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Savage tears into Trudeau’s ‘Just Transition’ green plan

“We expect the federal government to stand up for Alberta’s world-leading oil and gas sector instead of trying to dismantle it.”




Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage is sounding warning bells about Justin Trudeau’s plan to move into a green economy with a possible Just Transition Act (JTA).

Savage said the Liberal government is setting a path to increasingly decimate Alberta’s oil and gas industry.

Trudeau has now launched a public consultation on his possible JTA which vows to:

  • set legally-binding, five-year milestones based on the advice of the experts and consultations with Canadians to reach net-zero emissions;
  • appoint a group of scientists, economists, and experts to recommend the best path to get to net-zero;
  • exceed Canada’s 2030 emissions goal by introducing new carbon reducing measures, and;
  • ensure energy workers and communities can shape their own futures by introducing a Just Transition Act, giving workers access to the training, support, and new opportunities needed to succeed in the clean economy.

The government also vowed that by 2035, all new cars and light-duty trucks sold in the country will be zero-emission vehicles.

“The federal government’s intention to hastily phase out Canada’s world-class oil and gas industry is extremely harmful to the hundreds of thousands who directly and indirectly work in the sector, and will be detrimental to Canada’s economic recovery,” said Savage in a Tuesday statement.

“As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, strong global demand for oil and gas is projected for decades to come. That source of energy has to come from somewhere, and Alberta is well-positioned to meet that demand. Yet it seems Ottawa is content to hamstring Canadian industry while letting other jurisdictions with lower environmental standards dominate the global market.

“Alberta’s oil and gas industry is already at the forefront of innovation and a diversified energy future with emerging opportunities like hydrogen, helium, geothermal development and petrochemicals.

“These new opportunities clearly demonstrate the industry has already been transforming to meet post-pandemic energy demand, with many producers having set ambitious net-zero emissions goals.

“Alberta is proud to be one of the most responsible producers of oil and gas globally. We have a regulatory framework that balances both the environment and the economy, and we have invested billions of dollars in technologies that reduce – and in some cases eliminate – emissions, such as carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

“None of this is possible without the hard work of our skilled oil and gas workers. Alberta will continue to tirelessly advocate on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of workers whose livelihoods depend on the industry. We expect the federal government to stand up for Alberta’s world-leading oil and gas sector instead of trying to dismantle it.”

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. Dennis

    July 22, 2021 at 11:16 am

    I think Kenny Et Al should send Justine a “Stern Letter”. That will certainly get his attention like it always has in the past.

    Or, Albertans could stand up and Do Something such as buy a membership in the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and get involved in a NEW way of government by cutting the cord with Ottawa. The status quo is not, has not and will never work for Alberta. Wildrose.party 2023 is our only option to take control of our destiny.

  2. Ned Borkovic

    July 21, 2021 at 9:57 am

    This is only because of election, don’t get too excited.

  3. Chris

    July 20, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Wildrose Independence voters make up less then 25% of the Alberta population. Unfortunately more Albertan’s need to feel the pain of federal policies on them. Justin Trudeau is the best person for Alberta independence. The crazier his ideas are the more Albertan’s will open up to independence. I hate seeing Ottawa screw Alberta as much as most of you here, but I talk to a lot of Albertan’s, many, many of them are ignorant about what Ottawa has in store for us and have no idea how bad things will get for Alberta.

  4. Chris Brown

    July 20, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Nice view of the world’s largest reported protonic-ceramic devices that are fabricated at FuelCell Energy facilities Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    Mines REBELS REFUEL Summit 2021


  5. Baron Not Baron

    July 20, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    JT is giving China an actual mountain of coal. I don’t know if for money or what. A former employee has a friend who works in that coal mine – and it is on the opposite side of the mountain so it is not visible to the commercial air traffic.

    Savage is playing like Kenney says. Her actions have no effect, in accordance with Kenney’s negative effect plan for Alberta.

    We all have to have a sovereign Alberta. There’s no other acceptable alternative, so we can have a future.

    Marxism = Marc6ism = Marc 6(ism) = Mark 666 ! We are surrounded by the bastards until the day we die.

  6. Steven

    July 20, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Now?? You come out swinging Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage. Where the heck were you & premier Kenney after the election on more autonomy for Albertans? Premier Kenney has been a dismal disappointment & the reason many UCP members now belong to the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.

    To little and to late Minister Savage. Alberta should have been on the road to it’s own police force, it’s own tax collection, & on. Years waisted on nothing & a dithering premier lost in the wilderness of his political scandals.

    Go Wildrose !!

  7. Left Coast

    July 20, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Alberta would be far better off as part of a separated West.

