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MAKICHUK: This election has too many treats for even my cat

But, it must be said, that even Burt is non-plussed by the basket of treats being dished out by the federal parties in this completely unnecessary COVID-19 federal election of 2021.

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His name is Burt and he likes his treats.

But I didn’t find out that he originally came from Egypt until I visited Cairo.

I had just seen and touched the pyramids of Giza — with my own hands. What a thrill that was.

And now I was soaking up the atmosphere at the bar across the way, in the air-conned glory of the Meridien hotel – racking up one hell of a bill, I might add.

Triple vodkas on ice tend to be pricey.

As the afternoon wore on, I got to chatting with the barkeep and we ended up exchanging cellphone photos of our cats.

I showed her a pic of Burt, my Mackerel Tabbie, that we rescued off the mean streets of Red Deer and she immediately blurted out the breed originally came from Egypt!

Well … this I did not know. 

In fact, there’s a lot I don’t know.

But getting back to Burt, whom we sometimes call The Burtman, or, Burt-chek — he doesn’t seem to mind — yes, he loves his treats (which are called Dreamies in Europe).

And God forbid should I ever forget to serve them up. No doubt, I’ll get a phone call from his legal team at Hungadunga, Hungadunga and Shultz. (Joke courtesy Groucho Marx.)

But, it must be said, that even Burt is nonplussed by the basket of treats being dished out by the federal parties in this completely unnecessary COVID-19 federal election of 2021.

No cat on the planet, not even Larry The 10 Downing St. Cat — a close friend of prime ministers — gets that many treats, and he’s almost royalty.

So far, Liberal treats from Justin the Younger include a $1-billion fund to help provinces implement vaccine passport systems, better standards for long-term care and funding to the provinces to reduce health care wait times and hire more health workers.

There are NDP pledges from Jagmeet Singh to create national plans for dental and mental health care and universal pharmacare — free drugs, folks, free drugs!

Under Leader Erin O’Toole, who, by the way, doesn’t look as good as Peter O’Toole, and could never play the part of Erin of Arabia, is treating us to an overhaul of Canada’s pandemic plan. 

Oh dear. We had a plan?

They’ve also pledged to increase provincial transfers for mental health care and addiction services. Not a bad treat, actually, Burt says.

Mr. Bernier pledged to make no promises, which is probably quite honest, and the Greens, well … they’re living on some distant world, certainly not ours, so let’s quietly slink away and not bother them.

All in all, that’s quite a lot of treats and Burt is highly skeptical whether any or all of those treats would ever happen.

Not one single federal party said anything about cat treats. No COVID-19 subsidies for catnip mice or cat litter, either, nada. Very suspicious, says Burt.

Considering cats (and yeah, dogs too, I guess) contribute $US7 billion to the Canadian economy, and $197 million in wet food pet sales, Burt thinks the feds should include them when it comes to forming national policy.

And so, I asked Burt who would he like to bite in the leg. 

This is Burt’s favourite pastime by the way, especially at 3 a.m. in the morning, when he’s doing a Crazy Ivan and bouncing off the walls.

Burt paused a long time, licked several parts of his fur, and said:

He couldn’t bite Mr. Singh, he’s just too nice a guy, even though his head’s in the socialist clouds. Mr. O’Toole is ex-military, and, he looks too much like nice Uncle Terry. 

Annamie Paul? Yves-François Blanchet? Don’t even get me started, says Burt. 

As for Justin the Younger, Burt said there aren’t enough leg bites in the world for that frat boy poseur. Anybody who has been convicted twice of breaching ethics shouldn’t even be in office, he said.

Instead, Burt bit my leg and that settled the matter.

Now that the Burt-man is on the RCMP watch list, it is highly likely that CSIS/K-INSET will be surveilling his cat box.

In closing, I asked Burt — to borrow a quote from Tolstoy — “What then must we do?”

Who do we vote for? It seems there are no good options.

Burt yawned widely and offered up a parable of his favourite singer, Frank Sinatra.

