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No More Lockdowns Rodeo held near Bowden

The rodeo starts at 1 p.m.

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“Let’s rodeo!”

Those were the words of rancher Ty Northcott as he kicked off the No More Lockdowns Rodeo near Bowden on Saturday afternoon.

The event was held on a tract of land near town after pressure from the Alberta Health Services and RCMP forced Northcott to move it from the Bowden Agriculture Society grounds.

The organizations had put enormous pressure on Northcott, and anyone associated with the event, to try and force them not to go ahead.

Western Standard’s Cory Morgan broadcasting from the RODEO

“I don’t care what anyone else is doing for the next couple of days, I’m rodeoing,” Northcott told the Western Standard.

The rodeo started at 1 p.m. It was live-streamed on the Western Standard’s YouTube channel.

It’s set to go again at the same site on Sunday at 1 p.m.

When the announcer mentioned Premier Jason Kenney, a round of boos went up from the crowd of about 1,500.

Bull riding…Photo by Daryl Logan, Western Standard

RCMP officers in unmarked cars could be seen around the property but no action was taken.

In his efforts to keep the AHS and RCMP guessing, Northcot didn’t publicly announce the location until 5 p.m. Friday, but “it’s somewhere close to Bowden.”

Location of the rodeo near Bowden

“They (AHS and RCMP) have bitten off more than they can chew,” Northcott told the Western Standard.

“We are going to rodeo like it’s 1999!”

Northcott predicts a lot of customers will show up at the gates once they realize the rodeo won’t be stopped.

Northcott rodeo grounds getting prepared. Photo by Cory Morgan, Western Standard

“We are going to open the eyes of a lot of people to the tyrannical actions of this government.”

Northcott comes from a historic rodeo family and opened up his own livestock ranch in the late ’80s.

But the three Alberta COVID-19 lockdowns have hit his business hard, leaving him with only 50% of his normal stock because the costs of wintering and feeding them depleted his bank account.

“We have to go in the summertime. (The third lockdown) doesn’t cut it for us. We need the time to plan these events and I just decided ‘enough was enough’ if we gotta do it, we’ve gotta do it,” Northcott told the Western Standard’s podcast editor Cory Morgan.

Northcott rodeo grounds. Photo by Cory Morgan, Western Standard

The No More Lockdowns Rodeo and Rally in Bowden will also see several guest speakers throughout the weekend.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $15 for adults, $10 for children 7 through 17 years and under 6 years get in free.

Camp sites are available.

Or they can be purchased at rodeo.rally@gmail.com

“I hope to see the rest of the province get off their butts and do something.”

“People need to start standing up for their rights. We have to take our freedom back.”

Northcott said he is also getting calls from all western provinces from people asking him to bring his rodeo to their town to get their own livestock businesses back on track.

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. Tara

    May 2, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Obviously no one has died in these idiots families so far! It’s a horrible death that I don’t want anyone to experience. I feel sorry for the nurses and doctors that will have to treat these fools and their families. This isn’t noble or smart. It just reinforces the red neck label that Alberta has now. If these people all lived in the same small town this would be fine bu they don’t and they obviously have no humanity in their hearts for others.

  2. Eric Mills

    May 2, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Can hardly wait to see the COVID-19 body count. Dumb, dumb, DUMB!

    AND THIS:

    Rodeo has had its day, and now belongs in the dustbin of history.

    Be aware that EVERY animal welfare organization in North America condemns
    rodeo due to its inherent cruelty. Animal injuries and deaths are
    commonplace, veterinary care rare. The PRCA has required on-site vets only
    since 1996, after FIVE animals were killed at the 1995 California Rodeo in
    Salinas.

    Most of rodeo is bogus from the git-go. REAL working cowboys/girls never
    routinely rode bulls, or wrestled steers, or rode bareback, or barrel
    raced, or practiced calf roping as a timed event. And they certainly did
    not put flank straps on the animals, or work them over with painful
    “hotshots,” kicks and slaps in the holding chutes. Some “sport”! Indeed,
    rodeo is not a “sport” at all. It’s a macho exercise in domination.

    The United Kingdom banned rodeos back in 1934. Can the U.S. be far behind?
    Lest we forget, COVID-19 was HUMAN-caused, a direct result of our gross
    mistreatment and abuse of animals, both wild and domestic. There are
    connections to be made here, folks. Are we up to the task?

  3. John Lankers

    May 2, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    If this virus isn’t capable of killing the 1000s of homeless in Calgary’s downtown then why would it kill a few hundred at a rodeo?
    Nothing makes sense anymore. Maybe the media should start reporting on regions around the world that have dropped all restrictions in regards to Covid 19, the Netherlands are one example.

  4. Les M.

    May 1, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I realize nothing I might say about the virus is going to change these peoples viewpoint. I wish them and their loved ones good health and good luck.

  5. Theresa Musser

    May 1, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    So glad to see that people are standing up for their rights. The pandemic was recently described as a scandal, and I believe without proper evidence this govt will be hard pressed to show that it isn’t. Way to go Alberta! Keep on going!

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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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