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UPDATED: Alberta cafe owner charged for staying open during pandemic lockdown

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said owner Chris Scott, who could face a raft of penalties from fines, loss of his liquor licence and even jail.




Business is booming for Chris Scott, the owner of The Whistle Stop Cafe in the small Alberta town of Mirror.

That might be because he’s the only restaurant open in Alberta.

Scott decided to flout provincial pandemic regulations and opened his restaurant on Jan. 21. He said he has received overwhelming support, and daily visits from the Mounties.

Just before lunch on Tuesday, Scott received a ticket from the authorities. He’s been ordered to make a court appearance on April 22. He faces sanctions ranging from a fine to imprisonment.

“The law is garbage – it”s doing more harm than good,” said Scott in an Tuesday interview with The Western Standard.

“It’s also a financial issue, my sister and I were just sitting back and watching our savings dwindle.”

Scott is the only gas station/cafe in the town of about 500, 50 km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s getting people from all over the province stopping in. A man from Canmore grabbed a bite Tuesday morning on his way to Edmonton.

The Whistle Stop. Photo by Darcy Gerow

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott, who could face a raft of penalties from fines, loss of his liquor licence and even jail.

Scott has owned the cafe since July 2019, but it has been a fixture in town since 1967.

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Monday there are no plans to ease any restrictions as the province is now being hit with variant strains of the COVID-19 virus from Great Britain and South Africa.

“That’s not acceptable. We are just going to have variant after variant…this is destroying families, this is destroying businesses, this is destroying the mental health of Albertans,” said Scott.

The Whistle Stop announced on Friday on Facebook they would be reopening.

“We are currently in contravention of the public health order AHS set forth (on) Dec. 12, 2020 and allowing dining in. I (am) personally committed to continuing to protest the unfair, poorly thought out, totalitarian, Charter rights infringing rules laid out by AHS and I’m asking that they review these rules and allow small business to survive just as they’re allowing large corporations,” said the statement.

“The RCMP have told us that they will uphold their responsibility to enforce unjustified and unfair AHS orders by a) notifying customers that they are breaking the rules by dining in, b) issue citations and fines to customers who refused to leave, c) remove customers by placing them under arrest for obstruction of ‘justice.’

The Whistle Stop. Photo by Darcy Gerow

“AHS has told us that the next enforcement actions will include fines, asking (Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis) to revoke our liquor license, complete closure of our business, arrests and orders to appear in court.

“We need to know other small business are going to join us in fighting against tyrannical overreach perpetuated by Alberta Health Services, Deena Hinshaw, and the Alberta government. We need this to go viral on social media so that we may reach people or organizations who can help us and other business in Alberta. We will need legal expertise and assistance.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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. Carson Tye

    January 28, 2021 at 3:57 am

    Where the hell is all the “muh private business” talk that runs rampant when social media companies ban “wrong thinkers”???

    • Cytotoxic

      January 28, 2021 at 11:43 am

      It’s with the sensible people, like myself, who know that private business has the absolute right to not be a platform for whomever we want. We also know private business has no right to be an uncontrolled vector for spreading a pandemic.

  2. Watch-out for the Greener's

    January 28, 2021 at 2:27 am

    The Whistle Stop Cafe in the small Alberta town of Mirror. I know this place and it’s been a while since I’ve been in Mirror, AB.

    Alberta Health Services (AHS) is using a heavy enforcement hand on small rural businesses. These business probably are not going to come back once they go under. Is AHS doing anything to help support these establishments?

    Right now in Alberta, AHS is using it’s mandate to protect the hospitals so they don’t get overrun at 100%. There is no AHS mandate to protect people’s mental health, well being or lively hood; none !! Will this be a bigger problem in the years to come? I think it will and I think Doctor Deena Hinshaw will bear the brunt of the anger and resentment from Albertans if AHS doesn’t find a way to assist small rural businesses make ends meet. Instead of hammering them with another kick in the pants.

    I’ve know doubt that Premier Kenney will through Dr. Hinshaw under the bus. It’s only a matter of time.


    • Allen

      January 28, 2021 at 8:40 am

      UN Agenda 2030, likely. They want us out of the rural areas and crammed into high density residential units in urban centres.

  3. Mars Hill

    January 28, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Thanks Chris, there are millions across the country that support you….hang in there, I’d expect this ruse to be over the beginning of March.

    • Carson Tye

      January 28, 2021 at 4:03 am

      remember “15 days to slow the spread”….
      how many days ago was that? 200?

