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MUST-READ: Open letter from a doctor to Jason Kenney

Dr. Dennis Modry writes an open letter to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney calling for an end to lockdowns and mandatory mask laws.

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Dennis L. Modry BSc, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACCP, FACS is the Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Alberta. He is also the Founder and Director of the Heart, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program and was the Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (1984 – 2015).

Dear Premier Kenney:

Many Albertans – myself included – commended you on your previous commitment to a balanced approach to protecting Albertans from COVID-19, while at the same time not completely abrogating our freedoms and rights such as free speech, peaceful assembly, association, and our ability to earn a living and care for our families.  

(Tuesday) you imposed new lockdown measures which severely limit and, in some cases, shut down entirely many social, family, friendship, spiritual, recreational and entertainment pursuits that Albertans rely on for their well-being, just as you did in the spring. While you have commendably spared small businesses from suffering the complete shut-down they experienced this past spring (and your apology for this mistake is laudable and honourable), it seems that you have not learned much from the lockdown harms which Albertans experienced earlier this year. 

The evidence that you provided for this lockdown is both suspect and incomplete and does a disservice to Albertans who deserve more from you.  A major tenet of the Hippocratic Oath that physicians like myself ascribe to is “First Do No Harm”, which is ignored by this imposed lockdown.  

Is it too late to correct this lockdown error?  No, not if you are willing to be better informed. We have learned a great deal since the onset of this pandemic, much of which is the result of how different regions and countries have attempted to control the spread of COVID-19 and treat those infected. Now we know who is at greatest risk and have proven effective therapies for those who are seriously ill, as reported by the National Institute of Health on Dec 3, 2020; and we are on the cusp of mass immunization consequent to multiple vaccines soon to be available worldwide.  The public should be reassured, rather than locked down.

Within the last few weeks, new evidence informs a more nuanced approach to  better protect Albertans without unintended and unacceptable consequences, such as defined in the excellent recommendations of the Great Barrington Declaration, further addressed below. 

I acknowledge with reverence those Albertans who have passed on from COVID-19, just as I acknowledge many others like Jerry Dunham who have died because lockdowns prevented their access to healthcare for very serious non-COVID-19 illnesses and conditions. I acknowledge the many with despair who have died from suicide and drug overdose.  We now know that lockdowns are more lethal than COVID-19, and must learn from what has transpired to ensure we do not continue to make the same mistakes.  Were you not informed of these facts, or did you simply ignore them? 

Please consider the following evidence and unintended consequences that should give you the courage to retract the restrictions:

  1. We are nowhere close to overwhelming our healthcare system. As of December 9, 2020 there were 654 COVID-19 patients in 8,500 beds, or 7.7 per cent of capacity. There were only 112 patients in 272 ICU beds, or 41.2 per cent of operational capacity, however, you have stated publicly that the ICU capacity can be increased to 1,081 beds. This implies that, at present, only 10.4 per cent of potential ICU beds are filled.
  2. Have you evaluated what percentage of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are actually in hospital because of COVID-19, as opposed to with COVID-19, wherein it is the underlying disease that is the actual reason for the admission?  The public deserves to know.
  3. Have you evaluated the percentage of patients who died with, but not from COVID-19?  This information is extremely important to share with the public who deserve a fair and balanced presentation of the facts to both prevent fear and panic, as well as garner buy-in of government policy.  
  4. Are you aware that the PCR test for COVID-19 has a false positive rate of up to 50 per cent according to the CDC (USA Center for Disease Control), and up to 90 per cent by other sources?      
  5. Are you aware of how many people have died or become seriously compromised because they could not access healthcare for non-COVID-19 disease, including treatments for heart disease, cancer, and other life-threatening problems? Lockdowns are more lethal than Covid-19, which cannot be over-emphasized. Do you not think that the public should know this?
  6. Are you aware of how many people have committed suicide due to government-imposed lockdowns and the shuttering of businesses, schools, colleges, and universities?  Have you tried to find out?
  7. Do you believe that it is ethically and morally appropriate for government to pick winners and losers by defining what is an essential versus a non-essential business, or activity such as, but not limited to, social, recreational, fitness-related, or spiritual pursuits? 
  8. Are you fully aware of the magnitude of the economic devastation Alberta has sustained, and that we are spiralling down rapidly to a have-not province, according to the Fraser Institute
  9. Are you aware of how many divorces have occurred consequent to lockdowns and loss of income?  What about the increase in domestic abuse, family violence and increase of substance abuse?
  10. Are you aware of the short- and long-term effects on the mental health of our most vulnerable, including our children? 
  11. Have you been apprised of how much crime has increased due to people becoming desperate just to stay alive? 
  12. Finally, in the interests of transparency, please provide the information highlighted above to all Albertans on a daily or weekly basis on the AHS website, various social and other media sources available, so that we the people of Alberta can work with you, rather than question the validity of imposed interventions that are no longer required.

