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UPDATED: Alberta shuts down pubs and cancels Xmas gatherings to try and stop COVID

Limits on outdoor gatherings and a ban on guests in homes will be extended through Christmas.

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The Alberta government is launching another massive COVID-19 lockdown, effectively cancelling Christmas.

Much like the first lockdown earlier spring, the new “dramatic measures” announced by Premier Jason Kenney on Tuesday will order the 12:01 a.m. Sunday closure of all pubs and restaurants, with curb-side food takeout still allowed.

The closure order comes despite health officials saying there is little community COVID-19 transmission through pubs and restaurants, though they haven’t been able to identify where most transmissions occur.

The orders will put a damper on Christmas with all household gatherings cancelled and outdoor events banned.

“We can’t let Christmas turn into a tragedy for Albertans,” Kenney said, noting most transmission is occurring in home gatherings.

Kenney said while Alberta has handled the panic better than most jurisdictions “the last few weeks have been a different story.”

He said hospital admissions and patients in the ICU have skyrocketed.

Kenney said growing hospital capacity problems could have a “catastrophic impact” on people awaiting surgeries and if restrictions aren’t put in “hundreds, potentially thousands of Albertans could die.”

He urged Albertans not to lose hope, saying “vaccinations are in sight.”

Casinos, fitness centres and personal service business such as hair salons, nail salons, tattoo and piercing parlours will be shut effective midnight on Sunday with bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions and private clubs also closed.

But malls will allowed to remain open but with further restrictions to 15 percent of capacity.

The 15 per cent capacity will also apply to church services. A 10-person limit on weddings and funerals will also stay in place.

The closures will apparently take affect midnight Sunday and will be reevaluated in four weeks.

The province also imposed mandatory work-from-home measures.

People who live alone will be allowed up to two close contacts for in-person visiting. Those two people must stay the same while the measures are in effect.

Libraries, science centres, interpretive centres, museums, galleries, amusement parks, and water parks will all be closed.

Ski resorts will be allowed to remain open.

A province-wide mandatory mask order has also been issued.

There will be no changes to they way schools are currently operating.

Kenney admitted many of the restrictions mean “Charter rights are being abridged.”

“These mandatory measures will help us slow the spread of COVID-19. This will require individual sacrifices that are necessary to protect our province. It’s not just about one person, it’s about doing what we can to protect and save our loved ones, colleagues, neighbours, and even strangers. Following these public health measures is how we as Albertans care for and protect each other,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

Kenney also announced new supports for small business devastated by COVID and the regulations.

A $5,000 grant to small business earlier this year has been quadrupled to $20,000.

The first round of government restrictions hit 30,000 business and caused 300,000 job loses. About 250,000 of those jobs have been restored.

Alberta has gone more than a week reporting new cases in the four-figures.

Hinshaw announced an additional 1,727 new cases on Tuesday with nine more deaths.

Before the Tuesday figures were announced, province has had 70,301 COVID-19 cases with 631 deaths.

Hinshaw said if all COVID victims gathered together, they would form the fifth largest city in the province.

NDP leader Rachel Notley blasted Kenney.

“Today, we’re seeing the consequences of Premier Jason Kenney’s failure to provide leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Kenney made a terrible decision to pit the economy against public health … and he has failed at both,” Notley tweeted.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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

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  1. Charles Martell III

    December 11, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Kenny relied on the fake testing data for his decision . . . like you don’t do SCIENCE in Alberta?

    Delgado’s research discovered:

    “The PCR test is so well known for giving inaccurate results that the CDC warns not to give the test to asymptomatic persons “because of the increased likelihood of false-positive results.” In fact, there is a famous Chinese paper that stated if you’re testing asymptomatic people with PCR, up to 80% of positives could be false positives.

    But the numbers aren’t just skewed by false positives, they are also skewed by how many people are offered the test and what condition they are in. For example, during the first few weeks of the ‘pandemic’ tests were scarce. As they became more widely available of course the number of infections accounted for increased as well, and false-positive results further increased those numbers.”

    Widespread reliance on the PCR for COVID19 testing is beyond stupid. It is criminal because it is pushed as justification for maintaining ‘lockdown’ measures and compounding the fear and misery (including economic) much of the world is still suffering as a consequence of this gigantic science fraud.