    • Allen

      January 28, 2021 at 8:39 am

      Would be nice. Let’s hope.

  4. godot

    January 26, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    WE THE PEOPLE must present a united front and fight back to put a stop to government stealing our civil liberties. All small businesses in Alberta REFUSE to be shut down, and open up and conduct business as usual. The government and their goons will back off. THERE ARE MORE OF US THAN THEM.

    • Allen

      January 26, 2021 at 5:28 pm

      Yes—And no caving to ‘social distancing’ and masks either, or this will just put us back at square one. It’s time to stop this psychological operation dead in its tracks.

  5. Allen

    January 26, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Fucking disgusting. Enough is enough you sick sycophants. We all have the right to earn a living.

    • John

      January 26, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      You’re right about that, it is discusting. I wonder whether she would simply sit back when her paycheck gets cancelled.
      BTW., hand washing and common sense goes a lot further than wearing these filthy face coverings.

      • Allen

        January 26, 2021 at 5:32 pm

        Yes. No more face masks. They don’t do anything, except brand you as a covidian cult member and traumatize our children.

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 26, 2021 at 3:51 pm


      John Robson: A year of COVID cluelessness from our esteemed health ‘experts’
      After being wrong on so many things, why are they still talking nonsense in the same self-satisfied way?
      John Robson
      Jan 26, 2021

      This is an EXCELLENT READ – in FULL.

      John Robson – Focuses on Theresa Tam and David Williams and Christine Elliott and Doug Ford; however, his FACTS – are Relevant to ALL Jurisdictions – Domestically and Internationally!

      Eight to Nine Years ago – John R’ – Wrote a Detailed Column in the TO SUN, on EQUALISATION – Its History and how Politicians of ALL Stripes – have Tinkered with it – for Votes!

      A LOT of what he says – has been said Already by (Specifically about the Dangers of Vaccines and Face Masks and the SHAM of “Social Distancng” and OF COURSE – “Lockdowns”:
      Dr. Kelly Victory, Dr. Ivette Lozano, Dr. Erickson, Dr. Scot Atlas, Dr. Kameron Sidell, Dr. Vladimir Zelenko and their IK – in the USA. . .
      Dr. Judy Mikovits, Dr. Shiva Ayadurai, Dr. Rashid Buttar

      Dr. Neda Amani in Canada – along with THREE Epidemiologists from UBC an d One from McMaster, as well as Many from Oxford and Other Jurisdictions – Internationally.

      When – Derek Sloan – called for the Dismissal of Theresa Tam – he was called a RACIST by ALL (Including the O’Toole and his Cancel Culture Globalist Radical Masters) and Doug Ford and Patrick Brown and Shyster John Tory and other “Medical Experts” in Toronto and Mississauga and Brampton and Ottawa.

      Theresa Tam should NOT JUST – be Fired.
      Theresa Tam and Hajdu and Trudeau (and Other Politicians at the Federal Level – in ALL Parties) – should be Charged with Criminal Negligence with INTENT to Destroy the Lives of Canadians, Abuse the Charter and Constitution.

      • Allen

        January 26, 2021 at 5:29 pm

        A lot of these types of stories are coming out now. I think they’re beginning to shift the narrative. However, this is not over until ALL the behavioral modification measures they’ve put in place have been completely abolished. Say no the vaccine and the vaccine passport at all costs.

        It would be wonderful to see the turd and friends beg for scraps for what they’ve done to this country’s middle class.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 27, 2021 at 3:07 pm

        We knew last May that the under 55 crowd was very low risk to die from the Wuhan Flu . . . but it all became about the US Election . . . even the dirt bag Demokkkrat States like NY, Michigan, California & others have opened up now.
        When the facts finally come out we will all know what the Thinking Folks have known for a long time . . . in the US January to April deaths were LOWER in 2020 than they were in 2018 . . . I suspect the number would be the same in Canada.
        Now the CDC is reclassifying what is a China Flu Death . . . could lead to a massive reduction in the numbers. Most people that died had co-morbidities and died WITH the Virus not From the Virus.
        Large Globalist Businesses have made out like bandits, while the local Businessmen have been crushed by our Elected Moron Class & their low intellect govt work force.

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

        EVEN Joe Biden and FAUCI – have NOW SAID: There is Nothing to STOP the Virus; EXACTLY WHAT – Donald Trump has been saying for a WHILE, now.

      • Carson Tye

        January 28, 2021 at 4:01 am

        “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
        ― George Orwell, 1984

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 28, 2021 at 11:24 am

        The EXACT M.O. of:
        The Nazis – Once they Grabbed Power. . .

