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71 Cases likely connected to stampede

“Events across the country can learn a great deal,” from the Stampede’s functioning this year.




The Calgary Stampede says “71 people likely acquired the virus at the Stampede.”

“Today, we received an update from Alberta Health advising us on the status of the number of COVID-19 cases identified during and following Stampede 2021. Alberta Health has shared that 71 people likely acquired the virus at the Stampede. This represents approximately seven cases per day or a total of 0.01 percent of the 528,998 attendees.”

Dana Peers, Interim Chief Executive Officer, said “This year, our community celebration was the first step in the safe return of live events for our city and our country.” Peers went on to say “We believe Stampede 2021 was a success. We committed to operating safely, and these results show the effectiveness of the enhanced safety measures that were put in place.”

“The Stampede has gone above and beyond when it comes to safety measures, and events across the country can learn a great deal,” says Dr. Jia Hu, public health physician advising the Stampede. “In context, over the past two weeks, 749 cases were reported across Alberta. The low number of cases associated with the Stampede is not unexpected and reinforces the safe operating measures put in place along with the effectiveness of vaccines.”

The Stampede featured additional operational procedures such as rapid testing for Stampede personnel and rodeo athletes competing in a modified quarantine bubble. The rapid testing program identified zero positive tests during Stampede.

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  1. Mrs. Bark

    July 30, 2021 at 6:38 am

    IF, there were 71 cases, how many of them had the jab? This is the question. Can we even trust AHS to record this? UK, Israel, Singapore, and the USA are reporting people in hospital, two jabs. AHS is not to be trusted, IMHO!

  2. Joni Menz

    July 29, 2021 at 7:16 am

    How many STDs were transmitted? 71 covid “cases”. Is this number supposed to scare us?

  3. KC

    July 28, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    JN, The chucks were mostly ready to go, but the Stampede jerked them around trying to change rules, while still leading them to believe if they complied they could compete. Then they canceled at the last minute leaving the drivers to answer to the sponsors why they were not competing at the Stampede but the money was already spent (entry fee, feeding animals, farrier work, physio for the animals etc….). The Stampede played dirty. The High River competition proved that they were ready. It was missing some of the big names like Glass and Dorchester because they did not want to take a chance on the Stampede so they turned out for the summer and went on some movie set jobs in the US.

  4. Penny4YourThouhts

    July 28, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    IS this a surprise to anyone? Really? Every excuse to move further LEFT toward dictatorship again. Seriously. The only way to stop this is insanity is for people to STOP COMPLYING!!! Geeezzzz

  5. K

    July 28, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Bullshit. As always, it is not possible to track these case numbers. It’s all bullshit.

  6. j n

    July 28, 2021 at 11:01 am

    CLAUDETTE LEECE – i thought the chucks where not prepared to ride this year as their horses hadnt been broken in well enough. Given how much of a hot topic it is when a horse is put down, i thought they made the right call. Did u hear otherwise?

  7. Left Coast

    July 28, 2021 at 9:24 am

    How many of these folks are actually SICK?
    Doesn’t anyone ask?
    What is the Test they are using?
    Even the CDC has now abandoned the faulty PCR Test that they have been using to frighten folks for the last 18 months. “After more than a year of committing scientific fraud to push false “positives” via PCR testing, the CDC has announced it is withdrawing the RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel on December 31st of this year:
    After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 only. CDC is providing this advance notice for clinical laboratories to have adequate time to select and implement one of the many FDA-authorized alternatives.
    The use of PCR tests for covid illness diagnosis is a global scientific fraud, since no PCR instrument can produce quantitative results that might indicate a specific viral load. Yet this CDC-approved testing protocol was relied on to fabricate the “casedemic” illusion which pretended that hundreds of millions of people around the world were infected with covid.

    The entire thing was an elaborate quack science hoax, and anyone familiar with PCR technology has known this from the very start.”

    Jordan Hayes: 33-year-old New York man calls the non-vaccinated “idiots” and “morons,” dead 14 weeks after COVID-19 “vaccine”

  8. MD

    July 28, 2021 at 9:06 am

    More lies to blame the unvaxxed! Nurses in our province are terrified not from the virus but from the jab as they see too many people first hand with adverse reactions. Whistleblowers in the US say the hospitalizations are the vaxxed. A recent study in Israel found that the jab has failed as they see hospitalizations and deaths, majority are breakthrough cases with the vaxxed. The media is lying as usual.
    One teenage boy in my area died after the vax. I talked to a couple friends yesterday and they each know someone who died and many people getting sicker after the jab. A support group in Calgary knows of 2 people who are now paralyzed. None of this is being reported and the deaths are not recorded and told to the public. AHS are fraudsters with their PCR testing and liars! Deena Hinshaw has blood on her hands.

