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Edmonton councillor rebuffs mayor’s challenge wear orange on Canada Day

“I will be wearing red and white to celebrate our achievements. There are other days dedicated to wearing other colours,” said Jon Dziadyk




Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says residents should use Canada Day to reflect on residential schools, the treatment of Indigenous peoples and the path to reconciliation.

But one councillor says not so fast.

“July 1st is the one day a year where Canadians of all backgrounds come together to celebrate living in the greatest country in the world,” Coun. Jon Dziadyk told the Western Standard.

“I will be wearing red and white to celebrate our achievements. There are other days dedicated to wearing other colours, but everyone is free to do as they please.”

Several cities across Canada have cancelled Canada Day celebrations as a show of respect after the graves of hundreds of people have been found at former residential school sites.

“Understanding that this Canada Day comes at a time of renewed reckoning with our history, I urge Edmontonians to come together to ensure every single person in this country is welcomed, accepted, and safe,” said Iveson in a release.

“This year, in the tail end of this pandemic and when horrors from our past are at the forefront of our minds, let’s move forward together to build a stronger, more diverse and more inclusive country. Let’s work together to make Canada a place we can all be proud to call home.” 

The City will light the Walterdale Bridge, High Level Bridge, City Hall, and Muttart Conservatory in orange July 1-4 and the Rossdale Power Plant on July 1.

The city said people may wish to wear orange, or display orange lights on their homes or in their windows during that period.  

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. Baron Not Baron

    June 30, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I am going to say I give you credibility for your last sentence, but not entirely. So here’s one single example, that does not address you personally, just to not create confusion:
    I was not born in Canada. Where I am coming from it is a country with a history way before Christ has arrived in this world. I am bringing more to the future of this place called Alberta, than the great majority of the actual born here, since most of these are spiritually gone and useless – I refer to the city dwellers, not the farmers and ranchers (I had their jobs, as I earned a living since I was 4 years old). Why do I say they’re useless, one would ask – this is the place where they steered Canada be, so it reflects them. In a deep sh!thole. Now you are all swimming in it. They let everything happen so this county that you see today. People like myself love this country MORE than most of you. Most of you have forgotten how to (or never bothered to learn how to) sanctify the land from under your feet. As for a good one – from throwing your children in front of the internet, or tv or everything – just to have your own “me time”, that is simply unnatural. There are no more children playing anywhere outside, because of you, the Netflix conquerers, made them weak (like yourselves) to become the future of this nation – without a future. A nation of wimps, more by every moment, buying into indoctrination, unable to think and chose for yourselves – not to mention the lack of creativity. Too many of you lived in vain, growing old with no notion of freedom. To you freedom is a word (less important than your damn local hockey team name) – but you really have no clue what freedom is. You never touched or smelled freedom, but your own liberal stench filled with virtual fake reality, that has nothing to do with the blessings that God provided for you, so you can make more of that.
    This is about the cowards that I just described, and to me personally, they don’t have a name.

  2. Left Coast

    June 30, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    I lived in Edmonton in the 70s worked for the Journal . . . what the hell happened to the place?
    Back then it was oil workers, pipeline workers and mostly sane people who knew ole Pierre was a friggin marxist.
    Today it is Cuckville . . . the insane left has taken over . . . people actually vote for these leftist hacks and the nutty Nutley?
    The left leaves destruction every where it goes . . . in just 6 years the low intellect son of Pierre has likely driven the last Nail in the Coffin called Canada.
    Part of the problem is in Canada’s big cities today a very high % of the citizens were not even born in Canada . . .

  3. Left Coast

    June 30, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Iveson is just another useless Cdn Politician . . .

    Some of the stupidest folks in the country are running the place . . . friggin scary!

  4. Rigpig

    June 30, 2021 at 8:40 am

    What are the odds Deadmonton votes in yet another virtue signalling spineless leftist t*rd when Iveson goes away??

