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Calgary conference to discuss the ‘Value of Alberta’

A one-day conference in Calgary on Saturday is set to discuss Alberta’s role in Confederation.

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A one-day conference in Calgary on Saturday is set to discuss Alberta’s role in Confederation.

Called the “Value of Alberta,” the conference at the Telus Convention Centre is being put on by Alberta Proud, Buffalo Project, and Canadians For Democracy and Prosperity .

“We invited Albertan and Canadian experts to come and talk about how we got here, what the economic possibilities are, what might more autonomy look like, and what we want from Canada if we force open the Constitution,” says the conference’s website.

The keynote speaker at the conference is Lord Conrad Black. Former Alberta cabinet minister Dr. Ted Morton will also address the conference. There will be numerous other speakers and panels.

At 9:10 a.m. Saturday, Morton will speak on: Was the ‘West Wants In’ a worthwhile failure or just a failure.

Ted Morton

Morton was a co-author of the original firewall letter, a strategist for the Reform Party, as well as a former Alberta finance minister.

Former federal finance minister Joe Oliver will speak on the value of resources to Canada.

Joe Oliver

The 12:30 p.m. keynote address will be given by Black on “Is there a Canadian Manifesto without Alberta?”

Lord Conrad Black

Black has written extensively on Canadian and world politics and his current book includes proposals to set Canada back on course.

As of Thursday morning only 30 of 650 tickets remained unsold, said conference spokeswoman Becca Polack.

“At first we thought we would get 300 people, then it was 500 and we had to find a bigger room,” she said, adding the day would be full of “great speakers.”

The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $59.99 tickets can be purchased at https://www.albertaproud.org/valueofalberta

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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More than 600,000 animals dead in BC flooding

As the numbers stand now, 628,000 of the carcasses belong to poultry, 12,000 to hogs, and 420 to cows; moreover, 110 beehives have been destroyed.

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As the weather begins to dry in parts of British Columbia savaged by recent flooding, officials begin to get a more accurate picture of the true devastation the weather has had on livestock.

At least 640,000 animals are dead, officials said Thursday. The number is likely to climb as more farmers return to their properties.

As of publication there are 819 farms still under evacuation.

“The weather looks to be a bit more dry over the next couple of days which will be critical for the removal of carcasses,” said Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham.

As the numbers stand now, 628,000 of the carcasses belong to poultry, 12,000 to hogs, and 420 to cows; moreover, 110 beehives have been destroyed.

“The work by farmers and volunteers and companies to clean out barns and remove those animals continues to be extremely heartbreaking,” said Popham.

Abbotsford, BC — a city particularly oppressed by floodwaters — is home to roughly half of the province’s dairy farms.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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Notley supports CBC’s woke words for white people

The CBC released the list earlier this week and it has generally drawn scorn across the country.

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Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley has thrown her support behind a list of words the CBC says white people should avoid using.

The CBC released the list earlier this week and it has generally drawn scorn across the country.

As the Western Standard’s Linda Slobodian pointed out, the CBC’s list includes: “ghetto, to sell someone down the river, brainstorm, blackmail, savage, spooky, gypped, powwow, crippled, tribe, black sheep, blindsided, first-world problem, spirit animal, lame, grandfathered in, and tone deaf.”

Notley tweeted: “Such an important and interesting read.”

Notley tweet

CBC racialized journalists consulted black, indigenous, and people of colour to find out what offends them. 

“We ran some of the words by anti-racism and language experts, who said some of these phrases can be hurtful to various groups of people for their historical and cultural context,” said CBC.

“It might be time to rethink your use of these phrases and remove them from your daily lingo. CBC Ottawa compiled a small list of words, submitted by readers and some of our journalists who are black, indigenous and people of colour.”

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Sask Health Authority CEO resigns suddenly

The reasons for Scott Livingstone’s resignation are not known. His interim replacement is Andrew Will, who has been the SHA’s VP of Infrastructure, Information and Support.

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By LEE HARDING

Scott Livingstone, the CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, resigned “effective immediately” for undisclosed reasons.

Arlene Wilks, the SHA Board of Directors chair, made the announcement via a press release. 

“The (b)oard is grateful for Scott’s leadership during the creation of the SHA and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release reads.

“As CEO, Scott demonstrated a commitment to patient-and family-centred care and provided stability during a time of substantial change and significant pressures on the health system due to COVID.” 

The board chose Andrew Will to be the interim CEO. 

“Born and educated in Saskatchewan, Andrew Will has dedicated his career to providing executive leadership that builds strong organizational culture focused on supporting individuals and teams to achieve their best for the people we serve,” Wilks said in the release.

“Andrew has served in executive leadership positions for health regions in both Saskatchewan and Alberta, including Chief Executive Officer of four health regions, including as acting CEO of the former Saskatoon Health Region.”

CTV News obtained a document that also shows the SHA’s COO, Suann Laurent, was no longer listed in that position as of Nov. 17. The document listed Livingstone as filling that role also in an interim capacity.

Nothing indicates Livingstone resigned because of pending orders he disagreed with.

When University of Saskatchewan surgery professor Dr. Francis Christian issued reservations regarding COVID-19 shots for teenagers, Livingstone blasted him publicly in June.

“I think what he has done publicly is dangerous … I don’t condone it at all. Very disappointed,” Livingstone said.

“I would say from my perspective, what’s most disrespectful is his comments relative to pandemic vaccination and the response from this province … and how disrespectful that is to the thousands of people across this province, the health-care people on his team at the university and across this province who’ve worked so hard over 15 months to keep people in this province safe. I find his comments absurd.”

Christian was subsequently relieved of his role with the SHA and was not re-hired by the University of Saskatchewan for his teaching position.

Wilks said the board would maintain the “operational continuity and stability for our health system” during the transition.

“I am immensely appreciative of the hard work and sacrifice of our health care teams. Please know that we will continue to make every effort to support you through all the challenges that have come during the pandemic,” Wilks said.

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