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‘Truth is on my side’ says Edmonton freedom rapper

“He’s probably one of the most talented people I know. And he’s got such a great way of putting words together. And he’s just always been a really spiritual person and just very, very educated, knows about the truth,” said manager Kelley Lynn Lewis.

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When RC the Rapper performed at the freedom rally in Regina, he wanted something most people didn’t.

“I hope I get one of these tickets. We’ve been trying to get one for months. I want my court case against the government. Otherwise, I gotta sue,” he said to this journalist, laughing.

RC got his wish – right after the interview, and we were both fined $2,800 for being at an outdoor gathering of more than ten people.

“I’m ready for it. So I welcome whatever is to come from hate-mongering and smear campaigns, tickets, whatever, bring it on. I know the truth is on my side,” RC told the Western Standard.

For the past five months, RC the Rapper has been performing at freedom rallies. For that, he can thank his friend and manager Kelley Lynn Lewis. She recalled how they first crossed paths eight years ago.

“I was just starting my career in healthcare as an X-ray technologist, and I was graduating from school, and I wanted to make an X-ray YouTube video. So I wrote my own song and dance. And I needed somebody, a videographer,” Lewis said.

“He liked my little concept so much, he actually filmed my YouTube video for free. And that’s how we became friends.”

RC, whose real name is Conrad Goodsir, is a videographer, photographer, and beat producer with his own studio. The 35-year-old started rapping 20 years ago and got his stage name during his teen years.

“I wish the story was cooler than it is, but it’s basically just a nickname that stuck. My first name is Conrad. And in junior high, my hilarious friends decided to reverse the R and the C in the name. Instead of calling me Conrad, they called me Ron Cad. And then Ron Cad just got shortened over the course of time to RC and it stuck,” Goodsir said.

“I released a lot of songs when I was younger, I was pretty active from the ages of 17 to about 21. And then from there, life happens. And the music kind of took a backseat. But I would consistently do it whenever I felt strong enough about something.”

The pandemic lockdowns gave RC the motivation he needed.

“Once this stuff happened, it’s like that switch got flipped, and I felt like I could put this kind of material out there,” he said.

Lewis also takes credit for getting RC in gear.

“I’m the one who made him actually get off his ass and start rapping and doing something. He’s a vehicle for truth and we need to be able to reach people, right?” Lewis said.

“He spends all his time as a producer, making music for other artists and getting their names out there. Yet, he’s probably one of the most talented people I know. And he’s got such a great way of putting words together. And he’s just always been a really spiritual person and just very, very educated [and] knows about the truth.”

In a role reversal, Lewis filmed the music video for RC’s song The Virus, which dropped last December. She showed the video to freedom walk organizers in Calgary, and they put him on stage four days later. Since then, the pair have travelled together to events in Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Regina, and even smaller Alberta communities like Mirror and Innisfail.

“With this whole pandemic and everything going on, there’s so much fear. And it’s just about the love and connecting with people and unity and letting people know that we can still live our lives,” Lewis said. 

“Once we love ourselves, we are then confident enough to be ourselves. And then it doesn’t matter, we will stand up for ourselves and we will stand up for the truth. And that’s the kind of the underlying message throughout the songs.”

Lewis has been invigorated by meeting the like-minded.

“It’s been amazing. We’ve met so many patriots and freedom fighters and freedom family. And we’ve all been pretty much disowned by our own families at this point. I’ve always said I’m a black sheep, I’ve always been super against the grain,” Lewis said.

Not everyone sees the problem, let alone the solution, according to Lewis.

“We’re definitely not supporters of the government or tyranny or anything like that. So just watching what’s happening to our country and watching what’s happening to our rights… It’s so frustrating, some people are just like, ‘What rights are they taking away?’ Do we really have to have that argument? Like the right to hug my family, see my family, the right to breathe – let’s start there, right?

“We are living in a very intense environment and situation right now, so it’s hard to not focus on the anger, and it’s hard to not focus on everything that people are doing to us. And you know what it’s like to not want to wear a mask, you get harassed. It’s crazy – by tons of people.”

Red Pill Rapper Mitch Murphy from Kelowna might be the only other hip hopper in the freedom movement, and RC thinks he knows the reason.

“Artists, they’re a very fickle bunch. They like to stay in their lanes, and they’re scared to venture out and be the odd man out. So…there’s not very many people speaking out. But somebody’s got to lead the charge and I’m trying to inspire more people to do the same, not just in music but in general,” RC says.

The rapper will join celebrity protester Chris Sky at a freedom rally at the Alberta legislature on Wednesday at 3p.m.

