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Wildrose heads into founding convention Saturday

478 members are registered to attend the party’s founding AGM.

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The Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta (WIP) is holding its first convention on Saturday with 478 members registered to attend the virtual gathering.

WIP President Rick Northey said that their membership rolls have swelled by around 1,000 over the last month to a total of 6,500.

The surge in memberships comes in the wake of the UCP Snowbird Scandal, which saw at least 10 MLAs and staffers jet off to sun and sand destinations while the rest of the province was in a pandemic lockdown.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGM will be a virtual one, with events streamed through a YouTube channel.

Members will be voting on the party’s constitution, put together by a committee that included Northey. The constitution will be voted on as a document in its entirety and requires the backing of 75 per cent of delegates to pass. Members will be go through with line-by-line amendments when law allows the party to hold an in-person gathering.

The delegates will also vote on prepared policy documents, with a vote of 50 per cent needed to pass. Again, they will be fine tuned at a later meeting.

The members will also vote on the board of directors and regional officers.

One of those seeking a board seat is Dr. Dennis Modry, who gained notority in December when he wrote a letter to Premier Jason Kenney asking him to end the lockdown.

The letter, reprinted exclusively on the Western Standard, was viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

As a medical pioneer, Modry completed Alberta’s first heart transplant in 1985. He has been WIP’s VP of Policy and Governance.

The AGM will end Saturday with a speech by interim leader Paul Hinman.

The party was founded in June when members of Wexit Alberta and the Freedom Conservative Party voted to merge their parties into the new Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.

The party surged in a recently Mainstreet Research poll conducted for the Western Standard to nine per cent province-wide support.

A leadership race is expected to be held between the spring and fall of 2021 to select the party’s standard bearer going into the next election.

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 Editor 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 22, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Time for Freedom Loving Albertans to get behind ONE Party that has a real objective and can deliver for the folks. The old Lieberal/Conservative thing is a dead horse, been playing Musical Chairs for decades with the same failed results!

  2. Christopher Lawrence

    January 22, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Looking forward to voting Wildrose at the next election. Lets get started on putting the blocks in place(Alberta pension plan, health care program, police force, etc) to help us negotiate a better deal for Alberta or eventually leave confederation. Kenney should have started this process but he has no interest in helping Alberta, only appeasing the rest of Canada. Time for Alberta to put Alberta first. 40 years of failed national policies forced on Alberta is enough to show us that the east does not care about us.

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 22, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      ALL the Very Best to – Kathy Flett, Zuzana D’ and the Rest!

      WEXIT is – ALBERTA’S LAST HOPE – to:
      CHART – Your Own – FUTURE
      MANIFEST – Your Own – DESTINY

      You MIGHT WANT to Invite BRIAN JEAN – to Play a Key Role
      He is – a TRUE – SON OF THE SOIL
      His Hands-On Involvement – during the Wild Fires – Proved that

      In my Opinion:
      IF – Albertans – had brought him (instead of the ELITIST ESTABLISHMENT “Career” Politician Kenney) – as Head of the UCP, you would have had a STRONG Advocate “FOR ALBERTA”, from DAY ONE.

      Denny Crane!

  3. Cytotoxic

    January 22, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Canadian doctor’s open letter about Covid-19 contains false claims

    https://factcheck.afp.com/canadian-doctors-open-letter-about-covid-19-contains-false-claims

    “But even if the numbers of Covid-19 patients in ICUs were relatively low, “you still have all the other people who are sick with other things that need ICU beds. At baseline, we are over capacity for inpatient care in all of Canada, so to add an extra 10-15 percent ICU and 20-30 percent in other acute care is an absolute disaster,” the University of Toronto’s Pakes said.”

    “Modry also claims that “the PCR test for Covid-19 has a false positive rate of up to 50 percent according to the CDC.” This is false.

    Clicking on the link provided leads to a CTV article about antibody tests, which are not PCR tests.

    The WIP’s VP of Policy and Governance confused a serological test with a PCR test. HOLY F(*K.

    Oh, and: “A UK study estimated that the false positive rate of PCR tests can fluctuate between 0.8 and four percent.”

    That’s it. Stick a fork in them. They might get some seats sometimes but they’ve been captured by the hayseeds of rural Alberta and they’re going to be a party of dumb ignorant hayseeds and assorted kooks. They could’ve been a Calgarian party instead if they had started in The City.

    • Charles Martell III

      January 22, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      For MONTHS the media has pretended that elderly people with really severe illnesses don’t make up the vast majority of #Covid deaths.

