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Kenney says more COVID restrictions coming Tuesday

A furious Kenney lashed out at 4,000 people who attended the No More Lockdowns Rodeo saying they don’t care about their fellow citizens and were one of the reasons the further lockdowns would be coming.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he will announce further COVID-19 restrictions in the province on Tuesday after a record-setting weekend for new cases.

A furious Kenney lashed out at 4,000 people who attended the No More Lockdowns Rodeo in Bowden over the weekend saying they don’t care about their fellow citizens and were one of the reasons the further lockdowns would be coming.

He did not elaborate on what the further restrictions may contain. Kenney said the COVID-19 cabinet would be meeting Tuesday morning and he would announce the measure in the afternoon.

The province reported 2,012 new cases in the previous 24 hours with a positivity rate of 13.2% Of those cases, 1,900 of them were variants.

Kenney said he was “angered” at the rodeo which was in “flagrant violations” of COVID-19 restrictions. He said there “was a compliance problem” in the province.

“These are people that simply don’t care about COVID,” said Kenney, adding the rodeo crowd believed COVID-19 was a “conspiracy or hoax.

“Too many Albertans are ignoring the rules in place.

“(They have) forced me to take further steps. Stronger health measures will be announced tomorrow.”

He noted cases were dropping in BC and Saskatchewan, who have similar restrictions.

Kenney also announced more than 52,000 certificated teachers, 29,000 support staff and 24,000 child care workers will be able to get the vaccine.

Starting May 4, Alberta teachers and education workers can begin booking appointments through the AHS online booking tool, 811 or participating pharmacies province-wide.

All certificated teachers actively teaching in kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible, including those public, separate, francophone, charter, private/independent/ECS operators, and First Nations schools, substitute teachers, administrators and other certified teachers working in separate roles.

This includes support workers, such as educational assistants, bus drivers, custodians and others who support schools.

Also starting May 4, certified early childhood educators and support staff provincewide can begin booking appointments.

This includes all staff working in licensed child care programs, including day cares, out of school care programs, preschools and family day homes.

Bookings will operate on the honour system. No proof of employment is required when eligible individuals attend their appointment. All eligible Albertans are encouraged to book appointments as soon as possible.

More than 1.64 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta.

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 Editor 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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9 Comments

  1. Lee Morrison

    May 4, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    I see that my comment has been censored. Nothing like a little democratic control eh?

  2. Lee Morrison

    May 4, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Kenny can introduce all the tough restrictions he wants but, his plaintive appeals to good citizenship will accomplish nothing. If a rule is made and not enforced it is only window dressing and its very existence puts the government into disrepute. Get off the pot Kenny. Either have a few disruptive idiots thrown into the hoosegow or let the virus run rampant until enough people are either vaccinated or dead to prevent further spread and allow the disease to die out.

  3. Left Coast

    May 4, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    A little Wuhan Flu reality that seems to escape many in the Political Class.

    It’s hard to fault anyone for the decisions they made back in March or April of 2020. There was no data. And plenty of people took the most conservative approach.

    But by summer 2020, there were mountains of data to support an informed decision.

    Consider, for example, precisely 54 children in the Land of the Free have died from COVID (according to CDC data through April 28).

    Given that there have been roughly 4 million confirmed COVID cases among children, this implies a survival rate of 99.999%.

    For kids, even the Chicken Pox is more fatal, not to mention a variety of other common illnesses ranging from the flu to strep throat.

    Yet the world never closed schools due to the chicken pox.

    Curiously, his grace, Lord Protector Anthony Fauci, noted back in 2009 during the Swine Flu epidemic that “we have already 76 children dying from the 2009 H1N1 virus, and it’s only the beginning of October.”

    Yet his eminence did not demand schools close. And the CDC specifically recommended NOT closing schools.

    (Fauci also stated then, “you can’t isolate yourself from the rest of the world for the whole flu season. . .”)