  5. Baron Not Baron

    June 30, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Canadians will not have time to “reflect” on anything much when their primary concern will be where the next meal is coming from and how to warm up their homes. At least I don’t remember much reflection when I was living in communism. reflection is a privilege only capitalist societies offer their citizens. But most people today don’t deserve that. Hehe looking forward to hear their reflections over a bowl of edible worms the elites are preparing for us in the near future.

  6. Bryan

    June 30, 2021 at 6:46 am


    At least in Edmonton, you can take your ‘facial diapers’ off tomorrow. Down here in ‘Nenshigrad’, we have to wear them until the 5th, at least. Why the 5th? Let’s see; We have,perhaps, the largest number of US citizens of any city in Canada. What better way to ‘make a statement’ than to require citizens to wear masks over both the day to ‘celebrate’ Canada, and US Independence Day. Basically, the Politbureau of Nenshigrad is giving a big, middle finger salute, to all.

    At least we only have a few months to go until ‘Mare’ Numbskull is out of office.

  7. Fred Monninots

    June 29, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    As it should be. Why don’t we turn the country in a permanent nation in mourning for the endless sins inflicted on the Children of the Forest.

  8. Westcanguy

    June 29, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    I think most wish to vote for a new Mayor… sooner than later.

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Vaccine passports now mandatory in Alberta

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.




The Alberta government’s new vaccine mandates for businesses, entities and events are in effect.

Each organization must follow one of two options: implement the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, or comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Order 42-2021.

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.

The REP allows operators to avoid the majority of public health restrictions with the implementation of a proof of vaccination program, although vaccine requirements for staff are at the employer’s discretion. Face mask mandates are still required in all indoor spaces.

The program doesn’t apply to those under 12 years of age and businesses that need to be accessed by the public for daily living purposes, including all retail locations. As well, employees, contractors, repair or delivery workers, volunteers or inspectors will be permitted access to spaces without requiring a vaccine passport.

To enter spaces participating in the REP, adults need to provide valid photo identification that matches their paper or digital vaccine record showing name, vaccine type and date of administration. From now until October 25, proof of partial vaccination (one dose) will suffice, however after that date, proof of full vaccination (two doses) will be required. Those under 12 will only need to show vaccination paperwork.

Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities that don’t implement the REP will be limited to one-third capacity of their fire code occupancy and attendees must be in household cohorts or with up to two close contacts if they live alone.

Outdoor events and facilities have no capacity restrictions, but attendees must maintain a two-metre distancing between households.  

Restaurants that don’t follow the REP cannot offer indoor dining, and outdoor dining will be limited to six people per table from one household, and liquor sales will have to end by 10 p.m. with consumption cut off by 11 p.m.

Retail, shopping malls and food courts aren’t eligible for the REP, therefore will be reduced to one-third capacity of fire code occupancy and are required to stop all in-person dining, switching to take out only.

Indoor private social gatherings will be permitted for those that are vaccinated to a maximum of two households up to 10 (vaccine eligible) vaccinated people. There are no restrictions for children under 12. For those who are unvaccinated, indoor social gatherings are not permitted.

Private outdoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 200 people who are socially distanced.  

Churches will be limited to one-third of fire code capacity and masks and social distancing are still mandatory in places of worship.

Employees are mandated to work from home unless their physical presence is required for their duties.

Proof of vaccination will not be required to enter a polling place for Monday’s federal election although physical distancing, masking and other transmission reducing measures will be in place.

For more information on the Restriction Exemption Program, click here.   

Risdon is a reporter at the Western Standard

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Hockey arena backs down on banning unvaccinated kids

Within hours of the Western Standard posting the exclusive story, Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy.




Public pressure has brought minor hockey out of the penalty box in Cochrane.

Following an exclusive story by the Western Standard on Saturday, along with mounting pressure from the community, a Cochrane sports facility has revamped its vaccine passport policy.  

The Cochrane Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) and Hockey Alberta were not mandating a vaccine passport system, but Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) announced it would be requiring proof of vaccine status for anyone 12 and up.

