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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 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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  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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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.




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

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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?




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.





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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