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Alberta relaxing some COVID restrictions

Shandro announced Thursday afternoon personal services – like hair salons and barbers – will be allowed to reopen, but by appointment only.

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Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the province is loosening some of its COVID-19 regulations as of Monday.

Shandro announced Thursday afternoon personal services – like hair salons and barbers – will be allowed to reopen, but by appointment only.

Restrictions meaning only ten people are allowed at funerals will be relaxed to allow 20. But receptions afterward are still banned.

Outdoor gatherings will now be allowed, but with a maximum of 10 people, and if they follow COVID social distancing requirements. Indoor gatherings are still banned.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw said the province has logged 967 new cases of COVID-19 in the province and 21 more deaths, with a positivity rate of 5.8 per cent.

The numbers are “coming down in a reassuring way,” said Hinshaw, when questioned about the relaxation of the rules.

“Although we’ve seen a decline in transmission, our health-care system is still at risk. We must remain diligent in our efforts to bring our numbers down even further. By easing some measures like outdoor gathering limits, we hope to support Albertans’ mental health, while still following other restrictions that are helping us reduce case numbers,” said Hinshaw.

Premier Jason Kenney said: “This limited easing of restrictions is possible thanks to the efforts of Albertans over the past few weeks. But, we need to be careful that we don’t reduce too early and risk the steady improvements we’ve made since November.”

Hinshaw added there were still openings for health care workers to receive a vaccine this weekend and encouraged them to book an appointment. Shandro said there are 16,000 available vaccination appointments.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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. Warren Leigh

    January 14, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    At the very least include gyms and fitness centres in the mix, PLEASE!!! FITNESS is ESSENTIAL in the fight against this virus, since 3 of the top killers of those dying with/from it are heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Exercise is essential for managing and mitigating all 3 of these conditions. And sorry, fake home “workouts” don’t cut it, especially in the dead of winter when it’s colder and more dangerous to go outside due to all sidewalks and walkways being iced over 50x. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! End the FAKE mass testing and this problem will disappear over night!

    • Allen

      January 15, 2021 at 7:51 am

      Bottom line is: They don’t care whether you’re healthy or not. That’s why healthy things are banned. They don’t want you around.

      • joc22

        January 20, 2021 at 6:52 pm

        When was the last time you seen or heard of a politician going to a gym. LMAO
        You ever se the size of most of these people. Have a good look at that Nenshi character, the only exercise that waste of skin has done is walking up to his next buffet table.

      • Allen

        January 21, 2021 at 10:51 am

        Nothing has changed since the days of old, when the aristocracy was marked by their obesity. These days, the pigs are just lipsticked and given a different name.

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 20, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      ONTARIO:

      https://www.msn.com/en-ca/n

      Ontario lockdown ‘not supported by strong science,’ says former chief medical officer of health
      Jordan Fleguel

      Speaks for itself

  2. Allen

    January 14, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Not good enough. Open all of it. NOW. We know what you’re up to, with your Great Reset.

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 20, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      AND IN DOUG “FROD’S” ONTARIO:

      https://www.msn.com/en-ca/n

      Ontario lockdown ‘not supported by strong science,’ says former chief medical officer of health
      Jordan Fleguel

      Speaks for itself

      • Allen

        January 21, 2021 at 10:52 am

        Of course these stories are coming out now that sleepy, creepy Joe has stolen the erection. Whatever. I’ll take it, if that means this nightmare will end.

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 21, 2021 at 2:10 pm

        Looks like – the Cancel Culture Crowd at DISQUS (who “Claim” to be “FOR” Free Speech) – DELETED / HID my Response to Allen; EVERY Word of which was a – VERIFIABLE Fact. .

        Looks like – the Cancel Culture Crowd at – DISQUS
        Are – LINKEDIN to – Duh S(H)AME Cabal at:
        FAKEBOOK
        The Twits at TWITTER
        GOOGLE
        You Tube
        The CBC
        The G&M
        The TO Star
        The CCP, er, CPC
        The Liberal and NDP Parties of Canada
        et al.

        Heck, even the Founder of LI – Admitted this, Once.

      • Allen

        January 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

        How am I not surprised? The Calgary Sun’s been deleting my comments as well. Guess the truth is uncomfortable, eh.

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 21, 2021 at 3:16 pm

        The Toronto SUN – is No Better.

        They also have MANY – “Pretenders” – to Free Speech.

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

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

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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