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UPDATED: Kenney says sorry; imposes vaccine passport, return to lockdowns

Under the new restrictions, which are expected to go into effect Friday, restaurants in Alberta that don’t require vaccination proof would be limited to offering patio or curbside service.




Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is set to bring in more province-wide lockdowns including the forced closures of dine-in restaurants.

And he apologized for his comments earlier this summer when he said Alberta “was open for good.”

“It’s now clear we were wrong and for that, I apologize.” He later said he wasn’t apologizing for relaxing COVID-19 restrictions on Canada Day.

As of September 20, restaurants will have to shut their dining rooms and only be allowed to serve take-out meals or on their patios. The province will also continue a curfew of 10 p.m. for liquor sales to be cut off.

The government is bringing back forced social distancing and making it illegal for unvaccinated people to attend social functions in homes.

Vaccinated families can have friends come over from one other vaccinated house to a total of 10 people.

In schools, forced masking is in for students in Grades 4 and up, plus staff and teachers in all grades.

Mandatory work from home orders are back in place.

Churches can stay open as long as physical distancing is maintained and people wear masks. Capacity is limited to one-third of fire code.

Indoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services are permitted with up to 50 people, or 50% of fire code occupancy, whichever is less, but they are prohibited unless the hosting facility implements the restrictions exemption program.

It comes as the province reports 1,609 new COVID-19 cases and a whopping 24 more deaths – the highest number of pandemic-related deaths since January 21.

Kenney and his cabinet members dealing with COVID-19 were engaged in marathon meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kenney said the province has been placed back into a state of emergency.

Alberta is under assault by a fourth wave of COVID-19, spearheaded by the Delta variant. There have been thousands of new cases and hospital ICU numbers are at record levels.

Kenney said the province could run out of ICU beds in the next 10 days if projections are correct. Thousands of elective surgeries have already been cancelled. Alberta Health Services officials are set to reach out to other provinces to see if they have open ICU beds or any extra staff that could be deployed here.

He said the government will “spare no costs” to maximize hospital capacity and again said it was a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” and urged everyone to get vaccinated.

“This is truly a life or death matter,” Kenney said.

Kenney said the government will bring in a “proof of vaccination” program for business.

If businesses such as restaurants start using a vaccine passport, they will get exemptions.

The vaxport program starts September 20.

Kenney said he still has confidence in Hinshaw as his CMOH.

Currently 71.4% of Albertans 12 and over are fully vaccinated.

“Today’s update is heartbreaking. We lost another 24 Albertans to COVID-19. 24. Today is a reminder that this pandemic is not over. There are 877 Albertans in hospital, 218 in ICU. The fourth wave is having devastating consequences across Alberta,” said NDP leader Rachel Notley.

Two independent MLAs, booted in May from the UCP caucus blasted the government.

“The rise in the number of Covid-19 patients this fall was entirely predictable, and the government’s failure to adequately prepare is negligent. Let me be clear; this is not a failure of our front-line doctors and nurses. This is a failure of management. This is a failure of government,” said Independent MLA Drew Barnes.

The pair said vaccine passports are “a coercive measure designed to segregate from society the 20% of eligible Albertans who have exercised their legal right not to be vaccinated.”

“People have already contacted me telling me they have lost their jobs due to not being vaccinated. Many healthcare professionals feel betrayed that they were good enough to work during 18-months of the pandemic unvaccinated, but are now facing termination. Vilifying and banishing hundreds of thousands of Albertans from daily life will immediately damage our economy and disrupt supply chains. If this action continues it would clearly violate Albertans’ rights,” said Independent MLA Todd Loewen.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi unloaded both barrels at the Kenney government.

“I have (worked with) six premiers, two prime ministers, I’ve worked with dozens of big city mayors — some of whom were embroiled in scandal and lots of trouble — and I have never seen a government this incompetent,” said Nenshi Wednesday afternoon, according to Postmedia.

The full list of Alberta restrictions can be found here.

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. Barbara

    September 26, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    How many of you wear masks when you go out? If the thousands that have demonstrated took off their masks this would be over,

  2. Kieran

    September 17, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    So Nenshi is running for NDP leadership next time?

  3. MD

    September 16, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta in 2023!
    We will never hear the truth about what is really happening in the hospitals with these liars. Whistleblower healthcare workers are telling us the truth. It’s the vaxxed that are in the hospitals. Antibody dependent enhancement, breakthrough infections and vax injuries are a real thing. Israel has exposed this. It’s a tragic consequence of pushing a heavy handed vaccine program with vaccines that are a failure. Natural immunity is far more superior and if the government had allowed the infection to take its course naturally like doctors in Alberta said to do we wouldn’t be in this situation. UCP is incompetent!!! Science and truth have become the casualties once again. If they are so concerned about overwhelming the system and saving lives then why are the doctors still prohibited from using Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin?!! This is not about our health and safety. Alberta is under destruction by traitors!

  4. Chris

    September 16, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Since September 1st vaccinated patient’s climbed from 18% of hospitalizations to 26% in Alberta as per AHS’s own numbers.

