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Northcott announces he’ll put on Canada Day rodeo

It was an emotional Northcott who made the announcement, overcome at several points during his speech.




The No More Lockdowns Rodeo wasn’t even finished when organizer Ty Northcott told the crowd to get ready for another one – on Canada Day.

Northcott told the crowd of about 2,000 at the rodeo on Sunday he will put on another one for Westerner Days on July 1.

It was an emotional Northcott who made the announcement, overcome at several points during his speech.

The No More Lockdowns Rodeo wrapped up Sunday afternoon after a successful two-day run near Bowden which drew about 2,000 fans each day.

Photo by Daryl Logan, Western Standard

Northcott, whose livestock business has been crippled by three COVID-19 lockdowns, put on the rodeo flouting the current restrictions. Northcott comes from a historic rodeo family and opened up his own livestock ranch in the late ’80s.

The event was held on a tract of land near town after pressure from the AHS and RCMP forced Northcott to move it from the Bowden Agriculture Society grounds.

Photo by Daryl Logan, Western Standard

The organizations had put enormous pressure on Northcott, and anyone associated with the event, to try and force them not to go ahead.

In his efforts to keep the AHS and RCMP guessing, Northcot didn’t publicly announce the location until 5 p.m. Friday, but “it’s somewhere close to Bowden.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Editor 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. Left Coast

    May 7, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Outdoor transmission is close to ZERO . . .
    if that were not the case much of Antifa & BLM would have been dead months ago . . . even a Target Store is safe, none of the Looters got sick.

    Too bad the Politicians & the Health Authorities are too stupid to figure that out . . . how about a lottery to pick the Lockout Number that is going to work? I say No. 9 !

  2. Ceebee

    May 7, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Throw him in jail. Anyone attending needs to be denied hospital care.

  3. Left Coast

    May 5, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Today’s chuckle . . .

    2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s jockey John Velazquez turned down a White House invite today saying:

    “If I wanted to see a horse’s ass I would of came in second.”

    Hey Mike Adams . . . you still hiding under the bed to thwart the virus?

    I suspect you and Facts rarely meet . . .

  4. Declan Carroll

    May 5, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Not sure what is more absurd the fact that all the hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary are empty or the fact that you still blindly believe the governments lies. My advice to my fellow humans is to be mindful not to get trampled by the lemmings as they charge towards the cliff!

  5. Bridgit Frostad

    May 3, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    It was a wonderful event so wonderful to finally see people waking up

  6. Mike Adams

    May 3, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    This is absurd. Born and raised in Calgary, but have never had an interest in rodeos. They’re a boring, antiquated, form of entertainment with little redeemable value.

    Ridiculous event for a ridiculous crowd of ridiculous people with ridiculous opinions.

  7. Jim Blake

    May 3, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Are you at all ready to expose the truth that all of the “measures” are completely unnecessary and unscientific. There are completely affordable, safe, effective treatments that would end the crisis today if the Alberta government would expose the truth to media, to doctors and hospitals across the province.


    I am a paying subscriber and I ask you to crack open the truth on a daily basis. We have archived articles, science, reports, expert interviews, etc from the last 14 months exposing all of the COVID draconian measures as completely unscientific and frankly criminal, since they were completely unnecessary and still are!

    Email me at jim@politicalaccountability to get serious about fighting for our liberty!

  8. Jim Blake

    May 3, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Gee, do stats even matter any more to people like the MPs who we pay huge salaries to? Maybe average Canadians will bother to read them for themselves and hold the high paid public servants accountable – https://www.jccf.ca/covid-stats/

  9. Baron Not Baron

    May 3, 2021 at 9:52 am

    I supported the first 2 days rodeo. I will buy the tickets again! It is about principles, folks.

  10. Bruce Logan

    May 3, 2021 at 8:52 am


  11. Zeb

    May 2, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Haven’t been to a rodeo in over 30 years. Not a cowboy, nor a christian. Just an angry man pissed the fk off with the lies and bullshit. I’ll be there for canaduh day.

