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Nenshi slams ‘white nationalist supremacists’ who protest COVID lockdowns

“I know it’s frustrating when you see those maskless idiots and their protests,” Nenshi said.

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has taken another verbal shot at some anti-lockdown protesters, calling them “thinly-veiled white nationalist supremacists.”

Nenshi made the comment on this weekend’s edition of the Global TV current affairs show, The West Block.

“Those people at those anti-mask protests, let’s not kid ourselves. They’re not people who [are protesting because they] need to eat. They are people who are marching in thinly-veiled white nationalist supremacist anti-government protests,” he said.

He pointed specifically to people “coughing and hacking and saying they have bronchitis.”

“We’re not that stupid,” he said.

In March he took a similar run at protesters in Calgary who brought tiki torches to a protest.

“It has been increasingly clear to me over the last several months that these marches that pretend they are about lifting the lockdown — there is no lockdown by the way, shops are open, schools are open, restaurants are open, people have the ability to go out and do many, many things that they normally would have done — have increasingly become forums for hatred, for white nationalist groups and others to attach themselves to this conversation, such that the original discussion is completely lost.

“So when we see people with torches marching through the downtown core, we know what that means. It’s not about heat, it’s not about light, don’t be ridiculous. When we see people advertising these marches using pictures from Charlottesville, we know what that means, we know who that’s meant to intimidate, and I will tell you right now as a person of colour in this city, I will never be intimidated by that.” 

Last month the mayor took another shot at some protesters.

““I know it’s frustrating when you see those maskless idiots and their protests,” Nenshi said.

“There are people who just want to come to Prince’s Island on a sunny Saturday afternoon when the weather is nice. There are shopkeepers on Stephen Avenue (who) have been forced to close their shops while these guys are marauding down the streets.”

The mayor previously demanded the court system take the pandemic more seriously.

“I think it’s handcuffing the police and their work and we need to do much, much better,” Nenshi said, calling the situation “incredibly frustrating.

“I’m calling on the court system to take this as seriously as the police do.”

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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19 Comments

  1. Laurentides

    May 12, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    He should be sued for inciting hate and racism..

  2. Mars Hill

    May 10, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Nenshi is a racist. (that little dot is a period)

  3. Dwayne Gibson

    May 10, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Taking a page from Jason Kenney’s playbook hey Neshi. Smoke in mirrors and misdirection. Say anything to steer the public from the terrible job you are two are doing

  4. GS Uddin

    May 10, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Nenshi is 100% right although not policitally correct. The COVID protesters are right wing fanatics (both religious Christian nutters and white nationalists) with intellectual laziness and a childish conspiratorial mind that believes in exceptionalism because they are white and/or ‘Christian’. They can never follow the rules that others have to because their entitled attitude. They would love to see Covid spread and anarchy so that we can live in a white nationalist/ christian righty fascist regime. It’s even worse than Nenshi claims!

  5. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 10, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Nenhi will get a plum liberal appointment .Any one differs state your case. Hell didn’t I hear he as several pensions

  6. Elizabeth McIntosh

    May 10, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Hey Mr. Nenshi….when you leave town can you pick up our esteemed mayor of Toronto and take him with you please…all these dictatorial mayors seem to think someone died and made them God…..terrible what a bit of power does to some people….

  7. Tony

    May 9, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    This pompous windbag that calls himself the mayor is sickening. While he advocates for more police resources to harass church goers, the transit system in Calgary has become un-usable due to the preponderance of drunks and crackheads who go about unchecked. Have you ever noticed that whenever this unctuous glad-hander is winning, he refers to the city as a glowing beacon of tolerance and meritocracy, but as soon as anything points attention to his failures, he conveniently blames an apocryphal army of bigots that,according to him, lurk everywhere.

  8. berta baby

    May 9, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    he should be sued for libel …. to throw that hate out there de humanizing people humans who do not share the same desire for a authoritarian police state is dangerously close if not over the slander line…. wonder if there are some lawyers who would agree out there?

  9. Earl Hildebrand

    May 9, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Nenshi has never had the burden of being truthful or operating in reality. I’m so happy he is hanging his hat and is done. Since being elected mayor, Calgary’s economy has gone down, every year. But hey, look, white supremacists or something, don’t look at how bad of a job I’m doing.

  10. John Lankers

    May 9, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    This guy oozes racism.
    Imagine if a white mayor would mouth off and attack people of a different ethnicity like Nenshi does.

  11. Steven Ruthven

    May 9, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    The City of Calgary & Mayor Nenshi deserve a Class Action Lawsuit for Slander.

    I am not what Nenshi just labeled many of us to be. Nenshi needs to defend himself in a court of law and prove his words or retract them & apologize. The City of Calgary is now pulled into this because of a the Mayor in what could be a potentially expensive for the Calgary Taxpayers.

    Class Action Against the City of Calgary & Mayor Nenshi. For Slander ??

  12. Steven Ruthven

    May 9, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Folks, remember what Mayor Nenshi just said about white people in Alberta all being “white nationalist supremacists”.
    Mayor Nenshi is still the City of Calgary Mayor, until Oct 2021. Nenshi is suppose to represent all Calgarians fairly as Mayor.

    Would Nenshi stand for you & I to criticize his Muslim culture in such a despicable way?

    I’m not what you just labeled me Mayor Nenshi !! You don’t have that right to label me as a racists Nenshi. As far as I am concerned. You need to be brought down a notch or two.

    What do you say folks a class action lawsuit against the City of Calgary & Mayor Nenshi? For Slander?

  13. lajc63@gmail.com

    May 9, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    To quote Mr Northcott, “ it’s time for these politicians to pull their heads out of their asses.
    Throw, Nenshi, and the AHS into the mix with Jason Kenney, Justine Trudeau, and Notley.

  14. JONATHAN DIXON

    May 9, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    ““Those people at those anti-mask protests, let’s not kid ourselves. They’re not people who [are protesting because they] need to eat. They are people who are marching in thinly-veiled white nationalist supremacist anti-government protests.” — Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

    Hey Naheed! I like you. I give you the benefit of the doubt. But if all you have is insults and name-calling, while making it clear that you don’t want to engage in an open and televised debate with people who are truly knowledgeable and informed about COVID-19, such as John Carpay (of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms) and Dr. Dennis Modry, then it just makes you look weak and foolish. Don’t do that to yourself.

  15. Left Coast

    May 9, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    The Mayor is completely f’ed in the head.
    The mooosques are full and the police never show up there . . . why is that?

    Outdoor Transmission of the CCP Virus is rare . . . even rarer than intelligent Politicians these days.

  16. John Harvey

    May 9, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    You always know you have won when all these pathetic “leaders” have no science or data to back up their views, they always default to the standard racist, white supremist, denier, covidiot, and the list goes on. I guess they don’t realize how ignorant this makes them look, but it is how the “leaders” rule now. Fear and threats, don’t you dare question my authority. Incredible God complex, instead of worshipping God.

  17. William

    May 9, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    He’s definitely getting a lot mouthier since he decided he’s not running again. A big fat thank you to all the dumb asses who voted for him time and time again.

  18. MikeP72@protonmail.com

    May 9, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    But police kneeling for BLM is fine, BLM protests, Antifa protests are fine, right Nenshi? Instead let’s talk about a group that doesn’t exist, or blame Proud Boys. How did we let these hypocrites gain power?

  19. Wesley

    May 9, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    It is hard to imagine how this guy got to be a mayor. Thank goodness he is leaving.

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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.

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“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
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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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