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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

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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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CLEMENT: No reason to toast federal tax on non-alcoholic beer

Across the board, we should expect better from Ottawa, and the tax on non-alcoholic beer is yet another example of where they’ve gotten it wrong.

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Sin-taxes, across all sectors, are fairly excessive in Canada. At almost every turn the government sinks its tax teeth into the process of you purchasing the products you like. This is true for cannabis products, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, gas, and annoyingly so, non-alcoholic beer. Yes, non-alcoholic beer in Canada is not exempt from federal excise taxes.

You read that right. The federal government also extends its sin-tax regime for non-alcoholic beer, at a rate of $2.82/hectolitre.

The application of excise taxes for non-alcoholic beer is problematic for a variety of reasons. The first, and most glaring, is that it is hypocritical given that the federal government has exempted non-alcoholic wine and spirits from the excise tax. Why apply it for beer, but not wine and spirits? Obviously, a more consistent approach would be to simply exempt all non-alcoholic beverages from the excise tax, because the purpose of the sin tax is to recover alcohol-related healthcare costs. That said, there are no alcohol-related healthcare costs at all from non-alcoholic beer, which immediately shows the lunacy of sin-taxing these products.

In addition to correcting hypocrisy, removing the excise tax for non-alcoholic beer would put federal policy in line with how the provinces treat these products. Provincial regulators, including Alberta, don’t require non-alcoholic beverages to be sold at licensed alcohol retail outlets, because they’ve accepted the obvious that these products don’t have alcohol in them and thus shouldn’t be strictly regulated. That is why in Alberta these products are often sold alongside carbonated water and pop. Removing the excise tax would be the federal government following the lead of the provinces in treating non-alcoholic beer differently than beer, because they are in fact different.

On the industry side, the federal excise tax acts as a barrier for product development in Canada, mostly because other beer producing jurisdictions (US,EU,UK) don’t tax non-alcoholic beer. Because of this the domestic industry in those jurisdictions has flourished, offering consumers more choice and at better prices. Their sane tax policy, coupled with increased consumer demand, is in large part why the non-alcoholic beer market is expected to grow to over $4 billion by 2025. These drinks aren’t just for hipsters, designated drivers and pregnant women anymore.

Lastly, and most importantly, is how non-alcoholic beer is yet another example of new products reducing harm for consumers. And while I don’t personally enjoy these drinks, I can see why someone would still want to enjoy a beer with their friends, or at a bar, without the alcohol that comes along with it.

From a harm reduction perspective, it makes perfect sense to have different tax strategies for products that vary in risk. The Trudeau government, at times, has championed harm reduction for illegal drugs but appears to have a blind spot when it comes to legal substances. This is an uncomfortable trend from Ottawa that is perfectly exemplified by the excise tax on non-alcoholic beer. Ottawa has kept the excise tax system for non-smokable THC cannabis products, like edibles and beverages, despite the fact they are significantly less harmful. They’ve sought to ban vape flavours, despite the fact that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking, and flavours are an incredibly useful tool for adult smokers trying to quit.

Across the board, we should expect better from Ottawa, and the tax on non-alcoholic beer is yet another example of where they’ve gotten it wrong. Hopefully, come Budget 2022, they can correct this mistake and remove the excise tax from these products entirely.

David Clement is a columnist for the Western Standard and the North American Affairs Manager with the Consumer Choice Center

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EXCLUSIVE: 2003 hearing ruled Chu’s accuser ‘not to be believed’

“I find her evidence not to be believed and I was not able to consider her evidence when deciding a sentence.”

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The accuser at the centre of the embattled Calgary Coun. Sean Chu controversy told a hearing he sexually assaulted her while holding a gun to her head, according to documents obtained by the Western Standard.

But the presiding officer at the police disciplinary hearing, Insp. Debbie Middleton-Hope, said the then 16-year-old minor’s testimony was not credible and not to be believed.

The sentencing hearing took place Jan. 31, 2003 and lasted eight minutes.

Chu did admit to caressing the woman’s leg while in uniform at the King’s Head pub on Macleod Tr. after meeting her while conducting a walk-through patrol in August of 1997.

After his shift, Chu went home to change into civilian clothes before returning to the pub to meet the girl.

Middleton-Hope said in her statement that Chu provided investigators with intimate details of sexual contact the pair had when they returned to his home.