  9. John Lankers

    July 28, 2021 at 8:07 am

    I have very little trust left in AHS and the healthcare system in general, they are still cooking up numbers trying to justify what they did to the people (worldwide). The same ‘experts’ that claimed H1N1 would kill 100s of millions of people are behind of this garbage as well.
    Anyone with basic knowledge in virology should realize that very little that comes from the government or the health bureaucrats makes sense or is true for that matter. Dr. Hodkinson is right on every point he made in his speech, this fearmongering hysteria has to end. https://westernstandardonline.com/2021/07/hodkinsons-impassioned-speech-rouses-edmonton-crowd/

  10. Josh

    July 28, 2021 at 7:41 am

    AHS tries to say an event is unsafe.
    They accidently say an event they had their hands all over is 71 times more unsafe than an event in bowden that didnt have AHS there.

    Looks like AHS is admitting they’re the problem.

  11. Kelly Carter

    July 28, 2021 at 7:26 am

    So they are bragging about the low number of cases at the Stampede, but they were tearing their hair out and having hysterics over 1 case connected to an illegal rodeo with 4000 people 🙄. AHS and the Alberta government need to get their heads out of their asses. The other interesting thing that despite all the safe guards at the Stampede to make it a “safe event” there were still cases. Message a.ll people need to get through their thick skulls is you can not prevent COVID so it is time to learn to live with the virus. A concept that we should have aimed for over a year ago.

  12. Claudette Leece

    July 27, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    So the stampede tested everyone as they left the grounds to know this. Hinshaw must think we’re as stupid as her followers. Stampede was too busy screwing the chuckwagon drivers, to have time infecting anyone. Hope the chucks never step foot in the stampede again, after what they pulled

  13. Baron Not Baron

    July 27, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    You must be nuts to take them seriously! They have no say in any respect, as they always lied. Really.

  14. CodexCoder

    July 27, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    “likely” is not proof. Prove it and then go to court and have the health system make its case (as it has been reluctant to do so for over a year despite the request).

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Loophole benching minor hockey in Cochrane

Within hours of sending out the e-mail, Oaten confirmed between 30 and 40 kids had withdrawn from the program.




Although new restrictions announced this week allow for recreational sports to continue for youth under 18 without proof of vaccination, one minor detail is benching minor hockey players in Cochrane.

Thursday morning, Cochrane Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) President Cory Oaten, was sent an e-mail from Hockey Alberta stating: “…based on Hockey Alberta’s interpretation of current information, minor hockey games and practices can continue, subject to the updated temporary measures that came into effect at 12:01 am this morning.”

However, Friday morning, Oaten was notified by his local facility, Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, it would be requiring proof of vaccination for those 12 and older entering the building.

That morning Oaten notified families registered with CMHA of the new requirement and included a provided statement from the facility and assured families the decision was not that of Hockey Alberta or CMHA.

“… all persons entering the Cochrane Arena or SLSFSC (ages 12+) must show proof of full vaccination, proof of a single dose as long as the dose was given more than two weeks ago, a negative test result or a medical doctor approved medical exemption.”

“Tonnes of kids are withdrawing,” Oaten said.

Within hours of sending out the e-mail, Oaten confirmed between 30 and 40 kids had withdrawn from the program.

“I’m not against the vaccines, but I’m pro-choice,” Oaten said.

The Western Standard spoke with one father who pulled his CMHA player as a result of the facility mandates. He requested to remain anonymous.

“Obviously the government is just passing the buck on this and it’s the businesses that are going to take the brunt,” he said.

A father of four children under the age of 12, he was also in line to coach his son’s team, but will not be permitted inside as he is not vaccinated.  

“We’re not the type of parents that are just going to drop our kids off at a facility and leave them unsupervised,” he said, adding those decisions effectively ended his kids’ participation in CMHA’s sports programs.

He said he also has concerns for the liability involved with those businesses being ill-equipped to manage peoples’ sensitive health records.