    PCR is really a manufacturing technique,” Crowe explained. “You start with one molecule. You start with a small amount of DNA and on each cycle the amount doubles, which doesn’t sound like that much, but if you, if you double 30 times, you get approximately a billion times more material than you started with. So as a manufacturing technique, it’s great… This is where it gets wild.

    “In one paper,” Crowe says, “I found 37 cycles. If you didn’t get enough fluorescence by 37 cycles, you are considered negative. In another, paper, the cutoff was 36. Thirty-seven to 40 were considered “indeterminate.” And if you got in that range, then you did more testing. I’ve only seen two papers that described what the limit was. So, it’s quite possible that different hospitals, different States, Canada versus the US, Italy versus France are all using different cutoff sensitivity standards of the Covid test. So, if you cut off at 20, everybody would be negative. If you cut off a 50, you might have everybody positive.””

  2. Charles Martell III

    December 11, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Covid 19 is a Corona Virus . . . and the bad news folks it’s here to stay!

    What part of that is confusing for Premier Kenny?
    H1N1, Swine Flu, Seasonal Flu and the Common Cold are ALSO Corona Viruses . . . .
    Is Kenney going to eliminate them also ? ? ?

    Kenny is looking like a mindless idiot . . . just like Palister, Ford, Horgan and the rest.

    They keep referring to “Cases” ? ? ? These are not cases at all but Positive Tests.
    How many of these positive tests become sick, go to hospital . . . the Media appears uninterested.
    I suspect that number is tiny or Zero . . . then the Fact that the PCR Test has a massive FAIL Rate!

    The CDC’s current best estimates for the C-19 fatality rate are:
    0.003% for people aged 0–19 years.
    0.02% for people aged 20–49 years.
    0.5% for people aged 50–69 years.
    5.4% for people aged 70+ years.

    Anyone under 50 this is less of a threat than the Seasonal Flu . . .

    As Justin brings the Chinese Army into Canada for training . . . how long till Vancouver becomes Hong Kong West?

    Are Canadians really this friggin stooooopid ? I suspect yes . . . .

  3. Mars Hill

    December 10, 2020 at 12:23 am

    FREEDOM RALLY WALK, 7 pm local time, Sat Dec 12, silly hall, bring a glow stick and a non perishable food item if you can, SEE YOU THERE CALGARY

  4. Joni Menz

    December 9, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Health officials say they haven’t been able to identify where most transmissions occur while Kenny says most transmission is occurring in home gatherings.

    Breaking News: Politician Finds New Data; Pulls It Out of His Ass

    • Warren Leigh

      December 9, 2020 at 11:35 pm

      Just like with any other virus, the way you get this is through being in close contact with someone who has it. Yet according to our “officials” it seems to manufacture itself out of thin air, or maybe out of his ass, or both. If you’re sick, or you live with someone who is, then stay home; that’s called the Golden Rule and good social etiquette. But let the rest of us go about our lives. They should stop destroying our best defence against this, namely, that very scientific part of the human anatomy called our immune systems.

  5. Ron Voss

    December 9, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Why don’t you tell people what is meant by “cases”.

  6. David Elson

    December 8, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    “We can’t let Christmas turn into a tragedy for Albertans,” Kenney said.”

    Small business owners and their employees just don’t count, according to Kenney, who seems perfectly willing to grinch that group of Albertans without any scientific justification for pillaging their Christmas stockings.

    Enough is enough, Kenney needs to go back to his masters in Ottawa. The people of Alberta need to stand up for themselves, their independence, and their freedom.

    • Allen

      December 9, 2020 at 8:11 am

      I’d like to meet the people who care. It seems like this province is full of brain-dead idiots, based on 2/3 of the comments on the Calgary Sun and Herald. I do NOT understand how you can advocate for less freedom, but somehow these morons have actually done it.

  7. warrenzoell

    December 8, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Abridged? You mean infringed don’t you Kenney?
    You were not elected to take away our fundamental human rights.

  8. Allen

    December 8, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Cucked and retarded response to cucked and retarded liberal idiots, clamoring for retarded restrictions not based in reality. This government, and all governments for that matter, have proven they are against all of their own people. Welcome to the NEW WORLD ORDER.

