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Maxime Bernier gets COVID ticket in Regina

Bernier said he would not ask his supporters for money because he would not pay the ticket but he thanked the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms for supporting him and others who had received tickets.

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REGINA: People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was slapped with a $2,800 ticket Saturday for taking part in an anti-COVID-19 lockdown rally in Regina.

“That’s my second ticket,” Bernier told the Western Standard.

“[When] I was in Peterborough, I received my first ticket over there. I won’t pay it, you know, because these tickets are illegal, unconstitutional, unfair. And we need to fight these tickets out to the Supreme Court, like I said in my speech, and I will do it. I will do it for everybody here. You know, don’t be scared about that. You won’t have to pay, just fight it. And they know that what they’re doing is unconstitutional. But we’ll have a court to say that maybe in a year, two years from now, because it will take that time to go up to the Supreme Court.”

The Saskatchewan government placed a limit of ten people on outdoor gatherings.

“I hope they’re going to be fair, I hope they’re going to give tickets to everybody. We were at about 500 people,” Bernier said.

“Fairness, it’s very important. But… we are the one that they choose. So that’s discriminatory, that’s unfair. 

Bernier said he would not ask his supporters for money because he would not pay the ticket but he thanked the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms for supporting him and others who had received tickets.

“I’m not scared. It’s too bad that these policemen are acting like in a Communist country…. Are they supposed to protect Canadians and not giving tickets to a politician and Canadians and citizens that are speaking in a park?… That’s against common sense,” said Bernier.

“I didn’t have the obligation to give them my licence. But I did it because I want to have the ticket. I want to fight it and I will win it.”

Bernier received the $2,800 ticket in the parking lot of the Hotel Saskatchewan as he prepared to leave the rally for subsequent events in Lumsden, Davidson, and Saskatoon. Others in his entourage that spoke at the rally received tickets for the same amount. These included past PPC candidates Laura Lynn Thompson and Mark Friesen, as well as activist R. B. Ham. All four are summoned to appear in court September 27.

Bernier will put his tickets on display at his home in Saint-Georges, Quebec. 

“I’ll use all these tickets to put…on the wall of my office. The more tickets I have, I think that means that I’m fighting for Canadians. And, you know, I don’t have any problem with that.”

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

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  1. David Henley

    May 20, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see the court’s make the police and politicians who have ordered these tickets be made to pay out of their own pocket for the unlawful acts they press the citizens with. They have no accountability to what they do. Make them pay for the abuse of power they inflicted on others.

  2. Elizabeth McIntosh

    May 10, 2021 at 8:25 am

    What is extremely worrying is the injunction by that justice in Alberta giving police these new powers….what the hell is wrong with our country and our law makers…they are taking political sides and seemingly not following the science either..

  3. Kelly Carter

    May 9, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    If Bernier was at an Alberta rally they would have arrested him. Cheered on of course by Notley. I am So disgusted with our Canadian governments (Federal and Provincial)!

  4. Steven Ruthven

    May 9, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Premier Kenney’s work around on that was to deny Alberta Registry Services if the ticket isn’t paid.

    However, due process of law takes time & your car registration shouldn’t be held captive while the ticket goes through the court process. After a judgement has be rendered, fair game.

    Just another slap at Alberta’s eh, Premier Kenney?

  5. Wesley

    May 9, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    I am really appreciating Max Bernier for backing up his words with actions! Rare for politicians these days! Way to go Max!

  6. Left Coast

    May 9, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    “The Saskatchewan government placed a limit of ten people on outdoor gatherings.” ? ? ?

    Mo needs to get informed . . . Outdoor transmission is just not happening . . . INDOOR Transmission is the NORM. So the Govt orders you to stay indoors?

    That is just not supported by Common Sense or SCIENCE !

    Premier . . . talk to Gov Noem in South Dakota, or Gov DeSantis in Florida . . . find out what they did RIGHT . . . Einstein said “Doing the same thing over & over expecting a Different Result is the definition of Insanity” ! ! !

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Lawyer blasts Alberta sports facilities for vaccine passport policies

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

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Lawyer Derek From has sent a stern warning to sport facility operators Monday saying they are breaching the law by requiring parents and kids 12 and over to show their vaccine status.

A constitutional lawyer for 10 years with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, From is now in private practice at an Airdrie law firm.

