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Kenney extends Alberta COVID lockdown under cloud of UCP travel scandal

The BC government also announced they were extending their lockdown through February 5




Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced the provincial COVID-19 lockdown will be extended through January 21.

That marks a week-long extension to the original lockdown announced last month, which cancelled Christmas for most Albertans.

Kenney said the current high positivity rate of 6.4 per cent is one of the reasons for extending the lockdowns.

He announced 24 more COVID deaths Wednesday bringing the provincial total to 1,217.

Kenney noted hospitalizations and the number of new cases remain high, compared to the rest of Canada.

Despite the lockdown extension, Kenney also announced all school in-class learning will resume on Monday.

“I want to recognize the effort of school staff, teachers and parents to follow health measures and help us keep classrooms safe for Alberta students. I’m confident this effort will continue and we’ll see a successful return to in-person learning to the benefit of all students,” said Kenney.

Thursday was the first time Kenney has faced the press since a scandal engulfed the UCP, with at least 10 MLAs and staff jetting out of the country on holiday, despite health recommendations against non-essential travel.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a close confidante of Jason Kenney who is also a former Tory cabinet minister, told the Western Standard it is “inconceivable” the premier didn’t know one of his cabinet ministers had travelled during the holidays.

The scandal cost UCP MLA Tracy Allard her cabinet position, as municipal affairs minister, and Kenney’s chief-of-staff his job.

Kenney said Albertans will be “particularly frustrated” with the continued lockdown measures, in light of the snowbird scandal. He called news of UCP travellers was “insulting” and added “trust was broken.”

“I apologize. I accept responsibility,” said Kenney.

He called the international UCP exodus a “breakdown in caucus discipline.”

Kenney said he only heard about his chief-of-staff Jamie Huckabay’s travel plans to the U.K. “when he was on the way to the airport.” He vowed to get his caucus back to a “culture of discipline.”

When asked whether the scandal meant he had lost the moral authority to continue with lockdowns, Kenney responded he “had a solitary Christmas” noting his 83-year-old mother is the only relative he has in the province.

“You can’t govern according to a Twitter hashtag,” he said.

Meanwhile, in BC, its restrictions have been extended until February 5, or “the next two incubation periods,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Over the past 24 hours, 761 cases of COVID-19 were found along with eight more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 970.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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 9, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    After all it is Flu Season . . . people get sick every year.
    The Tyrants just don’t want to stop.

    In BC they are now adding ALL deaths in Seniors’ Homes to keep up the scam . . . they say the average stay of an elderly person in one of these homes is only about 12 months . . .

    Dr. Henry . . . who to my knowledge has never had any education in National Emergencies or anything similar had no friggin clue. Add in the BC Premier Horgan, NDP hack & Arts graduate . . . no experience there either.

    Every year 38000 people die in BC . . .
    somehow 700+ is a serious concern, average age over 80, is a Pandemic?

  2. Joan

    January 8, 2021 at 11:59 am

    good! as long as the numbers are up then we need to be in lockdown, whether there is scandal or not. Two separate subjects, even though, yes, I know, the scandal revolves around so called special people breaking the lockdown…

    • Charles Martell III

      January 9, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      Lockdowns bring people closer together . . . most infections are developed at home.

      There is ZERO evidence to show Lockdowns work, yet our feckless Politicians keep doing this over and over . . . expecting a Different Result? That is the definition of Insanity.
      Zero evidence that Masks help as well . . .

      Statistician: Lockdowns Don’t Work Because They Force People To Congregate In Fewer Places
      Author and statistician William M. Briggs argues that lockdowns don’t work because they force people to gather in fewer places like supermarkets and therefore spread viruses faster than if people were allowed to spread out.

  3. David Elson

    January 8, 2021 at 8:39 am

    The great reset?

    Don’t you just love communist slogans?

    How many people died as a result of the “Great Leap”? The only difference is now the socialists are well aware of how many people will die.

  4. Ron Hierath

    January 8, 2021 at 6:04 am

    Again slanted journalism using a “former Tory cabinet minister” (un-named source) to call Kenney of lying

  5. godot

    January 7, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Kenney has been taking lessons from BoJo.

    Kids back to school, small businesses shut down. Meanwhile the big box stores are posting record profits. Still, this is the plan laid out for the Great Reset, so Kenney is playing his part.

  6. warrenzoell

    January 7, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Hey Kenney!! repeating the same thing over and over again won’t get you a different result.
    And where is this 6.4% coming from?

  7. LoveUnity

    January 7, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    For a different view of this “scandal,” check out Chris Selley in todays National Post, where he says he’s going to a for away island for a few weeks.

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Truckers: ‘We are not separatists or terrorists’

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks-alone- going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks.




Truckers on the Freedom Convoy are rejecting characterizations they are “separatists” and “terrorists.”

“A small team of Alberta truckers, their family members and friends, came to the decision that the Government of Canada has crossed a line with implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports and vaccine mandates. As of today, we now have the support of millions of Canadians from across the country,” group organizers said in a press release.

