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Alberta NDP call for mandatory vaccine passports, return of forced-masking

Notley said that her party’s proposal would be similar to that in Ontario, which bars people from entering many establishments – public and private – without first providing a government-issues vaccine passport.

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Alberta NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley is calling on the provincial government to introduce mandatory vaccine passports and forced-masking for Albertans.

In a news release September 2, Notley said that a vaccine passport system and forced-masking was required to “protect people, protect hospitals and protect the provincial economy.”

“Alberta’s NDP is calling for the introduction of simple, secure and scannable vaccine passports that would be required for entry to non-essential busses and mass gathering settings across the province.”

“The passport would feature a QR code – unique to each Albertan – that can be easily scannable at airports, sporting arenas concert venues, businesses and other settings to provide required proof of vaccination.”

Notley said that her party’s proposal would be similar to that in Ontario, which bars people from entering many establishments – public and private – without first providing a government-issued vaccine passport.

Kenney and his government have been adamant that they will not impose vaccine passports however.

“We’ve been very clear from the beginning that we will not facilitate or accept vaccine passports,” Kenney told reporters at his annual Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast.

Airdrie-East UCP MLA Angela Pitt went so far as to say that she would put forward legislation barring discrimination against those who have not been vaccinated.

In an email to a constituent in August, the MLA wrote, “I have proposed that we put forth legislation that prohibits discrimination based on private, personal health records.”

The NDP’s proposal also called for forced-masking in “essential settings, such as grocery stories”.

The UCP government lifted its COVID-19 restrictions on July 1, with Kenney pledging never to return to them.

“This is an important milestone and a great achievement, but we will not stop here. We will keep administering first and second doses [of vaccines] as quickly as possible so we’re not just open for summer, but open for good.”

But in a Western Standard exclusive, UCP MLAs said that the governing caucus was meeting today to discuss the return of restrictions, including forced-masking.

Two MLAs that spoke with the Western Standard on condition of anonymity said that the Priorities & Implementation Cabinet Committee (PICC) met August 1 to discuss potential measures to combat rising COVID-19 cases. 

According to one of the sources, Health Minister Tyler Shandro presented PICC with three options: maintain Alberta’s reopening plan with no restrictions, reimplement forced-masking mandates with voluntary social gathering restrictions, and reimplement forced-masking mandates with mandatory social gathering restrictions. 

The information provided by the UCP MLAs is based on their first hand knowledge and not yet proven.

Both MLAs told the Western Standard that PICC was sharply divided on the path forward and decided to put the matter to the government caucus at a meeting September 2 between 10:00 am MST and 1:00 pm MST. 

The MLAs say that the meeting will take place at Calgary’s McDougall Centre and near or at the Alberta Legislative Assembly, connected by video conferencing.

The reintroduction of mandatory COVID-19 restrictions would come with considerable controversy for the UCP government after Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declared the province “Open for Summer” before the Calgary Stampede. The premier announced on June 18 that all restrictions in Alberta would be lifted as of July 1st and “our lives will get back to normal.”

Kenney was adamant that the lifting of restrictions were not temporary, but permanent.

Since then, several municipalities have begun to reimpose restrictions on their own, with Edmonton City Council reimposing forced-masking on August 30.

Both MLAs that spoke with the Western Standard said that reimposing restrictions would constitute a broken promise from Jason Kenney and reignite opposition to his leadership and the party, especially in rural Alberta. 

“It would be madness. Just pure madness to backtrack” said one of the MLAs. “If he [Kenney] does this, it the insurrection is back on.”

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25 Comments

  1. Left Coast

    September 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Dr. Naomi Wolf life-long Demokkkrat speaks . . .

    The Goal Is Ending Our Freedoms
    https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/the-goal-is-ending-our-freedoms/

  2. Clash

    September 4, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    One positive result of Forced Masking! Rachel Notley never looked better. I wonder if she has a Mask for each of her faces!

  3. Baron Not Baron

    September 3, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    @Andrew,

    Well put.. Rachel Kenney. Absolutely.

  4. James Taylor

    September 3, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Please someone fire up the helicopter

  5. Kelly Carter

    September 3, 2021 at 6:00 am

    I love my old technology flip phone. Can’t use apps and o shucks can’t display their proposed electronic vaxx passport LOL. I wonder if discrimination based on a person’s technology will also become a thing.

    Looks like we can expect a Kenney 180 in about a week. Just in time for the Federal election of course.

  6. Wesley

    September 2, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Lets make sure that we protect ourselves from Rachel Notley and the NDP the next provincial election because this is exactly what we will get. Extreme discrimination for the unvaccinated and anyone else she dislikes.

  7. Josh

    September 2, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Apparently notley is not watching what’s happening in BC. Businesses are not compliant so why waste the energy Notley might as well be useful for once

  8. Seven-Zero-One

    September 2, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    It’s embarrassing for Alberta to have Political and economic looser like her around. It’s reflection of people in Edmonton.Who vote for losers.

  9. Claudette Leece

    September 2, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    If Kenney brings back too many restrictions, he’s done and he knows it

  10. Claudette Leece

    September 2, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Perfect picture of Trudeau’s girlfriend with her yap muzzled

  11. Baron Not Baron

    September 2, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Evil eyes. You know.

  12. Proud Albertan

    September 2, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Who is running Alberta.. Kenny or Notley and her union thugs?

  13. K

    September 2, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Psychopathic communist.

  14. K

    September 2, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Burn the witch.

