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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 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. 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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Lawyer blasts Alberta sports facilities for vaccine passport policies

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

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Lawyer Derek From has sent a stern warning to sport facility operators Monday saying they are breaching the law by requiring parents and kids 12 and over to show their vaccine status.

A constitutional lawyer for 10 years with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, From is now in private practice at an Airdrie law firm.

From was retained by a group of parents who have kids enrolled in youth sports programs in Calgary and the surrounding area.

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

REP allows businesses to either choose to operate as usual if they implement a vaccine passport program or limit their attendance to one-third of their fire code capacity and abide by a number of other public health restrictions.

“Youth sports are supposed to be out of scope for these mandates according to the latest public health order,” From said in an interview with the Western Standard.

Last Thursday, public health order #43-2021 was rescinded due to “bad faith behaviour on the part of businesses offering youth activities and rogue municipal governments seeking to increase and stiffen the restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta,” From states in the letter.

In its place, order #45-2021 was enacted making it clear that youth activities are out of the scope of REP.  

“This means that facilities that house youth sports are not allowed to use (vaccine) passports. They have to opt out of the passport program,” From said.

However, Calgary city council passed a bylaw that came into effect September 23 forcing businesses eligible for the REP to participate without choice including recreation facilities.

Calgary bylaw 65M2021 says “any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and either proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical exemption from vaccine letter.”

“With (Mayor Naheed) Nenshi running interference on this issue, a lot of people were turned away from a number of facilities over the weekend,” From said.

“Essentially, they (city council) have left no one any choice in the municipality of Calgary including hockey rinks, even though it falls out of scope according to the province. Now a bunch of other surrounding communities are falling in line.”  

The legal letter demands these facilities stop enforcing any REP-related restrictions associated with youth physical, performance or recreational activities, and begin to follow the clear direction set out by the Alberta government regarding what falls in and out of scope for the REP.

“Youth physical activity, performance activity and recreational activity, where all participants are under the age of 18” is listed as outside of the purview of REP. This means that REP is not available for implementation in association with such activities,” the letter states.

“Thousands of parents are ready to have this fight for their kids across the province,” From said.

“If the letters aren’t enough to change the course for these facilities, we will start suing rinks and even the city (Calgary).”

From said he was sending the letter to Nenshi and Calgary council Monday.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: Pawlowski arrested at Calgary airport

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

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Controversial Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski is back behind bars again.

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

He had been out of the country for four months.

Details on why he was taken into custody haven’t been revealed.

Pawlowski has been repeatedly ticketed and jailed for breaking provincial COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

He has recently been on a speaking tour in the US.

more to come…

source: streetchurch facebook

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Norway goes back to life as usual before COVID

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-related domestic restrictions.

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Norway lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions this weekend in an effort to return to normal.

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” said Erna Solberg, Norways’s prime minister at a press conference.

Neither vaccination status nor a negative test result was required for citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants which saw throngs of people heading to their favourite hangouts en masse.

Saturday marked the first time capacity limits were lifted in bars and restaurants in more than 500 days. Revellers young and old took to the streets with rowdy celebrations.

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a small but growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-19-related domestic restrictions. Sports venues, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be permitted to return to full capacity and will no longer require social distancing or masking.

According to the Institute of Public Health, Norwegian vaccination rates sit around 76% for one dose and 67% are considered fully vaccinated.

Solberg still encouraged citizens to get vaccinated and said those who contract COVID-19 will still be required to self-isolate to avoid transmission.

“Even though everyday life is now back to normal for most people, the pandemic is not over,” Solberg said.

Although some restrictions will remain in place for those arriving in Norway from countries with higher rates of infection, travel restrictions will also be lifted, the government said.

“In short, we can now live as normal,” Solberg said.

Denmark was the first country in the European Union (EU) to lift all corona virus restrictions on September 10.

“The vaccines and the great efforts of all of Denmark’s citizens over such a long period are the foundation for why we are going strong,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter just before the country opened up.

After seeing nearly three-quarters of adults fully vaccinated and experiencing low rates of infection and death in August, the Danish Health Authority declared the virus is “no longer a critical threat to society.”

Britain lifted much of its COVID-19-related restrictions over the summer.

As of September 23, more than 48 million people in the UK have received their fist does – 89% of those over 16 years old. A total 82% of the population or 44 million people 16 and older have been double jabbed.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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