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AHS finds no COVID cases from anti-lockdown rodeo

Of the 4,000 attendees of the two-day rodeo, AHS has no confirmed cases linked to the event.

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Alberta Health Services say they haven’t found any cases of COVID-19 yet in people who attended to the ‘No More Lockdowns Rodeo’ – but they warn it cases could still appear.

Held over the May 1 weekend near Bowden, AB, the No More Lockdowns Rodeo drew more than 4,000 attendees over the weekend in defiance of the third lockdown ordered by Premier Jason Kenney’s government.

“AHS has worked with RCMP, the Bowden Agriculture Society and Red Deer County to confirm the rodeo event was in violation of CMOH Orders, and attempted to work with organizers proactively to not allow the event to proceed,” said the AHS in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“On May 10, RCMP partners delivered charges against the organizers of the event for violation of the Public Health Act.

“At this time there are no cases directly linked to the rodeo event; however it is important to remember that symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. In some cases, symptoms may be mild and individuals may not seek out COVID-19 testing. COVID-19 can also be spread asymptomatically, and an individual may not know they are spreading the virus. This is why it is imperative that all Albertans continue to follow CMOH Orders to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus to others.  

“On May 6, 2021 Court of Queen’s Bench granted AHS an injunction against organizers of illegal gatherings and rallies breaching COVID-19 public health orders. This applies to the organizers and future rodeo events.”

The No More Lockdowns Rodeo was organized on by Ty Northcott of Bowden, who comes from a historic rodeo family and opened up his own livestock ranch in the late ’80s.

But the three Alberta COVID-19 lockdowns have hit his business hard, leaving him with only 50% of his normal stock because the costs of wintering and feeding them depleted his bank account.

Following the rodeo, politicians in both the UCP and NDP lashed out, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney who called it “disturbing.”

In a closed-door UCP caucus meeting the Sunday of the event, Kenney said in reference to the attendees of the rodeo, “If they are our base, I want a new base.”

And at the end of a Facebook town hall on May 4, Kenney lashed out at rodeo organizer Ty Northcott for some of his social media postings.

“They said ‘We will not stand by idly and watch, as not only our businesses, but our Western heritage, and more importantly, our basic human rights are ripped out of existence by the tyrannical beings of our current world.’ The tyrannical beings? Not even human beings, the tyrannical beings of the current world.

“What the heck does that mean. I mean are these people, is that now merging with …Lizard Man conspiracies. I’m one of the tyrannical beings of the current world? What does that…so I said to my caucus, people who are making death threats against me and members of my family and are talking about the tyrannical beings that have taken over the world. They’re not my base. They’re not Alberta conservatives. They’re not mainstream Albertans. They are people who need to cut way back on caffeine, take off the tinfoil hat and come back to reality.

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. Mars Hill

    May 16, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Did the AHS geniuses check the bull$hit, I’m positive they’d have found some cases there (:

  2. Doug

    May 14, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Don’t worry, subjects. This is all part of a larger plan. Now do as you are told.

    https://i.imgflip.com/58xmgy.jpg

  3. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Any good odds maker will give you high odds that AHS will manufacture cases in waiting at the rodeo. The AHS has made it evident that their goal in concert with the union will go to extreme lengths to hold their position of power.Wake up folks AHS is the culprit here.Wasting tax payers dollars for legal challenges . Sure like to see who paid the legal challenge invoice?

  4. Joni Menz

    May 12, 2021 at 10:44 am

  5. Left Coast

    May 12, 2021 at 9:46 am

    ALL Covid infections were INDOORS . . . so our intelligencia in the Provincial Govts ordered everyone to stay INDOORS.
    This is course was the opposite of Common Sense . . . had these Govt just protected the Seniors’ Homes, the Elderly & those with Health Issues as they did in Sweden . . . this would have ended a year ago.
    But these low intellect Politicians and inept Govt Employees saw a chance to become Rulers and Despots . . . and today we have watched them destroy the Economy and Kill far more People than the Virus with their Stupidity and anti-Science nonsense.
    Suicides & Drug Overdoses have surpassed the Virus for death numbers . . . and then you can add in the 10s of thousands that died because of lack of Medical Care in shut-down Hospitals that were empty.
    There needs to be Judicial style investigation into our feckless leadership and some of these clowns need to go to jail. Trudope, Ford & Kenny should be doing time, toss in the clueless Horgan as well ! ! !

  6. Kelly Carter

    May 11, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    There is no significant asymptomatic spreading of the virus. This has been debunked numerous times by actual epidemiologists.

  7. JONATHAN DIXON

    May 11, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    “… COVID-19 can also be spread asymptomatically, and an individual may not know they are spreading the virus.” — Alberta Health Services.

    John Carpay, of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, in his weekly podcasts, states that he has repeatedly asked the Alberta Government to produce proof that asymptomatic people are significant spreaders of this virus. The Government of Alberta has never responded to him. I wonder why. I suspect that one has a greater chance of being struck by lightening that of catching COVID-19 from an asymptomatic person. In other words, while the above statement might be true, it’s also next to impossible.

  8. Left Coast

    May 11, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Of course there are NO Wuhan Flu cases from an Outdoor event . . . we knew that a year ago after Antifa & BLM rioted and loted for months and no one got sick !

    Unfortunately the Govt is always the Last to Know . . .

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

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An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.

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“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.

“THIS IS WHY WE NEED PRIDE MONTH.”

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

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

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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.

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Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

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

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

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The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results.

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

“I think it is important that we adhere to the public health advice that we are all getting, that we do our part as Canadians to try and protect our health care system,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu earlier told reporters.

Records show a total 988 air passengers were each ticketed $3,000 for “refusing to go to government-approved accommodation” on arrival in Canada. The majority of tickets, 621, were issued at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport followed by Vancouver (194 tickets) and Montréal (173).

Cabinet on January 7 passed an order requiring all air travelers to prove they were COVID-19-free with tests taken a maximum 72 hours prior to arrival. An identical order for cross-border drivers was invoked February 22.

The Canada Border Services Agency found 62 travelers with fake tests, said the report, and four were each ticketed $3,000.

Another 9,003 travelers were cited for not having proof of a valid test, including 4,583 drivers and 4,420 air passengers.

“This would include individuals who did not test at all, who were in possession of tests outside the required 72-hour time frame, tests that did not originate from the required country of origin, tests that are suspected fraudulent and other reasons,” wrote staff.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the enforcement.

“Cancel your vacation plans,” Blair told reporters February 12.

“Stay home. Respect the rules. We believe that through these effective measures, appropriate screening and the testing measures in particular that we have put in place coupled with robust and enforced quarantine orders, it is the best way to prevent variants from spreading across our borders into Canada.”

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

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