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Edmontonians forced to again wear masks for indoor, public places

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Beginning Friday, masks are again required in all indoor, public spaces in Edmonton in an effort to curb the spread of a fourth wave of COVID-19, as mandated by city council.

The order remains in effect until the former City of Champions’ COVID-19 active case rate drops to less than 100 per 100,000 people for 10 consecutive days. The city’s current case rate is 205.5 per 100,000 people.

Council voted 8-3 on Monday to reinstate the bylaw — which takes effect Sept. 3— that was switched off July 1 in accordance with the Alberta’s reopening plan.

Wearing masks is an effective measure to limit the spread of the virus and reinstating the mandate is the right intervention to take at this time to help ensure businesses don’t have to close again, said Mayor Don Iveson.

Face coverings will be required in all indoor facilities accessible by the public including retail stores, entertainment venues, restaurants and recreation facilities and will continue to be mandated on the transit system and in vehicle-for-hire services. One-hundred dollar fines are up for grabs for those who violate the bylaw.

Exemptions under the bylaw remain including for those under two years old, when eating or drinking in a designated area, when participating in physical activity and for those who have difficulty putting masks on or off. The order does not apply to schools, hospitals and child-care facilities, all of which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

As of August 30, there are 2,133 active cases of COVID-19 in Edmonton.

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.
mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

Mike D'Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief and Copy Editor for the Western Standard. He worked as an investigative crime reporter at the Calgary & Winnipeg Suns. mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. RW

    August 31, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Breath easy folks. On Etsy you can buy masks made of mosquito netting or mesh. haha.. There is no official standard for a mask, so why not breath easy.

  2. Left Coast

    August 31, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Soverign Man . . . .
    Sweden has famously taken a completely different approach during the pandemic– one that they have been constantly derided for in the woke media.

    But Sweden’s generally light touch with COVID has proven to be quite effective; they did not suffer the economic devastation. And more importantly they did not suffer the mental health devastation.

    Sweden has not dehumanized its population… nor cultivated a mentality where people view others as filthy, disease-infested vermin rather than friends and neighbors.

    And yet their COVID track record is just as good, if not better, than its peers in North America and Western Europe.

    Again, Sweden is not without its challenges and silly rules. But we thought it was worth investigating further… so I asked our CEO Viktorija to spend some time there and report on her findings.

    She tells us all about it in today’s podcast; you can listen in here.

    To your freedom,

    https://www.sovereignman.com/podcast/covid-freedom-in-an-unfree-world-33348/?inf_contact_key=85e528137427c4b9aa109b7429240eda7e470d92b8b75168d98a0b8cac0e9c09

  3. Baron Not Baron

    August 31, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    @Peter there is also another method as effective as masks that protects you – take a wooden leg and massage it deeply and velvety every six hours.

  4. Left Coast

    August 31, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Masks worked so well the other 3 Times . . . these fools want to do it again . . . lol

    This is why elections matter folks . . . when you elect a gaggle of far-left morons to City Council you get tyrannical despots.

    Numerous studies confirm Masks are useless to stop a Virus!

  5. David

    August 31, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Under what law would this “mandate” be imposed?

    Mass non compliance is the only logical response.

  6. Andrew Red Deer

    August 31, 2021 at 5:56 am

    OH By the way, I think this council should be charged with practicing medicine without a license.

  7. Andrew Red Deer

    August 31, 2021 at 5:54 am

    When the writer wrote this sentence and I quote
    ” Wearing masks is an effective measure to limit the spread of the virus and reinstating the mandate is the right intervention to take at this time to help ensure businesses don’t have to close again, said Mayor Don Iveson.”
    It reads like the writer is offering advice rather than a quote from the speaker. So the inference is that the writer agrees with content of the quote. This is newspeak and should be called out for what it is, pure propaganda..and designed to mislead the reading public. When quoting actual speech they should ALWAYS include the name of the SPEAKER FIRST before the quote. MAYOR DON IVESON SAID……..

  8. Steven

    August 31, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Un god damn believable…not again.

  9. Tony

    August 30, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Microbe Accumulating Symbolic Kerchief…..spells MASK. Lets put up a chain link fence to keep out a mosquito, again.

  10. Jennifer Dyck

    August 30, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Remind me again, what was the point of those experimental jabs? Wasn’t it so things would go “back to normal” and covid would disappear? Oh right, Kenney’s alternative stampede is over.
    Back to jail, kiddies. Israel’s data shows double-jabbed are 13 x more likely to get covid. We have come so far (down the rabbit hole) since then…

  11. Peter

    August 30, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Wearing a mask? What a hardship. Just suck it up and wear one Covidiots.

