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SLOBODIAN: Sloan a rare politician who walks his talk

Cowardly politicians of all stripes, fearing they’ll be criticized on Twitter, have abandoned these Canadians who are sick of the double-speak.

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A lesser man, abandoned by colleagues while under relentless attack from the crazed left, would have crumbled.

Through it all Derek Sloan has never wavered, watered down his beliefs, or chosen the easier path.

Agree with him or don’t on issues like abortion and COVID-19 lockdowns, there’s no denying Sloan’s impeccable, fearless integrity. 

Sloan has been mocked, dismissed as a fringe right-wing religious nut, wrongly accused of uttering racial slurs and of being a misogynist.

The Conservative party, at the behest of leader Erin O’Toole, turned on him and turfed him from caucus using the excuse he committed the mortal sin of unknowingly accepting a paltry $131 campaign donation from some Neo-Nazi nut.

Someone dug deep to find that donation in an attempt to destroy the credibility, reputation, and career of Sloan whose stands on issues made some party members uncomfortable – issues many Canadians support and yearn to have politicians fight for.

Much to the chagrin of his critics, Sloan never ran away. 

In fact, it looks like Sloan, currently serving as an Independent MP in Ontario’s Hastings-Lennox and Addington riding, is set to run federally in the Banff-Airdrie riding currently held by Conservative Blake Richards.

With which, if any party, is uncertain. He’s expected to make a formal announcement at 6:30 p.m. MST. It will be live-streamed at www.westernstandardonline.com

“As you know I’m in Alberta now…and I’m not leaving,” Sloan announced on social media Wednesday.

“It’s time for a change. It’s time to put Faith, Family and Freedom first again in the country. Together we can Make Alberta Great Again.”

Trump talk carries a lot of weight in Alberta where big crowds have been showing up at Sloan’s rallies. 

So, expect the tired, old character assassinations to rev up full force.

However, when you sift through the debris of the vicious attacks Sloan’s endured, there’s no substance.

And he makes his intentions clear – his aim is to serve God and Canadians. 

It’s that simple. But any God talk enrages those who are hellbent on attacking religious freedom in Canada.

Sloan’s opposed to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines.

“Life entails certain risks, and in a free country, we have to let people take those risks.”

Unlike other politicians Sloan has never backed down or waffled on his pro-life stand, declaring it a travesty that Canada has no law protecting the unborn.

Like many Canadians, Sloan is incensed that Canada allows abortion of the fully developed unborn, right up to the time of birth.

For this, he has been attacked for stomping on women’s rights. 

And face it, any anti-abortion talk threatens this obscenely lucrative business in Canada.

Smoother politicians shift their positions to appease the pro-choice radicals.

“Je suis pro-choix,” O’Toole announced while campaigning in Quebec Wednesday.

It wasn’t that long ago O’Toole adamantly said he was pro-life.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is rabidly pro-choice and claims to be Catholic, visited the Vatican once.

That apparently gave him enough expertise, much like his career as a drama teacher prepared him to lead the country, to admonish the Catholic Church.

In June, Trudeau told a Ryerson Democracy Forum the church’s positions don’t line up with his own progressive views. 

Trudeau, a self-proclaimed feminist, shows disdain for women, and everyone, in the country who holds traditional values.

Cowardly politicians of all stripes, fearing they’ll be criticized on Twitter, have abandoned these Canadians who are sick of the double-speak.

And then there’s Sloan who is committed to fighting for free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience – and against political correctness.

He has promised to “get in the line of fire to defend these freedoms.”

And he’s proven to be a politician who honours his word.

There are some left.

It’s up to Canadians to sift through the lies and empty promises and choose wisely.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Steven

    August 21, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Then he can walk his talk from an Ontario riding. What I think we have here is an opportunist, like Jason Kenney, hoping to cash in on Albertans to feather his political career & then back to Ottawa.

    No thanks Mr. Sloan. I like you, but Alberta doesn’t need you. Go Maverick !

  2. berta baby

    August 20, 2021 at 10:54 am

    @ lee Morrison why hold your nose and vote? O toole is worse than trudy he has no spine and will be a cancer no different than the liberals … won’t be voting for that ass hole or any one who supports him .

    When he gets defeated maybe the failed pC party can find a leader that isn’t a failure

  3. Lee Morrison

    August 20, 2021 at 10:45 am

    The current Conservative Party aberration did Sloan dirt by kicking him out. Now he is returning the favour by setting up Banff-Airdrie for an unprecedented Liberal victory. A vote for Sloan or for a minor conservative party (Maverick or PPC) may give you a warm feeling of superiority but is a gift to the Liberals. Unless you crave another four years of Trudeau, hold your nose and vote Conservative.

  4. Wesley

    August 20, 2021 at 10:08 am

    CPC showed its corrupt side when it dumped Sloan and a couple of others that they did not feel comfortable with. But yet they brag that they are a big tent party! What a joke! Cut my membership immediately from the CPC and fully support Sloan and PPC who actually stood up for those who were suffering under the lockdowns.

  5. Penny4YourThouhts

    August 19, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    It’s refreshing to see someone who actually takes a stand on issues and doesn’t pander to buy votes. Ethics is in short supply these days – especially in politics. Thank God for Derek and his courage!

  6. Proudly_Free

    August 19, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    If Canada had an army of Derek Sloans occupying political seats at every level of government, this country might not actually be such a total farce. I appreciate his coming out to Alberta; I just hope he doesn’t leave his Hastings-Lennox constituents feeling betrayed and end up handing them over to some fake conservative loser or a radical leftist nut job in either the NDP or Libs. Ontario also needs him, but I think he feels like he be more effective and do more good in Alberta, since this’ll be a far province for his party to begin running candidates in. I just hope our commie elections board gives him the green light if they haven’t already.

    The Lord bless you and your family richly, Derek! Keep fighting the good fight, finish the course and keep the faith, brother!

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

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With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

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

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.

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As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

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

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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”

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For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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