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Kenney launches lottery as Alberta up against deadline to open for Canada Day

Jason Kenney said between now and Thursday, 48,361 people need to get jabs for a wide open Canada Day.




Albertans need to pick up the pace to ensure they can celebrate Canada Day in style, says Premier Jason Kenney.

In an effort to encourage people to get their jabs, Kenney announced the chance to win a multi-million dollar lottery for those who do.

Currently 2.63 million Albertans – or 68.7% – have received a first vaccination shot. The government has set a threshold of 70% to move to Stage 3 and fully reopen the province.

While all Albertans who have received a jab can enter, the lottery is trying to entice 600,000 people who haven’t been vaccinated yet.

“We’re not across the finish line yet,” Kenney told a Monday press conference in Edmonton.

“I am so looking forward to celebrating Canada Day, but the clock is ticking.”

Kenney said in order for Stage 3 to open a week from Thursday, the 70% benchmark must be met by this Thursday.

Kenney said between now and Thursday, 48,361 people need to get jabs.

The Open for Summer Lottery will see three prizes of $1-million each for vaccinated people. Details about an incentive program for those aged 12-17 will be announced in the future.

Beginning Monday, any Alberta resident 18 and older who has received a first dose of vaccine can register to enter for the first $1-million prize. Eligibility for the first $1 million will close seven days after the province beats its Stage 3 target of 70% first-dose vaccination of Albertans 12 and older. The first winner will be announced when Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan begins.

To encourage more people to get fully vaccinated, two additional lotteries will follow in August and September. Any Albertan over the age of 18 who receives two doses will be eligible to win one of these additional $1-million prizes. 

To enter, you simply need to have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and register online at alberta.ca/lottery. Registration opens June 14 and closes one week after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose. Specific dates and deadlines will be posted on the website once Alberta enters Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan.

Kenney noted there will always be those who refuse to get vaccinated but 85% have told pollsters they are open it doing it.

He said the lottery came about as a “need to get creative” to encourage people to get their jabs.

“How can you say no to a chance to win $1 million.” said Kenney.

“This is a once in a lifetime event,”said Health Minister Tyler Shando.

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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. Gordon Wereley

    June 16, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Sorry, I should have clarified where that number came from. BTW, the CDC has admitted that their number was really lowball, so, No, not a ridiculous number Lee, it’s right from the “Authorities” mouth. To top that off we haven’t even mentioned the injuries from the various vaccines. To say that I am a bit hesitant to take the Jab is an understatement.

  2. MD

    June 16, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Gordon that 6000 is only for USA not world wide. In Europe and elsewhere its now in the 10’s of thousands. VAERS is the adverse reaction reporting system for the US only. Harvard did a study and found that only about 1% of adverse reactions are actually reported so that probably means that the deaths are much much higher!!

    Kenney should be on trial for crimes against humanity. I’m angry he’s using tax dollars for his coersion campaign! I hope people don’t fall for this. This is truly one of the greatest evils I have ever seen.
    I briefly heard a story that in the States a winner is now dealing with debilitating adverse side effects and can’t work. How far will the lottery money go after she has to pay medical bills and living expenses?

  3. Penny4YourThouhts

    June 16, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Wow. So Mr. Kenney and Mr. Shandro are pandering to Big Pharma’s ridiculous demands of coercing 70% of the population to inject themselves with genetically modified substances, hoping these criminals continue to do business in Alberta. Business over health & freedom – that’s the UPC’s new motto? Come to Alberta where we guarantee we will support your criminal organization over the freedom & health of our citizens! And they wonder why their approval numbers are falling.

    I wonder how they’ll spin it now that the world has learned the truth about the virus AND the gene therapy injections rebranded as vaccines. Will they shuck responsibility and point their evil little fingers at everyone else claiming they had no idea? I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems to me that if someone is in charge of making decisions for others, they better know what the hell they’re choosing.

  4. Mars Hill

    June 15, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Morally repugnant at every level having my taxes used as prize money for this ‘vaccine’.

  5. Westcanguy

    June 15, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Wait, what???? You mean that I can win a million dollars if I get an untested vaccine that hasn’t been approved for use by any health body in the world except for emergency use???

    Tell you what, Mr Kenney. I don’t need 1 million but stroke me a cheque for 10k and I’ll get your stupid vaccine to protect me against a virus that has a 98% recovery rate.

  6. John Lankers

    June 15, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Rigpig, this is only the official number of deaths in the US, I bet the real number of people who lost their lives due to side effects of the drug is 5 to 10 times higher, why else would the CDC hold a series of emergency meetings.

  7. Josh

    June 15, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Nobody thinks about what approved for emergency use means. It means you use it in emergency situations like if your older and chances are you wont recover. You dont inject the majority of the population with it cause chances are higher it will hurt or kill them.

  8. Rigpig

    June 15, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Lee, is the CDC ridiculous? According to their publicly available stats as of last week, from Dec 2020 to June 7 2021, over 5200 people have died after taking a cov19 vax…in the USA only. Another fact, these injections received emergency approval, meaning the normal rigorous testing was circumvented. The field trials are going on now. Long term effects and consequences are unknown.

  9. Lee Morrison

    June 15, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Gordon Wereley;

    6,000 have died? On what basis do you make that ridiculous statement?

