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Defying crackdown, hundreds march against lockdowns in Calgary

The biggest applause of the day went to JCCF head John Carpay when he announced his group has filed an 11-page injunction against the Alberta government over their COVID regulations.

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Hundreds of people again defied the government’s restrictions this Saturday in Calgary to take part in a “Freedom Rally”, protesting Alberta’s mask laws and partial COVID-19 lockdown.

About 400 people watched speeches in the Municipal Plaza before the group marched down the Stephen Avenue Mall. Outdoor gatherings are limited by cabinet order to no more than 10 people.

Numerous vehicles parked in the area were adorned with “Republic of Alberta” and “No Masks” signs.

Protesters wearing Proud Boys shirts appeared to be providing security for the rally. Members stood around the stage and questioned people trying to enter the area.

Rally organizer Brad Carrigan said in an interview that medical experts around the world have now said the COVID-19 pandemic is “a hoax”.

“People are starting to understand that.”

The rally – under warm December sunshine – began with ‘O Canada‘, with several Canadian flags, flying upside down. Police officers watching the crowd saluted the anthem as it was sung.

JCCF head John Carpay at Calgary rally with son Victor. Photo by Dave Naylor, Western Standard

“We will not bow down to tyranny. We will not acquiesce to fascism,” said the opening speaker.

Carrigan told the crowd: “We have to start questioning what is happening.” As chats of ‘CBC sucks’ started.

Carrigan went on a diatribe about vaccines, claiming they are responsible for an increase in autism cases and questioned whether Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam “worked for the Chinese.”

The biggest applause of the day went to Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms head John Carpay when he announced his group has filed an 11-page injunction against the Alberta government over their COVID regulations.

“We’ve had nine months of fear mongering,” Carpay said.

He told the crowd that 200,000 surgeries have been cancelled across the country and 500,000 MRI procedures have been delayed. The crowd chanted ‘murderers.’

Carpay urged the crowd to continue with their protesting and for anyone who ends being fined to plead not guilty and come to the JCCF for representation.

Hazmat suit wearing men at Calgary rally. Photo by Dave Naylor, Western Standard

“Better to die standing than live on your knees,” he said.

A similar rally last weekend resulted in nine people being charged. They face fines of $1,200. Second-time offenders face penalties of up to $100,000.

Artur Pawlowski at Calgary rally. Photo by Dave Naylor, Western Standard

One of the organizers of last week’s rally who was charged, Artur Pawlowski, a well known Calgary street preacher who is regularly charged with bylaw infractions, was in attendance again.

During the march, an angry Councillor Druh Farrell expressed disappointment with the protesters.

Farrell tweet

“These #COVIDIOTS are hurting businesses along Stephen Ave. Constituents have reported that some have forced their way into shops, intimidating staff and customers. Freedom to hurt others isn’t freedom,” she tweeted.

Alberta announced a record 1,879 new cases of the virus on Saturday.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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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23 Comments

  1. John Clark

    December 7, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Kenny and the UCP are trying for Herd Immunization, let the bodies fall where they will. In all his “plans” he leaves one end open to allow the virus to continue. He is allowing workers at the tar sands to commute between the US and Alberta without the necessary isolation. The airport tests on arrival are a blink in time while the COVID 19 is said to take up to 5 days to present its self and, remains contagious during this period.

    As for the protesters. There is no adjacent protests going on Alberta is the only place! It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out who is in charge of the protests.
    That’s okay will put it up on a couple far reaching blogs.

  2. Ron Voss

    December 6, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    “About 400 people”. Even CTV does better than you: “CTV News estimates more than 1,000 people attended the event at city hall on Saturday”.

  3. Ron Voss

    December 6, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    “Artur Pawlowski, a well known Calgary street preacher who is regularly charged with bylaw infractions”. You make him sound like a real criminal without mentioning that he is regularly charged by that malicious ‘progressive’ mayor Nenshi and that the infractions don’t stand. He was last charged in midApril with a $120O fine for feeding the homeless during Covid-19 and thanks to lawyers retained by The Rebel, the charges were dropped. Instead of providing context, you would rather smear the man. Pathetic. Go back to the mainstream medium where you clearly belong.

