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WATCH: Northcott faces three charges after No More Lockdowns Rodeo

Northcott told the Western Standard he intends to plead not guilty.




The RCMP has handed Alberta rancher Ty Northcott three summonses for holding the No More Lockdowns Rodeo, near Bowden.

An RCMP officer served Northcott, and his wife Gail, with the summons on Monday afternoon at the gate of his ranch.

The pair have been ordered to appear in court in Red Deer on May 17 to face the Public Health Act charges.

Northcott told the Western Standard he intends to plead not guilty.

Northcott charged

“The sooner we can get our day in court the better. We want to challenge Dr. (Deena) Hinshaw and (Premier) Jason Kenney on their draconian measures.  We want to prove them to be the tyrants they are,” said Northcott.

Northcott is being represented by lawyers James Kitchen, of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) and lawyer and local Rancher Dan Harder, from Olds.

Northcott is the latest COVID-19 protest organizer to face the wrath of the authorites.

On Saturday, the owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe, in Mirror, Chris Scott was handcuffed by RCMP and hauled away after 1,500 people went to a protest on his property. In Calgary the same day, Pastor Artrur Pawlowski was pulled over and arrested in the middle of 17 Ave. S.E. for continuing to hold packed church services.

Another Alberta pastor, James Coates, was jailed for a month and is currently before the court on the same charge.

The No More Lockdowns Rodeo was held over two days on the May 1 weekend on the Northcott land, south of Bowden.

Coming from a historic Alberta ranching family, Northcott’s livestock business has been crippled by successive provincial lockdowns.

More than 4,000 people attended the event which featured a full rodeo and speakers slamming the lockdowns.

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.

Nadine Wellwood is a Western Standard correspondent

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  1. lajc63@gmail.com

    May 12, 2021 at 10:06 am

    I agree with the way “Left Coast” states the facts. The draining of “our” Canadian swamp politicians needs to coincide with the USA swamp clean up.

  2. Left Coast

    May 12, 2021 at 9:54 am

    ALL Covid infections were INDOORS . . . so our intelligencia in the Provincial Govts ordered everyone to stay INDOORS.
    This is course was the opposite of Common Sense . . . had these Govt just protected the Seniors’ Homes, the Elderly & those with Health Issues as they did in Sweden . . . this would have ended a year ago.
    But these low intellect Politicians and inept Govt Employees saw a chance to become Rulers and Despots . . . and today we have watched them destroy the Economy and Kill far more People than the Virus with their Stupidity and anti-Science nonsense.
    Suicides & Drug Overdoses have surpassed the Virus for death numbers . . . and then you can add in the 10s of thousands that died because of lack of Medical Care in shut-down Hospitals that were empty.
    There needs to be Judicial style investigation into our feckless leadership and some of these clowns need to go to jail. Trudope, Ford & Kenny should be doing time, toss in the clueless Horgan as well ! ! !

  3. Steven Ruthven

    May 12, 2021 at 2:24 am

    12 May 2021
    How’s your “Ordered Liberty” for your ordered society going Premier Kenney? Jason Kenney born in 1968 in Oakville Ontario & spent sometime in Western Canada should have a reasonably good sense of how Albertans do their business.

    Apparently he doesn’t. Your Ordered Liberty philosophy isn’t going to work on Westerners Jason. When you finally leave Alberta. I do very much hope the closing barn door smacks your butt on the way out.

    Albertans fight for your rights and freedoms! Jason Kenney’s abusive language towards us is the last gasp of a pretender and a liar 🤥 .

  4. Bonnie Parks

    May 11, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    I stand 100% behind the Northcott’s. It takes a lot of strength and determination to do what they’ve done in organizing this rally. And they’re doing it for ALL OF US!!! These businesses are losing everything, and what some people think was just a Rogue Rodeo, is their livelihood. This is what they do for a living!!! So much is misunderstood by the people who just think we need to comply to health rules so we can get back to normal. Those people haven’t lost their jobs and their whole livelihood. If going to court is what it takes to be heard, then good for you Ty and Gail!!! We’re behind you!!

  5. Left Coast

    May 11, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    There is ZERO Science to support lockdowns . . .
    The First Lockdown did not work and neither did the Fourth . . .

    Other jurisdiction have had much more success without lockdowns, Canada is a den of Despots & wanna-be Diktators. From Kenny to Ford to Horgan to Trudope . . . ALL completely clueless and destroying Canada in the process!


    May 11, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    I think I know what Jason means when he says, “I want a new base.” He means that he wants a base of subservient slaves who have no human rights and who are totally controlled by the brutal totalitarian regime that he plans to bring into Alberta. That’s the new Alberta that he wants after he does his best to bring about The Great Reset.

  7. Claudette Leece

    May 11, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Of coarse we know when they get to court, there will be a stay, they need time to get all there lies in order, now that cases are piling up. Then there will be a new date, another stay, then a quiet agreement on a reasonable fine, if not the Justice Centre will be representing a whole bunch more, who get fined from a new protest over this. After all us lizards are pretty determined and by the way, you police disgust me. Your traitors to your own country. People will remember your actions, which ever town you live in

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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.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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