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Kenney puts even harsher lockdown rules on province, curfews possible

Kenney announced current lockdown measures haven’t been strong enough to bend the curve as a third COVID-19 wave – this time with variants – rolls through the province.




Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has launched yet another COVID-19 crackdown which includes possible curfews and increased enforcement of people at outdoor patios to make sure they are from the same family unit.

Kenney announced current lockdown measures haven’t been strong enough to bend the curve as a third COVID-19 wave – this time with variants – rolls through the province now affecting a record 21,000 people.

The province will now be divided into hotspots – areas with 350 cases per 100,000 people.

Those hotspots are:

• Fort McMurray
• Red Deer
• Grande Prairie
• Calgary
• Airdrie
• Strathcona County
• Lethbridge
• Edmonton

Municipalities with those figures or higher can request to bring in a curfew if they wish. The government will implement a curfew where case rates are significantly high, specifically case rates above 1,000 per 100,000, and if a municipality or region requests it. Details will be announced prior to any curfew being implemented.

Junior and senior high schools in the hotspot areas will move to home learning. K-6 students will continue in-classroom learning unless otherwise approved by Alberta Education to shift to online-learning.

All gyms and indoor fitness activities are now cancelled. Outdoor fitness activities may continue under provincewide restrictions currently in place, including individual or household one-on-one training with a trainer.

All youth and adult indoor group physical activities, including team sports and one-on-one training sessions, are prohibited.

And Kenney said authorities will launch a crackdown on outdoor dining areas. Six people from the same household are allowed to dine together on patios. Kenney said AHS inspectors and police will be clamping down on people to make sure they are from from the same family.

And Kenney said those who are fined during the pandemic will not be able to access registry services until the fine is paid.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province identified a whopping 2,048 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. The province identified 1,300 variants in that total and there is a 10.1% positivity rate. There were also three more deaths.

Kenney said there are currently 632 people in hospital in the province, including 151 in ICU, both of them pandemic highs.

“Albertans have to step up to the plate in the next two weeks,” said Kenney.

For the first time Kenney, urged people to “stay home.”

He call variants “our new opponent” and added the new restrictions “underscore the gravity of the situation.”

Kenney noted only 5% of cases have been found to come from the workplace, with the rest being caught in social situations.

The new measures will be in place at least two weeks. If, after two weeks, the case rate falls below the threshold of 350 cases per 100,000 people, these targeted measures will be removed and only current provincewide restrictions will apply. Even if a community falls below the 350 case threshold, the restrictions will remain in place for two weeks.

“We have no choice but to implement these targeted measures to slow growth and bend the curve and protect our health system over the next few weeks.

“These measures are layered on top of Alberta’s robust public health restrictions and will buy a little more time for our vaccination program to protect more Albertans and win the race against the variants. We must respond with a firm stand against COVID-19 now so that we can enjoy a great Alberta summer.”

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said: “The highly transmissible variants of concern are a game-changer and in turn, we have to change our approach to be successful. No one person or community is to blame, but the evidence is showing that certain areas are experiencing significantly higher spread. To get cases in these municipalities under control, we must take additional action. By following these new restrictions and ramping up our vaccination program, we will be successful in winning this fight.”

Hinshaw said: “I know Albertans, even those who have faithfully followed the health guidance and worked to keep not only themselves but their fellow citizens safe, are tired. But if we can muster the strength to make it through these next few weeks, we will allow our vaccination program a chance to protect more Albertans, and in end, we will get COVID-19 under control in Alberta.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Editor 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

    May 1, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Where do folks catch the Virus?
    INDOORS . . . so Kenny wants everyone to lock down indoors . . . insane!

    350 “Cases”? Are these the result of PCR Tests?
    If they are they are FAKE . . . they are NOT sick people . . . thinking folks knew this a year ago.

    Disneyland opened in California yesterday . . . Alberta stumbling in the dark thanks to inept leadership . . .

  2. Barbara

    April 30, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Kenny’s doing this to try and force into taking the vaccine but he doesn’t talk about this.

  3. Robert Sterzik

    April 30, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Australia, 26 million population, less than 1000 deaths, no Covid, fully open.
    Canada, 38 million population, more than 22,000 deaths, locking down hard.
    WHY? Where is there a decent investigation as to what they did and are doing right, and we did and are doing wrong?
    By extrapolation, 20,000 more people died than otherwise would have if Canada did what Australia did. Truly, Western Standard, tell us why. You won’t find answers with search engines.

  4. Joc2257

    April 30, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Communism, fascism, totalitarianism call it what you like this country is sliding into a dictatorship just like what was discussed at the last World Economic Forum.
    Once they, THEY meaning the government leaders and their NWO masters, have nearly destroyed private businesses and peoples bank accounts, they will institute the next faze of the Great Reset. That will be a world financial collapse, they figure if they can totally destroy peoples lives with bankruptcy, all debts will start to be called, forcing people to except the Universal Income of $2000, remember their slogan ” You will own nothing and will be happy”
    Anyone else what Mr. Kenney talked about when he was called before the Bilderberg Group when he was the federal Immigration Minster. He was brought before the permanent members twice that Danial Estulun, the Canadian journalist, knows of. He has done an excellent investigative report on this group and still is working to expose their intentions to the world. All the same people are involved in this group that sit on the WEF board of directors.

  5. Baron Not Baron

    April 30, 2021 at 8:03 am

    The people are damn tired and bored of this imbecile. #KriminalKoruptKenney

  6. Baron Not Baron

    April 30, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Yes, I can also say Kenney is a stinky communist.

  7. Joc2257

    April 30, 2021 at 7:46 am

    What a bunch of bullshit. The commenter of the first post hit tit right on the button, the out breaks are due from the bloody vaccines itself. If it wasn’t the government would be trumpeting the success of these vacs

  8. westofsask@hotmail.com

    April 30, 2021 at 6:16 am

    Variants my a$$! I guarantee at least half were vaccinated, just as predicted by doctors and scientists not corrupted by the system. Canada is under attack by its own government and it will only get worse. Look at Germany, Denmark, Israel. These countries are police states now!

  9. Aaron

    April 30, 2021 at 1:42 am

    “The next few weeks…” …Like the next 52??

  10. Ramona Hart

    April 29, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Can you say communism?

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Third pastor arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID lockdowns

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon.




A Calgary baptist preacher has become the third religious leader arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID-19 regulations over church attendance.

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon. He had been the subject of repeated warnings from Alberta Health Services for having too many people at his services.

Earlier this month, on the church’s website, Stephens vowed to contiue services.

“Our actions are borne out of theological commitments to the Lordship of Christ and his instruction to the church as revealed in Scripture,” wrote Stephens.

“This, above all, is the reason why we have been gathering and will continue to gather … the consequences may be severe. But we stand before Christ rather than bend before consequences.”

Pastor James Coates, of the GraceLife Church, outside Edmonton, spent a month in jail after he was arrested by the RCMP for breaking lockdown regulations repeatedly. His case is still before the courts.

Last week, Pastor Art Pawlowski was arrested in Calgary for continuing to flout the regulations at his street chruch.

Calgary police at the AHS issued a joint statement saying Stephens was “arrested this afternoon for organizing a church service that was held today at Fairview Baptist Church, located at 230 78 Ave. S.E., that did not comply with public health orders, including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits. Police did not enter the church during today’s service.

“CPS has received repeated calls from concerned citizens regarding church services held at Fairview Baptist Church over the past several weeks. Last weekend, Pastor Stephens was proactively served a copy of the Court of Queen’s Bench Order obtained by AHS,” the statement said.

“The pastor acknowledged the injunction, but chose to move forward with today’s service, ignoring requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees.

“For several weeks, AHS has attempted to work collaboratively with leadership at Fairview Baptist Church to address the ongoing public health concerns at the site. It is only when significant risk is identified or continued non-compliance is noted that AHS resorts to enforcement action.

“Once again, CPS acknowledges it is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we are still in a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?




RE: Hinshaw grants approval for high school rodeos

Dr. Hinshaw approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is making me mad. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought Hinshaw wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed!! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then, Dr. Hinshaw. What a bully.

It’s a real kick by Hinshaw, at the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains, while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so-called circuit breaker lockdown.

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

Steven Ruthven
Calgary, AB

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Opposition calls for crackdown on animal activists

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.





A coalition of federal Conservatives, NDP and Bloc MPs want to increase punishment for animal rights activists trespassing on farms, because they might make the animals sick.

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

Chief Veterinary Officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there are no proven instances of an animal rights activists spreading a disease to animals while protesting at a farm.

“To our knowledge, there are not many documented cases from trespassing or from people having demonstrations. The one that I heard is the one in Quebec, but I’m not actually sure if there is evidence of transmission from the activists to the pigs. So in the scientific literature, we have not seen much evidence of transmission of disease from these activities,” said Dr. Jaspinder Komal, to the agriculture committee earlier this month.

The one instance Komal mentioned was an allegation made by Porgreg, a pig breeding facility in Saint Hyacinthe, Que.

The activists involved in that protest, members of the group Direct Action Everywhere, are charged under the Criminal Code with breaking and entering and mischief. Whether or not they gave pigs rotavirus is a matter before the court.

Rotaviruses are common amongst pig herds and typically are transmitted from pig to pig, via the fecal-oral route.

If a human were to spread a novel rotavirus to a pig it would be in a similar fashion.

When asked if she or any of her associates pooped in the barn, activist Jenny McQueen said, “No.”

Komal said the CFIA does not police activists.

“The CFIA enforces the Health of Animals Act and regulations which address disease and biological, chemical, physical agents that may affect animals or be transmitted to persons and in the same way to protect animals from these risks…CFIA inspectors are public officers they are not peace officers… In contrast, peace officers are generally police officers, their powers include the ability to detain or arrest individuals. Peace officers may also be armed where public officers such as inspectors are not,” he said.

There are several new provincial laws that seek to lay blame for disease outbreaks in farmed animals on activists.

The Canadian Biosecurity Guideline lists an intentional act of contaminating animals with a disease is considered a possible threat of bioterrorism.

Gregory is a Vancouver-based freelance reporter

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