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O’Toole moves to expel Sloan from Tory caucus over $131 donation from Paul Fromm

The $131 donation constitutes approximately 0.01 per cent of the $1.3 million Sloan raising during the Conservative leadership race. Sloan says that he did not know who Paul Fromm was.

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Federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is asking his MPs to expel Ontario MP Derek Sloan out of the Tory caucus after he accepted a $131 leadership donation from what he says is a “well-known” Canadian neo-Nazi.

“Derek Sloan’s acceptance of a donation from a well-known white supremacist is far worse than a gross error of judgment or failure of due diligence,” O’Toole said in a statement issued Monday evening.

“In accordance with the Reform Act, I have initiated the process to remove Mr. Sloan from the Conservative Party of Canada caucus. I expect this to be done as quickly as possible. Moreover, as leader of Canada’s Conservatives, I will not allow Mr. Sloan to run as a candidate for our party.”

O’Toole statement

The caucus will vote on whether or not to keep Sloan a member. That could come as early as Thursday as the Tories are set to hold a virtual retreat.

But late Monday, Sloan revealed the party itself has taken their cut of the donation.

In August of last year, while running for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Sloan accepted a $131 donation from Paul Fromm.

However, most candidates do not know who most of their smaller donors are.

The $131 donation constitutes approximately 0.01 per cent of the $1.3 million Sloan raising during the Conservative leadership race.

In a post to Twitter, Sloan said he had no idea where the donation came from.

“Today, at approximately 4 p.m. eastern time, I became aware of a Press Progress article that brought to light that Paul Fromm, a person with known connections to racist groups, donated $131 to my campaign,” tweeted Sloan.

“My campaign raised well over $1,300,000 and had over 13,000 separate donations. On any given day we had upwards of hundreds of different donations, and my team, which was run in many cases by volunteers, processed cheques and other things. At no time was I ever aware of this donation.

“Paul Fromm is a notorious name to some, but not to everyone, and clearly this name, mixed as it was in the midst of thousands of other donations, did not ring any bells to my team. Upon learning about what happened, I immediately contacted the Executive Director of the Conservative Party, Janet Dorey, and requested this donation be returned.”

Sloan tweet

Fromm is a founder of the Canadian Association for Free Expression and Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform, has appeared at far-right protests and has been the subject of police investigations.

In a later Monday tweet, Sloan lashed back at the Tory HQ, saying they took their cut of the Fromm donation.

“Guess who else took a donation from “Frederick P Fromm”? After conducting my own investigation, I realized @CPC_HQ took a 10% cut ($13.10) from the same donation I am now possibly being expelled from caucus over. It looks like they didn’t know who this individual was either?” tweeted Sloan.

Sloan, the MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, came in fourth place in the Tory leadership campaign.

He was eliminated after the first round of voting in the four-person race getting 27,278 votes, almost 16 per cent of the total.

There have been calls in the past to remove him from caucus over his comments on gay rights.

On Sunday, O’Toole had taken to Twitter to say there is no room for ‘far-right’ ideology in his party.

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. Charles Martell III

    January 19, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    I have so had it with O’Fool . . .
    was really pissed when he got Karahelios kicked out of the Leadership Race . . . because he stated the FACT that O’Fool’s exec. assistant had called for Sharia Law in Ontario a decade ago.

    Too bad O’Fool didn’t get this aggressive with the FAKE NEWS Media in Canada . . . instead of kissing their butts hoping they are going to be nice to him next election . . . they Won’t !

    Just another pawn of the Eastern Establishment that has been running this country into the Ditch for 50 years now . . .

  2. That's Dr. #SAND to you...

    January 19, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Statement from O’Toole: “I will be dropping my pants and presenting my hindquarters to the Canadian media to do with what they wish. We now consider this matter closed.”

    Meet the new boss, just as gutless and cowardly as the last boss.

  3. ABWayne

    January 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Erin O’Toole the SJW. Never would have thought. Phew! The MSM would have pinned you on this one.

  4. Allen

    January 19, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Someone actually has a spine and stands for the issues that no one else will, and they remove him after something as stupid as this? Disgusting. The CPC is even worse than the liberals, because the liberals aren’t lying about how radical they are. At least their stupidity is out on full display, while Fatty McFool alienates his base behind closed doors.

