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WATCH: Alberta Mounties raid Whistlestop cafe, seize beer

In scenes not seen since the Prohibition, an RCMP officer packed up all the Whistlestop’s booze and carted it away.

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RCMP officers along with Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) inspectors have raided the Whistlestop Cafe – one of the first establishments in Alberta to defy the provincial COVID-19 lockdown order in January.

During a Friday morning raid, officers seized beer from the establishment in Mirror.

The AGLC had previously taken away their liquor licence.

In scenes looked like the prohibition era, an RCMP officer packed up all the Whistlestop’s beer without the owner’s consent and carted it away.

“We are interpreting the Act differently,” said owner Chris Scott to the RCMP officer.

“You are saying I’m guilty of not following the Liquor Act until I can prove myself innocent.”

Scott and the AGLC official argued over the situation and the official made it clear the order was coming from the top of his organization – vice president Dave Barry.

Scott said he sent a letter to AGLC officials more than a week ago outlining what actions he was going to take in relation to booze, but noted he hadn’t received a reply.

“I offered compliance,” said Scott.

The woman who was videotaping the incident told the officials they “haven’t sold any liquor since the licence was taken away. There are no ads for it.”

Undeterred, the RCMP officer packed up all the booze in a paper evidence bag.

Scott told the officer to keep it.

“I waive my right to have it returned to me. Once you remove it from the fridge it’s yours,” Scott said.

Scott and patrons then discussed ordering booze in and enjoying it outside the restaurant in a park.

“I’m just doing my job,” said the RCMP officer, as people muttered “Nuremberg” in the background.

After the officials left, Scott realized they had missed some booze in the back, so he collected it and ran it out to them while they were still in the parking lot.

Scott decided to defy provincial lockdown orders and restrictions introduced by the UCP government and opened his restaurant on Jan. 21. He said he has received overwhelming support, and daily visits from the Mounties.

Scott is the only gas station/cafe in the town of about 500, 50 km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s getting 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.

“It’s also a financial issue, my sister and I were just sitting back and watching our savings dwindle.”

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott, who could face a raft of penalties from fines, loss of his liquor licence and even jail.

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

More to come…

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. Steven Ruthven

    May 5, 2021 at 9:55 am

    AHS & the Premier are laser focused on – A church, a small business, the person. Why? Intimidation?

    I’ve never heard AHS or the Premier taking on the large corporate businesses concerning COVID-19. You know, the big box stores. How many checks have AHS done to ensure compliance of these establishments? Have any enforcement actions been taken? Is there a web page for enforcement action taken?

    Something is wrong at AHS. Why didn’t the Premier replace the NDP appointed Hinshaw? Alberta might be a different more free place now under a less socialists attitude.

    I see Mr. Kenney’s career dissipation light is blinking. Only 36 hours drive time to Ottawa Jason & I think many Albertans are hoping you head back East sooner then later.

  2. Baron Not Baron

    May 1, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Canadians are ballsless. Fact. You accept all the bullshit and more to come. You all deserve it, unless you change.

  3. Kevin

    May 1, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Just doing your job?? Your pension is more important than upholding the citizens charter rights in your own community? You took an oath.

  4. Bob

    April 30, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    We exist at the whims of government bureaucrats as there is no justice system anymore. If they say it is true then it must be true. If King Kenney of Nottingham wants to send thugs to steal your property then he just does it. What happens when there are no more tax dollars to pay these jerks, will they become pillagers and rapists, will debtors prison make a comeback, are we reverting to the Dark ages of history?

  5. John Lankers

    April 30, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Does nobody realize that many of the top bureaucrats in Alberta, incl. Dr. Hinshaw, have been appointed by no other than Rachel Notley. I’m betting my last donut she is still pulling the strings, ….. and even Premuer Jason Kenney is only a puppet in this game.

  6. Left Coast

    April 30, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Treating a town of 500 the same as Edmonton & Calgary is friggin insane . . .

    Health officials continually demonstrate their complete lack of wisdom and most have never met reality or Science. Almost 14 months after this Corona Virus hit and still the Govt doesn’t have a clue what it is doing . . . Politicians as a rule are some of the dumbest amongst us . . . they have learned almost nothing in the last year!

  7. Patricia Anderson

    April 30, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    They took the booze from the Whistle Stop? What’s next? The hymnals from Grace Life church?

  8. R3

    April 30, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Most Canadians are complacent, gullible and unwilling to stand up to this tyranny.
    Does anyone know if there is a protest planned for Monday at Hinshaw’s office on Jasper Av and 100 St?

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Civil service mag promotes immunization passports

Any mandatory scheme would see Canadians required to carry proof of vaccination to eat at a restaurant, visit a shopping mall or go to a baseball game, said the magazine.

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A magazine for Canadian public service managers says the country must introduce vaccine passports, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The immunity of the population is detrimental for the safe reopening of the economy and various jurisdictions across the world are exploring the idea of immunity certificates as an enabler,” said a commentary in Canadian Government Executive, a periodical published for federal public service managers.

“After a rigorous analysis of the issue of immunity certificates, this article concludes the necessity of immunity certificates in Canada as a key enabler for the safe reopening of the society and economy in a post-Covid world.”

Any mandatory scheme would see Canadians required to carry proof of vaccination to eat at a restaurant, visit a shopping mall or go to a baseball game, said the magazine.

“They can also be used to promote economic activities such as workplace safety, tourism etcetera,” said the periodical.

The magazine acknowledged Canadians were divided on the issue and numerous foreign jurisdictions have banned vaccine passports.