Your consideration to rescind the lockdown should also be based on fact. I implore you to read the Great Barrington Declaration authored by professors in medicine from Oxford, Harvard, and Stanford, who are experts in epidemiology, immunology, biostatistics, vaccine development, mathematical modelling, and public health policy.  The Declaration has been co-signed by 38,154 medical practitioners, as well as 12,717 medical and public health scientists world-wide. Please also review the section in the Declaration on Frequently Asked Questions.  You will be better informed and better able to give proper consideration to a more humane, compassionate and effective approach, rather than inflicting a multitude of harms on 4.4 million people. Please consider the following targeted recommendations: 

  1. All testing should stop immediately, particularly for those who are asymptomatic, except for;
    -People presenting to hospital with respiratory problems
    -Healthcare workers
    -Nursing home employees with ‘point-of-care’ testing
  2. Nursing homes should have a comprehensive campaign for;
    -Staff education in infection control
    Vitamin D daily for all inhabitants 
    -Electronic audiovisual communications for loved ones wishing to stay in touch
  3. There is also gathering evidence on the use of Ivermectin to prevent COVID-19, as evidenced in this Senate Testimony on December 8, 2020. The evidence for effective prophylaxis with Ivermectin is compelling
  4. Everywhere – hospitals included – should open immediately with conventional pre-Covid-19 precautions.
  5. Mandatory mask-wearing should cease (except for health professionals) as there is no credible scientific basis, as evidenced in the November 18, 2020 Danish randomized controlled trial reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Further, no country has reported a change in the trajectory of COVID-19 diagnosis consequent to widespread public testing of asymptomatic citizens before and after the institution of a countrywide mask mandate.   
  6. Interventions such as total lockdowns, social distancing, and compulsory mask use are causing more harm than good.  The genie (virus) is out of the bottle and the spread cannot realistically be controlled at all by the current interventions. 
  7. Contact tracing and snitching should cease immediately.
  8. AHS must come clean with Albertans and provide robust information on the unintended consequences of lockdown measures which were initially well-intentioned but have now proven to be harmful to Albertans’ mental, physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and economic well-being; as well as lethal from suicide, drug overdose and inability to access healthcare for serious non-COVID illness and conditions.
  9. Finally, as healthcare is in your purview, please ensure that decisions come from your government/AHS, and not from municipalities who do not have access to the necessary resources and expertise to justify restrictions of any kind.  

In conclusion, we have learned much over the past several months. Perhaps most important is the knowledge that lockdowns are more lethal than COVID-19, which should compel you and your government to end them. Your advice and policies for the benefit of Albertans should be predicated on one important tenet of the Hippocratic Oath, “First Do No Harm”, and a focussed approach will achieve just that, as explained in the Great Barrington Declaration. 

As for each of us Albertans, we must simply adapt and learn to accommodate to COVID-19, as we all did every previous year with seasonal influenza. We must all take personal responsibility for our health and take actions that are in each of our best interest, including vaccination if one is so inclined, which may well be of benefit if one is COVID-19 negative. Healthcare, like all freedoms, must and should always remain an informed choice, not a government directive. 

Dennis L. Modry, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACCP, FACS
Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Alberta
Founder and Director of the Heart, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program
Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (1984 – 2015)

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89 Comments

  1. Charles Martell III

    December 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Has the FakeStream Media explained this one to you?

    8 Sub Sahara nations: Nigeria, Congo, Uganda, Mozambique, Cote de’ Ivoire, Ethiopia,Malawi, Niger
    Total combined population: 557 Million (nearly 2X of America)
    Total combined COVID cases: 408
    Total combined COVID deaths: 14

    These 8 nations with 3rd world health care all share one thing in common: their entire population is on perpetual, intermittant regimes of HCQ because of Malaria.

    • Ernie

      December 16, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      Ethiopia has over 1800 COVID related deaths – man, get your facts straight or don’t bother us with your lies.

    • Ernie

      December 16, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      i would strong suggest you fact check everything you post. You are either a troll trying to incite or guessing. Here is a great link to get you on your way. You show 14 COVID deaths total in those 8 countries – well, as of yesterday, Congo had 100.

      https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

  2. Charles Martell III

    December 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Cudos to the Doc . . . he is right on . . .
    the Chinese Communist approach is worse than the disease itself.

    The “Test” is completely bogus . . . they use it & the Media to create Scare & Fear !

    Time for the citizens to wake up . . .

  3. Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

    December 13, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks to Dr. Mobry for writing this article.

    I particularly appreciate the link to the data published by the Canadian Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF). Very interesting that deaths in Canada are lower through the first 8 months of 2020 compared to 2019 and 2018.

    The Great Barrington Declaration was created by scientists and doctors from Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and Cambridge. It has been signed by 691,603 citizens, 12,785 medical practitioners and 38,464 medical practitioners.

    Intelligent people may wonder why the GBD has gained 0 coverage in the mainstream media, and why courageous physicians like Dr. Mobry have to write open letters to media outlets to have their expertise heard.

    Instead we censor all doctors who say anything to the contrary. Anyone who agrees is trolled on the internet by anonymous strangers using low level character attacks with no reference to the data.

  4. MackennaW

    December 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Modry was basically run out of his hospital, and stripped of hospital privileges. He ended up suing AHS for wrongful dismissal, etc. Not sure of the outcome, but he hasn’t practiced medicine for years and he isn’t an epidemiologist. He’s a real estate developer.

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      His qualifications are more than enough to share the data in the letter

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

        What qualifications? He’s a heart surgeon.

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

        MD etc etc

  5. Gillian Archibald

    December 13, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I for one have been constantly sending Premiere Kenney information on Covid, the dangers of lockdowns, the dangers of wearing masks, the closing of business and the Great Barrington Declaration. I have also sent him info on the Great Reset and an interview of Claus Schwab.

    Premier Kenney has selected hearing and vision. He does not care. He pretends he does, he says he does, but his actions are what speak the truth. What he is doing, what all politicians are doing, is diabolical and scary. They are creating this situation ( not Covid but the fake pandemic) and then they are are trying to convince us that they will save us from it.

