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Kenney working out of Redford’s old notorious Sky Palace

When she was in office as premier, Rachel Notley refused to work out of Sky Palace, calling it a “politically radioactive zone and toxic symbol of entitlement.”

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Premier Jason Kenney’s spokesman has confirmed he is working out of an office in former premier Alison Redford’s old Sky Palace.

The luxurious office was one of the things that led to Redford leaving office as anger grew over her “culture of entitlement.”

Kenney’s office told the Canadian Press the Sky Palace was the best option for him to be relocated during legislature renovations. They said there was no additional costs.

When she was in office as premier, Rachel Notley refused to work out of Sky Palace, calling it a “politically radioactive zone and toxic symbol of entitlement.”

And the NDP’s Sarah Hoffman Wednesday said Kenney already had a secondary office in the nearby Federal Building and called the Sky Palace move “a doubling down on the aloha entitlement scandal,” CP reported.

When she was in power, Redford was planning to possibly spend millions on her office.

Sky Palace

In 2014, CBC reported decor for the office included $45,000 drapes, $43,000 stone and porcelain floor and wall tiles, and nearly $26,000 for painting and vinyl wall coverings.

Changes to “dressing rooms” for Redford and her daughter were to have cost more than $14,000.

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby769

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. Frances Buchanan

    January 7, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Who cares whether Kenney is using this office while his own office is being renovated. Why wouldn’t he use it if available? Why waste readers time with this kind of reporting? I was not impressed!

  2. Guest

    January 6, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Points to Ponder !!
    Trudeau should be a committed Federalist, but he is a committed Globalist: &
    Kenney should be a committed Albertan, but he is a committed Federalist

    I am not sure Mr. Kenney has his mind on Alberta & the problems this province is going through.
    From where I set as a UPC member. I don’t think you are going to do very well in a leadership review. Maybe you will get lucky & my membership to the UPC will expire before that, but one never knows.

    Giving the AB NDP more ammo to shoot at you & the UPC was very unwise. Premier Kenney you should have been out front of this before the Western Standard got ahold of this story.

    • MrTbiollo

      January 7, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Given that Trudeau is a demented globalist who’s hell bent on destroying our vital energy industry and selling out Alberta in exchange for personal glory on the world stage, it would be far better for us if Mr. Kenney became a separatist Premier. His popularity ratings would no doubt take an immediate turn for the better.

    • MrTbiollo

      January 7, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Given that Trudeau is a demented globalist hell bent on destroying Alberta’s energy industry in exchange for personal glory on the world stage, it would be far better for Mr.
      Kenney to become a separatist Premier. His popularity ratings would no
      doubt improve immediately.

  3. warrenzoell

    January 6, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about it. Kenney will simply get the money necessary from people on AISH. (sarc).

  4. Charles Martell III

    January 6, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Has Kenny morphed into another Redford ? ? ?

    In London, rates of COVID-19 infection were higher after the November lockdown than before it started.

    But don’t expect that to register with out clueless Politicians or our way out of their element Medical “Experts” . . .

    Statistician: Lockdowns Don’t Work Because They Force People To Congregate In Fewer Places

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/statistician-lockdowns-dont-work-because-they-force-people-congregate-fewer-places?__s=txld14ep0bxlzqcg76m0

    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.

  5. Spaceman Spiff

    January 6, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Hi David…
    There’s an inaccuracy in this paragraph I thought I should note:

    And the NDP’s Sarah Hoffman Wednesday said Kenney already had a secondary office in the nearby Federal Building and called the Sky Palace move “a doubling down on the aloha entitlement scandal,” CP reported.

    The Sky Palace is actually in the Federal Building. It’s not “nearby” it – it’s in it. It’s the Federal Building’s penthouse, actually.

    If Kenney has an office in the Federal Building that would make good sense because, during the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of the daily press conferences for the Premier and Cabinet Ministers are taking place in the Wales Room in the Fed rather than the Media Room at the Legislature. The Wales Room is a large meeting and reception area that’s essentially right “underneath” the Sky Palace. In fact, there’s just a small set of stairs that takes you from the Wales Room to the Sky Palace.

    The other thing to note, the Sky Palace is hardly palatial. I’ve been up there and it’s basically a bunch of fancy (but not remarkably so) offices and waiting rooms. They’re nice, but nothing that would ever raise the eyebrow of an executive from, say, a Silicon Valley tech giant or a Calgary oil company.

    Almost all of the luxury touches that Redford had planned were cancelled or scaled back. If the Premier is also using the Sky Palace offices for provincial business, it would be practical and appropriate – certainly better than not using the space at all. After all, the renovation work’s been bought and paid for a while now, like it or not.

    • BabyItsColdOutside

      January 6, 2021 at 5:33 pm

      The entire front of the Legislature is being refurbished, sidewalk and concrete stairs hammered out. Kenney’s office is right there so of course they had to move him. Duh!

    • jackal

      January 6, 2021 at 5:31 pm

      Good commentary, Spiff. We need to check the details of journalism once in a while — although I find the Western Standard is above most of the papers in their research

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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.

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

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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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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.

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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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