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‘One ticket tossed, 12 to go’ for Sask. Queen of Fines

Fellow protesters, such as R.B. Wintringham, speculated that all of their fines might soon vanish.

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“Not gonna lie, I’m happy to not be getting them regularly anymore,” Lavoie wrote.

Saskatchewan’s Queen of Fines has one less diamond in her crown. Days before Saskatchewan dropped its public health orders, the City of Regina dismissed a ticket against freedom protester Tamara Lavoie.

“One ticket tossed, 12 to go,” Lavoie wrote in a Facebook post shared 30 times since.

“This is the ‘bylaw’ infraction (that doesn’t apply to me) for use of a microphone at the March 27th rally.”

Dina Nathanail, Bylaw Prosecution Officer at the City of Regina, notified Lavoie by letter on July 9. The page lists a July 7 court date and ticket number then states, “Please be advised the above ticket has been withdrawn in Municipal Court. We now consider this matter closed.”

Lavoie’s post inspired 206 emojis and 43 comments. While many friends shared their joy, Moose Jaw resident Jessica Fraser, shared cynicism for the authorities who issued the fines.

“I can imagine the ire of those required to go over and dismiss all of these tickets. The cursing under their breath that must be going on over this clearly unlawful control grab. Thousands of hours of paperwork just so bullies can try to bully. Like really,” Fraser wrote.

“Because no doubt they’ve known since the first ticket issued that they’d result in nothing but extra paperwork,” Fraser added in an afterthought.

Kim Smith had a query for the prosecutor. “Here’s my question, Dina….why waste the time, energy, and resources on this crap?”

Stacey Wanner agreed, quipping, “What a waste [of] resources!!!!”

Shawn Bachorick, also a Regina resident, asked, “Is there a point where these bs tickets would legally qualify as vexatious or abusive?”

Lavoie replied, “not gonna lie, I’m happy to not be getting them regularly anymore.”

Caitlin Hill combined both joy and cynicism.

“Haha I love it! Just goes to show what a joke this whole thing is,” wrote Hill.

Fellow protesters, such as R.B. Wintringham, speculated that all of their fines might soon vanish.

“I have a feeling this is just the beginning. They’ll all be withdrawn eventually. They definitely do not want to go to court,” Wintringham commented.

Wintringham, who had legal representation by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, posted his own happy news to Facebook on June 22.

“It seems my very first $2800 ticket, from last November, (when we protested by walking through the Midtown Plaza in Saskatoon after the provincial mask mandate was announced) has been dropped.

“Apparently they ‘lost’ the ticket and never registered it at the courthouse.

“One down, seven to go!”

After months of wondering who would be served fines next, protesters now speculate whose tickets will be dropped first. Ham’s daughter, Mikela Herbel, wonders if former Saskatoon PPC candidate Mark Friesen will get his own good news.

“So will Mark be the next person to get a ticket thrown out? That’s how this usually goes. First dad got his ticket then everyone else followed [suit] and now he was the first to have his thrown out. So I’m thinking it’ll be the same process. They’re so tired of chasing us that they’re now throwing out their wasted money/time,” wrote Herbel.

Others were less sure. Lynn Guidos, who includes protester Chris Sky in her profile picture, got her own ticket April 24 ticket.

“Because they used Crime Stoppers to spy on us, not sure if mine will b[e] tossed,” commented Guidos. “[S]omeone identified me, but hey i will take jail if it isn’t, as a senior i don’t have that kind of money.”

Lavoie is not quite in the clear.

“I got excited when they told this morning [July 12] that my first ticket from December was going to an in person trial July 27th but then the prosecutor’s office said it isn’t a trial it’s just ‘being spoken about’ over the phone. We’ll see what that means. They have yet to respond to my list of disclosure items. Ha!” wrote Lavoie.

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Political Columnist for the Western Standard

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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