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Health officials roll out new layer of restrictions in Central Okanagan

Anyone with plans to visit the Okanagan is being “strongly urged” to reschedule.




BC CMOH Dr. Bonnie Henry implemented the return of mask mandates at indoor spaces in Central Okanagan last week, and beginning Friday, she is rolling out another layer of restrictions in the area.

Effective immediately, nightclubs and bars will be closed unless they serve food. Patrons at restaurants will now be limited to groups of six or less, and liquor service is now suspended at 10 p.m.

High-intensity fitness gyms are no longer allowed to operate.

Vacation rentals will be limited to the occupants, with no more than five visitors.

Anyone with plans to visit the Okanagan is being “strongly urged” to reschedule.

The restrictions on gatherings will begin on Monday, whereas the rest are effective immediately.

Officials say the outbreak has tripled from roughly 320 “cases” to around 1,200 since last week. On Friday the province reported 464 new cases.

At a press conference in late July, Henry warned the public “there are consequences for people who are not immunized,” adding that “this will be important for us as we head into the fall.”

“If you’re in the Okanagan, the best thing you can do to get through these restrictions is to get vaccinated today and encourage everyone in you’re life to do the same,” said Henry at Friday’s last-minute press conference.

“That’s how we get back to doing the things that we love, and being with the people that we love.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. Baron Not Baron

    August 10, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Alpha and then.. “Zapa” “variants”. Why aren’t these imbeciles taken down? Boot in their face! Get them to know their place!

  2. Left Coast

    August 10, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    How does Canada compare to say the Congo?

    Congo 178 deaths 92.3 Million population.

    What did they do different? Being Congo is a Malaria country most citizens take one 200 mg HCQ tablet every Sunday.

    The Candace Owens Show: Dr. Stella Immanuel


  3. Left Coast

    August 7, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Hundreds of staffers at two San Francisco hospitals test positive for COVID-19

    By: Michael Schnell, The Hill, August 1, 2021:

    At least 233 staffers at a pair of San Francisco hospitals have tested positive for COVID-19, the majority of whom were fully vaccinated but became infected with the delta variant.

    Fifty-five cases were discovered among staff members at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital as of July 31, Cristina Padilla, a public relations officer at the hospital, told The Hill. Of those who tested positive, roughly 75 to 80 percent were fully vaccinated, according to The New York Times. More than 7,000 staff members reportedly work at the facility.

    The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, said 183 staff members had tested positive as of Friday, 153 of whom were fully vaccinated, the Times reported.

    Most of the infections were reportedly from the highly infectious delta variant, which has taken hold in the U.S. as the dominant COVID-19 strain.


  4. Left Coast

    August 7, 2021 at 10:27 am

    It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospital, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it. —Thomas Sowell

    Professor Luc Montagnier, a French virologist and Nobel Prize winner, predicted the potential outcome of mass vaccinations. He said, “Mass vaccinations are a scientific error as well as a medical error. It is an unacceptable mistake. The history books will show that because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants… antibodies created by the vaccine forcing the virus to find another solution or die. This is how the variants such as Delta are created. These variants are a production and result of the vaccination.”

    He’s right! Normal variants are simply .03% of the original virus and are harmless to anyone who has already recovered from the illness and has God’s perfect immunity.

    Dr. McCullough is warning us against the Covid vaccine and is paying a personal price for telling the truth. The powers that be want him silenced, and not only because they will make massive amounts of money on these vile inoculations, but because the promoters of eugenics (Gates, Soros, Fauci et. al.) and UN Agenda 21/30 seem to want our population culled of the “useless eaters.”


  5. Left Coast

    August 7, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Dr. Bonnie is a friggin JOKE . . .

    How many people have DIED? How many are in the Hospital?

    Thats all that matters . . .

    Did you know that 1/2 of the so-called Delta variant infections in Britain were VACCINATED folks?

    Aug 6 . . . “The Ministry of Health did not have any new coronavirus-related deaths to announce Friday, leaving the death toll at 1,772, and the number of patients in hospital fell to 52, a drop of six from Thursday. That includes 25 people battling the disease in intensive care.”

