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“We’re not offering haircut appointments, we’re offering full auditions,” Hirter told CTV News Toronto on Thursday.
According to their website, clients can book adult auditions or child auditions. The booking details say the guests will receive a “complete haircut, neck shave, blow-dry and style all while candidly discussing life, its ups and downs and all in between.”
“Auditions will be recorded for intent (if chosen) to later use in a podcast and/or documentary format.”
Hirter said when guests arrive for their appointment, they must sign a talent release form and undergo a COVID-19 screening test. Guests are also required to wash their hands when arriving.
She said that clients are not required to wear masks while receiving their haircut because the government rules say performers are exempt.
Hirter said she needed to keep her business, which she has operated for 18 years, open because she could not survive another extended closure.
“I’m a single mom, I’m not about to move into low income property with my son,” she said. “As a business owner and a mother, I had to make my own call … I’m not a criminal.”
“You’re telling me Walmart can sell bananas that 17 people have touched but I’m not allowed to operate? It’s morally wrong. You can’t expect us to shut down.”
She said she doesn’t consider the move to stay open a “dirty loophole” and added it “took a lot of preparation and money to get this started.”
In an e-mail to CTV News Toronto, Director of Planning and Building Services for St. Catharine’s Tami Kitay said an investigation has been launched into Chrome Artistic Barbering.
“We appreciate that these are challenging times; however, businesses that do not comply with the Provincial Orders and Regulations will be investigated and can anticipate consequences,” Kitay said in a statement.
Niagara Region Public Health told CTV News Toronto they are also aware of the situation and opened an investigation.
“Our staff are working in close collaboration with our counterparts at the City of St. Catharines and other agencies to ensure we continue to enforce the Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and the Reopening Ontario Act in a consistent and fair manner.”
Hirter said that while her business has not been shut down, city officials have told her she could soon face charges.
“I will continue to operate,” she said. “I will take the fines.”
TV Journalist Peter Akman — Latest Victim of Cultural Marxist Thought Police
A simple joke in a tweet with a picture of his Chinese barber got CTV journalist Peter Ackman fired. All he said, beside his barber with a surgical mask was: “Hopefully, ALL I got today was a haircut.” That was enough to trigger the Twitter crazies with howls of “racism”. Of course, he quickly apologized for what, it’s hard to know. But it did no good. Peter Akman no longer has a job. So much for CTV and freedom of speech. Corporate cowardice in defence of basic freedom is corrosive.
Where’s the “racism”? The acknowledged source of Coronavirus is Red China and is tied to an aspect of Chinese culture — the widespread desire for fresh wild meat. the wretched wild animals — bats, monkeys, civet cats, snakes are kept in horrid conditions in markets. cages stacked on top of each other have these terrified, wretched creatures urinating and defecating on each other. These are facts. Yes, yes. many Chinese do not support such practices. Yes, most Chinese do not have the virus, but, thus far, all the 180 acknowledged deaths and almost all those ill from the virus are in China and, of the four cases thus far in Canada, all four are Chinese who recently flew in from Wuhan. There’s no “racism” here, just facts.
It’s time to take Canada back from the cancel culture fanatics and the “anti-racist” (really, anti-White) wrecking crew and the apostles of Minorityitis, who put the tender feelings of privileged minorities above basic Canadian rights like freedom of speech.
At the end of this article, I have included some sample comments from the online Georgia Straight (January 30, 2020) version of this story. Most are really very common sensical about the issue.
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION
January 26, CTV investigative journalist Peter Akman tweeted a photo of
himself standing in front of an Asian man wearing a mask with the
caption “Hopefully ALL I got today was a haircut.”
now-deleted tweet was poorly received, quickly amassing dozens of
accusations of anti-Chinese racism and insensitivity in the face of what
has just been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.
quickly apologized, responding to the backlash with a repeated
copy-and-paste of his explanation of the situation. The man in the photo
was apparently a barber in Akman’s city of Toronto and had been
offering masks to patrons.
statement was equally condemned by Twitter users, with many accusing
Akman of refusing to acknowledge the racism behind his initial tweet:
It wasnt insensitive. It was straight up racist.— meg fenway (@megfenway) January 26, 2020
It was racist, dude. Say it.— Robin LeBlanc, from work (@TheThirstyWench) January 27, 2020
Today, a source speaking to The Post Millennial provided information that Peter Akman was no longer working with CTV. The journalist’s profile no longer appears on CTV’s W5 Team Bios page, where it did just two days ago, according to the Internet Archive. His CTV profile has also been removed from the website.
