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Ocean Wiesblatt: ‘The fight has just begun’

In a Sunday tweet, Ocean Wiesblatt said he will be telling his story in the next few days adding he is “fighting for your freedoms.

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The man arrested by Calgary police playing shinny says his battle against mandatory mask health laws is just beginning

In a Sunday tweet, Ocean Wiesblatt said he will be telling his story in the next few days adding he is “fighting for your freedoms.

“I will be posting a video tomorrow or the next day after to explain the info that everything that has happened since my arrest thursday (sic) at the out door (sic) rink,” he tweeted.

“For all the people that are supporting me thank you but we are not done, this is only the start. I’m doing this for my freedom and yours. The mask on your face that is enforced by government should be your choice and not to wear not (sic) anyone’s else’s choice because it’s your life, body and health.

“If you’re scared to get sick protect yourself. I will keep pushing til this problem is solved. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

Wiesblatt gained national attention when he was arrested in a violent takedown after a Southwood neighbour complained about a shinny game.

Police officer aims taser at Wiesblatt

Police claimed up to 40 people were playing when bylaw officers arrived. When bylaw couldn’t persuade the players to abandon the game, police were called as backups.

Most of the players complied with the order, except 21-year-old Wiesblatt who questioned officers on what the laws were and why he was being arrested.

Officers threatened to “fucking faze” Ocean and there were a series of failed struggles before they were able to take him to the ground, cut off his skates and haul him away. Ocean, who grew up with a family of hockey-playing brothers raised by a deaf, single mom, was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction and breaking a public health order. The health ticket alone is $1,200.

During the time the videos were taken, a total of four-minutes-forty seconds, the police officers failed to respond to Ocean’s questions about what law he was breaking or was being charged with.

It is unconstitutional for police to make an arrest in Canada without disclosing the charges being laid.

Provincial restrictions state that outdoor physical activities are still permitted for people from different households if the number does not exceed 10 people and individuals maintain two meters distance.

The Calgary Police Service released a statement claiming that there were 40 in attendance before the video began to record. The statement says that civilians are required to give their identity to police when ordered, however, the UCP government recently banned the practice of “carding” as discriminatory and arbitrary.

Arrest video

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

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Ron Voss

    December 21, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    “The man arrested by Calgary police playing shinny says his battle against mandatory mask health laws is just beginning.” Naylor like the mainstream media characterizing it simply as an anti-mask protest. Go back to the mainstream media.

  2. Eric James

    December 21, 2020 at 10:12 am

    The author of the article should really check his facts prior to putting them in writing. He mentions that UCP banned “carding”, this wasn’t a case of “carding”. “Carding” is the act of a PO randomly asking a civilian for ID. It is NOT “carding” when a PO is conducting an investigation, such as being called in as backup for a person(s) not complying with the Alberta Health Act. As soon as this young man refused to give his information during this investigation it goes from a ticket to a Criminal Code investigation, for Obstructing a PO. Then when he refuses to comply with the POs LAWFUL orders and actively resists, that is another criminal charge…Resisting PO. Again the author makes an error stating that POs have to state the offence prior to arrest, again not true, case law deems that the person only has to be told he is under arrest, not the actual offence. The police have to relay the actual charge during his Charter and Caution so that the offender knows his jeopardy at that time. This author is clearly biased and uninformed on the laws of the land. Perhaps he should limit his editorials to FB in the future where facts really don’t matter!

  3. McCabbages Fam

    December 20, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    It is unfortunate that when you search the Wiesblatt name this article now overshadows the celebration of Ozzy being drafted into the Nhl. In the 2019 moving video on Sportnet each of the boys praises their mother for being their superhero. If Ocean would only thing about the health of his mother, and all of the individuals who have aided him in getting the opportunity to play hockey he would realize they are the people you comply to the restrictions for.