  5. Cytotoxic

    January 18, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Long overdue. His ongoing presence in the CPC makes a joke of the claim that the CPC is modern and inclusive. This guy should have been kicked out over his stupid comments about Theresa Tam implying she’s loyal to China or something. Any opposition to gay rights must not be tolerated either.

    This is like getting Al Capone for taxes. Wrong crime, right criminal.

    • David Elson

      January 18, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      Gay rights? How are gay rights any different than human rights?

      Do you pretend to know Dr. Tam too?

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 12:39 am

        Exactly.

      • warrenzoell

        January 19, 2021 at 1:11 am

        I have no idea what this guy is saying. It would seem that at some point I blocked him. Whoever he is. LOL!

    • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

      January 19, 2021 at 11:12 am

      So all the muslims are being kicked out of every political party in Canada because of their views on women and gay rights?

      Drink the media Koolaid.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 3:49 pm

        Muslim pols aren’t the ones fighting against gay rights in Canada. That might be the case in say Algeria. In this hemisphere it’s Christians and more irreligious homophobes.

      • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

        January 19, 2021 at 5:02 pm

        Who is fighting against gay rights in Canada?
        You dinosaurs should get out of the 1950s…..

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 5:09 pm

        Well there were all those jerks who threw a fit over gay marriage and adoption years ago. They were crushed it was pretty great.

      • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

        January 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm

        1956 was it?

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 5:14 pm

        2006

      • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

        January 19, 2021 at 5:25 pm

        Wrong.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 20, 2021 at 6:01 pm

        No, I can recall discourse from that time. You can’t. Probably age-related neurodegeneration.

      • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

        January 20, 2021 at 6:31 pm

        WOW!
        You do remote health diagnoses!?

        You should check your history books again.
        You dinosaurs are living in the past.

  6. warrenzoell

    January 18, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Is Paul Fromm an actual NAZI “white suprematist? Or are they just calling him that?

  7. warrenzoell

    January 18, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    This Erin O’Toole is turning out to be a real piece of F***ing scumbag Garbage. I’m quickly going from disliking him to outright hating and detesting the pig bastard. He needs to be removed as leader of the CPC as soon as humanly possible. Disgusting prick.
    The real reason this socialist wants Sloan out of there is because he’s one of the only true conservatives left in that party. This is clearly a “find anything you can” focused attack by O’Toole on Sloan to get him removed. This really ticks me off.

  8. Warren Leigh

    January 18, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    What ever happened to the “big tent” conservative party? One MP receives one small donation 0.01 percent which he immediately returns after finding out where it’s from and he gets kicked out? Who else are they going to label as being “far right” and having no place in the party? Prolifers? Christians? This is why political parties need to end. Period. Full stop.

  9. Warren Leigh

    January 18, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Sloan should dump the CPC as I myself will most certainly be doing. Do they seriously expect volunteer campaign staff to do background checks on every nickel and dime donation that his campaign receives? O’Toole is just using this as a lame excuse; he’s probably been looking for any reason at all to kick out real conservatives like Sloan and Leslyn Lewis to keep them rivalling his leadership. This is even more ridiculous and petty than the tech tyrants banning Parler from their platforms in the wake of the Jan. 6 capitol hill riots. The CPC are just leftists dressed in blue. Every good MP among their ranks should dump them as fast we should all dump Paul Fromm, if he is indeed a racist neo-Nazi.

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Vulnerable Albertans 18+ can receive fourth COVID booster

Eligible individuals can begin booking fourth dose appointments beginning January 20 with AHS or at participating pharmacies by using the Alberta vaccine booking system or by calling 811.

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Those 18 and older who have specific immunocompromising conditions can now book their fourth booster five months after receiving their third dose, said Alberta Health.

The decision announced on Tuesday in the provincial COVID-19 address is in line with recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization (AACI).

“We remain committed to protecting Albertans from the Omicron variant, and vaccinations continue to be our best tool in preventing severe outcomes,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a statement.

“We continue to rely on the latest research to guide our decision-making, and with evidence showing immunocompromised individuals benefit from a fourth dose, we are pleased to provide them.”

