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Mossleigh pub briefly opens before authorities move in

The restaurant, 65 km southeast of Calgary, was packed with supportive customers on Tuesday before health officials moved in and closed the place down.

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The Mossleigh Bar N Grill – that opened in defiance of Alberta Health pandemic regulations – has shuttered it doors again.

The restaurant, 65 km southeast of Calgary, was packed with supportive customers on Tuesday before health officials moved in and closed the place down.

“Well we managed to stay open longer then I thought!” the Grill wrote on their Facebook page.

“We are unfortunately shut down to takeout only again! Thank you to everyone who came out, messaged us and phoned in support!

“We think at this time that the best thing to do is comply with the orders. I think we have managed to truly get our point across and hope that this can be an eye opener for some. I would love to see more rural restaurants and city ones do the same! It’s not so painful I promise.”

Resentment against the lockdown regulations are growing, especially in rural areas where dining options like Skip the Dishes and Uber don’t exist.

“The only way to get your voice out there is to do something drastic,” Grill owner Cassie Rowse told CTV.

One of the hungry diners that showed up Tuesday was Wildrose Independence Party leader Paul Hinman.

“All you hear about is the number of COVID cases, the number of COVID deaths – you don’t hear about the businesses shutting down,” said Hinman, who has been a vocal critic of Premier jason Kenney and the lockdown measures.

“It’s a death sentence for many business – the fear-mongering is out of control.

Up the road, in Mirror on Tuesday, Chris Scott, the owner of The Whistle Stop cafe was also issued with a summons to appear in court for opening last Friday. He faces penalties 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.

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead.”

During a Wednesday press conference, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw urged restaurant owners to follow the rules.

“It’s understandable people are feeling frustrated. but in all three rural health zones we are seeing hospitalizations put pressure on the health care system,” Hinshaw said.

“These actions could put at risk all the sacrifices we have made in the last few months.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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. Rich ie

    January 28, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    I just viewed the video captured by the great @RebelNews, Keean. The AHS health inspector walks in totally disregards the signage and the hand sanitizer, walks up to the bar, slaps his clip board on the bar and tells the staff to give everyone a take out container and tell them to leave. I’ll wait til they’re gone, he says. Then takes photos of the patrons inside.
    This guy is a total douchebag.

  2. MajorTom

    January 28, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Lenin’s goals were: a. Dethrone God. b. Destroy the family. c. Destroy Capitalism. The Middle Class, the family, and their small business are the backbone of our country. This is not about health!

  3. Cytotoxic

    January 28, 2021 at 11:31 am

    This article is missing details. If they really were ‘packed’ then they probably weren’t observing social distancing requirements. If they weren’t smart enough to do that then they probably weren’t smart enough to mask up either. In any event, a government that shuts a business down owes it enough to stay afloat.

  4. joc22

    January 28, 2021 at 11:05 am

  5. Mars Hill

    January 28, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Tell them professional athletes are coming to town and need a place to eat; put up a camera and say your making a movie, you’re all legal then. The hypocrisy is staggering, don’t ever vote for any of these a$$holes again.

  6. Charles Martell III

    January 27, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    It’s OK to all cram into the Costco Hotdog bar . . . wander the isles handling 100 of items . . . but illegal to sit in a restaurant or pub?
    This is just insane . . . Kenny and the gang need to pull their heads out of their collective A$$es . . . only time a pub could be dangerous is if it was next door to an old folks home !

    • Rich ie

      January 27, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      It’s now illegal in Canada to earn an honest living and support yourself with small business.
      All you need to do is put a big box name out front or change to movie set catering, no problem!! They’ll leave you alone

  7. Allen

    January 27, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Heroes. Keep fighting.

  8. Erik Tarves

    January 27, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Enough is enough, we have gone on with their song and dance for almost a year now.

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New Sask law exempts employers from COVID-19 lawsuits

The release bragged that Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.

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By Lee Harding

Employees’ quests for legal COVID-19 recourse has died with recently passed legislation that is “protecting vulnerable workers” according to Labour Minister Don Morgan.

Legislation recently passed by the Government of Saskatchewan prevents employers from being sued for implementing measures listed in the Public Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations or the Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations.

Amendments to the Saskatchewan Employment Act say “no action or proceeding lies or shall be commenced or maintained against an employer” if that employer acts in good faith.

“It’s broad general thing that would cover anything related to COVID-19 — signage, lack of signage, whatever else might reasonably arise from it. The threshold is that they must act in good faith,” said Morgan.

“We aren’t trying to target a specific lawsuit that’s been started or being threatened … But we know that COVID-19 vaccines, etc., are a worldwide issue right now and we want to be able to encourage our employers to have some comfort that they’re not going to be subject to lawsuits.”

The legislation applies regardless of when a perceived transgression may have occurred. The amendment received royal assent November 30. However, when the Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act, 2021 was first announced in a press release November 18, nothing about COVID-19 was even mentioned.

