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WATCH: As barred owner repairs damage at Whistle Stop – AHS, RCMP arrive to rebolt doors

Scott said he was inside his restaurant with a glass installer looking for options on putting in security glass

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Chris Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, Alberta, had made a solemn promise to Alberta Health Services and the RCMP that he would no longer open his establishment.

So when he was inside Friday, cleaning damage up after someone broke the glass in his front door, he was shocked to see AHS and RCMP speed into his parking lot, and re-padlock the restaurant.

In a Facebook posting after the incident, Scott said he was inside his restaurant with a glass installer looking for options on putting in security glass and putting another door in for easier access to his patio. Whoever smashed out the front window had also cut off the original chain the authorities had put on.

Scott said he told AHS he would be inside the building, party to remove spoiled food when he was originally locked-out of his business by the government three weeks ago.

“AHS, showed up, with the police again, and chained our door shut, again, with a different lock because as they say, they are in control of our business, and our building and we can’t do anything without their permission,” Scott said.

Scott said there was “no reason” for Friday’s incident because he had informed AHS that he would comply with a court order.

“We were cleaning up a mess in the restaurant. That’s it,” said Scott.

“And they came in and pulled ‘we have all the authority and you have none and this is what we’re doing and you have no choice.'”

“It was ridiculous and I was really angry (Friday). I raised my voice at the AHS manager, which, I don’t like doing that, but people get emotional and that stuff happens. When I hear people like that telling me they are in control of my means to earn a living, they’re in control of my destiny, my future, because they say so, it pisses me off.”

In an effort to try earn income, Scott said the Whistle Stop held a drive-in movie night last weekend, which AHS was consulted on. He was hoping to have a marketplace set up for this weekend.

Scott is now working on expanding his campground adjoining the restaurant.

Scott was arrested on May 8 after a protest which saw 1,500 people show in support of his business which had faced repeated crackdowns by the provincial government.

That week saw the RCMP seize all of the establishment’s beer and then days later padlock the restaurant after a dawn raid.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers the next day in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government had recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

The Whistle Stop Cafe has become a flashpoint in resistance to provincial lockdown orders and restrictions imposed by the Jason Kenney government, as Scott defied the orders and “illegally” reopened in mid-January of 2021.

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. Claudette Leece

    May 29, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    This is truly sickening. Obviously cops and AHS can’t be that busy if they have time to stalk a business owner. Your an embarrassment to Alberta both of you

  2. Vladimir Poutine

    May 29, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Doktator Hinshaw will be Sentenced at the Nuremberg Trial 2.0

  3. Bryan

    May 29, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Is anyone surprised? There is a reason I refer to Alberta Health Services as AHs. Actually, I likely shouldn’t. It is just management with that tyranical organization that I should refer to as AHs. In my opinion, that should include Tyler Slimebro and his boss, Justin Kenney. AHs is a good moniker.

  4. Josh

    May 29, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    People need to realize they still have their freedom. AHS and Kenney just want you to think you don’t. Chris could realize he is a free man and cut the chain off his door and do whatever he wants or comply. It’s his freedom to choose what he will do. If people really want to go back to normal they need to just do it. There is no force in Alberta or Canada that can stop a large amount of people spread out from living their life. They can try but they only increase the chances of court action or violent push back.

  5. Dennis Richter

    May 29, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    And I 2nd that motion Steven. What we are witnessing here today is akin to WW2 and the onslaught of Nazizm.

  6. Erik Tarves

    May 29, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Doing the Lord’s work I see. It blows me away when police are baffled when the public supports them less and less.
    This crap is why guys.

    Also Kenny is one of the worst things to happen to AB.

  7. Steven Ruthven

    May 29, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    After reading this story Alberta Health Services. I have no respect for the Management of Health Services. I have no respect for the NDP mouth piece that Premier Kenney advocated his responsibilities to. If this story of abuse by a Health Authority & it is now an Authority not a Service doesn’t get you angry. Then pray it never happens to you.

    THIS STORY SHOULD BE OUTSIDE OF THE PAY WALL Mr. Naylor. More Albertans need to know what AHS is up to. This is utterly disgusting.

  8. Dennis Richter

    May 29, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Alberta needs more Chris Scott’s. And less Jason Kenny’s

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BC removes capacity limits in some areas, but only if you’re double vaccinated

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.

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British Columbia will be seeing some restrictions eased for those who have can prove two doses of vaccination against COVID-19.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday that capacity limits for events and gatherings throughout much of the province — where proof-of-vaccination is required — will be lifted.

