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Alberta to massively expand COVID isolation centres

Premier Jason Kenney announced the centres will be expanded in Calgary and Edmonton, specifically aimed at two neighbourhoods in Calgary’s northeast and nine in Edmonton.

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Alberta is “massively expanding” the use of isolation centres in the province – with specific emphasis in low income communities that are mainly ethnic neighbourhoods.

Premier Jason Kenney announced the centres will be expanded in Calgary and Edmonton, specifically aimed at two neighbourhoods in Calgary’s northeast and nine in Edmonton.

Kenney said people who have trouble self-isolating in those communities will be offered free stays for 14 days at local hotels – with culturally-appropraite meals, transportation and a a $625 payment once their isolation has been completed.

The cost for housing is about $160 a day, per person.

He said that is the same support offered to other Albertans who may have been displaced by natural disasters like floods and fires.

“We are here with real help,” Kenney said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

He said new “Covid Care” teams will be sent into the neighbourhoods with COVID-19 materials in 10 different languages and home care packages with face masks and hand sanitizer.

Kenney said people in the neighbourhoods are suffering through high infection rates “through no fault of their own” and noted many residents have “public-facing” jobs and have trouble speaking English.

He added the neighbourhoods tend to have lower incomes and higher density housing making it difficult for people to self isolate if they are sick.

“We must show empathy and compassion,” Kenney said.

“This pandemic has had a profound impact across the province, touching all our communities and all sectors of our economy – but for some, this impact has been even more severe. Alberta’s government will provide extra help to protect families in communities dealing with high rates of spread. We need to meet people where they are and help them to stay safe.”

A total of 16 hotels in Alberta will now offer COVID-19 housing – nine in Edmonton, six in Calgary and one in Peace River.

A total of 791 rooms will now be available in Calgary and 1,300 in Edmonton.

A total of 1,341 new cases were announced for Tuesday and an addition 11 more deaths.

On Monday, Alberta recorded a daily record of 1,887 new cases of COVID-19. There were 15 additional deaths, bringing the total death toll in Alberta to 733.

Earlier Tuesday, the first Pfizer vaccine doses were being prepared for the first day of immunizations in the province.

The shipment of 3,900 doses arrived by plane at YYC Monday night before being given out to health care workers in Edmonton and Calgary.

Sahra Kaahiye, a respiratory therapist at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, and Tanya Harvey, an intensive care nurse at the Foothills Medical Centre Cell in Calgary, were the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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And in BC, the first health care worker there also received the vaccine Tuesday afternoon.

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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  1. Charles Martell III

    December 17, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    So you take the Fake Test . . . and then get locked up . . . we ALL live in Wuhan NOW.
    How long till they come to your apt and weld the doors shut?

    “The PCR test was invented by Kary Mullis in 1985 but it was never intended for detecting disease; it’s primary applications included biomedical research and criminal forensics.

    Before his death in 2019 Mullis told reporters:

    ““Scientists are doing an awful lot of damage to the world in the name of helping it. I don’t mind attacking my own fraternity because I am ashamed of it.”

    –Kary Mullis, Inventor of Polymerase Chain Reaction

  2. Herry69

    December 17, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Scamdemic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Charles Martell III

    December 16, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Too bad Kenny didn’t do that for Seniors’ Care Home workers . . . say about 10 months ago . . . the death toll would likely be much smaller.

    Florida is quite NORMAL today . . . .

    Governor Ron DeSantis Holds Press Conference at Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach 12.15.2020
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnuAXa8rxMs

    The Florida Governor holds a press conference at a local restaurant today promising that all small business owners, restaurants and bars in the state will remain open and free to conduct business. COVID-19 will be managed, but we will not destroy families with arbitrary rules and dictates holding no foundation in science. God Bless DeSantis !

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/

  4. warrenzoell

    December 15, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Has he lost his mind?
    How so easy it is to take away peoples natural rights. Eh Kenney?

  5. Allen

    December 15, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Something smells off here.

    • warrenzoell

      December 15, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      The stink of Kenney often leaves that impression.

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Kenney leadership review to be held April 9 in Red Deer, in convention-style vote

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

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Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

A pay-to-vote leadership review of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney will be held April 9 in Red Deer, the Western Standard has learned.

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

The source said the board felt it was “being generous” to the 22 rebel ridings by holding a review in April.

Details on how much it will cost to go to the conference are still being worked out, but it will be a system where you have to pay to vote, the source said.

