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WATCH: Alberta Catholic church burned to the ground

At 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, RCMP Morinville were called to a fire at the century-old St. Jean Baptiste church at 10034 100 Ave., 30 km north of Edmonton




Yet another Catholic church in the West has been destroyed by arsonists in the wake of shocking discoveries of two mass grave sites at former residential schools.

At 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, RCMP Morinville were called to a fire at the century-old St. Jean Baptiste church at 10034 100 Ave., 30 km north of Edmonton

“The structure was lost in the fire, which caused the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses, including a home for the elderly,” said RCMP in a release.

Church fire. Video by neil Korotash

“Morinville Fire is on scene and the RCMP are treating this investigation as a suspicious fire at this time.  Fire investigators and RCMP general investigation section are assisting.  The Town of Morinville  and Sturgeon Victim Services is actively supporting those evacuated.”

“Having a hard time processing this right now. The historic & beautiful St Jean Baptist’s parish in Morinville burned to the ground last night,” said Neil Korotash, who videoed the fire.

The were two suspicious fires on southern Alberta’s Siksika First Nation early this week.

On Tuesday, Gleichen RCMP were called to a structure fire at the Siksika Anglican Church situated in Map 4.

“Upon attending the location, a broken window was located.  An attempt had been made to start a fire inside, however was unsuccessful. The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to police arrival,” said RCMP.

On Monday, RCMP were called to another break-in and fire, this time at a Catholic Church at Siksika.

Over the last week in BC, six churches, mainly Catholic ones, have been set alight by arsonists.

The spate of fires follows the news of hundreds of bodies discovered in unmarked graves near former residential schools in Saskatchewan and BC.

On May 31, St. Joseph’s church in Kamloops was vandalized with the words “banished” and “crime scene” spray painted on the walls. The chief of the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc, Rosanne Casimir, condemned the vandalism.

On June 12, vandals wrote “release the records” and “killers” on the front entrance of St. Augustine’s Church in Vancouver, and St. Joseph’s Parish in Port Moody was also found vandalized the morning of June 13.

A statue of Pope John Paul II outside the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Edmonton was vandalized with red paint on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

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. John Clark

    July 1, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Not just TB! Our kids were dropping like flies from diabetes, measles, TB, diphtheria and influenza! The media has run amok causing the extreme reactions alluding it was only natives that were struck down and by some nefarious means. There were hundreds if not thousands of a combination of Chinese, Caucasian, you name it.

  2. westofsask@hotmail.com

    July 1, 2021 at 11:31 am

    First off, this is a domestic terrorist act no doubt paid for by Trudeau and his handlers. Antifa in other words. These graves have been known about for decades. Sadly most probably died of tuberculosis . As for the far left fool in her talking about us evil white people deserving this, you forget what the Christian Brothers did to young white men in Newfoundland schools and in communities around the country. Sadly, back in those days, abuse of children was standard practice. The difference here was that these children were stolen from their families and attempts were made to destroy their culture. This was done by the government and the church at that time. They might want to focus on the current attempt of the current government to inoculate the entire indigenous population with these dangerous “vaccines”.

  3. Left Coast

    July 1, 2021 at 9:57 am

    @ Penny . . . Took the words right out of my mouth . . . couldn’t have said it better.

    Question is today . . . why are so many of our “Fellow Canooks” so friggin dumb?

    My buddy lives in a Seniors’ complex, most of the 70+ old women just luv our Justin. They still remember his balding marxist father who they also luved back in the day.
    He says you can’t reason with these women, facts are oblivious to them, even their husbands shake their heads. Seems many women run on Feelings & Emotions!

    Our schools have been turning out little marxists for decades now . . . Teachers’ Unions are pushing 98 Genders and Critical Race THEORY today.
    Time for the Citizens to wake the hell up and go to School Board Meetings and stop this insanity. In the USA today 1000s of citizens are exposing their corrupt school boards and making changes.

    The goal of course is to turn citizen against citizen, Tribal Societies are very easy to convert to a Totalitarian Regime . . . Justin knows very little of value . . . but he is a lifelong Marxist and tool of the CCP!

  4. Penny4YourThouhts

    July 1, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Does anyone still think that this assault on democracy and our way of life from all fronts is still a conspiracy theory? Really? Well, thanks to those who do, we are well on our way to a communist world. So much for a strong and free Canada. Happy Canada day.

    Medical: scare the shit out of people with a virus with a 99.97 recovery rate for most to get them to inject themselves with a toxin willingly. If anyone thinks they didn’t already know these were toxins, they are naive or willfully ignorant. Train our children to obediently submit to INVASIVE testing at the whim of whichever puppet is in control of them. Brainwash people into believing that the same industry that created the opioid addiction crisis that killed MILLIONS is really a savior who has your best medical interest in their heart of profits only. Watch the documentary Crimes of the Century if you want to see how easily this is all done.

