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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 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. 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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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.

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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
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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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.

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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.

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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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