    Then there’s the Holy See of the World Health Organization, of whom no one is worthy to question. Yet the WHO says that “diarrhea kills around 525,000 children under five” every year.

    Yet did anyone ever close the schools to prevent the spread of the diarrhea-causing rotavirus?

    Point is, public health bureaucrats and school officials clearly didn’t conduct a basic cost/benefit analysis before closing the schools.

    They didn’t consider how many kids would fall behind. Or the mental health consequences of social isolation, like the higher rates of self-harm and skyrocketing calls to suicide hotlines.

    The only thing that mattered was a disease with a 99.999% survivability rate. Not their learning, their future, or their mental health.

    Rather than focus on helping students become more intellectually and professionally competitive, children are instead being taught to view themselves and others as either victims or oppressors, and to define themselves and everyone around them by skin color, gender, or sexual orientation.

    The content of one’s character is now irrelevant.

    Kids who are too young to know anything about sexual intercourse are being forced to learn about sexuality in an effort to break free of ‘heteronormative thinking.’

  4. Left Coast

    May 4, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Kenny is far too stupid to look further afield than BC & Sask . . .

    How about having a look at South Dakota, or Florida Kenny . . . they did it right.
    You on the other hand demonstrated what a friggin blockhead Politician you are. 14 Months into this farce and you still have learned Absolutely NOTHING!

  5. Kelly Carter

    May 3, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Kenney is the one who does not care. More restrictions will equal more revolt.

  6. Wesley

    May 3, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Kenney is done. The left are happy that he is obeying their whims and the right are disowning him.
    Kenney did a 180 degree turnabout from last November. What happened?? Good bye!!

  7. Marie Wade

    May 3, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    So who is advising Kenney? Does he really think that treating us like children will work to boost his popularity and kill the Virus? If he showed up with accurate and truthful numbers, charts and graphs, we might be convinced that he is steering us the right way. But the sleight of hand statistics, the ranting, the raving and the histrionics have my BS Meter on high alert. I am neither amused nor convinced. Political Dead man walking. Put a fork in him and add a dash of Hinshaw to finish him off.

  8. Theresa Musser

    May 3, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Kenney is so arrogant he thinks that strong arming albertans will force compliance. If he wants an all out riot, he’s working up to one. His greatest achievement will be trying to find a job after we punt his ass down the road. I think we are done with him, shandro and Notley. The stats don’t lie and making them up won’t absolve him from lying. He betrayed Alberta and he will pay at the polls. Now where is that recall legislation? He has to go!

  9. Left Coast

    May 3, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Rumor is . . . . Lockdown No. 9 is going to work swimmingly . . . .

    Lockdowns May Be Canada’s Biggest Policy Failure in History, Report Says
    BY ANDREW CHEN May 3, 2021 Updated: May 3, 2021biggersmaller Print
    Lockdowns have had little effect on bringing down COVID-19 deaths and could be one of Canada’s biggest policy failures in history, a professor wrote in a research paper published this month.

    Douglas W. Allen, economics professor at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, reached the conclusion after examining over 80 papers on the effects of lockdowns implemented worldwide by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy forced the closure of businesses, supply chains, various sector activities, among other activities in daily life.

    “Lockdowns have had, at best, a marginal effect on the number of Covid-19 deaths,” Allen wrote in his report (pdf).

    Allen’s own cost/benefit analysis is based on the calculation of the “life-years saved” which determines “how many years of lost life will have been caused by the various harms of lockdowns versus how many years of lost life were saved by lockdowns.”

    “The benefit of lockdown, therefore, was the avoidance of this extra 22,333 years of lost life. However, the cost of lockdown, as noted, was 6,300,000 years of lost life.”

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/lockdowns-could-be-canadas-biggest-policy-failure-in-history-report-says_3796311.html

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Third pastor arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID lockdowns

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon.

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A Calgary baptist preacher has become the third religious leader arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID-19 regulations over church attendance.