  4. Ron Voss

    December 6, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    “One of the organizers of last week’s rally who was charged, Artur Pawlowski, a well known Calgary street preacher who is regularly charged with bylaw infractions, was in attendance again.” That’s B.S. He had no hand in organizing the Saturday rally at the City Hall. The next day he was feeding the poor at Olympic Plaza as he regularly does. Why don’t you go back to the mainstream media where you belong? Birds of a feather flock together.

  5. John Clark

    December 6, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Perhaps, if someone started shooting people because they won’t wear a mask or a face shield (I wear both) the immediacy of the action may cause some to change their minds and follow the guidelines.

    • Charles Martell III

      December 7, 2020 at 6:49 pm

      That is the stupidest comment on this Thread John . . .

      Masks will not stop a Virus . . . it even says so on the friggin Box!
      But the FakeStream Media can certainly frighten you and make you paranoid.

      You are obviously allergic to Science & Reason . . . bet you even voted for Justin . . . lol

      “A randomized controlled trial from Denmark showed that masks for the general public had no effect on Covid-19 infection rates. The study did not look at the rate of all respiratory infections.
      On Friday, October 2, Shepherd School District in central Michigan has canceled face-to-face classes after more than a dozen cases of strep throat were reported among students and staff, “despite Covid-19 protocols.” The possibility that these infections were transmitted because of Covid-19 protocols was not considered.”

      Real Science John . . . people getting sick from Mask Wearing . . . and this does not inclued the Oxygen deprivation and excess CO2 problems.

      Stay in the dumb lane John . . . .

  6. Charles Martell III

    December 6, 2020 at 11:20 am

    A 2013 Indian study gives us a hint. The researchers measured the number of bacteria exhaled by operating theater personal just prior to donning masks, and thereafter at 30-, 60-, 90-, 120-, and 150-minute intervals. At the 30-minute mark, the number of bacteria exhaled had dropped dramatically, but then it began to climb, reaching the pre-masking levels by the 120-minute mark and exceeding them at 150 minutes.

    Is anyone surprised? Why did anyone think wearing a warm, moist rag a millimeter away from his or her mouth, for hours at a time, creating the ideal conditions for bacteria to multiply, would be a good thing? This is a gigantic, uncontrolled experiment.

    Could the staggering death toll of the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic have been exacerbated, rather than alleviated, by the widespread masking practiced at the time?
    The only other time this experiment in mass masking has been tried was during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-1919, in which untold millions died. A 2008 study looked at post-mortem tissue samples from fifty-eight autopsies and reviewed 109 autopsies series that described 8,398 individual autopsy investigations from that pandemic.

    Histological examination of lung tissue samples as well as pathological and bacteriological findings from the published autopsy reports all revealed that virtually all the subjects died of bacterial—not viral—pneumonia.

    • Canuck Chick

      December 6, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      I’ve read the same thing about the 1918-1919 flu as well, exasperated by wearing masks and causing bacterial pneumonia. I had to start working from home since I started getting raging headaches and congestion from the mandatory masking – and no, I don’t have the virus, I was fine on the weekends. Neither does my recently-tested 82 year old mother who I take care of. I have a genetic heart condition that wearing a mask exasperates, my heart starts pounding in my chest when I wear one too long (I take ACE inhibitors for the condition). My bloodwork is 5×5; this is an inherited condition that has killed my grandparents, father and affected other family members (strokes). I’m not afraid of the virus, I’m afraid of the craziness that has evolved from the complete overreaction and the violation of rights that this has caused. A great video about how dangerous masking is to people, reflects a lot of what you said above: https://thehighwire.com/videos/mask-whistleblowers-tell-all/?fbclid=IwAR31y52fS1nRrwKoJPaOn243gIaO9SluijF7ds7hj7IzVFvyv64pz3ViKXk. Keep on spreading the truth; hopefully the Cult of Covid will be defeated soon before they hurt all of us!

      • Charles Martell III

        December 6, 2020 at 4:57 pm

        See John Carpay’s article on Dec 3 . . . “Government data shows lockdowns more deadly than COVID-19”

        More people died in Canada in 2019 than in 2020 . . . odd that we didn’t call 2019 a Plandemic?

