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Anger over transgender athletes coming to a head

A recent petition was created via change.org attempting to bar New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard from becoming the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics.




The fight to stop the increased inclusion of transgender athletes in sports competitions is beginning to gain momentum.

A recent petition was created via change.org attempting to bar New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard from becoming the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics. It has so far been signed by 21,000 people.

Hubbard was born male but now identifies as female. She has been fully transitioned to female since 2012, and has competed in local athletic competitions around New Zealand for at least a decade.

The petition argues Hubbard’s birth gender gives her increased physical ability and unfair advantages over other female-born women competing.

In order to compete as a female, one can only have a maximum reading of ten nanomoles per litre of testosterone. This number is at least five times more than a biologically female-born individual.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended Hubbard.

“Parties here have simply followed the rules. That’s the case for Laurel but also the team in New Zealand – they have followed the rules. The alternative is to have someone who followed the rules but then is denied the ability to participate,” Ardern said.

The discussion surrounding transgender participation in professional sport has shifted to the forefront in recent years. The International Olympic Committee created rules stating if a woman assigned female at birth wishes to compete as a transgender athlete, they are permitted to compete on either the men or women’s team so long as they have not taken testosterone.

This stipulation fuelled anger within certain factions of the transgender community initially, with some organizations calling the rules transphobic and citing the IOC’s own rules that “the practice of sport is a human right” which shouldn’t be impaired by gender.

Interest groups have also highlighted the importance of transgender participation in sport as a key social barrier.

Others have argued that the biological inequities inherently given to transgender athletes, specifically male-to-female competing in female competitions with higher levels of testosterone than their other female competitors.

But some public figures, like Caitlynn Jenner – a transgender individual and former male Olympic athlete – have also been outspoken opposition for transgender participation in sport.

President of Athletics Alberta Linda Blade recently made waves in the community by releasing her book Unsporting: How Trans Activism and Science Denial are Destroying Sport.

In it, Blade brings up biological evidence to support her claim the new approach to gender ideology in professional sport has the potential to do more harm than good.

Blade argues the biological level playing field provided by gender, especially to women in sport, is being threatened by the inclusion of transgender athletes.

She said she is often labelled a transphobe for her positions on gender in sport.

The previously scheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been rescheduled to this year, with opening ceremonies scheduled to begin in Tokyo on July 24.

Jackie Conroy is a Correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. Baron Not Baron

    July 6, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Let’s start a petition for trans men in men sports!!!

  2. Left Coast

    July 6, 2021 at 8:56 am

    These are mentally disturbed people . . . up until 2012 this was classified as a Mental Disorder . . .
    In 2012 a group of LA Shrinks got together and decided that it TG was normal.
    Since when do “Feelings” and “Emotions” trump SCIENCE?

    If you are a legal adult . . . you’re free to pursue your desires . . .

    But today this insanity is being force-fed to children in Public Schools by our Teachers’ Unions and School Boards. In the old days we called it “Grooming”!

    This is different from the Pre-Aids Bath Houses in San Fran when the “guys” handed out memberships to the local high school boys . . . HOW?

  3. Darlene Craig

    July 6, 2021 at 6:59 am

    When we see trans gender men wanting to compete as men – then I will believe there is no advantage for transgender women. Where is common sense!

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AHS researched COVID manipulation tactics

Other studies linked being female and those with higher incomes with being more compliant while political conservatism was linked to those less compliant.




An Alberta Health Services (AHS) document featuring the results of a number of studies focused on attitudes and adherence to COVID-19 guidelines has been obtained by the Western Standard.

The 63-page report dated September 2020 focused on factors that “impact attitudes towards or adherence to COVID-19 public health guidelines” and on “what interventions can create more positive attitudes towards following public health guidelines.”

It included data collected from 30 studies compiled from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand — jurisdictions considered to be somewhat similar to Alberta.

A list of key messages from the evidence summary include:

• Studies consistently show higher adherence to COVID-19 guidelines among people who (i) trust government or authorities; (ii) perceive the threat of the virus to be greater; (iii) have a greater knowledge of the pandemic, (iv) who are older; and (v) who identify as a woman.

• Accessing information through traditional news media (print; television; radio) is associated with greater guideline adherence, while use of social media is associated with a higher likelihood of endorsing conspiracy beliefs, factual misperceptions and lesser degrees of guideline adherence.

• Limited evidence suggests that distinct population groups may require distinct messaging to promote guideline adherence.

• No strategies for promoting adherence to public health COVID-19 guidelines have been robustly proven in the published scientific literature. The most promising strategies appear to be communications to increase knowledge about the pandemic and perceived threat of the virus. Moralistic messaging (e.g.linking physical distancing to being a good person/citizen) could produce problematic consequences such as ostracization of individuals who do not adhere to public health guidelines.

• As evidence on changing attitudes and behaviours related to COVID-19 is still emerging, medical and public health leaders may benefit from reviewing literature on attitude and behaviour change in other, more widely studied health and societal contexts (e.g., climate change, waste reduction, vaccination or smoking cessation) where theories and frameworks have been established.

Recommendations stemming from the study included targeting those with limited knowledge of the pandemic or those that weren’t convinced of the efficacy of public health guidelines as they are “more likely to exhibit consistently poor adherence.”

The groups identified in the study with the “higher risk of non-adherence” to the guidelines include “men, younger people, those who identify as politically conservative, and those who are prone to lower levels of trust in government or science.”

The study also recommended public health content be distributed on social media because “multiple studies found that social media users were less likely to be adherent to public health guidelines.”

The recommendations also suggested officials work with “behavioural scientists and experts in communication sciences” to craft public health messaging designed to influence behaviour change.

