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Horgan: Lock it down, severe travel restrictions starting Friday

BC ferry travel also affected

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BC is about to go into a travel lockdown, but the premier — unlike his Ontario counterpart — did not involve the police, but did promise fines for non-compliance.

“This is not the time to load up the Winnebago and travel around British Columbia,” Premier John Horgan said Monday.

“If you live in the Fraser Health area, by all means, take a few days, get outside, perhaps go to a campground in your local area. But do not try and book somewhere outside of your area because the tourism operator in that community will not book your passage.”

Horgan announced his NDP government is working on regulations that would restrict the non-essential travel of British Columbians within their own health regions.

“Non-essential travel should be confined to local travel only,” he said during an afternoon press conference.

B.C. will also be putting up signs along the Alberta border, the premier said.

These signs will remind travellers “unless they’re coming for essential business, they should not be here. They should be back in their home communities.”

The new orders — announced March 29 as part of the province’s slate of “circuit breaker” measures — include extending the bans on indoor dining at restaurants and indoor group fitness activities by five weeks.

B.C. struggled with record-breaking numbers of coronavirus cases that end up in a hospital stay, a difficult situation that’s resulted in some health officials delaying a few non-emergency surgeries in the Lower Mainland.

However, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel — BC’s weekly average for new cases has dropped to 1,077 per day since reaching an April 12 record of 1,129 .

Still, Horgan is focused on people leaving their neighbourhoods and vowed he’ll do what must be done to make sure the travel order takes place.

Horgan said businesses in the tourism industry are helping by not taking any travel bookings from people outside of the particular area, including from outside the province.

“If we can’t do it without an order, we’re prepared to bring an order in,” Horgan said.

Utilizing B.C.’s Emergency Program Act, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth is expected to issue the orders Friday.

“This will be conducted through random audits, not unlike roadside stops for a Counterattack during the Christmas season,” Horgan said.

“There will be a fine if you are travelling outside of your area without a legitimate reason,” Horgan said.

It was not immediately known how much the fines could be.

The premier added authorities will be consulting with the BIPOC community – black, indigenous and people of colour – to make sure the restrictions are put in place “in a way that does not give anyone fear that there will be additional repercussions.

“This is about travel,” Horgan said, while adding police will receive no additional authority.

“This will be a random audit to ensure people are following the guidelines.”

BC Ferries — and those who depend on them — will also be affected, Horgan said.

BC Ferries won’t accept bookings for recreational vehicles.

The COVID-19 update came as health officials announced the extension of other public health orders in B.C. through the May long weekend.

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.
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Mike D'Amour is Copy Editor of the Western Standard. He worked as an investigative crime reporter at the Calgary & Winnipeg Suns. mdamour@westernstandardonline.com mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Baron Not Baron

    April 23, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    One individual and his minions keep all the mentally castrated population in control. Here’s the thing.. they will bury you or you will bury them. There’s no midway, in case you were hoping for a “compromise”.

  2. Daniel

    April 22, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Canadians should pledge not to spend a dime in that province.

  3. Left Coast

    April 22, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Listened to Horgan’s idiot Health Minister telling the NW listeners about the “Vicious Virus” ? ? ?
    Dix is a clown show . . . under 60 survival rate is 99.9% . . . . too bad the clueless feckless Health Minister ignored the over 60 population for a YEAR ! ! !

  4. Left Coast

    April 20, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Horgan . . . the incredible shrinking man !

    Keep doing “Lockdowns” over & over . . . . Expecting a different result!

    Stop the Fake PCR Testing and your “Cases” will disappear . . . still waiting for the FakeStream Media to ask Dr. Bonnie how many of the “Cases” become SICK?
    I suspect the number is so low you can count them on your two hands . . .

  5. Mars Hill

    April 19, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Bugs Bunny has more depth and chutzpah.

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Truckers: ‘We are not separatists or terrorists’

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks-alone- going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks.

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Truckers on the Freedom Convoy are rejecting characterizations they are “separatists” and “terrorists.”

“A small team of Alberta truckers, their family members and friends, came to the decision that the Government of Canada has crossed a line with implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports and vaccine mandates. As of today, we now have the support of millions of Canadians from across the country,” group organizers said in a press release.

Demands from the Freedom Convoy to the federal government are:

  • Terminate all vaccine passports, including inter-Canada passport systems.
  • Eliminate mandatory programs of vaccination and contact tracing.
  • Respect the rights of those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
  • Cease the divisive rhetoric attacking Canadians who disagree with government mandates.
  • Cease limiting debate through coercive measures with the goal of censoring those who have varying or incorrect opinions.

