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Calgary Councillor Farrell suggests homicide charges for lockdown breakers

Farrell’s council colleague Evan Woolley is also preparing a motion for to increase the penalty for not wearing a mask to $500.




Calgary City Councillor Druh Farrell suggested to a council emergency committee meeting on Monday night that if people hold a party against lockdown orders and a guest contracts COVID-19 and dies, the host should be charged with manslaughter.

Farrell posed the idea as a question to Calgary Police Services Chief Mark Neufeld.

“The assumption coming out of Osgoode Hall [a law school] is people who are holding parties where, somebody dies of COVID, leading to a COVID death, could be charged with manslaughter. Is that something that we should be talking about?” said Farrell

“That’s probably the $50,000 dollar question isn’t it?” responded Neufeld, who went on to say that manslaughter charges for breaking provincial health orders or lockdowns were not in keeping with the constitution and criminal code.

The maximum penalty for manslaughter is imprisonment for life.

At the same meeting, Councillor Evan Woolley said he will bring a motion for the full council to debate next week to increase the penalty for not wearing a COVID-19 mask to $500. The current fine is $100.

Calgary Emergency Management Agency Chief Sue Henry also told councillors 75% of citizens would need to be vaccinated, for life in the city to return to normal, said sources.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi told the meeting a “significant announcement on enforcement” would be coming Tuesday, likely referring to Premier Jason Kenney’s statement earlier in the day he would bring in further COVID restrictions.

The push by Farrell for manslaughter charges against Calgarians not complying with provincial and municipal lockdown orders comes as Alberta’s UCP government clamps down further.

“These are people that simply don’t care about COVID,” said Kenney, adding a weekend 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 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.

UCP Health Minister Tyler Shandro also slammed the rodeo in Bowden as “disturbing”.

“Like so many Albertans, I am deeply frustrated with the rodeo held this weekend near Bowden, in violation of #COVID19AB health restrictions in place,” Shandro tweeted.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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. Michael Mieto

    May 8, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    This lady is nuts along with the rest of our political leaders who just fabricate numbers every day with false test results to fear the population. They failed us in the last year plus with super incompetent decisions resulting in 10x the deaths this covid has. As others have said maybe look in the mirror before opening your mouth. Your not as smart as you think you are.

  2. Chris

    May 5, 2021 at 9:05 am

    What a lunatic!

    Under her idea Trudeau, his minions and supporters should all be charged with homicide as they let the virus and every variant, into this country!

    Every family that has lost a loved one due to cancelled surgeries, delayed or cancelled diagnostic appointments, suicides and other negative events related to lockdowns and restrictions should then be able to sue those responsible for the decisions.

    … same with those making decisions with no facts or studies behind them, all should be sued.

  3. Jack Masterman

    May 5, 2021 at 7:48 am

    If people outside, where it has not been proven there is COVID transmission, should be charged with manslaughter, what about our incompetent government and health ministries? Should Trudeau, Tam, Hajdu and the heads of the provincial health departments be charged with manslaughter? Their decisions have caused the death of hundreds of people. Border not closed even after the military had advised Trudeau of a major virus issue in China, seniors homes open to virus transmissions and deaths. Druh Farrell indicates how unintelligent our elected officials have become.

  4. Baron Not Baron

    May 4, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Is it feminazism I can see striking through those lenses?

  5. Jim Whitney

    May 4, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    If that would become law then all doctors that perform abortion should be charged with murder, all store owners that sell cigarettes where people die of cancer and all liquor store owners should be charged as well. Why stop there? Lets charge GM, FORD , CHRYSLER and all auto manufacturers with murder because people die while driving. I think we should charge her with STUPIDITY.

  6. Truthmatters

    May 4, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    This is the way it works in a Communist country. The leaders keep making dictatorial rules and the people keep finding ways to ignore them.

  7. Joni Menz

    May 4, 2021 at 10:09 am

    This is the kind of mentality that thinks one can calm the storms and control all risks on earth. This crazy has a god-like ego and that is more dangerous than any earthly risk.

  8. Ethan

    May 4, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Absolute psychopath. This woman has a transgender child and she wants to put YOU in jail.

  9. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 4, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Farrel was in the past ferret some common-sense approaches.Looks like she caught the foolish virus. The provincial problems are sentered in a few cities. Why does everyone fall in to that category . Rual folks have to suffer for their city issues. There has never been real bonfire info on masking or social listing but some how they want to make new law.Do what you want in the cities and leave settler in Alberta’s alone.Get your experimental shot and let the cards lay were they may. I for one staying at home will take my chances.

  10. berta baby

    May 4, 2021 at 4:25 am

    when the political class turns into dictatorships and these kind of “ideas” are snow balled in meetings and people act like … hmmm thats a good idea. Man we have a problem.
    What about building new prisons instead of stand alone covid facilities so that we can torcher those who break the health measures act?
    I mean its not even an emeracny any more , people rant dying from this hardly at , since obesity is a leading factor how about those that are 20% over weight get forcefully removed from their homes out of an abundance of caution? ( obviously sarcastic)

    How people trust the government propaganda for vaccines after watching these actors is beyond me. Lie Lie Lie and then trust us on the vaccine.

    No thanks

  11. Mars Hill

    May 3, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    The truth will come out; there will be trials and the law will be applied. Mark my words.

