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Notley applauds police arrests as two leading COVID protesters ‘cuffed and hauled away

“Finally, some enforcement of the public health laws… Why did it take so long?” Notley tweeted.

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Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley is praising police in the province who arrested two of the biggest organizers of COVID-19 lockdown protests.

In Calgary, Pastor Art Pawlowski was stopped in the middle of 17 Ave. S.E., handcuffed as he knelt on the street and dragged away, when he refused to stand. His son, Dawid, received the same treatment.

In Mirror, 50 km east of Red Deer, the owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe, Chris Scott, was arrested and taken away by the RCMP at the end of a day’s protest.

Scott was one of the first restaurant owners in Alberta to ignore the COVID-19 closure orders. This week, the RCMP raided his store and seized all his booze. Two days later, the RCMP arrived at dawn and padlocked his establishment.

On Saturday, 1,500 people held a peaceful demonstration at the Whistle Stop to protest lockdowns. Scott was arrested after things wrapped up for the day.

“Finally, some enforcement of the public health laws…#ableg #abhealth Why did it take so long?” Notley tweeted.

“Feels like this has been coming for some time. We have heard from downtown Calgary residents who have been harassed for wearing masks and following the public health orders by those that refuse.

“That can’t happen. People observing these orders are doing their part to keep the broader community safe.”

But across the country, Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, blasted the police actions.

“I can’t believe this is happening. Pastor Pawlowski lived under the communist regime in Poland in his youth. Today he is being arrested by a sanitary fascist regime in Canada and Alberta for holding a service. SHAME!” he tweeted.

Bernier was in Regina at an anti-lockdown rally and had a police visit of his own.

“The Regina police gave us $,2800 tickets for speaking at the Freedom Rally this afternoon. Of course we’re going to fight these unconstitutional tickets in court!” he tweeted after the event.

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. Joc2257

    May 11, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Of course this fascist/communist person( I use that term “person” loosely) would applaud arresting people. That’s what the NDP stands for, oppression, control and domination. The NDP do not want or respect peoples personnel freedoms and rights. To them it’s all about the government by them controlled by them and enforced by them in any fashion they choose.

  2. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 10, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Notly has been in bed with the unions since the get go.The AHS a unelected by Albertain’s have now police powers as demonstrated by recent court decisions. Unelected officials taking away our rights by shopping for the right judge.The UCP are the elected by taxpayers and the AHS is only protecting its own and the taxpayers are the losers. plse taxpayers show you still have some back bone and don’t patronize CBC and CTV, Start paying for your unsecured news.

  3. Tom

    May 10, 2021 at 7:38 am

    You have to realize you are on the wrong track when a communist nutbar like notley is applauding you!

  4. Mars Hill

    May 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    This is the same cat who sued and won against VW and Duetsche Bank – It’s happening Patriots

    https://rumble.com/vgdl3f-dr-reiner-fuellmich-international-lawyer-has-all-the-evidence-that-pandemic.html

  5. Wesley

    May 9, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    I don’t expect any less from Notley and her gang of maxist!

  6. Left Coast

    May 9, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Nutley of course supports the insane Police taking away rights from the masses . . . what Marxist doesn’t?

    Read the NDP Constitution . . . Karl would be proud!

  7. Melo Gardener

    May 9, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Notley and Kenney are traitors to Albertans and Canada and Have sold Canadians to the filthy Liberal Globalist Nazi Cabals of the world! We are all in treachorous waters with these traitors and murderers joined with the Liberal Commie Nazis against children, the old and the sick..they want to destroy us all as Hitler did. Make no mistake about this, they have set a deadly precedent in following the dirty shot Cabal to hell! God help us, we are in very treacherous waters.

  8. Tom

    May 9, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Big surprise.

    The leader of the nazi/communist party loves the use of communist police tactics!

    We need to send these communists back to the communist shitholes they come from and worship!

  9. JONATHAN DIXON

    May 9, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Jason has UCP caucus members who don’t support the lockdown measures. Does Rachel also have members in her caucus who don’t support her in this regard?

  10. Louis Cormier

    May 8, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Notley = POS

  11. Mars Hill

    May 8, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    A sword cuts both ways, I say the cabal and their minions will go down bigly. Be not deceived, God is not mocked Gal 6:7a

  12. John Lankers

    May 8, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Does anyone still have any doubt that the Great Reset is a conspiracy theory?

  13. Janis Abel

    May 8, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    This is the darkest day in Alberta’s history.

  14. Steven Ruthven

    May 8, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    8 May 2021
    This evening Prime Minister Trudeau is attending the Global Citizen VAX LIVE concert event that will be hosted by Selena Gomez and co-chaired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

  15. Steven Ruthven

    May 8, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Appears I am being blocked from commenting (Test)

  16. K Snyder

    May 8, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Notley is such a cancer.

  17. MICHAEL MEINS

    May 8, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Notley is the head fear mongerer.

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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.

Karstens-Smith

“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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