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Kenney vows Alberta won’t bring in vaccine passports

“These folks who are concerned about mandatory vaccines have nothing to be concerned about,” he said.




Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his province will not follow the lead of other provinces in bringing in a vaccine passport.

And Kenney said Monday he will fight any attempt by Ottawa to try and bring in a national one.

“We’ve been very clear from the beginning that we will not facilitate or accept vaccine passports,” Kenney told reporters at his annual Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast Monday.

“We’ve been very clear from the beginning that we will not facilitate or accept vaccine passports.

“I believe they would in principle contravene the Health Information Act and also possibly the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.”

When asked by a reporter if Alberta would fight any attempt to bring in passports, Kenney replied: “Yes.

“These folks who are concerned about mandatory vaccines have nothing to be concerned about,” he said.

Kenney said more than 4 million does have been given to Albertans, with about 700 who have had adverse effects which were mostly minor. There has been one death.

“Every death is tragic, but it’s one death from a vaccine adverse outcome as opposed to 2,400 COVID-19 deaths.”

The premier said hopes 80% of eligible Albertans get the jab, but estimated about 10% will refuse.

Across the country, Quebec intends to bring in the passports in September for anyone wanting to visit non-essential businesses in parts of the province where the COVID-19 rate is high.

Manitoba has also been issuing proof-of-immunization cards to residents.

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. Proudly_Free

    July 15, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    This whole story is complete BS. Kenney’s already said in the same breath as promising not to bring in the Commie passports (aka, something very similar to a CCP social credit scoring system) that people who want to freely participate in large events must “act ethically” before being allowed to fully regain their constitutional rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. The only way to act ethically is to get the jab.

    While I have not done adequate research into the safety of these vaccines themselves, every individual has the fundamental right to bodily integrity and security of person. It is this same right that makes sexual assault and other forms of abusive wrong and illegal. What’s the difference between my being unable to say no to an experimental drug versus saying no to someone who wants to force me into committing some unwanted sexual act? You can argue that the latter doesn’t make me a danger to others whereas the first one does, but a rapist or child predator could easily turn that around and argue that saying no to them is depriving them of their needs. And they can even say that that’s the case publicly and not just privately. Obviously, such an argument is disgusting to anyone with a shred of sanity. But what’s the difference with vaccinations?

    The propaganda and psychological terror campaign of these last 16 months has been nothing short of abusive. We’ve allowed governments at all levels to become like a violent husband or boyfriend, regulating who we’re allowed to see and touch, the air we’re allowed to breathe, the money we’re allowed to make. And those who step out of line by daring to give people hope are either physically assaulted and/or brought to financial ruin. This is what domestic abusers do to their victims. Somehow, it got sanctioned under a virus.

  2. Andrew

    July 14, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Another lie, it’s already happening…look at Nashville North and now others! Needs to be codified in law.

  3. jdaskas@xplornet.ca

    July 14, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Without legally banning any/all discrimination against un-vaccinated people, like many US states have done, this announcement is absolutely meaningless. He will let virtue signaling businesses, financial, health and educational institutions do all the work for him.

  4. Steven

    July 13, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    I am sure Premier Kenney will bow to the will of Prime Minister Trudeau, should Trudeau bring in a Covid-19 passport. Premier Kenney hasn’t shown much fight when it comes to taking Ottawa on, a little here a little there, but no main stream autonomy fights.

    This is how I see Jason Kenney, A “Yes Man” to O’Toole & to Trudeau.

  5. Andrew A

    July 13, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Could this be just another case of him saying one thing and then doing the opposite?

  6. Dave Symington

    July 13, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Kenney you’re lied before and we don’t trust you or your band of 🤡!

  7. K

    July 13, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Remember, remember 2020 November. Kenney promised there were no lockdowns coming and he turned tail on a whim, going so far as to barr us from ‘visiting friends and family’ (If you were stupid enough to listen, anyway). You can’t trust these cretins.

    The most I’ll give him is at least he’s talking about it. Nut-ley would’ve jumped at the chance for the C ertificates O f V accine ID entification.