        The Soviets – Once they Grabbed Power. . .

        Castro and Chavez and Idi Amin Dada and Robert Mugabe and Pol Pot and Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong and their ILK – Once they Grabbed Power. . .

        The KHOMEINI and his IRG / Hezbollah – Once they Grabbed Power. . .

        The Saudis – Once they Grabbed Power. . .

        ISIS and Al Qaeda and The MUSLIM Brotherhood –
        Once they GRABBED Power. . .

        BLM and ANTIFA Domestic Terrorists – Once they Grab Power (Thru’ – The Democrat Party of Obama and The Clintons, BACKED BY – The Media and The ANTIFA of The Establishment – Academia and The Intelligentsia and BUREAUCRACY and Intelligence Services)

        TRUDEAU in Canada – Backed by The NDP and CCP, er, CPC and BLOC and the ANTIFA of the Establishment (The Media / Academia / Intelligentsia and BUREAUCRACY – includes Self Anointed “Medical Experts” – and Intelligence Services)

        To UNDERSTAND – How The KHOMEINI and Saudis DID this (Over the last 70 Years) – I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the following Novel:
        It will GIVE ALL a Very Deep Insight about HOW –
        POLITICAL / RADICAL Islam (Mullahs’ Islam / As Opposed to Allah’s Islam), TOOK CONTROL Of Egypt and Pakistan and What is called Saudi Arabia, Today and Iran and Other Muslim Majority Jurisdictions AND DESTROYED them from WITHIN –
        and Continues to ADVANCE its “Cause” – in Western DEMOCRACIES. . .
        (with the Help of Politicians and The Media and Academia and Intelligentsia).

        The House of Saud with their WAHHABISM (thru’ Madrassas – which FLOURISH in Canada – Under Trudeau)
        The KHOMEINI and IRG and Hezbollah with their WILAYAT AL-FAQIH. .

        There is a THICK LINE that Separates –

      • Cytotoxic

        January 28, 2021 at 11:42 am

        ” Say no the vaccine”

        Imma say no to the idiots saying no to the vaccines. The Vaccine is the only hope of ending the pandemic. It’s a miracle!

    • Rich ie

      January 26, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      They are just pushing rabid dogs into a corner. Eventually they will jump out and attack. This is what is happening here in Canada all across the country. Health services have had almost a year to get their heads wrapped around this and still can’t clue in. It’s egregious to say the least.
      All small business like this need the support of the community to keep them afloat or else there will be no where to go locally.
      Watch a video interview @Rebelnews.com

      • Allen

        January 26, 2021 at 7:18 pm

        Yes. Not soon enough however.

        Ezra and team are doing an excellent job. Rebel’s the last bastion of truth in Canada with a big enough platform to make a difference (WS is catching up too though, glad we have them)

      • Carson Tye

        January 28, 2021 at 4:02 am

        Better than CBC oe Global… but still controlled opposition.
        Look who owns them? shit… look who owns 90% of all media in Canada (3 companies)

      • Allen

        January 28, 2021 at 8:45 am

        Rebel is independent from what I know. Look at their fruits: They’re shedding light on the actions of liberals AND conservatives, and holding them to account for their actions, exposing corruption and police brutality, while simultaneously standing up for the little guy. Pretty good work, imho.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 28, 2021 at 11:42 am

        The Rebel doesn’t even pretend to report actual news. What a joke.

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UPDATED: Omicron found in Alberta, BC

But Hinshaw refused to say where the traveller lives over fear it would identify them.




The tentacles of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have reached Alberta and BC.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said an Albertan returning home from Nigeria, via the Netherlands, has tested positive for Omicron.

Hinshaw said they tested positive a week ago and the person, who traveled alone, is now self-quarantining.

She said medical officials are trying to “delay” the spread of the variant until more research is done.

But Hinshaw refused to say where the traveller lives over fear it would identify them.

Hinshaw also urged people not to take out their frustrations against the family of the infected person nor the countries that are under an Omicron watch.

And she said people shouldn’t “think of this as a reset to Ground Zero.”

In her daily update, Hinshaw said in the last 24 hours, health officials have found 238 new cases of coronavirus. There are 434 people in the hospital with 81 in ICU. Another six people are reported to have succumbed to the virus.

In BC, Der, Bonnie Henry said another traveller coming home from Nigeria had tested positive for Omicron.

That person lives in the Fraser Health region and is isolating. 