    Too bad Justin doesn’t pay attention to the REAL WORLD. Where every 20 WEEKS China increases their Emissions by MORE than Canada’s Annual Emissions.
    That being said . . . anything we do and the Billions we are going to spend will make ZERO Difference to the Planet. If we just Burned the Money the result would be the same!

    China plans on building over 200 COAL Fired Generating plants in the next few years . . . if Canada ceased to exist our entire Emissions would be taken up 100s of times by China.

    China is going to keep increasing Emissions till at least 2050 . . . what happens then?
    The China Controlled UN will declare China has conformed to the Paris Agreement . . . and the Western Democracies will ALL be BANKRUPT!

  8. berta baby

    July 20, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Separation now!

  9. Seven-Zero-One

    July 20, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Alberta doesn’t need 2 be part of ” “Subsidize Canadian sinking ship” Albertans need to wake up.

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Unvaxxed grounded in Canada

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.




As of Tuesday, Canadian travellers over the age of 12 will no longer be able to fly or travel by train in Canada without proof of vaccination.

The policy was originally set to come into effect on October 30, however, the federal government announced it would grant a grace period to unvaccinated travellers allowing for a negative COVID-19 test to be provided within 72 hours of the trip.

As of November 30, travellers will no longer be allowed to submit a negative test result in place of proof of vaccination to board a plane or train in Canada.

The new travel restrictions for the unvaccinated come on the heels of the emergence of a new variant of concern (VOC) dubbed Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cases involving the new variant, originally detected in South Africa, have been found in other countries including five cases within Canada.

Although there is not much known about the new variant at this time, the WHO confirmed scientists around the world are working to determine how the highly-mutated variant will affect transmissibility and severity of illness in the population.

Canada, along with other nations, closed its boards and expanded its screening protocols to travellers arriving from affected areas in southern Africa.

The Canadian airline industry welcomed the vaccine mandates when they were announced in October. Air Canada and West Jet have both confirmed they will be asking all travellers to produce proof of vaccination before boarding their carriers as of Tuesday.

While health measures such as masking and screening will still be required, no measures for quarantining individual travellers have been put in place with the exception of those who have travelled through or arrived from southern Africa.

“If you indicate to your airline or railway company that you’re eligible to board, but fail to provide proof of vaccination or valid COVID-19 test result, you won’t be allowed to travel and could face penalties or fines,” the government indicated in a statement.

The Canadian government is also warning permanent residents abroad to expect to provide vaccine passports to return home.

The rules don’t apply to commuter trains.

The Government of Canada has created a “reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling internationally and within Canada,” states the government’s website. The document is verified once uploaded to ArriveCAN upon returning to the country.

The website warns travellers are not guaranteed entry to another country with the documents and suggests checking the rules of your destination country and the countries you travel through.

“Today, Canada passed a sad milestone in its history,” said Matt Slatter, a pilot with a major Canadian airline and a founder of Free 2 Fly, a hub that has “Canadian aviation professionals standing with passengers in defence of freedom.”

“No longer can it hold itself as a beacon of freedom and liberal values.”

The Free 2 Fly website encourages passengers and airline workers who “feel strongly that the ability to travel should not be linked to vaccination status,” to sign up and join their movement.

“With the advent of mandates requiring all aviation and rail passengers to be vaccinated, Canada is now effectively a two-tier society,” said Slatter.

“On one tier, compliant citizens are afforded many of the rights they once enjoyed in a free society. While the other tier is essentially relegated to their own localities, with limited exception.

“History suggests this style of governance will only lead to more tragedy and heartbreak. The cure is inevitably worse than the disease. Will Canada learn from the mistakes of the past?”

Currently, there are just under 38,000 signed up on the Free 2 Fly site. One of the goals of the group is to “wage a legal campaign to block, and/or overturn, all vaccination mandates.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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CRTC trying to hang up on spoof calls

Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.




All those calls from the taxman and Canadian Border Services officials threatening to arrest you could soon be coming to an end thanks to new regulations from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

“Many Canadians are now able to determine which calls can be trusted thanks to a new technology aimed at combating spoofed calls named STIR/SHAKEN. Caller ID spoofing is frequently used in nuisance and fraudulent calls to mask the identity of the caller,” said the CRTC in a release.

“As of today, telecommunications service providers will certify whether a caller’s identity can be trusted by verifying the caller ID information for Internet Protocol-based voice calls. This new technology will help reduce the frequency and impact of caller ID spoofing. As service providers continue to upgrade their IP networks and offer compatible phones to their customers, more and more Canadians will be able to see the effects of STIR/SHAKEN.”

It’s believed up to 25% of all calls in Canada are scams.

