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Finalists named to adorn new $5 bill

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is to make a decision early next year




The short-list is out for which prominent Canadian will grace the new $5 bill.

The five men and three women were shortlisted from a list of 600 suggested by Canadians.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is to make a decision early next year about who should adorn the new bill.

The nominees are: (Bios and pics provided by the Bank of Canada.)

Pitseolak Ashoona

[c. 1904-1908]–1983

Pitseolak Ashoona, born in the first decade of the twentieth century, was a self-taught artist whose drawings and prints have been internationally exhibited and which are held by museums and galleries throughout Canada. Her work, which reflects her own lived experiences following a traditional Inuit semi-nomadic lifestyle, provides a lively and vivid record of the ‘old ways’ once followed by the Inuit of the Eastern Arctic.

Pitseolak Ashoona

Robertine Barry (“Françoise”)


Robertine Barry (also known by her literary pseudonym, Françoise) was the first female French-Canadian journalist, and a relentless advocate for many social justice causes, especially women’s equality in society. Both in her written works and public speeches, Barry was a staunch activist who championed the causes of women’s suffrage; women’s access to a university education; shelters for the poor and for female victims of domestic violence; the regulation of child labour; and the establishment of a secular Quebec ministry of public education.

Robertine Barry

Binaaswi (Francis Pegahmagabow)


Binaaswi (Francis Pegahmagabow), a veteran of the First World War, was the most highly-decorated Indigenous soldier in Canadian history. Following that conflict, he assumed leadership positions with the Wasauksing First Nation (Parry Island, Ontario) and later participated in regional and national advocacy movements to promote Indigenous rights in Canada.


Won Alexander Cumyow


Won Alexander Cumyow was the first known Chinese-Canadian born in Canada. Fluent in both Cantonese and English, he used his language skills to bridge the divide between Vancouver’s English-speaking and Chinese communities. Working as a police interpreter, and actively involved in key Chinese community organizations, he was a voice for a disenfranchised people, and a positive influence in helping transform racialized attitudes toward Chinese people in Canada.

Won Alexander Cumyow

Terry Fox


After losing part of his right leg to cancer, Terry Fox campaigned to raise national awareness and funding for cancer research by running his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada 42-km daily run, on his prosthetic leg. By February 1981, $24.7 million had been raised—or $1 for every Canadian. His run was interrupted just past the half-way point when the cancer reached his lungs, and ultimately took his life. Today, annual Terry Fox Runs are held all over the world to raise money for cancer research. In 2020, the Marathon of Hope marks its 40th anniversary.

Terry Fox

Lotta Hitschmanova


Lotta Hitschmanova was one of Canada’s earliest grassroots humanitarians. She came to Canada in 1942 as a Czech-born refugee and founded the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada in 1945. Recognizable from her Canadian television appeals for support, she devoted her life to helping people in need around the world, especially children, and inspired others to give generously to relief and development projects in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, South Vietnam, Palestine, India, Nepal, Indonesia and Africa.

Lotta Hitschmanova

Isapo-muxika (Crowfoot)

c. 1830–1890

Isapo-muxika or Sahpo Muxika (Crowfoot), a leader of the Blackfoot Confederacy, was known for his judicious use of diplomacy and for being an advocate for peace between Indigenous nations and with settlers. He was instrumental in the Treaty 7 negotiations, and in preventing the Blackfoot Confederacy from participating in the North-West Resistance of 1885. Later in life, he also fostered peace with neighbouring Indigenous peoples.


Onondeyoh (Frederick Ogilvie Loft)


Onondeyoh (Frederick Ogilvie Loft), a Mohawk chief, First World War veteran, and political and social activist, founded the first pan-Canadian Indigenous organization in December 1918, to advocate for both the protection and expansion of Indigenous rights. In doing so, he helped lay the groundwork for contemporary regional and national Indigenous rights organizations in Canada.

