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LIVE: Updates from UCP Caucus meeting

Live updates from sources inside May 13 UCP Caucus Meeting.




The Western Standard has multiple sources inside the ongoing UCP Caucus meeting that started at 12:30 pm MST. Check back here for live updates.

12:25 pm: Western Standard is informed a UCP virtual caucus meeting is about to start with an expectation that up to four MLAs will be expelled. No agenda is presented.

12:45 pm: Source tells the Western Standard the meeting began with a discussion about leaks from caucus meetings, mostly to the Western Standard. Discussion focused around leak of story that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told the caucus, “If they are our base, I want a new base,” in reference to attendees of the rogue rodeo in Bowden, AB.

1:52 pm: Source tells the Western Standard the story about the UCP caucus discussing leaks to the Western Standard, is now being discussed in the caucus.

2:20 pm: Sources tell the Western Standard that UCP Whip and Calgary West MLA Mike Ellis gave an “executioner’s speech” about the need to expel MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes from the caucus.

2:25 pm: Sources say Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Peter Guthrie moved a motion to expel Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes from the caucus.

2:40 pm: Sources tell the Western Standard most MLAs are speaking against the motion to expel Loewen and Barnes.

2:45 pm: One source says that the motion to expel Loewen and Barnes may fail.

2:50 pm: Sources say the only MLAs thus far to speak in favour of expelling Loewen and Barnes are Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Transportation Minister Ric McIver, Whip Mike Ellis, and MLA Peter Guthrie.

3:50 pm: A source says discussion in caucus has turned back toward ongoing leaks to the Western Standard.

No decision as yet is reached on expelling Loewen and Barnes.

4:05 pm: Source says Todd Loewen is pleading for Kenney and the government to change direction, end the lockdown and “do the right thing.”

4:20 pm: A source tells Western Standard “many MLAs are saying ‘we need to look in the mirror.”

4:35 pm: Same source says the cabinet has been mostly quiet in the debate on expelling Loewen and Barnes.

4:45 pm: Source says with cabinet “likely whipped,” the vote to expel Loewen and Barnes may pass by a slim margin.

4:50 pm: A source says Premier Jason Kenney is telling caucus that it should be “grateful for the input that it gets.”

5:00 pm: Source tells Western Standard that Premier Kenney says there isn’t any major problems with the government’s approach, and “I don’t understand why everyone is so upset.”

5:10 pm: Source says that the vote to expel Loewen and Barnes will not be conducted by secret ballot, but by texting the new caucus chairman, Nick Milliken.

5:20 pm: Voting is underway on motion to expel Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes from the UCP Caucus. Stand by for live results.

5:30 pm: A UCP cabinet minister tells the Western Standard, “They had first decided all the vote results would go to Brittney who runs caucus services until MLAs freaked out.”

7:25 pm: Multiple sources in the caucus and ministers offices tell the Western Standard that caucus will be reconvened at 7:30 pm for the results of expulsion vote.

7:35 pm: Results are presented to the caucus that Loewen and Barnes have been expelled.

Check back regularly for live updates on the UCP Caucus Meeting

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  1. adam

    May 14, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    I believe Kenny infiltrated the Wild Rose Party and was a Trudeau shill right from the beginning. If Kenny is not booted out of the Party the UCP may not have a future in Alberta.

  2. berta baby

    May 14, 2021 at 3:58 am

    Kenny is so gross , would be nice to see more MLA’s step back … they won’t get voted in as UCP thats for sure. If you UCP MLA’s read this, No one who voted for kenney is going to vote for kenney again. Those who want ever lasting lock downs will vote Notley those who want a free and independent Alberta will vote Wildrose … there is no room for complacent MLA’s that do not represent their people.

    Kenney made it clear it is his opinion that the UCP party values are in fact the Jason kenney party values.. Alberta will show him the door.

  3. Josh

    May 13, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    I never thought I’d see the day when a “democratic” party tries to hide its own slander towards its supporters and try to get rid of people that voice concern. I know Kenney is worried about opening before mass vaccinations are complete cause that’s his only “hope” to claim he did well. I hope he realizes soon the promise of good health can’t be guaranteed to anyone.

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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.




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

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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.




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

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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.




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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