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Hinshaw apologizes to family of 14-year-old boy for claiming he died of COVID

Hinshaw said she was sorry if her comments added to the Spitzer family’s grief.




Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw has apologized to the family of a boy who died of cancer after claiming initially it was COVID-19 that killed him.

On Tuesday, Simone Spitzer took to Facebook to call out Alberta Health for labelling her younger brother Nathanael’s death COVID-related.

Nathanael was, in fact, already dying of Stage 4 brain cancer in palliative care, but tested positive for COVID-19 days before his expected death.

The Spitzer family was not only devastated by their loss, but said they were shocked Nathanael’s death was used to add to Alberta Health’s COVID-19 numbers as the youngest COVID-19 death to date, and called it “fake news” in a Tuesday Facebook post.

NDP leader Rachel Notley and her MLAs used the death to attack the UCP’s handling of the pandemic.

In a Thursday press conference, Hinshaw apologized to the family.

Hinshaw said she was sorry if her comments added to the Spitzer family’s grief.

She said in their normal reporting to Alberta Health they include deaths where COVID-19 is a primary or secondary cause of death. A primary cause would be where COVID-19 leads to pneumonia and the eventual death of the patient. A secondary cause would be where COVID-19 makes a heart failure pre-existing condition worse.

“At different times we need to adjust the numbers,” said Hinshaw.

“Being transparent and timely means we will need to make adjustments.”

Hinshaw said the death of anyone under 18 will bring “higher scrutiny.”

Until Hinshaw apologized, none of the mainstream media had covered the Spitzer family’s story, chronicled extensively by the Western Standard.

Hinshaw reported 30 new COVID deaths reported in Alberta in the last 24 hours. There were 916 new COVID-19 cases on 12700 tests (7.5%+) with 1016 in hospital (-11), and 231 in ICU (-5).

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. HeatherET

    October 15, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Instead of scrutinizing the deaths counted as COVID for the under 18 how about for every age group! We can’t really expect them to do that as then it would be apparent that this actually is comparable to a bad flu season. If AHS would work at early treatment instead of supporting the NDP’s political narrative of making the case numbers look worse imagine how many severe cases of COVID resulting in hospitalization could have been avoided! Look at all the research behind early treatments in many countries, and yet AHS continues to send positive cases home to isolate until they are so fearful and can’t breathe. It’s sick!

  2. StaceyKa

    October 15, 2021 at 11:14 am

    It is despicable how Notley, Kenny, AHS all jumped on this like a rapid dog. It shows clearly how they have been lying in wait for the joy of reporting the death of a child from COVID, so they can spread their fear and further their tyrannical mandates that are in fact killing our children. Make no mistake, this is how they get many of their so called “COVID” deaths. Test the crap out of dying patients and eventually you can get get a positive result, usually on their dying day. I personally know families who have experienced this. Finally as the victim was of stand-alone age, a family could come out and call them on it. I wish more families would come out to report this manipulation they are doing.

  3. Chad Eden

    October 15, 2021 at 7:58 am

    The unvaccinated are not allowed to be part of normal society, so who is spreading the virus?🤔 probably not the ones not allowed to do anything.

  4. Liane Boeckx

    October 15, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Sorry my 🤬. You are a dedicated, programmed 🤥. Your meek & mild presentations don’t fool anybody who is wide awake. This was despicable, NDP pond scum behaviour & speaks volumes of your character & desperation. You have authorized supervisors calling asking if staff have “complied yet”, non stop pressure! Damn you, for the grief & suffering you & Yiu & Notley & Kenney have caused with not one twinge of genuine remorse!

  5. Andrew Red Deer

    October 15, 2021 at 6:56 am


  6. Claudette Leece

    October 15, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Allan my daughter in laws uncle was hours from passing with complete organ failure, was in palliative care, they tested him found virus, or so they said, and he was marked Covid death. The family demanded they change cause of death but of coarse that wouldn’t allow them to continue this narrative

  7. Claudette Leece

    October 15, 2021 at 6:52 am

    PEI Bob so agree with you, have always been skeptical of news especially anything CBC put out, but seems all msm news agencies have decided to sell their souls. You might find it very interesting , to listen to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast about , how he confronts Dr Sanjay Gupta well know physician and CNN go to dr, biggest lying station in the world, or watch his exchange on utube with Gupta about Ivermectin and how he outright lied about the drug, that billions have taken and been perscribed. Gupta has to admit what he said was untruthful

  8. Allan McLachlan

    October 15, 2021 at 6:28 am

    I wish the lame government would recalculate the numbers to show the actual story of how many died from Covid. But then they would be showing themselves as the liars they are, and we know they won’t do that.
    Shame on the whole bloody bunch of them.

