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Kenney calls rodeo ‘disturbing’, not the cowboy way

On Saturday, the Alberta Health Services announced a record daily toll of 2,433 COVID-19 cases. The total dropped on Sunday to 1,731. A total of 648 people are hospitalized. with 155 in ICU.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has gone on a tirade against the No More Lockdowns Rodeo – calling it the exact opposite of the cowboy spirit. Kenney called the rodeo, attended by about 4,000 people over the weekend, "disturbing." "It is disturbing to see large numbers of people gathering this weekend at Bowden in flagrant violation of COVID-19 public health measures," Kenney said on his Fac

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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. Left Coast

    May 3, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Lockdowns May Be Canada’s Biggest Policy Failure in History, Report Says
    BY ANDREW CHEN May 3, 2021 Updated: May 3, 2021biggersmaller Print
    Lockdowns have had little effect on bringing down COVID-19 deaths and could be one of Canada’s biggest policy failures in history, a professor wrote in a research paper published this month.

    Douglas W. Allen, economics professor at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, reached the conclusion after examining over 80 papers on the effects of lockdowns implemented worldwide by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy forced the closure of businesses, supply chains, various sector activities, among other activities in daily life.

    “Lockdowns have had, at best, a marginal effect on the number of Covid-19 deaths,” Allen wrote in his report (pdf).

    Allen’s own cost/benefit analysis is based on the calculation of the “life-years saved” which determines “how many years of lost life will have been caused by the various harms of lockdowns versus how many years of lost life were saved by lockdowns.”

    “The benefit of lockdown, therefore, was the avoidance of this extra 22,333 years of lost life. However, the cost of lockdown, as noted, was 6,300,000 years of lost life.”

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/lockdowns-could-be-canadas-biggest-policy-failure-in-history-report-says_3796311.html

  2. Eric Mills

    May 3, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Rodeo is condemned by EVERY animal welfare organization in North America due to its inherent cruelty. For most of the animals, the rodeo arena is merely a detour en route to the slaughterhouse, all in the name of a bogus, mach “entertainment.” Rodeo was outlawed in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales) back in 1934. Can Canada and the U.S. be far behind?

    BOYCOTT ALL RODEOS, THEIR CORPORATE SPONSORS AND ADVERTISERS. Follow the money.

  3. Left Coast

    May 3, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Kenny . . . if “Lockdowns” WORKED . . . why do we keep doing them?

    Kenny is just another uninformed Politician . . . not even smart enough to look around the Continent or the Globe to see what other jurisdictions are doing right.

    The are still marching out the “Cases” numbers . . . not “Sick” people but the results of PCR tests that are a complete FRAUD !

  4. Joni Menz

    May 3, 2021 at 9:24 am

    What happened to ‘live and let live’ and ‘to each their own’? I agree with Declan. You need to do what is right for you. If you are afraid, stay home and isolate yourself. Selfish is not doing whatever you want, it is forcing others to do whatever you want.

  5. Lee Morrison

    May 3, 2021 at 9:14 am

    This is childish bullshit. Time to protect the the general public by slapping the organizers with a few $5,000 fines. Sure, open air events are relatively safe compared to. for example, crowded church services, but spectators sitting close together can be spreaders. Keep exercising your “independence” folks, and we’ll still be fighting the virus for months, until most sane people have been protected by vaccination.

  6. Dennis Richter

    May 3, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Time for Albertans to become part of the solution. Get your membership in the fastest growing party in the country, get involved with your local constituency association. Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta Make it happen in 2023. https://wildrose.party/

  7. Ed Ward

    May 3, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Show us the “scientific and medical evidence” you have used to justify your unconstitutional lockdowns over the past year! It does not exist or you would not be having your lawyers attempt to have the case against Grace Life adjourned for 7 more weeks…..You wanted Alberta to be a stepping stone for you on your way to 24 Sussex and you have the nerve to explain “the Cowboy way”….? Back to Ottawa with you Jack A**!!!!

  8. Joc2257

    May 3, 2021 at 7:47 am

    It is time to elect a party that knows exactly what the Cowboy lifestyle is not some passive obedient servant looking for a government hand out to exist. There is very little difference in the Kenney UPC and the Notley NDP governments, at least we knew what street the NDP totalitarians were walking down, Kenney just talks out of the two sides of his face, a trick he learned in his time in Ottawa.
    It’s time the citizens of this great and freedom loving province get behind a party that will always pull the citizens freedoms, social responsibilities and economical progression ahead of anything or anyone else. Get behind the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta, join today and help vote in a leader you believe will stand for these ideals at wildrose.party

  9. Robert Lang

    May 3, 2021 at 6:57 am

    To Kenney: More to come. In larger capacities. Get used to full mass non-compliance to lockdowns.

  10. Tony

    May 2, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    I naively hoped early on in the “crisis” that Kenney would emerge as a Canadian version of DeSantis or Noem. Instead we got a Cuomo/Newsom/Whitmer. And guess what Jason??? The establishment media and permanent political class whose validation you so desperately crave still treat you with disdain. Give it up….step aside and let this party be lead by someone other than a career politician. The alternative is a Notley majority on the back of a 30% popular vote and low voter turnout among anyone who does not belong to a public sector union or living at the public trough.

  11. Baron Not Baron

    May 2, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Kenney is the death of everything. You should see it by now.

  12. francis witzel

    May 2, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Kenny should step down , he’s lost confidence in the people who elected him . Kenny must go now

  13. Tracey

    May 2, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    What the hell would you know eastern city boy? Your all hat and no cattle you pos.

  14. John Stirling

    May 2, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Call a leadership review Kenney! You have lost the support of Albertans and your own party! We’ll show you the cowboy way!

  15. tomanynamesgone@aim.com

    May 2, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Kenny is wrong. Let people live. I don’t fear this virus but I fear government that don’t listen to the people. Fear and politicians drive this insanity.

  16. Rosie B

    May 2, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    As if Jason Kenney has any concept of “the cowboy way.” When did a lifestyle synonymous with freedom become one about following government rules? Such bullsh**.

  17. Declan Carroll

    May 2, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    He should be putting the rodeo on every weekend enough is enough. If your scared then stay home. Life is for the living and it is not the role of government to try to save everyone by taking away their liberty.

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