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Father of transgendered child declares victory – from behind bars

Justice Michael Tammen declined to release C.D., but said he would be kept in remand until a trial on April 12.




A BC father whose daughter was transitioned to a male without his consent will remain in jail awaiting trial for allegedly breaking gag orders.

The father, called C.D. in court documents, was banned from revealing the identities of his child, his former wife, and medical professionals who transitioned his child. He appeared in court March 16 over charges he breached gag orders by content he posted on a crowd funding website. 

On March 19, Justice Michael Tammen declined to release C.D., but said he would be kept in remand until a trial on April 12.

“C.D.’s detention is necessary to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice,” Tammen said.

Carey Linde, the lawyer for C.D., recalled the proceedings for the Western Standard.

“One of the more bizarre things, of which there are more than you can remember, the judge said, ‘I’m going to hold you in jail. In the meantime, it will not go well for you if you don’t clean up some of those sites,’

“And I said, ‘How’s he supposed to do that when he’s behind bars?’”

C.D. also appeared before Tammen in February of 2020 regarding allegations of a breach, something Linde believes is worse for the public perception of justice than if his client was released from remand.

“The allegation is that C.D. breaches the order, then comes back in front of the very same judge on a criminal matter…At least you’d think that that would come back in front of an independent judge, somebody who didn’t have any personal opinion,” Linde said.

“But here Mr. Justice Tamman excoriates my client, rips his hide off by not just telling him that there seems to be some evidence which might point possibly to a breach – but tells him point blank, you breached here, you breached there, you breached here, you breached there. There’s no more need for anybody to argue or to have a finding of fact, he’s already determined it.”

Tammen will also be the trial judge in April.

“So how is it fair, that C.D. now has to go to trial before a judge who’s got his mind, not just made up, but one could say reified in cement?”

Linde said the only thing that could prevent the foregone conclusion in April is “if thousands of people in the front lawn of the Attorney General and said, “This isn’t fair.”

“The politics is not there yet when politicians see huge disadvantage in proceeding. They don’t because they’re woke, because the postmodern social justice warriors have got them all scared, intimidated, cancelled.”

In spite of this, Linde said his client believes he is winning.

“As far as he is concerned, he’s won. He’s had a complete and total victory in what he set out to do. And he’s paying the price for that victory, his sitting in the cells as he is doing and may continue to do.”

“That victory is that he has finally raised these issues into the public domain, so that parents…will be aware and be cautious to guard their young girls against the sexual orientation and gender identity programs in British Columbia that the school system mandates in all elementary schools. What happened to him, they took his child put on a trans track without telling him… the school had been working on that child for two years without telling either parent.”

Prior to his imprisonment, C.D. told the Western Standard many other parents have faced similar circumstances. 

“I talked to a couple and they said, ‘Yeah, the school takes our daughter off to the hospital to give her the testosterone shots. There’s nothing we can do about it.’ And the daughter comes home, and says, ‘My doctor, you don’t need to talk to him,’ and essentially butt out. And this is what they’re doing to parents. And yet at the same time, they’re telling parents, ‘You’re doing the right thing,’ right? And then parents feel really guilty that their child is going through gender dysphoria, and they’re suicidal, and they want to rip their skin off. And my [child] even told me that they are told to tell people that they’re suicidal when they’re not. I remember [my child] laughing about it, going, ‘Yeah, that’s just what we’re told to do so we can get the stuff we want.’”

When persuasion fails to work on parents, intimidation usually succeeds, C.D. said.

“I talked to a lot of parents whose kids are being transitioned, and they’re afraid that they’re going to lose their jobs, or their home. Carey Linde has offered to help parents for free and they will not turn to him. They would rather essentially live with it in fear, than challenge it, and I don’t understand that. But there’s this culture, I guess…This trans-agenda is strong.”

C.D. said a prison term did not compare to the consequences his child and others will face. 

“I felt I couldn’t be one of those parents in the moment that just coddled their kid because this is what their kid wanted, no matter how important it was, because I know that in a number of years..I will be the one that my child comes back to you and says, ‘Dad, thanks for fighting. Shoot, I wish I would have listened.’ And [my child] will be angry with these doctors.”

Harding is a Western Standard Reporter based in Saskatchewan

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Political Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also a Research Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and is the former Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.


Alberta gov’t granted injunction to ban weekend protest at Whistle Stop Cafe

Chris Scott and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.




It hasn’t even happened yet, but an Alberta court has already ruled a weekend protest at the Whistle Stop Cafe is illegal.

The Court of Queen’s Bench has granted a pre-emptive injunction against, Chris Scott, the owner of Whistle Stop, because the restaurant plans to host a rally over the upcoming weekend called the “Save Alberta Campout Protest.” The injunction was granted at the request of Alberta Health Services (AHS), an agency under Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

Last week, the RCMP raided the establishment and carted away all its booze. On Wednesday, the RCMP and AHS officials showed up en masse and padlocked the building.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

He and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.

But the AHS, which sought the injunction, said the judge ruled it illegal because it would not comply with public health restrictions on mandatory masking, attendance limits, and social distancing.

“The order restrains the owner and others from organizing, promoting and attending the event and includes police enforcement and imposes significant consequences on the organizers of this event,” AHS said in a statement to media.