  9. berta baby

    October 15, 2021 at 4:35 am

    Resign you lying piece of human waste.

    Useless agenda pushing pharma puppet.

    I like how the whole it’s a pandemic of the unvaxxed is not being used any more

    China is so far up her ass

  10. PEI Bob

    October 14, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    That was a good article Pamela but I believe that article was about Dr. Nagase and AHS’s response to the video that was taken of him in Vancouver at a Rally. Neither response was anything more than an acknowledgement of what was in the news. However, neither was an acknowledgement of the their responsibility for the misinformation that they continue to spread as fact. They really have become monsters completely void of empathy for people. WINSTON CHURCHILL QUOTE:
    Fatuity and Fecklessness, which though devoid of guile, are not devoid of guilt.

  11. Tony

    October 14, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    The crooked aritmetic of AHS is being exposed. Recent reports from left-leaning US magazines like Atlantic are even saying the hospitalization numbers related to covid are likely overstated by as much as 50%. What we are seeing here in Alberta is a permanent political class composed of career bureaucrats and public sector union shills framing the narrative in a way that will restore an NDP regime that will make these folks even less accountable. Of course, an ideologically biased and partisan media will look the other way. Three cheers for bailout free media and Western Standard.

  12. Left Coast

    October 14, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Hinshaw has been LYIN for 21 months now . . . like Kenney she needs to go!

  13. Roger Waterhouse

    October 14, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    This is indeed a lame apology, considering we are talking about the death of a child being used to support a political narrative. When will the NDP ghouls be apologizing?

  14. John Huizing

    October 14, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    That is not an apology.

    An apology never includes the word “if”. A true apology acknowledges the hurt inflicted, takes responsibility and then says “I am sorry”.

  15. Patricia Lineker

    October 14, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Gee Hinshaw. Don’t take any responsibility for your lies. How many other lies have you hidden away. Don’t worry, we know a lot of them that you will not acknowledge, even when called to court to prove a pandemic. Oh right, you were too busy taking a holiday to defend your position.

  16. Pamela Bridger

    October 14, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    The Lacombe newspaper has it as front page news Dave. You might want to check into that.

  17. Baron Not Baron

    October 14, 2021 at 4:17 pm


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New Sask law exempts employers from COVID-19 lawsuits

The release bragged that Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.




By Lee Harding

Employees’ quests for legal COVID-19 recourse has died with recently passed legislation that is “protecting vulnerable workers” according to Labour Minister Don Morgan.

Legislation recently passed by the Government of Saskatchewan prevents employers from being sued for implementing measures listed in the Public Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations or the Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations.

Amendments to the Saskatchewan Employment Act say “no action or proceeding lies or shall be commenced or maintained against an employer” if that employer acts in good faith.

“It’s broad general thing that would cover anything related to COVID-19 — signage, lack of signage, whatever else might reasonably arise from it. The threshold is that they must act in good faith,” said Morgan.

“We aren’t trying to target a specific lawsuit that’s been started or being threatened … But we know that COVID-19 vaccines, etc., are a worldwide issue right now and we want to be able to encourage our employers to have some comfort that they’re not going to be subject to lawsuits.”

The legislation applies regardless of when a perceived transgression may have occurred. The amendment received royal assent November 30. However, when the Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act, 2021 was first announced in a press release November 18, nothing about COVID-19 was even mentioned.

Although the opening sentence mentioned “better and safer workplaces for employers and employees” the rest of the release concerned details about sexual harassment and union bargaining provisions.

Now the Labour Relations Board must exclude supervisors from the same bargaining unit as those they supervise, wherever possible. Sexual harassment at the workplace is now defined as any unwelcome action of a sexual nature, and provisions of the act extend beyond employees to include independent contractors, students, and volunteers.

“The legislation that governs our employers and employees needs to address the challenges of the modern work environment, including protecting vulnerable workers,” Morgan wrote in the release. “These amendments will help us build a stronger, safer and healthier Saskatchewan.”

fact sheet the release linked to concluded with a brief mention of COVID-19.