Frederick Ogilvie Loft

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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


WIP leader Hinman says Alberta should shut off natural gas taps to US after Keystone cancellation

Hinman noted it was cold now in parts of the US, and urged Premier Jason Kenney give Biden 24 hours to change his mind on Keystone or Alberta would be “shutting down our gas lines.”




Wildrose Independence Party leader Paul Hinman says Alberta should turn off the taps of natural gas to the US, after Joe Biden cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline expansion this week.

Hinman noted, during WIP’s founding convention Saturday, it was cold now in parts of the US, and urged Premier Jason Kenney give Biden 24 hours to change his mind on Keystone or Alberta would be “shutting down our gas lines.”

Biden cancelled the project on Wednesday – his first day in power. Kenney has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help Alberta and operator TC Energy get their money back.

Hinman added it’s “heartbreaking” the way Albertans are being treated during the COVID-19 lockdown. He said Kenney’s pandemic lockdown response has turned Alberta into a “police state.” Hinman said Kenney was just “fear-mongering” with “propaganda.”

Hinman told viewers to the virtual AGM, he had received a call from an Alberta grandmother this week who decided to break lockdown regulations and open her business. Hinman said the woman was visited at home by RCMP officers and Alberta Health Services officials who threatened to arrest, fine her and apprehend the grandchildren she was caring for.

Hinman also called for recall legislation to be brought in. Kenney has promised recall legislation during his election campaign and after he came to office. He also made the case for a provincial police force and pension plan.

“There is a light, and that light is the Wildrose Independence Party,” said Hinman.

Members voted on the party’s constitution, put together by a committee. The constitution was voted on as a document in its entirety and required the backing of 75 per cent of delegates to pass. A total of 98 per cent said ‘yes.’

Members will be going through with line-by-line amendments when the law allows the party to hold an in-person gathering.

The delegates also voted on prepared policy documents, with a vote of 50 per cent needed to pass. It received 99 per cent support. Again, they will be fine-tuned at a later meeting.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGM was a virtual one, with events streamed through a YouTube channel.

WIP President Rick Northey said that their membership rolls have swelled by around 1,000 over the last month to a total of 6,500.

The surge in memberships comes in the wake of the UCP Snowbird Scandal, which saw at least 10 MLAs and staffers jet off to sun and sand destinations while the rest of the province was in a pandemic lockdown.

The party was founded in June when members of Wexit Alberta and the Freedom Conservative Party voted to merge their parties into the new Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.

The party surged in a recently Mainstreet Research poll conducted for the Western Standard to nine per cent province-wide support.

A leadership race is expected to be held between the spring and fall of 2021 to select the party’s standard bearer going into the next election.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Former Liberal MP calls Trudeau a ‘fool’ unconcerned with increasing costs

Dan McTeague said Justin Trudeau’s Clean Fuel Standard and $170 carbon tax are far worse than the “Green Shift” proposed by Stephane Dion




A long-time Liberal and former MP says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a “a fool who is nothing more than a marionette for the Laurentian elite.”

Dan McTeague, who has helped Liberal campaigns since 1978 and was a Liberal MP for Pickering from 1993-2011, said Trudeau’s Clean Fuel Standard and $170 carbon tax are far worse than the “Green Shift” proposed by Stephane Dion as Liberal leader in 2008.

“There was a time when Liberals actually did give a damn about the cost of living and they don’t today,” said McTeague, who once chaired a government task force on gasoline pricing and is now president of Canadians for Affordable Energy.

By 2030, Trudeau’s Clean Fuel Standard is expected to add another 11 cents per litre to the cost of gasoline, while the hike in carbon taxes will increase gas prices by another 36 cents per litre.

“We’re being led down this path of high costs, less jobs, all to be brought even into this fear, the aura of wokeness on the belief in the green climate front,” said McTeague in an interview with the Western Standard.

McTeague insists Trudeau’s “climate alarmism…has gripped the country at a time which would have the most devastating impact.” He also expressed concerns with Trudeau’s “virtue signalling” and “preachy” approach to government.