“A unified and free Canada can be our future, and it starts now with reminding the government they serve the people,” stated the truckers.

“We have an opportunity for all of us to come together irrespective of our differences and do what is needed to ensure our freedoms are protected now and for future generations.

Statements claiming the convoy participants are ‘separatists’ or ‘terrorists’ are “categorically false and an attempt to smear” the movement, organizers said.

“It is saddening this kind of rhetoric is coming from Prime Minister Trudeau and his government. Instead of protecting our basic freedoms outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin and his government seek to do the opposite. He is continually issuing defamatory comments and maligning large segments of the population. If history has taught us anything, these are actions that cannot be ignored. We are peaceful, hard-working Canadians who love our country and want the betterment for all Canadians.”

The organizers said due to the mass support of the movement, they can no longer guarantee the average Canadian will not be disrupted by the protest.

“For that, we are truly sorry, and we will do our very best to limit the disruptions to your lives. We ask that Canadians remember we are fighting for everyone’s freedoms and it’s the political class that has abandoned us all,” said the release.

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks. One driver going the opposite direction told the Western Standard he measured the convoy at 100-km long as it approached Winnipeg.

Some supporters are unable to commit to the whole trip, but are finding ways to still participate.

“A lot of vehicles just join the parade while it’s close to their homes and then peel off later, so it’s dynamic,” Martin Halvorson, a driver in the convoy, told the Western Standard.

“The amount of people is unknown because we are not counting … The numbers are big,” convoy organizer, Andy Draaistra, told the Western Standard.

“All the support is unbelievable, we hope the overpasses will hold the tons of people,” said Draaistra.

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The protest is against federal COVID-19 mandates and is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa January 30 and then hold a mass demonstration the next day, Monday, when Parliament reumes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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China changes Fight Club ending to cops busting anarchists

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

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The classic film Fight Club has been changed for viewers in China, with a ‘happy ending’ that complies with domestic censorship rules.

An altered version of the 1999 film was released on streaming platform Tencent Video in China over the weekend.

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

Many in China had seen the original film pirated online and were surprised when streaming the newly released version.

Instead of buildings exploding at the end, the version shows authorities step in and win. 

Original closing scene of Fight Club

In the closing scenes of the original the narrator kills off his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden and then watches multiple buildings explode with Marla Singer, suggesting his character’s plan to bring down modern civilization is underway.

In the censored version released in China, the narrator still kills off Durden, but the exploding buildings scene is replaced with a written message on black screen.

“The police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.”

As well as Tyler, figment of the narrator’s imagination was sent to a ‘lunatic asylum’ for psychological treatment and later discharged.

Revised ending to Fight Club

China is home to some of the strictest rules regarding censorship, and only a handful of foreign films are released each year.

In the past Hollywood has created alternative cuts in order to comply with Chinese censorship rules, in hopes to access millions of viewers in the country.

It is unclear if the cut was made by western movie producers, or the Chinese government.

Tencent did not comment on the matter.

Authorities under President Xi Jinping have been working to eliminate society of influences classified as unhealthy, including within movies, television, computer games.

This effort was also extended to cracking down on the country’s local celebrities for perceived immoral behaviour.

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced earlier this week an organized month-long ‘clean’ web campaign to create a ‘civilized and healthy’ online atmosphere.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Butt launches Twitter tirade on Scheer for supporting truckers

“It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened?”

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The former top aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched a Twitter broadside against former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer after he supported the truckers’ convoy rolling across Canada to protest vaccine mandates.

“Thank you Truckers! Trudeau is attacking personal liberty and threatening everyone’s ability to get groceries because of his overreach on vaccine mandates. He is the biggest threat to freedom in Canada,” Scheer tweeted.

Scheer tweet

That was enough to set Butts off.

“A breathtakingly irresponsible thing for a former Leader of the Opposition to say. Calling the prime minister — any prime minister — the biggest threat to Canadian liberty? This isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a welcome mat,” he tweeted.

“Politics is a rough business and not for the thin of skin or faint of heart. But the people in these enormously important offices have to respect those offices, even if they don’t like each other.”

Butts tweet

In a later tweet, Butts said: “Have been thinking about Mr Scheer’s comments all day. It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened? I almost wish I were a Conservative, so I could fight for my party’s soul.”

On the weekend, Butts took a run at organizer Tamara Lich in an attempt to cast doubt on the integrity of Convoy For Freedom 2022.

“An Alberta separatist has collected almost a million bucks on a GoFundMe page to ‘support’ trucker protests. Where will the money go?” asked Butts in a tweet. 

More than $4.5 million has been raised to date as thousands of truckers are expected to descend on Ottawa this weekend.

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