    He wants to frustrate us, degrade us and demoralize us. All of this leads to division. I believe Kenney has succumbed to the corruption of Trudeau, If you have been watching and observing, you can see when each Conservative Premier has been converted to the corruption, paid off, bribed, threatened. Whatever it is, it happens on a dime.

    Don’t comply people. Once you lose a freedom, you will never get it back.

    • MackennaW

      December 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      OMG, I sure hope he listened to the troll you are.

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 13, 2020 at 11:31 pm

        Mackenna you are the biggest troll here, sharing zero information, only attacking people on character

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        no, you would be the biggest troll out there – sorry, polls are closed and results are in!!

      • Gillian Archibald

        December 13, 2020 at 9:21 pm

        Oh aren’t you cute. Mr. know it all commenting on everyone else comments. I sure as heck hope Kenney isn’t listening to an immature idiot like you.

    • Ernie

      December 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      Another conspiracy theorist!

      • Gillian Archibald

        December 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

        The phrase conspiracy theorist was started by governments who want to keep the truth from the people. The people who use it so freely today are those avoiding discussing the facts to deny the obvious and who think they are superior and like to appease the politically correct. New flash! I don’t care what you think or call me.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

        You sound like someone who has way too much time on their hands. Go for a walk in the park – enjoy what the world offers. Our time on earth is too short to complain, condemn and criticize.

      • Gillian Archibald

        December 14, 2020 at 12:57 pm

        And you sound like an idiot. You call me a conspiracy theorist and I’m not allowed to reply to that. You sound like someone who isn’t at all informed and uses insults as arguments when called out. How about you for for a walk .. off a cliff.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:58 pm

        and now you sound delusional and have anger management issues. I think it’s time for you to see a counselor…….please…for the safety of others.

  6. Jim Giles

    December 13, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Boy do I know this name. Modry (I refuse to use Dr.) had a very long history of incompetence, rudeness, lack of follow-up care, and a higher than normal mortality rate. He actually cancelled 2 heart surgeries because he was going on vacation and likely would have been delayed if he had to do his job. He was suspended and lost his hospital privileges back in 2015.
    This guy is the worst sort of medical person – a surgeon jock who just lives to cut, and the accompanying God complex.
    So we have 300 actual medical professionals who begged Kenney to do more, and this 1 washed up loser gets the attention? Why am I not surprised?

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      More character attack propaganda

      • Jim Giles

        December 14, 2020 at 12:31 am

        Tell you what troll – please find and quote the web address where the CDC posted that PCR testing has a 50% false positive rate as quoted by your new hero. I could mention other false information he quoted, but let’s start there.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        he won’t – because it does not exist! He bought into the false news as he’s another puppet of social media.

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

        Gladly,

        Here’s a few articles to get you started. The false positive rate for PCR testing is 0.8-4.0%.

        When the actual positive rate is 1-2% you can end up with more false positives than actual positives.

        Additionally the cycle threshold of 35cts is inappropriate. 25cts is recommended. Most governments including Alberta are running 35-40+ ct’s.

        Fauci himself says 35 CT’s is mostly dead nucleic acid fragments and not proof of infection.

        Portugal just ruled PCR tests are unreliable and not legal, claiming 97% false positives!

        1. PCR False positive 0.8-4.0% https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.26.20080911v1.full.pdf

        2. Kary Mullis PCR inventor (1:30) “doesn’t tell you that you’re sick”, “you can find anything in there” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=scYudSweDAs&fbclid=IwAR15i15A3cUY_utJwk42-hQYL7vY5ZvDCAm5vh7aB6IhG33jUeKn4AZ38KI

        3. Yeadon 90% false positives https://lockdownsceptics.org/lies-damned-lies-and-health-statistics-the-deadly-danger-of-false-positives/

        4. PCR excellent explanation (11:00) https://m.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR3Lbq7x8h5JUkZUO7gv0jed8hStyJqPlHpvwobVFodqrKPo5cEX6Ca4VTg&feature=youtu.be&v=S_1Z8cSXI-Q

        5. Portugal 97% false positives http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/27/landmark-legal-ruling-finds-that-covid-tests-are-not-fit-for-purpose-so-what-do-the-msm-do-they-ignore-it/

        You are welcome in advance

      • Jim Giles

        December 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm

        No, no my friend. I don’t want your regurgitated YouTube videos and links to conspiracy theory websites. Modry stated that the CDC itself stated that PCR testing had a 50% false positive. All I asked was that you find and post the web address from the CDC website backing his statement up.
        Also, I love when people quote “facts” when they have no idea what they are talking about. You say “Additionally the cycle threshold of 35cts is inappropriate. 25cts is recommend,” which is actually backwards. The cycle threshold needs to be higher, not lower, to increase the amount of DNA or RNA copies produced. Don’t try to science when you haven’t a clue.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        Are you stupid Jim?
        The Inventor of the process tells you what is it . . . and you want to believe the CBC?
        Man you are in the dumb lane . . . .

        “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.””

      • Jim Giles

        December 16, 2020 at 1:13 pm

        I guess I must be dumb. I feel bad about that as I have a degree in microbiology and have actually used PCR in the lab. But your YouTube viewing obviously gives you greater knowledge. My apologies.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 18, 2020 at 10:53 am

        I have a degree . . . lol
        You just pull that degree out of your A$$ man . . .
        PCR was invented for Forensic purposes . . . it multiplies material more and more as you keep spinning.
        It created Positive CCP Virus tests the same way . . . over 50% fail rate!

