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SLOBODIAN: Cowardly quartet bring shame to Alberta

They took it upon themselves to seize absolute control of the lives of Albertans, while thumbing a collective nose at the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.




Betrayal, division, a dishonest play on words, and selective presentation of facts – that sums up Wednesday’s Kenney/Shandro/Hinshaw/Yui circus.

Let’s not forget this cowardly quartet’s sleazy attempt to deflect blame, and redirect the wrath their failings deserve onto unvaccinated Albertans by trying to pit frightened, frustrated fellow Albertans against them. 

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, flanked by the nodding three — Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and the astonishingly well-paid health services CEO Verna Yui — declared a state of public health emergency and yet another, harsher lockdown. That now makes four.

They took it upon themselves to seize absolute control of the lives of Albertans, while thumbing a collective nose at the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Hinshaw sprinkled herself with hand sanitizer every time she trotted up to the podium. Cheap, unnecessary theatrics. Presumably, the three people beside her are all vaccinated, therefore, pose no risk to her health.

Alberta enacted stronger province-wide public health restrictions and a “restrictions exemptions program” to combat the fourth wave of COVID-19 and apparently avoid a maybe, potential, possible collapse of the healthcare system within 10 days.

I’ve been willing to give Kenney the benefit of the doubt on his handling of COVID-19, despite the relentless attacks against him by the chronically loose with the truth and nasty NDP. 

Not anymore. He sold out. He betrayed Albertans. He threw existing laws in the garbage. He lied.

So much for his jubilant declarations that “Alberta is open for good” and no more lockdowns, no more throwing pastors in jail, no more masks, no more harassing kids playing outdoors, no more crippling fines, etc. 

Kenney didn’t even have the courage to call his “restrictions exemptions program” what it really is — a vaccine passport system that comes into full effect September 20.

That’s because Kenney repeatedly vowed he would never, ever bring in vaccine passports. 

He thumped his little chest and declared he’d protect Albertans if the federal government dared try to inflict such a draconian measure on them. He even said a vaccine passport would contravene the Health Information Act and the Freedom and Privacy Act.

And he crowed the Alberta government amended the Public Health Act to block the government from forcing people to be vaccinated.

Not dumb enough to flout the law he toughened, Kenney assured Albertans Wednesday that he would not force vaccinations.

Instead, he manipulated Albertans to turn on the unvaccinated whose religious beliefs, health concerns, legitimate worries about unknown long-term effects of COVID-19 vaccines, or immunity from having had COIVD-19 matter not.

He targeted the unvaccinated by trying to get fellow Albertans to do his dirty work and ostracize, pressure, lash out at them until they obey. 

As premier, he should be protecting jobs. Instead, his actions threaten the livelihood of Albertans who won’t buckle to his ever-changing whims. That includes health care workers, the heroes who have carried Albertans through the pandemic. 

The health care system is on the verge of maybe collapsing. It’s the fault of the unvaccinated. Cancelled surgeries.  Unleash the hounds on all who won’t take the jab.

The quartet was big on startling numbers: 218 COVID patients in ICU, 877 in hospital, 18,421 active cases, 1,434 new cases reported Tuesday, a death an hour Wednesday. 

Hinshaw said 90% of new ICU admissions are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. And they left it at that. Pre-existing conditions? Age? Other mitigating factors? Never mind.

They certainly didn’t dwell too much on the fact a percentage of the new cases involve the vaccinated.

Absent from the press conference was any mention of the number of people — especially young males in Alberta — hospitalized or in intensive care due to serious reactions from the vaccines. Nope, those numbers aren’t available.  Health care professionals are forbidden to talk about this, but it’s happening. I dare them to refute this.

Kenney introduced a host of tough new mandates that infringe on freedom and will hurt businesses. 

But the one that should have parents in an uproar is his arbitrary decision to order mandatory masks for students in Gr. 4 and up. 

Despite all the studies showing masks pose serious health risks to children, he deems they must be muzzled like dogs. 

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier called Kenney a despot in response to this new crackdown. Bernier is far too kind.

This time Kenney went too far. Alberta’s been beaten up and let down and messed around with enough.

They deserve better.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Left Coast

    September 17, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Undertaker in England is on the case . . . interesting video.


    We have been fed 20 months of lies and propaganda.

  2. Mike power

    September 17, 2021 at 9:55 am

    This is a quote from Danielle Smith re ICU beds:
    When we closed in March 2020 we had zero vaccination. “We were told it was because we needed to increase ICU capacity to 1081 beds. That never happened.

    When we closed in December we were told ICU capacity was only 425 beds.

    Now we have 80 per cent adult vaccination and we are told ICU capacity is now only 300.

    Why is it every new wave yields less capacity for ICU than before?” What the hell is going on? Is Kenney taking orders from Trudeau? Sure sounds like it.

  3. Dennis

    September 17, 2021 at 6:37 am

    Excellent article Linda. Now, why are these people in the hospital at all. There is a proven treatment that is in use worldwide but here it’s censored. WHY? These tyrants must answer this question. They have forgotten who they actually work for.


  4. John Lankers

    September 16, 2021 at 7:58 pm

  5. Deb

    September 16, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Linda Solbodain is an excellent reporter. This article as with everyone I have read from her is spot on. She tells it like it is and doesn’t mince words, She s direct and to the point. You recognize the truth when you read
    the logic of her words. She is fearless in her reporting. A rare gem in a sea of bought reporter in main stream media.

  6. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    September 16, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    I have to wonder if we will ever know the real story behind the AHS. I believe you can not make that many blunders if you can just think.For regardless who is responsible UCP is a footnote going forward. Lest get ready to give anyone except the NDP a shot at the Alberta economy.We all know that the best line of defence is our immune system all else needs a lot of time and testing.

  7. Andrew Red Deer

    September 16, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    VAERS REPORT The report explained the Vaccine Adverse Event Report System gets more than 60,000 reports each year, including 1,400 deaths that are documented on average.

    But since COVID was unleashed on the world, “there have been 14,701 deaths reported,” the report said.

    Many of those have come from within the last month and a half with around 3,300 deaths. That’s about 70 per day!” the report said.

  8. Tony

    September 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    In the past three or four days I have seen a great deal of reporting out of the US that suggests the number of people reported hospitalized has been exaggerated by up to 50%. Can we believe any cherry picked or manipulated data put forth by a partisan public health bureaucracy?

  9. K

    September 16, 2021 at 11:49 am

    24 deaths out of 4,300,000 Albertans is still just 0.0005% of the population.

    Yet, 100% of citizens and business owners are effected by these nonsensical edicts.

  10. K

    September 16, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Shame on these inept, tyrannical fools, and shame on EVERYONE who supports their actions. The world you knew is gone for good.

  11. Wesley

    September 16, 2021 at 11:42 am

    You hit the nail on the head Linda. Superb article!

  12. berta baby

    September 16, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Wow all my thoughts and feelings summed up in one fine written article.

    Don’t worry about the vaxxed people, they can do whatever they want. History will tell the true tail.
    It was cool to hang slaves in trees once upon a time…. To me kenney and his cowards are no different they arnt hanging people in trees yet but Lord knows I’ve said they wouldn’t be strapping people to chairs giving them shots…. Would be the only thing he didn’t lie about if he doesn’t.

    If we make it to the next election he’s done….. IF

  13. Declan Carroll

    September 16, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Kenney is a piece of garbage and everyone needs to refuse to comply. He does not have authority. He is illegitimate. UCP MLA’s need to do right by their constituents and resign.

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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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