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Alberta ordered into ‘last chance’ partial COVID-19 restrictions

Kenney, who is back in isolation at home after having a close contact with a coronavirus patient, said this will be Albertans “last chance” to avoid more strict lockdowns.

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Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta will move ahead with more coronavirus restrictions effective Friday.

But unlike the previous lockdown that started in March, business and schools will remain open.

Kenney, who is back in isolation at home after having a close contact with a coronavirus patient, said this will be Albertans “last chance” to avoid more strict lockdowns.

“It’s almost certain we have not reached the peak of this outbreak,” said Kenny, who announced a record 860 people had tested positive Thursday.

“We can’t afford to wait,” added Kenney who called the new numbers “dangerous.”

Ten Albertans have passed away from the virus in the last 24 hours bring the total to 393. Fifty continuing care homes are also dealing with outbreaks. There are 8,305 active cases across Alberta.

The new lockdown rules will be in effect until Nov. 27.

As of Friday, all group fitness and indoor sports are banned in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge Red Deer and Grande Prairie.

Amateur theatre, dining and singing is also banned in those locations.

Kenney said some pubs “have been turning into nightclubs.” Now pubs and restaurants must stop booze sales at 10 p.m. and be shut down by 11 p.m.

The premier also urged everyone in an enhanced watched communities, including Calgary and Edmonton, not to host parties at their homes. He said 40 per cent of cases have been caused by transmission in the home or social gatherings.

Kenney said if people don’t follow the guidelines, penalties and enforcement could become “harsher.”

A 50 person limit has been placed on funerals and wedding and churches must only be filled to one-third of capacity.

And Kenney urged businesses to continue to make it possible for employees to work from home.

Alberta Chief Medical officer of health said 73 percent of the 70 ICU beds in the province set aside for COVID-19 are currently filled.

Kenney said 30 per cent of elective surgeries have recently been cancelled in Edmonton.

In Calgary, all Grade 12 students at John Diefenbaker high school have been told to stay home and take online classes for two weeks after “a number of positive cases” of COVID-19 were found, the school said.

“Many Grade 12 students and associated staff members have been identified as a close contact of one of these cases and will be required to isolate at home for up to 14 days,” said a letter to parents sent by the school, 6620 4 St. N.W.

“Due to staffing capacity issues, the decision has been made to move all Grade 12 students to online classes from Thursday, Nov. 12, until Friday, Nov. 20.”

This week, Manitoba moved into a full lockdown but with school remaining open.

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