      • Jim Giles

        December 18, 2020 at 1:22 pm

        As you keep spinning? Wow, you got the tech down for sure. And to be clear, it’s not PCR itself that checks for viral particles; it just creates the copies. Another method entirely, such as ELISA, is used to do this. So saying PCR gives false positives is completely inaccurate. As far as my degree goes, I could prove it, but frankly I don’t give a sh*t what you believe or don’t believe.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

        The inventor of the Test disagrees with you . . . but you Soldier on . . . a 50% or higher fail rate is “Science” in your mind . . . lol

        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.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        The PCR Test is a Forensics tool . . . designed to Manufacture . . .

        “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

        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.”

    • Ernie

      December 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      If people would do your research, they would find you are 100% correct. Also, this guy is a heart surgeon and knows diddly about viruses and epidemiology. Yet some readers here are prepared to go down on one knee to him.

  7. Kim Davies

    December 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    What is also missing in data provided by AHS is what the hospitalizations and ICU usage are now compared to other years at this time of year.
    People die every day and every winter brings an uptick in hospitalizations and deaths. Covid 19 appears worse than the average flu but how anomalous is this year exactly?

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      The Alberta Health website is lacking with important and easy to access data like you’ve mentioned

    • Onosha Ugory

      December 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Go to Statistic Canada and fish in there. This year is not worse than previous years, could be better. I’m judging by US stats

      • Kim Davies

        December 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

        I’ve done that but my knowledge doesn’t help many. This doctor and the government who have the voice need to get that information out to the public.

  8. Ernie

    December 13, 2020 at 7:46 am

    So……another expert in the field trying to discredit recent health care decisions. And he goes above his employer’s head (Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Alberta, Provincial Health
    Minister as well as the Premier of Alberta) and has this letter published throughout the media which tells me he does not play well with others. My initial thoughts of this guy were confirmed after I read some reviews from some of his former patients:

    – Dr. Dennis Modry is an egotistical doctor with a god complex! He believes that he is better than
    everyone else and will not treat you post surgery if something is wrong.
    – Dr Modry does not lack ego.
    – Very shortly after my operation, he was run off the hospital grounds.
    – Dr. Modry is only an average surgeon. Consumed with his own ego which causes him to be quite
    arrogant at times.

    In 2015, Alberta Health Services restricted and then eventually suspended his operating privileges due poor clinical practice, which included concerns that his patients died more often than those of other surgeons.

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      Typical Propaganda through Character Attack.

      His personae doesn’t change DATA presented in the multiple links in the article, which you obviously ignored.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

        He’s a heart surgeon – you probably know more about the COVID then he does.

      • Onosha Ugory

        December 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

        he definitely knows more about Covid than Bill gates and World Bank

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        He’s a medical doctor and provides data for his statements.

        Your poor grammar suggests you are in no position to criticize anyone.

      • RussG553

        December 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

        Agreed – people who mix up “then” and “than” show their ignorance to all.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        oh, my – an educated troll!

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

        The best kind, sharing real information instead of misinformation and propaganda

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

        no, more like someone who has way too much time on his hands.

    • Vlad Lashing

      December 14, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      Yeah, he should have written Hinshaw privately, got deleted and kept his trap shut. That’s right. Hinshaw can go on making 323k a year to destroy the province with her google search approach to everything.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 9:34 pm

        So what’s your solution to this COVID issue? No lockdowns and end up like Sweden?

      • Charles Martell III

        December 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        Sweden is doing fin Ernie . . . so is Florida, did you know Disneyland is open?

        and the Swedes will not have a massive number of DEATHS caused by the Lockdowns & Quarantines. Which in Canada and Alberta have already exceeded the number of DEATHS by CCP Flu by thousands.

      • Ernie

        December 16, 2020 at 1:08 pm

        Charles, I know we all are entitled to our opinions and their is nothing wrong with a friendly debate but do so armed with facts. Sweden is now over 7800 deaths and with their population of 10 million, with lax restrictions.
        New data suggests that Sweden will have one of the highest Covid-19 deaths-per-capita rate in Europe if the high death rate continues. Latest news is that they are contemplating implementing a lockdown of sorts.. And regular flu numbers in Alberta are down considerably due to a higher percentage getting the flu shot as well as the masking and social distancing. And as for Florida – Charles, Charles, Charles – it’s easy to find this info on line so please do some fact checking because you are either a troll looking to incite or you are guessing. And why does Disneyland matter?

  9. David Elson

    December 13, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Kenney will not listen because he knows the lockdowns are not meant to save lives. They are meant to condition you for future government action.

    Folks, we are in a lot of trouble here. Our socialist governments have turned hostile toward the average man, just like they did in Communist Russia, Nazi Germany, and Communist China.

    I’m not being hyperbolic. Just wait until you see what happens next.

  10. Roger Swan

    December 12, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you Dr. Modry for making compassionate mention of Jerry Dunham. Jerry died in early June, in Medicine Hat, for want of an implanted defibrillator, a common day surgery. His need for this procedure had been downgraded from “essential” to “inessential”, as hospitals postponed or cancelled surgeries as they awaited a surge of COVID admissions that never came. Premier Kenney has apologized for the harm the misguided earlier lockdown caused. Rachel Notley, Deena Hinshaw and AHS have never acknowledged culpability for Jerry’s death. In fact they are now preparing us for further such needless tragedy as they once again empty hospital beds and cancel surgeries in anticipation of “the second wave”. Their favourite scapegoat? 75-year-old anti-maskers like me who are said to have caused the second wave by not bowing the knee sufficiently to their cruel, arbitrary, idiotic, contradictory, pseudo-scientific ravings. R.I.P. Jerry. You were a consummate musician, father and partner. Alberta and Canada are diminished by your death.

