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Calgary public kids mandated to wear masks in classrooms

More than 125,000 students are enrolled in Calgary public schools.




Calgary kids will be toting face masks in their backpacks after the Calgary Board of Education on Wednesday made the wearing of them mandatory in the classrooms.

The decision affects students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Teachers and staff will also be required to wear face coverings.

CBE officials said they made the mandate after watching a huge spike in COVID-19 cases in Calgary after the province dropped all its regulations.

The decision will be reviewed before the end of September.

“We all play a role to ensure our return to school is as safe as possible and that we minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces. The CBE has and will continue to encourage all eligible employees to get vaccinated,” chief superintendent Christopher Usih said in an email sent to parents on Wednesday released on its website. 

“Existing mask guidance, including exemptions, will be applied in the same manner as occurred during the previous school year. We are currently updating this guidance document and will provide details later in August. ”

More than 125,000 students are enrolled in Calgary public schools.

Other health measures will include:

  • Requiring students and staff to use a daily checklist to identify if they should attend school or stay home. 
  • Staying home when symptomatic. 
  • Practising proper hand hygiene. 
  • Enhancing cleaning and ventilation.
  • Implementing classroom cohorts for kindergarten to Grade 6. 
  • Not allowing unscheduled visitors or volunteers. 
  • Limiting public use or rentals of school facilities outside of school hours. 

The CBE said it will not get in touch with people who have had close contact with a positive person but will allow band and sports to continue.

The Catholic system has not released its back-to-school COVID-19 precautions list.

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. berta baby

    August 19, 2021 at 8:26 am

    @ John L yes spell correct mistake thanks for catching that

    Here is an article from Israel


  2. Penny4YourThouhts

    August 19, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Wow. Parents need to step up and stand up to the CBE. Canadians have to quit being so wimpy. There are tons of parents all across the US standing up to school boards – where are the courageous Canadians?

  3. John Lankers

    August 18, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    @ Berta Baby
    I’ve read the report.
    I think your spellchecker messed with you, you probably meant to write ‘Israel’ not ‘ideal’.

  4. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    A bombshell. Alex Berenson, former New York Times reporter, August 6: “Covid vaccine maker Moderna received 300,000 reports of side effects after vaccinations over a three-month period following the launch of its shot, according to an internal report from a company that helps Moderna manage the reports.”

    “That figure is far higher than the number of side effect reports about Moderna’s vaccine publicly available in the federal system that tracks such adverse events.”

    BOOM. 300,000 vaccine adverse effects NOT reported to VAERS, the federal database.

    “Official sources, namely EudraVigilance (EU, EEA, Switzerland), MHRA (UK) and VAERS (USA), have now recorded more Injuries and Deaths from the ‘Covid’ vaccine roll-out than from all previous vaccines combined since records began.”

    “TOTAL for EU/UK/USA – 34,052 Covid-19 injection related deaths and over 5.46 million injuries reported as at 1 August 2021.”


  5. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Are they still using the PCR Test in Calgary?

    If so this is a complete fraud . . . the CDC has admitted that the Temporary Use of the PCR Test will be revoked at the end of the Year . . . why? Because the PCR Test cannot tell the difference between the Wuhan Virus and the entire menu of Corona Viruses which include the Common Cold.

    So most of the positive tests are Fraud.
    How many Sick & how many died is the only measure.

  6. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    This is Way Past INSANE . . .

    Kids are turning up in Emergency today with Respiratory Issues caused by Bacteria . . . from you guessed it . . . WEARING MASKS.

    Kids are not the problem . . . insane Teachers’ & their Unions are the problem!



    Some food for thought . . . if this guy is correct a game changer!

  7. Matt C

    August 18, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Instead of making a decision based on evidence (the danger to children from covid is comparable to other flu and cold strains), Kenney succumbed to pressure from the media and left the decision of whether to mask, up to the individual school boards.
    Not a leader.

  8. Leslie Salazar

    August 18, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Pull your children out of Public schools. Your greatest legacy is your children. Homeschool them it’s not easy but the reward is great in the end.

  9. K

    August 18, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    SICK. How are these braindead fools not considering the damage 2 years of forced masking is going to do to the psyches of the young? All for a virus that is next to impossible for them to die from.

  10. berta baby

    August 18, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Just waiting until they start declaring war on the “unvaccinated “ fortunately for the “unvaccinated “ 84% of the hospitalization in ideal is double dosed people…. The Jewish papers say hardly any of the ICU patients have been triple dosed LOL

    Unvaccinated still test positive with no symptoms…. Dangerous

  11. Andrew

    August 18, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Kenney has the power to fix this.

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Lock-down ignoring party host arrested again in Vancouver

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD.




A man arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) earlier this year for running a “makeshift nightclub” from his downtown penthouse has been convicted of new charges.

Mohammad Movassaghi was initially sentenced to 18 months probation in April, along with 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty in BC provincial court on counts of violating a public health order and selling liquor.

