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Price to fill up will soon be pain in the gas

The federal government plans to increase its carbon tax from $40 per tonne today to $170 per tonne in 2030. That would translate to the current 9 cent per litre carbon tax rising to nearly 40 cents per litre, said the CTF in a release.

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Holy sticker shock, Batman!

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released a report Thursday that shows what current gas prices would cost Canadian drivers with a $170 per tonne carbon tax and the federal government’s planned second carbon tax.

“Drivers are feeling the pain of high gas prices and the carbon tax hikes would make these prices more painful,” said Franco Terrazzano, federal director with the CTF. 

“The federal carbon tax hikes would push gas prices to more than $2 per litre in some cities. These sky-high gas prices should be a wake-up call for politicians to prioritize relief at the pumps.”

The federal government plans to increase its carbon tax from $40 per tonne today to $170 per tonne in 2030. That would translate to the current nine cent per litre carbon tax rising to nearly 40 cents per litre, said the CTF in a release.

The federal government is planning on imposing a second carbon tax through fuel regulations, which could increase the price of gas by up to 11 cents per litre, it said.

The CTF report shows what current fuel prices would be with a $170 per tonne carbon tax and proposed fuel regulations. The report assumes that drivers in all provinces will be required to pay a $170 per tonne carbon tax and second carbon tax. The table below highlights the costs for drivers:

CityCurrent gas price/L (Oct. 25)Gas price/L (including $170 per tonne carbon tax)Gas price/L (including $170 per tonne carbon tax + second carbon tax)Total cost to fuel up minivan ($170 per tonne carbon tax + second carbon tax)
St. John’s$1.64 $1.97 $2.10 $159.36 
Charlottetown$1.49 $1.85 $1.97 $149.90 
Halifax$1.47 $1.89 $2.01 $153.07 
Fredericton$1.48 $1.81 $1.94 $147.20 
Montreal$1.54 $1.90 $2.02 $153.77
Toronto$1.46 $1.78 $1.91 $145.08 
Winnipeg$1.43 $1.73 $1.85 $140.38 
Regina$1.42 $1.72 $1.84 $139.62 
Calgary$1.42 $1.72 $1.84 $139.62 
Vancouver$1.62 $1.91 $1.91 $145.16 
Courtesy CTF

“Taxes already cost Canadians big time at the pumps and that tax bill will only grow with carbon tax hikes,” said Terrazzano. 

“Politicians looking to improve affordability must provide tax relief at the pumps and that starts with scrapping the carbon tax.”

Kevin Lacey, the Alberta director of the CTF, said Alberta drivers are starting to get frustrated.

“Albert adrivers are feeling the pain at the pumps and the federal government’s carbon tax hikes will inflate the already big tax bill,” said Lacey.

“These sky-high gas prices should be a wakeup call for politicians to prioritize relief at the pumps.”

With the increased carbon tax, Vancouver’s current gas prices would be $1.91 per litre, not including any other tax hikes or an increase in the price of oil.

“B.C. families are already struggling with some of the highest costs of living in North America, and these planned carbon tax hikes will kick them even harder,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director for the CTF.

“Everyday hardworking people can’t afford to pay $145 to fill up their minivans.”

You can find the CTF’s report here.

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  1. Left Coast

    October 28, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    This will drive the big Canada Bus further into the Economic Ditch . . .

    The “Little” People will no longer be able to afford their cars, with 1000s of used cars on the market prices will drop. Gas Stations, Body Shops, Used Car Lots, Auto Parts suppliers and Transmission Shops will have fewer customers. They will close branches and/or lay off staff they no longer need.

    On the bright side, roads will be less crowded & Public Transit will be taxed to the max.

    Canada is in a desperate race to the Bottom . . . 6 years of Insane Spending and Bad Decisions made by a Trust Funder, Two Time University Dropout and his Cabinet of Mediocrity & Diversity.

