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MORGAN: Nenshi race-baiting on BLM mural should be remembered come election time

“Never one to pass up on a racial-baiting opportunity, Mayor Naheed Nenshi took to the microphone to decry the racists of Calgary and invited them to live elsewhere. “

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Calgarians were rightly incensed last week when it came to light that not only has the Calgary major and council granted $120,000 to a group to produce controversial Black Lives Matter (BLM) murals, but that one of those murals was going to paint over the beloved Giving Wings to the Dream mural which has graced the downtown Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) building for twenty-five years. Reaction from Calgarians was swift and furious at the thought of having this attractive urban art piece destroyed in order to make space for the promotion of BLM. City councilors scrambled in order to do damage control and it was clear that they were going to scuttle the project.

Before city council could formally kibosh the destruction of the existing mural, the recipients of the grant – a group calling themselves “Pink Flamingo” – claimed that they have decided to postpone their projects until 2021 “due to the violent vitriol, racism and threats we have received in the last 36 hours”. While I don’t doubt that a handful of anonymous idiots on the internet sent Pink Flamingos some nasty messages, let’s not pretend that this is why the project was deferred. They knew and likely were warned by city officials that if they didn’t back off on the project on their own, the city would have to intervene.

Radical BLM activists claim that everything is racist, so it is unsurprising that they claimed that they had to back away from the mural because of, racism.

Pink Flamingos also snottily stated that “The city is not ready”, as they essentially implied that Calgarians were too backwards to be able to accept their political message. Never one to pass up on a racial-baiting opportunity, Mayor Naheed Nenshi took to the microphone to decry the racists of Calgary and invited them to live elsewhere.

Let’s be clear here. Calgary’s reaction to the project had nothing to do with racism. It was idiotic for the city to propose to destroy a piece of valued public art without need. It is rare enough for the city to actually have public art which the public actually likes and citizens were not ready to see it covered up. The reaction from Calgarians would have been the same no matter which group was proposing to remove the CUPS building mural.

While Giving Wings to a Dream has been saved, it can’t be forgotten that $120,000 has still been dispersed in order to create political Black Lives Matter murals. Pink Flamingos made it pretty clear that they haven’t stopped; they simply are deferring the work until next year in hopes that Calgarians will have forgotten about this. This raises a couple of new questions.

For one, due to years of terrible decisions from the city of Calgary where foreign, ugly and expensive “art” had been procured, there was supposedly a spending freeze imposed on further art projects until they had found a new way to do things. Calgary city council slipped a quiet vote through in July specifically to bypass their own rules in order to spend $120,000 on Black Lives Matter political content. Council shouldn’t have been approving spending on any new art projects, particularly ones for a group as radical and politically charged as BLM.

Black Lives Matter is not just a concept. It is a movement and loosely organized lobby group which has moved to the radical fringes. BLM in Edmonton managed to get the Pride Parade canceled. A BLM leader in Toronto has referred to white people as being “subhuman” and openly has mused about fighting the personal urge to kill them. BLM has been noted for multiple incidents of antisemitism. We simply can’t pretend that Black Lives Matter is a moderate and inclusive group. They have no business receiving six-figure sums from Calgary taxpayers.

For that matter, no activist groups should be receiving tax dollars for public art projects. How would folks react if a pro-life group got a city grant to paint a mural of an aborted fetus on a public building? How about if a firearms group wanted to depict images of hunting in murals throughout the city? Black Lives Matter is no different in this respect.

Activist groups are of course free to exist and to promote themselves. That is essential in a free and democratic society. These groups should be raising their own funds from supporters and sourcing their own locations for any promotional art. It is not the place or role of government on any level to facilitate these groups with tax dollars.

Calgarians should not let city council sweep this mess under the rug for a year. A municipal election year is approaching and there is no better time to make it clear that Calgarians do not want their tax dollars to be given to radical groups under the guise of “arts funding”. Rest assured, city council has not given up on trying to get these murals through. They are simply waiting and hoping that voters forget about this. Don’t let them forget and demand that $120,000 back. It wasn’t city council’s to give away in the first place.

This isn’t racism. Its common sense.

Cory Morgan the Podcast Editor and a columnist for the Western Standard

Cory Morgan the Alberta Political Columnist and Host of the Cory Morgan show for the Western Standard. cmorgan@westernstandardonline.com

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SLOBODIAN: Kenney needs to stop ‘criminal’ searches of doctors’ offices

“Unless criminal charges are laid against those two so-called investigators, the CPSA itself is a criminal organization,” said lawyer Jeff Rath.