“We’re just getting started. It’s gonna be a busy summer. We’re not slowing down for no lockdowns, no bylaws, no nothing,” RC said.

“I believe in humanity. I think that we’ve got a dark period ahead to get to the light, but I do think that we’ll get there.”

Catch RC the Rapper on InstagramTikTok, and YouTube.

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan.

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Political Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also a Research Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and is the former Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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  1. berta baby

    May 24, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Man never heard of this guy but just listened to his songs, pretty great stuff , we should all like his you tube content to stick it to the commi’s

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Alberta’s cross-border quarantine gong show

What she experienced, and shared in an interview with the Western Standard, is not something Jen wants to happen again.

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Jen thought it would be a breezy five-hour drive from Montana back to Alberta last Saturday.

She could not have been more wrong. Instead, it was what she called “one gong show after another.” Her name has been changed and the name of her hometown and small manufacturing business withheld.

After what she went through, she wants no cause for further hassle at the border. What she experienced, and shared in an interview with the Western Standard, is not something she wants to happen again.

SIX MINUTES BECAME TWO DAYS

When Jen pulled up to the border crossing at Sweet Grass, Montana just days ago, she didn’t expect any problems. She had taken the border crossing, 100 km southwest of Lethbridge, a few times before without incident.

“I’m a trucker and I can bring my product back across the border. An import number and licence gives me the ability to do that as often as I need without having to have the testing done and the quarantine,” Jen said.

The process normally takes six minutes, but not this time. When the border guard found out the Canadian woman had been in Montana for ten days, she decided that was too long, and declared her a non-essential traveller.

“I asked her what the time limit is so I know for next time, and she said, ‘Well there really isn’t one.’ …That was at her discretion.”

The border agent sent her to the nurse. Jen had not done a COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours because essential travellers do not need to do so. Having been arbitrarily denied that status, she now had three choices.

“One option was to go back to the United States and get a COVID test and wait and then re-enter. My second option was to do the quarantine hotel. And my third option was to claim non-compliance, in which case they would come to my home and give me a $5,000 to $10,000 fine. So I chose the hotel.”

Jen recalled how the nurse laughed and said: “’This is so ridiculous. I can’t believe I have to make you do this, but I do.’

So she gave me a little square of paper and it said, ‘Go directly to the airport.’ The address was on it for the airport in Calgary, drive to Gate 17…Do not exit your vehicle. Phone this number, someone will come. They’re waiting for you. And they will escort you to the quarantine hotel.”

Because the drive was three and-a-half hours, Jen was given four hours to get there. Any later than that, and she would have faced penalties for non-compliance. She made it in time, but five attempts at the phone number gave the same message: ‘This number is not in service.’ Was it because she had an American phone?

At some risk of defying the rules, she walked out of the car and into the airport where she found 10 police officers assembled. She explained her problem and they phoned on her behalf. The number worked for them, and it was the Red Cross. They told her to return to her vehicle and someone would pick her up.

Fifteen minutes later, a man in a large black van rolled up and asked for her name.

“Then he said, ‘Follow me.’ You know, my mama taught me not to follow strangers in a van, but whatever. So I followed this gentleman. We pull up at a hotel. Now this is very odd. There was no markings on this hotel whatsoever.

“This is now 11:30 at night in a rainstorm. There’s three men dressed in full PPE. They had a mask, they had goggles, they had a shield, they had rubber gloves, they had booties on their shoes, and they had a white gown. And I get out of my car, and they say, ‘Get whatever you need out of your car put on this cart because you will not be allowed out of your room after this point.’”

QUARANTINE HOTEL

The hotel looked like a work in progress.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a project that is they’re going to be sanding or something and so they mask everything off and there’s plastic everywhere. And that’s what the hotel was like. You go in a back door escorted by two men, and it’s a very sci-fi movie – sneaky, everything’s sneaky, sneaky … I couldn’t have found my way out of that hotel if I would have tried because it’s like a haunted house. Everything masked off and broken.”

A Red Cross employee got an item from the front desk, took her to her room and put the item on the metal doorframe of the door. When she asked what it was, he claimed it was a colour-coded item that clarified the age category in each room. 

“I said, ‘That one’s green. What category is green?’

“‘Oh, middle aged.’

“I said, ‘How old am I?’

“‘Well, I don’t know that.’

“That doesn’t make any sense. Like what’s that? Clearly your b.s.’ing me to death.”

She took a picture of it and sent it to her son who is a sheriff.

