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Nickel says Edmonton should end mask bylaw when province drops theirs

Iveson said doctors have told him any relaxation of the bylaw should wait until 70% of the province has received vaccinations.

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Edmonton mayoral candidate Mike Nickel says he will oppose any move by incumbent Don Iveson to keep a mask bylaw in place after the province removes theirs.

The province could lift its mandatory mask requirement as early as next week as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to drop and the number of vaccinated people continues to rise to 68.7% of the population.

On June 24, if the province has reach 70% of the population vaccinated, all restrictions should be removed.

But Iveson has been musing about keeping Edmonton’s mask bylaw in place if the province drops its.

“That does raise the risk, particularly in the busier and higher density parts of the province, which are not just Edmonton and Calgary, but where the risk is perhaps most acute and where hospitals are … still taxed by the third wave,” he said said at a press conference last week.

Iveson said doctors have told him any relaxation of the bylaw should wait until 70% of the province has received vaccinations.

But Nickel said the Edmonton mask bylaw should end the moment the province drops theirs.

“The province is ending the mask mandate with phase 3. So why is Don Iveson flirting with the idea of keeping the mask mandate? I will oppose this. It’s time to open up our city!” Nickel said it a Facebook post Monday.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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. berta baby

    June 18, 2021 at 4:18 am

    It’s interesting that in the UK they are getting hammered with the virus from India not sure the name they are using this week for it , but they have 80% Olof the population first doses…. lock down continues and the Boris government just lost a strong hold seat in a by election.

    Yet the states is wide open less vaccinated and life is free and good.

    I’m not saying the vaccines are the problem and obviously everything points to this being a bio weapon , I’m just saying lockdowns , masks and vaccines are not working clearly not working . The Cleveland institute studies suggest getting Covid and recovering is just as protective as the vaccine … and you don’t need booster shots.
    The UK is saying 5 years until the vaccines hold the line 5 YEARS!

  2. Baron Not Baron

    June 17, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    LEFT COAST,

    I think you didn’t read the whole thing. Nickel is opposing masks. It is Iveson who is to be blamed.

  3. Left Coast

    June 15, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Mike Nickel is just another Uninformed Politician . . . we seem to be plagued with them in Canada today.

    Mike . . . there is ZERO Science to support wearing masks, ZERO!

    ALL the States the did not mask up had much lower infection rates than States that wore masks . . . the Masks are just a symbol of Obedience to our Political overlords.
    Mike . . . are you aware that the Wuhan Virus is 1000 Xs smaller than the holes in an N95 medical mask?

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.

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Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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Officials urge booster injections to tackle lingering Delta variant amid Omicron craze

The WHO classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” however, the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.

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The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly urging COVID-19 booster injections for those over the age of 50.

In addition, the committee is now recommending boosters of an authorized mRNA vaccine to those 18-49 years of age at least six months after completion of a “primary COVID-19 vaccine series with consideration of jurisdictional and individual risks.”

The announcement comes amid global discussion of the Omicron variant. The federal government requested on Tuesday that NACI swiftly review its booster guidance in response to Omicron.

The NACI’s new booster recommendation, however, focuses on the lingering Delta variant while more details are gathered on Omicron.

On Nov. 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” although the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.

“As chair of the South African Medical Association and a GP of 33 years standing, I have seen a lot over my medical career,” writes Dr. Angelique Coetzee, in an op-ed for the Daily Mail.

“But nothing has prepared me for the extraordinary global reaction that met my announcement this week that I had seen a young man in my surgery who had a case of COVID that turned out to be the Omicron variant.”

The young man was unaware he had contracted the virus.

Coetzee says she has seen nothing about the variant that warrants panic.

“No one here in South Africa is known to have been hospitalized with the Omicron variant, nor is anyone here believed to have fallen seriously ill with it,” writes Coetzee.

She also says the variant has been circulating South Africa for “some time.”

Viruses — such as COVID-19 — have their own DNA or RNA, therefore allowing them to mutate into new forms.

“This virus is going exactly how you’d expect,” Dr. Steven Pelech, chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, told the Western Standard.

“Strains are going to predominate which are more infectious and mild. That’s how it displaces other variants, it doesn’t kill the host. The host often doesn’t even know they are infected.”

Pelech — who is far from alone in his analysis — suggests the “variants of concern,” including Delta, are merely steps towards COVID-19 evolving into a common coronavirus. One that is highly infectious and exceedingly mild.

The Canadian government implemented additional travel restrictions in response to Omicron on November 30 — built upon previous measures.

“We know that these concerning mutations can arise and, where vaccinations are low in parts of the world, they can spread rapidly,” said BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday.

BC officials say the province will have more information on Omicron and its implications — such as vaccine efficacy — in the coming weeks.

“Isn’t this the same playbook we heard a year ago with the Delta variant?” said Pelech.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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Surrey RCMP investigating rocks thrown from overpass

Multiple vehicles, including a transit bus, were damaged by rocks hurled from the pedestrian overpass. Fortunately, no one was injured.

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Several incidents involving rocks thrown onto Highway 99 in South Surrey have prompted an investigation from Surrey RCMP.

Multiple vehicles, including a transit bus, were damaged by rocks hurled from the pedestrian overpass. Fortunately, no one was injured.

The first incident took place on November 26, at 7:44 p.m. when a semi-truck and bus were struck with rocks. The following incident, involving another two semi-trucks occurred three days later on November 29 at 10:49 p.m., and most recently, November 30 at 10:20 p.m. when yet another two semi-trucks were damaged.

“These incidents are very concerning. Throwing objects off of the overpass has the potential to cause serious or even fatal injuries to the occupants of vehicles,” said Cpl. Vanessa Munn, Surrey RCMP.

“We are asking anyone with information to contact police. If you reside in the area please check your residential cameras and be sure to report all suspicious activity to police.”

The overpass where these incidents took place is between the 32 Avenue and King George Boulevard exits of Highway 99.

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