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Nenshi says Calgary facing dire COVID situation

He urged Calgarians to get vaccinated as soon as possible in a race against time as variants of COVID-19 threaten to swamp the provincial health care system.

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi issued an urgent warning for Calgarians as COVID-19 numbers in the city reach a record number.

He urged Calgarians to get vaccinated as soon as possible in a race against time as variants of COVID-19 threaten to swamp the provincial health care system.

“In Calgary, the number of active cases already exceeds the peak from the second wave, with infections still rising exponentially,” said Nenshi in a press conference Thursday afternoon, a short time before Premier Jason Kenney put the province into even harsher lockdown conditions.

“While vaccinations are promising, we must remember that we cannot vaccinate ourselves out of this current trend of transmission.”

Active cases in Calgary stood at 8,882 on April 27, higher than the peak in January, and hospitalizations are also on the rise again, Nenshi warned.

Nenshi spoke of a friend who is now in the ICU after contracting COVID-19 shortly after getting vaccinated.

“This third wave is much worse than the second wave. Our numbers just keep rising. We expect new variant cases to double every two-and-a-half weeks,” said Nenshi.

“The end of the pandemic is near but we’re not there yet.”

Nenshi called people who demonstrate against lockdown measures “idiots.”

Thursday evening, the city issued a press release saying “based on initial interpretation of the provincial announcement of updated public health measures on Thursday, April 29, starting on Friday, April 30, 2021 all indoor sport, fitness and recreation activities will be suspended until further notice.”

Calgary Police Service Deputy Chief Chad Tawfik said more of those demonstrations are coming.

“We continue to focus efforts on those who are repeat offenders and organizers of some of the events, rallies and protests that are impacting the safety of our community,” said Tawfik.

“This is definitely a systems approach, and we will do our part to hold to account those who are defiant of the health orders. We rely on the entire system to ensure compliance and encourage everyone to do their part to keep our communities safe, which includes following the Public Health Act restrictions.”

Chief Sue Henry, of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, said the city worked with Alberta Health Services to set up a new temporary assessment and testing site at the McKnight Westwinds Park & Ride lot, 6200 36 Street N.E.. for those with COVID-19 symptoms or those who are close contacts of a confirmed case.

The testing site opens tomorrow and appointments can be made through the AHS online booking tool.

The city will spend $10 million to support the provincial distribution of vaccines including the largest rapid flow through mass vaccination clinic in Alberta at the TELUS Convention Centre downtown.

Between April 10 and April 21, the site administered 26,190 vaccinations, with another 26,587 appointments booked for this week. As well, 120,960 bottles of individual hand sanitizer were provided and 5,917 Calgary Transit tickets given out.

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. Tony

    April 30, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    agreed…..he is the king of expensive vanity-projects that benefit well connected cronies and burden tax payers…..so tired of the obsequious media coverage of the “legacy” of this bloviating bag of wind

  2. Left Coast

    April 30, 2021 at 10:10 am

    “Active cases in Calgary stood at 8,882 on April 27” . . . ?

    Cases have always meant Sick People . . . until Covid.

    How many of those 8,882 were SICK? Likely none, how many will get sick or go to the hospital? They never tell us . . .

    They create those “Cases” with a PCR Test . . . a Forensic Tool that Amplifies material, it is a fraud. Even the Nobel Prize winning scientist who invented the procedure says so!

  3. Baron Not Baron

    April 30, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Nenshi is the perfect imbecile clown model of politics. A soulless puppet. You name one good important thing he’s done for the people of Calgary.. and so to be clear, I am referring to people, not other clowns.

  4. Tony

    April 29, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    I am sooooo tired of that pompous windbag Nenshi.

  5. Ramona Hart

    April 29, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    I pretty sure this wouldn’t be so bad if Trudeau would have shut the border down months ago. Just saying

  6. William

    April 29, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Someone should tell Nenshi that fat people are at higher risk of dying from Covid.

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

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

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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