“He says, ‘Oh, that’s a sensor so that when you open the door, it’s sending somebody a signal that you’ve opened your door.’”

She made a phone call of her own for a COVID-19 test. The company would only serve her if she named the hotel she was at. “You got to choose your meals for the next day on the menu and really tiny print is the name of the hotel.” Having told them, a COVID-19 test was scheduled for 4 p.m. the following day.

Door sensor or not, Jen said she got calls every 45 minutes to confirm that she was still in her room.

“They don’t even put like latches on windows. The windows don’t open. No getting out of there.”

Although staff got close enough to take her temperature, they wouldn’t come in the room.

“When they bring you your food, it’s in a brown paper bag and they just set it on a plastic bucket outside this green tape square and bang on your door. And then they leave and then you can come out and get your food.”

Jen had bad experiences with nasal swabs in the past, saying she “sounded like I had snorted fiberglass.” When someone arrived to do her test on Sunday, she chose the throat swab instead. During the interview on Tuesday, her throat was still sore.

“My throat is, it’s like cut. And I’m gargling with salt water. I don’t know what are on those swabs, but there’s something horrible on them.”

COVID NEGATIVE AND STILL CAPTIVE

Sunday night turned to Monday morning.

“I have all my test results back the next morning at 7 a.m. Now you’d think you would be able to go, right? My tests are negative? No, you can’t go. So when you get your tests, you phone this Red Cross number. So I phone the Red Cross number I start phoning at eight o’clock. No answer. Leave messages. But all circuits are busy. I must have phoned 15 to 20 times.”

Jen had had enough.

I thought I’m going to cause a nuisance until they let me out of here. So I just went out in the hallway. The guard stood up and he came at me and he said, ‘Get in here. Return to your room immediately.’

“I said ‘No, I will not actually. My test results come back and I need to leave now.’”

The guard tried to phone the Red Cross.

“So this went on three times. I had to go out in the hallway three times and upset the guard. Finally someone from the Red Cross phoned me. She said, ‘Listen, the quarantine officer who has to sign off to let you out is at the airport. And she’s busy because three airplanes full of people have just come in internationally and she needs to deal with all of them. So it could be up to 48 hours before she can get here.’”

The idea of a detention until Wednesday for a Saturday trip did not sit well with her.

“I got a little upset and caused some grief and this made a nuisance of myself because I thought that’s how I’m gonna get out of here. And so I’m about four hours after that someone knocks on my door and I don’t know who it is. They say we’re so and so with the Red Cross. The quarantine officer can’t leave the airport. So she sent us to just get a picture of your results to text to her.”

After two hours pass, Jen created another hassle and called again. Someone knocked on her door with signed discharge papers and orders to self-isolate for 14 days.

“Doesn’t say anything about taking any more tests. And it says, ‘To remain from getting bored, we suggest getting your neighbor or friend to bring you sidewalk chalk so that you can doodle on your sidewalk inside of your property or make an obstacle course in your backyard.’”

Monday night at home gave way to Tuesday morning.

“I get a phone call this morning at 7:30, which I don’t answer because it comes up on my phone as spam. And the message says, ‘This is the Alberta Health District whatever, blah, blah, blah. You are required to answer our phone calls and you are required to take a test on day eight.’ 

“Well you didn’t give me a test. You gave me a discharge paper with nothing in it except making an obstacle course in my backyard!”

AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE

Back in Canada, home sweet home is not so sweet now. America has spoiled her.

“I’m Canadian, I’m but I had just come from Montana. And I spent six months there in the winter time, and it’s just so free and open and their numbers are almost nothing. So to come from that back to this. There’s just such a, like it’s opposite. Night and day. People’s attitudes are different. I mean, just five days ago, I was sitting at a ballgame in a ballpark with 90 other people watching a ballgame, not one mask. I was in a band concert with 500 other people, no masks and then you come here and you can’t get out of your car without fully masking outside.

“I know the truth. And it’s good. It’s sweet. You can talk to people in the grocery store because they don’t have their masks on. Yeah, and you never hear of a vaccine. Nobody talks about it, nobody. I don’t know anybody that’s gotten it there. I know lots of people here but I don’t know one person there who’s got it.”

The contrast between Canada and the U.S. is something she still struggles to get over.

“There’s no COVID rules there. It’s as if COVID didn’t exist, there’s no masks. There’s no rule. There’s nothing. It’s 100% open, has been for about four months now. And the COVID numbers drop about 10 to 15% a day, and they have almost zero cases now. So you go there and you’re free to live your life, morally, right up until that border. And then two feet past that, you’ve got to mask up, gown, up. COVID is everywhere. It’s gonna kill you. You’ve got to go in these quarantine hotels.”