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Do not relent on the demand for a criminal investigation and sue their sorry asses off.

Accessing medical files under allegedly false pretenses while a legal challenge is underway is despicable and can’t be legal. 

This kind of medical “fascism” has no place in Canada. 

Investigators for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) went too far with what could be interpreted as either a shut-up tactic or dirt-digging hunt against Jeffrey Rath, a lawyer acting on behalf of several clients involved in litigation against the CPSA.

If the two CPSA investigators who raided a doctor’s office Thursday get away with this shockingly unethical stunt, then no one — vaccinated or unvaccinated — will be safe from these tyrants who think they have the authority to do whatever they want, rights and freedoms and privacy be damned.

This is utterly chilling. Jeff Rath, of Rath & Company, called it “medical fascism.” He’s right. 

CPSA investigators Dr. Jeff Robinson and Jason MacDonald searched the files of Calgary family practitioner Dr. Dan Botha for patients he granted COVID-19 medical exemptions. 

One of the few files — out of about 10,000 — they suspiciously accessed was Rath’s. 

“We’re in active litigation with these people and they think they can send investors in to access my medical files,” Rath told Western Standard.

“I wonder how a judge would feel if a judge found out these people could go through a judge’s medical file while a hearing with regard to the College’s conduct was before that particular judge.”

You can bet Alberta Health Services (AHS) — which pushes the boundaries of its authority beyond acceptable limits — had its mitts on this. 

Apparently, AHS didn’t let Premier Jason Kenney in on the plot.

“Neither the premier nor the Premier’s Office has any knowledge of the alleged events you describe. You’d need to contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons directly,” said spokesman Christine Myatt.

The investigators searched Botha’s files under the guise of a benign practice review they alleged was part of normal oversight procedures under the Health Professions Act.

Botha told Western Standard’s Melanie Risdon he was handed a one-page letter requesting he provide access to his patient files for the inspectors “under section 53.1 of the Health Professions Act (HPA).” It indicated the inspection was to “ensure the issuance of medical exemptions for vaccination against COVID-19 are in adherence to the provincial vaccination exemption program, medical exemptions for face mask are in adherence to provincial public health orders and the prescribing of Ivermectin is in adherence with CPSA Standards of Practice.”

This raid came from the CPSA, said Rath.

“I’ve sent several letters to the College of Physicians and Surgeons regarding concerns that my clients have with the CPSA basically interfering in doctor/patient relationships in Alberta. They’re telling doctors what they can and can’t prescribe, telling doctors what exceptions they can and can’t write,” said Rath.

“A week or so ago I wrote the College a letter saying how dare you tell doctors what medical exemptions they can’t write or threaten doctors with misconduct because they’ve written medical exemptions.

“The College replied: ‘Oh no, no, no, we’re not the ones coming up with these medical exemption restrictions, that’s coming from AHS.’ I said there’s an inherent conflict of interest in AHS setting out what the criteria are for medical exemptions to the vaccine and then having the College enforce it after the fact.”

On the heels of the raid, Rath fired off a letter demanding Robinson have his medical license suspended and that a criminal investigation be opened against both Robinson and MacDonald.

“As far as I’m concerned, they were illegally accessing my files under false pretenses that they were acting appropriately under the Health Professions Act.”

“Unless criminal charges are laid against those two so-called investigators, the CPSA itself is a criminal organization.”

Sadly, for the CPSA, there’s no dirt to be found in Rath’s medical file.

“There’s nothing in the damn thing anyway. It’s not like my doctor’s doing anything wrong regarding prescriptions. My privacy’s been violated. I feel personally violated. That invasion of my personal privacy is absolutely beyond belief.

“If they’re there — ostensibly conducting a random investigation of a doctor’s practice under the Health Professions Act to make sure that he’s conducting himself professionally with regard to mask exemptions or whatever — what business do they have targeting the medical file of a lawyer acting against the CPSA?”

“I grew up in a public health family. I’m watching what’s happening to the medical profession in this country and the complete lack of ethical conduct by the College of Physicians and Surgeons in this province. I don’t even recognize this to be my province anymore.”

Meanwhile, the family of a two-year-old whose file was seized is considering a lawsuit for the breach of privacy. 

