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Calgary councillor blasts Mayor’s Office over travel info delay

Chahal said it’s ludicrous the office kept lid on the travel until Tuesday, when for about a week a scandal over UCP snowbirds has riveted the province.

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Calgary Councillor George Chahal is blasting Mayor Naheed’s Nenshi office for not coming clean earlier that his chief of staff jetted to Hawaii over Christmas, flouting provincial health regulations.

Nenshi admitted Tuesday, Devery Corbin and another office administrator flew out of the province to Hawaii even though the province is in a full pandemic lockdown and health recommendations urge against non-essential travel .

Devery Corbin

Neither will face sanctions, Nenshi said.

In an open letter, Ward 5 Chahal said it’s ludicrous the office kept a lid on the travel until Tuesday, when for about a week a scandal over UCP snowbirds has riveted the province.

“I am even more frustrated to learn that this was not ackowledged earlier, as the issue of pandemic travel has been one of the top news stories for five days and counting,” Chahal said.

Chahal said while many Albertans have made great sacrifices during the pandemic “the sacrifice is generally much smaller for those with financial privilege.”

He said “systematic failures” have been discovered in a drive for equality.

Chahal represents a riding in Calgary’s northeast which has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic.

He said politicians of all levels are risking losing the trust of voters in these unprecedented times.

Chahal said he hasn’t left the city since March and he chose not to visit his ailing father for Christmas.

When Nenshi told reporters Tuesday about the travellers in his office he admitted he was “yelling at the screen” when Premier Jason Kenney held a press conferece on Friday to try and explain away the UCP scandal.

“Yes, I was aware of this travel … but I also believe that they made a decision they thought was right and fair and within the rules,” he said.

“I really wish I had said, ‘Are you sure about that? Do you think that is congruent with the messaging about how we’re all in this together, with the latest numbers,’

“I really wish I had done that, I didn’t do that and I’m really sorry I didn’t do that and I deeply regret I didn’t do that.”

Nenshi’s own Twitter homepage urges people to “stay home” during the pandemic.

Nenshi Twitter home page telling people to stay home

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office as Chief of Staff in 2018, Devery worked at the city for more than 15 years in a number of areas including Planning and Development and Strategic Services.

Chahal’s letter can be read here.

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. Laura Cymbal

    January 6, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    I’ll tell you the reason why the N.E. has the most Covid cases It is because there are 6 Nursing Homes and Assisted Care centers there and the number of Covid cases and deaths there are being used against the General Public. Shameful hypocrisy happening here … Time for investigations. The narritive is very Clear.

  2. Laura Cymbal

    January 6, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Any one in a Position of influence that represents Calgary or the Province in any way, shape or form needs to be above reproach !! No we are Not All In This Together. Perhaps being deemed None Essential for those who left will set a clear No Nonsence message.

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LETTER: Quebec is worth the effort

“It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.”

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RE: MAKICHUK: Let’s engage Quebec, and not just bash it

Your article is heartfelt and very impressive.

It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.

If at first, we don’t get far with Quebec, then keep trying. Thanks so much.

Richard Patterson
Ponoka, AB.

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LETTER: The rest of the country may think of Alberta as redneck — let them

Alberta is being looked at as redneck. Well I like it. It’s about time somebody stood up to the bull crap that’s being handed down.

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RE: MARSDEN: Vaccines are the anti-lockdown super weapon we need

When will the media start sending out the message vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 just as easy as non-vaccinated people.  In fact, maybe easier due to the mindset of invincibility they feel once vaccinated.

Start spreading the news the experimental drug vaccine only helps your personal immune system. It does not cure, make you immune, or stop you from spreading COVID-19.

The rising list of possible side effects to this untested long-term drug is scary, yet the media seems to ignore this except whatever the Pharma and government passes out. 

How come we don’t hear how many positives have been passed by vaccinated people? 

Alberta is being looked at as redneck. Well, I like it. It’s about time somebody stood up to the bull crap that’s being handed down. 

I think every unvaccinated person, when forced to stand in a line or segregated out, should stand in the line of the vaccinated. Slow the system down. 

Should tell the readers medical history is private.  If I have to sign a document for another doctor to see my records what authority does someone have to even ask me for my medical status to board a plane or get food etc.

Jerry Terpstra
Brooks, AB

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LETTER: Alberta should be off Equalization hook

Why would foreign nations be eligible for gratis Canadian money?

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RE: Alberta Equalization referendum a step closer to reality

Alberta should be off the hook for Equalization support to the new Nation of Quebec.

Why would foreign nations be eligible for gratis Canadian money? Unless, of course, Trudeau decides their girls need education.

Then the payments could be construed as being for that. The Quebec template is open for us too. Just hold a couple of referendums on separation and no matter the outcome, eventually, we’ll get our way.

Doug Bullick
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