Getting to the land of the free may not be smooth. Jen has advice for those crossing the 49th parallel.

“Be prepared for anything because it all depends on who you get at the border. There are no rules that go steadfast.

“If it wasn’t for that one woman who initially stamped my paper [that] I’m non-essential, it would have been a breeze and a wonderful experience. And I would be on my merry way and doing my job now.”

Harding is a Western Standard reporter based in Saskatchewan

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ANALYSIS: New seat projection shows big shake-up in Alberta

Martin & Kioussis’s projection shows the UCP facing two battles: one against the NDP in the big cities, and another against Wildrose in the countryside.

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new poll conducted by Mainstreet Research for the Western Standard shows Alberta’s political landscape quickly evolving toward a three-party system. 

If an election were held today, the NDP would likely form a majority government, the UCP reduced to official opposition, and the Wildrose Independence Party would be on the cusp of entering the Alberta Legislature. 

In the poll of 1,010 Albertans, the NDP had the support of 35% of respondents, and the UCP 28%. Support for the Wildrose has risen from 9% in January to 16% of decided and leaning voters.

According to a Leger poll conducted at the end of April, Alberta’s provincial government is the least popular in Canada. Jason Kenney’s approval rating has dropped from a high of 63% in July 2020 to just 30% in May 2021.

Our modeling at LeanTossUp.ca projects how this all would break down into seats if the poll was translated into an election today.

Due to the large NDP gains from 2019, it now completely sweeps Edmonton, including winning many exurban ridings, and makes deep gains into Calgary. Our model projects the NDP is likely to win four seats in the communities surrounding Edmonton, and will expand their current Calgary caucus from three members to 18, more than enough to secure a majority government.

Even traditionally “safe” conservative seats in Calgary are now in play. Jason Kenney’s own constituency of Calgary-Lougheed, has tightened considerably, as his lead has slipped to only 17.2%, down from his 41.2% win in 2019.

The UCP is facing challenges on two fronts, with the NDP pressuring them in the cities and suburbs while the Wildrose have become serious alternative in rural and small-town Alberta. The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively positioned the UCP as a centrist party within Alberta’s political landscape, with one side believing COVID-19 restrictions were too lax, and the other side believing the restrictions went too far. 

The same Mainstreet Research poll for the Western Standard showed 52% of Albertans supported continued lockdowns, and 45% said that they should end immediately, however, the intensity of those opposed to lockdowns was more than twice that of those in support. 

The UCP attempted to walk a tightrope between the two sides, and essentially pleased no one, which is reflected in its low approval rating. 

The Wildrose is building a sizeable base of support without a permanent leader in place. The party has announced it will hold a leadership campaign from June 5 to August 27. The final vote is scheduled for August 28, 2021. Once a new leader that people can identify is in place, the party should continue to see more gains.

Under Alberta’s first-past-the-post electoral system, third parties need to target specific ridings where they can win first place. By averaging out the historic performance of the old Wildrose Party from 2012 and 2015, and smaller right-leaning parties in 2019, we were able to forecast how the Wildrose Independence Party might perform in different regions of the province today. 

Our results point towards success in Medicine Hat, the rural south, and Fort McMurray. The following map shows the best and worst ridings for the Wildrose, respectively. The ridings are shaded by rank for the Wildrose: its best riding is the darkest green, while the worst is the darkest blue.

Highlighting the best and worst ridings for the Wildrose shows their main competitors are the UCP, as the ridings that are strongest for the NDP (Edmonton, Northern Calgary) are among the worst for the Wildrose. Additionally, the Lethbridge and Red Deer seats are on the weaker side for the Wildrose, while the NDP currently only hold one of the four of them. In 2015, the NDP won all four. This shows while there are many UCP/NDP battles — the universe of UCP/WIP is also large — but are being waged in completely different constituencies. 

Using the Mainstreet Research numbers, we project the Wildrose would win Brooks-Medicine Hat – currently held by Michaela Glasgo of the UCP – in a near-tie, with 35% of the vote. The Wildrose would also take over 30% in Chestermere-Strathmore, Drumheller-Stettler, and Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills. That would be sufficient to win a three-way race, but these are the most conservative ridings in the province, where the NDP is expected to win only around 10% of the popular vote. 

In order to send multiple representatives to Edmonton, the Wildrose will need to pull even more conservatives away from Kenney’s UCP. 

