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Calgary imposes mandatory masks for a year, doubles fines

Under the new bylaw, masks will be mandatory in most non-residential places until December 2021.

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CALGARY: Mayor Naheed Nenshi led Calgary’s City Council in voting to extend the mandatory mask bylaw for a year and double fines for non-compliance.

Under the new bylaw, masks will be mandatory in most non-residential places until December 2021.

Fines were also doubled by the council, up to $100 for a first time offence, $200 for a second offence, and $300 for a third.

The council approved the new bylaw by a 9-3 vote, with conservative councillors Jeromy Farkas, Sean Chu, and Joe Magliocca opposed, and Nenshi and the remaining councillors present in favour.

The year-long extension and increase in fines comes on the heals of persistent ‘Freedom Marches’ on Saturdays in opposition to lockdowns and mask-mandates.

Nenshi strongly condemned the marches, but supported Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests during the summer.

Calgary’s move to extend the bylaw came after Alberta’s UCP government imposed a province-wide mandatory mask law and full lockdown that will last at least into the new year.

These measures are facing a constitutional challenge from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).

The City of Edmonton extended its mandatory mask bylaw for an entire year in late November.

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  1. #SAND

    December 19, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Thank the morons who voted for Nenshi.

  2. warrenzoell

    December 16, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Now Iveson , his Suidae cohort is doing the same.

  3. TZ

    December 15, 2020 at 11:53 am

    I see the scientists have spoken again. It may happen that they will be collectively sued for being either totally ignorant of the science or being part of the collusion to keep fake science driving us down.

  4. joc22

    December 15, 2020 at 9:34 am

    This man and his minions on city council are Liberal elitist that earn a far greater living off the backs of the working class citizens. Nenshi wage is north of $280,000 a year plus an expense account, the highest paid mayor in Canada. The councilors earn over a $160,000 plus an expense account, no wonder we have lifer members on council. None of these people have to live wilt h day to day BS of these mask intrusions, only while they sit at council do they don the mask.
    The citizens must demand our rights and our freedoms be upheld. We must demand a roll back in council wages of 20% immediately and a further 5% a year till the mayor is earning $190,000 and councilors are earning $100,000 a year.

  5. Allen

    December 15, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Shameful, nonsensical, virtue-signalling bylaws. Every opportunity this fat pig can get, he’s stuffing his panties in his mouth.

  6. Mars Hill

    December 14, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Nenshi! and the folks that voted with him remind me of ten year old kids that are excited about pulling a heavy fast one. Nobody really gives a $hit about this stuff, the people of Calgary just want some hard working common sense people to serve them, I’m confident Calgarians will fix this at the polls next fall.

    • joc22

      December 15, 2020 at 9:34 am

      Don’t be to sure, these councilors have enough Lieberal backers to win reelection. When the turn out for civic elections is at the most 45% of eligible voters it doesn’t take much to win their seat

  7. MajorTom

    December 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Methinks the Muslim Mayor isn’t thinking health…..he’s thinking Shariah! http://www.UnderstandingtheThreat.com ……

    • James Jensen

      December 15, 2020 at 9:33 am

      I wonder if he lives in the Calgary Upper NE or Lower NE provincial ridings???

      • joc22

        December 15, 2020 at 9:34 am

        He lives in Monteray Park, a fairly affluent area NE Calgary.

  8. F**K Politicians

    December 14, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    PCR tests are 100% FRAUD. Lockdowns are a Crime. Masks are Child Abuse. Coerced / forced vaccinations with experimental vaccines are by definition War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.

    • warrenzoell

      December 14, 2020 at 6:27 pm

      In Austria they did a PCR test on some Coca Cola and it came up positive.

  9. warrenzoell

    December 14, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    The people of Calgary need to force this bastard and his greasy minions to resign immediately.
    Wake the hell up Calgary!!! Your natural rights are being taken away by this pig bastard. The same goes fro the rest of the province.

    • H Jenson

      December 14, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      Sadly, not much we can do until the fall mayor election

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

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With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

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

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.

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As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

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

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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”

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For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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