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BREAKING: Alberta to drop all COVID restrictions on Canada Day

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3 which was a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.




It’s all systems go for Alberta to launch into Stage 3 of its COVID-19 recovery plan.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3, which included a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

He said Alberta will drop all COVID-19 regulations on July 1 and “our lives will get back to normal.”

That means:

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

“This is a great day for Alberta! Thanks to the diligence of Albertans and the decision of 2.7 million folks to get vaccinated, we are now just two weeks away from getting our lives back to normal,” said Kenney at a Friday press conference.

“This is an important milestone and a great achievement, but we will not stop here. We will keep administering first and second doses as quickly as possible so we’re not just open for summer, but open for good.”

Kenney said the general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

And the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton have said they may continue with their municipal mask bylaws.

“With more than 70% of eligible Albertans now vaccinated with a first dose and more receiving second doses every day, the end of this pandemic is near,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“Thank you to the Albertans who have rolled up their sleeves to get protected. For those who are still thinking about getting a shot, you have only one week to get your shot before we draw for $1 million and other great prizes.”

Anyone in Alberta aged 18 and over can still enter the first Open for Summer Lottery draw for a chance to win $1 million. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 24 and proof of vaccination will be required to claim the prize. The winner will be announced on July 1.

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. Bill Mccann

    June 23, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Thank god. I can only imagine how much longer we’d be locked up for under that witch Notley. Never again.

  2. Jay Smith

    June 21, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Evil is fundamentally a destructive force, it cannot create anything: nothing in it is truly novel nor of use to humanity. Its pleasures are short-lived and spurious. It is unsustainable, self-defeating, ultimately leading to self-destruction.

    A dark winter is on the horizon.

    God Bless all.

  3. Tony

    June 20, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Texas “re-opened” in early March and (despite the dire predictions of the learned classes) case rates and deaths have fallen dramatically, and no real correlation to vaccination rates either. Lockdowns were ineffective and disastrous; this should have been apparent to our craven and feckless leaders across the country a long time ago. Good video attached below. Also, see some of the work from aier.org. They have had excellent commentary on the corona madness from the beginning. https://odysee.com/@aier:2/g7-our-rulers-unleashed-kate-wand:a?r=J3hFwbzoSDQDbesHx3mn1uMMqaaa2ukZ

  4. Susan Grant

    June 20, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Did he say ALL restirctions or did he say “nearly” all restrictions? Whats the difference between July 1 and June 21, or 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 24, 28, 29, 30? Why is the Stampede a go and NOT Kdays? Something is off and people need to geto ut of the city and get back to the roots #BoycottStampede and #BuycottSmallTownAlberta

  5. Steven Ruthven

    June 20, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Well good news for Albertans.

    However, Premier Kenney, my attitude towards you still stands. From UCP to WIPA for me. Vote Wildrose if you want real change in Alberta. Not the watered down version of change from the Staunch Federalist who promised much on the campaign trail then turned tail and ran, back to Mr. O’Toole.

  6. Andrew

    June 19, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Jason Kenney and his UCP are FINISHED. Alberta separation is not going away and there are millions of Albertans fighting for it!

  7. NB

    June 19, 2021 at 8:36 am

    And pastors are still in jails or prosecuted.

  8. berta baby

    June 19, 2021 at 7:27 am

    @ Chris … really interesting swine flu link I have shared it . That’s the kind of info we need to get out

  9. Mars Hill

    June 19, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I think someone told the greasy Kenney where the bear shit in the buck wheat and he turned again… lawsuits and tribunals will take take of his type, I think he know that and is cooperating now.

  10. Chris

    June 18, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    History repeats… 60 minutes report from the 70’s on Swine flu looked like Covid precursor.


  11. Tony

    June 18, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    It seems like I can hardly drive around town or listen to the radio or search the internet without being inundated with aggressive and misleading advertising that is imploring everyone to get vaxxed. Now a lotto-bribe is being offered. The masks (figuratively speaking) have slipped off the faces of the societal institutions who have been exposed as being even more corrupt than I had previously thought. Don’t call it a conspiracy theory, it is actually Public Choice Theory. Our corrupt system of government provides distorted incentives for elected leaders and bureaucrats to act against the interests of all most of us who vote and pay taxes.

