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Alberta to bring back COVID contact tracing in schools, starts giving booster shots

Kenney warned Albertans to follow the rules over the Thanksgiving weekend — meaning no social functions for the unvaccinated.

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The province of Alberta will resume contact tracing in provincial schools to try and help stop the fourth wave of COVID-19.

And seniors will be offered a chance, starting Wednesday, to book a third, booster vaccination shot.

The province has been battered with the Delta variant of the virus since the start of September and has seen hospital ICUs filled to overflowing and climbing death tolls.

Provincial Education Minister Adriana LaGrange made the contact tracing announcement Tuesday afternoon at a press conference with Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Jason Copping.

Contact tracing in schools had been taking place but was dropped when restrictions were loosened this summer.

Kenney said the province will purchase 6 million rapid testing kits to be used by the parents of unvaccinated children for students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 in schools that have outbreaks.

The Calgary Board of Education made the decision to require that all employees, volunteers and partners be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 17, 2021.

Meanwhile, Kenney said starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Albertans aged 75 and older and First Nations people aged 65 and over, can book a third booster vaccination, six months after their second jab.

Copping said third doses for the regular population aren’t necessary at this time.

Kenney warned Albertans to follow the rules over the Thanksgiving weekend — meaning no social functions for the unvaccinated. He said the second wave of COVID-19 was sparked by gatherings last Thanksgiving.

“We simply can not afford a repeated scenario,” said Kenney, adding the province was lowering outdoor social gathering limits from 200 to 20.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said in the last 24 hours, Alberta had 663 of new cases of COVID-19. Another 26 died from the virus.

Hinshaw said there are 1,094 people in hospital, 252 of them in ICUs.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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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. Kyle MacPherson

    October 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    TAKE THE VACCINE & HEIL HITLER

    THIS 4TH WAVE IS THE 4TH REICH

    WE ARE All Jews this time around!

    #SilentWeapons_4_SilentWars #Social_SelfSuicide #RealEyesRealize_ReaLies #LiezWideOpen #ConspiracyFact Global Cult of Psychopaths and Sociopaths #EvilExists

    Needle Rape Child Sacrifice!!!

    Cuzzzz of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  2. Chad Eden

    October 6, 2021 at 10:50 am

    I would be curious of the stats coming from the mass gatherings at the hockey and football games.I also be interested in what rapid testing at the entrance to gain access to these games would produce.

    There is no statistical proof that the death count in Canada or any province has spiked. It has continued the same trend as past years. The stats are right on the governments websites. So quit saying we are in a pandemic. According to stats Canada we loose on average every month 26,000 people in Canada not covid related. Heart disease and opioids as top contributors. People die everyday it is part of life. But pushing stats that don’t even affect 1% of the population worries me.

    Why is there such a push to push this jab. It is almost like they are trying to cover up,something and will be exposed if they don’t reach 100%. How about start offering antibody tests.

  3. Dennis

    October 6, 2021 at 9:09 am

    WS, what’s the deal with the comments? My comment has been sitting on hold since yesterday? Are you also afraid of the Big Pharma boys?

  4. Left Coast

    October 6, 2021 at 8:55 am

    It is NOT the unvaccinated filling the hospital wards . . . most of them have Natural Immunity.

    Why did the Reporter not explore the Vax Status of the Hospital Patients?

  5. Left Coast

    October 6, 2021 at 8:53 am

    “Hinshaw said there are 1,094 people in hospital, 252 of them in ICUs.” ? ? ?

    How many of them are Single & Double VAXED Dr. Hinshaw?

    In Britain 63% of the Deaths were VAXED . . .

    In Australia’s Victoria Province 95% of the in Hospital Covid Patients were VAXED.

    The VAX needs a booster after 6 months? You mean it really doesn’t work . . . unlike Natural Immunity that lasts for decades maybe life.

  6. James Taylor

    October 5, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    It amazes me that there is a significant portion of the population that still believes these foolish politicians and bureaucrats.

  7. Cosmo Kramer

    October 5, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    The NSW premier had to resign due to taking bribes from Pfizer. Kenney and Notley should be investigated.

  8. Bill Mccann

    October 5, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    🖕Kenney🖕 Unvaxed and gathering.

  9. Station

    October 5, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Hey Kenny Go To Hell!!! Haven’t stopped living my life!!!

  10. Mrs. Bark

    October 5, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Hmm, K to 6 rapid testings? Hmm, 6 million rapid test kits? That’s a lot of test kits! They are now telling the kids that their unvaccinated parents will kill them with covid, just like the advertising campaign that the kids will kill Grandma and Grandpa, so they need to stay away from them. When will the ill-informed Public Health Officials and politicians stop using our kids as a shield for their lousy decision-making? They are trying to build a case to make the public think that kids 5-11 need the jab! All the science says otherwise. Check out Canadian Covid Care Alliance and Dr. Bryam Bridle.
    https://www.canadiancovidcarealliance.org/media-resources/children-and-covid-19-vaccines-full-guide/.
    He is a Canadian virologist/vaccinologist with expertise in the field.

  11. Chad Eden

    October 5, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    So how many of these deaths are over the age of 70 and went to the hospital for something else not related to covid. Just because they test positive does not mean that was the cause of death. Quit manipulating your stats to push the jab. Quite using the word unvaccinated to loosely describe different situations. It is like when the media uses the term pitbull and lumps any dog in that term that kinda looks like one. It is looking more and more that the vaccine is only good for 4-6months and Geert Vanden Bossche was right. Now they want to jab the most vulnerable with a third.