Frank was in a New York Italian restaurant, having a meal with his entourage.

The waiter came out, and said: “Mr. Sinatra, the cook is a big, big fan or yours, he has all your records, he’s dying to meet you … is it OK if he comes out?”

Sinatra, chowing down on his pasta, not looking up, said, “Yeah, sure.”

So out comes the cook.

“Mr. Sinatra, it is so wonderful to meet you, I’m your biggest fan … blah blah blah.”

Frank shakes his hand, and says “Thanks pal, appreciate that.”

The cook walks away, and then stops, turns, and says, “Uh, one more thing Mr. Sinatra … “

Frank says, “Look pal, you’ve had your moment, now f–k off.”

Justin has had his moment, enough is enough. It’s time for change folks.

And if you have a local organization that rescues cats, and also dogs, toss them $25 or whatever you can afford, says Burt.

We don’t need any more federal handouts from Ottawa, he added, nor a boatload of treats. We just need to pull up our bootstraps, be strong and get back to business.

Let the fur fly!

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the military editor for the Asia Times.
makichukd@gmail.com

Dave Makichuck is a Columnist for the Western Standard. He is a 35-year veteran journalist who has served at both the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald.

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UCP MLAs: ‘Let unvaxxed post-secondary students get back to class’

“With no evidence to show that it has made their campuses any safer, colleges and universities are denying unvaccinated Albertans the opportunity to receive a higher education,” said the letter.

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A letter questioning Alberta post-secondary institutions on policy banning unvaccinated students’ from campuses while unvaxxed healthcare workers are now permitted to rapid test has been sent to campuses across Alberta by two UCP MLAs.

MLA for Cardston-Siksika and Deputy Government House Leader Joseph Schow and Peace River MLA Dan Williams signed the letter dated Thursday addressed to eight post-secondary presidents including the universities of Lethbridge, Alberta, Calgary, Mount Royal, MacEwan, SAIT and NAIT and Bow Valley College.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, along with the Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides and the Minister of Health Jason Copping were each cc’d in the letter.

The letter outlines the change to COVID-19 measures adopted by many Alberta post-secondary institutions in September requiring all students and staff to be fully vaccinated to attend in-person and online learning.

Letter from UCP MLAs to Alberta post-secondary institutions – pg 1

“Although these post-secondary institutions have based their protocols on direction from the Government of Alberta, they have chosen to exclude the option of providing a negative PCR or rapid test,” said the letter.

“There is little to no evidence showing that universities and colleges benefit from limiting in-person learning to those who are vaccinated.”

The letter claims institutions have failed to demonstrate how students on campuses banning the unvaccinated are any safer from COVID-19 than students on campuses allowing for rapid testing instead of proof of vaccination.

“With no evidence to show that it has made their campuses any safer, colleges and universities are denying unvaccinated Albertans the opportunity to receive a higher education,” said the letter.

“Many students opportunities vanish for making a personal health choice.”

Letter from UCP MLAs to Alberta post-secondary institutions – pg 2

The letter references Albert Health Services’ recent update to its mandatory vaccination policy in December allowing unvaccinated healthcare workers the option to rapid test and return to work.

“With that in mind, we have a simple question,” said the letter.

“What makes so many university campuses in Alberta more risk-averse than a hospital or other healthcare facility?

“If Alberta healthcare workers, who are likely exposed to COVID-19 daily are permitted to rapid test, why are post-secondary students being denied the same opportunity? These students are being held to a higher standard, a standard that will unfairly deprive many young Albertans of their future.”

The letter describes Alberta’s position to “lead the country in economic growth” moving forward and suggests a “highly skilled and educated workforce” will be needed.

Both Schow and Williams request all Alberta post-secondary institutions remove their “backward-thinking COVID-19 vaccine mandates” and “allow all students the option to rapid test so they can return to school, complete their education and help build a strong Alberta.”

The Western Standard did not hear back from either MLA for comment before publishing.

