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Regina mayor Sandra Masters in drag fundraiser

Masters says if she raises $1,000, she can enter the competition, but $2,000 empowers drag mentor Katy Hairy to “help me with everything drag.” A cool 5G gets Masters on stage with Hairy, but $10,000 would buy her out of the competition.




Regina mayor Sandra Masters is joining two city councillors, a sitting MLA, and media personalities to dress up in drag for a youth home fundraiser at the end of August.

“I am so excited to have Katy Hairy as my Drag Mentor for the “Walk the Walk” Celebrity Drag Show!” Masters wrote in a Facebook post.

“If I reach my next $5,000 fundraising milestone, Katy will perform with me at the show on August 28….Thank you to everyone who has supported me and Lulu’s Lodge so far in this fabulous fundraising event!”

Funds will go towards Lulu’s Lodge a Regina LGBTQ2S+ youth home operated by The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan. The lodge is a 5-bedroom supportive transitional home for homeless LGBTQ2S+ youth aged 16-21. It provides youth with live-in mentors, guidance and support with education, physical health, mental wellness, family reunification, legal matters, advocacy, employment, and life skills. 

Masters says if she raises $1,000, she can enter the competition, but $2,000 empowers Katy Hairy to “help me with everything drag.” A cool 5G gets Masters on stage with Hairy, but $10,000 would buy her out of the competition.

According to the event page, a total of 12 Regina celebrities will take the stage in full drag for the sold-out event. Other celebrities include city councillors John Findura and Shanon Zachidniak; NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon and his wife Stepanie; former Saskatchewan Party MLA Tina Beaudry-Mellor; CTV personalities Nelson Bird and Morgan Campbell and former CTV reporter Sabeen Ahmad; Global reporter Connor O’Donovan; Pam Klein, president of the Phoenix Group, which is Saskatchewan’s largest advertising firm; and Nathan Morrison, the Manager of Events and Partnership Programs at Tourism Saskatchewan.

Other drag mentors include Diana Frost, Delorass Binn, Ben Danthrust, Nick Knockers, Sandy Beeches, Olive Pitt, Yada Ya-Oughta Book Ahead and Stan Strong. The winning contestant will be crowned Mr./Ms./Mx. Walk the Walk 2021.

Flo Mingo will host the event. The drag queen reported on Facebook that the mayor also attended the monthly SweetNSticky drag show at the Cure Kitchen and Bar on August 1 and gave Flo “the biggest hug.” Flo also gave thanks to The Breadbasket Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of drag nuns in attendance.

After months of debate, Regina City Hall is expected to formally ban conversion therapy on August 11. The bylaw would align with Bill C-6 introduced by the Liberal government. The legislation would ban people from counselling that would discourage homosexual behaviour, attempt to reorient sexual orientation or influence a transgender to match their gender identity with their biological sex.

Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based columnist for Western Standard.

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  1. SaskFreedom

    August 3, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    The mayor is so far removed from their constituents. No one votes in local elections here except leftists. Which makes them believe they have a mandate. Look, Regina is probably 95% inhabited by people who work primarily, secondary or tertiary for resource extraction industries… Yet they banned plastic bags here? They also banned oil companies from sponsoring events??? Whilst allowing a mining company who has grandfathered (i.e. reduced standards) environmental procedures that oil companies never get, to sponsor sports events??? Wtf.
    I need a license to own a dog? The whole place is way out of touch with real people who live here. No one tells me I can’t own a dog without permission from the communist city council.

  2. Left Coast

    August 3, 2021 at 8:56 am

    What they need in Regina is expanded Psych facilities and a new enlarged Mental Hospital!

    This is ALL quite insane . . . .

  3. K

    August 3, 2021 at 7:48 am


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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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