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Alberta set to backtrack on COVID measures




The UCP seems to be set to reverse its course of the COVID-19 measures they had planned on stopping on Monday.

Multiple media outlets are reporting the province is set to announce Friday morning they will not be going ahead to end things like COVID-19 contract tracing and mask mandates for public transit at a press conference.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw Minister of Education Adraina LaGrange are set to hold a press conference in Edmonton Friday at 9:30 a,m, provide an update on back-to-school guidance and the ongoing work to protect public health in school from the virus.

The Western Standard will be covering the press conference and will provide up-to-date coverage.

This week the province has reported 500 new cases of COVID-19 daily.

…more to come.\

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. habib

    August 14, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Wondering what Comrade Notley would have done different considering her agenda, thinking re-education camps…
    What a cluster, no matter who is in charge they have no idea, story changes, numbers are not addibg up, case counts and plague density are not logical, branded conspiracy theoriest if you don’t agree, sheeple if you do, internet content censored,newly released data exposed past “theories” were correct, random street checks for “your papers”, just goes on and on and on. Can’t trust a bloody thing anymore…
    Can we stop this ride, time to get off

  2. Andrew A

    August 14, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    The Useless Conservative Party is back; say one thing today then do the opposite tomorrow.

  3. Del French

    August 14, 2021 at 8:56 am

    This will never end. The political people love the power too much and won’t ever give it up, EVER!!

  4. Susan Grant

    August 14, 2021 at 7:43 am

    NOT surprised! Stupid people run to doc for a sniffle. You bloody lock down lovers should be locked in your cages. Parents banned together and pull your kids from school.

    Seems Wiebo Ludwig may have always been the smartest man. I admire the ability to survive with NO intervention.
    We can do the same.

    All you vaxx lovers have no clue the damage you have done to yourselves, your families, and your neighbors.


  5. Kelly Carter

    August 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I should have bet on this outcome. I could have made a bunch of cash! Kenney and Hinshaw and their flapping in the wind can not stick to any plan. Hinshaw needs to be fired, Kenney needs to fired, and all the bureaucrats at AHS need to be fired considering they can not manage even a few COVID “cases”. So done with this government!

  6. Bryan

    August 13, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Once again, ‘Justin’ Kenney cowing to his namesake, Justin(e) True-dope, the Prime Mistake of Kanadahar.

    Kenney, jump back into your pick ’em up truck, point it East and keep going until you hit Tranna. Your grade among conservatives is F.

    Only alternative is a free Alberta, Maverick Party federally and WIPA peovincially. The CONservative party led by Erin the Toole and ‘Justin’ Kenney are dead to me, and have been for years.

  7. Jennifer Dyck

    August 13, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Predictable flipflopping by Kenney and Hinshaw. Time to go back to jail, kiddies – stampede’s over. If there is one thing Albertans can count on, it’s Kenney’s 180s on promises. WE WILL NOT COMPLY! Resistance is NOT futile!

  8. Matt C

    August 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Kenney needs to find his balls and can Dr Birdbrain.

  9. K

    August 13, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Holy shit, the clown show continues. Is anyone surprised at this point? How long until they bring ALL restrictions back and implement the Vax Pass?

  10. Left Coast

    August 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Dr. Robert Malone Explains mRNA Vaccines and The Noble Lie Used by The Medical Establishment to Manipulate Vaccine Propaganda


  11. berta baby

    August 13, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Got to get the “cases” so the lock down and mandatory vaccines can roll out… 40% effective for Pfizer…. Just take 3 and it’s 120%!!! Medical a hole logic

  12. Steven

    August 13, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Calgary: The hysteria of a doctor, played out at McDougall Centre, wearing a mask for the show & then taking his mask off to speak to a reporter at that same event; in close proximity to each other. What does that tell you?

    I’d like to know more about this doctors political asperations.

  13. Andrew

    August 13, 2021 at 11:40 am

    What a joke is right! Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta. #wildrosenation

  14. Cosmo Kramer

    August 13, 2021 at 10:04 am

    I totally agree with all of the comments below. I was hoping that with and election less than 2 years away that Kenney and the UCP would move in the direction of following their rural Alberta base (which they will probably lose now). The small groups of “protesters” were nothing more than mostly NDP hacks that the mainstream media gave generous coverage to. An Alberta protest rodeo of more than 4,000 gets covered and treated as a group of super spreader criminals. Doe the UCP really believe they can win over some of the NDP voters?

    If this fall we come under another harsh lockdown with human rights violations that will be it for the UCP and the WIP can make great inroads. That’s unless they plan on mail-in voting and Dominion machines which can bring us another UCP or NDP government (they both follow the direction of their Davos masters).

  15. Left Coast

    August 13, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Cases you say?

    But . . . how many people are actually Sick? How many in Hospital?

    I suspect they are finding their “Cases” with the PCR Test . . . a test we now KNOW cannot tell the difference between any Corona Virus, so the common cold, ALL flu will create a Fake Positive. The USA CDC has now admitted this fact.

    Wake the hell up Alberta . . .

