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Kenney defends renewed lockdown – ‘it’s my moral responsibility’

And he denied allegations from the rebels their voices aren’t being heard.

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Premier Jason Kenney hit back at UCP caucus dissenters on Thursday, saying he has the “moral responsibility” to bring back lockdown laws to save lives and stop the health care system from being overwhelmed.

Kenney responded to questions over a letter signed by 16 members of his caucus, saying he was going down the wrong path with the renewed lockdowns.

And he denied allegations from the rebels their voices aren’t being heard and added he would consider reopening parts of the province with very few COVID-19 cases.

“I respect their responsibilities (the dissenters) have as elected officials,” Kenney told a news conference.

“But the government must make decisions… it is the moral responsibility of government,” said Kenney.

“The government has the responsibility to do the right thing.”

Caucus of the governing Conservative Party in Great Britain is regularly divided, Kenney noted, adding “it’s unfortunate in Canada it’s deemed newsworthy.”

Kenney said his caucus had a three-hour meeting earlier Thursday where the lockdown was the dominant topic. He said he has been “constantly listening” to his MLAs.

The premier said a separate caucus group is examining the possibility of opening less-affected regional areas.

“This virus moves very quickly and people move as well,” said Kenney.

He said he didn’t want to “hermetically seal” areas of the province.

“Since January, the highest case numbers have been in rural areas,” said Kenney.

“At the end of the day, we have to look at how fast the virus is moving.”

Kenney said by the end of June 70 per cent of the population will have been protected.

“Part of the problem is non-compliance. A lot of people have stopped following current guidelines,” Kenney said.

The premier pleaded with Albertans to follow the guidelines.

“We are towards the end of this thing. We just have to get through the next few weeks.”

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. Joc2257

    April 9, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Mr. Kenney is this you talking or is it the words of your buddies in the Bilderberg Group? An organization that you are now a permanent member of.
    Are you truly concerned for Albertans or are you trying to maintain your credibility in the Bilderberg Group?
    Can you tell us completely what it was that you discussed with these people in that organization from the first time you were an MP and called before these members?

  2. Rainer Rohr

    April 9, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Unlike Kenney I do not believe the problem is non-compliance. Instead I believe the “problem”, at least the size of the problem, is largely invented. When you call someone who shows no symptoms and is not being treated by a doctor a “case” you can see where the heart of this problem really is. PCR tests are known to have a high percentage of false positives. Why is Kenney not seeing this ? Secondly, our health care system was broken before Covid-19 and not able to keep up with demand. Many times I have waited for hours in emergency wards of hospitals in Calgary and Edmonton with my aged parents because beds could not be found for them. People wait for a year or more for needed surgeries in our broken system. I think we need a combination of private and public healthcare in our province. That would be a start to fixing what is really wrong here.

  3. Bert McFadyen

    April 8, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    It is very obvious that the ugly head of splitting the rural /urban divide in the UCP Caucus has once again arisen in Alberta. The dictatorship of the Entitleed, elitist Advisors to the Premier MUST be changed at a Special AGM ASAP.

  4. David Orr

    April 8, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Jason, as much as I’d like to believe you and insofar as everyone I’m talking to is concerned, if you would like the good people of Alberta to believe you and trust you then it seems to me that you (or your designate)need to go toe toe in a debate against say Dr. Dennis Modry and Dr. Roger Hodkinson? You and Ms. Hinshaw have lost most of your credibility out here in the real world – really not kidding!

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Lawyer blasts Alberta sports facilities for vaccine passport policies

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

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Lawyer Derek From has sent a stern warning to sport facility operators Monday saying they are breaching the law by requiring parents and kids 12 and over to show their vaccine status.

A constitutional lawyer for 10 years with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, From is now in private practice at an Airdrie law firm.

From was retained by a group of parents who have kids enrolled in youth sports programs in Calgary and the surrounding area.

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

REP allows businesses to either choose to operate as usual if they implement a vaccine passport program or limit their attendance to one-third of their fire code capacity and abide by a number of other public health restrictions.

“Youth sports are supposed to be out of scope for these mandates according to the latest public health order,” From said in an interview with the Western Standard.

Last Thursday, public health order #43-2021 was rescinded due to “bad faith behaviour on the part of businesses offering youth activities and rogue municipal governments seeking to increase and stiffen the restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta,” From states in the letter.

In its place, order #45-2021 was enacted making it clear that youth activities are out of the scope of REP.  

“This means that facilities that house youth sports are not allowed to use (vaccine) passports. They have to opt out of the passport program,” From said.

However, Calgary city council passed a bylaw that came into effect September 23 forcing businesses eligible for the REP to participate without choice including recreation facilities.

Calgary bylaw 65M2021 says “any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and either proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical exemption from vaccine letter.”

“With (Mayor Naheed) Nenshi running interference on this issue, a lot of people were turned away from a number of facilities over the weekend,” From said.

“Essentially, they (city council) have left no one any choice in the municipality of Calgary including hockey rinks, even though it falls out of scope according to the province. Now a bunch of other surrounding communities are falling in line.”  

The legal letter demands these facilities stop enforcing any REP-related restrictions associated with youth physical, performance or recreational activities, and begin to follow the clear direction set out by the Alberta government regarding what falls in and out of scope for the REP.

“Youth physical activity, performance activity and recreational activity, where all participants are under the age of 18” is listed as outside of the purview of REP. This means that REP is not available for implementation in association with such activities,” the letter states.

“Thousands of parents are ready to have this fight for their kids across the province,” From said.

“If the letters aren’t enough to change the course for these facilities, we will start suing rinks and even the city (Calgary).”

From said he was sending the letter to Nenshi and Calgary council Monday.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: Pawlowski arrested at Calgary airport

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

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Controversial Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski is back behind bars again.

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

He had been out of the country for four months.

Details on why he was taken into custody haven’t been revealed.

Pawlowski has been repeatedly ticketed and jailed for breaking provincial COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

He has recently been on a speaking tour in the US.

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Norway goes back to life as usual before COVID

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-related domestic restrictions.

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Norway lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions this weekend in an effort to return to normal.

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” said Erna Solberg, Norways’s prime minister at a press conference.

Neither vaccination status nor a negative test result was required for citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants which saw throngs of people heading to their favourite hangouts en masse.

Saturday marked the first time capacity limits were lifted in bars and restaurants in more than 500 days. Revellers young and old took to the streets with rowdy celebrations.

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a small but growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-19-related domestic restrictions. Sports venues, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be permitted to return to full capacity and will no longer require social distancing or masking.

According to the Institute of Public Health, Norwegian vaccination rates sit around 76% for one dose and 67% are considered fully vaccinated.

Solberg still encouraged citizens to get vaccinated and said those who contract COVID-19 will still be required to self-isolate to avoid transmission.

“Even though everyday life is now back to normal for most people, the pandemic is not over,” Solberg said.

Although some restrictions will remain in place for those arriving in Norway from countries with higher rates of infection, travel restrictions will also be lifted, the government said.

“In short, we can now live as normal,” Solberg said.

Denmark was the first country in the European Union (EU) to lift all corona virus restrictions on September 10.

“The vaccines and the great efforts of all of Denmark’s citizens over such a long period are the foundation for why we are going strong,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter just before the country opened up.

After seeing nearly three-quarters of adults fully vaccinated and experiencing low rates of infection and death in August, the Danish Health Authority declared the virus is “no longer a critical threat to society.”

Britain lifted much of its COVID-19-related restrictions over the summer.

As of September 23, more than 48 million people in the UK have received their fist does – 89% of those over 16 years old. A total 82% of the population or 44 million people 16 and older have been double jabbed.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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