Based on our analysis, that will start happening once 20% of decided voters support the Wildrose. Then more than a dozen ridings across the province would start to become competitive. Additionally, 20% of the vote is when local effects can start to matter. If the new party leader has a strong following and runs in a riding we’ve highlighted as being strong for the Wildrose, it’s very possible they would, even at current levels of support. 

The two-party system heralded by the 2019 election that saw all parties but the UCP and NDP shut out appears to be headed for an end if current trends hold up. 

Guest Column from Robert Martin & Nikos Kioussis
Robert Martin is the Founder and CEO of LeanTossUp.ca 
Nikos Kioussis is the Communications Director of LeanTossUp.ca 

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Weightlifting mama rallies Regina freedom movement

“I’m just heavy in it with them as they’ve been for a whole year. So I may have came late to the party, but I came in blazing,” said Jazmyn RayAnn.

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In life and in activism, it took time for Jazmyn RayAnn to apply herself. Once she did, no one could stop her.

Except maybe the police.

Weeks before teenage COVID-19 vaccinations raised the ire of some parents, RayAnn and others tried in vain to approach the school board on masks. When the Regina school board had a scheduled meeting, it was time to make their presence felt.

“We decided to show up to join, thinking, they’re not gonna let us in, but we might as well try, right?” RayAnn said in an interview with the Western Standard.  

“A police officer came up to me and said, ‘They’re not allowing anyone in there. It’s a closed gathering…So here’s what I can do for you. I can go in there and talk to them for you. What was your name?’”

Against her better instincts, RayAnn said who she was. After the officer was unsuccessful at arranging an in-person meeting, he left.

“About 30 minutes later, it went from one cruiser to two cruisers to three cruisers to four cruisers to five cruisers, six cruisers. And he rolls up with all his friends with a ticket in his hand for the [April] 24th rally. And I said, ‘You bugger! You identified me with this whole different regard. And now you’re giving me this ticket because you knew who I am?’ And he’s like, ‘Yep,’ 

“What is the point in that, seriously? But at least they didn’t come to my house.”

Building a home got RayAnn’s life on track.

“After high school, I fell into some bad habits: drinking, partying, and overall wild. I didn’t care about myself. I didn’t have much for standards and I knew I was disappointing myself and my loved ones. It wasn’t until I met Sean that I started cleaning up my act. I got out of the party life, starting making and building a home with my man, and was trying to be the best me I could be,” she wrote on her LinkedIn profile as a fitness coach.

RayAnn has a son, and for the first year of COVID-19 restrictions, she followed all the orders.

“I played the game, I played it safe. I stayed home for two weeks, I pulled my kid out of school, I started doing school from home,” RayAnn recalled.

Her willingness to comply began to unravel after she put her son back in school in the fall.

“The guidelines and the restrictions and the mandates that they have in their welcome package – it was just unnecessary. And that’s when I was like, ‘Hey, this isn’t gonna work. I’m not going to be able to take my kids to school feeling confident that teachers have their best interest when they’re masking them and they can’t even tell me why.’

“I actually asked his superintendent to provide us with information that Sask Health Authority was giving them that made them decided to mandate the masks. And he was like, ‘Oh, we don’t have it, nor can we give it to you.’”

By January, RayAnn had had enough.

“I started losing sleep. I wasn’t looking forward to the future. My kid’s birthday was coming up…and this was now a year since we’ve complied… I was just like, ‘You know what? I’m done with it.’ So I started coming out to these rallies.”

RayAnn’s participation in freedom rallies has already earned her nine tickets. Although her total is three less than that of Tamara Lavoie, RayAnn has been recognized as a leading “freedom fighter” in her own right.

“I’m just heavy in it with them as they’ve been for a whole year. So, I may have came late to the party, but I came in blazing,” she said.

RayAnn has a trainer of her own and is growing her biceps as she learns to lift at the gym. She knows not all she encounters share her passion or perspective.

“I don’t want to convince anyone. I want to educate and have them just open their minds to the idea that there is a second side to the story, a side that they’re not getting told through the media, through the radio, through the schools, through the emails that they get from work….” she said.

“Don’t go get the vaccine, don’t go get tested just because they tell you to. Go look into it first, make that decision for yourself based on your own independent research…

“History repeats itself. And the only way we get into these situations that we’re in now is when they gain the trust of the public, and then put fear into the public to keep them in compliance. And they’ve done it in previous years. Hitler did it, right? So that’s where I’m at.”

Jazmyn RayAnn is the online handle for the subject of this article. Her real name is withheld for professional reasons.

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

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