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Anti-lockdown protests condemned by Notley and Iveson, but they’re silent on ANTIFA

While the anti-lockdown protest and anti-racism counter-protest remained mostly peaceful, both parties engaged in back-and-forth bantering




Political leaders spent the weekend condemning anti-lockdown protesters without acknowledging the incitement to violence by counter-protesters. 

Between 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, nearly a dozen ANTIFA members attempted to agitate protesters with the intent to incite violence before larger crowds mobilized at the Alberta Leg grounds.

At 2 p.m., protest organizers thanked the police for maintaining the peace and thanked them for their service.

“Blue Lives Matter,” said one of the anti-lockdown protesters, following a friendly fist bump.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson earlier commented on the protest.

“I am aware of an “anti-public health measures” rally taking place at the Alberta Legislature today. COVID-19 is not a joke nor a hoax. We are in the middle of a global public health crisis,” he said.

“Wearing a mask and following other public health measures keeps people safe and saves lives.”

NDP Leader Rachel Notley said: “Outside of the Federal Building, we saw people gather under the guise of protesting COVID-19 measures.

“Many in attendance lit torches and proceeded to march around downtown Edmonton. These marches are intended to intimidate … [and] spread hate. This wasn’t about COVID-19,” she said.

Iveson also stated he was aware that some people associated with this rally might be related to known hate groups.

“Edmonton unequivocally condemns racism, misogyny and other forms of hate such speech is not welcome in our community,” he said.

Notley suggested the protest and subsequent freedom march were demonstrations of white nationalism, with a call-to-action to strengthen Alberta’s resolve and fight back against racism.

“I have received many messages about the hate-filled weekend torch march in Edmonton. Some of you have asked for clarification of my comments after some in attendance said the rally was about COVID-19. I assure you it was about much more than that. It was about spreading hate and racism,” she said in a statement to social media.

“We simply cannot allow what happened to stand.”

Neither the protesters nor the counter-protesters were socially distanced.

“Several hundred protesters converged on the Alberta Legislature for a rally today, the vast majority of whom exercised their freedom of expression peacefully and respectfully,” said Edmonton Police in a statement on Facebook.

“Only one arrest was necessary during the proceedings, which saw an adult male taken into custody for causing a disturbance at the outset of the rally.”

He was not charged and later released.

“We are grateful for the strong partnership, patience and professionalism displayed by our frontline EPS members, the Alberta Sheriffs and rally participants,” they said.

EPS didn’t address with any know white supremacists were at the rally.

While the anti-lockdown protest and anti-racism counterprotest remained mostly peaceful, both parties engaged in back-and-forth bantering consistent with similar demonstrations.

However, other anti-lockdown protestors were not as friendly as some openly harassed a local Edmonton reporter and crew on the Alberta Leg grounds.

A trans-woman by the name of Valerie called out the counter-protesters for manipulating social justice for marginalized communities and politicizing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Valerie said: “There are two kinds of people in Canada: people who are [tired of] this rigged economy, this society trampling with totalitarianism, and the “paper class” who know the game is up but are clinging by their “phony little fingers” for their undeserving slice of the pie that they themselves are making shrink.”

While Valerie diverged briefly to discuss trans-issues amid her critique of ongoing public health measures, the counter-protest did not attempt to counter the positions tabled by the anti-lockdown protest.

Instead, they regurgitated common left-wing talking points. “Black Lives Matter” and “Ban White Supremacy” were the go-to phrases. 

Dhaliwal is the Western Standard’s Edmonton reporter


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.




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.




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

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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.




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

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