“We are introducing a provision that will provide protection for public and private sector employers that comply with the new COVID-19 vaccination regulations. These regulations give the employee the choice of showing evidence of being fully vaccinated or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test at least every seven days.”

The release bragged Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.

“That’s being done generally across North America,” Morgan said.

The same day Morgan made his comments, a post on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page suggested a strong desire for legal recourse alongside skepticism, and an apparent unawareness of the new provincial law.

“Does anyone here know of any lawyers in Saskatoon that believe in the same rights and freedom as we do? I believe it’s time to really do something about losing my source of income 

“The couple lawyers I did speak with basically said the pandemic supersedes all our rights! Would be great if we found a lawyer that called out the BS! Might have to source out to other provinces,” replied Michielle Ross Noble.

“At the mine I work at they had a lawyer go to bat and it seems to be that the government is above the law and beyond the constitution. Money talks louder than laws these days,” replied Garrick Bernard.

“I also live near Saskatoon,” replied Ron Chappell. “Good luck finding a lawyer that will stand up for your rights and freedoms. Seems these evils are above the law including the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms. There should be lawsuits going on everywhere. Either we don’t hear about them or they are not happening. Justin Trudeau is [a] tyrant.”

To this Funk made what proved to be a moot reply.

“Then a group of us should band together and file lawsuits! Who’s with me?”

Harding is a reporter based in Saskatchewan

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Maverick leader describes his perfect successor

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” interim leader Jay Hill told the Western Standard.




Jay Hill, interim leader of the federal Maverick Party, says he hopes for a candidate for his replacement is someone that can “move the provinces and premiers towards greater autonomy for the West.”

On Wednesday, the Maverick Party released the rules for its leadership race that will see a new leader elected May 14, 2022.

The party will officially be accepting leadership applications as early as January 3 with a deadline of April 30.

Hill says he hopes to see two to six candidates apply.

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” Hill told the Western Standard.

“We’re more so focused on the quality side of things rather than quantity.”

The Maverick Party, formerly known as Wexit Canada, advocates for greater autonomy for Western Canadian provinces including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the three territories.

“I’d like to see someone with the right vision and oratory skills to communicate with passion for Western Canadians,” said Hill.

Hill pointed to Quebec’s position within Canada and said the Maverick Party supports moving the western provinces in that direction.

Included in the list of rules for those interested in throwing their hat into the leadership race is a registration fee set at $10,000.

“Our governing council really struggled with that fee,” said Hill, who indicated the registration fee is still “substantially less” than any of the other federal parties.  

“We were really aiming for the right balance — that sweet spot — where you want to be realistic and make it doable and not a deterrent.

“It’s efficient to get serious contenders with serious commitment to register and not those with frivolous reasons.”

Hill, the former House leader for the Conservative Party of Canada, said he’s “too old” to run the party moving forward.

“My roll in elected office is done,” said Hill, adding he was done with the “high stress and high drama” when he quit federal politics in the fall of 2010.

When a new leader is elected in May, Hill plans to stay on and assist the party “depending on the needs of the new leader and how he or she feels I can contribute the most.”

Hill said he is excited and is looking forward to “a good, credible and lively leadership race.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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Maverick Party petition calls for carbon tax break for Canadians

Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.




The Maverick Party, with a newly launched petition, is calling on the federal government to suspend the collection of carbon taxes from Canadians from January 1 to April 1, 2022.

Carbon tax is a levy imposed on human activity that results in carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere, usually by the burning of fossil fuels like gasoline, natural gas and coal.

The petition notes although carbon taxes are designed to “change behaviour,” the rising costs of living are an “added extra burden” on taxpayers.  

The petition also says the party “understands that the cost of living is increasing at a pace that families can’t keep up with,” pointing to “skyrocketing” inflation and the cost of essential items rising.

“Many Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.

“The federal government can alleviate some of the burden by declaring a carbon tax moratorium on New Year’s Day 2022.”

The Maverick Party is demanding the government give Canadians who are “drowning financially” a break to get through what will likely be “the most expensive winter in memory,”

The Trudeau government implemented the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in 2019 that was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in March of this year.

“Putting a price on carbon pollution is widely recognized as the most efficient means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also driving innovation,” the Government of Canada states on its website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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