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About 1,400 air travellers to Canada tested positive for COVID after leaving quarantine

Justin Trudeau on Friday told reporters he was confident the quarantine program was working.

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About 1,400 travellers who later tested positive for COVID-19 were unwittingly released from federal isolation centres, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Justin Trudeau government announced last February that international travellers would have to spend three nights in designated quarantine hotels, under a $225.6 million program.

Public Health Agency President Iain Stewart disclosed the figure in testimony Friday at the Commons health committee when he said the 1,400 travelers initially tested negative, and then at a later date tested positive.

“How many passengers arriving in Canada have tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving their mandatory three-day hotel quarantine?” asked New Democrat MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway).

“The number of people who tested positive at the day eight test, the figure looks to be about 1.5%, so about 1,400 people out of about 96,000,” replied Stewart.

Committee members double-checked the figure.

“1400 people who have been infected?” said Conservative MP Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris, Man.).

“I’m wondering how this can happen.”

“Is that a correct figure that you just gave us, 1,400?” asked MP Maguire. Stewart confirmed the figure.

“Have any of the 297 people who have paid a $3,000 fine for failing to stay in a quarantine hotel tested positive for COVID-19?” asked Davies.

“I am not aware of the medical histories of all those people,” replied Stewart.

Trudeau told reporters he was confident the quarantine program was working.

“We actually shut down over 95 percent of all travel to Canada,” said Trudeau on Friday.

“Everyone arriving in this country needs to show up with a negative test from the last 72 hours, gets tested on arrival, goes into a strict quarantine.”

Trudeau said the “only people traveling across our border in any way right now are either permanent residents or Canadians returning home, essential workers and a limited number of exceptional cases.”

Stewart disclosed federal managers had considered whether to recommend a ban on domestic flights between provinces to curb the spread of the pandemic.

“Have you prepared any advice for the government regarding potentially stopping or reducing inter-provincial flights?” asked Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill).

“We have looked at different scenarios for reducing movement,” replied Stewart.

“That would include providing advice potentially stopping or reducing inter-provincial flights?” repeated MP Rempel Garner.

“In the range of things we have considered we certainly have thought about that,” replied Stewart.

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 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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3 Comments

  1. Left Coast

    May 4, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Canada has the 2nd stupidest leader in the so-called free world . . .
    the USA now has No. 1 . . . and both are owned by the CCP.

    Do Canadians care?
    Most unfortunately are not smart enough to know or care . . . most still believe our Propaganda Govt Funded Pravda Media & lyin Politicians.

  2. francis witzel

    May 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Well , we’ll , that didn’t really work now did it Trudeau , when are we going to knock off all this nonsense

  3. Joni Menz

    May 3, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Because at 40 CT PCR, you can test “positive” for up to three months after having covid. This information was sent to me in an email from Saskatchewan Health Authority. So, yeah.

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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.

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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
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

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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.

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By EMMA GREGORY

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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