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Barnes tells Kenney to end COVID lockdown

The rebel UCP MLA said that with just 1.9% of cases in the south, the lockdown is doing more harm than good in his health zone.

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Rebel UCP MLA Drew Barnes has a simple message for Premier Jason Kenney – end the lockdown down in southern Alberta. The Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA says the mental health crisis caused by the lockdown is now worse than the pandemic itself. In a weekend video message, Barnes noted just across the border in Saskatchewan, people are able to work out and relieve stress in gyms and go to restaur

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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

    January 12, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Lockdowns solve nothing . . . if lockdowns worked why are we on No. 3 NOW ? ? ?

    The situation in Edmonton is not the same as Lethbridge, or Medicine Hat . . .
    Those who are most vulnerable should be advised accordingly, the vast majority of the population are not going to die.

    • John

      January 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      The most vulnerable should be the first priority and protected at all cost, the rest of us will most likely be fine.

  2. Ron Voss

    January 11, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    What a concept, representing the interests of his constituents instead of the interest of the Premier.

  3. godot

    January 11, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    From the start of the China Virus hoax, booze stores and pot stores have been designated as essential services, and have remained open. The government has determined that it’s OK to get motherless drunk or stoned out of your skull. But don’t you dare play a game of community hockey, or get together with family or friends for a meal. The only way to end this insanity is for WE THE PEOPLE to present a united front and refuse to tolerate the theft of our CIVIL LIBERTIES.

  4. Guest

    January 11, 2021 at 5:37 am

    Posting this comment again.
    If I can get a massage at Physio Clinic. Then why can’t a person get their hair styled at a salon whom follow the same safety protocols as the Physio Clinic? There are other small businesses out there who would fit that same bill and this needs to be looked at; soon.

    The lock down is unfair to businesses struggling to keep their heads above the debt piling on day after day.

    We need some normalcy back. Mental Health needs to be a concern now for many Albertans who have seen their savings & businesses going under.

    Good to see Government workers are being well looked after, but ho well for the rest of us.

  5. Mars Hill

    January 11, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Barnes is the only UCP MLA that has any guts and common sense, think there is a gal MLA as well. I’m not sure if Kenney can save the situation, he’s a political animal and folks are sick of that, we’ll see if he can shed his skin and get back on track.

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Civil service mag promotes immunization passports

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A magazine for Canadian public service managers says the country must introduce vaccine passports, says Blacklock's Reporter. “The immunity of the population is detrimental for the safe reopening of the economy and various jurisdictions across the world are exploring the idea of immunity certificates as an enabler,” said a commentary in Canadian Government Executive, a periodical publ

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park shut down at night because of fire threat

“The closure is being activated in an effort to reduce the fire risk to the park, which is extreme due to the current drought conditions and sustained heat events.”

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