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JCCF slams new Kenney COVID lockdown restrictions

John Carpay, whose group is fighting numerous pandemic lockdown laws across the country, said lockdowns have proven they don’t work.




Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s new COVID-19 restrictions are nothing more than “an unscientific experiment on the entire population”, says the head of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

John Carpay, whose group is fighting numerous pandemic lockdown laws across the country, said lockdowns have proven they don’t work.

“If lockdowns actually worked, we would not need more of them; we would be done.  If lockdowns don’t work, why do we need them to continue, or to become even more harmful?” Carpay told the Western Standard.

“Lockdowns are justified by unreliable PCR tests which do not diagnose COVID with accuracy.  Meaningless numbers of positive test results should not form the basis of our laws, nor do they suffice for violating our human rights and Charter freedoms.

“This is an unscientific experiment on the entire population, with no historical track record of success, that blatantly violates our Charter rights and freedoms.  Can lockdown supporters provide even one example in human history of any country, society or civilization that vanquished a virus by destroying its economy and forcing people into poverty, loneliness and isolation?”

Kenney has launched yet another COVID-19 crackdown Thursday afternoon 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.

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.

“Panic sells papers, makes for great click-bait, and gets people hooked on the six o’clock news. Don’t expect media to stop reporting on meaningless “case” numbers any time soon,” said Carpay.

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. Baron Not Baron

    May 1, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    As a matter of a fact, the Constitution should contain the punishment with death of the country’s traitors. Then and only then, there will be fear of wrongdoing. Alberta’s Constitution should have it.

  2. Sharon Pasula

    April 30, 2021 at 5:31 pm


  3. Sharon Pasula

    April 30, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    I agree with this,….“The government is a God-ordained institution put in place to ensure law and order and to protect God-given rights…. it isn’t the government’s responsibility to protect us from a virus. Your responsibility is to protect our God-given rights.” Pastor James Coates, excerpt from Grace Life Church website Public Statement.

  4. Left Coast

    April 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Carpay is 1000% correct . . .

    The CPR test creating Fake Cases is the basis for our weak minded politicians and their low intellect govt employees to exploit the public.

    Almost ALL Covid flu has been transmitted INDOORS . . . outdoor transmission is almost none existant. So our Idiot Politicians order us to stay indoors?

    MIT just released a study which backs this up . . . they suggest if you are indoors to open the windows, use fans to keep the fresh air in the building as it is much safer.
    MIT also debunked the 6 feet nonsense . . . 6 or 60 makes no difference.

    States that removed their Mask mandates noticed their “Cases” disappeared . . . States with Mask Mandates see their “Cases” increase or stay the same.
    Masks are useless as the best N95 masks weave is 1000 times larger than the virus.
    Cloth masks are like putting up a Chain Link fence to stop mosquitoes . . .

  5. Baron Not Baron

    April 30, 2021 at 7:12 am

    These lockdowns are tyranny, not based on facts. Gvt is lying more and more, and Kriminal Kenney, Kracking into our freedoms, has to go back to where he came from – as he only came here to push the Ottawa’s marxist agenda, lying to Albertans from day one. Remember his comments about the Rockefellers during his campaign? Now he is implementing exactly their plandemic. This is what I hear from the people and it is exactly that. And that IS that!

  6. Patrick

    April 30, 2021 at 6:38 am

    I am tired of the BS and the LIES the Govts are using to control the Citizens..It is time the RULES of engagement for Politicians are changed and MAKE THEM RESPONSIBLE for they say and do ….They work to for us and NOT for the Multinational Corporations..

    Untill any and all Govts are held accountable for what they say and do…I will NEVER vote

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Alberta gov’t granted injunction to ban weekend protest at Whistle Stop Cafe

Chris Scott and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.




It hasn’t even happened yet, but an Alberta court has already ruled a weekend protest at the Whistle Stop Cafe is illegal.

The Court of Queen’s Bench has granted a pre-emptive injunction against, Chris Scott, the owner of Whistle Stop, because the restaurant plans to host a rally over the upcoming weekend called the “Save Alberta Campout Protest.” The injunction was granted at the request of Alberta Health Services (AHS), an agency under Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

Last week, the RCMP raided the establishment and carted away all its booze. On Wednesday, the RCMP and AHS officials showed up en masse and padlocked the building.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

He and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.

But the AHS, which sought the injunction, said the judge ruled it illegal because it would not comply with public health restrictions on mandatory masking, attendance limits, and social distancing.

“The order restrains the owner and others from organizing, promoting and attending the event and includes police enforcement and imposes significant consequences on the organizers of this event,” AHS said in a statement to media.

“AHS has taken this step due to the ongoing risk to Albertans created by those breaching COVID-19 public health restrictions.”

The Western Standard has reached out to Scott but hasn’t heard back on what effect the injunction will have. Scott said earlier in the day he will now seek elected office by running for the Wildrose Independence Party in the upcoming 2023 election.

