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Kenney reimposes COVID restrictions, forced-masking

Kenney backtracked on his promise that Alberta was “open for good”, reimposing forced-masking and banning liquor sales after 10:00 pm.

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EDMONTON, AB: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney went back on his promise that Alberta was “open for good” today with the reimposition of several COVID-19 restrictions.

The premier gave his first media availability since the beginning of the federal election, using his time at the podium to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated, but left it to Health Minister Tyler Shandro to announce the return of restrictions.

“We need to bring back measures that we know have worked in the past,” said Shandro.

He said this will include forced-masking in all indoor public and workplaces, and a prohibition on alcohol sales after 10:00 pm.

Data was not provided as to how alcohol sales after 10:00 pm increase the transmission of the virus.

The government also recommend that employers delay the return of staff to the workplace, and that unvaccinated Albertans do not have indoor social gatherings.

The move comes as an about-face by Kenney and the UCP government, which pledged that the lifting of restrictions on July 1 was permanent and would not return.

“This is an important milestone and a great achievement, but we will not stop here,” said Kenney at the time. “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.” [Emphasis added]

But yesterday, multiple sources inside Alberta’s UCP Caucus told the Western Standard that it was meeting to discuss the reintroduction of COVID-19 restrictions. 

The 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. 

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 caucus meeting ended indecisively, with sharp disagreement on the potential return of restrictions, with the final decision to be left to the PICC.

Kenney thanked the 2.9 million or 70% of Albertans who are now double-vaccinated, but said that the rise of COVID-19 cases was due to the remaining 30% who have yet to be vaccinated. He said that 80% of current COVID-19 patients are not yet vaccinated.

He said that most COVID-19 patients in intensive care, the overwhelming majority are unvaccinated.

“Their choices are not jeopardizing our healthcare system…This is now a crisis of the unvaccinated.

Kenney said that to encourage vaccine uptake, the province would now pay Albertans $100 to get the jab.

“You are putting yourself at risk. You are putting our healthcare system at risk…Your personal choice has very real world consequences…For the love of God, get vaccinated now. And if you do, we will pay you $100.”

On the same day as the UCP Caucus met to discuss the return of restrictions, NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley called on the UCP 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 stores”. 

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35 Comments

  1. K

    September 7, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Ho is there possibly more ‘unvaccinated’ people spreading this now in 2021, than this time last year when NO ONE was vaccinated? THINK.

  2. Donald KEVIN Lafayette

    September 7, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Why do people make elections so difficult? Elections are simple.
    • The last person you voted for.
    • Are the running again?
    • Did they make promises?
    • Were any of the promises kept?
    • Vote accordingly.
    No one should get a second chance, after failing to deliver a single thing, the first time.
    Balanced budget?
    Any actual opposition, to anything? Or just press releases?
    Did a pipeline get built?
    Did anyone go to jail for that rail blockade?
    But, they did arrest that pastor on the highway!
    Did they get you get your guns back in High River?
    Has equalization changed?
    Anything?

  3. Left Coast

    September 6, 2021 at 11:01 am

    IF you do nothing else this week . . . Watch This VIDEO . . .

    Dr. Peter McCullough: “The Vaccine Is Failing In The UK And Israel”

    https://canadafreepress.com/article/dr-peter-mccullough-the-vaccine-is-failing-in-the-uk-and-israel-offbeat-business-tv

    One of the top Covid experts on the Planet . . . says . . .

    The virus does not spread asymptomatically.
    We should never test asymptomatic people.
    Natural immunity is robust, complete, and durable.
    COVID-19 is easily treatable at home.
    The current vaccines are obsolete, unsafe, and unfit for human use.

  4. Mars Hill

    September 5, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Why do I have to tell myself these are adults, it’s really hard to believe.

  5. Tena

    September 5, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Don’t believe those hospital numbers, lies , the ppc party will be the one to vote for!!

  6. Left Coast

    September 5, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Doctors report drug ivermectin proving effective as treatment against COVID despite media backlash
    While the media and Democrats come out against the use of the drug ivermectin to treat the coronavirus, some doctors say it’s actually quite safe and effective. One America’s Pearson Sharp has more.

    ZERO Side Effects . . .

    https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/doctors-report-drug-ivermectin-proving-effective-as-treatment-against-covid-despite-media-backlash/

  7. Pamela Bridger

    September 5, 2021 at 7:46 am

    I don’t answer to politicians, they answer to me. They will never achieve their 90% compliance and they know it. There isn’t anything they can offer me to inject myself with unknown substances. In fact, I think we should seriously consider crowd funding a good criminal lawyer, perhaps Jonathan Denis, to obtain a court order to get these vials and have them examined by independent scientists.

    If you want to convince someone like me to take it, I want to know what’s in it first.

  8. R3

    September 5, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Chronically ill and those with little time left who can’t tolerate the jab and are the 80% in hospital. Kenney should go hand them $100 and lecture them for being too sick to get it. Leave the healthy alone.

    In an open letter, 450 AB Emerg doctors, called out AHS CEO Verna Yiu and AHS leaders for spreading falsehoods regarding the bed and staff shortages.

    ER docs say that the because of the imposed fear, onerous covid pressure on staff (PPE, isolating many), the refusal of family docs to see their patients are the reasons for a back log of severe illness coming into the ER’s and staff shortages.

  9. westofsask@hotmail.com

    September 4, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Of course he lied again! That’s all he does. He thinks Albertans are fools! People need to stop complying with this garbage.