From was retained by a group of parents who have kids enrolled in youth sports programs in Calgary and the surrounding area.

“It is unlawful for your facility to implement REP (Restriction Exemption Program) for youth activities,” From said in his letter to facilities.

REP allows businesses to either choose to operate as usual if they implement a vaccine passport program or limit their attendance to one-third of their fire code capacity and abide by a number of other public health restrictions.

“Youth sports are supposed to be out of scope for these mandates according to the latest public health order,” From said in an interview with the Western Standard.

Last Thursday, public health order #43-2021 was rescinded due to “bad faith behaviour on the part of businesses offering youth activities and rogue municipal governments seeking to increase and stiffen the restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta,” From states in the letter.

In its place, order #45-2021 was enacted making it clear that youth activities are out of the scope of REP.  

“This means that facilities that house youth sports are not allowed to use (vaccine) passports. They have to opt out of the passport program,” From said.

However, Calgary city council passed a bylaw that came into effect September 23 forcing businesses eligible for the REP to participate without choice including recreation facilities.

Calgary bylaw 65M2021 says “any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and either proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical exemption from vaccine letter.”

“With (Mayor Naheed) Nenshi running interference on this issue, a lot of people were turned away from a number of facilities over the weekend,” From said.

“Essentially, they (city council) have left no one any choice in the municipality of Calgary including hockey rinks, even though it falls out of scope according to the province. Now a bunch of other surrounding communities are falling in line.”  

The legal letter demands these facilities stop enforcing any REP-related restrictions associated with youth physical, performance or recreational activities, and begin to follow the clear direction set out by the Alberta government regarding what falls in and out of scope for the REP.

“Youth physical activity, performance activity and recreational activity, where all participants are under the age of 18” is listed as outside of the purview of REP. This means that REP is not available for implementation in association with such activities,” the letter states.

“Thousands of parents are ready to have this fight for their kids across the province,” From said.

“If the letters aren’t enough to change the course for these facilities, we will start suing rinks and even the city (Calgary).”

From said he was sending the letter to Nenshi and Calgary council Monday.

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

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WATCH: Pawlowski arrested at Calgary airport

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

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Controversial Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski is back behind bars again.

Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken away by Canadian Border Service Agency members when he landed back in Calgary via a private plane Monday afternoon.

He had been out of the country for four months.

Details on why he was taken into custody haven’t been revealed.

Pawlowski has been repeatedly ticketed and jailed for breaking provincial COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

He has recently been on a speaking tour in the US.

more to come…

source: streetchurch facebook

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

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Norway goes back to life as usual before COVID

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-related domestic restrictions.

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Norway lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions this weekend in an effort to return to normal.

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” said Erna Solberg, Norways’s prime minister at a press conference.

Neither vaccination status nor a negative test result was required for citizens to enter nightclubs and restaurants which saw throngs of people heading to their favourite hangouts en masse.

Saturday marked the first time capacity limits were lifted in bars and restaurants in more than 500 days. Revellers young and old took to the streets with rowdy celebrations.

Next to Denmark and Britain, Norway joins a small but growing number of countries who are lifting all COVID-19-related domestic restrictions. Sports venues, bars, restaurants and other businesses will be permitted to return to full capacity and will no longer require social distancing or masking.

According to the Institute of Public Health, Norwegian vaccination rates sit around 76% for one dose and 67% are considered fully vaccinated.

Solberg still encouraged citizens to get vaccinated and said those who contract COVID-19 will still be required to self-isolate to avoid transmission.

“Even though everyday life is now back to normal for most people, the pandemic is not over,” Solberg said.

Although some restrictions will remain in place for those arriving in Norway from countries with higher rates of infection, travel restrictions will also be lifted, the government said.

“In short, we can now live as normal,” Solberg said.

Denmark was the first country in the European Union (EU) to lift all corona virus restrictions on September 10.

“The vaccines and the great efforts of all of Denmark’s citizens over such a long period are the foundation for why we are going strong,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter just before the country opened up.

After seeing nearly three-quarters of adults fully vaccinated and experiencing low rates of infection and death in August, the Danish Health Authority declared the virus is “no longer a critical threat to society.”

Britain lifted much of its COVID-19-related restrictions over the summer.

As of September 23, more than 48 million people in the UK have received their fist does – 89% of those over 16 years old. A total 82% of the population or 44 million people 16 and older have been double jabbed.

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

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