  12. keith

    August 30, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    wearing a dust mask, like everyone in this city does, does not stop anything and wearing you special mask in the car when your alone doesn’t much either……read the label on the boxes…It says not for medical use…grown up. fear is great way to control people…this is starting to look like jones town…everyone drink the cool -aid….

  13. Betty

    August 30, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Well this mask mandate may close my business for good! I vend at an indie farmers market & CANNOT wear a mask. I even have an exemption from my doctor. I just got back to working my business & sales have been slowly climbing but now I’m dead in the water! Is boy mayor & those nay members on council going to work the market for me,for free? Oh, and I will drive an hour outside of the city to shop if I have to because I cannot wear a mask & will not be verbally abused again for not wearing one!! Mike Nickel for mayor.

  14. Cath

    August 30, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    “Wearing masks is an effective measure to limit the spread of the virus and reinstating the mandate is the right intervention to take at this time to help ensure businesses don’t have to close again, said Mayor Don Iveson.”

    Effective measure? Show me the science Don. There isn’t any.

    Reinstating the mandate is the right intervention? Since when did you become a medical doctor Don? According to Dr. Hodkinson, politics playing medicine is a dangerous game.

    Nuremberg 2.–fear and coersion to get the vaxx rate up. Hoping for justice sooner rather than later.

  15. Ryan

    August 30, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    I guess I will do my shopping outside Edmonton. I work in the surrounding area anyhow. I’m not performing this charade any longer.

  16. LisaEh

    August 30, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    This madness only stops when we stop complying with the madness.

  17. Andrew

    August 30, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Most of Edmonton city council needs to GO! Vote these people out!

  18. berta baby

    August 30, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Well Edmonton sucks that’s clear, and bylaw tickets can be rolled up into a tight little ball and stuck in a councilman’s patoot

  19. Baron Not Baron

    August 30, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    This is for those w@nkers who believe they are important and that they deserve to live in spite of not having achieved anything in life. A life spent in front of the tv, always choosing the path of least resistance. They believe the NWO loves them and wants them to live forever. Biofuel.

  20. Mars Hill

    August 30, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    The globalist cabal psychopaths having their minions trying to persuade the sheeple to get more crap injected into their bodies. – “These people are sick.” DJT

  21. K

    August 30, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Insanity reigns.

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Chu wants meeting with Gondek ‘to tell the truth’

Mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek told a city hall press conference she will not swear Chu in, when council meets for the first time on Monday.

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Embattled Calgary Ward 4 Coun. Sean Chu wants to sit down with incoming mayor Jyoti Gondek to plead his case about a sexual incident 24 years ago.

Gondek said Thursday she will refuse to swear in Chu during the first council meeting on Monday.

“I want her to hear the whole truth. I will provide that to her,” Chu told reporters at a press conference.

Chu also offered to sit down with other incoming council members — most of whom are calling for him resign — to explain his side of the story.

“I always work with anybody but they have only heard media reports … some of which has been untruthful,” said Chu.

“I will sit down in private with them and answer any question they have.”

He added he thought it would be a judge who does the swearing-in.

“I was duly elected by the people of Ward 4. I told the truth,” he said, adding was surprised at the amount of support he has received from Ward 4 voters in e-mails and letters.

Chu said this would be his last election as he was a proponent of term limits for councillors at three terms.

“The Sean Chu situation continues to get more disturbing,” Gondek said prior to the press conference.

“This is a travesty for the young woman that was courageous enough to come forward … she needs to have this taken seriously, and he needs to resign in order for that to happen.

“[Chu] can absolutely show up. He won’t be sworn in by me.”

In his only interview so far, Chu had told the Western Standard on Tuesday he had no intention of resigning, but did apologize to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

Since then, pressure has mounted with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Gondek, most of the incoming council, and even local Conservative MPs all saying Chu should resign.

At the press conference, Chu apologized to the woman who was involved in the original incident and his family.

“My daughter is crying a lot. My children are going through a lot,” Chu said, asking for his family’s privacy.

“I’ve had CTV camping out at my house.”

Chu confirmed other details he told the Western Standard during the exclusive interview on Tuesday.

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu, then a serving Calgary Police Services officer, said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Chu “categorically” denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

He said at the home, the two had consensual foreplay before she asked to go home.

Chu also addressed a 2008 fight with his wife that ended with police responding and seizing a firearm.

The incident happened in February 2008, when Chu was running in a provincial election for the Progressive Conservatives in Calgary-Buffalo.

He said his wife ran to a neighbour’s after a verbal argument. Chu said his now ex-wife never intended to call police, but the neighbour did.

After consultation with the Edmonton Crown, no charges were laid.

“This was at the lowest point of my life,” Chu said, adding he sought mental health help after it.

