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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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UCP MLAs: ‘Let unvaxxed post-secondary students get back to class’

“With no evidence to show that it has made their campuses any safer, colleges and universities are denying unvaccinated Albertans the opportunity to receive a higher education,” said the letter.




A letter questioning Alberta post-secondary institutions on policy banning unvaccinated students’ from campuses while unvaxxed healthcare workers are now permitted to rapid test has been sent to campuses across Alberta by two UCP MLAs.

MLA for Cardston-Siksika and Deputy Government House Leader Joseph Schow and Peace River MLA Dan Williams signed the letter dated Thursday addressed to eight post-secondary presidents including the universities of Lethbridge, Alberta, Calgary, Mount Royal, MacEwan, SAIT and NAIT and Bow Valley College.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, along with the Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides and the Minister of Health Jason Copping were each cc’d in the letter.

The letter outlines the change to COVID-19 measures adopted by many Alberta post-secondary institutions in September requiring all students and staff to be fully vaccinated to attend in-person and online learning.

Letter from UCP MLAs to Alberta post-secondary institutions – pg 1

“Although these post-secondary institutions have based their protocols on direction from the Government of Alberta, they have chosen to exclude the option of providing a negative PCR or rapid test,” said the letter.

“There is little to no evidence showing that universities and colleges benefit from limiting in-person learning to those who are vaccinated.”

The letter claims institutions have failed to demonstrate how students on campuses banning the unvaccinated are any safer from COVID-19 than students on campuses allowing for rapid testing instead of proof of vaccination.

“With no evidence to show that it has made their campuses any safer, colleges and universities are denying unvaccinated Albertans the opportunity to receive a higher education,” said the letter.

“Many students opportunities vanish for making a personal health choice.”

Letter from UCP MLAs to Alberta post-secondary institutions – pg 2

The letter references Albert Health Services’ recent update to its mandatory vaccination policy in December allowing unvaccinated healthcare workers the option to rapid test and return to work.

“With that in mind, we have a simple question,” said the letter.

“What makes so many university campuses in Alberta more risk-averse than a hospital or other healthcare facility?

“If Alberta healthcare workers, who are likely exposed to COVID-19 daily are permitted to rapid test, why are post-secondary students being denied the same opportunity? These students are being held to a higher standard, a standard that will unfairly deprive many young Albertans of their future.”

The letter describes Alberta’s position to “lead the country in economic growth” moving forward and suggests a “highly skilled and educated workforce” will be needed.

Both Schow and Williams request all Alberta post-secondary institutions remove their “backward-thinking COVID-19 vaccine mandates” and “allow all students the option to rapid test so they can return to school, complete their education and help build a strong Alberta.”

The Western Standard did not hear back from either MLA for comment before publishing.

Although the Alberta government has not made vaccinations mandatory for any post-secondary institutions, many have adopted the policy on their own resulting in thousands of unvaccinated students not being permitted to access in-person or remote learning.

The University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge earlier this month extended online learning until after the February reading break.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Trucker freedom convoy GoFundMe raises over $1M

“It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love.”




Canadians are responding enmasse to help the country’s truckers.

A GoFundMe to help the truckers surpassed the $1 million mark on Friday afternoon, after only being established six days ago.

Money donated is to be dispersed among truckers to aid with journey costs.

Truckers and supporters alike have gathered in a cross-country convoy drive in protest of mandatory vaccinations for their industry.

Donations go towards the cost of fuel, then food and lodgings along the journey.

Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods,” the donation page says.

“It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love. We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back.”

Truckers Freedom Convoy 2022 has 3 main routes departing from Vancouver, BC, Sarnia, ON, and Enfield, NS, all meeting in Ottawa on January 29, 2022.

Smaller chains will drive to meet with the main convoy from more rural locations across Canada.

You can find all the routes of the convoy here.

“We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from Tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, well now its happening to us. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive,” the group says.

The GoFundMe page has a goal of $1,100,000.

“But it’s a small price to pay for our freedoms. We thank you all for your Donations and know that you are helping reshape this once beautiful country back to the way it was,” says the page.

Truckers were previously deemed “essential,” however the federal government green-lit the loss of 12,000-16,000 (10-15%) of cross-border commercial drivers by making vaccinations mandatory, as anticipated by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

“This number may not sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but in cross-border areas such as Vancouver or Windsor, there’s a lot of drivers who will cross the border five or six times a day. That’s a lot of loads in a year that no longer have a way of coming up,” Colin Valentim told the Western Standard.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard

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IEA recognizes Canadian oil industry as the environmental world leader

In 2018, oil and gas companies also invested $3.6 billion in environmental protection initiatives, recognized by the IEA as by far the largest environmental protection spend of any industry in the country.  




Canada is doing great but should take measures to continue its reputation as a preferred oil and gas supplier on the global market, says the International Energy Agency.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol is a big advocate for net zero targets, but still recognizes the reliance on oil and gas that will persist into the future.

He said he prefers oil supply to come from “good partners” like Canada, he told a press conference.

“Canada has been a cornerstone of global energy markets, a reliable partner for years,” said Birol.

“We will still need oil and gas for years to come… I prefer oil is produced by countries … like Canada (that) want to reduce the emissions of oil and gas.” 

The same IEA report included recommendations for Canada to incentivise moves away from oil production, yet the director still recognizes Canada’s contribution to the global market.

World oil consumption returned to pre-pandemic levels and natural gas demand surpassed levels pre-COVID-19 last year, according to IEA data.

Yet Canada only supplies 6% of the current world market.

Consumption of both oil and gas is expected to continue rising even as more renewable energy sources come online. 

A Russian-caused natural gas crisis in Europe has many looking to Canada as a great alternative.

“The world needs reliable partners,” said Birol, of the European situation.  

Canada is the fourth-largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world and home to the third-largest oil reserves.

“This creates employment for Canadians and secure and reliable oil and gas for both domestic and global markets,” the IEA said.  

The IEA recommends that remaining competitive in global oil and gas markets requires further emission reductions, to ensure the sector remains a major driver of the Canadian economy beyond 2050.

Emission reduction has already been steadily implemented in Canada, analysts praised the oil and gas industry’s “strong track record” of reducing emissions intensity.

The oilsands by have decreased emissions by 32% since 1990 and further reductions of up to 27% are expected by 2030. 

Canadian oil and gas companies spend an average of $1 billion per year on clean energy technology, in addition to billions in environmental protection.  

In 2018, oil and gas companies also invested $3.6 billion in environmental protection initiatives, recognized by the IEA as the largest environmental protection spend of any industry in the country.  

“Canadian oil and natural gas producers are leveraging their improving environmental, social and governance performance and Canada’s stringent environmental regulations to build a global competitive advantage.”

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard

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