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Former Alberta WEXIT leader joins Freedom Conservative Party

The Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta on Monday announced they had brought on board six former members of Wexit Alberta.

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The Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta (FCP) on Monday announced they had brought on board six former members of WEXIT Alberta.

“Those members include the former WEXIT Alberta former interim leader Alberta, Kathy Flett, and a group of WEXIT organizers who worked closely with Kathy to build that movement,” said FCP president Bill Jones.

Jones said the new members would be given places on the FCP board and “represent a significant arm of Wexit Alberta joining forces with the FCP to organize and build a strong Alberta first alternative to the current establishment status quo in both Edmonton and Ottawa.

“We are pleased to welcome this group of passionate Alberta patriots into the FCP and on our governing board. This represents another step forward in our 5-point plan to unify the non-Tory independence movement in Alberta.”

Flett said her move came after extensive talks with the FCP.

“It has become clear that the FCP is a true grassroots and member driven movement that will be the vehicle forward for Alberta independence,” Flett said.

But for Wexit Alberta head Peter Downing, it’s a case of good riddance.

“The FCP, I wish them the best, they’ve inherited a big problem with Kathy and the folks that she’s brought on board,” Downing said while chuckling.

Peter Downing. Photo from Twitter

“We terminated Kathy from our organization for trying to steal our trademark. She tried to register WEXIT Alberta as her own trademark, when we’ve been using that trademark for a long time and we have a lawyer who is registering that right now.” 

According to party members interviewed, Downing has the power to hire and fire WEXIT provincial party leaders, something Downing disputes. WEXIT would not disclose its constitution or by-laws on the leader removal process.

“You know, this isn’t China, it’s not the first one who can feasibly jump on a name that gets it, this is North America, it’s the one who’s put in the intellectual property and the work and have been using said name for a trademark; so, yeah, the FCP have inherited a lot of problems.”

In December, the FCP put forward a 5-point plan to try and unite parties on the right that support independence.

The plan would “unite all independence/ non-federalist right-leaning parties and movements into one strong, united political alternative in Alberta,” said the party.

with files from Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter: Nobby7694

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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  1. Godot

    January 28, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    “We are pleased to welcome this group of passionate Alberta patriots into the FCP and on our governing board.”
    Just like that, they are parachuted onto the governing board – all six of them!
    Derek, at the time you stepped down as leader of the FCP you stated that you would continue to play a supporting role for the party. As publisher of the Western Standard, you look for any opportunity to take shots at Peter Downing and WEXIT. Newspapers are supposed to provide objective, non-partisan news reports.

  2. Rick Johnson

    January 28, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Mr Downing once said “criticism of Wexit’s leadership only comes from those outside Wexit.” Thinking about that and weighing the evidence, I have to agree with his statement. Critics do end up either leaving of their own cognizance after exausting all strategies to reason or they are dismissed.
    His attack on the former members of Wexit, especially Kathy reveals his inability to put his own personal ego aside for the good of Alberta. That, to me, is petty, unprofessional, and uncharacteristic of servant leadership.

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Danish newspaper apologizes for contributing to COVID hysteria

Ekstra Bladet specifically apologized for making COVID-19 more threatening in the news and giving unnecessary power to COVID-19 vaccinations.

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After two years of pushing COVID-19 narratives, a Danish newspaper is apologizing for reporting government information without questioning, resulting in inaccurate numbers and statements.

“We failed,” said Ekstra Bladet, one of Denmarks largest newspapers.

“For almost two years, we — the press and the population — have been almost hypnotically preoccupied with the authorities daily corona totals,” said the translated newspaper statement.

“Exactly, the official hospitalization numbers have been shown to be 27% higher than the actual figure for how many there are in the hospital, simply because they have corona. We only know that now.”

It’s a reoccurring trend worldwide that COVID-19 number reporting has been misleading.

Some Canadian provincial governments ame forward recently and admitted to skewed numbers.

Ekstra Bladet specifically apologized for making COVID-19 more threatening in the news and giving unnecessary power to COVID-19 vaccinations.