“AHS has taken this step due to the ongoing risk to Albertans created by those breaching COVID-19 public health restrictions.”

The Western Standard has reached out to Scott but hasn’t heard back on what effect the injunction will have. Scott said earlier in the day he will now seek elected office by running for the Wildrose Independence Party in the upcoming 2023 election.

Scott is the only gas station or restaurant in Mirror, a town of about 500, 50 km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s seeing people from all over the province stopping in.

“The law is garbage – it”s doing more harm than good,” said Scott in an earlier interview with the Western Standard.

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott.

Scott has owned the cafe since July 2019, but it has been a fixture in town since 1967.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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EXCLUSIVE: UCP Secretary quits over ‘lies’

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976.




The former secretary of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) says she decided to resign from the board because she “was tired of all the lies.”

In an exclusive interview with the Western Standard, Cathy Smith said she handed in her notice on April 6, after a string of statements and actions about the COVID-19 pandemic by Premier Jason Kenney.

Smith said the beginning of the end started when Kenney held a press conference over COVID-19 and warned of a pandemic so extreme there would be “body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium.”

“I said to myself ‘Are you kidding me’. There will never be body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium,” said Smith.

“I know nurses. Nurses at the time told me there was nothing going on in their hospitals.”

Smith said Kenney then started to condemn the “right-wing, the conspiracy theorists.”

“I said wait a minute, I’m right-wing. And then the way we treated Dr. (Dennis) Modry. I thought this wasn’t the right way to represent our 40,000 members,” she said.

Kenney and Modry have been in a battle of letters. Modry published an open letter to the premier on the Western Standard saying lockdowns don’t work. The letter went viral and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of time. It took Kenney three months to reply with his own letter.

As party secretary, Smith dealt with more than 100 e-mails, either from party members or people who voted for the UCP, about how the lockdowns were affecting their lives.

“We had an e-mail from a family whose grandfather died because his heart operation had been postponed. I e-mailed everyone back. I explained I was not writing as a representative of the party. I told them I didn’t agree with what the party was doing,” Smith said.

Smith said she was aware of a group of men in Medicine Hat who went to high school together – 20 of whom have committed suicide since the pandemic started.

“I told everyone to get involved at the (constituency association) level if they really want to make change,” Smith said.

She said the last straw for her was when Kenney appeared on talk show host Danielle Smith’s last show on QR77 and said he wasn’t aware the party board had approved a leadership vote in 2022, just six months before the next election.

“I was just tired of all the lies, Kenney pretended he didn’t know about the leadership vote. I thought ‘This is not the way — where’s the trust’,” Smith said.

“I was tired of all the lockdowns (without proof they work). But I said to myself, I will never quit, never, never, never.”

Finally, after talking to several other board members, Smith handed in her notice.

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976. As to where she will vote in the next election: “I’m still waiting.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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WATCH: Alberta’s costume lady forced to sell treasure trove of outfits because of lockdowns

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”




It took Vickie Friesen more than 30 years of sewing to create 5,000 different costumes – everything from pirates to princesses.

Now, after a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, she is being forced to sell the lot.

Friesen and her husband, Darrell can no longer afford to keep their Three Hills Tickle Trunk outlet open and the business running after income vanished after lockdowns banned everything from school plays to Halloween.

Some of Vickie’s creations

“We just can’t afford to stay in business. There’s no theatre, there’s no parades, there’s no parties,” Vicki told the Western Standard on Thursday.

“In 2019, we were busy every week of the year with rentals. 2019 was booming. It was fabulous.

“Once word of our business got around, we started having the same customers repeated over and over. I started to ask customers to ask me what costumes we didn’t have, it was just easier.

“Now, nothing.”

Vicki recalled she sent out costumes for shows last March, but after the lockdowns, the costumes were returned and customers wanted their money back.

“Everything came back. I sat by the phone, but it didn’t ring anymore,” said Vicki.

Roman centurion outfit

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”

The couple has made the heartbreaking decision they will have to sell all the costumes. A sale will be held at the store the next two Saturdays. A deal to sell their building should be signed next week.

All kid’s costumes will be sold for $10. Adult merchandise is 50% off, between $25 and $50 at their Three Hills store at 519 Main Street.

Need a storm trooper outfit? It will be there along with full ball gowns, Second World War uniforms and German lederhosen. Antique furniture is also on sale.

“They are all going for a song,” Vicki said, regret in her voice.

But some of the stuff they aren’t parting with includes all their Christmas outfits. The couple created a costumed “Christmas Convoy” through the town last year, and plan on repeating it, all over the province if asked.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus… really the Frieses

The couple did receive some federal COVID-19 aide which went to fixing a leak in the building, but not enough to even cover basic utilities.

Vickie proudly boast she has shipped her costumes all over the province: “From High Level to High Prairie.”

Tickle Trunk promo

She started sewing as a kid in Manitoba, creating costumes for theatre troupes and school plays. She also handmade graduation dresses for area high schoolers.

She stored her works of art in a 12×12 granary but it soon became full.

The Friesens and their two young children decided to move to Alberta and they set up shop in Three Hills, eventually buying a building in which to operate their business and store their dresses.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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