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Kenney working on plans to open border for Stampede cowboys

Ironically, Kenney and the AHS lambasted a May 1 rodeo that was held in Bowden.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he is working with other government officials to try and work out COVID-19 border entry requirements to allow US cowboys to compete in the Calgary Stampede.

Kenney’s comment came as officials with the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth said they are preparing to go ahead with this year’s event, starting July 9.

But the 2021 version of the Stampede will be much different than a regular one, with COVID-19 protocols – like social distancing – in effect.

Patrons will see massive crowd changes in everything from the mega-rich rodeo to chuckwagon races to the Midway.

“One thing we’ve been working on with the Stampede, for example, and the government of Canada, is getting special permission for rodeo performers and athletes to come up here from the U.S. so that they can participate with some flexibility around the quarantine and travel requirements,” Kenney told CHED host Shaye Ganam on Friday.

“So there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes.”

Stampede officials say they are working with Alberta Health Services on the upcoming rodeo.

“We are committed to hosting the best and safest Stampede and continue to work with various levels of government and health officials on specific safety measures,” said the Stampede.

“Our planning continues to include the iconic experiences the Stampede is known for, recognizing the need to remain flexible and adaptable. We expect to be able to share more details as we get closer to July.”

Ironically, Kenney and the AHS lambasted a May 1 rodeo that was held in Bowden.

The No More Lockdowns Rodeo and rally drew more than 4,000 over two days. Organizer Ron Northcott, his wife, Gail, and their livestock businesses were all charged by the RCMP days later with Public Health Act breaches.

Soon after the rogue rodeo in Bowden, Alta. to protest the third lockdown, UCP MLAs told the Western Standard Kenney said in reference to the attendees, ““If they are our base, I want a new base.”

Kenney denied the story as “fake news” and said that the comments were only referring to people making death threats against him, but UCP MLAs told the Western Standard Kenney was “lying.”

Other events across Canada, including the annual Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in June and Vancouver’s PNE have already been cancelled this year. Toronto has cancelled all in-person events, including the CNE, until Labour Day.

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. Dave

    May 17, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    ● NO Cases of Transmission Outdoors
    The CDC has admitted there have been NO cases of COVID-19 transmission outdoors. CDC = Centres for Disease Control & Prevention.
    Despite the Fear Mongering to keep our masks on we can now rest assured it is time to take it off for good.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/11/briefing/outdoor-covid-transmission-cdc-number.html

  2. Baron Not Baron

    May 16, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Yes rumour is he wants to trot Tool at the Stampede. Someone who works for the organization said the Stampede is a go, but the people will be treated like sheep, entering on one file, no dancing, masks on, pure garbage. Wondering if people will take this? Or will they defy and boo Kenney Tze Dong.

  3. Mars Hill

    May 16, 2021 at 12:26 am

    This is important stuff, should keep Kenney busy till the stampede.

  4. Josh

    May 15, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Who would actually go to the stampede after this statement

    “We are committed to hosting the best and safest Stampede and continue to work with various levels of government and health officials on specific safety measures,” said the Stampede.

  5. Kelly Carter

    May 15, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Lol!! Kenney is trying to regain ag support. MUCH to little too late, and you can’t run the stampede on a couple of hundred attendees and volunteers. So unless he plans on being wide open in less than 6 weeks forget it!

  6. Josh

    May 15, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    I don’t think that’s gonna help the cause with that kind of language @baron not baron.

  7. Baron Not Baron

    May 15, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    This is what pussy!sm results into.. A few brave people end up to pay for everything. Everyone else benefits from the results. Where are all of those attending the rodeo (and having a great time) and now not protesting for the Northcott family?
    Pussified nation. What can you expect from a pussified nation?? THEY know of you being pussified, terrified and flobby – and this is why they know you are going to take more sh!t, as you have no testicles – according to THEM..
    What do you think, are THEY right?

    I know, truth hurts. You wouldn’t be here if THEY weren’t right.

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

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An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.

Karstens-Smith

“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.

“THIS IS WHY WE NEED PRIDE MONTH.”

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.

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Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

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The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results.

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

“I think it is important that we adhere to the public health advice that we are all getting, that we do our part as Canadians to try and protect our health care system,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu earlier told reporters.

Records show a total 988 air passengers were each ticketed $3,000 for “refusing to go to government-approved accommodation” on arrival in Canada. The majority of tickets, 621, were issued at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport followed by Vancouver (194 tickets) and Montréal (173).

Cabinet on January 7 passed an order requiring all air travelers to prove they were COVID-19-free with tests taken a maximum 72 hours prior to arrival. An identical order for cross-border drivers was invoked February 22.

The Canada Border Services Agency found 62 travelers with fake tests, said the report, and four were each ticketed $3,000.

Another 9,003 travelers were cited for not having proof of a valid test, including 4,583 drivers and 4,420 air passengers.

“This would include individuals who did not test at all, who were in possession of tests outside the required 72-hour time frame, tests that did not originate from the required country of origin, tests that are suspected fraudulent and other reasons,” wrote staff.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the enforcement.

“Cancel your vacation plans,” Blair told reporters February 12.

“Stay home. Respect the rules. We believe that through these effective measures, appropriate screening and the testing measures in particular that we have put in place coupled with robust and enforced quarantine orders, it is the best way to prevent variants from spreading across our borders into Canada.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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