Although the opening sentence mentioned “better and safer workplaces for employers and employees” the rest of the release concerned details about sexual harassment and union bargaining provisions.

Now the Labour Relations Board must exclude supervisors from the same bargaining unit as those they supervise, wherever possible. Sexual harassment at the workplace is now defined as any unwelcome action of a sexual nature, and provisions of the act extend beyond employees to include independent contractors, students, and volunteers.

“The legislation that governs our employers and employees needs to address the challenges of the modern work environment, including protecting vulnerable workers,” Morgan wrote in the release. “These amendments will help us build a stronger, safer and healthier Saskatchewan.”

fact sheet the release linked to concluded with a brief mention of COVID-19.

“We are introducing a provision that will provide protection for public and private sector employers that comply with the new COVID-19 vaccination regulations. These regulations give the employee the choice of showing evidence of being fully vaccinated or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test at least every seven days.”

The release bragged Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.

“That’s being done generally across North America,” Morgan said.

The same day Morgan made his comments, a post on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page suggested a strong desire for legal recourse alongside skepticism, and an apparent unawareness of the new provincial law.

“Does anyone here know of any lawyers in Saskatoon that believe in the same rights and freedom as we do? I believe it’s time to really do something about losing my source of income 

“The couple lawyers I did speak with basically said the pandemic supersedes all our rights! Would be great if we found a lawyer that called out the BS! Might have to source out to other provinces,” replied Michielle Ross Noble.

“At the mine I work at they had a lawyer go to bat and it seems to be that the government is above the law and beyond the constitution. Money talks louder than laws these days,” replied Garrick Bernard.

“I also live near Saskatoon,” replied Ron Chappell. “Good luck finding a lawyer that will stand up for your rights and freedoms. Seems these evils are above the law including the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms. There should be lawsuits going on everywhere. Either we don’t hear about them or they are not happening. Justin Trudeau is [a] tyrant.”

To this Funk made what proved to be a moot reply.

“Then a group of us should band together and file lawsuits! Who’s with me?”

Harding is a reporter based in Saskatchewan

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Maverick leader describes his perfect successor

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” interim leader Jay Hill told the Western Standard.

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Jay Hill, interim leader of the federal Maverick Party, says he hopes for a candidate for his replacement is someone that can “move the provinces and premiers towards greater autonomy for the West.”

On Wednesday, the Maverick Party released the rules for its leadership race that will see a new leader elected May 14, 2022.

The party will officially be accepting leadership applications as early as January 3 with a deadline of April 30.

Hill says he hopes to see two to six candidates apply.

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” Hill told the Western Standard.

“We’re more so focused on the quality side of things rather than quantity.”

The Maverick Party, formerly known as Wexit Canada, advocates for greater autonomy for Western Canadian provinces including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the three territories.

“I’d like to see someone with the right vision and oratory skills to communicate with passion for Western Canadians,” said Hill.

Hill pointed to Quebec’s position within Canada and said the Maverick Party supports moving the western provinces in that direction.

Included in the list of rules for those interested in throwing their hat into the leadership race is a registration fee set at $10,000.

“Our governing council really struggled with that fee,” said Hill, who indicated the registration fee is still “substantially less” than any of the other federal parties.  

“We were really aiming for the right balance — that sweet spot — where you want to be realistic and make it doable and not a deterrent.

“It’s efficient to get serious contenders with serious commitment to register and not those with frivolous reasons.”

Hill, the former House leader for the Conservative Party of Canada, said he’s “too old” to run the party moving forward.

“My roll in elected office is done,” said Hill, adding he was done with the “high stress and high drama” when he quit federal politics in the fall of 2010.

When a new leader is elected in May, Hill plans to stay on and assist the party “depending on the needs of the new leader and how he or she feels I can contribute the most.”

Hill said he is excited and is looking forward to “a good, credible and lively leadership race.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Maverick Party petition calls for carbon tax break for Canadians

Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.

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The Maverick Party, with a newly launched petition, is calling on the federal government to suspend the collection of carbon taxes from Canadians from January 1 to April 1, 2022.

Carbon tax is a levy imposed on human activity that results in carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere, usually by the burning of fossil fuels like gasoline, natural gas and coal.

The petition notes although carbon taxes are designed to “change behaviour,” the rising costs of living are an “added extra burden” on taxpayers.  

The petition also says the party “understands that the cost of living is increasing at a pace that families can’t keep up with,” pointing to “skyrocketing” inflation and the cost of essential items rising.

“Many Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.

“The federal government can alleviate some of the burden by declaring a carbon tax moratorium on New Year’s Day 2022.”

The Maverick Party is demanding the government give Canadians who are “drowning financially” a break to get through what will likely be “the most expensive winter in memory,”

The Trudeau government implemented the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in 2019 that was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in March of this year.

“Putting a price on carbon pollution is widely recognized as the most efficient means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also driving innovation,” the Government of Canada states on its website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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