“It’s left a good number of Canadians without them knowing whether it’s a party that has their back, that has their interests. It’s really about top-down lecturing, moralizing about the new [climate] cult, and conform or be cast out. And that’s really the divide and conquer that I think has unfortunately gripped the nation beyond its economic woes, beyond its lack of accountability in terms of representation, beyond its dangerous move towards a fiscal collapse,” said McTeague.

“It’s important to have a strong energy sector to be able to pay for the social programs – you start messing with those as this Prime Minister has done, and his gang, you start cutting away the very economic and social underpinnings of this country.”

The 18-year Liberal MP believes the Trudeau government has deeply divided Canadians.

“We’re looking at really an undeniable collapse in our democracy and it’s unfortunate, but it’s created significant divides that I never thought would be ones a country could withstand – regional divides, city versus rural, West versus East, have and have nots versus haves, and…public servants versus those who work in the private sector.

“All these things tend to demonstrate there is no common purpose. The goal of government to make everyone work together and to get all the cylinders firing up and are rolling in the same direction has all been thrown out in favour of one or two handpicked issues in which you, your opposition, each either track or stand or fall.”

McTeague interned on Parliament Hill in 1981-82 when the first Trudeau was in power, and says the elder was more tolerant of debate and disagreement.

“The Liberal Party was far more tolerant and far more objective about future of Canada and everyone had a role. And that was true under Pierre Trudeau, whether we liked him or not. That guy could stand up to people in a good debate unlike his son who can’t tolerate anybody who is opposed to him. And that would not be like Paul Martin or Jean Chretien or Bill Graham or Stephane Dion or Michael Ignatieff.

“If you had something to say, you could say it. You could say it publicly, you could disagree with him, you could disagree with him on the floor of the House of Commons. At the end of the day, we were all Liberals. That is no longer the case. It’s an intolerant, academically intolerant group of people whose whole purpose is to divide and conquer and win by the narrowest of pluralities.”

McTeague believes Canada is on a path toward greater authoritarianism and that “this prime minister and the technocrats who dictated this policy to him are really only interested in attaining their woke objective, getting their carbon offset markets up and running, and enrichening their friends.”

“Every Canadian should be prepared to throw these bums to the side…these guys are not Liberals, they’re pretenders – and dangerous ones at that.”

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Horgan told he can’t build a ‘BC Wall’

Many pundits said such a move would be against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Horgan plugged away and last week ordered government lawyer to do some digging to see if he could.




BC Premier John Horgan isn’t legally allowed to ban other Canadians from travelling to his province, his lawyers have told him.

Horgan has been musing for several months about the ban, which he said would help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Many pundits said such a move would be against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Horgan plugged away and last week ordered government lawyers to do some digging to see if he could.

Section 6. (2) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states: “Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right: to move to and take up residence in any province; [and] to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.”

And guess what BC lawyers found – they concluded the pundits were correct!

“The review of our legal options made it clear we can’t prevent people from travelling to British Columbia. We can impose restrictions on people travelling for non-essential purposes if they are causing harm to the health and safety of British Columbians,” Horgan said.

“Much of current interprovincial travel is work related and therefore cannot be restricted.

“Public health officials tell us what is most important is for everyone to obey health orders, wherever they are, rather than imposing mobility rules. Therefore, we will not be imposing travel restrictions at this time.

“If we see transmission increase due to interprovincial travel, we will impose stronger restrictions on non-essential travellers. We will continue to work with the tourism and hospitality sectors to make sure all possible safety precautions are in place.”

In November, Horgan said: “We need a pan-Canadian approach to travel. People in Quebec and Manitoba should stay in Quebec and Manitoba.

“We want to make sure we have an approach to travel not inconsistent with citizenship. Non-essential travel should not be happening in British Columbia,” he said.

So far, BC has had almost 63,000 cases of COVID-19 with 1,119 deaths.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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