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Health care unions want Army deployed to Alberta to help COVID crisis

“So please, on behalf of our beleaguered members on the front-line of this crisis, and on behalf of all Albertans, we are officially asking you to request help from the federal government.”




It’s time to call in the army for COVID-19 help for Alberta.

That’s the message from the four biggest health care unions in a letter to Premier Jason Kenney.

“We are writing today as the presidents of Alberta’s largest health care unions and Alberta’s largest worker advocacy group to urge you in the strongest possible terms to call on the federal government to immediately deploy the military, the Red Cross and all available medical staffing resources from other provinces to assist our province’s overwhelmed hospitals,” the letter reads.

It was signed by the presidents of the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA), the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) and the Canadian Union of Provincial Employees (CUPE).

“There are no more nurses in our province who can be deployed. There are no more paramedics,” said the letter.

“The tank is empty. The well is dry.

“So please, on behalf of our beleaguered members on the front-line of this crisis, and on behalf of all Albertans, we are officially asking you to request help from the federal government.”

The letter was also sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and opposition leader Rachel Notley.

Earlier in the pandemic, the military was called in to help in long term care centres in Eastern Canada and the north.

Alberta hospital ICUs have been at near capacity under assault from the fourth wave of COVID-19, being driven by the Delta variant.

Elective surgeries have been cancelled and doctors and nurses have been reassigned to ICU units.

On Friday, the province reported more than 2,000 new cases.

Steve Buick, spokesman for Health Minister Tytler Shandro, said the province hasn’t asked for help yet.

“The military and Red Cross would have limited ability to provide clinical resources, so no requests have been made to them to date,” Buick told CTV in a statement.

“If and when their assistance is needed, for example, to provide equipment or logistical support such as patient transport, we’ll support requests as appropriate.”

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. BobbyS

    September 20, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    CBC (what a source!) has counted over 1000 ICU beds in Alberta.

    Presently, for example in the Czech republic:
    -Ivermectin authorized for use (83% reduction in fatalities)
    -Children under 15 illegal to jab! Also unethical.
    -KN95 Ventless masks mandated, not your underwear. Made in Czech. People are still angry and call it profiteering.
    -Bars and restaurants open, period.
    -No vaccine passport … yet
    -Oh yeah, and anyone who is not a criminal and who has a gun license can get a permit to carry a handgun for self-defense.

    Excellent health care, nobody kicked out of hospital, nobody overwhelmed.

    Just one first world example. They may yet fall, but how’s that for a bastion of freedom: a former communist country.

    Oh yes, and the mainstream media doesn’t lie as much. They noticed nobody would watch or read the lies, so they drastically toned them down. Sadly, not so the sheeple in Canada.

    Interestingly, Google (for one) is frantically trying to contain international searches in Europe, and to isolate countries and cultures. Divide and conquer.

  2. Cosmo Kramer

    September 20, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Looks like very corrupt unions who do not truly represent or care about the best interests of their members. Bought off by big pharma or worse yet globalist groups (WHO, WEF, UN)? Hospitals are not at capacity. The staff shortage will come when the November 1 deadline comes and they fire the unjabbed medical staff. Bringing in the army is a very scary move. They sane medical staff must resist this and turn and protest against these unions and the global Satanic agenda just as CFMEU union members turned on their union and had mass protests in Australia. This is moving lockstep and must be stopped.

  3. Hutsul Honey

    September 20, 2021 at 9:23 am

    I guess we know who’s really in charge.

  4. Lisa

    September 20, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Isn’t it interesting that a province that is in a healthcare “crisis” would risk losing a huge percentage of its’ vital nurses, doctors, and paramedics by forcing them to be jabbed by an experimental gene therapy. They were all heroes last year, risking their lives on the frontline, many of them catching covid as a result. Yet now the situation is supposedly dire enough to need the military? Either they don’t care at all for the frontline workers, or this is simply theatre to cause more panic and justify the draconian lockdowns.

  5. K

    September 20, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Fire the health care workers who do not comply, bring in the military. HOW IS THIS NOT MARTIAL LAW. Leaked liberal memo anyone?