  2. Carol Miles

    October 28, 2021 at 9:27 am

    We only need to look at who Trudeau picked for the Environment minister and the Minister of Natural Resources to know the future does not look bright for Alberta.
    Since the east and British Columbia do not want our “dirty” oil and have made every effort possible to curb the industry, we need to keep our oil and gas in Alberta. Make Alberta energy self sufficient including all the spinoff industries from petroleum products of which there are many.
    Take a page from Premier Lougheed and see how fast Trudeau comes to the table and takes Alberta seriously.

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Maskless teen student with asthma ostracized at Calgary Catholic school

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt,” said 14-year-old Darius.

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A Calgary Catholic school has segregated and since banned a student from attending school for not wearing a mask, says the student’s parents.

And before that, teachers had even taped off an area around the boy’s desk “like a crime scene.”

Darius Lynn, a Grade 9 student at St. Helena Junior High School in Calgary, suffers from asthma and was permitted to go maskless at his desk during the 2020-2021 school year.

When Darius returned to St. Helena for the 2021-2022 school year, without his parents’ knowledge, he was advised he would be required to wear a mask full time.

He complied for the first few months but eventually reported to his parents in late November he was struggling to breathe while wearing the mask.

“I had no idea he was told to wear a mask again this year,” Darius’ mother Stephanie told the Western Standard.

“My husband and I just assumed he wasn’t needing to wear a mask again this year.”

Stephanie said she and her husband Paul reached out to the new principal and Darius’ teachers to request they allow their son the same exemption as the previous year.

They were told he would need a doctor’s note, which Stephanie said they have been unable to acquire.

“Mask exemptions are impossible to get,” said Stephanie.

“Right now, doctors are just too scared to write them.”

Stephanie said the school’s solution was to, “move my son’s desk into the hallway.”

Darius also spoke with the Western Standard and said the teenagers in his class referred to him as an “outsider” after he was moved into the hallway.

“When they did group projects, they would just send me to the library and I had to work on my own,” said Darius.  

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt.”

Stephanie said she and her husband tried to appeal to the principal, but “she wouldn’t budge,” so they reached out to the superintendent.

“We begged for her to let Darius back into the classroom but he ended up sitting out there for two weeks where he was discriminated against and basically ridiculed so we contacted the superintendent,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said she emailed Chief Superintendent Bryan Szumlas with the Catholic School Board who helped the Lynns get their son moved back into his classroom.

“So, he was moved back into the classroom, which was good, but what we didn’t know was that his teachers taped off the floor around his desk like a crime scene,” said Stephanie.

“After they put tape on the floor around my desk, some of the kids in my class would step past the tape and pretend they couldn’t breathe,” said Darius, explaining the teasing he endured.

Darius said his teachers had witnessed some of the teasing, but said, “most of the time the teachers didn’t do anything about it.

“They (teachers) also made me wait a few minutes before I could move to my next class because there were basically a bunch of students in the halls.”

“It was just awful what they were doing to him. They were treating him like a walking disease and visibly segregating him,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said Darius had to stay within his taped boundaries for about a week until Christmas break.

“After the break, the principal notified us that Darius wouldn’t be welcome back if he wasn’t willing to wear a mask,” said Stephanie.

“In fact, one of the communications with the school referred to his asthma as his ‘apparent asthma’ like we were making it up or something.

“They said he could move to the online schooling system or do their D2L system from home,” said Stephanie referring to a web-based learning system offered throughout the school division.

“He doesn’t do well online so we are just trying to do the best we can. He’s in Grade 9, he should be able to be with his peers to finish off his last year in middle school.”

Darius said he has mixed feelings about not returning to school.

“I’m just really upset that I don’t get to see my friends anymore, but I also feel like I have less distractions at home,” said Darius.

Stephanie said it’s been a hard year for Darius as he also had to walk away from community hockey due to the vaccination mandates and additional costs associated with frequent rapid testing.

“He is totally destroyed,” said Stephanie.

