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EXCLUSIVE: Alberta removes COVID enforcement powers from peace officers

The order does not affect bylaw officers with municipalities

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Alberta’s peace officers no longer have the power to enforce provincial COVID-19 laws.

“The Ministerial Order (64/2020) issued on November 27, 2020 in response to the public state of
health emergency is no longer in effect as of 2359 hrs February 25, 2021,” a memo from Alberta Justice, obtained by the Western Standard, reads.

“Therefore, the authorities granted within the Ministerial Order will no longer available to all
peace officers listed in the Ministerial Order (Community Peace Officer Level 1s and Alberta
Peace officer Level 2s employed by the Ministry of Environment and Parks, Environmental
Enforcement Services) and thus they cannot enforce the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s
(CMOH) Orders through the Public Health Act.”

The memo can be read here.

The order does not affect bylaw officers with municipalities.

The City of Calgary recently extended its state of emergency by 90 days.

“Health and safety are top priorities for The City of Calgary during this State of Local Emergency as we make decisions on services and programs at our facilities. The City announced today it is renewing the State of Local Emergency for 90 days,” the city said in extending the emergency order on February 23.

“On November 25, 2020 we declared a second State of Local Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and today we are renewing that declaration,” said Chief Sue Henry, Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA).

“Our case counts are similar to where we were in late October and we are unsure how the variants will impact the case counts.”

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has called on citizens not to hesitate and to call 311 if they notice any illegal house parties going on at their neighbours.

“Staying in a State of Local Emergency allows The City of Calgary to remain agile and help with vaccine distribution in whatever way we can,” said Nenshi.

“While there is light at the end of the tunnel, complacency is not an option. We are in a race against the COVID variants, and it’s never been more important to stay vigilant in our actions.”

Some municipalities across the province had requested the power for their bylaw officers to enforce COVID-19 pandemic regulations after the number of complaints like people holding parties in their homes soared.

“At this time there has been no direction provided to the Peace Officer Program on extending the
authority to enforce the CMOH’s Orders. As more information is made available to the Peace
Officer Program, a further announcement will be published,” reads the internal memo from Justice..

“Thank you for your outstanding commitment to keeping Albertans safe and healthy during the
second public state of health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Alberta has seen numerous protests over the last several month from people against the health lockdowns that have been in place.

Alberta has seen 133,000 cases of COVID-19 that have so far resulted in nearly 1,900 deaths.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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. Sunbeam

    March 1, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    “While there is light at the end of the tunnel, complacency is not an option. We are in a race against the COVID variants, and it’s never been more important to stay vigilant in our actions.”
    What light? What tunnel? Do you see the lies here yet? Do you see the fear? Race against variants. What. ever. There have always been and forever will be viruses. If you keep believing there is a boogy man hiding behind every corner, you will never go for a walk again.

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Misery index places Canada in bottom ranks

“Canadians are rightly concerned about the country’s high inflation and unemployment rates, and when compared to other developed countries, Canada is not doing well.”

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Canada’s combination of high rates of inflation and unemployment have secured it the sixth most “miserable” advanced economy in the world.

Tuesday morning, the Fraser Institute released a study that ranked the International Monetary Fund’s top 35 economic countries.

With an inflation rate of 3.15% and unemployment rate of 7.72%, Canada’s 2021 Misery Index score is 10.88.

“Canadians are rightly concerned about the country’s high inflation and unemployment rates, and when compared to other developed countries, Canada is not doing well,” said Jason Clements, executive vice president of the Fraser Institute.

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American economist Arthur Okun created the Misery Index to understand the level of economic strain felt on an everyday basis for regular citizens of a country.

Inflation and unemployment act as measures that drastically affect the costs of living that impacts economic well-being on an individual level.

Only five countries received worse scores than Canada, Spain in the last spot with a score of 17.61, followed by Greece (15.73), Italy (11.96) and Iceland (11.26)

Countries above Canada’s score include France (10.10), the United States (9.72), Australia (7.33), and the United Kingdom (7.17).

Japan (2.61) and Switzerland (3.57) received the top scores being the least miserable.

The Misery Index was prominent in policy discussions during the 1970s and 1980s, but fell out of the spotlight during the 1990s while inflation and unemployment was low.

“The fact we are again discussing the Misery Index and Canada’s high ranking on it is bad news for all Canadians, who will suffer as a result,” Clemens said.

“Governments across Canada, particularly the federal government, should prioritize those policies that will make Canadians less miserable by lowering inflation and unemployment.”

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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LETTER: Does Copping have scientific evidence to continue with vaccine passports?

“Surely our government would not discriminate against any Albertans without a sound scientific basis for doing so.”

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RE: Vaccine passports now mandatory in Alberta

My wife and I took it upon ourselves to get tested for immunity to the COVID-19 virus at our own cost. Several other couples in our community have done the same thing. The test is carried out by the Mayo Clinic so I think we can all agree it is done by a very credible organization.

Both my wife and I tested >250 which is the highest level of immunity that they register. It is also the same level of immunity they show on the most vaccinated people. 

With this in mind, I ask the Minister of Health and the entire UCP government, what is the scientific basis for your continuing to impose the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) to discriminate against us and restrict us from being able to participate in society?

Surely our government would not discriminate against any Albertans without a sound scientific basis for doing so.

Murray Woods
Linden, AB

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‘Galileo’ stockbroker loses COVID case

Grammond explained judicial notice of obvious facts is intended to ensuring plaintiffs with pointless claims do not “bog down the judicial process” with unnecessary arguments.

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A Montreal stockbroker who likened himself to Galileo and said COVID-19 wasn’t real had his case tossed out of Federal Court, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“Courts make decisions based on evidence brought in each particular case,” wrote Justice Sébastien Grammond.

“Some facts however are so obvious courts assume their existence and no evidence of them is required. This is called judicial notice.”

Lucien Khodeir filed a federal challenge of Treasury Board vaccination orders for employees.

Khodeir was not personally affected by the orders issued last October 6. The court was told he works as a stock trader for CIBC World Markets.

Khodeir in his submission said vaccine mandates were unnecessary since the coronavirus did not exist, and proposed to call three expert witnesses.

“It is pure speculation,” said the court.

“In his submissions, Mr. Khodeir compares himself to Galileo who was persecuted in the 17th century for asserting that the Earth revolves around the Sun, a theory unanimously accepted today. Yet unlike Mr. Khodeir, Galileo buttressed the heliocentric theory with facts, especially his discovery of Jupiter’s moons.

“In contrast, Mr. Khodeir asks us to believe his assertions regarding the coronavirus without providing any tangible fact in support. The comparison is unfair to the great Italian scholar. Mr. Khodeir’s case has no scientific footing.”

Grammond explained judicial notice of obvious facts is intended to ensuring plaintiffs with pointless claims do not “bog down the judicial process” with unnecessary arguments.

“Over the last two years most people on this planet have been affected in various ways by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the court.

“It has become common knowledge COVID-19 is caused by a virus.

“Numerous trusted sources of information have repeated this fact to the point that it is now beyond reasonable dispute. There is a lack of debate on this issue in scientific circles.”

The Federal Court noted dismissal of the claim was unrelated to numerous cases awaiting trial in which vaccine orders are being challenged as unnecessary, intrusive and unconstitutional. None of the plaintiffs challenging vaccine orders have disputed the existence of the coronavirus.

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