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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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BREAKING: Omicron found in Alberta

On Monday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced 156 Albertans self-quarantining after returning from travel in a country that had been hit with Omicron.

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The tentacles of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have reached Alberta.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said an Albertan returning home from Nigeria, via the Netherlands, has tested positive for Omicron.

Hinshaw said they tested positive a week ago and the person, who traveled alone, is now self-quarantining.

She said medical officials are trying to “delay” the spread of the variant until more research is done.

But Hinshaw refused to say where the traveller lives over fear it would identify them.

Hinshaw also urged people not to take out their frustrations against the family of the infected person nor the countries that are under an Omicron watch.

And she said people shouldn’t “think of this as a reset to Ground Zero.”

In her daily update, Hinshaw said in the last 24 hours, health officials have found 238 new cases of coronavirus. There are 434 people in the hospital with 81 in ICU. Another six people are reported to have succumbed to the virus.

On Monday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced 156 Albertans self-quarantining after returning from travel in a country that had been hit with Omicron.

Six confirmed cases of the variant of concern have now been confirmed in Canada so far.

Earlier in the day, Canada added Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt to its Omicron travel ban.

On Friday, the government put restrictions on travellers from South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

“Obviously we’re watching very, very closely the situation with Omicron,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on his way into the cabinet meeting.

“There may be more we need to do and we’ll be looking at it very carefully.”

More to come…

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

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Unvaxxed grounded in Canada

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.

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As of Tuesday, Canadian travellers over the age of 12 will no longer be able to fly or travel by train in Canada without proof of vaccination.

The policy was originally set to come into effect on October 30, however, the federal government announced it would grant a grace period to unvaccinated travellers allowing for a negative COVID-19 test to be provided within 72 hours of the trip.

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.

The new travel restrictions for the unvaccinated come on the heels of the emergence of a new variant of concern (VOC) dubbed Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cases involving the new variant, originally detected in South Africa, have been found in other countries including five cases within Canada.

Although there is not much known about the new variant at this time, the WHO confirmed scientists around the world are working to determine how the highly-mutated variant will affect transmissibility and severity of illness in the population.

Canada, along with other nations, closed its boards and expanded its screening protocols to travellers arriving from affected areas in southern Africa.

The Canadian airline industry welcomed the vaccine mandates when they were announced in October. Air Canada and West Jet have both confirmed they will be asking all travellers to produce proof of vaccination before boarding their carriers as of Tuesday.

While health measures such as masking and screening will still be required, no measures for quarantining individual travellers have been put in place with the exception of those who have travelled through or arrived from southern Africa.

“If you indicate to your airline or railway company that you’re eligible to board, but fail to provide proof of vaccination or valid COVID-19 test result, you won’t be allowed to travel and could face penalties or fines,” the government indicated in a statement.

The Canadian government is also warning permanent residents abroad to expect to provide vaccine passports to return home.

The rules don’t apply to commuter trains.

The Government of Canada has created a “reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling internationally and within Canada,” states the government’s website. The document is verified once uploaded to ArriveCAN upon returning to the country.

The website warns travellers are not guaranteed entry to another country with the documents and suggests checking the rules of your destination country and the countries you travel through.

“Today, Canada passed a sad milestone in its history,” said Matt Slatter, a pilot with a major Canadian airline and a founder of Free 2 Fly, a hub that has “Canadian aviation professionals standing with passengers in defence of freedom.”

“No longer can it hold itself as a beacon of freedom and liberal values.”

The Free 2 Fly website encourages passengers and airline workers who “feel strongly that the ability to travel should not be linked to vaccination status,” to sign up and join their movement.

“With the advent of mandates requiring all aviation and rail passengers to be vaccinated, Canada is now effectively a two-tier society,” said Slatter.

“On one tier, compliant citizens are afforded many of the rights they once enjoyed in a free society. While the other tier is essentially relegated to their own localities, with limited exception.

“History suggests this style of governance will only lead to more tragedy and heartbreak. The cure is inevitably worse than the disease. Will Canada learn from the mistakes of the past?”

Currently, there are just under 38,000 signed up on the Free 2 Fly site. One of the goals of the group is to “wage a legal campaign to block, and/or overturn, all vaccination mandates.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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CRTC trying to hang up on spoof calls

Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.

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All those calls from the taxman and Canadian Border Services officials threatening to arrest you could soon be coming to an end thanks to new regulations from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

“Many Canadians are now able to determine which calls can be trusted thanks to a new technology aimed at combating spoofed calls named STIR/SHAKEN. Caller ID spoofing is frequently used in nuisance and fraudulent calls to mask the identity of the caller,” said the CRTC in a release.

“As of today, telecommunications service providers will certify whether a caller’s identity can be trusted by verifying the caller ID information for Internet Protocol-based voice calls. This new technology will help reduce the frequency and impact of caller ID spoofing. As service providers continue to upgrade their IP networks and offer compatible phones to their customers, more and more Canadians will be able to see the effects of STIR/SHAKEN.”

It’s believed up to 25% of all calls in Canada are scams.

The CRTC said Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.

“This new caller ID technology will empower Canadians to determine which calls are legitimate and worth answering, and which need to be treated with caution. As more providers upgrade their networks, STIR/SHAKEN will undoubtedly reduce spoofing and help Canadians regain peace of mind when answering phone calls,” said Ian Scott, CRTC CEO.

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