      And for months we have twisted our society into a pretzel . . .

      When does the truth start to matter?

      • Cytotoxic

        January 22, 2021 at 9:41 pm

        They pretended no such thing.

    • Charles Martell III

      January 22, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      One more time for the dummy . . . .

      PCR test is a Forensic Tool invented in the 80s to Amplify Genetic material for mostly DNA testing. It can take a virus, dead or alive and multiply it depending on the number of rotations.
      It is a FAKE Test . . . and will always be a fake test with a high failure rate.

      Dr Kary Mullis, who won the Nobel Prize for inventing the PCR process, was clear that it wasn’t meant as a diagnostic tool, saying: with PCR, if you do it well, you can find almost anything in anybody.”

      Interesting Numbers . . . Canada’s are likely quite similar . . .

      “Let me give you two numbers: 944,251 and 946,067. Both were obtained from the US CDC website.

      The first number is the total number of U.S. deaths from January through April 2020.

      The second number is the total number of U.S. deaths from January through April 2018.

      This is obviously a “Scam” Demic . . . even a weak leftist mind can do simple math . . .
      Released on the Globe by the Obama funded Wuhan Lab because the US was crushing the CCP . . . and the Corporate Globalists are against that ! ! !

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 22, 2021 at 5:04 pm

        Vera Etches – Chief Medical Officer (Ottawa) – Affirmed 6 Months Ago, that:
        Our “Tests” have ONLY a 40% Accuracy Rate.

        Rebel News – Identified a Worker at OPG – who Tested “False-Positive” and REFUSED to have the Vaccine Forced Upon Him, has Lost his Job (In Spite of being Harassed, Repeatedly, with Repeat Test and having to Wear a Mask for 16 Hours – AT A STRETCH).

        A Mr. Aslan, 3 Months ago, Wrote to B. Massey (DIPPTY Chief Medical Officer – Brampton), that he has FACTS, thru’ the Freedom of Information Act showing the Doug Ford Government has Tests – that show EVERYONE as “Positive”.

        Two – Three Weeks ago, Rebel News or TO SUN, Revealed – the Doug Ford Government is showing SUICIDES as – Death by COVID.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 22, 2021 at 9:41 pm

        “will always be a fake test with a high failure rate.”

        STFU you have no expertise in this field. Be silent and kneel before those who do.

      • Charles Martell III

        January 24, 2021 at 7:49 pm

        Still in the dumb lane . . . Even the WHO has now said to lower the number of revolutions in the PCR test . . . Why you ask? to make Senile China Joe look good.

        Average age of the deceased in BC over 80 . . . wise up fool !

      • Charles Martell III

        January 24, 2021 at 8:17 pm

        You bought a lab coat at a swap meet and now you’re an expert . . . lol

        WHO just announced that they recommend that the PCR tests revolutions be reduced . . . now that China Joe is Pres they want the “Cases” number to go down.

        HCQ works great and the PCR test is FAKE ! ! !

      • Cytotoxic

        January 24, 2021 at 9:45 pm

        “revolutions”

        LOL

  4. Ken Browne

    January 22, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Oh yay, the return of Social Credit

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Police on the hunt for armed killer who gunned down man in Coquitlam Park

Dozens of witnesses potentially saw the shooting occur.

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Police are calling on the public to help them locate the person responsible for killing a 20-year-old man next to a basketball court, where there may have been more than a dozen witnesses.

On April 19, about 6:30 p.m., Coquitlam RCMP members rushed to Town Centre Park to investigate calls of a shooting.

When police arrived, they found Bailey McKinney lying on the ground. He was pronounced dead at scene.

“We believe this was a case of an individual being targeted for murder and not the park itself,” said Sgt. Frank Jang, of the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

“Unfortunately, we know too well that these types of events can happen in any community.”

IHIT has control of the investigation and is working closely with the Coquitlam RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

Now police are looking for anyone who might have seen something, or has other information that would help Mounties nab a suspect.

“We are aware that there were several people in the immediate area when the shooting occurred,” Jang said.

“Many of them fled the scene, understandably, from the shock of having witnessed a shooting. However, if you were one of those people, we need you to come forward now.”

McKinney was known to police, and cops said he had conflict with certain individuals who may be responsible for his murder.

McKinney was due to be in court next month for a litany of charges — including drug charges and assault with a weapon, to using a firearm during a criminal offence, and uttering threats to kill or cause bodily harm — acquired late September when he was involved in crimes in Coquitlam.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.
mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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They’re home! Police give pupdate on stolen bulldog babies

Three American Bulldog puppies were stolen April 10 during a break and enter.