Botha, treating the child with Rett syndrome, has provided a permanent mask exemption.

“Think about the poor mother. You can imagine how that family suffered already and you’ve got agents of the CPSA poking around in her poor little daughter’s medical file to decide if Dr. Botha appropriately granted this little girl a masking exemption. This family’s being terrorized by the College,” said Rath.

Time for the terrorizing to stop. It started with pastors and now has progressed to target little girls and lawyers. 

Who’s next? You?

Sue away.

What say you, Jason Kenney? Time to put a leash on these people.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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ANDRUS: Time to stop appeasing activists

“Under the guise of “Build Back Better” and a “Just Transition” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning a deliberate and systematic elimination of all oil and gas development within Canada.”

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Winston Churchill famously criticized appeasers, saying “each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.”

His point was that repeated compromise that allows your opponent to repeatedly shift the goalposts only delays your inevitable demise, rather than preventing it.

If the federal government and environmental radicals are today’s crocodiles and Alberta’s energy industry is the meat, why are we still feeding them?

Anyone who thinks these crocodiles intend to stop feeding after the first few bites are deluding themselves.

Under the guise of “Build Back Better” and a “Just Transition” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning a deliberate and systematic elimination of all oil and gas development within Canada.

The appointment of radical eco-activist, Steven Guilbeault as Minister of Environment and Climate Change was just the opening salvo in their war to “save the world” from climate change.

The government says that they only plan to cap oil and gas emissions but not total oil and gas production.

Some in the energy industry say this is fine because technological advances will ensure that they can increase production while remaining within the government’s cap.

You can almost hear the crocodiles chewing.

Or should that be ticking?

Another radical environmentalist, David Suzuki, recently warned at an Extinction Rebellion rally that “there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on”.

While oil and gas workers have struggled to find work for years and many massive projects have been cancelled, blocked, or abandoned, thanks to government policy, the activists are so far to the left that they think our leaders aren’t even paying attention.

Which leads to the obvious question — what would our leaders paying attention look like to these guys?

The answer, of course, is the complete shutdown of Canada’s entire oil and gas industry, and violent protests if they don’t get their way.

Keystone XL.

Chomp.

Energy East.

Chomp.

Teck Frontier.

Chomp.

Coastal Gaslink and TransMountain.

Chomp chomp.

How many more projects, how many more jobs, how many more livelihoods should we feed to the crocodiles before we wake up and realize that they don’t plan on stopping and appeasement doesn’t work?

How about zero.

Let’s stop feeding the beast and start protecting Albertans instead.

Josh Andrus is the executive director of Project Confederation (https://www.projectconfederation.ca), a non-profit fighting for a better deal for the west within the Confederation of Canada.

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MAKICHUK: Seeking economic diversity when it’s all going to hell

“Let’s keep it simple. Let’s do what we do best and absolutely, let’s expand our tech footprint in any way we possibly can — and it doesn’t just have to be in a green, eco-direction, as the esteemed Mr. Dhaliwal suggests.”

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On Nov. 16, the year 2021, Calgary city council voted 13-2 to declare a climate emergency, with only Ward 4 Coun. Sean Chu and Ward 13 Coun. Dan McLean opposed.

The notice of motion was initially brought forward by Ward 5 Coun. Raj Dhaliwal and calls for the city to take action on climate change through various initiatives that will help limit global warming.

It includes calls for the city to accelerate its emissions reduction targets to net-zero by 2050, collaborate and engage with First Nations communities to ensure intersectional climate change strategies, and develop a carbon budget to guide future council decisions.

“People who think it’s a war against our oil and gas … it’s not about that. It’s about how we produce, and how we consume our hydrocarbons, and supporting our oil and gas or energy sector,” Dhaliwal said.

“And on top of that, we also have an opportunity to bring this monumental and transformative change.”

Sorry Mr. Dhaliwal, but you’re so out to lunch, so out in left field, so out of touch, so out of … well, you get the point.

Yes, even city councils in Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto and, even our brethren up north, in Edmonton — have done the same.

It’s all part of this new trend toward extremist activism, the so-called green signalling effect, and, accompanied by a heckuva lot of journalism that passes as journalism, but is actually an agenda unto itself.

Take a look at the eco-activist Narwhal online publication, and tell me if you think that’s journalism. Taxpayer-funded, by the way.