Eligible individuals can begin booking fourth dose appointments beginning January 20 with AHS or at participating pharmacies by using the Alberta vaccine booking system or by calling 811.

“I know that the approximately 80,000 Albertans who live with immunocompromising conditions will be relieved to receive these additional doses,” said Minister of Health Jason Copping.

“At the same time, the best way for all of us to protect ourselves and one another is to continue getting whatever dose we are eligible for. I encourage all Albertans to continue to sign up for their booster doses as soon as they can.”

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the fourth COVID-19 dose will help “individuals with certain immunocompromising conditions” and will provide “additional protection” against the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Qualifying conditions include:

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“Youth ages 12 to 17 with the preceding conditions continue to be eligible for third doses. Fourth doses have not yet been approved for this age group,” said the release adding, “third doses have not been approved for youth under the age of 18.”

Hinshaw said the province has recorded 3279 new cases within the last 24 hours while 8995 tests were recorded for a positivity rate of 39%. Hinshaw has earlier stated actual cases are likely 10 times higher due to lack of testing.

Hinshaw also confirmed 1,089 are currently in hospital — 51% of those hospitalized are due to COVID-19 while 49% are cases with COVID-19. Currently, there are 104 people in ICU — 74% due to COVID-19 while 26% are cases with COVID-19. Nine deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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AHS uses undercover agents to bust restaurant for accepting dog photos instead of QR codes

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) has shut down a Red Deer restaurant for allowing patrons to show dog photos in place of proof of vaccination.

The Granary was ordered closed to indoor dining on Friday after complaints to an AHS executive officer resulted in two test shoppers busting staff for accepting photographs of a dog instead of scanning vaccine passport QR codes.

The test shoppers entered the restaurant at different times on January 11 and were permitted access after showing a photo of a dog and their personal identification. It was reported a staffer pretended to scan QR codes with a tablet.

The owners have been told the indoor dining area is to remain closed until they produce a written plan on how they plan to implement the restriction exemption program moving forward.

The owners will also have to provide confirmation they have trained staff about the program and will be required to attend an administrative hearing with Environmental Public Health.

The restaurant took to its Facebook page on Friday to explain the circumstances to its patrons and offered up free coffee for all to-go orders throughout the weekend.

“To our valued guests, we had an unfortunate circumstance at our front door which involved one of our underage hostesses, and the requirements for the REP program.  We are taking the weekend to retrain and regroup,” it said.

“We look forward to serving you again as soon as we are ready to reopen.  In closing, we would like to remind everyone of the tremendous pressure being placed on front staff, and please remember to be kind.”

The restaurant has since opened again and is currently offering free rapid testing on site.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Independent Alberta MLA Drew Barnes is outraged that Justice Minister Kaycee Madu was only being suspended after he called Edmonton’s police chief about a ticket he received.

That action led to Madu being suspended Monday night by Alberta Primer Jason Kenney.

“This suspension is a staggering under reaction designed to shield one of the Premier’s cronies,” said Barnes, the MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat.

“It is inexcusable that any minister’s first instinct upon receiving such a ticket is to swing influence in an attempt to get his ticket fixed. It’s just another indicator that the culture of Redford-era cronyism remains alive and well within Premier’ Kenney’s inner circle.”

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“It is particularly galling that this minister is currently overseeing changes that will deny procedural fairness for thousands of Albertans when they face similar traffic fines,” said Barnes.

This follows the removal of traffic courts in Alberta, the previously most accessible part of the justice system now no longer available to citizens.

“Under this minister, you are considered guilty until proven innocent, unless, of course, you happen to have the local police chief on speed-dial,” said Barnes.

“It seems the minister, like the Premier, considers himself above the law. Albertans deserve better. The real question is, why hasn’t he been fired yet?”

“Over the past year, Premier Kenney has repeatedly punished both ministers and MLAs for daring to question his leadership, but when a real case of misuse of power comes along concerning one of his handpicked cronies, the fix is in. That’s not justice; that’s cronyism.”

McFee said he received the call about the ticket from Madu, saying Madu brought up the issue of racial profiling by police to stop drivers.

“This is the Minister who continues to encourage legal action against pastors and small business owners for allegedly violating the very same health restrictions that the Premier and his cronies violated on the Sky Palace patio,” said Barnes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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