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Gondek defeats Farkas to become mayor of Calgary

“Calgary — thank you. I love you,” Gondek tweeted.

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Jyoti Gondek has become the first female mayor of Calgary.

Gondek swept to power Monday night holding off main rival Jeromy Farkas by a count of 145,922 to 98,392 as of 9:30 p.m.

“Calgary — thank you. I love you,” Gondek tweeted.

“Having listened to you…you have asked me to lead with a steady hand,” she later told supporters.

Gondek first came to power in Ward 3 in 2017 and chairs the City of Calgary’s Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development and is a member of the Priorities and Finance Committee.

Prior to taking office in 2017, she was the Director of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

“This is an election like no other — and I hope this is a one-off,” Farkas told his supporters gathered at Gasoline Alley in Heritage Park.

All of the Calgary results can be found here.

…more the come.

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  1. Proudly_Free

    October 19, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    I’m smelling a big fat commie fraud rat in all this, both in Calgary and Edmonton. This race was set to be a dead heat in the latest polls right before the election, and now Farkas suddenly ends up losing by 47,000 votes? HUH?

    I call on WS to launch a formal, comprehensive journalistic Alberta 2021 municipal election investigation, document any evidence of fraud and corruption, and turn all such evidence over to the RCMP. I will soon be launching a journalism platform of my own called rocknews.com. Perhaps we can partner.

    WE ARE THE LEADERS THAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!

  2. John Lankers

    October 19, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Meanwhile, in Edmonton Sohi was declared the winner for the mayor’s chair.
    WTH is going on???

  3. K

    October 19, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Stop believing voting matters. This creature does not represent a majority of people with her radical views. These elections are simply ‘selections’. Calgary is a hub for the UN Strong Cities initiative; don’t think (they) wouldn’t claim it as their own.

  4. Clash

    October 19, 2021 at 7:53 am

    The Tabulator machines guarantee Leftist wins! All is lost! Welcome to Cubanada!

  5. Kelly Carter

    October 19, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Calgary has lost it’s collective mind! Almost 12 years of Nasty Nenshi, and they vote for his hand picked successor. I guess Calgary is trying to turn into Vancouver. What I really don’t get with the “progressives” is there is plenty of evidence that their policies don’t work, and they actually make the problems they are trying to fix much worse, and yet they double down on the idiocy because it looks good on paper. Worse they all leave countries and other parts of Canada with these failed policies because life has become so unbarrible, and then they vote for those same idiotic policies in their new home. I am so deeply disappointed in Calgary, and Alberta.

  6. Claudette Leece

    October 19, 2021 at 7:34 am

    She was Henshi pet project so no surprise there. Calgary another socialist city that loves to do themselves in. They have a 21% vacancy rate already downtown.

  7. Declan Carroll

    October 19, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Nenshi completely trashed the place for 10 years. High unemployment, high taxes and no personal liberty and Calgarians voted for another 5 years of willful destruction. There is more cheating going on or Calgarians are really out to lunch.

  8. Seven-Zero-One

    October 19, 2021 at 4:01 am

    NDP unions done a great job. There no hope half empty or Alberta. The moral compass is gone.

  9. Earl Hildebrand

    October 19, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Higher taxes, more centralized planning, less choice. Great pick Calgary, let’s become even less competitive

  10. Bryan

    October 19, 2021 at 2:28 am

    “LET’S GO BRANDON GOONDEK!

  11. Mars Hill

    October 18, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Hang in there folks, things are not as they appear.

  12. Mike Bujold

    October 18, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    She doesn’t love Calgary – she hates it, and she will Nenshi it all to shit.

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

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By LEE HARDING

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

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The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.

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Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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