“I have never threatened or harmed my wife or children.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

During the investigation, Chu underwent a lengthy lie detector test asking him questions about consent and if a weapon was used. Chu said he passed all the tests.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling,” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who hasn’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: Vancouver restaurant served closure order for non-compliance with ‘Public Health Act’

“The operator is intentionally allowing the congregation of unvaccinated individuals at the establishment,” wrote the closure order.

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Another BC restaurant has been ordered to close its doors in the name of public health.

“I’m a mother of four,” restaurant owner Rebecca Matthews pleaded with health officials and police.

Corduroy Restaurant — nestled in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood — has been offering service to customers without checking their vaccination status against COVID-19.

Under the BC Vaccine Card, people are required to show proof-of-vaccination against COVID-19 in order to access a variety of settings, such as dining.

In response to Corduroy having potentially committed the crime of serving unvaccinated customers, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) sent environmental health officer Ryan Hammel — accompanied by Vancouver police — bearing a closure order for non-compliance on Wednesday.

“The operator is intentionally allowing the congregation of unvaccinated individuals at the establishment,” wrote the order, whilst listing off several more “health hazards,” such as “failing to comply with the Face Coverings Order.”

The closure order — signed by VCH medical officer, Dr. Michael Schwandt — says the establishment must remain closed until authorized by a medical officer.

Matthews told the Western Standard health officials showed up at her restaurant on Tuesday morning to “investigate some complaints.”

On Wednesday, Hammel served the closure order.

WATCH: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVQ1f8nhN2m/

“They wouldn’t even discuss anything with me,” said Matthews.

“We reduced our hours, we started doing counter service … these are all things that are — according to the provincial health orders — considered safe.”

Matthews said she’s looking into the closure order to determine how best to proceed.

“I have a family, but at the same time we still want to create a space for people that don’t have anywhere else to go … so we’re just trying to navigate the next steps in the best way for everybody, including my family. Our plan is not to just go away,” she said.

Wednesday is not the first time Corduroy has taken a hit for defying provincial health orders, as its license was suspended six months ago for offering in-person dining, when no such thing was permitted.

During a September 20 staff forum, the Chief Medical Health Officer of VCH, Dr. Patricia Daly, said vaccine passports in settings such as Corduroy’s are not intended to prevent transmission.

“The vaccine passport requires certain people to be vaccinated to do certain discretionary activities such as go to restaurants, movies, gyms … not because these places are high risk,” said Daly.

“We’re not actually seeing COVID transmission in these settings, it’s really to create an incentive to improve our vaccination coverage.”

A Go Fund Me has been set up for Matthew’s by a verified third party to cover legal fees so Corduroy can “continue to stand up for the rights of their patrons, their medical privacy and choice.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
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Gondek appoints controversial Carter as chief of staff

He received $130,000 in severance for his six months as chief of staff for Alison Redford.

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Incoming Calgary mayor Jyoti Gondek has appointed Stephen Carter, formerly Premier Alison Redford’s chief of staff and Naheed Nenshi campaign manager, as her own chief of staff.

Carter masterminded Gondek’s campaign and saw her come from well back in early election polls to an eventual easy victory over rival Jeromy Farkas.

Carter in February also threatened to sue the Western Standard when it published a story about a former Calgary city councillor filing an official complaint with Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer alleging Gondek used third-party funds to pay for a city-wide brochure mail-drop.

Almost immediately after publishing, Carter threatened Western Standard News Editor Dave Naylor with a lawsuit. He tweeted:

“That was quick: Ok. You will be getting a letter from our lawyer shortly. Straight to Jono? Does he defend you as well?”

We told Carter that any further correspondence should be directed to our lawyers. 

He then took to Twitter to brag about his impending lawsuit to shut the Western Standard up. 

Carter never followed through on his threats.

Carter was once famously referred to as “Chief of Stiff” by the Calgary Sun after he become embroiled in a scandal where he didn’t pay his bills.

The Sun reported a company owned by Carter, Carter McRae Events, “owes more than $600,000, most of it to the University of Calgary, and hasn’t coughed up a cent in court-ordered judgments.”

He resigned from Redford’s staff and received $130,000 in severance for his six months work.

Stephen Carter (photo credit: Calgary Sun)

“If that’s the full amount, that’s still pretty eye-popping,” said Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith at the time.

“A six-figure severance for six months worth of work? An employee who voluntarily leaves should not get severance at all. This certainly doesn’t happen in the private sector.”

Carter, who had been Redford’s strategist in the 2011 Tory leadership race, became her chief of staff when she took office in October of that year.

He was also the mastermind behind Nenshi’s unexpected election victory 11 years ago.

Gondek also announced Amie Blanchette as deputy chief of staff, Catherine Seymour as operations manager and Allison Bates as communications advisor.

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