    Propaganda: control absolutely every narrative from A to Z and manipulate people through various social media channels, apps, etc. Spur those who are easily swayed to behave as if we were all living in Salem in 1692. Welcome back to orthodoxy and lunacy.

    Politics: successfully break down every supposed democratic institution and implement Marxist ideals. Generate hate toward past leaders so that statues, institutions, etc., are canceled and erased.

    Education: Increase extreme left philosophies into the Universities so that the graduates implement these philosophies in every area of our society – in public school systems, the municipal, provincial, and federal government, etc. THEN, work toward brainwashing the new and upcoming generation by teaching critical race theory in schools.

    Financial: break down economies and drive people online so that cash becomes unnecessary.

    Religious: Limit the number of people who can attend faith services to erode the community. Isolate people and imprison faith leaders who dare to stand up to medical tyranny.

    Geez. What else has to happen to convince people there actually is an agenda going on here?

  5. Kimberly & Terry

    July 1, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Why are you continuing to call these mass graves? They are unmarked graves that had markers at one time in history that deteriorated.
    I don’t support residential schools or their intent. We need to remember and burning down history is not the answer.
    Read this article for a better understanding of what occurred.

  6. GS Ruddin

    June 30, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Given the attack on a Muslim family by a Christian terrorist in London (oh he’s white and Christian so can’t be a Christian terrorists) and the centuries of rape, abuse, torture, genocide and enjoyment by white Christian abusers of Natives is it not understandable that the media and our political leaders are not condemning these attacks on a religion whose followers commit such terrible crimes on non-whites and non-Christians???

  7. Left Coast

    June 30, 2021 at 10:29 am

    You could be on to something Kramer . . .

    We watched Antifa & BLM in the USA last year torch & loot numerous Demokrat run cities . . . while the Fraud Media called it “Protests” . . . many believed it was the 21st Century Bolchivik Revolution. It WAS . . . now they have a Senile ole man in the Oval Office and the far-left Radicals are behind the Curtain pulling the strings.

    We watched California & Oregon burn the last couple of years . . . most fires were Arson but they blamed it on Gorebull Warming . . .

    Coming to Canada . . . Justin would like nothing better. He is a CCP puppet!

  8. Cosmo Kramer

    June 30, 2021 at 10:02 am

    I would think that with security cameras everywhere and modern surveillance and cell phone tracking (police can find what cell phones were in a specific area at any given time) an arson would be difficult to pull off.

    In my gut I doubt this was done by natives. My feeling (and only a feeling) is that this is the work of professional leftist groups.

    This has all the attributes of a psyop. The Canadian government and its owned media are stoking hatred and racial tensions. Keep everyone divided and against each other and not focused on their corruption and criminal activities and sit at the top and wave their condemning fingers at the masses.

  9. Baron Not Baron

    June 30, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I say that often the “others” are trying to instigate a war between the natives and the rest of us. The “others” being the ones that burned the oil cities, the forests. The ones that are also controlling the weather, to impose on you new draconian laws.
    This past weekend we drove to Rocky Mountain House and along the way, close to Thorsby AB, 3 small fires right at the edge of the road – Highway 39 (east bound). Motorists stopped and by a miracle, a gentleman had an actual heavy duty fire extinguisher that put all 3 fires out. We only had 1 litre of drinking water that went on a square foot, fast. So, there’s evidence of these imbecile getting things on fire, in exchange of something – I suppose money..

  10. Left Coast

    June 30, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Antifa comes to Canada . . .

    And our feckless RCMP are “Suspicious” . . . lol

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BC healthcare worker says she’s still suffering adverse effects six months after COVID shot

The 39-year-old youth crisis worker is told she must get her second dose, despite having suffered adverse effects.




Dawn Slykhuis, a 39-year-old youth crisis worker has been told she must get her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, despite still experiencing adverse effects following dose number one.

Slykhuis, who tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020, got her first shot in April 2021.

“I waited a full six months to make sure that I wasn’t going to have a reaction,” Slykhuis told the Western Standard.

“I got the dose on April 28, and then on May 18 I experienced acute sharp pain in my head, like someone was shooting lasers through my brain.”

Slykhuis said the pain lasted for about a week before settling into a more chronic dull pain, and so — fearing the possibility of cancer — she sought medical attention amid an unrelenting series of bad headaches coincided with a sporadically spiked heart rate.

“They expected nerve damage,” said Slykhuis, who began losing feeling in her left arm.

“It got so tingly yesterday I had to go for a CT. I’m waiting to see a neurologist on November 8.”

Dr. Steven Pelech, president and chief scientific officer at Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, and chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, has been voicing concern over potential health risks COVID-19 vaccines may impose — specifically myocarditis.

“Contrary to what a number of people have said, there is no such thing as ‘mild myocarditis,’” Pelech told the Western Standard in an August interview.

“It’s the destruction of the myocytes, the heart cells that contract. When those cells die, they are not replaced in your body and are instead replaced by scar-tissue, which is from fibroblasts — skin cells which don’t have contractile activity, so the remaining muscle cells have to get a little bigger in order to compensate.”

