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WATCH: The Pipeline April 7, 2021. Lockdowns, churches and Nenshi

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Publisher Derek Fildebrandt, news editor Dave Naylor and columnist Cory Morgan discuss the top news stories of the day.

Kenney’s latest lockdown. Can he maintain this? Will caucus stay in line?

GraceLife Church has been barricaded and blocked by police officers. How far will lockdown enforcement go?

Naheed Nenshi has announced that he is not running for re-election. What is next for him and who will replace him?

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  1. Bobbi Potyok

    April 7, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you for all your new reports. I am so glad that I took out a membership. Your reporting fairly represents issues.

    RE: Grace Life Church
    I, too, am gobsmacked at the behavior of the Alberta Government and AHS. I hope people do not cheer for these types of tactics. The Grace Life court case will be happening soon. I am sure Western Standard eyes are on this case, as all our eyes should be.
    It has taken courage for people to protest, and endure situations that are uncomfortable. If Albertans stay silent the message heard by the Government is “we agree.”

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WATCH: Family evicted from Ronald McDonald House talks about their emotional ordeal

The Western Standard had the opportunity to connect with Austin Furgason for an exclusive update.

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The Furgason family, including their four-year-old son Jack — currently undergoing cancer treatment at the BC Children’s Hospital — were given three weeks‘ notice to vacate Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House (RMH) based on their vaccine status.

Father Austin, mother Lindsey, Jack and their two-year-old son Lewis had been staying at the RMH since October but with the update to the RMC BC & Yukon COVID-19 policy, all visitors, guests and staff are required to be fully vaccinated to stay at the house.

Austin took to Facebook with a recorded interaction with administration at the house and the post went viral. The family saw an overwhelming amount of support including a GoFundMe page that now sits just shy of $173K.

But the swell of media coverage — including coverage in the US from Fox News and other popular podcasters and radio hosts and from the UK news site Daily Mail polarized views on the issue which brought the “hate,” said Austin.

RMH BC & Yukon released a statement to the Western Standard that said:

“On the recommendation of our local public health unit, the 14-member Board of Directors made the decision to mandate vaccinations for everyone working, visiting, or staying at RMH BC & Yukon to ensure we continue to meet the highest standards of health and safety and protect the vulnerable population of sick children we serve in congregate settings and limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants,” said RMH BC & Yukon in a statement to the Western Standard.”

RMH also indicated its team was in contact with the family to support “arrangements for alternative accommodations.”

Some are applauding RMH for its policy aimed at keeping at-risk patients safe while others have slammed the charity for being discriminatory and heartless for leaving families in need without a place to stay.

The Furgason family has been advised the Easter Seals House has accepted them and will soon be moving their family of four to the new location just down the road from RMH.

The Western Standard had the opportunity to connect with Austin for an exclusive update on the family’s emotional ordeal.

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

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Ex-NHL star Theo Fleury speaks about his activism and shares his thoughts on the pandemic, what he calls “the failed leadership in Canada” and the trauma people have endured as a result of both.

Tune in to the Western Standard for an uncensored interview with Fleury on Monday, Jan. 17 @ 11:30 a.m. MST.

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