  6. R3

    September 20, 2021 at 8:09 am

    How about offering the same successful treatment as India and Japan?

  7. R3

    September 20, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Vaccination campaigns should never be started during a pandemic. Can these blunders all be an accident?

  8. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    September 20, 2021 at 7:07 am

    What about the real dumbbell managers and middle managers at AHS. Short of nurse and calling for help and discharging nurses who will not take the shots. Talk about’cockwomble ‘ in place morons there needs to get these sent down to the unemployment line. Alberta save the monies from these surplus high payed employees and sock it into employees with a vision.

  9. Vermas Libertad

    September 19, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    This is nonsense, bullsh+t, or whatever else you want to call it. Alberta has 327 ICU beds. Are we really supposed to believe that you don’t have the staff to take care of 327 beds. The hospitals are “overwhelmed” With “cases”. Well, the truth is a positive “case” is not a “sick person”, just one of the many false +ves when you use a PCR test that can’t detect infection or a virus, just a short strand of genetic material that could be from a virus the person had last year. The PCR test has been proven to crank out 97% galse positives, which is exactly what these people want to do to drive hysteria, and scare the public into getting “va**inated”…even though it’s not a real va++ine and can’t stop transmission nor infection. The jig is up Kenny Henshaw, AND Nutly, plus the leaders of the unions who are putting forward this charade. You people should really familiarize yourselves with the Nuremburg code, because you are about to be test subjects in the second round of Nuremberg trials. What better place to start than Alberta. Good luck with that. Co**d has an overall survival rate of 99.99%…your hospitals are NOT overwhelmed with these “cases” and you don’t need the army…just common sense which in Alberta leaders is sadly lacking. Wake up people…you are being played…stand up, stand out, soeak up, and tell these nut jobs you’ve had enough…YOUR lives depend on that!

  10. Cath

    September 19, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Why is there not a link to the letter? I’d like to read it myself. 2000 new cases on Friday? What’s the definition of a case? Is a ‘case’ based on fraudulent PCR testing or actual symptoms or a hospital admission? How many of those 2000 cases ended up in hospital? How about providing some substantial information. Smells like more fear-mongering.

  11. Josh

    September 19, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Maybe if the gov’t didnt just promote an experimental shot that the FDA admits is killing more people than saving. We would not have this issue. If it even is a real issue.

  12. Royden Yuill

    September 19, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Meanwhile you let your union dues paying members be fired for refusing the jab, how much Pfiser/Moderna money is sticking to your fingers? If it was a healthcare crisis no same person would be threatening to fire 25-30% of thier people. How many people realize that between January and August 2021 AHS reduced ICU beds by 20%? With over 3100 AHS managers making 250-700K per year I’m pretty sure I know where the real crisis lies. After 18 months I’m surprised that the only answer is vaccines and more money because no one in Alberta Health Services gives a crap about the health of Albertans.

  13. Baron Not Baron

    September 19, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    The reason why they want your guns, so you are defenceless. It is about killing you, one way or the other.. Health care unions have no damn say about my liberties and yours, neither can they speak on my behalf (or yours). Louis Farrakhan said “Rise up and kill those who kill us”. What is your reaction to someone who intends to kill you? Will you just wait and see? Farrakhan also mentioned that “death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny”.

  14. Left Coast

    September 19, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    This is likely all LIES . . .

    How many people died today in Alberta from Covid? How many are in Hospital with Covid?

    Those are the only two questions that matter . . . useless PCR Testing is a waste of resources unless you want to create “Fake Cases” to alarm the public.

  15. Mrs. Bark

    September 19, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Disaster in the making! Who do you think the Armed Forces will protect? Not their citizens. Is Marshal Law what they are implying? Kenney probably will grant it with a smile on his face.

  16. Bill Mccann

    September 19, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Drama Queens.👎

  17. Andrew

    September 19, 2021 at 12:12 pm


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Four Alberta doctors file lawsuit againt AHS and Yiu over forced vaccination

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.