Dr. Charles Hoffe, a physician who practiced in Lytton, BC for over 20 years raised similar concerns to that of Pelech, and he reported patients suffering severe adverse neurological and cardiovascular effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is now clearly apparent with medical evidence from around the world, that the side-effect profiles of the various gene modification therapies against COVID-19, have been vastly understated by their manufacturers, who were eager to prove their safety,” wrote Hoffe in an open letter to BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Interior Health Authority (IHA) suspended Hoffe’s emergency room privileges and he is currently being investigated by IHA and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPBC) for promoting “vaccine hesitancy.”

Hoffe is represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).

Several European countries suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine for people under the age of 30, citing heart inflammation as well as inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.

Iceland has halted the Moderna vaccine for all ages.

“I am a healthy 39-year-old that’s never had nerve damage and all of a sudden I have chronic head pain, nerve damage, and I’m experiencing cognitive deficits as well, which is really hard to talk about because now I want to cry,” said Slykhuis.

“I’m like an old lady seeing my brain slip away. Making errors, dropping things. It’s pretty scary, well, it’s terrifying… to be experiencing these symptoms and still be forced to get another dose to keep my job in healthcare.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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It’s down to the wire for AHS employees as deadline looms for vaccine mandates

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”




Tomorrow is deadline day for AHS workers.

The deadline of October 31 for Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) vaccine mandate is just over two weeks away when all employees and contracted healthcare providers will have to be fully immunized.

The AHS policy was released on August 31 and stated, “the latest an employee could receive their second dose to be in compliance with the new policy is October 16, 2021, which allows for the two weeks that must pass to be considered fully immunized.”

The Western Standard has heard from a number of lawyers representing thousands of clients on many fronts who are looking for legal support in pushing back against these workplace and post-secondary institution vaccine mandates.

One of those lawyers, Jeffrey Rath, of Rath & Company, was recently retained by MyAPSChoice, a group consisting of over 4,000 public service and government employees.

Based on a number of legal claims including violations of constitutional rights and freedoms, employment laws, human rights laws and breaches to the Freedom of Information Act, Rath has been advising his clients to not cooperate with the mandates.

Rath has also released a “generalized open letter” for anyone to use in any workplace or post-secondary institution where a worker or student is facing a mandate to be vaccinated “against their will.”

The letter states: “It is my legal opinion that any policy that vitiates the consent of an employee (including staff, students, volunteers, contractors, and other persons acting on their behalf) by threatening to either terminate or suspend them in order to coerce the employee into being vaccinated is a violation of Canadian Law.”

The letter goes on to cite laws protecting one’s medical privacy and highlights courses of action available including exemptions.

Rath also advises that people do not reply electronically or provide their consent for access to their private medical information and that demands for proof of vaccination be responded to in writing via regular or registered mail.

Page six of the document includes a legal letter that can be used by anyone wishing to claim a legal exemption based on “the illegality of the policy under section 7 of the Charter (of rights and freedoms).”

“This is my generalized legal opinion without reference to any one individual personal circumstance,” said Rath advising that people are welcome to email him if they have more specific circumstances that may require legal assistance or if they are interested in registering as a class-action litigant.

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”

“This is an extraordinary but necessary measure to help protect our vital frontline healthcare teams and help us maintain a safe environment for all patients and clients” said Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of Alberta Health Services.

An AHS official told the Western Standard that “AHS employee requests for accommodation will be reviewed by an Accommodations Adjudication Panel” which includes members from Human Resources, Employee Relations, WHS, Ability Management, and Organizational Ethics.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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WS EXCLUSIVE POLL: Vast majority of Albertans will vote in Senate election




Near seven out of every 10 Albertans are prepared to mark their ballots in the provincial Senate elections on Monday, according to a new poll done exclusively for the Western Standard.

The Mainstreet Research polls show 67% of Albertans said they would vote in the race to elect three senators-in-waiting.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Only 16% of Albertans said they would not participate in the election while another 17% were still not sure whether they would vote at all.

The polling shows a Conservative slate of candidates are currently in the lead, garnering the support of 30% of those surveyed.

Independent candidates are sitting at 17%, People’s Party of Canada candidates at 13% and 28% are still making up their minds.

A total of 12% said they would vote for a combination of candidates.

For those who intend to vote for the UCP in the next election, 75% said they would be voting for the Conservative candidates. For NDP supporters, 37% said they would vote for Independent candidates.

Courtesy Mainstreet research

PPC candidates were the favorite choice of 43% of those aiming to vote for the Wildrose Independence Party.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said while he “expects a slate of Conservatives to be elected” he “was surprised at the number of people who were going to select a mix.”

A full list of the candidates can be found on the Elections Alberta website here.

The analysis in this report is based on results of a survey conducted on October 12-13, 2021, among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample. Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding.

Tomorrow: The Western Standard‘s exclusive poll on party support in Alberta.

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