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UCP MLA proposing bill to ban vaxport discrimination

“I have proposed that we put forth legislation that prohibits discrimination based on private, personal health records.”

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Alberta UCP MLA Angela Pitt says she has proposed legislation within the caucus that would ban discrimination based on people’s vaccine status and personal health records.

In an e-mail from Pitt, obtained by the Western Standard, the Airdrie-East MLA wrote to a constituent: “I have proposed we put forth legislation that prohibits discrimination based on private, personal health records.”

Pitt was questioned by the presumed constituent about what she and the Alberta government would do about sports teams and businesses in the province requiring vaccine passports.

“Our government has already passed legislation to prevent mandatory vaccination in Alberta, and the premier has clearly stated our government will not adopt or facilitate vaccine passports,” she wrote.

“However, as we have seen in this past week, the Town of Banff is moving ahead with a policy to terminate the employment of workers who refuse to hand over their private medical records and prove their vaccination status. Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames plan to deny employment to workers based on vaccination status and prevent the public from attending events based on the same.”

“I believe we need to send a clear message to the public and employers that such measures are unnecessary and deeply divisive to our province’s social fabric. We must make it clear that we will not allow folks to lose their jobs during these difficult times, nor will we allow any segment of society to be treated as second-class citizens.”

“As such, I have proposed we put forth legislation that prohibits discrimination based on private, personal health records.”

The e-mail from Pitt comes as forced vaccine passports continues to be a major issue in the federal election, even though the major parties all support some form of vaccine passport.

The Airdrie-East MLA attracted considerable media and opposition NDP criticism for her earlier decision not to disclose if she would get vaccinated or not. However the backlash prompted her to issue another statement indicating that while she supports vaccine choice, she would get vaccinated herself.

“It is a fact that no Canadian province has mandated mandatory vaccines, as that is a private personal health-care decision. Ultimately, each individual Canadian needs to make that decision for themselves. While I currently do not fall within any of the eligible groups for vaccination, I fully intend to get vaccinated when my time in line comes.”

Pitt stepped out from under the party whip in June when she openly criticized Premier Jason Kenney and several of his senior cabinet ministers for an illegal dinner on the rooftop of the ‘Sky Palace,’ A Western Standard fact check found Kenney, his ministers and staff violated 18 counts of their own COVID-19 regulations and guidelines.

Pitt was first elected as a Wildrose MLA in 2015.

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  1. Andrew

    September 2, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Why is Pitt still with this party?

  2. berta baby

    September 1, 2021 at 11:15 am

    If this crap government was going to not mandate the government needle this bill would have passed by now. Kenney is a good for nothing pOS and so are all the yes men / women who back him…. Flicking globalist

  3. Left Coast

    September 1, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Angela Pitt is on the ball . . . rare today amongst the Political Class!

    Those who have Met the Virus & have Natural Immunity are far safer than the VAXED!

    New Israeli Study Finds Fully Vaccinated People are at “Greater Risk of Hospitalization” and 13 TIMES MORE LIKELY to Catch Covid-19
    Than Those Who Have Recovered and Have Natural Immunity

    A new study out of Israel has seemingly confirmed that individuals who have natural immunity have better protection against the NEW DELTA VARIANT than people who are fully vaccinated.

    The team of researchers, from Maccabi Healthcare and Tel Aviv University, published their study earlier this week to medRxiv.org.

  4. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    August 31, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    It is and should be a personal decision to take the jab.All the bull about dividing the Alberta residents is spot on.Those that want to force any resident to follow there lead by any means are not leaders but there must be aprize that they are shooting for.The game follow the money applies here.We have reached the point now that you have as good a chance to get the virus from the fully vaccinated as in natural surroundings. Pukker up vaccinated you reap what you sow

  5. Susan Grant

    August 31, 2021 at 10:04 am

    The UCP is full of traitors those few that stand up will have to UNITE and tell the whole truth. Angela must NOT take the jab.

  6. Left Coast

    August 31, 2021 at 9:36 am

    @ Steven

    MAX is Correct . . . Hill is not even running?

    Maverick is a fantasy party then that can change absolutely NOTHING!

  7. Nele011

    August 31, 2021 at 8:54 am

    JK won’t approve this.

  8. Pamela Bridger

    August 31, 2021 at 7:42 am

    I’d actually consider voting UCP next time if Angela puts her name forward as Leader. She has more testicular fortitude then most of the male serving MLA’S.

  9. Steven

    August 31, 2021 at 12:13 am

    I think we all know Jason Kenney well enough now that if O’Toole gets in to office or Trudeau. Alberta will have a vax passport. Kenney’s a staunch federalist & don’t you forget that Alberta when 2023 rolls around.

  10. Steven

    August 31, 2021 at 12:11 am

    PPC isn’t for Alberta Baron Not Baron. Max proved that with his stupid comment today concerning the Maverick Party. Max isn’t interested in working with Conservatives in Alberta, but his own personal gain & after saying that. We already have one Quebecer Justin Trudeau we are already pissed at. Max should choose his words more carefully when it comes to Western Canada & especially Alberta. That guy is tone deaf.

  11. Jennifer Dyck

    August 30, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    It’s crazy that with the Alberta Bill of Rights in place that – not the Premier, but an MLA – should even need to propose this. Did our Bill of Rights get cancelled? How do folks get past the contradiction of surrendering rights thinking they will get freedom in exchange??

  12. Economic Refugee

    August 30, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    I’m so proud of her!

  13. berta baby

    August 30, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    I think Miss Pitt should be the UCP leader , she has stood for freedom every time when kenney was no where to be found .

    That’s what the people who voted you want FREEDOM…. The communist left attacks and demands and puts on stunts, fleck them MLA Pitt knows the only way to win is through strength

  14. K

    August 30, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    GOOD, get ahead of this nonsense!

  15. Penny4YourThouhts

    August 30, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Good job! Let’s hope this bill passes!

  16. Baron Not Baron

    August 30, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    PPC all the way!

  17. berta baby

    August 30, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Oh thank you MLA Pitt!! Finally the government acting to get ahead of this nonsense! This communist discrimination based on non effective “ injections” …. This needs to be addressed before it is to late

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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.

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“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
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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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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