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Coun. Carra says Palestinian supporters deserve sympathy, lockdown protesters deserve ticketing

Carra made the comment on Twitter when asked for his comment about a group of pro-Palestinians supporters protesting Israeli action in the Gaza Strip.

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Calgary councillor Gian-Carlo Carra says those who are protesting COVID-19 lockdowns deserve arrest and ticketing, while those marching in favour of Black Live Matters or Palestinians deserve applause.

Carra made the comment on Twitter when asked for his comment about a group of pro-Palestinians supporters who held three rallies in Calgary over the weekend to protest Israeli action in the Gaza Strip. Israel has been bombarding the Strip for a week after coming under repeated rocket fire from Hamas.

“My comment to this, during a global pandemic, is the same as with the #BLM protests. I’m a LOT more sympathetic to people protesting actual political situations that demand attention and resolution than I am about bad people throwing temper tantrums about being members of a society,” Carra tweeted.

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The population of Alberta has been polarized recently because of Premier Jason Kenney’s repeated COVID-19 lockdowns. There are weekly anti-lockdown protests happening in Calgary, rallies and rodeos happening around the province and even a few restaurants that have tried, to no avail, to stay open.

The organizer of a No More Lockdowns Rodeo, rancher Ty Northcott, was issued a summons by the RCMP. Chris Scott, the owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, was arrested and jailed after 1,500 people turned up on his land for a protest.

Three pastors have also been put in cuffs– James Coates, Art Pawlowski and Tim Stephens – all taken to jail and charged after being arrested for repeatedly holding services that exceeded COVID-19 capacity limitations.

Conversely, there have been several Black Lives Matter protests which have drawn several thousand participants during lockdowns without a single ticket being handed out.

Defund the Police rallies have also gone enforcement free.

On the weekend, there were three significant anti-Israel rallies held without anyone being ticketed.

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. Steven Ruthven

    May 19, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Divisive comments towards different groups protesting by a City of Calgary Ward 9 Councillor isn’t helping. People in positions of power need to be held accountable for their comments that are meant to divide & conquer & cause animosity, to which Carra’s comments did !

    Coun. Carra says Palestinian supporters deserve sympathy, lockdown protesters deserve ticketing.

    Calgary Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra says those who are protesting COVID-19 lockdowns deserve arrest and ticketing, while those marching in favour of Black Live Matters or Palestinians deserve applause.

  2. Susan Grant

    May 18, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Someone needs to sit this YYC fool in a locked room and educate him! FOR on the ground TRUTH of what is happening in Israel go to FAI on youtube, they have 8 short videos. Also, many other videos that can enlighten the world about HAMAS

  3. Joc2257

    May 18, 2021 at 7:03 am

    October election cannot come soo enough, the likes of man need to removed from political office. For a person to hold political there should be an a test to confirm that they are intelligent enough to make decisions that effect all the citizens that they are professing to represent, not a bunch self avowed radical communist’s /fascist terrorists.

  4. Steven Ruthven

    May 18, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Now that’s a provocative unproductive statement, by Councillor Carra, that will excite anger & resentment. I thought the guy was an arrogant dumb ass socialist already, and then he proved it.

  5. Mars Hill

    May 17, 2021 at 8:09 pm

  6. Darlene Craig

    May 17, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    So it’s ok to protest political issues over which albertans have no control, but not what is going on in our own province under the direction of our elected – or appointed – leaders? That is not citizenship.

  7. Bryan

    May 17, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Keep talkin’, comrade Carra. Aside from SOME voters who are paying attention, more importantly, and sadly for you, a Judge far greater than any on the Supreme Court is keeping track of your every comment.

  8. John Harvey

    May 17, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Calgarian’s I sure hope you all remember this at the polls. Another leftist supporting terror and Marxist groups, but thumbs down to the freedoms granted to all Canadians by something called the charter. Christians bad, terrorists good. Its a bizzaro world we now live in!

  9. Left Coast

    May 17, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Councilor Carra then obviously Supports Terrorists!

    The Fakeastinians are Terrorists, the BLM & Antifa loons are Marxists & terrorists!

    Carra has obviously never read a history book . . . how does such a stupid man get elected to office?

    A little history . . .

    “There is no such country as Palestine. ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. ‘Palestine’ is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it.” Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937.

    “There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not.” Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946

    “It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria.” Representative of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956

  10. Josh

    May 17, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Its pretty bad when even I’m to shocked by hypocrites to know what to say to this.

  11. Wesley

    May 17, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Hopefullu Councillor Carra and his progressive cohorts will be removed in October’s municipal elections!

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Penticton joins list of cities cancelling Canada Day celebtations

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

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The city of Penticton has become the second municipality in BC to cancel Canada Day festivites.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

“When we heard what happened in Kamloops and they found the 215 unmarked graves of those children, we thought it was appropriate to hold back and wait to see what the federal government was going to announce,” Mayor John Vassilaki told CBC.

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

“The Chief also made a note that if we were to cool down the celebrations this year, it would be greatly appreciated by the Penticton Indian Band,” said Vassilaki. 

“And we wanted to show respect and reconciliation with what happened in Kamloops.”

St. Albert this weekend became the first city in Alberta to cancel celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

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

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St. Albert cancels Canada Day fireworks

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

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The city of St. Albert has become the first municipality in Alberta to cancel some Canada Day celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

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

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BREAKING: Alberta to drop all COVID restrictions on Canada Day

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3 which was a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

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It’s all systems go for Alberta to launch into Stage 3 of its COVID-19 recovery plan.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3, which included a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

He said Alberta will drop all COVID-19 regulations on July 1 and “our lives will get back to normal.”

That means:

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

“This is a great day for Alberta! Thanks to the diligence of Albertans and the decision of 2.7 million folks to get vaccinated, we are now just two weeks away from getting our lives back to normal,” said Kenney at a Friday press conference.

“This is an important milestone and a great achievement, but we will not stop here. We will keep administering first and second doses as quickly as possible so we’re not just open for summer, but open for good.”

Kenney said the general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

And the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton have said they may continue with their municipal mask bylaws.

“With more than 70% of eligible Albertans now vaccinated with a first dose and more receiving second doses every day, the end of this pandemic is near,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“Thank you to the Albertans who have rolled up their sleeves to get protected. For those who are still thinking about getting a shot, you have only one week to get your shot before we draw for $1 million and other great prizes.”

Anyone in Alberta aged 18 and over can still enter the first Open for Summer Lottery draw for a chance to win $1 million. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 24 and proof of vaccination will be required to claim the prize. The winner will be announced on July 1.

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

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