The 43-year-old man hosted hundreds of party-goers to his 1,100 square-foot penthouse near Richards Street and Georgia Street, equipped with cash machines, menus, and doormen.

VPD officers arrived at one of the parties on January 31 after a “witness” reported the event. One of the alleged doormen was issued several fines, however Movassaghi refused to open the door and was defiant with police. Officers returned early Sunday morning with a search warrant and subsequently issued over $17,000 in fines for violations contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

Large quantities of cash were seized as well.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison, following the January 31 arrest.

“If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic, and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Of Addisons’ top concerns was the fact that “none of them were wearing masks.”

A GoFundMe was set up shortly after Movassaghi’s arrest, which stated he’d lost $15,000 in cash and liquor.

The campaign was shut down before it reached $300.

Judge Ellen Gordon compared Movassaghi’s actions with those of a drug dealer, specifically fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine. Her logic being COVID-19 can kill people, and so can fentanyl. Therefore there is “no difference.”

“What you did, sir, is comparable to individuals who sell fentanyl to the individuals on the street who die every day. There’s no difference. You voluntarily assumed a risk that could kill people in the midst of a pandemic,” said Gordon.

Fast forward to August and Movassaghi had violated the court orders again when he began hosting more parties in his penthouse, prompting a second VPD investigation leading to his arrest on Wednesday night.

He has since plead guilty of two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor, says VPD.

Movassaghi has now been sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine — leaving many wondering if he will switch up the location for his next party, possibly somewhere more discreet.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard

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Porch pirate Chahal could face $5K in fines or six months in jail

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.




Porch pirate George Chahal, under investigation for mail theft by Elections Canada, could face a fine of $5,000 or spend up to six months in jail.

The Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate was victorious in September’s federal election, however, he came under fire when a doorbell cam caught Chahal removing an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox ahead of the September 20 election.

Chahal, in a jersey with his name clearly visible on the back, was easily identified in the video.

A complaint was filed on September 23 and an investigation was launched.

Months later, Chahal’s name and his involvement in the incident was brought up in question period in the House of Commons this week by Barrie-Innisfail Conservative MP John Brassard.

“The member is facing a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail during an investigation that is continuing from the Commissioner of Canada Elections,” said Brassard.

“Even with the low bar on ethics and conduct set by the Liberals and indeed the prime minister over the last six years, does the prime minister think this type of action from a member of his caucus is acceptable?”

Trudeau, in defence of Chahal, said, “The member has apologized and is fully cooperating with Elections Canada as it goes through its processes.”

Chahal, during a Friday morning interview on CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener, mentioned both he and his team are being investigated in the incident.

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.

The investigation was initially opened by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption, unit but was quickly transferred to Elections Canada.

Chahal’s admission during the Friday morning radio interview could mean the replacing of election material in voters’ mailboxes may have been more widespread and could have involved his large team of volunteers.  

The matter is still under investigation with Elections Canada.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Suzuki apologizes for radical ‘blown up’ pipelines comment

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis.”




Environmental activist David Suzuki issued a public apology for comments he made last Saturday referencing “blown up” pipelines if the government doesn’t take drastic action on climate change.

The radical activist made the comments at an Extinction Rebellion protest in downtown Victoria last weekend when asked by CHEK News what he thought would happen if government leaders didn’t address the climate crisis.

“We’re in deep, deep doo doo. And the leading experts have been telling us for over 40 years. This is what we’ve come to. The next stage after this, there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

A released statement, also available on his website, said, “Dr. Suzuki’s comments were born out of many years of watching government inaction while the climate crisis continues to get worse.”

The statement included this apology from Suzuki:

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis. My words were spoken out of extreme frustration and I apologize.

“We must find a way to stop the environmental damage we are doing to the planet and we must do so in a non-violent manner.”

The statement goes on to cite the work of the David Suzuki Foundation.

“Since 1990, the Foundation has produced credible and reliable evidence-based environmental information, and worked with all levels of government (including indigenous leadership), business and communities to resolve critical environmental issues.”

Suzuki was heavily criticized Monday for his comments by Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.

“David Suzuki is so out of touch with the real world that he advocates for eco-terrorism…towards Canadian people and industries — this is completely unacceptable and extremely reckless,” said Nixon during Ministerial Statements in the Legislature.

“The NDP have a long history of collaborating with David Suzuki and their silence on his outrageous comments make them complicit with calls for ecoterrorism towards Albertans.

“We must protect our critical infrastructure and not allow these ridiculous ideological menaces to destroy what Albertans have worked so hard to create.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Suzuki’s comment was “an implicit or winking incitement to violence,” and likened it to something you’d hear in “gangster movies.”

Contrary to accusations of inciting violence by critics, Suzuki’s statement read, “Always grounded in sound evidence, the Foundation empowers people to take peaceful and impactful action in their communities on the environmental challenges we collectively face.” 

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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