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Shandro: Vaccine passports won’t be made mandatory

By clicking on the website, Albertans can fill in the forms to get a COVID-19 passport.




The Alberta government has started to hand out COVID-19 vaccination passports – but Health Minister Tyler Shandro maintains they won’t be mandated and the information won’t be shared with the feds.

“Albertans have been asking more questions about proof of vaccination in recent days so we have posted answers to some of the most common questions online. To be clear, the Alberta government has not and will not mandate a so-called ‘vaccine passport’ for domestic use,” said Shandro.

“Other jurisdictions (provinces/countries) may have different requirements which the Alberta govt does not control. Albertans already receive proof of vaccination when they get their shot, be it from AHS, pharmacies, or a doctor.

“But some Albertans, for whatever reason, are still hoping to receive a more formal document (ex. for international travel). Alberta MyHealth Records was launched in March 2019, providing Albertans with secure digital access to their personal health records.”

By clicking on the website, Albertans can fill in the forms to get a COVID-19 passport.

The Alberta Institute said they are thrilled the government has said they won’t be sharing any vaccination data with the feds.

Yesterday, the Alberta government confirmed to us, and then later publicly announced, that they will ‘not’ been providing the federal government with Albertan’s vaccination status and data for use in a federal vaccine pass system. Albertans will be able to opt-in to provide their information to the federal government should they choose to do so,” said Peter McCaffrey, President of the Alberta Institute.

Albertans’ sensitive information, whether it be medical or otherwise, should never be automatically given to any group, government or otherwise. That information is personal and private, and individual Albertans should be the ones in charge of who can access that information.

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. Deb

    August 29, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    I agree with Susan CPC is the same pile of shit we have now. After all it was Stephen Harper that signed Canada on to the UN. Start checking out UN Agenda’s 21 and 30, and The World Economic Forum. Who are the big donors to The World Health Organization? Who are the elite globalists the meet every year at Davos, Switzerland with The World Economic Forum and leaders from all over the world.? What do they do there? This is a good place to start. https://www.corbettreport.com/?s=Who+is+The+World+Economic+Forum

    Also this is good news, https://www.constitutionalrightscentre.ca/action4canada-british-columbia-court-challenge/

  2. Rose

    August 28, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck!

  3. Nele011

    August 28, 2021 at 9:01 am

    But what about private business making it mandatory. The government should step in, it’s against the law.

  4. Susan Grant

    August 28, 2021 at 7:54 am

    So what side are you fellow really on? I watched your show the other day and noticed you were all rude and condescending towards those who did NOT take the poision jab. Makes me wonder how you are all connected to the Globalists. I dont judge you for sticking your arm out for an experiment. It is your choice! Vaccine Injury rates are sky high how about you tell a story of TRUTH or did you stick your hand out for $help?

    Shandro is just like Michelle, a globalists pretending to be a conservative! YOUfellow that laughed at us are exposing yourselves!

  5. Susan Grant

    August 28, 2021 at 7:41 am

    So the double spea begins again. 2 weeks to flatten the curve ….all the way to it wont be mandantory…..

    BY the way if you dont think the fed cpc is holding hands with the UPC how about this pretty tweet of Michelle at WEF in 2017 with Klaus. https://t.me/TerriDahl05/7282

    You see there is no difference the CPC is nasty just like TRUDY

  6. Jennifer Dyck

    August 28, 2021 at 6:30 am

    Don’t trust Kenney and Shandro. They are trying to get re- elected. Remember the 4 jailed pastors? Shandro still wants to throw Pastor Artur in jail for another month. Remember the AHS goon cops arresting the young hockey player for playing hockey outside? Remember all the outdoor community ice rinks that were sanded to stop people from enjoying normal winter fun? Remember all the small business owners harassed into extinction by AHS covid karens? Renmember these are the masters of manipulation and deception – otherwise known as career politicians.

  7. Woodrow George

    August 27, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    I’ve had both shots but I phuckin’ well refuse to show proof to anyone or any business. Ask me for proof and I’ll take my business elsewhere.

    Smart move, Shandro.

  8. Left Coast

    August 27, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    WALL STREET JOURNAL Questions COVID Vaccine Safety

    Finally. Writing in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine Doctor Joseph Lapado and Yale School of Public Health Doctor Harvey Risch warn there are legitimate and serious concerns about the side effects of the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine. They also worry vaccine politics could be preventing officials from telling Americans the truth about the risks.

    “One remarkable aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been how often unpopular scientific ideas, from the lab-leak theory to the efficacy of masks, were initially dismissed, even ridiculed, only to resurface later in mainstream thinking. Differences of opinion have sometimes been rooted in disagreement over the underlying science. But the more common motivation has been political,” they write.

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  9. Deb

    August 27, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    As far as I am concerned these guys are just sneaking it in, then when enough people have it, then it will be mandated for the rest of us. Who knows this may be enough to pass go and collect a billion dollars.. This is the real reason behind the big push for vaccine identification https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/digital-health-passports-the-snare-that-will-lure-many-into-the-one-world-cashless-system/

  10. Baron Not Baron

    August 27, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    The fact that JK is quiet about the bOilers and Flames requiring passports is concerning. He should go after them as De santis did in FL. But then again, he’s JK so……..

  11. Bill Mccann

    August 27, 2021 at 11:21 am

    I agree with everything you said so I’ll stop here.👍

  12. berta baby

    August 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Good on him …. The numbers are off 80% of Alberta hasn’t been vaccinated, and those who have know it’s all a lie now … good for kenney for holding the line

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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.




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

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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.




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.




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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