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Kenney finally responds to top doc’s letter blasting his pandemic plans

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Premier Kenney has finally answered criticism from one of Alberta’s top doctor’s over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis – three months after the letter was penned.

Dr. Dennis Modry, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACCP, FACS is one of Alberta’s top heart surgeons – who performed the province’s first heart transplant in 1985 – and gained world-wide attention in December after the Western Standard published his open letter to Kenney – a man whom he considers a long-time friend.

The letter went viral and has now been read hundreds of thousands of times around the world.

Modry said he has thoroughly researched the most recent medical studies from around the world that show lockdowns don’t work, and that any lockdown must come at the very beginning when the virus has only been detected in one or two areas.

The retired surgeon said he agrees with the Great Barrington Declaration – now signed by more than 50,000 medical experts around the world – that calls on governments to get society back to normal and then take steps to protect vulnerable groups like the elderly.

Kenney tweeted Monday night at Modry was wrong.

“Dr. Dennis Modry wrote me an open letter posing several questions on Covid-19 policy & calling for an end to all public health measures,” said Kenney.

 “While I appreciate an ongoing debate on pandemic policy, it must be based on facts.”

In his letter to Modry, he calls the doctor’s evidence “incomplete.

“While we have resisted imposing unnecessary restrictions on Albertans the exponential growth of COVID-19 hospitalizations we experienced last fall represented a significant threat to the capacity of our health care system,” Kenney wrote.

“The situation required more stringent health measures to preserve access to the health care services Albertans rely on.”

Kenney also said Modry’s claims the health care system was no where near full was “demonstrably false.”

The Western Standard recently ran a story that showed ICU admissions in Alberta hospitals last year were down almost across the board from 2019.

In total in 2020, there were 22,409 patients put into ICU care.

That is down significantly from the 24,010 number of people in 2019.

You can read Modry’s letter to Kenney HERE.

You can read Kenney’s letter to Modry HERE.

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. Left Coast

    March 21, 2021 at 10:05 am

    In spite of watching the success in Florida, South Dakota & Texas . . . Alberta’s Premier choose to follow the lead of places like New York, California & China.
    Locking down healthy people to save them from a virus that according to the CDC has a .04% chance of survival to anyone under 55 is patently insane.
    Instead of looking after the Elderly, those with health issues that we know are prone to be infected . . . our fearless low intellect leaders destroyed economies, destroyed Lives, and according to some actually created more deaths from missed hospital procedures, suicides and drug issues.

    On what planet does the Premier decide it is safe to wander through Costco, WallyMart or Safeway and handle thousands of items with 100s of your neighbors . . . but it is too Dangerous to sit in a Church 6 ft apart?

    In Florida today you can go to Disneyland, a NASCAR Race or any restaurant or gym . . . are Canadian leaders too stupid to run things today? I suspect YES . . .

    In BC there are fewer than 2 people per Hospital with the Wuhan Flu . . . yet their resident Dr. NO wants to keep the insanity going . . .

    Time for Canadians to take their Freedom Back . . .

  2. Chris

    March 19, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Kenney is done, vote Wildrose Independence

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

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An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.

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“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.

“THIS IS WHY WE NEED PRIDE MONTH.”

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.

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Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

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

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

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The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results.

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

“I think it is important that we adhere to the public health advice that we are all getting, that we do our part as Canadians to try and protect our health care system,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu earlier told reporters.

Records show a total 988 air passengers were each ticketed $3,000 for “refusing to go to government-approved accommodation” on arrival in Canada. The majority of tickets, 621, were issued at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport followed by Vancouver (194 tickets) and Montréal (173).

Cabinet on January 7 passed an order requiring all air travelers to prove they were COVID-19-free with tests taken a maximum 72 hours prior to arrival. An identical order for cross-border drivers was invoked February 22.

The Canada Border Services Agency found 62 travelers with fake tests, said the report, and four were each ticketed $3,000.

Another 9,003 travelers were cited for not having proof of a valid test, including 4,583 drivers and 4,420 air passengers.

“This would include individuals who did not test at all, who were in possession of tests outside the required 72-hour time frame, tests that did not originate from the required country of origin, tests that are suspected fraudulent and other reasons,” wrote staff.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the enforcement.

“Cancel your vacation plans,” Blair told reporters February 12.

“Stay home. Respect the rules. We believe that through these effective measures, appropriate screening and the testing measures in particular that we have put in place coupled with robust and enforced quarantine orders, it is the best way to prevent variants from spreading across our borders into Canada.”

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

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