  9. warrenzoell

    December 8, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Hey Kenney! Go fuck yourself! Why do these pigs always listen to the left wing take on everything. Which always proves to be false and in fact very harmful. I hope Kenney along with the rest of these fascists stand trial one day.
    How does the saying go? “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

    • Mars Hill

      December 8, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Come on man, don’t hold back, tell us what you really think. (:

      • warrenzoell

        December 8, 2020 at 5:51 pm

        They’re not accomplishing anything with their despotic mandates. Unless that’s their intent. They’re only making peoples lives miserable.

      • Allen

        December 9, 2020 at 8:11 am

        Seems to be the opposite for all these disgustingly stupid communists who have infiltrated this great province. All I hear online is “Yuh shoulda dun dis sooner Kenney, overwhelm health care reeeeeEEEE”

      • warrenzoell

        December 9, 2020 at 9:55 am

        I hate to say it but most people I’ve found are like sheep and will believe whatever is blasted at them over the television. Certain family members included. It’s frustrating.

      • Allen

        December 9, 2020 at 3:01 pm

        It is, especially for the most ‘conservative’ province in this hell hole. Unfortunately a lot of old people who are conservative, are also used to the days when the news told the truth and wasn’t complete propaganda, and don’t know how to turn on a computer—never mind do internet research on alternate information. The younger ones, like myself, are completely lost and easily swayed.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 11, 2020 at 4:05 pm

        If you approach from the perspective that the Media is Uninformed and Lying 90% of the time . . . you are on the right track.
        Do your own research and find more than one source . . . the “PCR Test” is complete nonsense . . . even the Scientist that invented is says so . . .

        The PCR test was invented by Kary Mullis (photo, top) 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

        Mullis often spoke out against using his test for diagnosing illnesses. So-called experts ignored the warning. But now, many independent scientists and medical professionals are coming forward to denounce the idiocy of governments, the media and NGO’s for pushing the number of novel coronavirus “cases” (not deaths) premised on spurious results from this problematic PCR test.

      • warrenzoell

        December 11, 2020 at 4:14 pm

        I just heard that the
        antigen rapid test that is being widely used yields positive results… with Coca Cola.

  10. Mars Hill

    December 8, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    The thing that sticks out in the story is that ski resorts will remain open, I guess the silver spooned hockey players need a place to relax between games. Don’t worry folks I say quite confidently that Joe Biden will rescue us all from this, his family and political corruptness supported by the MSM will be exposed and this nonsense will fade away.

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BC healthcare worker says she’s still suffering adverse effects six months after COVID shot

The 39-year-old youth crisis worker is told she must get her second dose, despite having suffered adverse effects.

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Dawn Slykhuis, a 39-year-old youth crisis worker has been told she must get her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, despite still experiencing adverse effects following dose number one.

Slykhuis, who tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020, got her first shot in April 2021.

“I waited a full six months to make sure that I wasn’t going to have a reaction,” Slykhuis told the Western Standard.

“I got the dose on April 28, and then on May 18 I experienced acute sharp pain in my head, like someone was shooting lasers through my brain.”

Slykhuis said the pain lasted for about a week before settling into a more chronic dull pain, and so — fearing the possibility of cancer — she sought medical attention amid an unrelenting series of bad headaches coincided with a sporadically spiked heart rate.

“They expected nerve damage,” said Slykhuis, who began losing feeling in her left arm.

“It got so tingly yesterday I had to go for a CT. I’m waiting to see a neurologist on November 8.”

Dr. Steven Pelech, president and chief scientific officer at Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, and chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, has been voicing concern over potential health risks COVID-19 vaccines may impose — specifically myocarditis.

“Contrary to what a number of people have said, there is no such thing as ‘mild myocarditis,’” Pelech told the Western Standard in an August interview.

“It’s the destruction of the myocytes, the heart cells that contract. When those cells die, they are not replaced in your body and are instead replaced by scar-tissue, which is from fibroblasts — skin cells which don’t have contractile activity, so the remaining muscle cells have to get a little bigger in order to compensate.”

Dr. Charles Hoffe, a physician who practiced in Lytton, BC for over 20 years raised similar concerns to that of Pelech, and he reported patients suffering severe adverse neurological and cardiovascular effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is now clearly apparent with medical evidence from around the world, that the side-effect profiles of the various gene modification therapies against COVID-19, have been vastly understated by their manufacturers, who were eager to prove their safety,” wrote Hoffe in an open letter to BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Interior Health Authority (IHA) suspended Hoffe’s emergency room privileges and he is currently being investigated by IHA and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPBC) for promoting “vaccine hesitancy.”