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon. He had been the subject of repeated warnings from Alberta Health Services for having too many people at his services.

Earlier this month, on the church’s website, Stephens vowed to contiue services.

“Our actions are borne out of theological commitments to the Lordship of Christ and his instruction to the church as revealed in Scripture,” wrote Stephens.

“This, above all, is the reason why we have been gathering and will continue to gather … the consequences may be severe. But we stand before Christ rather than bend before consequences.”

Pastor James Coates, of the GraceLife Church, outside Edmonton, spent a month in jail after he was arrested by the RCMP for breaking lockdown regulations repeatedly. His case is still before the courts.

Last week, Pastor Art Pawlowski was arrested in Calgary for continuing to flout the regulations at his street chruch.

Calgary police at the AHS issued a joint statement saying Stephens was “arrested this afternoon for organizing a church service that was held today at Fairview Baptist Church, located at 230 78 Ave. S.E., that did not comply with public health orders, including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits. Police did not enter the church during today’s service.

“CPS has received repeated calls from concerned citizens regarding church services held at Fairview Baptist Church over the past several weeks. Last weekend, Pastor Stephens was proactively served a copy of the Court of Queen’s Bench Order obtained by AHS,” the statement said.

“The pastor acknowledged the injunction, but chose to move forward with today’s service, ignoring requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees.

“For several weeks, AHS has attempted to work collaboratively with leadership at Fairview Baptist Church to address the ongoing public health concerns at the site. It is only when significant risk is identified or continued non-compliance is noted that AHS resorts to enforcement action.

“Once again, CPS acknowledges it is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we are still in a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

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

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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

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RE: Hinshaw grants approval for high school rodeos

Dr. Hinshaw approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is making me mad. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought Hinshaw wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed!! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then, Dr. Hinshaw. What a bully.

It’s a real kick by Hinshaw, at the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains, while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so-called circuit breaker lockdown.

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

Steven Ruthven
Calgary, AB

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Opposition calls for crackdown on animal activists

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

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By EMMA GREGORY

A coalition of federal Conservatives, NDP and Bloc MPs want to increase punishment for animal rights activists trespassing on farms, because they might make the animals sick.

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

Chief Veterinary Officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there are no proven instances of an animal rights activists spreading a disease to animals while protesting at a farm.

“To our knowledge, there are not many documented cases from trespassing or from people having demonstrations. The one that I heard is the one in Quebec, but I’m not actually sure if there is evidence of transmission from the activists to the pigs. So in the scientific literature, we have not seen much evidence of transmission of disease from these activities,” said Dr. Jaspinder Komal, to the agriculture committee earlier this month.

The one instance Komal mentioned was an allegation made by Porgreg, a pig breeding facility in Saint Hyacinthe, Que.

The activists involved in that protest, members of the group Direct Action Everywhere, are charged under the Criminal Code with breaking and entering and mischief. Whether or not they gave pigs rotavirus is a matter before the court.

Rotaviruses are common amongst pig herds and typically are transmitted from pig to pig, via the fecal-oral route.

If a human were to spread a novel rotavirus to a pig it would be in a similar fashion.

When asked if she or any of her associates pooped in the barn, activist Jenny McQueen said, “No.”

Komal said the CFIA does not police activists.

“The CFIA enforces the Health of Animals Act and regulations which address disease and biological, chemical, physical agents that may affect animals or be transmitted to persons and in the same way to protect animals from these risks…CFIA inspectors are public officers they are not peace officers… In contrast, peace officers are generally police officers, their powers include the ability to detain or arrest individuals. Peace officers may also be armed where public officers such as inspectors are not,” he said.

There are several new provincial laws that seek to lay blame for disease outbreaks in farmed animals on activists.

The Canadian Biosecurity Guideline lists an intentional act of contaminating animals with a disease is considered a possible threat of bioterrorism.

Gregory is a Vancouver-based freelance reporter

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