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Uninfected Olds College student branded ‘health and safety risk’ after attending anti-lockdown rodeo

“I’m so frustrated. I’ve been here so long, and now I can’t even go to a rodeo that wasn’t even on college time,” Mykelti Fisher said.




An Olds College student says she feels her place in the institution is in jeopardy after she received a “threatening” call from a school official saying she was a “health and safety risk” after attending the ‘No More Lockdowns Rodeo’ in Bowden, AB.

Mykelti Fisher said she attended the rodeo on May 1 and socialized some of the photos from the event.

On Monday, Fisher said she received a “rude and belittling” phone call from Michael Keeling, head of Occupational Health and Safety for Olds College.

“He started by accusing me of putting up a vulgar (F— Kenney) posting on Facebook. I had to argue with him, I had done no such thing, and he finally agreed with me,” Fisher told the Western Standard.

“He then asked me if I had gone to the rodeo in Bowden and when I said ‘yes’, he said I was an OHS hazard to the campus.

“At the end of the conversation he said he would be talking to the registrar of the college about my future at the school.”

Fisher says she has no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Fisher is approaching the end of a 16-month Animal Health technician course. She has another six weeks to go, but is now concerned about being able to get onto campus to do hands-on work.

“I’m so frustrated. I’ve been here so long, and now I can’t even go to a rodeo that wasn’t even on college time,” she said.

The rogue rodeo in Bowden was held outdoors. Doctors and health experts that the the Western Standard spoke to said that risk of contracting COVID-19 outdoors was “minimal”.

Fisher also expressed frustration with the lockdown in Alberta, adding she was against Premier Jason Kenney’s policy.

“I told [Keeling] I was exercising my right to a peaceful gathering and that I didn’t think I should be getting in trouble for something that had happened outside of school hours. I asked him if me going into Walmart would also be considered a threat to health and safety, he replied with ‘that’s not what we are talking about’.

“I don’t know where to go from here, I’m in my last semester and just want to get it done… but I also don’t want to give up standing up for what I believe in.”

Officials at Old College have been contacted for comment by the Western Standard but have not responded as of publishing.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also expressed his outrage over the event.

Kenney said the rodeo was the exact opposite of the cowboy spirit.

Kenney called the rodeo, attended by about 4,000 people, “disturbing.”

In a closed-door UCP caucus meeting, Kenney said in reference to the attendees of the rodeo, “If they are our base, I want a new base.”

And at the end of a Facebook town hall on May 4, Kenney lashed out at rodeo organizer Ty Northcott for some of his social media postings.

“They said ‘We will not stand by idly and watch, as not only our businesses, but our Western heritage, and more importantly, our basic human rights are ripped out of existence by the tyrannical beings of our current world.’ The tyrannical beings? Not even human beings, the tyrannical beings of the current world.

“What the heck does that mean. I mean are these people, is that now merging with …Lizard Man conspiracies. I’m one of the tyrannical beings of the current world? What does that…so I said to my caucus, people who are making death threats against me and members of my family and are talking about the tyrannical beings that have taken over the world. They’re not my base. They’re not Alberta conservatives. They’re not mainstream Albertans. They are people who need to cut way back on caffeine, take off the tinfoil hat and come back to reality.

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 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. Ken Coutts

    May 12, 2021 at 7:51 am

    My Grandfather who worked at Olds college must be rolling over in his grave right now ,what you do off campus on your own time is none of there business it’s a good thing you didn’t attend any shooting competition you’d be hung,drawn and quartered!🤬

  2. Claudette Leece

    May 11, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    You got it Steven, two sets of rights in AB now, the right to protest if your BLM or Antifa, but if your born and bred good Alberta stock your lizards. Only reptiles I know are these politicians, from Premier, to MLA, to Mayors and always the high and mighty teachers

  3. Claudette Leece

    May 11, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Agree Marie, she needs someone from the Justice Centre to represent her. Gosh this province, it’s schools and universities have gone nuts.

  4. Marie Kuzek

    May 11, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Miss Fisher. I believe you need representation now. I love your comment about Walmart, we can also include Costco, Canadian tire, home hardware,.. of course he said that is not what we are talking about.. you spoke the truth and we know outside is an awesome place to spend time.. best of luck.

  5. Left Coast

    May 11, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Michael Keeling is a moron . . . anyone with 3 functioning brain cells knows Outdoor Transmission has never been an issue. In fact it is rare & virtually unknown.
    If it was a problem BLM & Antifa Rioters & Looters would have been sick & dying last summer, but they are still out there in places like Portland, Seattle & Minneapolis doing their thing. Why is that Michael?
    Keeling likely got the job at the College cause he could not compete in the real world, another joke who thinks he is important.
    If he continues to harass . . . hire a lawyer and sue the clown . . .

  6. westofsask@hotmail.com

    May 11, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Olds College needs to fire Keeling immediately! Another brain dead safety “expert”. As for Kenney assuming Tys reference to his type as tyrannical beings, it’s an insult Kenney. Nothing to do with “lizard people”. I, for example, refer to Theresa Tam as an it. Yes it’s because I see her as a low life, technically human, but not worthy to be described as such.

  7. francis witzel

    May 10, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Mykelti , contact the JCCF organization , you need legal help right away, don’t wait , they ( olds college will use you as an example ) , and your schooling is very important. Good luck ,

  8. Steven Ruthven

    May 10, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    10 May 2021
    Politics is a nasty business Mykelti Fisher. Good luck in your studies. As for Old’s College, I had a good opinion of the Institution of being fair minded, but I should have known better. At least we now know who your masters are.

    Premier Kenney & the Mayor of Calgary are painting people like you as “White Nationalist Supremacists”. Then in the same breath, fall over themselves to cheer on Black Lives Matters & ANTIFA organizations because it would be racist to call out Alt Left Organizations in a culturally sensitive environment.

    The hypocrisy of public figures well it’s there for all to see.

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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.




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.


“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.


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

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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.




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

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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.




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.”

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