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WATCH: Whistle Stop Cafe owner Chris Scott arrested

Scott was led through his parking lot to an RCMP vehicle where he was handcuffed and searched before being driven away.




RCMP officers handcuffed and hauled away Whistle Stop Cafe owner Chris Scott and the end of a day that saw 1,500 of his supporters protesting the government’s COVID-19 lockdown.

Scott was led through his parking lot to an RCMP vehicle where he was handcuffed and searched before being driven away.

RCMP arrest Chris Scott

It marked the end of a day that saw people turn out from across the province to protest restrictions that this week saw the RCMP seize all of the establishment’s booze and then days later padlock the restaurant after a dawn raid.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers the next day in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

On Thursday, the Alberta Health Services went to court and obtained an injection that made Scott’s protest illegal. It also gave the police powers to arrest organizers and protesters immediately.

On Saturday, a few tickets were handed out, but overall the crowd remained respectful. The protest wrapped up about 5 p.m.

But the RCMP seemed ready for major unrest.

Reports from nearby Forestburg say armoured police cars and approximately 6 empty buses were standing by, presumably to transport arrested protestors.

Wildrose leadership candidate Paul Hinman spoke at the protest, alongside Scott, Dr. Roger Hodkinson, and others.

The Whistle Stop Cafe has become a flashpoint in resistance to provincial lockdown orders and restrictions imposed by the Jason Kenney government, as Scott defied the orders and “illegally” reopened in mid-January of 2021.

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. berta baby

    May 9, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    good the government is about to experience another classic kenney F up … everything he touches turns to Sh*t and this will too…. try deflecting all these courts cases kenney . Try criminal charges and justifying the action in court Hinshaw. … Rebel news is raising cash, I personally will not donate to a church or cause any more other than for lawyers for fighting these authoritarian charges…. How no MLA’s have left and sat as independents yet is also troubling …. 18 speak out over only being able to eat on a patio and nothing over this ??

  2. Royden Yuill

    May 9, 2021 at 11:11 am

    I didn’t realise Alberta Health Services has an armed enforcement arm, why are they allowed to impersonate police officers?

  3. Eric Lowther

    May 9, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Kenney must go!

    Notley is his biggest fan.

    Kenney is a great manipulator who is the worst Premier we’ve ever had.

    Kenney must go and the dead weight MLAs

  4. Marie Wade

    May 9, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Rebel News is fundraising I believe.

  5. Louis Cormier

    May 8, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Wildrose party of Alberta. Its due!

  6. Baron Not Baron

    May 8, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    W I L D R O S E I N D E P E N D E N C E P A R T Y O F A L B E R T A !!!

  7. Steven Ruthven

    May 8, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Business as usual in Calgary at the large box stores. Open for business here Princes Notley & King Kenney. Small businesses are fighting tooth & nail to remain solvent while the police, politics, & AHS all get their juicy pay cheque bi-weekly 26 pay periods a year.

    Think about that folks, while others in not so privileged positions & small business owners, get the table scraps.

    There really is no balance with the UPC Government & Alberta Health Services. Where these two appear to pick & choose who with a blind fold on.

  8. John Lankers

    May 8, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    These arrests have nothing to do with any virus, this is 100% politically motivated.

  9. Diane Latrace

    May 8, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    I am ashamed to be an Albertan. Where is justice? Where is freedom? Why would any conservative government act in such a horrendous manner. It’s like the entire cabinet is insane. Do we not have the right to make a living, or to worship God in our churches? This is tyranny. Police waiting and dragging pastors across the highway to their vehicles? Madness!

  10. Mars Hill

    May 8, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Born and raised in Alberta, this is really sad, nothing needs to be said, it speaks for itself.

  11. Baron Not Baron

    May 8, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Is there a go fund me page to help this gentleman?

  12. Declan Carroll

    May 8, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    The buses are the optics for indimidating peaceful protestors. This is the Kenney Government. They are tyrants. Do what we say or we will violate your constitutional rights arrest you without just cause or due process and lock you in jail!

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SLOBODIAN: First you lose your guns, then your freedoms

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.




The day the Aussies gave up their guns triggered the beginning of the end of their liberty.

Now the land Down Under is a full-blown police state. Proud, strong, free, productive Australia is gone. 

This harsh, bitter transformation should be a warning to nations still clinging to the God, guns, and freedoms the hard-core left deeply despises.

Aussies protesting totalitarian COVID-19 restrictions, the harshest in the free world, are fighting a seemingly hopeless battle for basic rights and freedoms by pelting rocks, bottles, golf balls, and batteries against heavily armed riot police.

It was a sad day in Melbourne Wednesday when police were ordered to fire rubber bullets into a crowd of 400 protesters, then arrested about 200 who face hefty $5,000 US fines.

These are regular law-abiding citizens, including tradesmen protesting a two-week closure of building sites, mandatory vaccinations, stay-at-home orders, and a succession of lockdowns.

They’re tired of being told they can’t go outside, can’t go to church, can’t travel far from home.

Authorities claimed it wasn’t so much ordinary working people in the crowd police fired upon, but extremist and far-right groups infiltrating the protests. That’s often a tired lie, an excuse used to justify overstepping boundaries when annihilating freedom.

The Australian government, with an insatiable hunger for control and compliance, is planning to soon implement an app using facial recognition software to track movements and location. Aussies will be randomly texted, having 15 minutes to take a photo in their location. If they don’t comply, police will show up.

The riots are expected to continue.

This is by no means an attempt to suggest people should arm themselves against police who are obliged to follow orders and face the violent consequences of bad political decisions while the decision-makers safely hide behind armed guards.

Law-abiding gun owners aren’t the problem. Criminals with easy access to weapons are.