  10. William Clark

    September 4, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Welcome to the communist scum new world order.
    The only one I will ever bow down to is our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ!

  11. Doug Shortt

    September 4, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    If the political talking heads at the PICC and the UPC caucus can’t make a medical decision, why not get an unbiased immunologist to make the decision. Someone who actually knows what he/she is talking about.

  12. Andrew A

    September 4, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Just in case anyone forgot, the “open for good” is a reminder that Jason Kenny is back on form saying one thing and mandating the opposite. No vaccine passports in Alberta? Does that mean Alberta vaccine passports by Christmas or Thanksgiving?

  13. MD

    September 4, 2021 at 10:18 am

    The government and the MSM keep on lying to us. Whistleblowers in the healthcare system are telling us that it’s the vaxxed that are in the hospitals. I knew the unvaxxed would get blamed for the 4th wave. I think most of the health issues are a result of the jab as healthcare workers are seeing a range of neurological, nervous system and heart issues immediately after to 3 months after the jab. Yesterday a friend here in Alberta said he knows 3 teenagers in his son’s circle that now have myocarditis after getting jabbed.
    I have heard several times from different sources 95% of the hospitalizations are vaxxed. One nurse said that in the last couple months she hasn’t seen anyone unvaxxed with Covid.
    These reports are confirmation to what is actually happening and it is being suppressed. Israel has done a few studies and don’t think for a moment our government doesn’t know about these issues. We have criminals running our province and our country!
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262415v1.full

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/natural-immunity-offers-better-covid-protection-than-vaccine-israeli-study-finds/

  14. RW

    September 4, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Well that just sealed the fate for the UCP’s death spiral.
    Next provincial election is only 19 months away.
    .
    Get ready to go hard, Wildrose Independence Party!

  15. Dennis

    September 4, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way Jason. The same old BS is worn out.

  16. LisaEh

    September 3, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I will not comply. FYMM ///

  17. Claudette Leece

    September 3, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Well if there weren’t enough reasons to make sure he’s no longer Premier, this last decision seals that up

  18. Jennifer Dyck

    September 3, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Roll up your 100 dollar bill and SMOKE IT!! It’s selling your life for $100. Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. Foolishness!

  19. Left Coast

    September 3, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Masks are completely useless to stop a Virus . . . 12 studies support that statement!

    These ignorant Politicians are clowns . . .
    Shandro & Kenny could not lead a Gay Pride Parade let alone a Province.

    In many places today the Vaxed & Double Vaxed are the majority of infections & deaths!

  20. Peachie

    September 3, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Silver-tongued devil! Kenney the Lying Man’s Liar, the King of Liars, one step down from the Father of Lies, knows damn well that any spike in “cases” is due to vaccinated people getting sick. The pandemic ended last year. Today the unvaccinated, if not in close contact with the vaccinated who are contagious, remain perfectly healthy. So keep lying, Kenney! We will vote for a separatist rock or tree if it will get you and your “health” henchmen out of our lives forever.

  21. Andrew

    September 3, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    NOPE. Had enough of your lies Kenney. Wildrose in 2023 will fix!

  22. jgl

    September 3, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    I could care less what these paid off, hypocritical, lying, cheating, cowardly, corrupt politicians say. I will not comply with this nonsense.
    I have lived with colds & flu coming out of China for over 60 years. So did everyone else… up until January 2020.
    This is nothing new. Except for the agenda of fear that came along with this one. A society living in fear cannot function.

  23. GonadTheRuffian

    September 3, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    HEY KENNEY! The stink of The House Of Rothchild is on you like a rotting corpse!

  24. Cath

    September 3, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    This is Nuremberg 2.0 and this is not hyperbole. Read the Nuremberg Code. It’s very brief and clear.

    https://media.tghn.org/medialibrary/2011/04/BMJ_No_7070_Volume_313_The_Nuremberg_Code.pdf

  25. Cosmo Kramer

    September 3, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    To Jason Kenney:

    Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand
    Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man
    But as sure as God made black and white
    What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light

    You can run on for a long time
    Run on for a long time
    Run on for a long time
    Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
    Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

    Go tell that long tongue liar
    Go and tell that midnight rider
    Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
    Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut you down

    – Johnny Cash

  26. John Sanders

    September 3, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    “Their choices are not jeopardizing our healthcare system…This is now a crisis of the unvaccinated.”

    Huh?

  27. CodexCoder

    September 3, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Sorry, Kenney, but they didn’t work. They are totally ineffective and you have sealed your political fate. Kiss your career good bye.

  28. John Sanders

    September 3, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    So what was their excuse for our amazing health care system being overwhelmed in past years?

  29. Bruce

    September 3, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Next will be VPP. Then digital currency. Don’t think so? Then you are not informed

  30. Joell Haugan

    September 3, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    A billion dollars is tempting I guess.

  31. Cosmo Kramer

    September 3, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Kenney’s past flipflop on statements is a good indication of how he will act in the future. We should known masking, lockdowns will be returning soon.

    Kenney’s past behavior is a good indication of his future behavior. Vaccine passports are coming to Alberta soon.

    “…and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

  32. Audjlizard

    September 3, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Kenney is obviously very keen to lose the next election. If only that one weren’t so far away…..

  33. Declan Carroll

    September 3, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Kenney is a scumbag that is bought and paid for by the Party Of Davos. None of this surprises me. Only question is what are we going to do about?

  34. Seven-Zero-One

    September 3, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    What’s difference between unhinge NDP and UCP.I don’t see any.

  35. Josh

    September 3, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Good luck enforcing this.

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