Free copies of the Epoch Times, an international newspaper infamous for pushing far-right conspiracy theories and pro-Trump messaging, appeared on Canadians’ doorsteps last month, leading to numerous complaints from the public and a controversy for Canada Post.
Earlier this month, Ramiro Sepulveda, a postal worker in Regina, Saskatchewan, refused to deliver a sample edition of The Epoch Times and was suspended for three days without pay.
1/ So Canada Post suspended 2 carriers for not delivering @EpochTimesCan, which sent free samples to everyone in Jan.
— 东 北 的 Jokic (@stevenzzhou) February 1, 2021
The free edition, which went out to neighbourhoods in Ontario, Saskatchewan, B.C., and the Maritimes, included a section headlined “Communist China’s Silent War Against the West.” It includes a number of older pieces published by Epoch last fall. One article republished from last Sept claimed that Beijing had “infiltrated almost every major avenue of life in countries like the United States and Canada,” including the office of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Nenshi’s office responded that it had no knowledge of such a list.