    • BabyItsColdOutside

      December 17, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      Seems Kenney is in on it too. Saving millions of dollars denying health care to us.

  11. EvaM

    December 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you for this Article! It’s like a breath of fresh air.
    Politicians have to come to terms that they are working for the people that elected them. If they are working for hidden agendas of the globalists, they are not doing their job and need to be held accountable. It’s time for people to wake up and stop being brainwashed by main stream media!

  12. MajorTom

    December 12, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you, Doctor Modry for your courage! We need more medical professionals to come out and stand up for truth! Our nation is at risk!

    • MackennaW

      December 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      He isn’t a medical professional. He got tossed and lost his privileges. He’s been retired for years.

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

        His qualifications beg to differ

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:01 pm

        So YOU would rather listen to some Govt Hack . . . another low intellect voter!

      • Vlad Lashing

        December 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        Please post Hinshaws qualifications. Where and what has she practised?

  13. Onosha Ugory

    December 12, 2020 at 11:25 am

    I think that people don’t understand that all West Canadian premiers are under the pressure to do lockdowns. I don’t know whether its financial pressure or some other blackmail but that’s what’s going on all over the world. All heads of governments are under the pressure. If they do not follow what UN, IMF, WEF want from them, then they’re in trouble. The end result is New World Order via The Great Reset

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      WHO, follow the money… it’s a lobbyist group funded by “guess who” Bill Gates and the Pharma companies including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca etc etc etc

  14. Patrick Allan Kaupp

    December 12, 2020 at 7:23 am

    If Jason Kenney wants any redemption from this catastrophy, he needs to fire Deena Hinshaw for gross incompetence and then resign for the same reason.

  15. BabyItsColdOutside

    December 11, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Not just “a doctor”. Dennis Modry is a world renowned cardiac surgeon. If you are over 45, this man is a legend, a rock star in Alberta.
    The AB College of Physicians and Surgeon may have met their match trying to silence him like they did with Dr Hodkinson.

    • B Haze

      December 12, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Well, that’s in the courts it seems. He has had a controversial run and was noted for poor practice, poor outcomes in surgery. I find few numerical facts in this article to support the claims. Also, writing directly to Kenney is NOT appropriate. As a doctor(scientist) he should speak directly to Dr Hinshaw, who can respond with proper scientific references. I have no problem that he questions the decisions, but do have issue with approach. Also 300 doctors signed a letter last week to “do more” , and he is just 1, saying “do less” .

      • Rick Johnson

        December 12, 2020 at 2:52 pm

        The signing 300 Doctors are members of the Alberta Medical Association which is in bed with the nurses unions, CUPE and AUPE who are in bed with Notley’s NDP. The push for lockdowns is intended to further strangle Alberta’s private sector economy to induce an increase in dependence on government socialized programs. https://media1.giphy.com/media/ylyUQm2pCWo5yLfFEQ/giphy.gif

      • Vlad Lashing

        December 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        thats right 100%. These same union heads that want less work and shutdown of business also wants a discount when they pick up their lunch for “first responders”. Time to show them all the door.

      • roger murphy

        December 13, 2020 at 7:55 pm

        You would know this how?

      • B Haze

        December 14, 2020 at 1:02 pm

        I read the local articles published about him before commenting and see all these other comments about what a quack he has become. Yes, at a point in time he was a star, but it went to his head or something, and he ended up being removed. 5 years later he is not reinstated…… But my original premise is he is 1 vs 300/ and is attacking a politician, vs debating with another science peer. He presents no facts(numbers) to support any of his points. That’s just weak.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        So what did he say that was WRONG?

        You seem to not know anything . . . do you live under a log?

        Only ONE set of FACTS man . . . 300 to 1 . . . those are much better odds than Galileo had . . . but he was correct !

        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.

        So Hazey . . . what group would you be concentrating on?
        The under 50 crowd is NOT threatened . . .

        What is threatening is the PCR fraud test . . .

        “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

        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.”

        Has the FakeStream Media explained this one to you?

        8 Sub Sahara nations: Nigeria, Congo, Uganda, Mozambique, Cote de’ Ivoire, Ethiopia,Malawi, Niger
        Total combined population: 557 Million (nearly 2X of America)
        Total combined COVID cases: 408
        Total combined COVID deaths: 14

        These 8 nations with 3rd world health care all share one thing in common: their entire population is on perpetual, intermittant regimes of HCQ because of Malaria.

      • Vlad Lashing

        December 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        paid shill you are?

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

        Your comment is lazy and false.

        There is plenty of links to data in the article.

        For example, the link to Canada’s Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms shows there is fewer deaths in the first 8 months of 2020 than 2019 and 2018.

        Deaths (8-month total)

        2018: 186,825
        2019: 190,300
        2020: 186,690

        Reference: https://www.jccf.ca/government-data-shows-lockdowns-more-deadly-than-covid-19/

        Unfortunately you didn’t put enough effort into reading the content before rushing to comment and share your criticism of an Associate Medical Professor.

        Let’s assume someone with his Medical Qualifications BSc, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACCP, FACS made a conscious decision to make his letter OPEN to the public.

