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AHS links No More Lockdowns Rodeo to one COVID case

The rodeo was held on the May 1 long weekend near Bowden and drew more than 4,000 people over the two-day event.




Alberta Health Services said they have found one COVID-19 case they can “directly” link to the No More Lockdowns Rodeo.

The rodeo was held on the May 1 long weekend near Bowden and drew more than 4,000 people over the two-day event.

Last week, AHS said they hadn’t had any cases yet linked to the rodeo, but said it takes two weeks for the virus to take hold.

“AHS is aware of one positive case of COVID-19 directly linked to the rodeo event,” AHS said in a statement to the Western Standard.

“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.”

The AHS and RCMP had tried to stop organizer Ty Northcott from holding the rodeo. Numerous warnings were sent and Northcott was forced to change the location of the rodeo. RCMP later charged Northcott with three Public Health Act breaches

Events of more than five people are currently banned in Alberta under the COVID-19 lockdowns.

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

“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,” said the AHS statement.

“This applies to the organizers and to future rodeo events, unless that rodeo has been granted an exemption by Alberta Health.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health, has given permission for some high school rodeos to go ahead this spring.

“AHS Environmental Public Health continues to enforce the restrictions, in partnership with enforcement partners including but not limited to municipalities authorities, police, and RCMP,” said its statement. 

“AHS does not issue tickets or fines. Tickets, fines and criminal charges are under the jurisdiction of local law enforcement.

“AHS has not provided any direction to physicians to ask about the rodeo, however, some physicians may ask that question as part of their exposure risk assessment.”

After the rodeo, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney slammed the event, calling 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 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

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. David Heinze

    May 20, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    When they say number of cases, what they mean are number of known or identified cases. Identified actually as some might be false positives.

    Since most cases are not severe, I doubt that the vast majority of them are ever identified or tested as if you are not really sick would you get tested, knowing that they will not give you anything to help, they will just send you home and tell you to isolate and maybe make your life much more difficult. This after you went to the trouble of going to the testing place, hung out with a group of people of whom apparently about 10% are positive while waiting for your test.

    This is also true for colds and the flu. In most cases you stay at home rest drink fluids etc. and would never consider going to the Doctor. So they have no idea how many cases there are of Colds and the Flu, this year or any other year.

  2. David Heinze

    May 20, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    JOHN LANKERS: That is what I was wondering. If you cannot identify who they got it from, how do they know where you got it?

  3. Josh

    May 20, 2021 at 11:47 am

    @DENNIS RICHTER I was just looking at their landing page a couple days ago and I was surprised and excited to see what their plans are.

  4. Dennis Richter

    May 20, 2021 at 8:57 am

    There is an option. Wildrose Independance Party of Alberta 2023. Go to this website, check it out, buy a membership, get involved with your local CA. The Same Old, Same old is not working for Albertans. https://wildrose.party/

  5. Left Coast

    May 20, 2021 at 8:03 am

    I remember a time when “Cases” were actually Sick People . . . now in the strange world of Covid aka Wuhan Flu . . . Cases are the result of a Fraudulent PCR Test.
    No one in the Media asks the Health “Experts” . . . How many of these “Cases” were actually sick people, how many went to the Hospital? The answer of course is likely few or NONE.

    In BC they even add “Contacts” to the “Cases” file to boost the numbers . . . this is corruption & fraud. And the spineless Kenny has taken the same road, imagine anyone being so desperate as to call Justin Trudope for advice?
    Now that China Joe Biden is letting Russians build pipelines, but not the USA . . . Justin is the second dumbest leader on the Planet.

  6. Declan Carroll

    May 19, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    “We know they are lying, they know they are lying, they know we know they are lying, we know they know we know they are lying, but they are still lying.” – Attributed to Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

  7. Josh

    May 19, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    If AHS and or the UCP was to see this video. I wonder if they would be moved.


  8. Susan Grant

    May 19, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    I would demand that AHS prove that “ONE” case! PROVE its CV! They can’t because the so-called virus has never been isolated!!!!

  9. berta baby

    May 19, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Is this still a thing? I mean Covid lock downs and communist kenney? who listens to that goof any more?

    Just because he has a flag that says conservative does not mean he is one…. 3 pastors jailed, 1 business owner, coal mine failure , pipe line failure, carbon tax failure, … this guy has done nothing but spend and surveil citizens , drones, weaponizing the courts against Albertans, putting AHS in complete control , fear and lies and fear and lies and temper tantrums …. who supports him any way? 4 % of Albertans , so we are still doing this covid crap for 4% of the people?

  10. Janis Abel

    May 19, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Instead of admitting they have it wrong, AHS justifies their position with unscientific and unproven “asymptomatic” transmissiom.


  11. John Lankers

    May 19, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    What does it mean, they can link one Covid 19 case directly to the rodeo? It takes at least two to party, where is the other person?

  12. Bryan

    May 19, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Quote from article:
    “After the rodeo, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney slammed the event, calling it “disturbing.”

    ‘Justin’ Kenney calls it ‘disturbing’. If someone finds something ‘disturbing’, by definition, they must be ‘disturbed’, so Premier Kenney is disturbed. I think he speaks the truth, in this regard.

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CRA wants more tax filers to use mail

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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Officials urge booster injections to tackle lingering Delta variant amid Omicron craze

The WHO classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” however, the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.




The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly urging COVID-19 booster injections for those over the age of 50.

In addition, the committee is now recommending boosters of an authorized mRNA vaccine to those 18-49 years of age at least six months after completion of a “primary COVID-19 vaccine series with consideration of jurisdictional and individual risks.”

The announcement comes amid global discussion of the Omicron variant. The federal government requested on Tuesday that NACI swiftly review its booster guidance in response to Omicron.

The NACI’s new booster recommendation, however, focuses on the lingering Delta variant while more details are gathered on Omicron.

On Nov. 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” although the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.

“As chair of the South African Medical Association and a GP of 33 years standing, I have seen a lot over my medical career,” writes Dr. Angelique Coetzee, in an op-ed for the Daily Mail.

“But nothing has prepared me for the extraordinary global reaction that met my announcement this week that I had seen a young man in my surgery who had a case of COVID that turned out to be the Omicron variant.”

The young man was unaware he had contracted the virus.

Coetzee says she has seen nothing about the variant that warrants panic.

“No one here in South Africa is known to have been hospitalized with the Omicron variant, nor is anyone here believed to have fallen seriously ill with it,” writes Coetzee.

She also says the variant has been circulating South Africa for “some time.”

Viruses — such as COVID-19 — have their own DNA or RNA, therefore allowing them to mutate into new forms.

“This virus is going exactly how you’d expect,” Dr. Steven Pelech, chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, told the Western Standard.

“Strains are going to predominate which are more infectious and mild. That’s how it displaces other variants, it doesn’t kill the host. The host often doesn’t even know they are infected.”

Pelech — who is far from alone in his analysis — suggests the “variants of concern,” including Delta, are merely steps towards COVID-19 evolving into a common coronavirus. One that is highly infectious and exceedingly mild.

The Canadian government implemented additional travel restrictions in response to Omicron on November 30 — built upon previous measures.

“We know that these concerning mutations can arise and, where vaccinations are low in parts of the world, they can spread rapidly,” said BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday.

BC officials say the province will have more information on Omicron and its implications — such as vaccine efficacy — in the coming weeks.

“Isn’t this the same playbook we heard a year ago with the Delta variant?” said Pelech.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard

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