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Armed checkpoints appear along Ontario-Manitoba border

Police officers also blocking highway from Quebec.

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Without the snow and pine trees, drivers could be mistaken for believing it to be the Texas-Mexico border.

An Ontario Provincial Police tactical command vehicle has been spotted setting up along a highway from Manitoba into the province.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Friday authorities would start manning the borders at 12:01 a.m. Monday making sure only essential travellers are getting into the province.

Sunday night, pictures started to appear on social media of what appeared to be an OPP command vehicle setting up shop on an Ontario highway at the Manitoba border.

“Should an individual not have a valid reason to enter Ontario, they will be turned back,” said Ontario’s Solicitor General Sylvia Jones during a news conference Friday.

“Why are you coming into Ontario at this time? Is it necessary for medical, personal or work reasons? If it’s not, respectfully, you need to turn away until we deal with the variants, and until we get sufficient vaccines to make sure that our citizens are protected.”

Failing to comply with the Ontario restrictions could result in a fine of at least $750. 

On Monday morning, a police check point appeared on the Champlain bridge stopping traffic headed into Ontario from Quebec.

Police check point on Monday. Courtesy Graham Richardson, CTV

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) believes that inter-provincial limitations on the mobility of citizens is a direct violation of mobility rights under the constitution.

The police-turned-border guards are a part new draconian set of measures announced by Ontario Premier Doug Ford to try combat a spike in reported COVID-19 cases.

On Thursday, Ford announced that the current stay-at-home/house arrest order would be extended another six weeks and border crossings in the province will be controlled at Manitoba and Quebec.

Ford also pleaded with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring in stronger security and health testing at Ontario airports.

He announced outdoor playgrounds and recreation facilities will be closed and outdoor activities will be limited to only one household. Non-essential construction will be stopped.

Police officers in Ontario were be given the power to stop anyone in the public domain and demand identification and the reason why that person isn’t at home.

Officials could also go into offices to look for non-essential workers who aren’t staying home.

Ford’s announcement drew an immediate backlash from police departments across the province who vowed not to follow his Draconian regulations.

The next day, the government backtarcked on the police powers and also let playgrounds stay open.

“I’ve never shied away from telling you the brutal, honest truth,” Ford told a twice-delayed Friday afternoon press conference.

“We’re losing the battle between the variants and vaccines … We’re on our heels.” 

Provincial modelling shows, even doing 100,000 vaccines a day, Ontario could see more than 10,000 cases per day by the end of May.

Lawyers for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said they would take the weekend to study the harsh lockdown orders before deciding their next move.

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  1. K Snyder

    April 18, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Seriously? Tipped into absolute insanity now. Still basing insane decisions on models? I guess you just can’t fix stupid – nor the people who blindly follow along.

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Lawyer blasts Alberta sports facilities for vaccine passport policies

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

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Lawyer Derek From has sent a stern warning to sport facility operators Monday saying they are breaching the law by requiring parents and kids 12 and over to show their vaccine status.

A constitutional lawyer for 10 years with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, From is now in private practice at an Airdrie law firm.

From was retained by a group of parents who have kids enrolled in youth sports programs in Calgary and the surrounding area.

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

REP allows businesses to either choose to operate as usual if they implement a vaccine passport program or limit their attendance to one-third of their fire code capacity and abide by a number of other public health restrictions.

“Youth sports are supposed to be out of scope for these mandates according to the latest public health order,” From said in an interview with the Western Standard.

Last Thursday, public health order #43-2021 was rescinded due to “bad faith behaviour on the part of businesses offering youth activities and rogue municipal governments seeking to increase and stiffen the restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta,” From states in the letter.

In its place, order #45-2021 was enacted making it clear that youth activities are out of the scope of REP.  

“This means that facilities that house youth sports are not allowed to use (vaccine) passports. They have to opt out of the passport program,” From said.

However, Calgary city council passed a bylaw that came into effect September 23 forcing businesses eligible for the REP to participate without choice including recreation facilities.

Calgary bylaw 65M2021 says “any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and either proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical exemption from vaccine letter.”

“With (Mayor Naheed) Nenshi running interference on this issue, a lot of people were turned away from a number of facilities over the weekend,” From said.

“Essentially, they (city council) have left no one any choice in the municipality of Calgary including hockey rinks, even though it falls out of scope according to the province. Now a bunch of other surrounding communities are falling in line.”  

The legal letter demands these facilities stop enforcing any REP-related restrictions associated with youth physical, performance or recreational activities, and begin to follow the clear direction set out by the Alberta government regarding what falls in and out of scope for the REP.

“Youth physical activity, performance activity and recreational activity, where all participants are under the age of 18” is listed as outside of the purview of REP. This means that REP is not available for implementation in association with such activities,” the letter states.

“Thousands of parents are ready to have this fight for their kids across the province,” From said.

“If the letters aren’t enough to change the course for these facilities, we will start suing rinks and even the city (Calgary).”

From said he was sending the letter to Nenshi and Calgary council Monday.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: Pawlowski arrested at Calgary airport

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

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Controversial Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski is back behind bars again.

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

He had been out of the country for four months.

Details on why he was taken into custody haven’t been revealed.

Pawlowski has been repeatedly ticketed and jailed for breaking provincial COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

He has recently been on a speaking tour in the US.

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Norway goes back to life as usual before COVID

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-related domestic restrictions.

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Norway lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions this weekend in an effort to return to normal.

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” said Erna Solberg, Norways’s prime minister at a press conference.

Neither vaccination status nor a negative test result was required for citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants which saw throngs of people heading to their favourite hangouts en masse.

Saturday marked the first time capacity limits were lifted in bars and restaurants in more than 500 days. Revellers young and old took to the streets with rowdy celebrations.

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a small but growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-19-related domestic restrictions. Sports venues, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be permitted to return to full capacity and will no longer require social distancing or masking.

According to the Institute of Public Health, Norwegian vaccination rates sit around 76% for one dose and 67% are considered fully vaccinated.

Solberg still encouraged citizens to get vaccinated and said those who contract COVID-19 will still be required to self-isolate to avoid transmission.

“Even though everyday life is now back to normal for most people, the pandemic is not over,” Solberg said.

Although some restrictions will remain in place for those arriving in Norway from countries with higher rates of infection, travel restrictions will also be lifted, the government said.

“In short, we can now live as normal,” Solberg said.

Denmark was the first country in the European Union (EU) to lift all corona virus restrictions on September 10.

“The vaccines and the great efforts of all of Denmark’s citizens over such a long period are the foundation for why we are going strong,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter just before the country opened up.

After seeing nearly three-quarters of adults fully vaccinated and experiencing low rates of infection and death in August, the Danish Health Authority declared the virus is “no longer a critical threat to society.”

Britain lifted much of its COVID-19-related restrictions over the summer.

As of September 23, more than 48 million people in the UK have received their fist does – 89% of those over 16 years old. A total 82% of the population or 44 million people 16 and older have been double jabbed.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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