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UPDATED: Calgary salon owner fined $1,000 after AHS inspector persuades them to offer a haircut

“Right after Christmas, on December 27, a woman knocked on the door of the salon. Dagher let her in, believing she was a genuine customer wanting to buy care products. Once inside, the woman asked Dagher if she could have a haircut,” said the JCCF in a release.

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An Alberta Health Services inspector persuaded a Calgary hairdresser to open her shop, talked her into giving a haircut and then gave her a $1,000 ticket, the Justice Centre for Constitution Freedoms says.

On December 11, Alberta banned services like haircutting were banned, which Amin Dagher and his family, of Hair Cru Salon, complied with.

While no longer cutting hair, the salon did continue to sell hair care products, which they are allowed to.

Dagher kept the door of the salon locked, but when customers came to buy products, he would open the door and let them in to shop, said the JCCF.

“Right after Christmas, on December 27, a woman knocked on the door of the salon. Dagher let her in, believing she was a genuine customer wanting to buy care products. Once inside, the woman asked Dagher if she could have a haircut,” said the JCCF in a release.

“Desperate for income, his business barely hanging on, and with a family to feed, Dagher said yes. The woman then announced herself as AHS health inspector Anne Hoang and told Dagher that he had broken the law by agreeing to cut her hair, and that he would receive a ticket.

“Not only did AHS inspector Ms. Hoang ensure Mr. Dagher was ticketed for $1,000, she proceeded to issue a notice to the public that Mr. Dagher’s salon was “providing hair cutting services to the public,” misleading the public to think the salon was regularly contravening public health orders and intentionally exposing the salon to public contempt. The notice was even posted on the door of the salon, which Mr. Dagher was forced to keep in place because to remove it would have been an offence under the Public Health Act.”

Salons were allowed to reopen on January 18.

Dagher has plead not guilty to his ticket. A trial date hasn’t been set.

“The oppressive orders of the Chief Medical Officer of Health are choking the life out of small businesses in Alberta and depriving people of the ability to feed their families. For Mr. Dagher, to have an AHS inspector bait him into agreeing to give her a haircut is to kick him while he’s down. This was a setup,” said JCCF lawyer James Kitchen.

“The actions of Ms. Hoang in requesting Mr. Dagher give her a haircut are repugnant and a gross abuse of power. In a time when the government seeks to justify its destructive lockdown policies and rights infringements by claiming that adhering to public health restrictions is the kind thing to do, the cruelty of AHS inspectors using the allure of much-needed income to target and ticket small business owners is especially hypocritical.”

In a lengthy statement to the Western Standard, the AHS inspectors had visited the salon three times.

“Claims that a public health inspector asked for a haircut at a Calgary hair salon, then ticketed the salon owner, are inaccurate and false,” the AHS said.

I”n this specific case, the inspector did not ask for a haircut, but instead asked if the business was offering haircutting services. Staff at the salon confirmed haircutting services were being offered.

“AHS responds to complaints from the public relating to non-compliance of provincial public health orders.

“In this instance, three complaints were received from the public about staff not masking and one complaint about the business providing personal services at the hair salon, prohibited at the time under orders of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“Following an inspection of the facility, a Closure Order for the personal services portion of the business was issued on January 5, 2021.

“A retail portion of the business was permitted to remain open, providing the operator was following public health restrictions in place at the time. This included; reduced capacity, masking, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning. Curbside pick-up, delivery or online services were encouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“It was also recommended a sign be put up to inform customers that personal services were not offered, but that the retail portion of the business remained open.

“AHS will issue a Closure Order only when it is necessary to do so. This occurs in situations where a business operator puts public health at risk by not adhering to public health requirements.

“To ensure the public is informed, a closure notice is posted at the site at which it was issued, and the Closure Order is posted on the AHS website. This is standard practice and applies to all Closure Orders.

“AHS does not issue tickets or impose fines.”

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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Senior Alberta doctors faces job loss for refusing vaccine

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.

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Dr. Eric Payne says he supports vaccinations and he and his family are all caught up on their yearly flu shots — but he is declining the COVID-19 vaccines, believing them to not yet be fully tested.

The decision could cost Payne his job, as AHS threatens to put him on “unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance.”

Payne is a doctor in the Pediatric Neurocritical Care & Epilepsy department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital along with being an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology at the University of Calgary.

Payne wrote a 19-page letter to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) on September 14 detailing his position and protesting the possible loss of his job.

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.

“I am also a father of three young children and remain very much pro-vaccine. While I refuse to take this novel experimental mRNA therapy, my wife, children, and I are completely vaccinated, including yearly flu shots. This is not a contradictory stance as these current mRNA vaccines represent a dramatic departure from using, for instance, live attenuated viruses. Rather, they represent a completely novel and experimental therapy with no long-term data.” 

AHS President Dr. Verna Yiu issued a mandatory vaccine order to all staff, physicians and volunteers, and stated workers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, by Oct.31, 2021.

“I am now faced with the impending possibility of an unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance. I am so disappointed by this extreme AHS coercion and truly hope that the CPSA will steer clear of mandating this as a condition of my license,” Payne wrote, adding that would violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“The Alberta provincial government is presently circumventing these rights with Bill 10 — the public health emergency powers amendment act. These forced experimental mRNA vaccine mandates also directly violate the internationally accepted Nuremberg code, which was developed in 1947 to protect patients from medical experimentation.

“It is because I am informed, that I do not voluntarily consent to these injections.”

Payne argued that even with a 100% vaccination rate, COVID-19 would not be completely eradicated.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, shared evidence and publicly acknowledged that we cannot eradicate COVID-19 and are rather transitioning from a COVID-19 pandemic to endemic,” Payne said, adding smallpox is the only human virus successfully eradicated through vaccination.

Payne told the college the pandemic has been especially hard on children, having to endure lockdown after lockdown.

“I have seen more devastating neurologic conversion disorders and psychiatric disease — including several heart-breaking teenage suicide attempts — than I have my entire career.  In contrast, I have not encountered a single child with neurological sequelae from COVID-19 itself,” he wrote.

“While I grew to respect and trust long-standing health organizations like the (World Health Organization) and (Centres for Disease Control), financial and political interests have crippled their independence, and during this pandemic, they have egregiously misrepresented facts and helped to censor scientific experts worldwide. 

“These organizations that inform Canada health policy are completely compromised by vaccine and big pharma interest money.”

In an interview Monday, Payne told the Western Standard he will keep his position even if it means he gets fired.

He said the mandating of the vaccine was his main concern and he didn’t expect the letter to be made public. Payne said he hasn’t heard anything back from the college.

“I have a seven-year-old, and fairly soon a vaccine mandate may come down for them — there’s no reason, they’re not at risk,” Payne said, adding research has should to vaccinate a person who has already had COVID-19 may cause them additional damage.”

“It would be nice to have a real conversation about the facts.”

Payne said he expects parents to finally push bach when it comes to forced vaccination and “I’m going to keep talking.”

Payne said some “absolute lies” and “100% censorship” have been used in various COVID-19 arguments.

The issue has been growing in Canada since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was making vaccinations mandatory in the federal public service.

Since then airlines, governments, sports stadiums and private businesses have all made vaccines mandatory for their staff.

Protests against mandatory vaccinations have happened weekly across the country.

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

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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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