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Alberta unions hint at general strike

Guy Smith said it’s hoped the support will lead to “province-wide protest actions…and possibly a general strike.”

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Five Alberta unions have launched a “Stand up to Kenney” campaign that will see province-wide protest and a possible general strike.

Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan announced the action plan in Edmonton on Wednesday flanking by four other union leaders from the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA), Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), Canadian Union of Public Employees Alberta (CUPE Alberta) and U of A Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

“We’re asking all Albertans to join us…and stand up to (Premier Jason) Kenney,” said McGowan, adding an online petition is being started.

“By taking the pledge people will be indicating that they’re ready to take part in province wide protest actions,” said McGowan.

“These protest actions will include rallies demonstrations – both in person and online – and they may include work related protests like workplace strikes, and even a provincewide general strike.”

On Monday, hundreds of health care workers wildcat walkouts.

The walkout took place by AUPE hospital workers in Calgary, Edmonton and around the province.

AHS went to the Alberta Labour Relations Board “to formally ask the board to direct the affected employees back to work.”

In a statement, AHS said all sites remained open but some surgeries and ambulatory care clinics are being postponed.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced earlier this month the AHS was shedding 9,700 jobs by shifting them to the private sector.

Most of the 9,700 other jobs will now be outsourced in labs, housekeeping, food services, and laundry.

There will be 2,000 laboratory jobs, 4,000 housekeeping jobs, 3,000 food service jobs, and 400 laundry jobs cut.

The province said about 70 per cent of lab results are already contracted out, as is 68 per cent of laundry.

Franco Terrazzano, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s Alberta Director, said it was disappointing to hear a general strike being mentioned.

“It’s very disappointing that government union bosses are threatening work stoppages when too many Albertans want nothing more than to have a job,” said Terrazzano

“All taxpayers should be concerned that this is a campaign to make struggling Albertans pay more for our high cost provincial government.”

Terrazzano pointed out that the Alberta government spends more per person than every other province and would spend $10 billion less annually if its per-person spending were brought in line with provinces such as British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, according to the Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta’s finances.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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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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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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