        Obviously if you want to address the data in it’s completion, and share your medical qualifications we can make a more intelligent comparison.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        What did he write that you think is incorrect ?

        Do the PCR tests with the massive error rate really work?
        There are numerous studies out there that demonstrate Masks are detrimental to your health . . . ever read one? Even the Box says “It can’t stop a virus” !
        Are you saying there are not 1000s of Albertans who have been negatively affected by the insane Lockdown? More have died than were killed by the Virus.
        So what’s your point?
        What effect do you think Canada’s 30 something in the world HC system had on his outcomes?

        Kenny needs to be informed so he stops making stupid decisions . . . after all, Kenny is just a Politician . . . and everyone knows they are usually uninformed & clueless.

        Today . . . Sweden & Florida are doing just fine . . . even Disneyland is open in Florida . . . how is that possible? Florida even managed to protect its massive Senior Population. Good Governance I suspect . . .

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:01 pm

        The PCR Test is a fraud ! It was designed for forensics not a diagnosis tool.
        The average age of those dying is over 80 . . .
        More people have died because of the Lockdowns . . . & of course the insane mask nonsense. Did you ever read the box “Does not protect from a Virus” ? ? ?

        And I am not even a Dr. or Scientist . . . just a purveyor of FACTS !

      • BabyItsColdOutside

        December 17, 2020 at 1:05 pm

        No controversy other than another case of physician bullying by the elitist commies in AHS. I believe that lawsuit against those tyrants made him a very wealthy man.

    • Christine

      December 12, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      A rockstar? Hardly. This man disgraced himself near the end of his career. I highly suggest you do a little research on Dennis Modry before stating anyone has “met their match.” This is a senile old man trying to stay relevant, nothing more.

      • roger murphy

        December 13, 2020 at 7:55 pm

        Do tell, he seems eminently qualified and he is actually following the data we have, so what was this man’s transgression?

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm

        Your post is irrelivant and void of Facts . . . you must work in the Media!

        The Wuhan Flu is only dangerous to the over 65 crowd . . . u know the folks that ALL Provincial Govts have ignored for the last year.

        Doctors & Medical Professionals From All Over The World Speak Out – Please Share
        https://www.brighteon.com/35721a21-0352-4334-82e7-42cb2933d8a1

        Try to be relevant & informed Christine . . . Canada is teaming with dopy citizens . . . way too many thought Justin was smart . . . lol

        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.

    • MackennaW

      December 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      Modry was thrown out of his hospital and had his privileges taken away years ago. He doesn’t practice medicine, hasn’t for years.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:01 pm

        Don’t have to practice Medicine to know that this Scam-Demic is a fraud.
        The average age of the deaths in Canada is over 80 . . . you would think that after 11 months the Provinces would have tough criteria to protect old folks homes . . . but they DON’T !

        The chances of dying from the Wuhan Flu if you are under 18 is .002% . . . . if you are under 50 .04% . . . Lockdowns & masks are killing more people than the disease.

  16. warrenzoell

    December 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Excellent article! But will Kenney listen?

    • bassplayer12

      December 11, 2020 at 5:53 pm

      Probably not. No politician wants to be held responsible (or perceived of being responsible) for people’s death. Politicians want to be elected… and, be REELECTED!

      • Sanford Thompson

        December 12, 2020 at 7:35 am

        79% of deaths have been in extended care. All homes are either directly or indirectly controlled by the gov. The unintended consequences or perhaps an overarching plan to build back better are all the responsibility of the politicians and the “experts”.

    • John

      December 11, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      I don’t think so.
      Kenney is more and more revealing his true face.

    • Bob Smithers

      December 13, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      The real hero, whoever that might be, is the courageous doctor, or politician, that gets Ivermectin into the medical treatment, to stop the Wuhan Flu.
      India’s medical system is distributing it, along with HCQ, VitaminD, and other supplements. They are successfully fighting Wuhan Flu, while our weak, fearful medical authorities only solution is to HIDE from the boogeyman.
      If we fought WWII like this, we would be eating saeurkraut, listening to Wagner, and all have blonde hair, saluting Deutschland!

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 13, 2020 at 11:03 pm

        Right, India has learned their lesson the hard way about Bill Gates and the Vaccine Train.

        Lots of treatments seem successful including Invermectin and HCQ for treating SARS

        It’s probably just a coincidence that easy to access medicine is blocked for some reason ($) as the media hypes vaccination under the WHO and mega pharmaceutic companies

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MORGAN: Should potentially dangerous candidates be given the voters list?

“One potential option would be moving for a court injunction against candidates – like Johnston – that have clearly signalled their willingness or intent to abuse the information found in the electors list.”

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Voter lists have long been provided to registered candidates in elections at all levels of government. Candidates have to affirm they will only use the information for campaign purposes and there can be significant penalties for misuse of voter lists.

Those voters lists are often, unfortunately, misused by some unprincipled candidates for everything from telemarketing to campaigning during non-election periods. While these abuses are not to be disregarded, they tend to be mere annoyances in most cases.

That has changed with the prospect controversial Calgary mayoral candidate Kevin J. Johnston may get access to electors lists.

While every candidate – including fringe candidates – has received the electors lists in the past without issue, Johnston is presenting a new problem. He has openly vowed to track down AHS employees and make an armed visit to their homes. This may just be Johnston’s usual hyperbolic online ranting, but it cannot be easily dismissed.