Scott is the only gas station or restaurant in Mirror, a town of about 500, 50 km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s seeing people from all over the province stopping in.

“The law is garbage – it”s doing more harm than good,” said Scott in an earlier interview with the Western Standard.

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott.

Scott has owned the cafe since July 2019, but it has been a fixture in town since 1967.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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EXCLUSIVE: UCP Secretary quits over ‘lies’

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976.




The former secretary of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) says she decided to resign from the board because she “was tired of all the lies.”

In an exclusive interview with the Western Standard, Cathy Smith said she handed in her notice on April 6, after a string of statements and actions about the COVID-19 pandemic by Premier Jason Kenney.

Smith said the beginning of the end started when Kenney held a press conference over COVID-19 and warned of a pandemic so extreme there would be “body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium.”

“I said to myself ‘Are you kidding me’. There will never be body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium,” said Smith.

“I know nurses. Nurses at the time told me there was nothing going on in their hospitals.”

Smith said Kenney then started to condemn the “right-wing, the conspiracy theorists.”

“I said wait a minute, I’m right-wing. And then the way we treated Dr. (Dennis) Modry. I thought this wasn’t the right way to represent our 40,000 members,” she said.

Kenney and Modry have been in a battle of letters. Modry published an open letter to the premier on the Western Standard saying lockdowns don’t work. The letter went viral and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of time. It took Kenney three months to reply with his own letter.

As party secretary, Smith dealt with more than 100 e-mails, either from party members or people who voted for the UCP, about how the lockdowns were affecting their lives.

“We had an e-mail from a family whose grandfather died because his heart operation had been postponed. I e-mailed everyone back. I explained I was not writing as a representative of the party. I told them I didn’t agree with what the party was doing,” Smith said.

Smith said she was aware of a group of men in Medicine Hat who went to high school together – 20 of whom have committed suicide since the pandemic started.

“I told everyone to get involved at the (constituency association) level if they really want to make change,” Smith said.

She said the last straw for her was when Kenney appeared on talk show host Danielle Smith’s last show on QR77 and said he wasn’t aware the party board had approved a leadership vote in 2022, just six months before the next election.

“I was just tired of all the lies, Kenney pretended he didn’t know about the leadership vote. I thought ‘This is not the way — where’s the trust’,” Smith said.

“I was tired of all the lockdowns (without proof they work). But I said to myself, I will never quit, never, never, never.”

Finally, after talking to several other board members, Smith handed in her notice.

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976. As to where she will vote in the next election: “I’m still waiting.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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WATCH: Alberta’s costume lady forced to sell treasure trove of outfits because of lockdowns

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”




It took Vickie Friesen more than 30 years of sewing to create 5,000 different costumes – everything from pirates to princesses.

Now, after a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, she is being forced to sell the lot.

Friesen and her husband, Darrell can no longer afford to keep their Three Hills Tickle Trunk outlet open and the business running after income vanished after lockdowns banned everything from school plays to Halloween.

Some of Vickie’s creations

“We just can’t afford to stay in business. There’s no theatre, there’s no parades, there’s no parties,” Vicki told the Western Standard on Thursday.

“In 2019, we were busy every week of the year with rentals. 2019 was booming. It was fabulous.

“Once word of our business got around, we started having the same customers repeated over and over. I started to ask customers to ask me what costumes we didn’t have, it was just easier.

“Now, nothing.”

Vicki recalled she sent out costumes for shows last March, but after the lockdowns, the costumes were returned and customers wanted their money back.

“Everything came back. I sat by the phone, but it didn’t ring anymore,” said Vicki.

Roman centurion outfit

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”

The couple has made the heartbreaking decision they will have to sell all the costumes. A sale will be held at the store the next two Saturdays. A deal to sell their building should be signed next week.

All kid’s costumes will be sold for $10. Adult merchandise is 50% off, between $25 and $50 at their Three Hills store at 519 Main Street.

Need a storm trooper outfit? It will be there along with full ball gowns, Second World War uniforms and German lederhosen. Antique furniture is also on sale.

“They are all going for a song,” Vicki said, regret in her voice.

But some of the stuff they aren’t parting with includes all their Christmas outfits. The couple created a costumed “Christmas Convoy” through the town last year, and plan on repeating it, all over the province if asked.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus… really the Frieses

The couple did receive some federal COVID-19 aide which went to fixing a leak in the building, but not enough to even cover basic utilities.

Vickie proudly boast she has shipped her costumes all over the province: “From High Level to High Prairie.”

Tickle Trunk promo

She started sewing as a kid in Manitoba, creating costumes for theatre troupes and school plays. She also handmade graduation dresses for area high schoolers.

She stored her works of art in a 12×12 granary but it soon became full.

The Friesens and their two young children decided to move to Alberta and they set up shop in Three Hills, eventually buying a building in which to operate their business and store their dresses.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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