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SATIRE – ‘Harper Changes Canadian Flag’

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

A report circulating via social media claims that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unexpectedly unveiled a ‘new-look’ Canadian flag that matches the Conservative Party’s red, white, and blue logo colours. 

Brief Analysis

The report is fiction. Prime Minister Harper has not announced any changes to the flag. The story comes from the Canadian satire website The Lapine. The stories on the site are designed to poke fun at people, events, and trends. You should not take material published on the site seriously.

Example

Harper Unveils ‘Subtle’ Changes to Canadian Flag

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper surprised media this morning by unveiling a ‘new-look’ Canadian flag in red, white, and blue that ‘just by fluke’ matches the colours of the Conservative Party’s logo.

Harper Unveils ‘Subtle’ Changes to Canadian Flag OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper surprised media this morning by unveiling a ‘new-look’ Canadian flag in red, white, and blue that ‘just by fluke’ matches the colours of the Conservative Party’s logo

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Detailed Analysis

According to a post that is making its way around the Internet via social media, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled ‘subtle’ changes to the Canadian flag. The circulating post links back to a longer report on The Lapine website.

The report explains that the ‘new-look’ Canadian flag will feature red, white, and blue, which just happen to be the colours of the Conservative Party’s logo.

The story has generated a good deal of outrage is it travels, with many commentators decrying Harper’s supposed changes to the flag.
However, the claims in the story are not true. Stephen Harper has not made any announcement about changes to the flag. The Lapine, the site that published the report, is satirical. None of the material published on the site is meant to be taken seriously.

Read in context, the satirical nature of the piece is quite evident. And the site’s About Page makes a clear disclosure:

The Lapine is all about poking people and things that deserve to be poked. It is satirical commentary written by all kinds of people from here, there and darned near everywhere.

Nevertheless, when such stories escape their original context and begin circulating via social media, a number of people are apt to believe them.

It is a good idea to verify any ‘news’ stories that come via your social media feeds before sharing them.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer