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Celebrity protester calls for more COVID lockdown resistance at Regina rally

“I went to Calgary and I saw the fighting spirit of Canada. The beauty industry in Calgary taught me probably the most valuable lesson of this lockdown,” Sky said.

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Hundreds of anti-COVID-19 lockdown protestors rallied in Regina as activist Chris Sky called for more grassroots resistance against the measures.

On Saturday, Sky stood at the war memorial in the middle of Victoria Park, opening his speech with: “So apparently Scott Moe said I’m not welcome in Regina or Saskatchewan. What do you think — am I welcome here?” Sky said to a chorus of cheers. 

“Mr. Moe, are you listening?… We’re claiming our right as free people to gather and we’re expressing our free speech. It’s about time we started taking the rest of our rights. The right to open our businesses and to make a living for our families. This is not just a Canadian value, this is an essential component of life in general.”

Days prior, Moe had said Sky, whose real name is Chris Saccoccia, should stay home.

“I don’t think this is any time for someone to be travelling halfway across the country to come in and to advocate for Saskatchewan people to be not wearing masks, not following public health orders, and doing it in an area where we have just had the very first few cases of … a bit more of a challenging virus,” Moe said.

Regardless, Sky brought his “freedom convoy” to the town of Maple Creek before arriving in Regina. By the time he addressed the Queen City audience, some had been waiting for five hours. He was dressed for as warm a welcome as possible on the chilly evening, wearing a Darian Durant Roughriders jersey.

“Cases doesn’t mean anything and 99% of the people don’t end up in a hospital or don’t end up dead. The average age of a COVID death in Canada is in their 80s. Meanwhile, we have an epidemic of overdose. We have an epidemic of other kinds of diseases that are all part of social disruption. And we have people missing surgeries for cancers and heart attacks. Meanwhile, all we’re focusing on is cases, cases. What about jobs lost? What about businesses closed – oh don’t worry. They have universal basic income ready for that,” Sky said to a chorus of boos.

“Would you guys rather be able to run your own business, be independent, pay your own bills, or do you want to be dependent on the government?”

Sky’s freedom convoy began in Vancouver April 22 and ends Monday.

“I went to Calgary and I saw the fighting spirit of Canada. The beauty industry in Calgary taught me probably the most valuable lesson of this lockdown,” Sky said. 

“The first time around, the beauty industry in Calgary fought tooth and nail to avoid those lockdowns. So guess what happened this time around? All of a sudden, the beauty industry was declared essential. Why? Is it because all of a sudden hair and nails became a vital part of human existence? That’s right – because they fought back, they stood their ground.”

Sky spoke emphatically and without notes. He said the government response was more about control than public safety.

“It’s complete war, right? The people in Alberta understand it right away. The people in Vancouver understood it. The people in Kelowna didn’t really understand. They have it so easy over there. The only police presence we even saw at the event was two guys on bikes with no masks came by and said, ‘We’re here to make sure you’re safe and be sure you can fight for our freedoms.’ The rest of the country, even in Ontario, now they’re realizing we’re in a fight.”

Sky stood in the same park where Regina council recently removed the statue of John A. MacDonald at the behest of indigenous protestors.

“Look what they did to me. How do you put someone on a no fly list, which designates me as a terrorist? Did I come here to blow up this statue or did I come here to tell Canadians that you have rights and you should be free?” said Sky.

“We have real world examples like Florida and Texas that show lockdowns not only don’t help, but in fact, they probably hurt. We can’t allow it to call us anti-science, we can’t allow them to call us conspiracy theorists, we can’t allow them to call us anti-maskers or any other derogatory terms. That negates from the fact these lockdowns are causing far more destruction to individual Canadians’ lives than COVID could have ever dreamed of.”

In his 40-minute speech, Sky said Canadians starting to see that governments are not on their side.

“People are starting to realize the government is actually trying to hurt me. Oh my God, they’re not my best friend. They’re not here to look after me cradle to grave. They’re actually doing things that are against my own best interest. This is finally dawning on people. And that’s what the government is truly afraid of. And that’s why this movement is so successful because it’s organic, and it’s truthful, and it applies to everyone.”

Lee Trudgeon drove an hour from Caronport, Sask, to bring his wife and two of his children to the rally attended by about 300 people.

“I’m here for two major reasons. One is to see Chris Sky. He’s a great personality, I want to see him in real life, see what he has to say. The other is, as a society, we need to come to a point where we say no more of this. No more of these lockdowns,” Trudgeon said.

“The only way this ends is when we as a society, we say no more. And this is part of it. … this is why we have to be committed to this one. We need our freedoms. We need them back.”

Trudgeon’s wife, Holly, joined a group that stormed into the mall.

“We had a massive group of people all go together in solidarity to the mall without masks and we all stormed the mall and ran to the bathroom and ran back out. It was great,” she said.

Sonya Wiebe drove five hours from Lloydminster to attend.

“I like to go to one every maybe every month or even every six weeks, because the energy I feel from the people there actually strengthens me. And I feel like when we’re all together here like this, I feel like this collective energy actually has a huge ripple effect,” Wiebe said.

Lee Harding is a Western Standard correspondent 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.

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  1. Left Coast

    April 27, 2021 at 8:54 am

    What have we learned after a year of this nonsense?

    MASKS are Useless . . . “According to the current knowledge, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has a diameter of 60 nm to 140 nm [nanometers (billionth of a meter)] [16], [17], while medical and non-medical facemasks’ thread diameter ranges from 55 µm to 440 µm [micrometers (one millionth of a meter), which is more than 1000 times larger [25]. Due to the difference in sizes between SARS-CoV-2 diameter and facemasks thread diameter (the virus is 1000 times smaller), SARS-CoV-2 can easily pass through any facemask
    In other words, the virus can just seep right through these absurd masks we are all wearing, and the masks can’t stop it.”

    But is is a sign that YOU Comply to your masters . . . Lockdowns & Masks actually increase the spread, almost all cases are transmitted INDOORS.

    PCR Test which creates the Fake Cases . . . “Cases” used to be sick folks, not any more. Cases are now the result of a PCR Test, a Forensic Tool that amplifies material more and more the longer it is spinning. The Nobel Prize winning Scientist who invented the process emphatically declared “IT is NOT a diagnostic tool” . . . but works great to keep the uninformed living in FEAR ! The number of “Cases” that actually turn into Sick Folks is so low no one will even talk about it !

    We knew last May . . . a year ago . . . that the under 60 population had a 99.9% survival rate and the under 18 population it was 99.998% . . .

    This has all been Kabuki Theatre by out inept Provincial Govts . . . places like Sweden, Florida, Texas, South Dakota & others today are NORMAL. Disneyland in Florida has been open for many months . . .

    Two Recent Studies to read . . .

    MIT . . . If we go down the list, the experts have been wrong on just about everything. Contracting this virus via surfaces, masks, testing, reopening schools—you name it. They have tried to scare us into submission over a virus with a 90+ percent survivability rate, plus three vaccines. This fear circus was never going to last.

    The risk of being exposed to Covid-19 indoors is as great at 60 feet as it is at 6 feet — even when wearing a mask, according to a new study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers who challenge social distancing guidelines adopted across the world.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/04/25/the-covid-panic-mafias-mask-fetish-just-went-up-in-flames-mit-researchers-torch-n2588497?

    Stanford Study that Found Masks are Useless Against COVID
    Stanford University quietly published a study that found that paper masks don’t help at all to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.

    By:Warner Todd Huston, Flag and Cross, April 19, 2021:

    Stanford University quietly published a study that found that paper masks don’t help at all to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. And leftist outlets such as Twitter are working hard to hide the study from the American people.

    The study was posted on the the National Center for Biological Information government website.

  2. Barbara

    April 26, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Kenny has to go….Now

    Phone, email, text your MLAs and tell them to join the 17 MLAs or they will lose their seat.
    We need a new leader with a BACKBONE.
    If we don’t Notely will win and will be OUR fault.

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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.

Karstens-Smith

“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
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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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