“Forget the legality of all this. Morally, we just can’t support businesses that take this approach.”

Alberta Country Singer and former health care worker at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Paul Brandt, took to Facebook on Friday to express his thoughts on the vaccine passport issue.  

Facebook post

“I want to be clear, I am not against vaccines,” his post confirms. “What is troubling to me is this: Why aren’t people who have had COVID and recovered being included in the conversation?”

Brandt’s son is a CMHA player. Both have recovered from COVID-19.

“Why are we not being recognized as people who have adequate immunity?

As of today, my son has also been told by the arena that hosts his hockey association he will not be allowed to participate in sports unless he is vaccinated—even though he has immunity to COVID-19, and is of no greater risk to his peers than anyone else.”

Oaten pointed out that players who have yet to be vaccinated will be eliminated from the important tryouts happening now and, because of wait times between doses and the 14-day waiting period to be considered fully vaccinated, many will miss a chunk of the season.

“It’s about the kids,” said an emotional Oaten.

“What makes me upset is kids are going to have to quit hockey because they don’t want to have to choose a medical procedure in order to play.”

Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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WS EXCLUSIVE: UCP vice-president calls for emergency meeting to initiate leadership review

“I think we need to carefully consider the option of initiating a leadership review. I believe the future of our party may be at stake.”




The Western Standard has obtained an email from the vice-president (policy) of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) calling for an emergency meeting of the province-wide board of directors to discuss a leadership review of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

Joel Mullan e-mailed the party’s board of directors at 8:33 pm MST September 17, under the subject line “Leadership review—request for meeting.”

“In light of events this past week, I believe we should meet and therefore request a meeting,” wrote Mullan.

“Specifically, I think we need to carefully consider the option of initiating a leadership review. I believe the future of our party may be at stake.”

The Western Standard spoke to a member of the party’s board of directors who received the e-mail who said—on condition of anonymity—a timely review of Kenney’s leadership has “become inevitable.”

As of publishing it’s not known if the request for an emergency meeting has been accepted by party president Ryan Becker or the board at large.

One day before, the Western Standard reported the UCP constituency association (CA) in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills voted almost unanimously to trigger a prompt leadership review of Kenney.

The party currently has a review scheduled for late 2022, but that could be within six months of the next election, and for local CA president Robert Smith, that’s not good enough.

By a vote of 27-1, the CA’s board voted to send a letter to the party demanding a review before that as soon as possible, but before next March, said Smith.

“We would love for it to happen tomorrow,” Smith told the Western Standard.

“In talking to people, mainly rural people, it’s fair to say we have no confidence in the premier.”

While the letter was sent on the heels of controversial new COVID-19 lockdown restrictions introduced by Kenney—including the imposition of a vaccine passport—Smith stressed the letter wasn’t as a result of that, but had been brewing for months.

But he said those restrictions could help the momentum to reach the mark of 22 ridings needed to spark a leadership review.

Smith said he gets a sense in talking to other constituency association leaders “critical mass of 22 ridings could have been reached now.

“I feel confident in saying that target can now be met. I’m surprised it hasn’t been met before,” he said.

Clockwise, Jason Nixon, Tyler Shandro, Jason Kenney, Travis Toews, and an unidentified guest on the rooftop patio of the “Sky Palace”

One of the biggest concerns for the board was when the now infamous pictures f Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace”—in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines—were published.

“The entitlement and the double standard incensed the board,” said Smith.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney will be the subject of an early party leadership review.

“Caucus is in total chaos,” said the MLA, who spoke with the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

The Western Standard reported earlier there are at least eight ridings now on board for a review.

Even earlier this week there were signs of dissension with the UCP Caucus.

During a tense meeting of caucus Tuesday, three MLAs told Kenney they had “no confidence” in his continued premiership of the province and leadership of the party, multiple sources told the Western Standard.

Sources inside of the caucus told the Western Standard the emergency meeting saw sharp polarization around the issues of putting the province under another lockdown, a potential mandatory vaccine passport, and firing healthcare workers who did not agree to be vaccinated.

According to the MLAs who attended the caucus meeting, three MLAs openly told Kenney they had “no confidence” in him, and several others implied as much using softer language.

The sources all gave the same three names, but none of the three MLAs responded to request for comment or confirmation from the Western Standard.