The Lynns have two other sons — both attending Notre Dame High School — one in Grade 11 who is special needs and one in Grade 12.

“The real kicker for us is that we have a special needs son who has never worn a mask, doesn’t social distance and we have never been required to show a doctor’s note for him,” said Stephanie.

“They have totally humiliated my son and I’m angry. We just want our son to be treated with dignity and compassion. He has lost hockey because of the mandates and now he isn’t allowed to go to school.”

The family has since been referred to Area Director Deana Helton with regard to their son’s situation.

The Western Standard has contacted the school principal along with Helton but hasn’t heard back yet.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Copping strikes EMS advisory committee amid system strains, red alerts

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May.

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Health Minister Jason Copping has appointed MLAs R.J. Sigurdson (Highwood) and Tracy Allard (Grande Prairie) to co-chair a new EMS committee to address “unprecedented” demands on the healthcare system.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is also rolling out a 10-point plan to maximize EMS system capacity.

The government listed many aggravating factors driving the system strains including “EMS staffing fatigue and illness, hospital offload delays, more requests for patient transfers, delays in receiving new ambulances and specialized vehicle parts caused by global supply issues.”

The province has seen a plethora of “red alerts” reported by EMS members and tweeted by the Union of Health Care Professionals @HSAAlbertaEMS. A red alert is when there are no available ambulances for emergency calls.

The government also reported a 30% increase in 911 calls in recent months. There was no mention of personnel shortages caused by the government’s COVID-19 mandate.

“Alberta’s government has been supportive of EMS throughout the pandemic. As we approach the peak of Omicron cases, we know the EMS system is seeing significant strain, which impacts service. We recognize this is a challenge and are taking immediate steps to improve emergency care access while we explore longer-term solutions,” said Copping.

AHS will immediately hire more paramedics, transfer low-priority calls to other agencies, and stop automatic ambulance dispatch to motor vehicle accidents with no injuries. AHS is also “launching pilot projects to manage non-emergency inter-facility transfers, and initiating an ‘hours of work’ project to help ease staff fatigue.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of AHS is confident these actions “will allow us to better support our EMS staff and front-line paramedics, and in turn this will ensure our patients receive the best care possible.”

Additionally, AHS will issue a request for proposals in February to conduct a third-party review of Alberta’s provincewide EMS dispatch system.

“The objective review by external health system experts will provide further opportunities to address ongoing pressures, improve effectiveness and efficiency through best practices, and provide the best outcomes for Albertans who call 911 during a medical event,” the government said.

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May. Committee representatives include “contracted ambulance operators, unions representing paramedics, municipal representatives and Indigenous community representatives.”

Sigurdson said the committee will consider taxpayers’ needs.

“Albertans expect that when they call 911 in their time of greatest need, EMS will always answer. The committee’s goal will be focused around ensuring and improving service to Albertans while supporting the most critical piece of that equation: our EMS staff across all of Alberta.”

Amber Gosselin is a Western Standard reporter.
agosselin@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: O’Toole will not be welcoming the truckers in Ottawa

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy, it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in.”

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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was asked six times during a Monday press conference about his stance on the truckers Freedom Convoy 2022, before giving a vague answer.

“We have been talking with the Canadian Trucking Alliance for several months,” said O’Toole told reports.

“We’ve seen a crisis in the supply chain coming for several months and we’ve proposed policies to try to help alleviate that. The most important of which is vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

O’Toole press conference

Other specific. questions on the truckers’ comments were left with vague answers.

But the end of the conference O’Toole said it’s not his place to get involved.

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy — it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in,” O’Toole said.

“We’ve been trying to tackle the supply chain crisis, encourage vaccination, not ignore problems and divide the country like Mr. (Justin) Trudeau does.”

O’Toole said policies cannot be put in place which could contribute to supply chain issues, as Canadians are already worried about their grocery bills.

O’Toole said he was focused on the economic strain Canadians are having, with record inflation, cost of living, 30% higher gas prices and the housing market’s rising costs,.

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

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