Demands from the Freedom Convoy to the federal government are:

  • Terminate all vaccine passports, including inter-Canada passport systems.
  • Eliminate mandatory programs of vaccination and contact tracing.
  • Respect the rights of those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
  • Cease the divisive rhetoric attacking Canadians who disagree with government mandates.
  • Cease limiting debate through coercive measures with the goal of censoring those who have varying or incorrect opinions.

“A unified and free Canada can be our future, and it starts now with reminding the government they serve the people,” stated the truckers.

“We have an opportunity for all of us to come together irrespective of our differences and do what is needed to ensure our freedoms are protected now and for future generations.

Statements claiming the convoy participants are ‘separatists’ or ‘terrorists’ are “categorically false and an attempt to smear” the movement, organizers said.

“It is saddening this kind of rhetoric is coming from Prime Minister Trudeau and his government. Instead of protecting our basic freedoms outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin and his government seek to do the opposite. He is continually issuing defamatory comments and maligning large segments of the population. If history has taught us anything, these are actions that cannot be ignored. We are peaceful, hard-working Canadians who love our country and want the betterment for all Canadians.”

The organizers said due to the mass support of the movement, they can no longer guarantee the average Canadian will not be disrupted by the protest.

“For that, we are truly sorry, and we will do our very best to limit the disruptions to your lives. We ask that Canadians remember we are fighting for everyone’s freedoms and it’s the political class that has abandoned us all,” said the release.

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks. One driver going the opposite direction told the Western Standard he measured the convoy at 100-km long as it approached Winnipeg.

Some supporters are unable to commit to the whole trip, but are finding ways to still participate.

“A lot of vehicles just join the parade while it’s close to their homes and then peel off later, so it’s dynamic,” Martin Halvorson, a driver in the convoy, told the Western Standard.

“The amount of people is unknown because we are not counting … The numbers are big,” convoy organizer, Andy Draaistra, told the Western Standard.

“All the support is unbelievable, we hope the overpasses will hold the tons of people,” said Draaistra.

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The protest is against federal COVID-19 mandates and is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa January 30 and then hold a mass demonstration the next day, Monday, when Parliament reumes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard

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China changes Fight Club ending to cops busting anarchists

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.




The classic film Fight Club has been changed for viewers in China, with a ‘happy ending’ that complies with domestic censorship rules.

An altered version of the 1999 film was released on streaming platform Tencent Video in China over the weekend.

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

Many in China had seen the original film pirated online and were surprised when streaming the newly released version.

Instead of buildings exploding at the end, the version shows authorities step in and win. 

Original closing scene of Fight Club

In the closing scenes of the original the narrator kills off his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden and then watches multiple buildings explode with Marla Singer, suggesting his character’s plan to bring down modern civilization is underway.

In the censored version released in China, the narrator still kills off Durden, but the exploding buildings scene is replaced with a written message on black screen.

“The police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.”

As well as Tyler, figment of the narrator’s imagination was sent to a ‘lunatic asylum’ for psychological treatment and later discharged.

Revised ending to Fight Club

China is home to some of the strictest rules regarding censorship, and only a handful of foreign films are released each year.

In the past Hollywood has created alternative cuts in order to comply with Chinese censorship rules, in hopes to access millions of viewers in the country.

It is unclear if the cut was made by western movie producers, or the Chinese government.

Tencent did not comment on the matter.

Authorities under President Xi Jinping have been working to eliminate society of influences classified as unhealthy, including within movies, television, computer games.

This effort was also extended to cracking down on the country’s local celebrities for perceived immoral behaviour.

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced earlier this week an organized month-long ‘clean’ web campaign to create a ‘civilized and healthy’ online atmosphere.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Butt launches Twitter tirade on Scheer for supporting truckers

“It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened?”




The former top aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched a Twitter broadside against former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer after he supported the truckers’ convoy rolling across Canada to protest vaccine mandates.

“Thank you Truckers! Trudeau is attacking personal liberty and threatening everyone’s ability to get groceries because of his overreach on vaccine mandates. He is the biggest threat to freedom in Canada,” Scheer tweeted.

Scheer tweet

That was enough to set Butts off.

“A breathtakingly irresponsible thing for a former Leader of the Opposition to say. Calling the prime minister — any prime minister — the biggest threat to Canadian liberty? This isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a welcome mat,” he tweeted.

“Politics is a rough business and not for the thin of skin or faint of heart. But the people in these enormously important offices have to respect those offices, even if they don’t like each other.”

Butts tweet

In a later tweet, Butts said: “Have been thinking about Mr Scheer’s comments all day. It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened? I almost wish I were a Conservative, so I could fight for my party’s soul.”

On the weekend, Butts took a run at organizer Tamara Lich in an attempt to cast doubt on the integrity of Convoy For Freedom 2022.

“An Alberta separatist has collected almost a million bucks on a GoFundMe page to ‘support’ trucker protests. Where will the money go?” asked Butts in a tweet. 

More than $4.5 million has been raised to date as thousands of truckers are expected to descend on Ottawa this weekend.

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