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Third pastor arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID lockdowns

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon.




A Calgary baptist preacher has become the third religious leader arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID-19 regulations over church attendance.

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon. He had been the subject of repeated warnings from Alberta Health Services for having too many people at his services.

Earlier this month, on the church’s website, Stephens vowed to contiue services.

“Our actions are borne out of theological commitments to the Lordship of Christ and his instruction to the church as revealed in Scripture,” wrote Stephens.

“This, above all, is the reason why we have been gathering and will continue to gather … the consequences may be severe. But we stand before Christ rather than bend before consequences.”

Pastor James Coates, of the GraceLife Church, outside Edmonton, spent a month in jail after he was arrested by the RCMP for breaking lockdown regulations repeatedly. His case is still before the courts.

Last week, Pastor Art Pawlowski was arrested in Calgary for continuing to flout the regulations at his street chruch.

Calgary police at the AHS issued a joint statement saying Stephens was “arrested this afternoon for organizing a church service that was held today at Fairview Baptist Church, located at 230 78 Ave. S.E., that did not comply with public health orders, including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits. Police did not enter the church during today’s service.

“CPS has received repeated calls from concerned citizens regarding church services held at Fairview Baptist Church over the past several weeks. Last weekend, Pastor Stephens was proactively served a copy of the Court of Queen’s Bench Order obtained by AHS,” the statement said.

“The pastor acknowledged the injunction, but chose to move forward with today’s service, ignoring requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees.

“For several weeks, AHS has attempted to work collaboratively with leadership at Fairview Baptist Church to address the ongoing public health concerns at the site. It is only when significant risk is identified or continued non-compliance is noted that AHS resorts to enforcement action.

“Once again, CPS acknowledges it is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we are still in a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?




RE: Hinshaw grants approval for high school rodeos

Dr. Hinshaw approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is making me mad. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought Hinshaw wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed!! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then, Dr. Hinshaw. What a bully.

It’s a real kick by Hinshaw, at the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains, while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so-called circuit breaker lockdown.

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

Steven Ruthven
Calgary, AB

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Opposition calls for crackdown on animal activists

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.





A coalition of federal Conservatives, NDP and Bloc MPs want to increase punishment for animal rights activists trespassing on farms, because they might make the animals sick.

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

Chief Veterinary Officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there are no proven instances of an animal rights activists spreading a disease to animals while protesting at a farm.

“To our knowledge, there are not many documented cases from trespassing or from people having demonstrations. The one that I heard is the one in Quebec, but I’m not actually sure if there is evidence of transmission from the activists to the pigs. So in the scientific literature, we have not seen much evidence of transmission of disease from these activities,” said Dr. Jaspinder Komal, to the agriculture committee earlier this month.

The one instance Komal mentioned was an allegation made by Porgreg, a pig breeding facility in Saint Hyacinthe, Que.

The activists involved in that protest, members of the group Direct Action Everywhere, are charged under the Criminal Code with breaking and entering and mischief. Whether or not they gave pigs rotavirus is a matter before the court.

Rotaviruses are common amongst pig herds and typically are transmitted from pig to pig, via the fecal-oral route.

If a human were to spread a novel rotavirus to a pig it would be in a similar fashion.

When asked if she or any of her associates pooped in the barn, activist Jenny McQueen said, “No.”

Komal said the CFIA does not police activists.

“The CFIA enforces the Health of Animals Act and regulations which address disease and biological, chemical, physical agents that may affect animals or be transmitted to persons and in the same way to protect animals from these risks…CFIA inspectors are public officers they are not peace officers… In contrast, peace officers are generally police officers, their powers include the ability to detain or arrest individuals. Peace officers may also be armed where public officers such as inspectors are not,” he said.

There are several new provincial laws that seek to lay blame for disease outbreaks in farmed animals on activists.

The Canadian Biosecurity Guideline lists an intentional act of contaminating animals with a disease is considered a possible threat of bioterrorism.

Gregory is a Vancouver-based freelance reporter

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