“The vaccines are consistently referred to as our ‘superweapon’ and our hospitals are called ‘superhospitals.’  Nevertheless, these super-hospitals are apparently maximally pressured, even though almost the entire population is armed with a super-weapon,” said the newspaper.

“In other words, there is something here that does not deserve the term ‘super’ — whether it’s the vaccines, the hospitals, or a mixture of it all…

“We have not been vigilant enough at the garden gate when the authorities were required to answer what it actually meant that people are hospitalized with corona and not because of corona.

“Because it makes a difference. A big difference.”

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Toronto kids told: Shut up and eat your lunch

Consequences for a child speaking with their mask off will result in the their parents being notified to review the school’s COVID safety rules.

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Parents of elementary students in Toronto have been advised to instruct their children they must remain silent while eating lunches maskless in schools.

The letter addressed to families discusses “lunchroom COVID safety rules” and lists six expectations of students in elementary schools across Toronto.

The children are expected to:

  • Face the front of the classroom at all times
  • Stay sitting in their seat
  • Raise their hand if they need help opening a container or need to leave the room to go to the washroom
  • Place their mask back on before speaking to the duty teacher
  • Don’t speak with their masks off (this means it is a silent eating time)
  • Put their mask back on a pack up their lunch bag when the warning bell rings.

Consequences for a child speaking with their mask off will result in their parents being notified to review the school’s COVID-19 safety rules.

Parents are also instructed to review the rules with their children at home.

Asher Honickman tweeted his disgust for the policy .

“This comes from a Toronto grade 1 class,” Honickman, a Toronto lawyer, tweeted.

“I asked my daughter (different school but also grade 1) and she confirms the kids are not to speak to one another during lunch. In looking out for the best interests of our children, we have completely missed the forest for the trees.”

The Western Standard contacted the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and was provided a link to its “COVID-19 Guidance for Schools JK to Grade 12.”

The document has a section dedicated to food practices for snacks, meals and lunchtime.

The instructions mention a number of practices including physical distancing, eating in cohorts, using classrooms instead of cafeterias or lunchrooms, enforcing a no-food-sharing policy and also suggest staff “encourage quiet lunches to reduce the potential for spreading respiratory droplets.”

The TDSB spokesman said the schools are following guidance from Toronto Public Health and have been since September 2020.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Every single resident of Quebec hamlet covered in large COVID payout

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit pays $300 a week. The village is home to 960 tax filers.

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The federal Liberal cabinet approved a scheme to pay every single resident of a remote Quebec hamlet COVID-19 benefits, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Department of Employment on Monday would not comment on discretionary cash awards approved by cabinet order.

“This benefit is designed to provide targeted and temporary income support to workers whose employment is interrupted by a designated COVID-19 public health lockdown,” staff wrote in a Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement.  

“These payments will provide income support to workers who have lost their employment or are unable to perform work as a self-employed person.”

Cabinet on Wednesday designated the village of Kuujjuaq, Que. near Ungava Bay, as a lockdown region.

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough was “of the opinion it is in the public interest that an order designating the region be made for the benefit,” wrote staff.

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit pays $300 a week. The village is home to 960 tax filers.

Kuujjuaq benefits were made retroactive from last October 24 to December 18, an eight-week period.

Payments were estimated at up to $3,936,000, the equivalent of a federal cheque for every wage earner in the village.

The department had no explanation for the budget figure.

“The minister is of the opinion the ‘lockdown orders’ definition has been met,” staff wrote in a regulatory notice.

“The rise in COVID-19 cases in mid-December driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant has resulted in enhanced public health measures in multiple regions, provinces and territories concurrently.

“The lockdown benefit is not currently designed to respond to the scale and nature of the current public health measures given the narrow definition of ‘lockdown order.’”

Parliament passed the Lockdown Benefit Act on December 16. It originally limited payments to workers affected by full closures or stay-home orders for a minimum 14 days.

The main private sector employers in the village include two motels with a total 35 rooms, a co-op store and the Old Chimo Café, according to a local business directory.

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