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With dogged determination, Surrey Mounties have recovered the last two of three puppies stolen 10 days ago.

Three American Bulldog puppies were stolen April 10 during a break and enter at a home in the 17400 block of 8 Avenue.

One of the three stolen pups was quickly returned to the owners two days later, on April 12, when officers, acting on public tips, located one of the puppies that had been sold to an unwary attendee at a car show in Mission, BC.

Then, four days ago, Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team found the remaining two puppies. The wee pooches were returned to their owner and then reunited with their mom.
 
RCMP did not give details of the rescue, but did note the owners are very grateful to the public.

“Everyone feels good about being able to return these little pups to their family, and it was made even better by the fact we did it with help from the public,” said Cpl. Dan Barrows, of the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team, said in a release.

“This was a rewarding investigation for our officers.”

The puppies — valued at about $3,000 apiece — were last seen snuggling their mom.

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard. mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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B.C. father of transgender girl to appeal sentence and fine

The father reached a plea bargain deal for a 45-day sentence and 18 months probation – but B.C. Supreme Court Justice Michael Tammen decided to sentence C.D. to six months in jail.

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The B.C. father of a teenaged girl given male hormones against his wishes will appeal his sentence and fine for criminal contempt of court.

C.D., as he was known in court documents, pleaded guilty to the charges last week and was sentenced on Friday. He defied orders not disclose details that would reveal his child’s identity or that of the doctors responsible for cross-gender treatment. 

The father reached a plea bargain deal with prosecutors who recommended a 45-day sentence and 18 months probation. However, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Michael Tammen decided instead to sentence C.D. to six months in jail.

C.D.’s lawyer Carey Linde told the Western Standard he hopes to get his client out on bail while he appeals the sentence.

“We’re doing the bureaucratic steps to try to get him out,” Linde said.

“It depends on what the Crown’s position is going to be. And they’re not going to take a position until they can read the judgment. And the judgment has not been posted yet.”

Linde believes the sentence is excessive, especially given the plea deal.

“The responses that I’m getting from lawyers who are criminal lawyers say that…it’s absurd,” Linde said.

In his decision, Tammen said: “I do not accept (the father’s) intention was otherwise than to attempt to undermine the authority of the courts and overall administration of justice… Moreover, I expressly reject (the father’s) sworn assertion … that he had no desire to share information that would harm (the child).”

Linde said: “The judge has gone off the deep end of law and order. Why? He gave a very reasoned argument, if you agree with him…justifying draconian measures.”

In his decision, Tammen said: “No member of the public can decide when, in what circumstances and which court orders to follow… Unless and until successfully appealed, court orders must be obeyed. They are part of the legal fabric of society and, thus, the law. Without the ability to enforce court orders, and if citizens were free to disregard them at will, there would not be democracy but anarchy.”

Linde believes Tammen never grasped what his client tried to do.

“He never understood it. He kept coming back and talking about you can’t avoid punishment, people aren’t free to go out and break the law because they think it goes against their conscience. But that’s not what civil disobedience is, Civil disobedience, says, ‘I do this in the knowledge and the acceptance of being punished.’ So my client always knew that he would get something.”

In court, C.D. said, “I’ve never once gone after my child for the choice she made wanting to be a male…I only tried to prevent her from making a medical choice she might regret later.”

When asked if he planned to continue his campaign in the future, the father said he had already done his part, adding, “I pass the torch on.”

Tammen granted C.D.’s 46 days jailed in pre-trial custody to count towards the 180-day sentence. C.D.’s crowdfunding website, which contained materials in breach of the court orders, had raised more than $50,000. Tammen instructed the father to donate $30,000 to a children’s charity within six months of his release from jail. Linde also plans to appeal the fine.

Linde said his client’s goal was to raise public awareness on “the school programs [that teach gender fluidity and transgender concepts]; the Infants Act, which allows doctors to do what they’re doing legally; and rapid onset gender dysphoria…You and I are talking, where we wouldn’t have two years ago. These things are moving.”

When asked about his client’s mood following the long sentence, Linde said,

“Obviously, he’s not happy, he would rather it didn’t happen…He doesn’t object to being sentenced…[but feels] he’s been singled out somehow, misunderstood…

“He pled guilty. And his evidence was that he had accomplished what he set out to accomplish. He never asked for any of this. He was a defendant…And he just wants to go back to live as much as he can the life he had before all this happened to him.”

Harding is a Western Standard reporter based in Saskatchewan

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