Johnston’s history shows him to be a very troubled individual who could very possibly be dangerous. He is facing multiple charges right now in different provinces, including assault. He has been known for targeted harassment of individuals on a racial basis. In Ontario he harassed and defamed a restaurant owner so badly that an Ontario court awarded the restaurant owner $2.5 million in a suit against Johnston. That kind of settlement is extraordinarily rare in Canada.

In light of his history, how comfortable should we be with the likes of Johnston having access to the address and phone numbers of everybody in your household? Unless things change, that’s exactly what will happen this fall.

This developing issue has many concerned. Most people didn’t even realize that candidates for office had access to these lists, and they are beginning to ask why candidates have access to such information in the first place.

There are three reasons candidates get access to voters lists.

One is they are very valuable tools for campaigning.

The second is that by providing challengers with the list, it evens the playing field with incumbents and well-funded candidates who have their own database.

The third and more important reason is that giving candidates access to these lists offers a layer of protection against electoral fraud.

In our electoral system, the candidates themselves actually offer the best oversight and scrutiny in order to ensure there has been no abuse of the process. Every candidate is allowed to have scrutineers who represent them during every aspect of the voting process from ensuring the ballot boxes are empty before being used, to ensuring that nobody is trying to influence electors in polling places to being present during the counting of the ballots. In giving access to the process for every candidate, the system has a very good internal checking method that actually doesn’t cost taxpayers any money.

Part of that access to the process includes giving candidates the list of electors. If candidates didn’t have voters lists, how could they ensure that a person wasn’t registered to vote multiple times? How could it be discovered if one household somehow had 50 registered voters within it? Would it ever be caught if a deceased person had somehow cast a ballot? While uncommon, these kinds of things have happened before in elections around the world – or inner party nomination races here – and tha’is why modern election systems give candidates the means to watch for these kinds of abuses.

Mayoral candidate Jyoti Gondek has been requesting the practice of sharing electoral lists with candidates be ended for everyone. There’s merit to considering this, but it has to be understood in doing so with such relatively short notice, this will come at a cost.

Checks and balances can be created that would help candidates ensure the integrity of the electoral process without actually giving the candidates full access to the lists of electors. That sort of policy would take time to formulate, and there is no way such a policy could be in place in time for an election this fall. That would mean if electoral lists were not given to candidates this year, we would be losing that layer of protection in the process. This would unlikely make much difference to outcomes, but you can rest assured many people would use this as an excuse to question the process and the outcomes of the election.

Another consequence of the removal of access to electoral lists to candidates would be it would add to the already formidable advantage held by incumbent or major candidates. In municipal politics, incumbents already have massive fundraising and name recognition advantages over challenging candidates. While they will never admit it, you can rest assured incumbents still have copies of the electoral lists from past elections. While the data would be four years out of date, it would still be very valuable to the campaign. It defies belief no candidates would use those lists in the coming campaign while up-and-coming candidates are forced to build their own databases through manual door knocking. Coun. Gondek is well aware of this.

In all probability, Gondek, Farkas, and perhaps a few other more established candidates already have access to an older list. Freezing candidates out of obtaining the list would provide the big candidates with a huge, unfair advantage.

It’s worth considering ending the practice of sharing this information with candidates in the future. I know I wouldn’t want my personal information going to an individual such as Kevin Johnston, along with a number of the other candidates in the race for that matter. We have to remember, however, changing the policy on the fly like this will have an impact on the ability of many to campaign and it will reduce electoral scrutiny this fall.

One potential option would be moving for a court injunction against candidates – like Johnston – that have clearly signalled their willingness or intent to abuse the information found in the electors list. No city bureaucrat could be trusted with a delicate decision like this, but if it can be sufficiently proven in court, it should be fair enough.

Our political environment is far too charged right now for any nuanced policy debates to happen. Particularly in Calgary, where the mayor has been race-baiting and sowing division among the public and other elected officials. It’s clear we will have to address this issue of the privacy and safety of the electorate.

The only question right now is when.

Cory Morgan is the Alberta Political Columnist for the Western Standard and Host of the Cory Morgan Show

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GARYK: How environmental groups use kids as props

“There’s plenty of time to indoctrinate our offspring later. Is it too much to ask that the eco-extremists keep their politics out of the classroom?”

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Environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) and others were quick to attack the Canadian Energy Centre – better known as the ‘War Room’ – for expressing their disdain over an inaccurate representation of the oil and gas industry in the Netflix movie Bigfoot Family, which depicted a mountain top being blown up to extract oil. 

It was overkill that brought some justified criticism upon the War Room, but there isn’t any fuss when these same groups use children to promote their extremist agenda. 

This agenda is pushed on young kids across North America. The made-in-Canada 3% Project, founded by self-described climate change activist Steven Lee in 2012 when he was 19 years old, tours across the country holding free assemblies in schools.      

Their website is transparent about their objectives.

“Our goals are simple: to achieve more consensus Canada-wide that climate change is real, that its biggest cause is human-created, and to empower youth to take local action towards climate change solutions in their communities.”

The 3% Project’s founder knows how to influence young people. He’s a policy advocate to the UN, a public speaker at international forums — including UNICEF, G8 Summits, NATO and UNESCO — and his website says he was trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader. It’s this extensive experience that has allowed him to realize “starting these projects young is a great way to keep climate change and empowerment at the forefront of a learning, growing mind. The leaders of tomorrow are already in our schools.” 