A statement of claim was filed Friday against Alberta Health Services (AHS) and President and CEO of AHS, Dr. Verna Yiu by four Alberta doctors opposed to vaccination mandates.

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.

“Further, the Plaintiffs are opposed to disclosing their private health information or have disclosed their private health information with respect to their vaccination status against their will under threat of termination or unpaid long-term leave.”

The statement of claim says the plaintiffs are also concerned the COVID-19 vaccines are “experimental and have not undergone sufficient long-term safety observation,” and claim the ingredients for the vaccines have yet to be fully disclosed.

Plaintiff Dr. Joanna Moser is an anesthesiologist in Calgary and Red Deer and has had severe allergies to past vaccines. Moser is concerned about the risks she faces not knowing what the full list of ingredients are and fears having an adverse reaction to the shot but has been denied an exemption.

The legal filing also highlights the doctors’ concerns that “the COVID-19 vaccines do not provide full immunity,” and may only “lessen the severity of symptoms or potentially reduce the risk of hospitalization.”

In addition to citing numerous Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms violations and medical references disputing the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, the statement of claim also says the doctors are facing “discrimination” and have suffered “vilification and extreme ill-will” as a result of “false public statements” that the “unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic.”

 Local lawyer, Jeffrey Rath of Rath & Company filed the statement of claim on behalf of his clients Friday afternoon and intends to file an injunction application on Monday.

“We’re filing the injunction to provide temporary relief for our clients and others while waiting for this to get to trial,” said Rath in an interview with the Western Standard.

“The injunction will bring broad-based relief to all those unvaccinated within AHS on the basis that it’s creating a toxic work environment and is willfully creating contempt and hatred towards unvaccinated staff members.”

An injunction, if successful, would force the vaccine mandates to be put on hold until the claim is finally determined.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Banned BC doctor claims COVID ‘the greatest propaganda campaign in human history’

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology,” said Dr. Nagase.




The current COVID-19 crisis is because of a “pandemic caused by vaccination,” said banned Dr. Daniel Nagase, in an exclusive interview with the Western Standard.

Nagase, a B.C. doctor who came under fire for giving patients an unapproved treatment for COVID-19 while working in Alberta hospitals, has been relieved of his duties in September and is no longer permitted to work in Alberta Health Services facilities.

Early October, a video of Nagase speaking at an event commemorating the anniversary of the Nuremburg Trials went viral with his account of working in an Alberta hospital treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, which is also used in agriculture settings.

Western Standard exclusive interview with Dr. Daniel Nagase

The Western Standard shared the video and subsequent tweets from AHS about the incident.

“All physicians — including temporary locums — are governed by AHS’ medical bylaws when working in an AHS facility. Under these bylaws, there are expectations for all physicians to follow regarding unapproved use of medical therapy,” said AHS.

Nagase said he is not against vaccines, but said “there’s never been anything like this given to humans,” referencing the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

“Medically speaking, scientifically speaking, this is a lot closer to gene therapy than it is other vaccines that have been put out in history,” Nagase said adding he has not had a COVID-19 shot yet.

Nagase said his life has been turned upside down since he began to speak out about his experience being relieved of duty for treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, but added, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Since his message has gone viral on social media, Nagase said he’s been able to reach more people with his message that “Ivermectin is a safe medication for coronavirus 19.”

Nagase has researched trials in other countries and said, “in every single one of those studies, Ivermectin worked. In moderate COVID and mild COVID mortality is reduced to zero.”

Also concerning to Nagase is that doctors are being prevented from treating patients as they would have been able to in the past.

“What they did is something that has never been done in 200 years of medical history. They banned doctors from trying a medication and banned patients from receiving it,” said Nagase of how Ivermectin was prohibited from being prescribed and used to treat COVID-19 in Canada.

Nagase has been banned from hospital practice in all AHS facilities, but is still able to practice if he opened his own office. However, Nagase said as of Monday, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has asked him to voluntarily withdraw his licence.

“And usually when they demand you voluntarily withdraw your licence, it’s because they are leading up to involuntary revocation of your license,” he said.