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THOMSON: An Alberta solution to the drug poisoning crisis

A regulated drug supply is the best deal on offer to shrink public health costs and enforcement budgets and repossess the drug market from organized crime syndicates, while creating good jobs and preserving the lives of thousands of working-age Albertans.




Dr. Euan Thomson is an entrepreneur, scientist and director of EACH+EVERY, a coalition of over 100 Alberta businesses calling for policy action to end the overdose crisis.

Drug poisoning is the leading cause of death among working-age Albertans, claiming more than 1,800 Albertan lives since the beginning of 2020. Almost all of these people were between the ages of 15 and 60, and people in the trades are vastly overrepresented.

These tragedies are more accurately called poisonings because people typically cannot be certain what they’re taking when they consume illegal drugs. Surviving through an unregulated drug supply is its own small miracle, particularly as elephant-strength synthetic opioids like carfentanil now slip through our sieve-like borders.

Let’s face it: synthetic opioids have extinguished any hope of “winning” the war on drugs, given the entire 2016 American fentanyl supply could fit into a dozen oil drums.

Albertans are free thinkers, and this crisis calls for a made-in-Alberta solution that centres personal autonomy, free enterprise, fiscal responsibility, and a healthy irreverence toward federal power. A century into drug prohibition with nothing to show but accelerating body counts, it is time to regain control through a regulated market.

The idea that in a regulated market, we would walk into corner stores and find crystal meth between the Mentos and Tic Tacs would be laughable if it wasn’t so widely cited. For experimenting adolescents, alcohol is at least as hard to obtain as illegal drugs precisely because its access is controlled—a distinction that also encourages open conversations and harm reduction measures. We can implement regulatory barriers as needed to keep kids safe, but only once we control the supply. For adults, the question is much simpler: shouldn’t we be allowed to put what we want in our bodies?

Decriminalization is the first step toward a legal market. Since decriminalizing drugs 20 years ago, Portugal has among the lowest youth drug use rates in Europe and effectively left its drug poisoning crisis behind. Our federal parties are short on details around their vision for ending Canada’s crisis, but the Western Standard Editorial Board recently gave the federal NDP’s platform section on drug policy the only A-grade for endorsing decriminalization and other measures emphasizing personal autonomy and freedom from harassment by authorities. (For the record, it was one of the only high-scoring parts of the NDP platform from the Western Standard.)

It turns out, people across the political spectrum agree after a hundred years, criminalization has failed to even slow down drug use, let alone end it.

While personal autonomy and market philosophy are intuitive drug policy cornerstones, the fiscal argument is at least as compelling. The Cato Institute reports ending the War on Drugs would eliminate $27 billion USD a year from American enforcement budgets and siphon $40 billion a year from organized crime. For Canada, this translates to billions cut from our enforcement, judicial and incarceration balance sheet and billions added to taxable sales. Meanwhile, reducing hospital visits due to drug poisonings could single-handedly solve the chronic ambulance shortages squeezing our emergency response capacity.

A regulated drug supply is the best deal on offer to shrink public health costs and enforcement budgets and repossess the drug market from organized crime syndicates, while creating good jobs and preserving the lives of thousands of working-age Albertans.

How can we propel this plan against the drag of federal inaction?

First, set up a province-wide exemption from Section 56 of the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to abolish police enforcement of drug possession laws.

Next, support Albertan pilot projects to prescribe safe supply options to encourage more widespread access and choke off the demand for a street supply. Non-profit compassion clubs would cover those who cannot afford their prescriptions, as we saw during cannabis prohibition.

Finally, establish the first provincial Section 55 exemption to allow for drug manufacturing and distribution here at home, a move that would instantly benefit a Lethbridge-based operation and their partners in the nearby Blood Tribe. Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis already looks after compliance for legal drugs; we can apply similar stringency around labelling on the new products so people know what they’re taking.

Then watch as other provinces struggling with the same crisis adopt this updated, evidence-based Alberta Model; one that aligns compassion for people who use drugs with core values shared by so many in this province: personal autonomy, free enterprise, and fiscal responsibility.

While we’re at it, we can thumb our collective nose at a century of bad federal policy—all together, on brand for Alberta.

Tell your local federal and municipal candidates, as well as your provincial MLA, you want to see your values reflected in our drug policies.

Dr. Euan Thomson is an entrepreneur, scientist and director of EACH+EVERY, a coalition of over 100 Alberta businesses calling for policy action to end the overdose crisis.

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