Other findings in the report said adherence to guidelines was related to individual characteristics such as narcissism, impulsiveness and agreeableness or societal characteristics such as individualism or collectivism.

A number of factors were listed categorizing their impact on attitude toward adherence to public health guidelines.

For instance, a greater trust in government or authority predicted greater compliance. Other studies linked being female and those with higher incomes with being more compliant while political conservatism was linked to those less compliant.

Also included in the report is a breakdown of how political affiliation affected people’s attitudes towards the virus and public health measures.

“They report that supporters of the Liberal Party are more likely to be very concerned about the virus (46%) than those who support the Conservative Party (39%), Bloc Quebecois (33%), and People’s Party of Canada (PPC) (29%),” said the report.

“Supporters of the Liberal, Green, and New Democratic Parties were slightly more likely to report making behaviour changes (making 63% of recommended changes, on average) than supporters of the Conservative Party (59% of changes), PPC (51%), and Bloc Quebecois (60%).”

A section on research gaps points to a number of important areas that have been “underexplored” including the impact of tailoring specific messaging to particular subgroups such as the Hutterite populations, First Nations Peoples and those experiencing homelessness.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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New collective agreement secures Alberta nurses as highest paid in Canada

UNA has filed more than 150 grievances on behalf of its members related to AHS’ Immunization or Testing of Workers for COVID-19 policy.




Alberta Finance Travis Toews has announced Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) have ratified a new collective agreement that will see a 4.25% pay raise for Alberta nurses.

UNA said the new collective agreement involves more than 30,000 registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, represented by 130 UNA locals. The pay raise — spread out over the four-year deal — will keep Alberta nurses among the highest paid in Canada.

“I am pleased to hear that registered nurses have voted to accept the mediator’s recommendation. This four-year labour agreement comes after many months of dedicated negotiations,” said Toews.

“Alberta’s nurses have played a critical role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re deeply appreciative of the role they have played in caring for our friends, families and neighbours over the past two difficult years.”

As part of the new collective agreement, UNA said nurses will receive a one-time lump payment of 1% in recognition of their pandemic efforts, as well as enhanced psychological and mental health supports. UNA also said semi-annual lump-sum payments will be convereted to the wage grid.

“I also applaud the parties in arriving at an agreement that recognizes and works to address the unique labour market realities facing Alberta and North America in the recruitment and retention of registered nurses,” said Toews.

The new agreement will allot $5 million annually to recruiting and retaining staff in rural and remote Alberta. It also comes with the creation of a union-employer provincial workload advisory committee with $2.5 million allocated to relocation assistance.

AHS President and CEO, Dr. Verna Yiu brought in a mandatory COVID-19 immunization plan or AHS staff late last year. Approximately 1,650 full-and part-time AHS staff were subsequently put on involuntary leave without pay for noncompliance.

AHS was forced to walk back the mandate by providing testing options for some staff after critical staffing shortages, particularly in rural Alberta. The agency’s website details province-wide notices of physician and volunteer shortages. Red alerts due to EMS staffing shortages are also on the rise.

UNA is has filed more than 150 grievances on behalf of its members related to AHS’ Immunization or Testing of Workers for COVID-19 policy.

UNA deemed the policy “unfair, unreasonable, and discriminatory, and inconsistent with the UNA-Multi-Employer Collective Agreement.”

Amber Gosselin is a reporter with the Western Standard.

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Sask WCB ordered to consider if police officer’s suicide was workplace fatality

“He developed a subspecialty, that of dealing with families of those who had perished. The better he got at dealing with them the more he was assigned to do so until his nickname in the Moose Jaw Police Service was ‘Captain Death.’”




The suicide of a Saskatchewan police officer, who became known as “Captain Death” because he had been to so many grisly scenes, might be considered a workplace fatality, a Saskatchewan judge has ruled.

The judge has ordered the Workers’ Compensation board to look at the case with that in mind, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“He saw death in its many forms: natural deaths, accidents, suicides, homicides, even unexplained deaths,” wrote Justice Richard Danyliuk of Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench.

“He developed a subspecialty, that of dealing with families of those who had perished. The better he got at dealing with them the more he was assigned to do so until his nickname in the Moose Jaw Police Service was ‘Captain Death.’”

Const. Jason Mercer, a policeman for eighteen years, committed suicide in 2016 while under a psychiatrist’s care. The Compensation Board denied his widow’s claim for work-related benefits since “prior to Mr. Mercer’s passing he had not approached the Workers’ Compensation Board with any psychological injury claim,” it said.

But Danyliuk quashed the Board’s decision and ordered the case reviewed.

“He was depressed,” wrote the court.

“He was anxious. He suffered from panic attacks.”

Mercer’s widow testified he “had nightmares and flashbacks” from attending stabbings, drug overdoses, highway wrecks and suicides.

“Not only was Moose Jaw Police Service not opposing Mrs. Mercer’s application for benefits, it appears there was active support for that application,” wrote Danyliuk.

“While this is not determinative it is a significant factor to be considered.”

Canadian courts have issued varied rulings on suicides as workplace deaths. The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench in 2015 rejected a claim by the widow of a railway signalmen driven to hang himself after suffering from tinnitus following an injury. Canadian National Railways’ pension plan rejected the $581-a month death benefit since the suicide occurred more than a year after the original injury.

The Department of Public Safety did list suicide as a work-related death in its 2018 introduction of a Memorial Grant Program For First Responders. It pays $300,000 tax-free to victims’ families. The department counted an average 72 deaths of police, firefighters and paramedics annually with almost half, 34, by suicide.

Federal research also found PTSD was commonplace among emergency workers, especially paramedics. Twenty percent of paramedics suffer post-traumatic stress, according to a 2018 study by Defence Research and Development Canada.

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