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Gang violence spreads beyond Lower Mainland

“These gangs are prepared to go anywhere. If you are from Vancouver, living in Calgary, and you think you’re fine, you’re not,” said a former investigator.

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Recent slayings on Vancouver Island and in Calgary suggest that Metro Vancouver’s bloody gang violence may be spreading into other parts of western Canada.

Known Red Scorpion-Kang associate Yasin Khan was executed in Nanaimo on May 20 while sitting in his silver BMW at the Rock City Plaza. Three suspects were arrested for the broad daylight shooting but have since been released pending further investigation, according to the Nanaimo RCMP.

“We believe this event has a nexus to the ongoing gang conflict and violence currently plaguing a number of Lower Mainland communities,” Insp. Donovan Tait said in a news release.

Two days after the Nanaimo shooting, Coquitlam RCMP was called to the area of Hart Street and Henderson Avenue around 5:30 pm PST for reports of gunfire.

Officers found a man slumped out of the door of a white Toyota SUV with gunshot wounds. Mir Aali Hussain was pronounced dead at the scene, and police believe it was a targeted shooting but have not confirmed whether Hussain was tied to organized crime.

An hour after the unidentified man was gunned down in Coquitlam, another hit and run execution took place 955 km away in Calgary, where police were called to the 1800 block of 26 Avenue S.W. at approximately 5:30 pm MST.

When they got there, a man was found suffering gunshot wounds inside a vehicle parked in the alley behind 26 Avenue S.W.

The man, identified as Gurkeert Kalkat – the brother of Jaskreet Kalkat, who was gunned down in Burnaby 10 days prior – was pronounced dead on scene. Both brothers belonged to the Brothers Keepers organization.

Timeline of all shootings reportedly tied to the Metro Vancouver gang conflict in May

May 1: BC corrections officer Bikramdeep Randhawa was shot and killed at Scottsdale Centre in North Delta.

May 3: A man shot outside of Willowbrook shopping centre in Langley was taken to the hospital with injuries.

May 8: In South Burnaby, 19 year old Blerton (Toni) Dalipi died in the hospital after being shot. Ahmed Riyaz Tahir was charged on May 9.

May 9: United Nations gang member Karman Grewal was shot and killed outside the Vancouver International Airport. Suspects shot at police while fleeing.

May 13: In Burnaby, Jaskeert Kalkat was shot and killed near the Cactus Club restaurant at Market Crossing mall. Two others were injured.

May 20: Yasin Khan is shot dead at 3:30 pm PST near a Wendy’s restaurant in Rock City Centre in Nanaimo.

May 22: A man is gunned down around 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Hart Street and Henderson Avenue in the Maillardville area of Coquitlam.

May 22: Gurkeert Kalkat is shot dead in the 1800 block of 26 Avenue S.W. in Calgary around 5:30 pm MST.

“These gangs are prepared to go anywhere. If you are from Vancouver, living in Calgary, and you think you’re fine, you’re not,” a former Calgary police investigator told the Western Standard.

Calgary police will be doing a media availability on the recent murder of Gurkeert Kalkat on Wednesday. In conjunction, at 11a.m. PST, CFSEU is will be doing a news conference.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Claudette Leece

    May 26, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Yep Left coast, when you import other countriescriminals, what do you expect and now that Hamas is showing its ugly face in Canada that’s what, will continue

  2. Left Coast

    May 26, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Canada is now the home to every gang on the planet . . . after decades of out of control immigration is anyone surprized?

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

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An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.

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“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.

“THIS IS WHY WE NEED PRIDE MONTH.”

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.

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Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

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

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

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The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results.

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

“I think it is important that we adhere to the public health advice that we are all getting, that we do our part as Canadians to try and protect our health care system,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu earlier told reporters.

Records show a total 988 air passengers were each ticketed $3,000 for “refusing to go to government-approved accommodation” on arrival in Canada. The majority of tickets, 621, were issued at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport followed by Vancouver (194 tickets) and Montréal (173).

Cabinet on January 7 passed an order requiring all air travelers to prove they were COVID-19-free with tests taken a maximum 72 hours prior to arrival. An identical order for cross-border drivers was invoked February 22.

The Canada Border Services Agency found 62 travelers with fake tests, said the report, and four were each ticketed $3,000.

Another 9,003 travelers were cited for not having proof of a valid test, including 4,583 drivers and 4,420 air passengers.

“This would include individuals who did not test at all, who were in possession of tests outside the required 72-hour time frame, tests that did not originate from the required country of origin, tests that are suspected fraudulent and other reasons,” wrote staff.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the enforcement.

“Cancel your vacation plans,” Blair told reporters February 12.

“Stay home. Respect the rules. We believe that through these effective measures, appropriate screening and the testing measures in particular that we have put in place coupled with robust and enforced quarantine orders, it is the best way to prevent variants from spreading across our borders into Canada.”

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

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