Akman had been an investigative journalist with CTV since 2013 after
leaving CBC in 2006, and had gained some notoriety for reporting live
from international sites such as Afghanistan, Israel, Kuwait, and Libya.
is going towards being a dictatorship if this is the trend we face.
Funny thing everytime a differnt country steps on there people for
saying something that somebody didnt like. Canada starts yelling. Human
rights, human rights , well people of canada we are looseing ours
everyday with changeing the laws to the point that if you look at
somebody or say anything your going to be in shit by somebody. Or if you
go online and say anything your employer has a right to fire you. Our
country is very broken and at the rate were going we might as well cut
our tongues and blind ourselves so we dont offend anybody..Like · Reply · 1h
Donalda Kyryluk MaunakeaIt was a JOKE! WTF!!! I am sorry I have Chinese relatives that would NOT be offended. This is totally ridiculous.Like · Reply · 1 · 2h
Aki SanWidespread outradge? Yeah, I doubt that. It’s more like a few triggered went on a tweet rampage and the network caved. Sorry to hear this. Canada is going into the dumper real quick with this type of over reaction of trivial shit.Like · Reply · 2 · 2h
people need ta grow the f__k up. It was a joke cause the guy was
wearing a mask. There is no hope for this world with all the touchy
feely bs that is happening when ya cant say a damn thing anymore. What
the hell happened to the people on this planet???? When the hell did
everybody become a race of wimps…..Like · Reply · 4 · 2h
think this is over punishing… this is a person’s livelihood that was
taken away over saying something dumb… I would have thought a public
apology would have been more appropriate… people commit suicide over
this… like how is he going to pay his bill’s? And what if he has
children?!? I really think his job was worth wayyyyy more then his
comment. Give him his job back and make him publically apologize or something like that.. smh people are way to sensitive… Steffan IlemanPeter Akman is a great journalist with a sense of humour. We’d be honoured to have him at CanadaChronicle.comUnlike · Reply · 6 · 4h · Edited
is getting ridiculous… I hope this increase in sensitivity is not the
new normal, because it’s pathetic. Who remembers the days of the comedy
show “mind your language”…if shown today to the masses it will start a
world war 😃Like · Reply · 5 · 4h
not sure about his tweet being racist or worth losing his job over but I
personally don’t think that this Coronavirus is in any way funny or
something to joke about. God Help us all.Like · Reply · 6h
media has overhyped this strain of flu, just like the global ensueing
climate catastrophe…it is truely pathetic that people (I guess sheeple
would now be the correct monica given the shite the gullible populas
believes) buy into fucking unsubstantiated made up stories. Wake up
people and lighten up too!Like · Reply · 1 · 4h
the hell? Everyone becoming a whiner. PC Police need to be fired not
the journalist. He apologized, get over it. Last Sunday I attended a
comedy show. A black comedian referred to me (a whitey) as his Niggah.
Did I get offended? No…it was funny. Everyone laughed. Chill.Like · Reply · 4 · 8h · Edited
need to chill out a bit. Jeeeeesus. That was not racist. Yes the virus
is scary. We need to have fun and get laughs in even during serious
times. More so than ever probably.
I have my first
child on the way. I fear that when he grows up, he will not be allowed
to have an opinion about anything or be able to have a sense of humour. I
hope that the world doesn’t become that bleak.
sensitivity to just about anything that someone does or says is getting
ridiculously out of hand. I have no desire to live in a world that bans
humour, especially black and off the cuff humour. It’s not living if we
keep heading towards a humourless existence. His tweet was funny, along
with the selfie, and if you can’t see the humour in it, then I would
take a long look at yourself in the mirror, because a narcissistic
psychotic is looking back. Errr, sorry, that’s Trump.Like · Reply · 4 · 9h