  10. Gordon Wereley

    June 15, 2021 at 11:38 am

    You know there is something terribly wrong with this jab when people have to be bribed, coerced and threatened to accept it.
    When scientists not employed by CDC,the US Government, Canadian Government and other world governments are being censored to stop opposition to an experimental vaccine are all being censored, then it’s difficult to support the position that these vaccines are good for us.
    When an exercise treadmill is recalled and sales stop because one toddler died on it but over 6000 people world wide have died from this jab and they are still trying to force, shame and coerce you into accepting it, you know it’s not safe.

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Lock-down ignoring party host arrested again in Vancouver

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD.




A man arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) earlier this year for running a “makeshift nightclub” from his downtown penthouse has been convicted of new charges.

Mohammad Movassaghi was initially sentenced to 18 months probation in April, along with 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty in BC provincial court on counts of violating a public health order and selling liquor.

The 43-year-old man hosted hundreds of party-goers to his 1,100 square-foot penthouse near Richards Street and Georgia Street, equipped with cash machines, menus, and doormen.

VPD officers arrived at one of the parties on January 31 after a “witness” reported the event. One of the alleged doormen was issued several fines, however Movassaghi refused to open the door and was defiant with police. Officers returned early Sunday morning with a search warrant and subsequently issued over $17,000 in fines for violations contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

Large quantities of cash were seized as well.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison, following the January 31 arrest.

“If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic, and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Of Addisons’ top concerns was the fact that “none of them were wearing masks.”

A GoFundMe was set up shortly after Movassaghi’s arrest, which stated he’d lost $15,000 in cash and liquor.

The campaign was shut down before it reached $300.

Judge Ellen Gordon compared Movassaghi’s actions with those of a drug dealer, specifically fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine. Her logic being COVID-19 can kill people, and so can fentanyl. Therefore there is “no difference.”

“What you did, sir, is comparable to individuals who sell fentanyl to the individuals on the street who die every day. There’s no difference. You voluntarily assumed a risk that could kill people in the midst of a pandemic,” said Gordon.

Fast forward to August and Movassaghi had violated the court orders again when he began hosting more parties in his penthouse, prompting a second VPD investigation leading to his arrest on Wednesday night.

He has since plead guilty of two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor, says VPD.

Movassaghi has now been sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine — leaving many wondering if he will switch up the location for his next party, possibly somewhere more discreet.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard

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Porch pirate Chahal could face $5K in fines or six months in jail

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.




Porch pirate George Chahal, under investigation for mail theft by Elections Canada, could face a fine of $5,000 or spend up to six months in jail.

The Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate was victorious in September’s federal election, however, he came under fire when a doorbell cam caught Chahal removing an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox ahead of the September 20 election.

Chahal, in a jersey with his name clearly visible on the back, was easily identified in the video.

A complaint was filed on September 23 and an investigation was launched.

Months later, Chahal’s name and his involvement in the incident was brought up in question period in the House of Commons this week by Barrie-Innisfail Conservative MP John Brassard.

“The member is facing a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail during an investigation that is continuing from the Commissioner of Canada Elections,” said Brassard.

“Even with the low bar on ethics and conduct set by the Liberals and indeed the prime minister over the last six years, does the prime minister think this type of action from a member of his caucus is acceptable?”

Trudeau, in defence of Chahal, said, “The member has apologized and is fully cooperating with Elections Canada as it goes through its processes.”

Chahal, during a Friday morning interview on CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener, mentioned both he and his team are being investigated in the incident.

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.

The investigation was initially opened by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption, unit but was quickly transferred to Elections Canada.

Chahal’s admission during the Friday morning radio interview could mean the replacing of election material in voters’ mailboxes may have been more widespread and could have involved his large team of volunteers.  

The matter is still under investigation with Elections Canada.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Suzuki apologizes for radical ‘blown up’ pipelines comment

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis.”




Environmental activist David Suzuki issued a public apology for comments he made last Saturday referencing “blown up” pipelines if the government doesn’t take drastic action on climate change.

The radical activist made the comments at an Extinction Rebellion protest in downtown Victoria last weekend when asked by CHEK News what he thought would happen if government leaders didn’t address the climate crisis.

“We’re in deep, deep doo doo. And the leading experts have been telling us for over 40 years. This is what we’ve come to. The next stage after this, there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

A released statement, also available on his website, said, “Dr. Suzuki’s comments were born out of many years of watching government inaction while the climate crisis continues to get worse.”

The statement included this apology from Suzuki:

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis. My words were spoken out of extreme frustration and I apologize.

“We must find a way to stop the environmental damage we are doing to the planet and we must do so in a non-violent manner.”

The statement goes on to cite the work of the David Suzuki Foundation.

“Since 1990, the Foundation has produced credible and reliable evidence-based environmental information, and worked with all levels of government (including indigenous leadership), business and communities to resolve critical environmental issues.”

Suzuki was heavily criticized Monday for his comments by Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.

“David Suzuki is so out of touch with the real world that he advocates for eco-terrorism…towards Canadian people and industries — this is completely unacceptable and extremely reckless,” said Nixon during Ministerial Statements in the Legislature.

“The NDP have a long history of collaborating with David Suzuki and their silence on his outrageous comments make them complicit with calls for ecoterrorism towards Albertans.

“We must protect our critical infrastructure and not allow these ridiculous ideological menaces to destroy what Albertans have worked so hard to create.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Suzuki’s comment was “an implicit or winking incitement to violence,” and likened it to something you’d hear in “gangster movies.”

Contrary to accusations of inciting violence by critics, Suzuki’s statement read, “Always grounded in sound evidence, the Foundation empowers people to take peaceful and impactful action in their communities on the environmental challenges we collectively face.” 

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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