    “One person in Vancouver Coastal Health has died over the B.C. Day long weekend for a total of 1,772 deaths.”

    1772 DEATHS in 18 months = TWO FLU Seasons . . . the 2020 Drug Overdose Deaths alone were more than that.

    BC still using the Fake PCR Test to Gin up meaningless “Cases” to frighten the public?

  6. SaskFreedom

    August 7, 2021 at 3:17 am

    “this is how we get back to doing the things we love”
    Oh so you admit this is a hostage situation, Bonnie?
    You don’t take everyone’s livelihood and freedoms for 1.5 years, for an illness which is no more deadly than the flu (and perhaps mostly was the flu), then pretend to give our freedoms back, if we take an experimental injection, while making it illegal to take non injection treatments, while continuously moving the goal posts.
    You know why you’re not supposed to “negotiate” with terrorists? Because if you meet any if their demands, they know they can get more and more. That’s what has happened over the last 1.5 years… “two weeks”, “don’t lock the borders, that’s racist”, “don’t wear masks, you’ll touch your face”, to, “you must wear a mask”, “canadians can’t enter their own country at the international border without being detained without cause and getting the bill”.
    “This will all go away when we have a vaccine”, “just get one shot, and you’ll get freedoms back”, “just get two shots, and you’ll get freedoms back”, “variants”, “just get your 3rd shot and wear a mask”… This will never end. We knew not to negotiate with these terrorists, but make sure to point out this to any friends who reluctantly gave in and let them know, they will never stop, so we need to stop being victimized. The goal posts will never stop moving until people stop playing the game.

  7. Deb

    August 6, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I feel sorry for the people of the Okanagan for all of us it looks like a crap shoot either way vaccine or Covid.

  8. CodexCoder

    August 6, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    So COVID can distinguish if there is food in the room, and not just booze? That’s an impressive piece of intelligence! (sarcasm off) The rules are only significant in being arbitrary and meaningless.

  9. berta baby

    August 6, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    All freedom lovers who don’t want to be forced to be an experiment move to Alberta … we all need to get together a form a new country … one based on freedom

  10. Seven-Zero-One

    August 6, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    I wish we have borders with BC.

  11. John Lankers

    August 6, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Wake up people, this is the exact same strategy the Nazis used against the Jews.

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Trudeau’s beach denier demoted

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.




The Justin Trudeau spokesman who told reporters the prime minister “wasn’t on a beach” when he was, has been demoted, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

Trudeau had promised to “set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government.”

Alex Wellstead will be “taking on new challenges” as press secretary to the industry minister, the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday.  

Wellstead. Courtesy Twitter

Wellstead in a statement called it “a very difficult decision to make.” He had worked as Trudeau’s official spokesman for 20 months.

Wellstead on September 30 issued misleading statements to conceal the fact Trudeau spent the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at a beach resort in Tofino, B.C.

“He wasn’t on a beach,” Wellstead told The Canadian Press at the time. Global News and the weekly Chilliwack Progress photographed Trudeau strolling on the beach and enjoying a glass of beer on a beachfront patio.

The Prime Minister’s Office claimed Trudeau was in private meetings in Ottawa. Staff flew an Indian Residential School “survivors’ flag” and issued a solemn statement in Trudeau’s name.

“We remember the children who never made it home,” it said.

Wellstead did not explain his conduct.

“You as a communicator need to understand everything,” Wellstead said in a March 30 interview with public relations students at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.

The prime minister in 2015 Ministerial Mandate letters said officials must be truthful and transparent.

“Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, indeed all journalists in Canada and abroad, are professionals who by asking necessary questions contribute in an important way to the democratic process,” wrote Trudeau.

“Your professionalism and engagement with them is essential.

“We have committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government. It is time to shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it serves.

“Government and its information should be open by default. If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians.

“It is important that we acknowledge mistakes when we make them. Canadians do not expect us to be perfect. They expect us to be honest, open and sincere in our efforts to serve the public interest.”