    This number coincides with people vaccinated in the spring who are loosing immunity, this number is sure to rise in the coming months.

    Soon the boosters will be following which will cause more damage to the vaccinated. My doctor said today we through rocks at the prime minster, in 18 months it’ll be lead.

    Coworker went for her shot last week to keep her job. Today she complains of pain and nerve damage after getting the shot, she is scared for the second shot. 30% of our work force at my employer will walk out when the mandate comes in.

    Many of us lined up work already. We will not support now or ever again any business that brings in the passport for customers.

    I live in a small community but are readying the house to sell to move to a rural acreage.

    Cities will boil with anger over these vaccine shots and the damage from the spike proteins.

    This is our generation’s war. It will take a few years for the crazies to see the damage they are causing and deal with the anger of the people.

  5. Tony

    September 15, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you Kelly Carter. Twenty months and four “waves” and our sclerotic public health care system is always-and-everywhere at the precipice of ruin. At what point are feckless bureuacrats and pernicious public sector unions accountable for any of this?

  6. Josh

    September 15, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    When your provincial medical officer says our ICUs are filling up but are so blind they wont use early symptomatic treatment methods only *get injected* it’s safe and easy.. they wont even say effective lol

    Dr. Trozzi from Toronto earlier this year said *I wouldnt even take this injection at gun point*


    September 15, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    “The vaxport program starts September 20.”

    I wonder if this is just a coincidence. Will people who do not have the vaccine passport, or “vaxport,” have difficulty voting in the federal election? If so, it will affect the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) the most, because the people who are PPC supporters are the most likely not to have had the COVID-19 jabs.

  8. Seven-Zero-One

    September 15, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    UCP is new 🟧NDP

  9. James Taylor

    September 15, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.”
    G.K. Chesterton (1921)

    I’d like to add a personal addendum to this:

    “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians and bureaucrats are hanged.”

  10. Wesley

    September 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Time for Kenney to resign is long overdue. Promises made ,promises broken!

  11. Royden Yuill

    September 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    It’s time for Kenney to leave. We are done. When the Nuremberg 2.0 trials start I suggest pay per view public hangings and $1000.00 in person attendance. It’ll start to pay for some of the crap these criminals are causing. I’m not sure who I loathe more, Trudeau or Kenney. I hope I’m still alive to attend both.

  12. Andrew

    September 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Wildrose Independence Party people!!!!!!!

  13. Kelly Carter

    September 15, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    This was so predictable. Both the rise in cases, and Kenney’ irrational, illogical response, and o yeah those Vaxx passes that were never supposed to happen. Yet another broken promise. This was manageable with planning and staffing changes to the hospitals as well as firing the bureaucrats in the AHS and proper planning and procurement. But hey, blame it on “unvaccinated”, and continue on with all the dumb ass failed policies that have never worked.

  14. Barbara

    September 15, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Was this debated and voted for in the Ledge? NO! Is Deena Henshaw the new leader of the Conservative. NO! We are living in a Communist Country.
    When did Democracy end in Alberta?? Lies, lies and more lies.

    It’s time our MLAs got a backbone and JUST SAY NO!!!! Otherwise they will all be out of a job.

  15. Baron Not Baron

    September 15, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    As soon as the enslavement is rolling, by a miracle, all the plandemic is gone, but.. you gotta continue to be a faceless moron, with your body raped and gps monitored by the gvt’s nanofuckers !

  16. Josh

    September 15, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Alberta is under assault by stupidity.

  17. Dean Fraser

    September 15, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    Totalitarian dictatorship.

  18. Cosmo Kramer

    September 15, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Is anyone really surprised the way this has been going? All predicted in Rockefeller and WEF documents. This will only go on as long as we let it.

    I wonder if Notley is heartbroken over the record number of suicides over the last 18 months. Somehow I doubt it in that it does not fit with her agenda.

    Expect this to get worse. First restaurants then what next? Shopping malls? Grocery stores? Churches (of course will not be enforced at any other places of worship)? Youth sports?

    The slippery slope is that a person will not be able to buy sell or trade without the mark without succumbing to the very controversial and dubious gene therapy injections.

  19. berta baby

    September 15, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Least it’s only against the unvaxxed and not just the natives, blacks and Jews. Wouldn’t want to be accused of discrimination.

  20. K

    September 15, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Way to force their hand, you absolutely disgusting, evil tyrant.

  21. Declan Carroll

    September 15, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Kenney broke his promise not to bring in vaccine passports. This guy is the scum of the earth and I really would encourage UCP MLA’s to do the right thing and start resigning. Is this what you want for your children? Do you want your children growing up in a segregated society with a subjugated population? Absolute disgrace and this is not going to be happening without stiff resistance that I can assure you.

  22. K

    September 15, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Unfuckingbelievable. THIS PIECE OF SHIT.

  23. luigi

    September 15, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Do people of Alberta, or Canada wonder how large of a bribe is required to purchase of the premiers of Canada? Justin Castro is bought and paid for….. the great awakening will be spectacular!
    Have your popcorn ready folks!

  24. Baron Not Baron

    September 15, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Bahahahah he’s not introducing vaxpasses

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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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