  12. Dennis

    October 5, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Round these fear mongers up and put them on trial for the lies & crimes against humanity they are purporting. Who is driving these monkeys?
    Have a listen to these group of doctors and scientists who have forgotten more about this virus than Jason Kenny or Dena Hinshaw will ever know. Hinshaw should be in jail for saying in front of the TV cameras that this vaccine is safe for women during pregnancy.
    https://youtu.be/4IeVy7jQoz0

  13. Baron Not Baron

    October 5, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Yawn

  14. Longo

    October 5, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    F*ck Joe Biden

  15. berta baby

    October 5, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Well kenney and the rest of Notley’s crew can fleck right off.

    Do your worst I’m done

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Flights from Vancouver to Kamloops priced more than $1,200 over Christmas

BC flight prices have skyrocketed over the Christmas season following flood damage to highways.

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Following substantial flooding in November, which led to savaged highways and infrastructure, many of those planning to visit family out of town for Christmas are forced to fly — and some will be paying exorbitant prices for it.

For example, a WestJet round trip — listed on Expedia — from Vancouver to Kamloops, BC on December 22, with a return flight on December 27 is listed at $1,264 as of Wednesday morning.

The normally 30-minute flight includes a nearly four-hour layover in Calgary.

On TripAdvisor, the same round trip is priced similarly.

Those planning a round trip from Vancouver to Kelowna, BC on the same dates will save a few hundred bucks in comparison to those headed for Kamloops. For example, one round trip with WestJet from Vancouver to Kelowna — December 22-27 — is listed at $741 on Wednesday, although it includes a six-hour layover in Edmonton.

Normal flight times between the locales are 55 minutes.

Prices on WestJet’s website are comparable. On Air Canada’s site, all are currently sold out for the aforementioned dates and locations.

However, those travelling between Vancouver and Kelowna can find cheaper trips on Swoop if they fly out of Abbotsford, BC. On Wednesday morning, a non-stop round trip from Abbotsford to Kelowna, departing on December 22 and returning on December 29, is priced under $300.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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Top Ontario doc says separating vaxxed and unvaxxed best way to get COVID under control

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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One of the ways to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control is to stop “the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” says Ontario’s chief medical officer.

“Basic means of protecting individuals is stopping the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” said Dr. Kieran Moore at a Tuesday press conference.

“And if our cases continue through and after the holidays we would make recommendations of government to continue the certification process in play. But we’ll continue to review the data. We do have a very robust testing strategy in Ontario for the winter months as we’ve released previously. We’ve purchased … 11 million rapid antigen test for all students in Ontario.”

Moore was asked whether COVID-19 is “something we’re just going to have to learn to live with” and whether it would ever go away.

“We have a long ways to go with the World Health Organization and other international organizations to try to decrease the number of individuals in which this virus can mutate and/or spread,” he said.

“But I do see a time when we’ll have low, endemic rates and it will turn out to be like influenza or other winter respiratory viruses where there’s a seasonality to it, where it does have an intermittent impact on our health-care system and like influenza, you need an annual vaccine to protect against it.”

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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Trudeau’s beach denier demoted

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

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The Justin Trudeau spokesman who told reporters the prime minister “wasn’t on a beach” when he was, has been demoted, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

Trudeau had promised to “set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government.”

Alex Wellstead will be “taking on new challenges” as press secretary to the industry minister, the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday.  

Wellstead. Courtesy Twitter

Wellstead in a statement called it “a very difficult decision to make.” He had worked as Trudeau’s official spokesman for 20 months.

Wellstead on September 30 issued misleading statements to conceal the fact Trudeau spent the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at a beach resort in Tofino, B.C.

“He wasn’t on a beach,” Wellstead told The Canadian Press at the time. Global News and the weekly Chilliwack Progress photographed Trudeau strolling on the beach and enjoying a glass of beer on a beachfront patio.

The Prime Minister’s Office claimed Trudeau was in private meetings in Ottawa. Staff flew an Indian Residential School “survivors’ flag” and issued a solemn statement in Trudeau’s name.

“We remember the children who never made it home,” it said.

Wellstead did not explain his conduct.

“You as a communicator need to understand everything,” Wellstead said in a March 30 interview with public relations students at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.

The prime minister in 2015 Ministerial Mandate letters said officials must be truthful and transparent.

“Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, indeed all journalists in Canada and abroad, are professionals who by asking necessary questions contribute in an important way to the democratic process,” wrote Trudeau.

“Your professionalism and engagement with them is essential.

“We have committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government. It is time to shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it serves.

“Government and its information should be open by default. If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians.

“It is important that we acknowledge mistakes when we make them. Canadians do not expect us to be perfect. They expect us to be honest, open and sincere in our efforts to serve the public interest.”

Trudeau on October 6 apologized for the Tofino holiday.

“Traveling on September 30 was a mistake and I regret it,” the prime minister told reporters.

“What made you decide to take a personal trip on a day your government set aside to honour the victims and survivors of residential schools?” asked a reporter.

“Like I said, it was a mistake,” replied Trudeau.

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