      • Canuck Chick

        December 7, 2020 at 4:14 pm

        Thanks for the reference, I just read the article and it’s quite enlightening. I’ve been hearing this for quite a while. I find it interesting that cancer and heart condition deaths have gone down, considering how hard it was/is to get treatment this year. Probably marked down as covid deaths like they do for everything, even vehicle accidents and murders. Maybe the stats for Q3 and Q4 will reflect more of that. Unless the magical covid wipes out all other disease like they’ve been touting. 😏

      • Charles Martell III

        December 7, 2020 at 6:43 pm

        In BC . . . in the last 10 months only 23 People under 65 have died from the Wuhan Flu . . . . out of 5 MILLION . . .
        ALL the rest were over 65 and 80% of them in Seniors Homes.
        The latest numbers indicate that 80% of the deaths are still in Seniors Homes . . . Dr. Bonnie and Horgan haven’t figured it out yet.

        The lock down the low risk group & ignore the High Risk folks!

  7. Allen

    December 6, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Duh Farrell insulting her own constituents yet again. Should we be surprised?

    On another note, great work freedom fighters!

  8. Karen Snyder

    December 5, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Druh Farrell likes to reference #covidiots? I would reference her as a simple idiot. Don’t confuse any of these issues with facts…… Stats Canada – same # of people have died Jan – Sept 2020 as 2014 to 2019. Hmm. Perhaps data is too complicated. When an elderly person dies a few months earlier is that a pandemic? I think not…..

    • John Clark

      December 6, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      That is an anti masker short cut, they are old they deserve to die.

  9. Mars Hill

    December 5, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Would be closer to 1k and don’t know what Farrel is crowing about, I just saw a few diners give the finger to protesters. Great rally, great speeches and great people there. WWG1WGA

    • John Clark

      December 6, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      I have a bottle of alcohol in my car and a spray bottle of it which I keep refilling. My mask has a pouch in it which holds a Kleenex folded 4 times. When I have finished shopping and in my vehicle, I take the Kleenex out and spray the mask inside and out with Alcohol and the mask stays on the seat until I next go out. I start by folding a Kleenex and putting it in the interior pouch. I’m reasonably protected from the evils of which you speak.

  10. warrenzoell

    December 5, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    1,879 new cases you say. Maybe people should stop wearing masks.

    • Karen Snyder

      December 5, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      Or stop getting tested….

      • Allen

        December 6, 2020 at 8:57 am

        Yes. This is the biggest problem we are having. The more people get tested who have the cold, flu or covid-symptoms, the more they are conflated with having covid.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 6, 2020 at 11:20 am

        There is no Flu or Colds any more . . . everything is Covid now !

        Elon Musk had 4 tests in one day a couple of weeks back . . . .
        2 came back Positive . . . . and 2 came back Negative !

        Positive Tests are NOT sick people . . .

    • John

      December 5, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      You beat me to it!
      The numbers of new infections started to sky rocket soon after, not before, mask wearing became mandatory in the big cities.
      Someone should test these masks for fungae (incl. mold), bacteria and viruses in a lab after they have been worn for more than 30 minutes. Even if the virus is initially not able to make its way through the mask, it can still multiply in a shirt period of time and eventually enter the body through mouth and nose in great numbers.
      Also, the masks available to Canadians are of poor quality to begin with and give the wearer a false sense of security.

      • warrenzoell

        December 5, 2020 at 8:41 pm

        Exactly. The Covid 19 virus is small enough to get past the fibers in a mask. Even an N95 mask. Masks are germ incubators. Once it does it’s pretty much a 100% guarantee that the mask wearer will be infected. Without a mask, the virus is subject to outside influences, and is much more difficult for a potential victim to make contact with said virus.

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BC removes capacity limits in some areas, but only if you’re double vaccinated

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.

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British Columbia will be seeing some restrictions eased for those who have can prove two doses of vaccination against COVID-19.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday that capacity limits for events and gatherings throughout much of the province — where proof-of-vaccination is required — will be lifted.

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.

Health officials will also be removing the requirement to stay seated at restaurants.

The changes do not apply to regional restrictions in effect in Interior Health, Northern Health, and eastern Fraser Valley.

Personal gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, are restricted to fully vaccinated people throughout the Northern Health region, with the exception of Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, and the Nisga’a areas.