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.

Health officials will also be removing the requirement to stay seated at restaurants.

The changes do not apply to regional restrictions in effect in Interior Health, Northern Health, and eastern Fraser Valley.

Personal gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, are restricted to fully vaccinated people throughout the Northern Health region, with the exception of Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, and the Nisga’a areas.

Indoor mask requirements remain in effect for all indoor gatherings and events.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
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WORLD WATCH: U.K. warns of new COVID variant as cases rise yet Japan numbers plummet

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.

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News reports out of the U.K. are linking an uptick in cases to a new variant that “could be 10 times more infectious than Delta,” yet Japan is seeing some of their lowest case counts since this time last year.

According to the latest official data out of the U.K., an increase in COVID-19 cases includes a genetically sequenced variant labelled AY.4.2 accounting for 6% of new cases.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

The new strain, some call “Delta Plus”, is said to contain mutations that could give the virus “survival advantages” and could make it more contagious.

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.

Meanwhile, reports from Japan say a very different narrative where cases have mysteriously plummeted over the last two months.

Low case rates have not been the norm in Japan throughout the pandemic. However, despite the 2020 Summer Olympics being postponed to the summer of 2021 and Japan seeing some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the world at times, the country has never implemented any full lockdowns.

Over the last two months, rates in Japan went from over 26,121 new cases recorded on August 22 to 494 new cases as of Monday.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

Some are crediting the incredible turnaround to a late but rapid uptake in vaccinations. Others say it could have something to do with bad August weather in the latter part of the month that kept people home.

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the huge decline in cases and experts are warning Japan could face another surge with the gradual waning of vaccine efficacy as well as heading into the colder winter months.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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EXCLUSIVE: Chu vows not to resign, apologizes and speaks out on allegations

Chu speaks out after allegations against him come to light.

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Embattled Calgary Councillor Sean Chu says he has no intention of resigning, but has apologized to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western Standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave. S and not the Husky House restaurant downtown that some media had reported.

“Because it was a licensed establishment I thought the girl was at least 18 years old,” said Chu, who was in uniform with his partner at the time.

“I was single at the time and I thought some girl liked me.”

The Western Standard cannot confirm at this time if there is documentary evidence the encounter was at the Husky House or at the pub on Macleod Tr.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Once there, the pair “started kissing and hugging, but there was no intercourse,” said Chu.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes”.

“She then said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”

Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

At one point Chu said he owned a shotgun, but denied that weapon was ever produced or shown in any way that night.

“If there had been a gun involved there would have been charges,” said Chu.

The Western Standard has not seen any documents that indicate the presence or absence of a firearm on the evening in question.

Chu said he does not drink alcohol, but added he didn’t know if the girl had been drinking.

After the incident, the girl reported the case to city police claiming she was sexually assaulted. That lead to nine years of investigations, court battles and appeals, with news of the case only leaking last week, days before the civil election.

There were never any sexual assault or weapons charges laid, and Chu says the letter of reprimand was the only discipline that came out of the entire process.

Documents obtained by the Western Standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

Chu is now at the centre of a political storm with friends and supporters deserting him.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who han’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

He said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-Elect Jyoti Gondek to discuss the situation.

Kenney said as much of the legal documents are under seal, it’s up to Chu to prove his innocence.

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner tweeted her disgust at the incident.

“I have supported Mr. Chu in the past, but firmly withdraw all such support in light of these reports. Believing women means walking the talk,” she tweeted.

“In light of the disciplinary action, as a result of inappropriate contact with a minor which has been reported by CBC Calgary, MP Rempel Garner is formally withdrawing her endorsement of Councillor Sean Chu and he is no longer a member of her Constituency Association.”

Rempel Garner tweet

Now Chu said he is looking at his legal options and a possible defamation suit over some of what he called the false reporting.

“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is hurting,” said Chu.

Chu said he wouldn’t comment on remarks made by Gondek that she will try and remove him from council.

“I will continue to tell the truth at council and will be a fiscal hawk,” he said.

“The most important thing is I told the truth and the truth will prevail.”

It appears any bid to try and remove Chu would fail because he was not charged or convicted criminally.

Calgary police released a statement Monday about its investigation in 1997. It states:

“We want to reassure Calgarians that when this matter came to light in 1997 it was taken seriously by the Service and managed in accordance with the Police Act. This has been a complex legal matter with multiple complaints and investigations as well as appeals to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board. One of those decisions was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal. Ultimately, one allegation of misconduct was sustained through our internal disciplinary process.”

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

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