Although the Alberta government has not made vaccinations mandatory for any post-secondary institutions, many have adopted the policy on their own resulting in thousands of unvaccinated students not being permitted to access in-person or remote learning.

The University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge earlier this month extended online learning until after the February reading break.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Trucker freedom convoy GoFundMe raises over $1M

“It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love.”

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Canadians are responding enmasse to help the country’s truckers.

A GoFundMe to help the truckers surpassed the $1 million mark on Friday afternoon, after only being established six days ago.

Money donated is to be dispersed among truckers to aid with journey costs.

Truckers and supporters alike have gathered in a cross-country convoy drive in protest of mandatory vaccinations for their industry.

Donations go towards the cost of fuel, then food and lodgings along the journey.

Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods,” the donation page says.

“It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love. We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back.”

Truckers Freedom Convoy 2022 has 3 main routes departing from Vancouver, BC, Sarnia, ON, and Enfield, NS, all meeting in Ottawa on January 29, 2022.

Smaller chains will drive to meet with the main convoy from more rural locations across Canada.

You can find all the routes of the convoy here.

“We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from Tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, well now its happening to us. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive,” the group says.

The GoFundMe page has a goal of $1,100,000.

“But it’s a small price to pay for our freedoms. We thank you all for your Donations and know that you are helping reshape this once beautiful country back to the way it was,” says the page.

Truckers were previously deemed “essential,” however the federal government green-lit the loss of 12,000-16,000 (10-15%) of cross-border commercial drivers by making vaccinations mandatory, as anticipated by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

“This number may not sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but in cross-border areas such as Vancouver or Windsor, there’s a lot of drivers who will cross the border five or six times a day. That’s a lot of loads in a year that no longer have a way of coming up,” Colin Valentim told the Western Standard.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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IEA recognizes Canadian oil industry as the environmental world leader

In 2018, oil and gas companies also invested $3.6 billion in environmental protection initiatives, recognized by the IEA as by far the largest environmental protection spend of any industry in the country.  

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Canada is doing great but should take measures to continue its reputation as a preferred oil and gas supplier on the global market, says the International Energy Agency.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol is a big advocate for net zero targets, but still recognizes the reliance on oil and gas that will persist into the future.

He said he prefers oil supply to come from “good partners” like Canada, he told a press conference.

“Canada has been a cornerstone of global energy markets, a reliable partner for years,” said Birol.

“We will still need oil and gas for years to come… I prefer oil is produced by countries … like Canada (that) want to reduce the emissions of oil and gas.” 

The same IEA report included recommendations for Canada to incentivise moves away from oil production, yet the director still recognizes Canada’s contribution to the global market.

World oil consumption returned to pre-pandemic levels and natural gas demand surpassed levels pre-COVID-19 last year, according to IEA data.

Yet Canada only supplies 6% of the current world market.

Consumption of both oil and gas is expected to continue rising even as more renewable energy sources come online. 

A Russian-caused natural gas crisis in Europe has many looking to Canada as a great alternative.

“The world needs reliable partners,” said Birol, of the European situation.  

Canada is the fourth-largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world and home to the third-largest oil reserves.

“This creates employment for Canadians and secure and reliable oil and gas for both domestic and global markets,” the IEA said.  

The IEA recommends that remaining competitive in global oil and gas markets requires further emission reductions, to ensure the sector remains a major driver of the Canadian economy beyond 2050.

Emission reduction has already been steadily implemented in Canada, analysts praised the oil and gas industry’s “strong track record” of reducing emissions intensity.

The oilsands by have decreased emissions by 32% since 1990 and further reductions of up to 27% are expected by 2030. 

Canadian oil and gas companies spend an average of $1 billion per year on clean energy technology, in addition to billions in environmental protection.  

In 2018, oil and gas companies also invested $3.6 billion in environmental protection initiatives, recognized by the IEA as the largest environmental protection spend of any industry in the country.  

“Canadian oil and natural gas producers are leveraging their improving environmental, social and governance performance and Canada’s stringent environmental regulations to build a global competitive advantage.”

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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