The CRTC said Caller ID spoofing occurs when callers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious or altered phone numbers when making calls.

“This new caller ID technology will empower Canadians to determine which calls are legitimate and worth answering, and which need to be treated with caution. As more providers upgrade their networks, STIR/SHAKEN will undoubtedly reduce spoofing and help Canadians regain peace of mind when answering phone calls,” said Ian Scott, CRTC CEO.

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SLOBODIAN: CBC’s list of woke words to help whites

Certainly, chiefs and elders running First Nations couldn’t manage without these buffoons sitting in a newsroom or office telling them some white guy saying the word tribe should deeply offend them.




If you’re easily offended grab a soother, a soft blankie, and go powwow with your spirit animal in a non-spooky safe space. 

This is not for the ultra-sensitive ever-hunting for ways to accuse “sexist, racist” meanies of inflicting immeasurable pain with their words that leave victims emotionally crippled.

CBC Ottawa journalists brainstormed with possibly phantom readers to compile a lame, tone-deaf list of racist words and phrases.

Of course, the savage list targets — you guessed it, insensitive white people viewed as black sheep in the La La Land where well-paid publicly-funded media fools obsess with skin colour — and sells them down the river.

Just when you think the divisive ghetto CBC tends to dwell in couldn’t-possibly-get-more-ridiculous, they conjure up this fine example of your approximately $1.5-billion tax dollars at work. 

Apparently, CBC consulted black, indigenous, and people of colour to find out what offends them. Nope, no white people. Doesn’t matter if anything offends them. They all apparently have a blind spot when it comes to tolerance, so they don’t matter.

“We ran some of the words by anti-racism and language experts, who said some of these phrases can be hurtful to various groups of people for their historical and cultural context,” said CBC.

Statues have been torn down, history is removed from school curriculums, innocent books are banned, and this is the historical content CBC uses, not to protect, but to create division and wounded feelings. 

Fellow taxpayers, we’re getting gypped with this wasteful CBC spending.

“It might be time to rethink your use of these phrases and remove them from your daily lingo. CBC Ottawa compiled a small list of words, submitted by readers and some of our journalists who are black, indigenous and people of colour,” said CBC.

The list includes ghetto, to sell someone down the river, brainstorm, blackmail, savage, spooky, gypped, powwow, crippled, tribe, black sheep, blindsided, first-world problem, spirit animal, lame, grandfathered in, and tone deaf.

So, what did the ‘experts’ say? Basically, white is bad. Really, very bad.

“The issue here is that these are all negative terms,” said Joseph Smith, an anti-racism trainer and educator. “It connotes evil, distrust, lack of intelligence, ignorance, a lack beauty — the absence of white.” 

He said the lowering of blackness in value was enhanced and pre-dated the transAtlantic slave trade. So white people walking Canadian streets who had nothing to do with that and are appalled by that are guilty? Got it.

Anti-racism trainer Jas Kalra, an inclusion and diversity coach, pointed out the tech industry is moving away from using whitelist and blacklist and adopting terms like block-list or deny-list. 

Great. And so now, the world is a better place.

According to CBC the word ghetto “implies a negative connotation toward people of a certain socio-economic class often associated with racialized groups.”  

What about the term white trailer-court trash people freely utter? If CBC feels any sympathy or outrage about those hurtful words, it neglected to say.

Ai Taniguchi, a linguist and an associate language studies professor with University of Toronto Mississauga, said words like spirit animal, powwow and tribe used by English speakers “can be a painful insult to indigenous communities.”

“If a non-indigenous person says ‘This is my tribe,’ I don’t think it’s OK, despite the fact that they’re using it presumably in a metaphorical way,” said Taniguchi.

“I didn’t know it was racist’ does not eliminate the pain of the hearer,” said Taniguchi. “As language users, we have the social responsibility to monitor the impact our utterances have on others, especially when it involves a marginalized group.”

Awww, isn’t it great that these helpless marginalized groups, most of whom are making it just fine on their own and getting along with their white neighbors and coworkers, have these condescending experts to protect them from racist slurs that aren’t meant to be racist slurs?

Certainly, chiefs and elders running First Nations couldn’t manage without these buffoons sitting in a newsroom or office telling them some white guy saying the word tribe should deeply offend them.

How would black Canadians even know what they are supposed to be wounded about without this expert help?

People make a living and derive superior self-satisfaction from creating and fueling division.

Really, who are the racists though? 

This has an anti-white stench all over it. And by feeling a need to ‘help’ marginalized groups understand what is offensive, these experts label them inferior.

Here’s another list of words and phrases that are harmful and highly offensive: CBC. Inclusion and diversity coaches. Fake lists of racial slurs.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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