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US Capital storm by protesters; order restored, debate on Biden’s election continues

Troops are reported to be on the way to Washington

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It was a scene of chaos as armed protesters took over the US Capitol building Wednesday.

The Senate was in the process of certifying the election of Joe Biden when the protesters stormed in.

At least one improvised explosive device was found on Capitol grounds, reports NBC

All senators and Vice President Mike Pence were escorted to safety.

At least one person has been shot and TV footage has shown one person being whisked away on a stretcher. A woman was later reported to have died.

Courtesy MSNBC

A curfew was called in Washington for 6:00 p.m. and the National Guard was requested.

scenes inside the capitol

An hour earlier President Donald Trump held a rally to again rail against the election results and vow not to give up the fight.

Well into the storming of the Capitol, Trump tweeted: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”

A short time later he tweeted: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”

He later tweeted this video statement:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1346928882595885058
Trump statement

Twitter suspended Trump’s account and removed his tweets.

On the Senate floor, Sen. Mitt Romney yelled: “This is what you’ve gotten” at Calgary-born Sen. Ted Cruz and his fellow colleagues, as protesters swarmed the building.

About 3:05 p.m. (EST) President-elect Joe Biden went went on national TV.

“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault,” Biden said.

“It borders on sedition and it must end now. I call on this mob to move back. I call on President Trump to go on national TV to … defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege.

“So President Trump, step up.”

After his remarks he told reporters “enough, is enough, is enough.”

Protester inside Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Courtesy NBC
Scene from the Capital. Courtesy CNN
Protester inside Capitol. Courtesy CNN
Armed officers on Senate floor
Courtesy Twitter
Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead) Courtesy of Wikipedia

About 8 p.m. (EST) order had been restored and debate resumed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking with News 1130, earlier said: “Obviously we’re concerned and following the situation (in D.C.) minute-by-minute. We’re hoping things will calm down. But we’re watching it carefully.”

Pence tweeted: “The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.

“Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The US Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is where the US Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka issued a tweet calling the protester’s “American Patriots.” The tweet was quickly deleted.

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the U.K. tweeted: “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”

The last time the Capitol was breached was 1814.

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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. Guest

    January 8, 2021 at 2:19 am

    I don’t condone what Trump & the rioters did. I don’t think the Capital Police realized the extent of the danger to the Capital building by a charged up Republican mob. However, Republican’s are not known for their aggressive breaching, burning, looting, of buildings during their protests, but that has changed. To be fair many who support Trump didn’t breach the Capital Building and stayed outside of the barricades. However, many didn’t & need to face the full force of the law.

    President Elect Biden says Black Lives Matters (BLM) was met with overwhelming force, in riot gear last March when they protested at the Capital building and said “that was not fair”. Ho Really? BLM isn’t know for peaceful protests, like the liberal media lies to the public about. On the contrary, BLM is well known for aggressive breaching, burning, looting of buildings during their so called Liberal lying Media peaceful protests.

    The hypocrisy & spin by the liberal media & the Biden camp is laughable. Biden says no President is above the law. I guess we will see. Because, it appears over the years many Democrats in high places have been protected by the very system of law that Biden so yaps about.

    Trump was wrong to say & incite a riot. He should not be given a Pardon & he & his accomplices need to face the reality of the insurrection at the Capital Building was their doing.

  2. godot

    January 6, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    The people who stormed the Capitol were ANTIFA

    https://twitter.com/RedRevenge2021/status/1346933837910188036

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Top Ontario doc says separating vaxxed and unvaxxed best way to get COVID under control

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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One of the ways to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control is to stop “the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” says Ontario’s chief medical officer.

“Basic means of protecting individuals is stopping the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” said Dr. Kieran Moore at a Tuesday press conference.

“And if our cases continue through and after the holidays we would make recommendations of government to continue the certification process in play. But we’ll continue to review the data. We do have a very robust testing strategy in Ontario for the winter months as we’ve released previously. We’ve purchased … 11 million rapid antigen test for all students in Ontario.”

Moore was asked whether COVID-19 is “something we’re just going to have to learn to live with” and whether it would ever go away.

“We have a long ways to go with the World Health Organization and other international organizations to try to decrease the number of individuals in which this virus can mutate and/or spread,” he said.