Trudeau on October 6 apologized for the Tofino holiday.

“Traveling on September 30 was a mistake and I regret it,” the prime minister told reporters.

“What made you decide to take a personal trip on a day your government set aside to honour the victims and survivors of residential schools?” asked a reporter.

“Like I said, it was a mistake,” replied Trudeau.

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Feds threaten regulated businesses with COVID fines

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.




If they don’t mandate vaccination of workers, the Labour department is threatening to levy cash fines against airports, banks, radio stations and other federally-regulated employers, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

But the Liberals stopped short of repeating an earlier threat to strip workers of legal rights to challenge vaccine orders.

“It is time to move on,” said Government House Leader Mark Holland.

“Get vaccinated. That’s what Canadians expect to have happen.

“I think the country understands we have now 90% of Canadians who have had their first injection, over 86% with their second. All workplaces across the country” should promote vaccinations, he added.

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.

First Nations businesses will be exempt.

“Employers who do not comply with their obligations under the Canada Labour Code may be subject to compliance and enforcement measures including administrative monetary penalties,” the notice said.

“The government will consult with key stakeholders, including representatives of small and medium-sized employers, as it works expeditiously to finalize the new regulations which would come into force in early 2022. The government will also develop resources to help federally regulated workplaces implement the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.”

The notice made no reference to a liability shield proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the election campaign. Trudeau on September 1 said a re-elected Liberal cabinet would shield employers from any legal challenge of vaccination orders.

“We’ll stand firm on our commitment,” said Trudeau, adding: “We’ll protect businesses that mandate vaccinations from unjustified lawsuits.”

Canadians who declined a COVID-19 shot were “more than just wrong, because everyone’s entitled to their opinion, they are putting at risk their own kids and they’re putting at risk our kids as well,” said Trudeau.

“What about my choice to keep my kids safe? What about our choices to make sure we’re getting through this pandemic as quickly as we can?”

The Liberal Party in its September 1 campaign platform stated: “A re-elected Liberal government will table legislation to ensure every business and organization that decides to require proof of vaccination from employees and customers can do so without fear of a legal challenge.”

Compulsory vaccination breaches federal law, according to a May 19 statement by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and 1996 National Immunization Report by the Department of Health.

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Firearms lobby group shoots down Liberal move to decriminalize gun laws

The Liberal government is moving again to eliminate the mandatory minimum prison (MMPs) times handed to people convicted of some gun crimes.




The Liberal’s move to decriminalize numerous firearms laws show they are only interested in punishing legal gun owners, says the executive director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.

“It must seem obvious to anyone that the Liberal’s real agenda is to persecute and punish lawful firearms owners — by definition, the people that don’t break the law. Every time a new Liberal gun control measure is announced, it is directed at the law-abiding while the punishments for real criminals are lessened,” Tony Bernardo told the Western Standard.

The Liberal government is moving again to eliminate the mandatory minimum prison (MMPs) times handed to people convicted of some gun crimes.

A proposed Liberal bill would affect 14 Criminal Code sections and six drug-related offences.

The gun offences that would see MMPs dropped include possessing a restricted firearm with ammunition, weapons trafficking, discharging a firearm while committing an offence, reckless discharge of a firearm, and extortion and robbery with a firearm.

It follows a similar bill the party introduced in February that died without being passed when the election was called in August.

It would remove MMPs from 13 firearms offences and one for a tobacco offence.

MMPs would remain for murder, treason, impaired driving and sexual offences, as well as a some firearms offences.

“The Liberal’s C-5 has nothing to do with helping marginalized Canadians and everything to do with protecting the predators of our society,” said Bernardo.

“Yet, they are willing to spend billions to take competition rifles from sportspersons under the guise of making us safer. Where are the promised protections to the urban Canadians that have their neighbourhoods ravaged every week by drugs, gangs, and violence?

“Why has this government forsaken the people in rural areas that have their hard-earned property stolen with impunity? Where are the safe streets these political carpetbaggers sell every election? Where is the outrage from Canadians as the Liberals lie their way through another mandate?”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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