Nagase also slammed the Alberta government for its handling of the health crisis.

“It has been completely anti-science,” Nagase said who went on to explain “when healthy people wear masks, you are actually driving the evolution for any virus to overcome that mask.”

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology.

“I’m worried that we are living through the greatest propaganda campaign in human history,” Nagase said when asked why he believes there is such conflicting information around the pandemic.

When asked how he would have handled dealing with the pandemic, Nagase said, “two weeks to flatten the curve and that’s it. Isolate only the people that are at high risk of dying — that’s all.”

Nagase is in Calgary speaking at the Freedom Talk conference running Friday and Saturday. Details on the conference are here.

For those not on Facebook, the video will also be available here on Rumble.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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BC Liberals refuse to accept Gunn as leadership candidate

“LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.




BC Liberals have told Aaron Gunn he will not be allowed to stand as a candidate for the leadership of the party.

“After a thorough review of Mr. Gunn’s statements on social media, both public and private, and after having provided Mr. Gunn with the opportunity to respond to concerns raised by certain of those statements, LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.

Gunn was less than pleased with the decision.

“Today, it became clear that conservatives, and all British Columbians who believe in common sense and freedom of speech, are no longer welcome in today’s BC Liberal party. I will be releasing a full statement later today, but rest assured, if you think this fight is over, you couldn’t be more wrong,” he tweeted.

Gunn tweet

“mm 7 unelected, non-Indigenous insiders decided my candidacy would be inconsistent with “reconciliation”… Meanwhile, it was ACTUALLY supported by the only Indigenous person in the race,” he tweeted.

“Imagine being so entitled and arrogant that you believe a small group of unelected insiders should decide the future direction of a political party and not its democratic membership.”

Gunn announced on October 9 he would try and run for the leadership.

“I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines … the policies being enacted are the antithesis to common sense,” Gunn told an enthusiastic crowd assembled at the Greek Community Centre in Saanich — a municipality of the Greater Victoria area — moments ago.

“For too long, politicians have promised us one thing, but failed to deliver once in power … under the NDP things have gotten worse,” he said, referring to John Horgan’s government.

“I think it’s time for a change, I think it’s time for renewal and I think it’s time for common sense,” he said moments before officially announcing his candidacy.

Gunn, 31, who planned on running under the banner: Bring Back Common Sense, tried to join six others — Gavin Dew, Kevin Falcon, Michael Lee, Val Litwin, Ellis Ross, and Renee Merrifield — who’ve already tossed their hats into the leadership race ring.

His said priorities would have included scrapping the carbon tax, “serious” health care reform, and opposing vaccine passports.

“I’ll be the only one in the race opposing those, as I believe I have a substantially different approach than the other candidates. I’ve got very clear positions on on the development of resources, on supporting our forest industry, on supporting our energy industry, and a whole bunch of other things.”

Gunn said changes need to come from the top.

“I think it all starts with political leadership,” he said.

“When (police) feel they don’t have the political support, or no one’s got their back, I think that trickles down into what you see in everyday policing issues. I know many police — I’ve talked to people in the Vic PD, for example — they know sometimes they arrest one of these people, and they do all the paperwork only to see them back on the streets in just a matter of days, or even less.

“So I think there’s lots of problems and, provincially, there’s only so much you can do, but you can direct prosecutors to pursue maximum sentences, and to pursue people who are repeatedly and flagrantly breaking the law.”

Gunn served Canada during a three-year stint in the Army Reserves straight out of university, before he went to work for the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation where he founded and became executive director of the “Generation Screwed” initiative which battled government debt, among other issues.

He’s been on the fringes of the political scene for the past three years or so, and his YouTube videos have garnered more than 50 million views and tens of thousands of followers, making him one of British Columbia’s most listened to political voices. (As an example, his Facebook followers number 20,000 more than Premier John Horgan).

Gunn said he not only wants to rebrand the BC Liberal Party — which is not affiliated with its similarly named federal party, but to rename it, as well, to reflect his and other party member’s conservatism.

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