Hoffe is represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).

Several European countries suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine for people under the age of 30, citing heart inflammation as well as inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.

Iceland has halted the Moderna vaccine for all ages.

“I am a healthy 39-year-old that’s never had nerve damage and all of a sudden I have chronic head pain, nerve damage, and I’m experiencing cognitive deficits as well, which is really hard to talk about because now I want to cry,” said Slykhuis.

“I’m like an old lady seeing my brain slip away. Making errors, dropping things. It’s pretty scary, well, it’s terrifying… to be experiencing these symptoms and still be forced to get another dose to keep my job in healthcare.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
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It’s down to the wire for AHS employees as deadline looms for vaccine mandates

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”

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Tomorrow is deadline day for AHS workers.

The deadline of October 31 for Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) vaccine mandate is just over two weeks away when all employees and contracted healthcare providers will have to be fully immunized.

The AHS policy was released on August 31 and stated, “the latest an employee could receive their second dose to be in compliance with the new policy is October 16, 2021, which allows for the two weeks that must pass to be considered fully immunized.”

The Western Standard has heard from a number of lawyers representing thousands of clients on many fronts who are looking for legal support in pushing back against these workplace and post-secondary institution vaccine mandates.

One of those lawyers, Jeffrey Rath, of Rath & Company, was recently retained by MyAPSChoice, a group consisting of over 4,000 public service and government employees.

Based on a number of legal claims including violations of constitutional rights and freedoms, employment laws, human rights laws and breaches to the Freedom of Information Act, Rath has been advising his clients to not cooperate with the mandates.

Rath has also released a “generalized open letter” for anyone to use in any workplace or post-secondary institution where a worker or student is facing a mandate to be vaccinated “against their will.”

The letter states: “It is my legal opinion that any policy that vitiates the consent of an employee (including staff, students, volunteers, contractors, and other persons acting on their behalf) by threatening to either terminate or suspend them in order to coerce the employee into being vaccinated is a violation of Canadian Law.”

The letter goes on to cite laws protecting one’s medical privacy and highlights courses of action available including exemptions.

Rath also advises that people do not reply electronically or provide their consent for access to their private medical information and that demands for proof of vaccination be responded to in writing via regular or registered mail.

Page six of the document includes a legal letter that can be used by anyone wishing to claim a legal exemption based on “the illegality of the policy under section 7 of the Charter (of rights and freedoms).”

“This is my generalized legal opinion without reference to any one individual personal circumstance,” said Rath advising that people are welcome to email him if they have more specific circumstances that may require legal assistance or if they are interested in registering as a class-action litigant.

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”

“This is an extraordinary but necessary measure to help protect our vital frontline healthcare teams and help us maintain a safe environment for all patients and clients” said Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of Alberta Health Services.

An AHS official told the Western Standard that “AHS employee requests for accommodation will be reviewed by an Accommodations Adjudication Panel” which includes members from Human Resources, Employee Relations, WHS, Ability Management, and Organizational Ethics.

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

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WS EXCLUSIVE POLL: Vast majority of Albertans will vote in Senate election

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Near seven out of every 10 Albertans are prepared to mark their ballots in the provincial Senate elections on Monday, according to a new poll done exclusively for the Western Standard.

The Mainstreet Research polls show 67% of Albertans said they would vote in the race to elect three senators-in-waiting.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Only 16% of Albertans said they would not participate in the election while another 17% were still not sure whether they would vote at all.

The polling shows a Conservative slate of candidates are currently in the lead, garnering the support of 30% of those surveyed.

Independent candidates are sitting at 17%, People’s Party of Canada candidates at 13% and 28% are still making up their minds.

A total of 12% said they would vote for a combination of candidates.

For those who intend to vote for the UCP in the next election, 75% said they would be voting for the Conservative candidates. For NDP supporters, 37% said they would vote for Independent candidates.

Courtesy Mainstreet research

PPC candidates were the favorite choice of 43% of those aiming to vote for the Wildrose Independence Party.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said while he “expects a slate of Conservatives to be elected” he “was surprised at the number of people who were going to select a mix.”

A full list of the candidates can be found on the Elections Alberta website here.

The analysis in this report is based on results of a survey conducted on October 12-13, 2021, among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample. Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding.

Tomorrow: The Western Standard‘s exclusive poll on party support in Alberta.

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