In Alberta, it may be up to individual teachers and boards to decide who gets an audience with their students; however, it doesn’t enhance learning to invite non-expert activists with an anti-oil and gas agenda that use extremist, fearmongering, and indoctrination tactics into schools. 

Climate science is a complex topic that’s worthy of serious study; however, without presenting a clear argument on both sides — and one that includes the positives that result from having access to abundant affordable energy — young people are not being offered enough information to make their own informed opinions. Rather, they’re being told what to think.    

There’s a push to create youth activists in schools. Under the guidance of a Coquitlam school counsellor, a group of BC youth researched plastics pollution and “plotted strategy” that resulted in a meeting with BC’s Environment Minister. Their request? Give municipal governments the power to ban single-use plastics. 

The group is a hodgepodge of students ranging in age from 11 to 17. One has to wonder how they happened to come together and whether they freely chose the cause they did? 

There’s also the metastasizing of climate lawsuits by young people around the globe. There was a recent lawsuit lead by Ecojustice, where seven Ontario youth took the Ford government to court alleging “the Government of Ontario’s weakening of its climate targets will lead to widespread illness and death and violates Ontarians’ Charter-protected rights to life, liberty, and security of the person.” 

Where did youth aged 13 to 25 get enough money to fund a climate-related lawsuit, and how did the seed for the idea germinate? 

Similarly, the David Suzuki Foundation was “supporting 15 youth from seven provinces and a territory taking the Canadian government to court for violating their [Charter rights by perpetuating climate change.”)

The Suzuki Foundation claims these youth, ages 11 to 20, are part of a global movement of young people holding their governments accountable to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“The goal is to reduce global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels from 410 to 350 parts per million or lower by the end of the century, by reducing Canada’s emissions and increasing carbon sequestration.”

Children are being taught the fear of climate change at a young age. Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg recently published a children’s book.

“Greta saw living creatures everywhere, struggling to stay alive”…“She saw cities swallowed under rising oceans”…“She saw the smoldering sun scorch the earth, leaving it bone dry”. 

The eco-extreamists are trying to scare our children into believing the world will end if we do not stop driving gas-powered cars. 

No one asks what the proposed solutions are or how what these children are doing as individuals to reach their objectives. Adults are not allowed to question the motivation of the kids or their handlers. Youth are expected to unquestioningly trust these activist’s knowledge of the complex subject matter, yet skeptical adults are expected to keep their distance because they’re “just kids.” 

There’s plenty of time to indoctrinate our offspring later. Is it too much to ask the eco-extremists keep their politics out of the classroom?

Deidra Garyk is a Columnist for the Western Standard

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HARDING: How I was fined $2,800 for reporting on Regina’s freedom rally

“Police interference in media coverage and enforcement of political doctrine might be standard practice in some parts of the world, but not Canada.”

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Sixteen people were fined following their attendance at Saturday’s “illegal” freedom rally in Regina, SK. Despite going to the demonstration to interview the speakers and cover the event, yours truly was among those who received a $2,800 fine. And it happened despite clearly demonstrating to police that I was there for journalistic purposes.

May 8 say hundreds gathered for a freedom rally in Regina’s Victoria Park to hear speakers such as Maxime Bernier, Mark Friesen, and Laura Lynn Thompson. This was a newsworthy event and a journalistic opportunity not to be missed. The opportunity to interview these members of the lockdown resistance movement in person might not come again. As they left the event, I walked with my recording device in hand to seize my final opportunity to get a few quotes.

As the crew readied themselves to get into a truck for subsequent events, police cruisers showed up to hand $2,800 tickets to the three noted above, and another speaker, activist R. B. Ham. At that point I introduced myself to police as a journalist with the Western Standard.

I asked the police if I would have problems if I went back to the event. They suggested I not cut through the park on my way back to the bus. I walked straight down the street and encountered another two police officers, whom I asked the same question: “am I permitted to attend as a journalist?” An officer who had been taking pictures of attendees told me that decision would be made by someone higher up the food chain than him.

At that point I overheard R C the Rapper, who hails from Edmonton. When his performance ended, I interviewed him, walked down the pathway for pictures. We were almost out of the park when police confronted us.

An officer I had not seen before asked for my identification. I told him that I was there as a journalist and showed him my writing portfolios online. Then he asked me why I wasn’t wearing a mask or social distancing. I pulled the mask out of my pocket and told him that I wore it until I got to the park, but after people started staring at me, I took it off. It was a place and time largely reversed from government-endorsed gatherings at Costco, where wearing a mask – outdoors – made one stand out. 

There is no cabinet order from the Moe government requiring one to wear a mask outside; just an order not to protest. 

Regardless, the officer decided to issue me a ticket immediately. (The rapper also received a ticket there, as well as one at an event the following day in Saskatoon.) Oddly enough, as this was happening, Premier Moe announced that as of May 17, the allowable limit for public gatherings would rise from 10 to 150.

My ticket begs some disturbing questions. Are only government-funded journalists that wear a mask outdoors allowed to cover events of this nature without being ticketed? Is it only government-funded media outlets that deceptively say few people were at an event that was, in fact, attended by hundreds? 

Police interference in media coverage and enforcement of political doctrine might be standard practice in some parts of the world, but not Canada. Already, big tech companies censor and regulate dissenting opinion, and Bill C-10 is preparing the way for the federal government to directly control the content not just of online media like the Western Standard, but of individual users. 

Canada, and Saskatchewan, have entered a dark chapter that we are a long way from knowing the end of. 

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Political Columnist for the Western Standard

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