Indoor mask requirements remain in effect for all indoor gatherings and events.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
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WORLD WATCH: U.K. warns of new COVID variant as cases rise yet Japan numbers plummet

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.

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News reports out of the U.K. are linking an uptick in cases to a new variant that “could be 10 times more infectious than Delta,” yet Japan is seeing some of their lowest case counts since this time last year.

According to the latest official data out of the U.K., an increase in COVID-19 cases includes a genetically sequenced variant labelled AY.4.2 accounting for 6% of new cases.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

The new strain, some call “Delta Plus”, is said to contain mutations that could give the virus “survival advantages” and could make it more contagious.

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.

Meanwhile, reports from Japan say a very different narrative where cases have mysteriously plummeted over the last two months.

Low case rates have not been the norm in Japan throughout the pandemic. However, despite the 2020 Summer Olympics being postponed to the summer of 2021 and Japan seeing some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the world at times, the country has never implemented any full lockdowns.

Over the last two months, rates in Japan went from over 26,121 new cases recorded on August 22 to 494 new cases as of Monday.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

Some are crediting the incredible turnaround to a late but rapid uptake in vaccinations. Others say it could have something to do with bad August weather in the latter part of the month that kept people home.

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the huge decline in cases and experts are warning Japan could face another surge with the gradual waning of vaccine efficacy as well as heading into the colder winter months.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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EXCLUSIVE: Chu vows not to resign, apologizes and speaks out on allegations

Chu speaks out after allegations against him come to light.

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Embattled Calgary Councillor Sean Chu says he has no intention of resigning, but has apologized to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western Standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave. S and not the Husky House restaurant downtown that some media had reported.

“Because it was a licensed establishment I thought the girl was at least 18 years old,” said Chu, who was in uniform with his partner at the time.

“I was single at the time and I thought some girl liked me.”

The Western Standard cannot confirm at this time if there is documentary evidence the encounter was at the Husky House or at the pub on Macleod Tr.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Once there, the pair “started kissing and hugging, but there was no intercourse,” said Chu.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes”.

“She then said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”

Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

At one point Chu said he owned a shotgun, but denied that weapon was ever produced or shown in any way that night.

“If there had been a gun involved there would have been charges,” said Chu.

The Western Standard has not seen any documents that indicate the presence or absence of a firearm on the evening in question.

Chu said he does not drink alcohol, but added he didn’t know if the girl had been drinking.

After the incident, the girl reported the case to city police claiming she was sexually assaulted. That lead to nine years of investigations, court battles and appeals, with news of the case only leaking last week, days before the civil election.

There were never any sexual assault or weapons charges laid, and Chu says the letter of reprimand was the only discipline that came out of the entire process.

Documents obtained by the Western Standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

Chu is now at the centre of a political storm with friends and supporters deserting him.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who han’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

He said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-Elect Jyoti Gondek to discuss the situation.

Kenney said as much of the legal documents are under seal, it’s up to Chu to prove his innocence.

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner tweeted her disgust at the incident.

“I have supported Mr. Chu in the past, but firmly withdraw all such support in light of these reports. Believing women means walking the talk,” she tweeted.

“In light of the disciplinary action, as a result of inappropriate contact with a minor which has been reported by CBC Calgary, MP Rempel Garner is formally withdrawing her endorsement of Councillor Sean Chu and he is no longer a member of her Constituency Association.”

Rempel Garner tweet

Now Chu said he is looking at his legal options and a possible defamation suit over some of what he called the false reporting.

“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is hurting,” said Chu.

Chu said he wouldn’t comment on remarks made by Gondek that she will try and remove him from council.

“I will continue to tell the truth at council and will be a fiscal hawk,” he said.

“The most important thing is I told the truth and the truth will prevail.”

It appears any bid to try and remove Chu would fail because he was not charged or convicted criminally.

Calgary police released a statement Monday about its investigation in 1997. It states:

“We want to reassure Calgarians that when this matter came to light in 1997 it was taken seriously by the Service and managed in accordance with the Police Act. This has been a complex legal matter with multiple complaints and investigations as well as appeals to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board. One of those decisions was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal. Ultimately, one allegation of misconduct was sustained through our internal disciplinary process.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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