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Hinman calls Kenney lockdown ‘unacceptable and wrong’

“Now that Kenney has announced to his caucus that his traditional supporters are ‘disturbing’ to him and he wants ‘a new base’, it’s time for all of the 17 MLAs who wrote the letter against the earlier lockdowns to immediately leave the UCP Caucus,” said Paul Hinman.

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Wildrose Independence Party leadership candidate Paul Hinman lashed out at Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s tightened lockdown restrictions saying they are “unacceptable and wrong.”

“It is clear that we are now living under a repressive government that shows little regard for the physical, mental or financial wellbeing of the large majority of Albertans,” said Hinman in a statement after the Tuesday night announcement.

“Now that Kenney has announced to his caucus that his traditional supporters are ‘disturbing’ to him and he wants ‘a new base’, it’s time for all of the 17 MLAs who wrote the letter against the earlier lockdowns to immediately leave the UCP Caucus and demand an end to Kenney’s authoritarian insanity.”

Hinman was referring to an exclusive by the Western Standard earlier in the day about Kenney’s comments to the UCP caucus following the Bowden rodeo where he said “I want a new base”.

“Writing letters and virtue signaling isn’t enough. Only walking away from Kenney’s unhinged regime will truly protect the freedoms of voters who most definitely did not vote to have a medical police state imposed on them here in Alberta,” said Hinmann.

“Kenney failed to act responsibly by implementing the Alberta emergency plan which was developed by experts like Lieutenant Colonel David Redman, who stated that thousands of lives would have been saved and most of the collateral damage done with these lockdowns would have been avoided had Kenney simply followed the plan.”

Hinmann said Kenney should follow the strategy used by Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida “who has boldly ended all COVID restrictions everywhere in the State and has completely prohibited the use of any “vaccine passports” by both government and private institutions in Florida.”

Wildrose Independence Party members will elect a new leader on August 28, 2021.

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. Dennis Richter

    May 5, 2021 at 9:47 am

    It’s time for Albertans to gather together and plan to put a new government “For the People, By the People” in place in 2023. What we’ve had for the past decade is not working for Alberta and needs to change. Make your investment in the future of Alberta with a membership in the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and become involved in your government. https://wildrose.party/

  2. Left Coast

    May 5, 2021 at 9:19 am

    “Cases” is a fraud metric . . . it is the result of PCR Tests.
    The Inventor of the PCR, a Nobel Prize winning Scientist, said it was NOT a diagnostic tool . . . it is a Forensic Tool that AMPLIFIES Material.

    What we don’t know and no media ever asks . . . How many “Cases” wind up SICK and how many go to Hospital? The answer is likely close to NONE.

    What should have been done?
    After the first Failed Lockdown . . . attention should have been paid to the Vulnerable Population . . . SENIORS and those with co-morbidities. The under 60 healthy people only had a tiny fraction of 1% chance of dying from the Wuhan Flu.

    Alberta & Canada Seniors were disproportionately exposed & neglected by the failing Cdn Healthcare system. Florida a State with over 22 million has a much higher % of Seniors and by focusing on them did a much better job than most.

    Locking down the healthy population & killing the Economy is just friggin Insane . . .

  3. Jason Delaney

    May 5, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Hey Paul Rodriguez, just out of curiosity, regardless of “case count” what’s the survival rate again? The most important part of this issue is our freedom. End of story, information is being withheld every day. Every day Kenney is responsible for putting restrictions on people who are sick and tired of it not knowing the actual data. Not having access to find out for themselves because they elected a liberal in conservative clothing. Alberta is moving in the direction more and more in an individual state without having an actual elected leader of wildrose. Solely because we’re done with Canada, and Kenney. We don’t need convincing from a politician who’s in favor of separation, we’re convinced because of the politicians who are in favor of keeping the status quo.

  4. Steven Ruthven

    May 4, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Wildrose Independence Party has my vote.

    Can’t say I agree with Paul Rodriguez. Adopting a Florida-style business as usual plan after the third lockdown didn’t work & vaccinations were on the rise in Alberta would have been preferable to the manipulation of the population by Premier Hinshaw. Albertans don’t have all the stats to make an informed decision from AHS. It’s always could & might from the Doctor. Give us the real numbers & ICU stats per hospital concerning COVID-19.

    Albertans need better leadership then what Mr. Kenney has provided. I don’t believe Mr. Kenney has been truthful with Albertans on COVID-19 either. More reactionary & combative towards his base & that isn’t Fake News.

  5. Chris

    May 4, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Florida is the third largest state for your information. Take note of the last line, lol.

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    Florida ranked seventh among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week, coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 15.4% from the week before, with 344,463 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country’s population, Florida had 9.93% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 16 states had more cases than Florida in the latest week than they did in the week before.

  6. Baron Not Baron

    May 4, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Paul Hinman, great man! Great mentality! Strongest points of them all. WILDROSE INDEPENDENT PARTY OF ALBERTA !!

  7. Paul Rodriguez

    May 4, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Paul who? What a headline-chasing maroon. I’m no Kenney fan, but any responsible premier would have had to ride the knife-edge of pandemic expert recommendations vs the needs of our economy, and likely would have acted similarly. To suggest that adopting a Florida-style business-as-usual plan while case numbers are setting records daily is not only irresponsible, but also completely idiotic. Grow up, Paulie D. There are more important things to deal with than your parasitic political aspirations

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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.

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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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