“I find Const. Chu to be forthright in his description of the details and I find his evidence to be believed,” said Middleton-Hope, a long-serving, well-respected Calgary policewoman, now retired.

The woman, in turn, denied Chu had caressed her leg.

“… her evidence was directed on an aggressive, physical struggle at which time a gun was held to her head,” said Middleton-Hope.

But Middleton-Hope said she found the woman’s testimony “inconsistent.”

“Under cross-examination (the woman) had difficulty in recalling pertinent details,” said Middleton-Hope.

“I find her evidence not to be believed and I was not able to consider her evidence when deciding a sentence.”

Middleton-Hope also addressed the age of the woman, who was 16 at the time.

“I have no evidence before me Const. Chu was aware of this fact. Several witnesses said [the girl] appeared to be 19 to 21 years old,” she ruled.

The accuser also testified she had an interaction with Chu two years previous after an altercation at school. Chu wasn’t the investigating officer, but did speak to the girl on the phone.

“…and [received] a Christmas card from her as a result of that phone call,” Middleton-Hope said.

“No evidence was presented that Constable Chu was aware of her age from this verbal contact.

“I believe Constable Chu to be sincere when he indicates he was unsuspecting of [the accusers] exact age.”

Middletin-Hope then ordered Chu have a letter of reprimand on his file for discreditable conduct for caressing the accuser’s leg while on duty.

Chu was also ordered to undergo six months of ethics training.

Middleton-Hope noted performance reviews in his 10-year police career described Chu as “hard working” and “highly motivated.”

For the third time, Chu was elected on October 18 to be the councillor for Ward 4. He won by 100 votes, winning the advance poll, but losing on election day. Documents over the case had been leaked to the media just days before the election in what Chu called a “political assassination.”

There have been a chorus of demands from other politicians for Chu to resign and a byelection called. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, incoming Calgary mayor Jyoti Gondek and most of the incoming council have demanded Chu resign.

Chu said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-Elect Gondek to discuss the situation.

Dueling protests — one for Chu and one against — are planned in front of city hall on Sunday.

Chu has vowed to not resign and wants to clear his name.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western Standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes” in the 1997 incident.

“She then said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”

Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

“If there had been a gun involved there would have been charges,” said Chu.

Documents obtained by the Western Standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

Now Chu said he is looking at his legal options and a possible defamation suit over some of what he called the false reporting.

“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is hurting,” said Chu.

Chu said he wouldn’t comment on remarks made by Gondek that she will try and remove him from council.

“I will continue to tell the truth at council and will be a fiscal hawk,” he said.

“The most important thing is I told the truth and the truth will prevail.”

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

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TV news mistakes leads to censure

“The details were clearly inaccurate and related to historical facts,” wrote the Canada Broadcast Standards Council.

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A St. John’s TV station breached newsroom ethics when it put out a report containing mistakes, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The TV station was censured for garbling a handful of facts in a local story.

“The details were clearly inaccurate and related to historical facts,” wrote the Canada Broadcast Standards Council.

Correct information “could have been easily verified by the reporter prior to airing the news segment,” wrote the Council.

NTV on its flagship suppertime newscast last April 26 broadcast a story on a local parole case that misstated the year of the crime, the date the killer was convicted, and the number of years the murderer served in the penitentiary.

“This whole story was riddled with inconsistencies,” complained one viewer.

“He was charged and convicted in 2003. They reported 2002.

“These facts were not factual. There were four mistakes in the story.”

NTV management apologized and acknowledged errors were made as the story was “rushed to air” but denied any breach of newsroom ethics.

“Although we do not believe our coverage of this story was in breach of any industry guidelines or codes, we understand every individual may view news material or programming from a different perspective,” wrote station managers.

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code Of Ethics states, “It shall be the responsibility of broadcasters to ensure that news shall be represented with accuracy.”

A similar Code Of Journalistic Ethics by the Radio Television Digital News Association states: “We are committed to journalism in the public interest that is accurate and reliable.”

“There was no deliberate attempt by NTV to change the narrative of this story which focused on the revocation of the parole of the convicted murderer,” wrote the Standards Council.

“It is understandable that in a rush to get the story to air, incorrect pieces of information were used.”

“Journalists should strive to verify facts and put them in context. These inaccuracies constitute breaches.”

There are no fines for breaching TV codes. The station must announce the violation on its newscast.

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