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.

Law-abiding gun ownership is a safeguard that must be protected at all costs.

In Australia gun confiscation disguised as a buyback program was rushed through Parliament in 1996 after a nut job massacred 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle. Gun crimes have steadily escalated since.

But still, only sportsmen, Roo Shooters, ranchers, and law enforcement officials are allowed to own guns.

Owning a weapon for self-defense is a criminal offence in Australia.

We don’t see the devastation and despair Australia is facing unfolding in places like Texas where gun laws are relaxed.

Bad guys tend to behave better if they don’t know if someone is packing.

In Texas, even grandma carries a handgun in a holder on her hip or shoulder or anywhere she likes, because the law says she can.

In fact, as of September 1 this year Texas law requiring people to have a license to carry a handgun — open or concealed — was removed.

Texans over the age of 21 with no criminal record or mental health issues may carry to protect themselves in most public places, excluding schools, hospitals, amusement parks, if the gun is holstered.

Of course, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, an advocate of freedom and liberty, would never unleash law enforcement on law-abiding Texans.

But politicians come and go. Laws are the constant safeguard unless citizens willingly forsake them to left-wing loons.

Aussies bought the lie. And they are paying a horrific price.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lying to Canadians.

His ban on 1,500 types of so-called assault-style firearms in May 2020 didn’t satisfy him.

He promised, if re-elected, to crack down on legal firearms owners in a number of ways including restricting high-capacity magazines to holding no more than five rounds, bribe provinces to implement a ban on handguns, and introduce Red Flag laws which would confiscate guns if someone thinks someone is a threat, or maybe just wants to be nasty. 

Trudeau wants to toughen laws on banned assault weapons and make it mandatory for owners to either sell the firearm to the government for destruction or have it rendered permanently inoperable.

So, a buyback program. That sure did Australians a lot of good.

Will Canadians relinquish this one guarantee of civil liberties and place our safety in the hands of untrustworthy politicians and bureaucrats?

The choice is simple. What will it be Australia or Texas? Or is it the beginning of the end of liberty for Canada too?

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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Spurious George – police put winning Liberal Chahal under investigation for being a porch pirate

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.




Victorious Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate George Chahal is under investigation by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption unit after a surveillance video emerged of him pilfering an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox.

Police said someone filed a complaint on Thursday and it’s now under investigation.

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.

source: @kirklubimov twitter

He wasn’t very disguised in his efforts, wearing a jersey with his name on the back.

“The report has been directed to our anti-corruption unit that handles investigations of a sensitive nature or involving a public official. We are in the very early stages of the investigation and at this point, we have not yet determined if the investigation will remain with CPS or be transitioned to another investigative body, such as Elections Canada,” CPS said in a statement.

Chahal’s campaign manager, Randall Zalazar, admitted Chahal did it, but had a good reason.

“While dropping off polling info flyers prior to polls opening on Election Day, George removed a piece of campaign literature that identified an incorrect polling location for the person residing at the address,” he said in an e-mail to CTV News.

“All through election day, campaign volunteers found incorrectly labeled materials across the eastern side of the riding. Our campaign contacted Elections Canada and advised them of the issue.”

Chahal was the only Liberal to win in Calgary, picking up the victory by 3,000 votes.

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UCP MLA Stephan calls for early leadership review of Kenney

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.




Jason Stephan, UCP MLA for Red Deer South, is calling for a leadership review of Premier Jason Kenney “sooner than later.”

Stephan made the demand in an open letter to his constituents.

“On July 1st, the Premier said that we were open for good. I took him at his word,” said Stephan.

“Some businesses and other organizations find themselves now subject to restrictions that threaten their ability to survive unless they participate in a ‘Restriction Exemption Program,’ This is a vaccine passport program – in general, to participate, these organizations can only allow vaccinated individuals into their premises. This divides Albertans. The premier said there would be no COVID vaccine passports.”

Stephan made it clear he was vaccinated against COVID-19. but added the decision has to be a personal one.

“Vaccine passports use coercion to indirectly do what is illegal to do directly — to compel vaccination. Seeking to compel others against their wills produces resentment. Albertans should choose to take COVID vaccines on their merits, believing they are safe and effective, not because of lotteries or cash payments or intense coercion with vaccine passports or under threats of losing livelihoods or educations,” Stephan said.

“Individuals and families are losing trust. Coercion destroys, not builds, trust. Complete and transparent information, without bias, is the best way to allow Albertans to make the best decisions for themselves and their families on the merits of COVID vaccines.

“Our friends, family members or neighbors who do not share our opinions are not evil or selfish. The truth about those friends, family members or neighbors is more complex, more nuanced, each of them possessing unique contexts and circumstances, all of which can be valued and respected,” Stephan said.

“Many constituents are upset. Many are asking for the Premier to resign. The Constitution of the United Conservative Party (UCP) does not include a procedure for caucus MLAs to remove the leader of the party.”

A leadership review of Kenney had been set for the fall of 2022, but after a UCP caucus meeting this week, the date was moved to the spring.

Dozens of constituency associations have also demanded an early leadership review.

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.

“In the interim period, the focus of government needs to be on COVID.

“Alberta is budgeted to spend $23 billion on health, among the highest per capita in Canada, and over 40% of the province’s operating budget. Why, with this massive amount of money, has AHS only produced between 300 and 400 (currently, the numbers are everchanging), working ICU beds for a population of over 4.4 million, on a per capita basis less than half the worst of the lowest of the any of the US states?

“Given the widespread, profound impact of COVID restrictions on Albertans, I have asked, and continue to ask, for a comprehensive public inquiry, including a full cost analysis of COVID restrictions. The more truth, the better.”

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