garbage, we are “accepting” it.
commented 2019-06-13 00:35:15 -0400
• Plastics disposal are definitely a problem
• but the solution to plastic garbage was solved decades ago
• such as disposable plastic bags, straws, etc
• high efficiency modern incinerators with electronic scrubbers and filters
• they have been in use in Europe for decades
• they can even burn plastic which is only a form of petroleum, no different from burning oil or gasoline
• the solution has been there for decades
• why is it so difficult for our governments to see it
• maybe the solution is too simple ????
commented 2019-06-12 20:37:50 -0400
And I still would like to see a few of journalism’s basic questions answered:- What’s the name of the company that sent the garbage and who were the owners? Are they being held accountable in any fashion?
commented 2019-06-12 20:17:12 -0400
When China stopped taking plastics from Australia for recycling the Philippines jumped .at the chance to take over. Recently the Australia Broadcasting Company (ABC) did an investigation about what was happening with the recycling, If found dozens of “recycle” facilities stockpiling the plastics in bins or piles on the ground. In seven years nothing was processed,

Ergo, that our junk was sent there for recycling never happened should be of no surprise to us, Plastics, metals, paper and even adult diapers can be recycled. But just as Australia’s plastics just sit there untouched, so did the material we sent the Philippines..

The Philippines has a new president. He is huffing and puffing about Canada, but not saying a word about the “recyclers” who have done nothing with the materials they wanted. Will he try to threaten Australia? No, They have a Prime Minister who would tell the Philippines exactly where they can shove the garbage they willingly took. Our PM simply wet his pants and took the garbage back, bowing to a tiny nation that we give financial aid.
commented 2019-06-12 19:07:25 -0400
As much as I loathe and despise Canada’s fairy princess Prime Minister, we cannot blame him for this garbage, neither can we blame Harper since it was a private company that shipped the garbage, not the federal government.
commented 2019-06-12 15:53:59 -0400
The best way to reduce garbage is to stop migration to all but skilled christian workers.
commented 2019-06-12 15:05:12 -0400
I agree. I think that Duterte was just looking for a fight and this was a perfect opportunity to get close to the US . If he can’t get at Donald Trump, at least pick on his neighbour.
He wants to show Trump how mean and dirty he can get.
commented 2019-06-12 15:01:01 -0400
I agreed with those interviewed, until that woman said she ‘admired’ Duterte, or was she talking about Justeen?
commented 2019-06-12 15:00:54 -0400
What isn’t fair is blaming Canada when it was obviously the private company’s mistake (or fraud) by sending garbage instead of recyclables. The only blame for Canada is not dealing with the mistake promptly.
Sending recyclable goods overseas is a common practice because it provides jobs for people, and at a much lower wage than demanded by Canadians (if you can find them to work that job). It’s no different than getting your jeans made in China because of the high wages for textile workers in North America, again, if you can find enough people here to make jeans and other products.
This story is so overblown, except for the fact that Trudeau, as is his practice, has a knack for pissing off countries around the world and making Canada look terrible.
commented 2019-06-12 14:59:40 -0400
“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. … 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.”

Why wasn’t this done in the first place by Climate Barbie?
She’s definitely trying to cover up something otherwise she would delight in blaming someone else (in addition to Stephen Harper).

JESSICA: The company that shipped it will have the information on who originated/authorized this. You need to request that information.
commented 2019-06-12 14:10:17 -0400
The powers that be will now have to take a trip to the Laundry to clean up their, er, garbage before exporting it to unsuspecting countries. This would be a job that even Trudeau should be able to handle, all he would need is a bar of carbolic soap and a scrubbing brush….Perhaps a cloths peg for his nose. Eat it Trudeau.