  12. John Harvey

    May 3, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    This is what happens when you have elected officials who have no clue what they are talking about, but think they do, making decisions. This is what happens when you make decisions on feelings and not facts. It is nearly impossible to rationalize with this type of person. You can increase the fine to a million dollars, it will never stick in court as the science clearly shows masks are not effective, actually detrimental. Every province in the country have respiratory specialists who have come out and explained the science, but of course MSM will never report the truth, and governments ignore them as they are afraid to lose their new found power. Frightening times when the woke control the narrative, almost all politicians have zero integrity, and those that do are ridiculed and silenced. It is one thing to lie to the people who elected you, but how do they face their family’s and not feel some kind of guilt. No conscience is the only answer. You can’t serve two masters, and they definitely do not serve the people who elected them.

  13. Tony

    May 3, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Perhaps the family of a person whose death is related to a delayed medical procedure or late diagnosis due to our government’s craven and feckless policies should have grounds for a civil law suit? How do these insane progessives repeatedly get elected?

  14. Barbara

    May 3, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    They have lost it. They are having a tantrum. And they are retaliating by being vindictive.

  15. Kelly Carter

    May 3, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    It is time they start justifying their rediculous rules and fines with real science, not the computer models. Fact is a study done in Denmark last fall confirmed previous studies and found masks did not prevent the wearer from getting COVID. Other inconvenient facts are the real world data that shows no significant benefit to lock down policies in controling COVID, but much collateral damage that will be affecting future generations economically and mentally. Time to end the BS.

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Moe calls Unified Grassroots founder

Following the Western Standard article on Ness’ appeal for an audience with the Saskatchewan premier, he gave her a call and talked for more than an hour.





Unified Grassroots founder Nadine Ness finally got a phone call from Premier Scott Moe, one week and 20,000 YouTube viewers after her online request` to talk.

In a subsequent video posted December 4 entitled simply A Message From Nadine Ness, President of Unified Grassroots, the retired RCMP officer said the premier called her the evening of December 3.

“I’m gonna give credit where it’s due. He did in fact call me last night and we spoke for quite a long period of time. I’m surprised he didn’t brush me off, to be honest. It was a good, productive talk. And I foresee there being more in the future,” Ness said in the video.

Ness said she would reveal more of the content of their conversation in a subsequent Unified Grassroots Facebook post, but told Western Standard the conversation was more than an hour.

“I suspected a lot of people in Saskatchewan felt the way I felt and felt the way a lot of people in our organization feel. And I have to admit, seeing the response of that video kind of confirm my suspicions, that we’re not alone, that the people of Saskatchewan have become really concerned with the direction this province is going with the Christmas holidays approaching,” Ness said in the video.

Ness read some mainstream media headlines where articles recommended households have their own vaccine mandates and gave suggestions for how people could tell their unvaccinated family members they weren’t welcome.

“There’s this big push that maybe you shouldn’t be inviting some of your family members over for Christmas, or maybe you should be telling them they’re unwelcome. I find that really concerning. Is this really we’re where we are right now? A year ago would you have thought that you’d be thinking and feeling the way you’re thinking and feeling right now?” Ness asked.

“It makes me wonder who has taught us to think and feel this way? I can’t help to think but think that mainstream media and news organization and Premier more I’m not not gonna let you off the hook with this one, but you play a big part in this as well.”

The Christmas season was a good time to come together, not split apart, Ness said.

“I highly encourage if you have alienated anyone from your family, maybe it’s a time to call and make amends and say I’m sorry. If we don’t do something now, we’re going to look at ourselves in the mirror a year from now and not recognize who we’ve become.”

Ness, who lives near Langham, Saskatchewan, said Unified Grassroots was hosting a “hamper food / winer clothes drive, along with some Christmas music” at an as yet undecided location on December 12.

“See, that’s the Saskatchewan that I know. The Saskatchewan that I know is the one that raises the most for Telemiracle. It’s the one when a farmer is sick, the entire community comes together and combines his field; the one where we’re if someone’s having a hard time in their family, you’ll get some meals sent to your home. People will bring you food,” said the former New Brunswick native.

“And that’s the Saskatchewan that I fell in love with and decided… to make my home. I really don’t want us to become something we’re going to regret…

“It’s time we recognize that there’s a lot of hurt going on. What if we changed our focus instead of COVID, if we changed it to loving one another or caring for one another? Maybe Maybe Saskatchewan would be a better place and start going in the right direction.”

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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Bernier given vote of confidence by PPC members

Bernier received the support of 95.6% of members.




The leadership of Maxime Bernier in the People’s Party of Canada has been given an overwhelming show of support by members.

Party Executive Director, Daniel Tyrie, announced Saturday that with 15,454 votes cast and a voter participation rate of 57.5%, Bernier received the support of 95.6% of members, who had to answer Yes or No to the following question: Do you support Maxime Bernier remaining as Leader of the People’s Party of Canada? 

“I am extremely proud to know I have the support of the vast majority of our members. I believe this vote signals a strong unity within our party around the principles and policies that I have been defending since its founding,” said Bernier.

“We have grown so much over the last three years, but we’re just getting started. I have big plans for the PPC to prepare us for the 45th General Election and I am excited to get to work with this newfound mandate!” 

The leadership review was conducted online in partnership with third-party firm, SimplyVoting. The vote took place between November 12th and December 3rd. All PPC members with active membership by September 20th, 2021 (the date of the 44th General Election) were allowed to vote. Official results from SimplyVoting are available on their website at https://ppc.simplyvoting.com/index.php?mode=results&election=155777&language=en

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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