    • sunbeamvalley

      December 21, 2020 at 10:48 am

      You are saying Ocean isn’t thinking of the health of his mother?! Seriously? He is the one that is at a higher risk of depression and suicide because of the lockdowns. There is plenty of evidence on this. You can’t comply to restrictions that don’t make sense. What Ocean and his friends were doing was protecting people because being outside is the safest place to be. Most transmissions happen when we are all locked away inside. Instructing people to stay inside is actually putting them at greater risk of getting sick.

      • McCabbages Fam

        December 21, 2020 at 11:28 am

        I am not dismissing the very real issue of mental health. Believe me I know how serious it is which is why I 100% encourage outdoor activities with your household and once restrictions lighten with a small cohort. Human connection and physical activity are incredibly important right now. But playing hockey with 40 people during this time is irresponsible and not complying to the police was reckless. There is also clear evidence that this virus needs to be taken seriously with over 850 deaths in Alberta.

      • sunbeamvalley

        December 21, 2020 at 11:51 am

        I think we are on different sides of this, and that is okay. It has been 10 months now and 850 deaths out of 4.4 million population doesn’t seem to support the restrictions and overreach we are seeing. We also can’t assume 40 people were on the rink at one time; that doesn’t make sense. Ocean stated that 4 were there when the police showed up. We also can’t assume his number is accurate either. We will find out exactly what happened when it goes through the courts. Maybe I am more pessimistic, but I don’t expect restrictions to lighten anytime soon. And within this time, people will die as a direct result of the lockdowns. I appreciate this discourse so much. Emotions are running high on both sides, but these interactions are important. Sorry that my previous reply was ramped up.

      • McCabbages Fam

        December 21, 2020 at 2:54 pm

        I appreciate your opinion and thank you for such a respectful interaction.

  4. #SAND

    December 20, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Karens with guns.

  5. Susan Quinn

    December 20, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    “Fighting for my freedoms”. What complete and utter BS. He’s a grandstander, looking to get a job with Rebel “media”.

    • #SAND

      December 20, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      Are you really that stupid?

      • Susan Quinn

        December 20, 2020 at 6:19 pm

        Oh, personal attacks. Now that’s mature.

      • #SAND

        December 20, 2020 at 8:49 pm

        I guess you didn’t notice your personal attack against Ocean.

      • Susan Quinn

        December 20, 2020 at 9:24 pm

        I was commenting on his behaviour. You are personally attacking me. There’s a difference. Perhaps you don’t understand.

      • #SAND

        December 21, 2020 at 7:20 am

        I attacked your stupid behaviour by asking if you were actually that stupid.

      • Susan Quinn

        December 21, 2020 at 9:37 am

      • That's DOCTOR #SAND to you...

        December 21, 2020 at 11:34 am

        So you have reverted to another personal attack on me?

        Bimbos gotta bimbo, I guess…..

    • sunbeamvalley

      December 21, 2020 at 10:52 am

      People have a right to express their opinions. As you just did. Does your comment make you a grandstander? Rebel was the only media organization that reached out to him for his side of the story; like media should. We have been talking about police brutality and authoritarianism for years. This incident may very well fit that description, yet media on the whole is silent.

      • Susan Quinn

        December 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

        Did you talk about police brutality in connection with First nations folks? African-Canadians? Hmmm. And little Ocean here is a grandstander because he’s using the so-called assault to further his “freedum” platform. That’s grandstanding.

      • sunbeamvalley

        December 21, 2020 at 11:07 am

        Police brutality against any Canadian is wrong. He may have a case here. We will see what the outcome is in the courts.

  6. Joni Menz

    December 20, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Ocean stated in Rebel interview that a Peace Officer came and told them the Police were on their way. He added that most left after this warning and four remained. So when the police arrived there were 4 people playing shinny. I guess we will find out if there really was a violation when this goes to court as Ocean is lawyering up.

  7. Charles Martell III

    December 20, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    This is what happens when you have a Diversity & Gender Policy Police force . . . no longer are Excellence, Intellect or Ability taken into consideration.
    They seem to have filled the Mayor’s job the same way . . . we could likely do much better these days picking our leaders Randomly out of the Phone Book.

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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