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Independent MLAs propose plan to lift Alberta out of COVID crisis

On Wednesday night, Kenney announced new wide-ranging, province-wide COVID-19 lockdowns and brought in things like forced masking, physical distancing and crowd limits.




Alberta’s two Independent MLAs have issued a five-point plan to try and get the province’s COVID-19 crisis under control.

Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes were kicked out of the UCP caucus in May after criticizing Premier Jason Kenney.

On Wednesday night, Kenney announced new wide-ranging, province-wide COVID-19 lockdowns and brought in things like forced masking, physical distancing and crowd limits. And despite earlier vows never to bring in a vaccine passport, he did just that.

After Kenney’s speech, Loewen and Barnes issued a statement condemning him and presenting their own plan to end the crisis.

They say:

• The government should take a direct role in health care management to immediately expand acute care bed access by opening facilities specifically to serve COVID-19 patients.

Rescind the layoffs of all healthcare workers made due to vaccine mandates.

Ban proof of vaccine requirements and vaccine mandates while expanding rapid testing options.

The government should shift its policies towards the long-term management of COVID-19 by making the health system more flexible to seasonal demands.

The immediate resignation of Premier Kenney.

“Inconsistent and negligent management of the pandemic has destroyed public trust. For the good of the province, the Premier must immediately resign so that public trust can be restored,” the pair said.

“From the beginning of the pandemic, the mantra has always been, ‘We’re all in this together.’ This is not a time for vilifying people or dividing our society with vaccine passports and vaccine mandates,” said Barnes.

Loewen said: “Yes, there are challenges. But Albertans have a long history of rising to meet challenges. We can and will do so again. And when we do succeed, it will be because we chose to do so together.”

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. Left Coast

    September 17, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    John O-Looney a funeral undertaker in England with credentials and experience over 15 years, exposes the government COVID-19 death coverup since 2019 that will be amazed and astound you what’s going on duping the public big time.


    Is Australia coming here?

  2. Dennis

    September 17, 2021 at 6:45 am

    More word salad. Where’s the part where they actually have a Solution? Why are we being forbidden to have access to a treatment that could end this whole mess. If saving lives and taking pressure off the health care system is the concern, why not try something that is proven successful worldwide? WHY? It’s time Albertans open their eyes and get answers to these questions.


  3. Baron Not Baron

    September 16, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Common testing? Why can’t we be left alone to live as we did for thousands of years? Oh, yes, your soul they must have!

    Question (off the topic) to the masses: did you ever question how all the snails, the shrimp-like creatures, and all of the underwater other many life forms.. appear into the freshly built ponds near any of new housing areas? Magic, must be..

  4. Kelly Carter

    September 16, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I can support this. Should have addressed the healthcare management over a year ago. This really should not be an issue this year.

  5. LisaEh

    September 16, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    There are a whole bunch of UCP MLA’s that should be crossing the floor to sit as independents and speaking for their constituents rather than toeing the Kenney party line if they ever plan to seek re-election again.

  6. Andrew Red Deer

    September 16, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Iagree with everything except RAPID TESTING. This is a total invasion of privacy and against all medical practice methodology. Remember this is a made up plandemic. You ARE the guinea pig if you accept this.

    No testing required. If you are sick, stay home, if you get worse go to your doctor, if you need to go to a hospital go to a hospital.

  7. Cath

    September 16, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    I completely agree. UCP MLAs who want to be re-elected going forward have to resign immediately and work to rectify this tyranical takeover.

  8. Tony

    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Good proposals by reasonable people. Meanwhile, in Denmark, with a 73% vax rate (approx the same as Alberta) they have lifted restrictions, refrained from forced mask wearing and forced vaccines and are enjoying life. THere are still covid cases and deaths, but they have chosen to mitigagte the risks for the elderly and high risk and otherwise move on. https://fee.org/articles/denmark-says-move-over-sweden-as-government-lifts-all-covid-restrictions-because-of-high-vaccination-rate/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020_FEEDaily

  9. K

    September 16, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Common sense solutions. I support ALL of this.

  10. berta baby

    September 16, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Where are all the other mla’s!!! Wtf

  11. Wesley

    September 16, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Love the proposals by Loewen and Barnes. Bring in some common sense!

  12. Declan Carroll

    September 16, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Any UCP MLA that wants to retain even a shred of credibility needs to immediately resign from the party and join with Barnes and Loewen to resist this tryannical overreach

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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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