“It is important to note in the United States several states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona etcetera have either banned or prevented the mandatory use,” said the commentary.

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien in a May 19 statement said vaccine passports breached the Privacy Act since they compelled users and non-users alike to disclose personal health information to access public facilities.

“There must be clear legal authority for introducing use of vaccine passports,” said Therrien, adding Parliament would require “a newly enacted public health order or law” before any mandatory scheme could be introduced.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a January 14 podcast called it a divisive issue.

“I think the indications that the vast majority of Canadians are looking to get vaccinated will get us to a good place without having to take more extreme measures that could have real divisive impacts on community and country,” said Trudeau.

“I think it’s an interesting idea but I think it is also fraught with challenges. We are certainly encouraging and motivating people to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. We always know there are people who won’t get vaccinated, and not necessarily through a personal or political choice.

“There are medical reasons. There are a broad range of reasons why someone might not get vaccinated. I’m worried about creating undesirable effects in our community.”

Federal research shows about 12% of Canadians would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine under any circumstances. A total of 26% said they did not trust the Public Health Agency, according to the Statistics Canada report.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Canada Post to make bank on lending operations

The union said loans would be issued in a test project at post offices in Halifax and Bridgewater, N.S. and surrounding rural areas, as well as Calgary and Red Deer by year’s end.

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“A roll of stamps and $30,000 please.”

That will soon be possible as, for the first time in 53 years, Albertans will be able to go to the post office for a loan.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Canada Post on Thursday confirmed outlets in Alberta and Nova Scotia will broker cash loans for the Toronto Dominion Bank.

“The market test goal is to offer the new financial service in over 249 Canada Post locations before the end of 2021,” the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said in a statement.

Post offices would offer Toronto Dominion loans of $1,000 to $30,000 at “competitive rates.”

Post offices currently sell money orders, gift cards and process electronic cash transfers but disbanded deposit-taking postal banks in 1968.

The union said loans would be issued in a test project at post offices in Halifax and Bridgewater, N.S. and surrounding rural areas, as well as Calgary and Red Deer by year’s end.

“CUPW continues to support the creation of an independent postal bank despite our current partnership with Toronto Dominion Bank,” said the union.

“Partnering with a financial institution does not put an end to the goal of an independent postal bank.”

Parliament in an 1867 Postal Act allowed post offices to hold cash deposits and offer cheque-cashing services. Postal banks at their peak in 1908 held the equivalent of a billion dollars on deposit.

A 2016 Department of Public Works survey found 39% of small business owners nationwide, and 44% on the Prairies, said they would use Canada Post banking services if offered.

The department paid $142,137 for the study by Ekos Research Associates Inc.

“I think Canada Post is very open to increased financial services, not necessarily ‘postal banking’,” Brenda McAuley, national president of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association, said in an earlier interview.

“I think the word ‘banking’ scares a lot of people. The banks don’t think it is necessary.

“There are islands in British Columbia where people have to take a ferry to get to a bank. We will look at pilot projects. I’ve got quite a few places on my radar.”

Canada Post in its 2020 Annual Report said it was “reinventing our retail model” at 6,084 post offices nationwide, including “assessing new financial services and options” mainly in rural Canada.

“Our vast retail network of post offices and dealer outlets across the country provides convenient locations and services with many of them offering evening and weekend hours to meet the changing needs of Canadians,” wrote management.

Jessica McDonald, then-chair of the Canada Post board, in 2018 testimony at the Commons government operations committee said the Crown corporation was “very open-minded” on resuming postal bank services.

“Postal banking has been under a tremendous amount of discussion and continues to be,” said McDonald.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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Vancouver’s Stanley Park shut down at night because of fire threat

“The closure is being activated in an effort to reduce the fire risk to the park, which is extreme due to the current drought conditions and sustained heat events.”

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The risk of fire is so extreme in Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park, officials are to start closing it on a nightly basis.

“The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation will be temporarily closing all non-essential access to Stanley Park between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am beginning tonight,” said the board in a Friday statement.

“The closure is being activated in an effort to reduce the fire risk to the park, which is extreme due to the current drought conditions and sustained heat events.”

The board said park rangers will set up temporary overnight access control points at five locations.

“The current conditions in Stanley Park are extreme right now and given the size of the park, the risk of a fire breaking out overnight when fewer people may notice it or report it presents a significant threat to the wellbeing of the park, its trees, wildlife, and everyone who relies on the park and its ongoing health,” said Amit Gandha, Director of Park Operations.

“We have been in close contact with our partners at Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services as well as the Vancouver Police Department and they fully support this proactive measure to reduce the risk of a catastrophic fire in the park.”

Vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and anyone who does not require access to the park will be turned around at access control points. 

Anyone requiring entry into the park during the closure, including the #19 bus, emergency services, patrons, and staff of park businesses, will be permitted to enter through the control points. Individuals who remain in the park after the closure begins will have unrestricted access to leave the park through the control points, said the board.

The access control points will be positioned at the following locations:

  • Traffic circle off Georgia St
  • The corner of Barclay and Park Lane
  • The corner of Beach Ave and Park Lane
  • The south exit of the Stanley Park Causeway
  • The north exit of the Stanley Park Causeway

The Causeway will remain open but access to the seawall will be closed.

The temporary closure will be in effect seven days a week beginning Friday, July 30 and will extend indefinitely until the fire risk has been significantly reduced.

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s largest urban park, with more than 400 hectares of naturalized West Coast forest. The park has approximately half a million trees – mostly cedar, fir, and hemlock – some of which are hundreds of years old.

Hundreds of wildfires are currently burning across BC.

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

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