Those details are expected to be announced in January.

While the board meeting was “friendly,” pro-Kenney factions later held long discussions to plan strategy, said the source.

A convention-style review appears to favour Kenney as opposed to a one-vote-per-party-member system as Kenney is famed for his political organizing power.

His office came under fire last month for allegedly using money from third-party political action committees (PACs) to send people to the UCP AGM which turned into a Kenney love-fest that left the leader smiling.

Kenney denied knowledge of the PAC money.

“I’m not involved in third party organizations, but third party political organizations are free, within the law, to be involved in politics,” said Kenney.

Prior to the AGM Airdrie-Cochrane UCP MLA Peter Guthrie sent Kenney a letter which said the party was on the verge of collapse. 

“Public opinion continues to wane, and we may be at a point where this party cannot be salvaged,” writes Guthrie, in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“Membership has fallen from 150,000 to less than 10,000 and fundraising is evaporating along with our credibility.”

Much of the UCP grassroots frustration has come on the heels of controversial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Kenney also brought in a vaccine passport scheme he vowed never to introduce.

Another scandal that infuriated UCP members was when the infamous pictures were published of Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace” in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney would be the subject of an early party leadership review.

“Caucus is in total chaos,” said the MLA, who spoke with the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

But the expected caucus revolt failed to materialize.

At one point the caucus booted MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes for dissension.

Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

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

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YouTube cancels Western Standard for reporting news story

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

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YouTube issued one strike against the Western Standard for reporting on a Calgary police officer who was put on leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccinations.

YouTube sent the notification via e-mail to Derek Fildebrandt, president and CEO of the Western Standard, on Wednesday, and stated the video included in the story violates YouTube’s “medical misinformation policy.”

“YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO),” said the e-mail.

“YouTube banned our account for sharing content that contradicted the advice of the WHO and local health authorities,” said Fildebrandt.

“But the WHO and local health authorities contradict themselves. One such health authority, Alberta Health Services (AHS), had to contradict itself after the Western Standard caught them lying to Albertans about which they falsely claimed was a COVID-19 death of a child.”

The notice indicated YouTube had removed the video stating, “We know this might be disappointing, but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all.”

In the video, an emotional Const. Brian Denison, a 24-year veteran with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), explained the turmoil he has faced for refusing to be vaccinated by the December 1 deadline set out by the CPS.

Denison, one year from retirement, called the vaccine policy a “farce” and said the CPS is “bullying” staff. He also described the segregation of society into the “vaccinated and unvaccinated” as similar to Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The Western Standard’s News Editor Dave Naylor covered the story in an unbiased fashion and included the video of Denison.

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

The YouTube team further warned a second strike will result in a two-week suspension and three strikes within a 90-day period would result in the channel being permanently removed.

“YouTube — like other big tech and big social corporations — is so terrified of being regulated by the government that it over-regulates itself,” said Fildebrandt.

“In time, these monopolies will destroy themselves.”

The Western Standard has already submitted an appeal to YouTube and contacted their press department, as well as moved the video in question to Rumble.

“Of all the social media giants, YouTube has the weakest monopoly,” said Fildebrandt.

“They can ban the Western Standard and other media from posting legitimate news content all they like, and we’ll just put it on other platforms. That’s why we’ve been making a concerted effort to utilize platforms with a greater respect for free speech, like Rumble.”

The Western Standard did not receive a response from YouTube’s press department in time for publishing.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Canada joins growing diplomatic boycott of Chinese 2022 Olympics

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

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First, it was the US. Then Australia. Now Canada has joined the list of countries refusing to send diplomats or high-level officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete.

“For months, we have been coordinating and discussing the issue with our allies,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday.

“As many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.

“This should not come as a surprise” to the Chinese regime, said Trudeau.

“(The athletes) need to have one thing in mind and that’s representing the country to the best of their ability and winning a gold medal for Canada,” he said.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons passed a motion calling the violence directed at religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.” Trudeau and his cabinet were absent for the vote.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said it “understands and respects” the decision and applauds the effort to “draw an important distinction between the participation of athletes and the participation of government officials.”

Canada’s last Olympic boycott was in Russia in 1980, protesting that country’s invasion of Afghanistan.

The US announced its decision on Monday.

“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the [People’s Republic of China]’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing.

Chinese officials have already said the US will pay for its boycott.

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