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Notley blasts No More Lockdown Rodeo; Day 2 of event underway

The first day drew almost 2,000 people for an afternoon of western action and speakers against the provincial COVID-19 lockdowns.

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NDP leader Rachel Notley is blasting the No More Lockdowns Rodeo near Bowden.

Notley took to social media to express her displeasure with the rodeo taking place Saturday and Sunday. The first day drew almost 2,000 people for an afternoon of western action and speakers against the provincial COVID-19 lockdowns.

“On the same day Alberta has a record of 2,433 new cases of COVID-19. There are no words… #ableg #abhealth,” said Notley alongside a news report of the event.

On Saturday, Alberta Health Services reported the province found 2,433 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a new record.

Notley tweet

Notley put the same tweet on Facebook.

Notley’s criticisms aside, thousands more people are expected to make the trek to Bowden Sunday afternoon, for the final go-round of the No More Lockdowns Rodeo.

The event is being held on a tract of land near town after pressure from the AHS and RCMP forced organizer Ty Northcott to move it from the Bowden Agriculture Society grounds.

Some young fans take in the rodeo

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

Participants take part in Cowboy Church on Sunday morning. Photo by Derek Fildebrandt, Western Standard

RCMP officers in unmarked cars could be seen around the property Saturday 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.”

It’s south of the town smack in the middle of the QEII and Hwy. 2A.

“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 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.

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.

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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8 Comments

  1. John

    May 3, 2021 at 7:30 am

    What can anyone expect from a NDP communist totalitarian sympathizer, this party, it would seem the the UPC isn’t any better, are all for shutting down the economy, stomping on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to remove peoples long fought for freedoms.
    I wonder if Notley too has been brought before the notorious globalist den of billionaires in the Bilderberg Group, as Kenney has on at least 2 occasions, to get her walking orders and promises of higher societal elevation too.

  2. Robert Lang

    May 3, 2021 at 7:00 am

    “RCMP officers in unmarked cars could be seen around the property Saturday but no action was taken.” Now we know how to act. They can’t act. Try and corral thousands and tens of thousands of people. The law is the law of the mob. Non-compliance to lockdowns and over throwing this government are our weapons.

  3. Mrs. Kelly

    May 2, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Remember: “Cases” does NOT mean “hospitalizations” or even “symptoms”. Cases can be simply a “positive” result from a test. It is widely known, that the PCR tests are unreliable as well.

  4. John Metlewsky

    May 2, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    I cant seem to subscribe as it says my email is already in use can you phone me for details to correct 2503096211 and let’s get real news rolling again it’s been way to long

  5. Bruce Hay

    May 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Hey Notley, go crawl back under that rock you hide under. Thats the best place for you.

  6. Andrew Pludek

    May 2, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Habeas Corpus Notley and the UCP maskers, Why cant we have funerals when you claim so many are dying???? Show us the evidence. 1. That this is more than the flu. 2. Show us the evidence tyrants!!! Where are the people dropping dead in the streets??

  7. Theresa Musser

    May 2, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Wasn’t that dizzy bitch alive when the swine flu epidemic hit the USA in the 70s and it turned out to be a lie? Millions got the Pfizer experimental shot and many died or suffered life long illness from that shot. This is just epidemic 2.0. Surely people can do their research and not put a Gmo vaccine injection into their bodies? As for the masks and lockdown? She can go pound sand. Last time I checked this was a free country and we surely don’t need the likes of her telling us how it’s going to be. She already has too much to say in anything in-this province. Tell that mouthy bitch to come out and say that to our faces.

  8. Left Coast

    May 2, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Rachael Nutley . . . another loose screw marxist.

    Why are so many politicians so friggin clueless and anti-science?

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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
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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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