  15. Cosmo Kramer

    September 2, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    I think the NDP supporters should be well aware of the movement that their leadership is aligned with: the WEF, Bilderbergers, IMF and other groups who make up the 1% of the 1%. They are complicit in the recent and ongoing die off of small businesses and the transfer of wealth to the mega corporations and billionaires. I highly suspect that Big Pharma and the aforementioned groups are funding Notley and the NDP. No doubt Bilderberg member Jason Kenney (membership is currently active) is also getting instructions as well.

    The NDP has long abandoned sticking up for the working class and marginalized and are now only active in the social experiments directed by these elites and transfer of wealth from the working class and small business owners to the mega corporations.

    If their followers have any intelligence, I would hope they would wake up. The UCP and NDP do not work for Albertans best interests and need to be voted out in the next election.

  16. Declan Carroll

    September 2, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    What a disgusting individual. I am not sure who I loath more Rachel Notley or Hillary Clinton. It’s a toss up.

  17. Shepherdess

    September 2, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Oh goody! Let’s all go vote NDP.

  18. Eldon

    September 2, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    What can I say? The NDP are communists. Control is thier objective. The left has never done any good for humanity. Notely is no exception.

  19. GonadTheRuffian

    September 2, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Go ahead Albertans; vote for this God-complexed Leftist tyrant in the next provincial election. If you want to live in a Leftwing police state like Australia go ahead and vote this dingbat in!

  20. Left Coast

    September 2, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    12 Studies all came to the same Conclusion . . . Masks will NOT stop a Virus ever!

    This is he height of stupidity . . .

    Therapeutics could have cut Hospitalizations & Deaths by many 1000s . . . perhaps the Politicians should be Arrested for Negligence causing Death!
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/ccp-virus?utm_source=CCPVirusNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-08-08
    Death rates in countries that rely on hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for the treatment of Covid-19 appear to be dramatically lower than death rates in countries that discourage the use of the drug. A new study claims that the death rate in the countries that used HCQ early on was 79% lower than in countries where the drug was not used. (c19study.com).
    The entire “science” of lockdowns, as a strategy to combat a virus- has not undergone any kind of normal scientific vetting. The “lockdown” is a brand new strategy that has literally been dreamed up by a group of leaders in consultation with various “experts”. The concept apparently came from a 2006 high-school science project. It was a strategy – some would say a panicked response -that was very quickly improvised in an attempt to respond to a new virus that threatened to overwhelm health care systems. At this time, there is absolutely no “science” behind the “lockdown” model, as it has never been used before in human history. If the lockdown model required a year-long study before it could be used, it would never have been implemented – which might have been a good thing.

    Now the Vaxed are coming down with Covid variants . . .

    Dr. Byram Bridle, Associate Professor of Viral Immunology at the University of Guelph in Canada, recently told Laura Ingraham this and more.

    He explained that the “spike protein” generated by the vaccine, which triggers the body’s immune response, is attaching itself to many different tissues throughout our bodies, such as the lungs, the spleen, and other tissue, which causes our immune response to attack all of these cells, not just the infected cells.

  21. Deb

    September 2, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Wow, NDP calling for these measures, tmakes it very clear who not to vote for. Yikes sure glad there not the party in power.

  22. Bill Mccann

    September 2, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Go FUCK yourself you witch.

  23. berta baby

    September 2, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    This is not about a sickness this is about complete control … Australia has a facial recognition for location app and when u get a message you have 15 minutes to send a pic of your face from that location… this is a global take over and the vaccine is the mechanism used to track you …

    https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/australia-app-atlantic-article sary

  24. Andrew Red Deer

    September 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    ABSOLUTELY NOT—-LEY.
    COMMUNISTS WILL NEVER WIN, EVEN IF TAKES 70 YEARS TO FIGHT BACK.
    GET OFF OUR BACKS! LET FREEDOM REIGN…..

  25. Andrew

    September 2, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Sounds like something Rachel Kenney would want.

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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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Twenty percent of Canadians bet pro sports is fixed

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

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One-fifth of all Canadians think pro sports is rigged, says the feds’ own research.

Blacklock’s Reporter noted cabinet legalized bookmaking August 27.

Asked: “Do you think there is match manipulation in the NHL, Major League Baseball, the NBA or CFL?” 21% said yes, according to the Survey On Ethics, Equity And Safety In Sport 2021.

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

A total of 19% of Canadians said they were convinced there is match-fixing in college sports, with 18% saying junior hockey is crooked.

A larger number, 24%, said the Olympics are fixed and 37% agreed “there is corruption within Canadian sport organizations” at the Olympic level.

Cabinet on August 27 brought into force Bill C-218 that repealed an 1892 ban on single-event sports betting.

The bill sponsored by Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood) set no limits on sports wagering through provincial gaming monopolies.

Provinces have said Vegas-style bookmaking will be fully introduced by the year’s end.

The Department of Canadian Heritage commissioned the survey using questionnaires with 10,932 people nationwide. The department paid Advanis Incorporated $78,563 for the research.

“The survey gauges awareness, perceptions and understanding of key issues related to ethics,” said the report.

Questions of honest play were “fueled by negative media and public attention,” it said.

The Centre for Ethics in Sport in June 4 testimony at the Senate Banking, tTade and Commerce Committee cautioned legal bookmaking could see corrupt practices spread to “university sport, college sport or the Canada Games.”

Match-fixing “is already occurring in Canada,” testified Paul Melia, CEO.

“Importantly, it is not an issue that only impacts professional sport In fact, match manipulation is often targeted directly at lower-level sport where athletes are not paid or not well paid and are therefore far more vulnerable.”

“Match manipulation is linked to organized crime. It takes advantage of vulnerable athletes, officials, coaches and other support staff in order to fix the outcome of a sporting competition.”

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