“But I do see a time when we’ll have low, endemic rates and it will turn out to be like influenza or other winter respiratory viruses where there’s a seasonality to it, where it does have an intermittent impact on our health-care system and like influenza, you need an annual vaccine to protect against it.”

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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Trudeau’s beach denier demoted

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

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The Justin Trudeau spokesman who told reporters the prime minister “wasn’t on a beach” when he was, has been demoted, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

Trudeau had promised to “set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government.”

Alex Wellstead will be “taking on new challenges” as press secretary to the industry minister, the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday.  

Wellstead. Courtesy Twitter

Wellstead in a statement called it “a very difficult decision to make.” He had worked as Trudeau’s official spokesman for 20 months.

Wellstead on September 30 issued misleading statements to conceal the fact Trudeau spent the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at a beach resort in Tofino, B.C.

“He wasn’t on a beach,” Wellstead told The Canadian Press at the time. Global News and the weekly Chilliwack Progress photographed Trudeau strolling on the beach and enjoying a glass of beer on a beachfront patio.

The Prime Minister’s Office claimed Trudeau was in private meetings in Ottawa. Staff flew an Indian Residential School “survivors’ flag” and issued a solemn statement in Trudeau’s name.

“We remember the children who never made it home,” it said.

Wellstead did not explain his conduct.

“You as a communicator need to understand everything,” Wellstead said in a March 30 interview with public relations students at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.

The prime minister in 2015 Ministerial Mandate letters said officials must be truthful and transparent.

“Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, indeed all journalists in Canada and abroad, are professionals who by asking necessary questions contribute in an important way to the democratic process,” wrote Trudeau.

“Your professionalism and engagement with them is essential.

“We have committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government. It is time to shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it serves.

“Government and its information should be open by default. If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians.

“It is important that we acknowledge mistakes when we make them. Canadians do not expect us to be perfect. They expect us to be honest, open and sincere in our efforts to serve the public interest.”

Trudeau on October 6 apologized for the Tofino holiday.

“Traveling on September 30 was a mistake and I regret it,” the prime minister told reporters.

“What made you decide to take a personal trip on a day your government set aside to honour the victims and survivors of residential schools?” asked a reporter.

“Like I said, it was a mistake,” replied Trudeau.

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Feds threaten regulated businesses with COVID fines

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.

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If they don’t mandate vaccination of workers, the Labour department is threatening to levy cash fines against airports, banks, radio stations and other federally-regulated employers, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

But the Liberals stopped short of repeating an earlier threat to strip workers of legal rights to challenge vaccine orders.

“It is time to move on,” said Government House Leader Mark Holland.

“Get vaccinated. That’s what Canadians expect to have happen.

“I think the country understands we have now 90% of Canadians who have had their first injection, over 86% with their second. All workplaces across the country” should promote vaccinations, he added.

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.

First Nations businesses will be exempt.

“Employers who do not comply with their obligations under the Canada Labour Code may be subject to compliance and enforcement measures including administrative monetary penalties,” the notice said.

“The government will consult with key stakeholders, including representatives of small and medium-sized employers, as it works expeditiously to finalize the new regulations which would come into force in early 2022. The government will also develop resources to help federally regulated workplaces implement the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.”

The notice made no reference to a liability shield proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the election campaign. Trudeau on September 1 said a re-elected Liberal cabinet would shield employers from any legal challenge of vaccination orders.

“We’ll stand firm on our commitment,” said Trudeau, adding: “We’ll protect businesses that mandate vaccinations from unjustified lawsuits.”

Canadians who declined a COVID-19 shot were “more than just wrong, because everyone’s entitled to their opinion, they are putting at risk their own kids and they’re putting at risk our kids as well,” said Trudeau.

“What about my choice to keep my kids safe? What about our choices to make sure we’re getting through this pandemic as quickly as we can?”

The Liberal Party in its September 1 campaign platform stated: “A re-elected Liberal government will table legislation to ensure every business and organization that decides to require proof of vaccination from employees and customers can do so without fear of a legal challenge.”

Compulsory vaccination breaches federal law, according to a May 19 statement by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and 1996 National Immunization Report by the Department of Health.

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