    Be cautious of whatever hysteria the fall brings.

  8. Audjlizard

    July 13, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Hey, I trust him completely. He wouldn’t lie about that now would he? I mean, he was so honest about lockdowns and everybody following all the rules…….just like him and his cronies. (I seem to have lost my “Sarc Off” button)

  9. Matt C

    July 13, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Are travellers returning to alberta required to quarantine if they have not been vaccinated, whereas those who have been vaccinated, don’t??
    That is a “soft form” of vaccine passport. Who can go on a trip and then quarantine for two weeks? Many people can’t.

    Does Kenney have the balls to push back and defy that infringement on our constitutional rights? I don’t think so.

  10. Josh

    July 13, 2021 at 12:40 am

    I wonder if Kenney got word that Dr. David Martin Spoke Reiner Fuellmich. Follow the science… turns out patents hold a ton of history and intent.

  11. Josh

    July 12, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I really hope he keeps his word.

  12. Steven

    July 12, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Premier Kenney won’t bring in more autonomy for Alberta either, but the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta will. Remember that when the next election rolls around in 2023.

    Jason Kenney ran his campaign on more autonomy for Alberta, then after he was elected changed his attitude to being a staunch federalist. I voted for Jason Kenney & change in Alberta & Jason Kenney gave Albertans the same tired shaft (bait & switch) to get elected. My vote goes to Wildrose next election.

  13. Baron Not Baron

    July 12, 2021 at 7:45 pm


    This is another hot air from Kenney! A useful imbecile of cabal.

  14. Chris

    July 12, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    “These folks who are concerned about mandatory vaccines have nothing to be concerned about,” he said.

    Or maybe this is another empty Kenny promise?

    Time will tell.

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Hockey arena backs down on banning unvaccinated kids

Within hours of the Western Standard posting the exclusive story, Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy.




Public pressure has brought minor hockey out of the penalty box in Cochrane.

Following an exclusive story by the Western Standard on Saturday, along with mounting pressure from the community, a Cochrane sports facility has revamped its vaccine passport policy.  

The Cochrane Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) and Hockey Alberta were not mandating a vaccine passport system, but Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) announced it would be requiring proof of vaccine status for anyone 12 and up.

Within hours of the story being posted, CMHS President Cory Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy with this statement: “Youth between the ages of 12 (vaccine eligible) to 18 years of age are exempt from the REP vaccination requirement to enter the facility for the purpose of participating in a youth organized sport organization. Examples include (but not limited to) Cochrane Minor Hockey, Ringette, Cochrane Minor Soccer, Lacrosse, Cochrane Figure Skating Club, Comets, Junior Lifeguard Club, etc.”

Although youth may access the facility without being vaccinated, all adult spectators, coaches, volunteers and organizers of any youth activity “must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or medical exemption to gain entry to SLSFSC premises.”

“Although this helps our kids get on the ice in Cochrane, it’s still an issue at lots of other facilities, especially in larger facilities in Calgary and Airdrie,” Oaten said.

Oaten, who works in the insurance industry, points out the “huge liability issue” this poses to his and other sports organizations.

“Originally, Spray Lakes pushed us to collect this medical documentation from our members,” he said.

The CMHA board consists of 18 volunteer members.

“They can’t put those expectations on a board of volunteers. It’s a big legal issue for us,” Oaten said, adding he and his board refuse to take responsibility for requiring proof of vaccine or the collection of their members’ private medical information.

Oaten was informed the SLSFSC will now have its own security checkpoints set up in the facility and will take responsibility for checking the vaccine status of anyone 18-plus entering the building.

Oaten anticipates families will still pull their kids from hockey and other sports programs as those who remain unvaccinated will not be permitted in the facility to accompany their child.

Hockey Alberta stated on their Facebook page they are working with the Alberta government on how last Wednesday’s announcement will affect hockey for Alberta players. Oaten has asked his members to hold off on making a decision to pull their child from the program until Hockey Alberta comes forward with their updated season plan.