Rookie mayor Jyoti Gondek’s climate emergency declaration aside — a bit of a head-shaker, for sure — I think it’s time we start keeping things simple.

When it comes to the city hall budget, if we can’t afford it, we toss it. Simple as that. Every department in that massive bureaucracy should be read the riot act on how to do with less.

And I don’t care if it’s the Calgary Police Service or the guy who fines me for not shovelling snow off my walk … it’s time we tighten our belts. Mayor Farkas, may have broached that to some extent, Mayor “Greta” Gondek surely won’t.

She is Nenshi-lite scary and we are stuck with her for the next four years. Status quo, ladies and gents, status quo — just what you voted for.

Allow me to digress, slightly.

The US keeps a military liaison in Russia, just as the Russians keep a military liaison in the US. It’s an honoured exchange.

No big secrets are revealed but both observers get to see stuff we will never see and report back to their respective higher-ups.

Well, this particular American liaison had some interesting things to say to a friend of mine. And it involved how the Russians ingeniously keep things simple.

Take for instance fighter jet ejection seats. Which jet fighter would you rather eject from … an American fighter jet or a Russian fighter jet?

Ah … you don’t trust the Russian technology, right? Wrong.

The American ejection system, in any fighter jet, is made by hundreds, if not thousands of different contractors.

The Russians? One. Yes, just one manufacturer. They design it from start to finish. Chances are it will probably not fail as often as its American counterpart.

Again … not my opinion. The opinion of this US military liaison, who lived and worked in Moscow and saw things for himself.

Secondly, US jet fighters have high-tech titanium or other rare metal engine mounts — which, are probably good but expensive as hell.

What do the Russians use? Hardwood. That’s right, hardwood. Why? Because it works, it absorbs vibration, as it is supposed to and it’s cheap as hell.

That would never, ever happen at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works in Palmdale, Calif. 

Better to not tell the Pentagon this — better to make fun of them after work at the bar.

The lesson here, folks, is that we don’t have to re-invent the wheel to bring Alberta back on track following the devastation of COVID-19 and well-meaning health officials on our economy.

Let’s keep it simple. Let’s do what we do best and absolutely, let’s expand our tech footprint in any way we possibly can — and it doesn’t just have to be in a green, eco-direction, as the esteemed Mr. Dhaliwal suggests.

I recently read an interesting piece in Breaking Defense online, an excellent website for military news with top-notch writers, which quoted a new report from the Reagan Institute, titled “A Manufacturing Renaissance: Bolstering U.S. Production for National Security and Economic Prosperity.” 

The report called for a US “manufacturing renaissance” amid an intensifying economic and national security competition with China, which has openly stated it intends to displace the US as the world’s leading economy in coming decades.

The report’s four recommendations include: modernizing the Defense Production Act, enlarging the US workforce for high-demand trades, creating new public partnerships and financial incentives to strengthen economic sectors important to national security and facilitating new forums with G7 and Quad (US, India, Japan, and Australia) countries to coordinate on economic issues.

While we’re not so militarily inclined, it seems obvious that our province must also look at launching an economic “renaissance” if we are to compete with the world. We simply can’t do things the way we were, we must adjust our attitudes and fast.

And I’m not talking about destructive open-pit coal mines in the Eastern slopes, I’m talking about simple things such as establishing special economic zones to lure foreign investment — the so-called innovators, entrepreneurs and companies we seek.

This is going to impact rural areas in Alberta, like it or not.

We must also expand support for the industries that made our province strong in the first place, such as natural gas and crude oil, agriculture, forestry, mining, construction and tourism.

Alberta beef, for instance, is among the best in the world. It’s high time we let everybody know that. 

Reduce the taxes on small businesses in Calgary and Edmonton, offer incentives to tech startups and cut red tape for businesses. 

If we need more revenue, don’t cut from health, put a toll on Hwy. 2 (semi-trucks, not included). Find other innovative ways, such as the highly successful visitor fee for Kananaskis.

That was the best thing the Kenney government has done since it came into power.

We need to pour more dollars, into R&D, just like China is doing and to hell with the feds.

Six-figure green jobs and unicorns are not going to appear anytime soon — the oil industry is going to be around for many years and we should not be ashamed of that, no matter what the mop-haired man in the PMO says or does.

In short, we must improve the business environment and incentivize investment in innovation.

Alberta strong. Keep it simple. We can do this.

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the Calgary correspondent for ChinaFactor.news
makichukd@gmail.com

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