  12. Left Coast

    June 18, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    So Mr. Kenny . . . which Lockdown worked?

    Why NONE of them of course which is why you kept doing the same thing over & over.

    Hopefully by Fall you will have stepped down and been replaced by someone who is Not Allergic to SCIENCE and Facts.

    Next Flu Season . . . and there will be a next one, we have had one for more than 100 years now . . . how about we look after the vulnerable Seniors and let the rest of the population alone?

    The Last People I call when I have a problem is the friggin Govt . . . staffed by People who could NOT Perform in the Private Sector . . . just like most Politicians, always the Last to Know !

  13. berta baby

    June 18, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Common let’s be reasonable here folks… if the vaccine is causing people to be sick… the vaccinated will be the ones getting sick. I know a pile of people who have been vaccinated.
    So either we are open for good or all the people who took the vaccine will be sick and documented ..: 30% of Canada is a 10.6million people… not going to be forced vaccinated

  14. Rose

    June 18, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    My guess is that we’ll be locked down again by October.

    Side effects from the vaccine will become overwhelmingly obvious & evident by then, but it will be officially labelled as Covid. Hence, the unvaccinated get blamed, and vaccines made mandatory.

    FYI… their so called vaccine (that isn’t even a vaccine), contains dangerous spike proteins that do circulate throughout the body, they do cross the blood brain barrier, they are contagious via shedding, and do destroy your bodies natural immune system.

  15. K

    June 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Yes Kramer, I agree 100%. Something else is going on. This virus is not deadly, anyone who has researched the statistics for more than 5 minutes knows this. I don’t know what’s going on with these jabs but it’s weird to say the least.

    I have believed since April 2020 that when this rollout began, they were going to target the unvaccinated and blame us for the adverse effects of the virus, that is actually caused from the vaccines.

    No one sane wants to be under this totalitarian nightmare, but the vaccines are not the way out of it, and the elites know this. Sadly, the low information Covidian cult members do not. Things are going to get scary if we’re correct in our assumptions.

  16. @josh:unixhosting.cloud

    June 18, 2021 at 3:00 pm


    It’s the same old give me another 2 weeks.

  17. berta baby

    June 18, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Still hate him


    June 18, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Waiting 12 days until July 1, 2021, is a torture technique. If they reached their alleged quota, there is no reason to wait that long, other than torture.

  19. Josh

    June 18, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    I guess I better start prepping for the fall. K is right. interesting wording ‘openforsummer’

    Cosmo is also justified. We have until August *based off last years statistics*

  20. Cosmo Kramer

    June 18, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    My fear is for when flu and cold season starts in the fall even a worse lockdown will be enforced and people who did not take the jab will be used as scapegoats. If there are adverse reactions or if jabbed people have a severe reaction if infected with a covid virus the government can begin a terrible pogrom of either force jabbing people or barring them from buying, selling, and trading.

    Keep in mind that these jabs are not vaccines in that they do not give one immunity nor do they prevent transmission. By their own documentation they are designed that if one does get infected they get a mild case. Jabbed and unjabbed can spread it all the same.

    Even so, if I am not jabbed and you are then you are safe from covid and I am at risk. It is my choice. If I have not had it (although we believe it went through our family in early 2020) then I am only a risk for others like me who accept the risk. Why are they so aggressively marketing and forcing this on people?

  21. Melanie Fletcher

    June 18, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    I do not believe them, this is a carrot, just watch. Within the next two weeks they will move the goal post and lock us down again. How about giving the keys back the churches and the Whistle Stop? Kenny and the gang need to go.

  22. K

    June 18, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Sure, but for how long? ‘OpenForSummer’ doesn’t mean open in the fall. We’re in the midst of a full-blown psychological operation and these vaccines are not safe. Don’t count on this to last. These monsters are NOT to be trusted.

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.




A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.

The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.

Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.

RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.

This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.

“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.

The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”




BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

On Monday, the Surrey Board of Trade wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister of Canada Patty Hajdu, BC Premier John Horgan, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix urging them to “implement a proof-of-immunization model.”

“We support a centralized, Canada-wide approach to COVID-19 proof-of immunization that could be easily used to confirm vaccination status for international and domestic use,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The separation of lines – which was put in place as a federal policy – has since been removed following extensive public push-back.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.




Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.

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