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AHS pulls plugged on planned drive-in movie in High River

Ironically, a drive-in celebrating nurses in Grande Prairie was given the green light and went ahead Friday night.

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Alberta Health Services lowered the curtain on a charity showing of Disney’s Aladdin at a High River drive-in on Friday night.

A few hours before Aladdin was supposed to start, followed by a viewing of Stand By Me, the operators of the Sunset Drive-in announced they were being shut down.

Ironically, a drive-in celebrating nurses in Grande Prairie was given the green light and went ahead Friday night.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that due to COVID restrictions, Alberta Health Services has advised that we are unable to open in May. At this time, our projected opening date will be June 5. Tickets are available now for Turner & Hooch/Super Troopers!” drive-in officials posted on their facebook site.

“If you have purchased tickets for cancelled movies in May, full refunds are being worked on and will be processed as soon as possible.

“We look forward to seeing everyone as soon as the restrictions are over. For now, be safe everyone and see you soon!”

High River Sunset Drive-In is a not-for-profit organization, run completely by volunteers, in support of local charities.

Families would have been charged $40 per vehicle and audio piped in through an FM transmitters.

“Remaining in/near your vehicle and respecting social distancing is required at all times,” said the group’s website promoting the event.

Anyone who would have wanted treats would be able to visit a food truck.

Grande Prairie event

While the High River show was shut down, another one up north, celebrating nurses, went ahead.

A showing of Patch Adams was held in honour of National Nurses Week in Grande Prairie.

Proceeds from the $60-a-vehicle event are destined for a nursing bursary.

The Western Standard has reached out to AHS for comment but hasn’t heard back.

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. Dan Shaw

    May 23, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about Kenney. UCP and him will most likely never be in power again until the current children’s generation have their own kids and will not have experienced their immense ineptitude and generally botched existence in office.

  2. Left Coast

    May 16, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Last time I checked . . . Drive-in movies are OUTDOORS . . . where the transmission rate is .01% . . . in other words NONE.
    Are these Govt Employees in the Health Authority that friggin uninformed?

    Meanwhile, 1000s go to Safeway, Costco, BestBuy and fondle the merchandise, lining up for hours to check out & these same fools say this is OK. But it’s Dangerous to sit 6 ft apart in a Church.

    Once again the AHA crush the little people, If I were a Pastor I would be meeting my congregation at Costco and having a service in the produce dept. lol

  3. Joell Haugan

    May 15, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    The headline seems…. unintelligible. 🙂 AHS pulls plugged on planned drive-in movie in High River

  4. Steven Ruthven

    May 15, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Alberta Health Authority ?? I believe we can take word “Services” out.

    Premier Kenney opened up an Authoritarian can of worms for Albertans when he gave AHS now aka the Alberta Health Authority to prosecute – restrict – intimidate, Albertans.

    Welcome to the new Health Authority era Alberta. You can thank Premier Kenney for this.

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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
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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
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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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