Within hours of the story being posted, CMHS President Cory Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy with this statement: “Youth between the ages of 12 (vaccine eligible) to 18 years of age are exempt from the REP vaccination requirement to enter the facility for the purpose of participating in a youth organized sport organization. Examples include (but not limited to) Cochrane Minor Hockey, Ringette, Cochrane Minor Soccer, Lacrosse, Cochrane Figure Skating Club, Comets, Junior Lifeguard Club, etc.”

Although youth may access the facility without being vaccinated, all adult spectators, coaches, volunteers and organizers of any youth activity “must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or medical exemption to gain entry to SLSFSC premises.”

“Although this helps our kids get on the ice in Cochrane, it’s still an issue at lots of other facilities, especially in larger facilities in Calgary and Airdrie,” Oaten said.

Oaten, who works in the insurance industry, points out the “huge liability issue” this poses to his and other sports organizations.

“Originally, Spray Lakes pushed us to collect this medical documentation from our members,” he said.

The CMHA board consists of 18 volunteer members.

“They can’t put those expectations on a board of volunteers. It’s a big legal issue for us,” Oaten said, adding he and his board refuse to take responsibility for requiring proof of vaccine or the collection of their members’ private medical information.

Oaten was informed the SLSFSC will now have its own security checkpoints set up in the facility and will take responsibility for checking the vaccine status of anyone 18-plus entering the building.

Oaten anticipates families will still pull their kids from hockey and other sports programs as those who remain unvaccinated will not be permitted in the facility to accompany their child.

Hockey Alberta stated on their Facebook page they are working with the Alberta government on how last Wednesday’s announcement will affect hockey for Alberta players. Oaten has asked his members to hold off on making a decision to pull their child from the program until Hockey Alberta comes forward with their updated season plan.

The Western Standard reached out to the SLSFSC for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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Nearly $400 million in commemorative holiday events planned for fed employees only

The Department of Canadian Heritage promises “large-scale commemoration events” for a September 30 holiday for federally regulated employees only.




It’ll cost hundreds of millions of dollars with federally regulated employees getting ready to party like it’s 2021, all on the public teat.

The Department of Canadian Heritage promises “large-scale commemoration events” for a September 30 holiday for federally regulated employees only.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the holiday will cost $388.9 million, by official estimate.

“The department will collaborate with national organizations for large-scale commemorative events on September 30,” staff wrote in a briefing note. It is the first federal observance of its kind.

The Senate on June 3 passed Bill C-5 An Act To Amend The Bills Of Exchange Act that designates September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The paid holiday applies only to federal employees including the RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces, and federally-regulated private sector workers at job sites like airports, banks, grain mills, marine shippers, radio stations and railways.

“This new annual statutory holiday on September 30 will ensure public commemoration of the tragic history and legacy of Residential Schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process,” said the briefing note National Day For Truth And Reconciliation. Costs of planned events were estimated at $2.7 million.

Parliament passed the holiday bill without a dissenting vote though senators in final debate questioned its usefulness. “What could long-term, dedicated and stable funding mean for food security, for closing the infrastructure gap which is huge, for finally ending boiled water advisories, for dealing with acute housing shortfalls in Indigenous communities?” asked Senator Dennis Patterson (Nunavut).

“It is hard for me to hear about the hundreds of millions of dollars that will go to provide federal employees a paid day off when I think about how an ongoing commitment of what we have heard today would be $388.9 million per annum for this holiday,” said Patterson.

“It would be an insult to my family members, to my friends and to the memories of those survivors I have lost along the way if this day were to become yet another paid day at the cottage for federal workers,” said Patterson. “It needs to truly be a day of remembrance and learning.”

The Treasury Board said direct costs were $165.9 million in the federal public service. “Most of that is in lost productivity,” Stephen Diotte, executive director of human resources, told the Senate June 3.

“The balance of it is payments required for employees in 24/7 work environments like corrections or Canada Border Services or ships’ crews and officers in the Department of National Defence and Department of Fisheries,” said Diotte.

The $165.9 million figure did not include holiday pay or overtime for Crown corporation employees. “I don’t have those figures,” said Diotte.

The labour department said airlines, marine shippers and other federally-regulated private sector companies would pay another $223 million annually.

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