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Bowden and District Agricultural Society demands retraction from Kenney for rodeo comments

“So if the premier’s going to go on TV and run Bowden through the mud, he might want to be accountable himself and retract his statement,” said society president Keith Bailey.

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Officials with the Bowden and District Agricultural Society are demanding an apology from Alberta Premier Jason Kenney who has gone on multiple tirades against the No More Lockdowns Rodeo event that took place near there over the weekend.

On social media on Sunday, Kenney called the rodeo “disturbing.”

“It is disturbing to see large numbers of people gathering this weekend at Bowden in flagrant violation of COVID-19 public health measures,” Kenney said on his Facebook page.

“We are all sick of this. We all want it to end. Thousands of Albertans are following the rules, sacrificing travel and social gatherings to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Not only are gatherings like this a threat to public health, they are a slap in the face to everybody who is observing the rules to keep themselves and their fellow Albertans safe.

“On a personal note, I’m angered and saddened to see so many people selfishly put themselves ahead of others. Rodeo celebrates Alberta’s Western heritage, a key part of which is our community spirit and looking out for others, especially the vulnerable. That’s the opposite of what these folks are doing.”

On Monday, Kenney said that tougher lockdowns and restrictions were coming, driven by Albertans not complying with existing orders, like those at the rodeo.

Kenney’s comments didn’t sit well with town officials.

The Town of Bowden and the BDAS sent out a joint statement about Kenney’s comments on Tuesday.

“The event was held on private property outside of the municipal boundaries of the Town of Bowden.” said the statement.

“The Town of Bowden and the Bowden and District Agricultural Society did not endorse or have any involvement in this event. 

“Alberta Health Services (AHS) had knowledge of the event and we were informed that they had jurisdiction.” 

But Bowden and District Agricultural Society (BDAS) president Keith Bailey went even further about Kenney dragging the town through the mud.

“It was not a community of Bowden event or a Town of Bowden event or a Bowden agricultural event. It was out in a private property,” Bailey said during an interview with MountainView Today.

“So if the premier’s going to go on TV and run Bowden through the mud, he might want to be accountable himself and retract his statement.”

The premier’s office was asked for comment on Bailey’s statement, MountainView Today reported. 

“Aside from mentioning briefly where the event took place, the premier was careful not to implicate any organization in his comments,” an email from his office said.

“Nothing in his statement placed blame on either the Town of Bowden or the Bowden agricultural society. To the contrary, the premier made clear that established organizations were not involved in the event.”

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. Myrna Benttila

    May 5, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Wow is Kenney that stupid has a Death wish for his political career. Wow had so much faith in Kenney such a disappointment. Has to be mentally ill . Kenney sanity is questionable angry is having tantrums calling Albertans names just another Notley Sewer Rat was her favourite words for Albertans And now Kenney tell Albertans to Smarten up Albertans are selfish it just goes on and on 🤷🏼‍♀️
    I’m starting to feel like a child getting punished I’m 80 and nobody can tell me what I can and can’t do . Kenney your a bully so lay off your growing devil’s 👿 horns already.

  2. Susan

    May 5, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    So is someone (AHS?) going to be able to track the COVID fallout (if any)from this event? Let’s get some “real world data” from this. Then we’ll know something. Right now, nobody knows anything

  3. Gus

    May 5, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    See you all at the next rodeo in Bowden

  4. Dennis Richter

    May 5, 2021 at 9:43 am

    It’s time for Albertans to gather together and plan to put a new government “For the People, By the People” in place in 2023. What we’ve had for the past decade is not working for Alberta and needs to change. Make your investment in the future of Alberta with a membership in the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and become involved in your government. https://wildrose.party/

  5. Left Coast

    May 5, 2021 at 9:36 am

    The safest place to be during the PlanDemic is outdoors, breathing fresh air.
    Outdoor transmission is rare . . . indoor transmission is common . . .

    What is very “Disturbing” is the inability of the Premier and his incompetent crew to learn from the successes of other jurisdictions . . . only the terminally stupid keep doing the same thing over & over expecting a different result. Einstein said that was the definition of insanity . . . .

  6. Steven Ruthven

    May 5, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Premier Kenney’s people didn’t read the Premier’s comment??? “It is disturbing to see large numbers of people gathering this weekend at Bowden in flagrant violation of COVID-19 public health measures,” Kenney said on his Facebook page.

    The Premier mention Bowden. In my mind that is the Town of Bowden or the District of Bowden, as the case may be.

    Is this a case of Premier Kenney – open mouth place in foot? Are his people now lying for the Premier or just as out of touch as the Premier appears to be?

  7. John Huizing

    May 5, 2021 at 9:13 am

    The path that Jason Kenney is on will lead us to a civil war. We are not too far away.

  8. Baron Not Baron

    May 5, 2021 at 6:47 am

    LET THERE BE WAR. It is them or IT IS US, TO STAND. It cannot continue in this bullshit!

  9. francis witzel

    May 5, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Does that mean all Albertans are grounded …Stop treating them like a bunch of children, you coward

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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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