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No More Lockdowns Rodeo held near Bowden

The rodeo starts at 1 p.m.




“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

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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  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!


    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

    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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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.




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

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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?




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.





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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