On Monday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced 156 Albertans self-quarantining after returning from travel in a country that had been hit with Omicron.

Six confirmed cases of the variant of concern have now been confirmed in Canada so far.

Earlier in the day, Canada added Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt to its Omicron travel ban.

On Friday, the government put restrictions on travellers from South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

“Obviously we’re watching very, very closely the situation with Omicron,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on his way into the cabinet meeting.

“There may be more we need to do and we’ll be looking at it very carefully.”

More to come…

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Unvaxxed grounded in Canada

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.




As of Tuesday, Canadian travellers over the age of 12 will no longer be able to fly or travel by train in Canada without proof of vaccination.

The policy was originally set to come into effect on October 30, however, the federal government announced it would grant a grace period to unvaccinated travellers allowing for a negative COVID-19 test to be provided within 72 hours of the trip.

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.

The new travel restrictions for the unvaccinated come on the heels of the emergence of a new variant of concern (VOC) dubbed Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cases involving the new variant, originally detected in South Africa, have been found in other countries including five cases within Canada.

Although there is not much known about the new variant at this time, the WHO confirmed scientists around the world are working to determine how the highly-mutated variant will affect transmissibility and severity of illness in the population.

Canada, along with other nations, closed its boards and expanded its screening protocols to travellers arriving from affected areas in southern Africa.

The Canadian airline industry welcomed the vaccine mandates when they were announced in October. Air Canada and West Jet have both confirmed they will be asking all travellers to produce proof of vaccination before boarding their carriers as of Tuesday.

While health measures such as masking and screening will still be required, no measures for quarantining individual travellers have been put in place with the exception of those who have travelled through or arrived from southern Africa.

“If you indicate to your airline or railway company that you’re eligible to board, but fail to provide proof of vaccination or valid COVID-19 test result, you won’t be allowed to travel and could face penalties or fines,” the government indicated in a statement.

The Canadian government is also warning permanent residents abroad to expect to provide vaccine passports to return home.

The rules don’t apply to commuter trains.

The Government of Canada has created a “reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling internationally and within Canada,” states the government’s website. The document is verified once uploaded to ArriveCAN upon returning to the country.

The website warns travellers are not guaranteed entry to another country with the documents and suggests checking the rules of your destination country and the countries you travel through.

“Today, Canada passed a sad milestone in its history,” said Matt Slatter, a pilot with a major Canadian airline and a founder of Free 2 Fly, a hub that has “Canadian aviation professionals standing with passengers in defence of freedom.”

“No longer can it hold itself as a beacon of freedom and liberal values.”

The Free 2 Fly website encourages passengers and airline workers who “feel strongly that the ability to travel should not be linked to vaccination status,” to sign up and join their movement.

“With the advent of mandates requiring all aviation and rail passengers to be vaccinated, Canada is now effectively a two-tier society,” said Slatter.

“On one tier, compliant citizens are afforded many of the rights they once enjoyed in a free society. While the other tier is essentially relegated to their own localities, with limited exception.

“History suggests this style of governance will only lead to more tragedy and heartbreak. The cure is inevitably worse than the disease. Will Canada learn from the mistakes of the past?”

Currently, there are just under 38,000 signed up on the Free 2 Fly site. One of the goals of the group is to “wage a legal campaign to block, and/or overturn, all vaccination mandates.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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CRTC trying to hang up on spoof calls

Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.




All those calls from the taxman and Canadian Border Services officials threatening to arrest you could soon be coming to an end thanks to new regulations from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

“Many Canadians are now able to determine which calls can be trusted thanks to a new technology aimed at combating spoofed calls named STIR/SHAKEN. Caller ID spoofing is frequently used in nuisance and fraudulent calls to mask the identity of the caller,” said the CRTC in a release.

“As of today, telecommunications service providers will certify whether a caller’s identity can be trusted by verifying the caller ID information for Internet Protocol-based voice calls. This new technology will help reduce the frequency and impact of caller ID spoofing. As service providers continue to upgrade their IP networks and offer compatible phones to their customers, more and more Canadians will be able to see the effects of STIR/SHAKEN.”

It’s believed up to 25% of all calls in Canada are scams.

The CRTC said Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.

“This new caller ID technology will empower Canadians to determine which calls are legitimate and worth answering, and which need to be treated with caution. As more providers upgrade their networks, STIR/SHAKEN will undoubtedly reduce spoofing and help Canadians regain peace of mind when answering phone calls,” said Ian Scott, CRTC CEO.

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