  16. Nele011

    August 13, 2021 at 9:33 am

    OMG not again.

  17. Dennis

    August 13, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Opps, the wind (er Science) changed direction so the “Experts” are leaning a different direction. Does this surprise you?

  18. berta baby

    August 13, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Again the propagandists and world order wins again… I had hoped kenney had the stones but I guess he doesn’t follow the actual science either.

    What a joke

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Kenney leadership review to be held April 9 in Red Deer, in convention-style vote

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.




Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

A pay-to-vote leadership review of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney will be held April 9 in Red Deer, the Western Standard has learned.

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

The source said the board felt it was “being generous” to the 22 rebel ridings by holding a review in April.

Details on how much it will cost to go to the conference are still being worked out, but it will be a system where you have to pay to vote, the source said.

Those details are expected to be announced in January.

While the board meeting was “friendly,” pro-Kenney factions later held long discussions to plan strategy, said the source.

A convention-style review appears to favour Kenney as opposed to a one-vote-per-party-member system as Kenney is famed for his political organizing power.

His office came under fire last month for allegedly using money from third-party political action committees (PACs) to send people to the UCP AGM which turned into a Kenney love-fest that left the leader smiling.

Kenney denied knowledge of the PAC money.

“I’m not involved in third party organizations, but third party political organizations are free, within the law, to be involved in politics,” said Kenney.

Prior to the AGM Airdrie-Cochrane UCP MLA Peter Guthrie sent Kenney a letter which said the party was on the verge of collapse. 

“Public opinion continues to wane, and we may be at a point where this party cannot be salvaged,” writes Guthrie, in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“Membership has fallen from 150,000 to less than 10,000 and fundraising is evaporating along with our credibility.”

Much of the UCP grassroots frustration has come on the heels of controversial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Kenney also brought in a vaccine passport scheme he vowed never to introduce.

Another scandal that infuriated UCP members was when the infamous pictures were published of Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace” in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney would be the subject of an early party leadership review.

“Caucus is in total chaos,” said the MLA, who spoke with the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

But the expected caucus revolt failed to materialize.

At one point the caucus booted MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes for dissension.

Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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YouTube cancels Western Standard for reporting news story

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.




YouTube issued one strike against the Western Standard for reporting on a Calgary police officer who was put on leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccinations.

YouTube sent the notification via e-mail to Derek Fildebrandt, president and CEO of the Western Standard, on Wednesday, and stated the video included in the story violates YouTube’s “medical misinformation policy.”

“YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO),” said the e-mail.

“YouTube banned our account for sharing content that contradicted the advice of the WHO and local health authorities,” said Fildebrandt.

“But the WHO and local health authorities contradict themselves. One such health authority, Alberta Health Services (AHS), had to contradict itself after the Western Standard caught them lying to Albertans about which they falsely claimed was a COVID-19 death of a child.”

The notice indicated YouTube had removed the video stating, “We know this might be disappointing, but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all.”

In the video, an emotional Const. Brian Denison, a 24-year veteran with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), explained the turmoil he has faced for refusing to be vaccinated by the December 1 deadline set out by the CPS.

Denison, one year from retirement, called the vaccine policy a “farce” and said the CPS is “bullying” staff. He also described the segregation of society into the “vaccinated and unvaccinated” as similar to Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The Western Standard’s News Editor Dave Naylor covered the story in an unbiased fashion and included the video of Denison.

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

The YouTube team further warned a second strike will result in a two-week suspension and three strikes within a 90-day period would result in the channel being permanently removed.

“YouTube — like other big tech and big social corporations — is so terrified of being regulated by the government that it over-regulates itself,” said Fildebrandt.

“In time, these monopolies will destroy themselves.”

The Western Standard has already submitted an appeal to YouTube and contacted their press department, as well as moved the video in question to Rumble.

“Of all the social media giants, YouTube has the weakest monopoly,” said Fildebrandt.

“They can ban the Western Standard and other media from posting legitimate news content all they like, and we’ll just put it on other platforms. That’s why we’ve been making a concerted effort to utilize platforms with a greater respect for free speech, like Rumble.”

The Western Standard did not receive a response from YouTube’s press department in time for publishing.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Canada joins growing diplomatic boycott of Chinese 2022 Olympics

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.




First, it was the US. Then Australia. Now Canada has joined the list of countries refusing to send diplomats or high-level officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete.

“For months, we have been coordinating and discussing the issue with our allies,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday.

“As many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.

“This should not come as a surprise” to the Chinese regime, said Trudeau.

“(The athletes) need to have one thing in mind and that’s representing the country to the best of their ability and winning a gold medal for Canada,” he said.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons passed a motion calling the violence directed at religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.” Trudeau and his cabinet were absent for the vote.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said it “understands and respects” the decision and applauds the effort to “draw an important distinction between the participation of athletes and the participation of government officials.”

Canada’s last Olympic boycott was in Russia in 1980, protesting that country’s invasion of Afghanistan.

The US announced its decision on Monday.

“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the [People’s Republic of China]’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing.

Chinese officials have already said the US will pay for its boycott.

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