The Western Standard reached out to the SLSFSC for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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Nearly $400 million in commemorative holiday events planned for fed employees only

The Department of Canadian Heritage promises “large-scale commemoration events” for a September 30 holiday for federally regulated employees only.




It’ll cost hundreds of millions of dollars with federally regulated employees getting ready to party like it’s 2021, all on the public teat.

The Department of Canadian Heritage promises “large-scale commemoration events” for a September 30 holiday for federally regulated employees only.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the holiday will cost $388.9 million, by official estimate.

“The department will collaborate with national organizations for large-scale commemorative events on September 30,” staff wrote in a briefing note. It is the first federal observance of its kind.

The Senate on June 3 passed Bill C-5 An Act To Amend The Bills Of Exchange Act that designates September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The paid holiday applies only to federal employees including the RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces, and federally-regulated private sector workers at job sites like airports, banks, grain mills, marine shippers, radio stations and railways.

“This new annual statutory holiday on September 30 will ensure public commemoration of the tragic history and legacy of Residential Schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process,” said the briefing note National Day For Truth And Reconciliation. Costs of planned events were estimated at $2.7 million.

Parliament passed the holiday bill without a dissenting vote though senators in final debate questioned its usefulness. “What could long-term, dedicated and stable funding mean for food security, for closing the infrastructure gap which is huge, for finally ending boiled water advisories, for dealing with acute housing shortfalls in Indigenous communities?” asked Senator Dennis Patterson (Nunavut).

“It is hard for me to hear about the hundreds of millions of dollars that will go to provide federal employees a paid day off when I think about how an ongoing commitment of what we have heard today would be $388.9 million per annum for this holiday,” said Patterson.

“It would be an insult to my family members, to my friends and to the memories of those survivors I have lost along the way if this day were to become yet another paid day at the cottage for federal workers,” said Patterson. “It needs to truly be a day of remembrance and learning.”

The Treasury Board said direct costs were $165.9 million in the federal public service. “Most of that is in lost productivity,” Stephen Diotte, executive director of human resources, told the Senate June 3.

“The balance of it is payments required for employees in 24/7 work environments like corrections or Canada Border Services or ships’ crews and officers in the Department of National Defence and Department of Fisheries,” said Diotte.

The $165.9 million figure did not include holiday pay or overtime for Crown corporation employees. “I don’t have those figures,” said Diotte.

The labour department said airlines, marine shippers and other federally-regulated private sector companies would pay another $223 million annually.

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City of Edmonton mandates COVID jabs

The e-mail did not contain what disciplinary actions the city would take against staff who don’t get jabbed.




City of Edmonton employees have less than a month to get jabbed against COVID-19, officials said in a new mandatory vaccine policy announced Monday.

City Manager Andre Corbould said in an e-mail to all staff they will have to be vaccinated by November 15.

“Last week, I shared the results from the Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure Policy (A1700) with you. The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) used this information to determine if additional steps were necessary to protect you, keep our facilities safe and operational, and stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Corbould.

“According to the disclosure results, 72% of employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In the context of the fourth wave in Alberta and rising cases in our own employees, that level is not high enough to give us confidence that we are minimizing the hazard of COVID-19 in the workplace to the greatest extent possible.

“As a result, the City of Edmonton is introducing a COVID-19 vaccination policy for all City of Edmonton employees effective today, September 20, 2021. All employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after receiving the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine) by Nov. 15, 2021.”

Courbould said he realizes the decision is bound to set off a storm of controversy.

“While I recognize this decision may be difficult for some, I expect everyone to behave respectfully to one another as this decision is implemented. ELT made this decision, not your supervisor. We will not tolerate disrespectful or abusive behaviour or communications,” he wrote.

“This is a significant step for our organization, and an essential safety measure for keeping our workplaces safe.”

The e-mail did not contain what disciplinary actions the city would take against staff who don’t get jabbed.

Earlier this month, the City of Calgary also instituted a mandatory vaccination requirement.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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