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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.




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

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. 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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Alberta gov’t granted injunction to ban weekend protest at Whistle Stop Cafe

Chris Scott and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.




It hasn’t even happened yet, but an Alberta court has already ruled a weekend protest at the Whistle Stop Cafe is illegal.

The Court of Queen’s Bench has granted a pre-emptive injunction against, Chris Scott, the owner of Whistle Stop, because the restaurant plans to host a rally over the upcoming weekend called the “Save Alberta Campout Protest.” The injunction was granted at the request of Alberta Health Services (AHS), an agency under Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

Last week, the RCMP raided the establishment and carted away all its booze. On Wednesday, the RCMP and AHS officials showed up en masse and padlocked the building.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

He and others, outraged by the province’s lockdown regulations, planned to protest the closure with a campout over the weekend adjacent to the restaurant.

But the AHS, which sought the injunction, said the judge ruled it illegal because it would not comply with public health restrictions on mandatory masking, attendance limits, and social distancing.

“The order restrains the owner and others from organizing, promoting and attending the event and includes police enforcement and imposes significant consequences on the organizers of this event,” AHS said in a statement to media.

“AHS has taken this step due to the ongoing risk to Albertans created by those breaching COVID-19 public health restrictions.”

The Western Standard has reached out to Scott but hasn’t heard back on what effect the injunction will have. Scott said earlier in the day he will now seek elected office by running for the Wildrose Independence Party in the upcoming 2023 election.

Scott is the only gas station or restaurant in Mirror, a town of about 500, 50 km northeast of Red Deer, and now he’s seeing people from all over the province stopping in.

“The law is garbage – it”s doing more harm than good,” said Scott in an earlier interview with the Western Standard.

“If they want to throw me in jail for trying to earn a living, go ahead,” said Scott.

Scott has owned the cafe since July 2019, but it has been a fixture in town since 1967.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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EXCLUSIVE: UCP Secretary quits over ‘lies’

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976.




The former secretary of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) says she decided to resign from the board because she “was tired of all the lies.”

In an exclusive interview with the Western Standard, Cathy Smith said she handed in her notice on April 6, after a string of statements and actions about the COVID-19 pandemic by Premier Jason Kenney.

Smith said the beginning of the end started when Kenney held a press conference over COVID-19 and warned of a pandemic so extreme there would be “body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium.”

“I said to myself ‘Are you kidding me’. There will never be body bags coming out of McMahon Stadium,” said Smith.

“I know nurses. Nurses at the time told me there was nothing going on in their hospitals.”

Smith said Kenney then started to condemn the “right-wing, the conspiracy theorists.”

“I said wait a minute, I’m right-wing. And then the way we treated Dr. (Dennis) Modry. I thought this wasn’t the right way to represent our 40,000 members,” she said.

Kenney and Modry have been in a battle of letters. Modry published an open letter to the premier on the Western Standard saying lockdowns don’t work. The letter went viral and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of time. It took Kenney three months to reply with his own letter.

As party secretary, Smith dealt with more than 100 e-mails, either from party members or people who voted for the UCP, about how the lockdowns were affecting their lives.

“We had an e-mail from a family whose grandfather died because his heart operation had been postponed. I e-mailed everyone back. I explained I was not writing as a representative of the party. I told them I didn’t agree with what the party was doing,” Smith said.

Smith said she was aware of a group of men in Medicine Hat who went to high school together – 20 of whom have committed suicide since the pandemic started.

“I told everyone to get involved at the (constituency association) level if they really want to make change,” Smith said.

She said the last straw for her was when Kenney appeared on talk show host Danielle Smith’s last show on QR77 and said he wasn’t aware the party board had approved a leadership vote in 2022, just six months before the next election.

“I was just tired of all the lies, Kenney pretended he didn’t know about the leadership vote. I thought ‘This is not the way — where’s the trust’,” Smith said.

“I was tired of all the lockdowns (without proof they work). But I said to myself, I will never quit, never, never, never.”

Finally, after talking to several other board members, Smith handed in her notice.

Smith has worked with conservative parties since 1976. As to where she will vote in the next election: “I’m still waiting.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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WATCH: Alberta’s costume lady forced to sell treasure trove of outfits because of lockdowns

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”




It took Vickie Friesen more than 30 years of sewing to create 5,000 different costumes – everything from pirates to princesses.

Now, after a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, she is being forced to sell the lot.

Friesen and her husband, Darrell can no longer afford to keep their Three Hills Tickle Trunk outlet open and the business running after income vanished after lockdowns banned everything from school plays to Halloween.

Some of Vickie’s creations

“We just can’t afford to stay in business. There’s no theatre, there’s no parades, there’s no parties,” Vicki told the Western Standard on Thursday.

“In 2019, we were busy every week of the year with rentals. 2019 was booming. It was fabulous.

“Once word of our business got around, we started having the same customers repeated over and over. I started to ask customers to ask me what costumes we didn’t have, it was just easier.

“Now, nothing.”

Vicki recalled she sent out costumes for shows last March, but after the lockdowns, the costumes were returned and customers wanted their money back.

“Everything came back. I sat by the phone, but it didn’t ring anymore,” said Vicki.

Roman centurion outfit

“Fifteen months later, there is no coming back.”

The couple has made the heartbreaking decision they will have to sell all the costumes. A sale will be held at the store the next two Saturdays. A deal to sell their building should be signed next week.

All kid’s costumes will be sold for $10. Adult merchandise is 50% off, between $25 and $50 at their Three Hills store at 519 Main Street.

Need a storm trooper outfit? It will be there along with full ball gowns, Second World War uniforms and German lederhosen. Antique furniture is also on sale.

“They are all going for a song,” Vicki said, regret in her voice.

But some of the stuff they aren’t parting with includes all their Christmas outfits. The couple created a costumed “Christmas Convoy” through the town last year, and plan on repeating it, all over the province if asked.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus… really the Frieses

The couple did receive some federal COVID-19 aide which went to fixing a leak in the building, but not enough to even cover basic utilities.

Vickie proudly boast she has shipped her costumes all over the province: “From High Level to High Prairie.”

Tickle Trunk promo

She started sewing as a kid in Manitoba, creating costumes for theatre troupes and school plays. She also handmade graduation dresses for area high schoolers.

She stored her works of art in a 12×12 granary but it soon became full.

The Friesens and their two young children decided to move to Alberta and they set up shop in Three Hills, eventually buying a building in which to operate their business and store their dresses.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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