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UPDATED: UCP sources allege Kenney & insiders held private gatherings during lockdown

Multiple sources inside of the UCP alleged to the Western Standard that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, as well as several members of his key inner circle, have held private gatherings that would have violated the government’s own COVID-19 restrictions.

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Editor’s Note: Story was originally published at 5:59 p.m. MST, June 9, 2021 and was updated at 7:55 a.m. MST, June 11, 2021 to add Premier Kenney’s denial and to remove some of the matters that the premier is presently contesting. Multiple sources inside of the UCP alleged to the Western Standard that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, as well as several members of his key inner circ

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Derek Fildebrandt is the Publisher, President & CEO of Western Standard New Media Corp. He served from 2015-2019 as a Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly in the Wildrose and Freedom Conservative Parties. From 2009-2012 he was the National Research Director and Alberta Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. dfildebrandt@westernstandardonline.com

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

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An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home. "I am LIVID right now," tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor. Karstens-Smith "This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens. "THIS IS WHY WE NEED

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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.

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Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization's members. "The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask," Hopkins wrote. "Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still o

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

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The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock's Reporter. Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results. Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act. “I think it is important that we ad

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