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Small town Alberta diner shut down by AHS for COVID breaches

The diner’s website said they had been a finalist in the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction.

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A restaurant in Bonnyville has been shuttered by Alberta Health Services for not following provincial rules on the vaccine passport.

AHS said Jennie’s Diner and Bakery had repeatedly broken COVID-19 regulations that demand vaccine passports be used at provincial restaurants.

“By an order dated, Oct. 26, 2021, an executive officer of AHS has ordered these premises, Jennie’s Diner and Bakery, closed until the nuisance has been removed or corrected to the satisfaction of an executive officer of AHS,” said a sign on the door, as reported by lakelandconnect.com

AHS said they noted COVID-19 violations during inspections on October 5, 15, 21 and 22.

“Over 12 months, Jennie’s Diner and Bakery has been in violation of several AHS health mandates, including staff not masking, insufficient physical distancing, no masking requirements implemented and in-restaurant dining when prohibited,” said the AHS.

The diner’s website said they had been a finalist in the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction.

Bonneyville is a town of 6,000 located between Cold Lake and St. Paul.

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  1. Kelly Carter

    October 28, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Sounds like an excellent way to bring back confidence in the economy. Shut down all those nasty small businesses who refuse to comply with Hinshaw’s draconian health orders that don’t stop the spread of jack shit. I am so done with every last on of those ifiotic AHS bureaucrats who can’t find their way out of a wet paper bag. They all need to be fired, as well as Hinshaw and all the MLA and Notley who think this crap is appropriate.

  2. TM

    October 28, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Cut WS some slack on this one. The story, as it is reported right now, is simply a NEWS story, NOT an opinion piece. I’m sure if given an opportunity to talk with the owner, we will see that here as well.

    They have reported the events, and official commentary from the AHS Nazi’s (who, incidentally, all of whom should be lined up and flogged with piles of their own feces).

    In the end I know if given the chance I will support Jennie’s diner next time I am through Bonnyville. At the same time, I will also confer the deserved amount of “attention” to any AHS Nazi scum that happens to cross my path.

  3. j n

    October 28, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    I get the feeling the the WS is going more CBC everyday. ->Agreed

    Ive stopped paying

  4. Dennis

    October 28, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Easy for you to say it’s not legal Eldon until the jackboots show up and chain the doors shut. Then it’s one lonely business owner against the Beast. The Public has to stand up and support these folks but those people are few and far between. Sad but True.

  5. John Lankers

    October 28, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Eldon, ‘legal standing’ doesn’t mean anything anymore, all they (AHS) need is a corrupt judge to hand down the desired verdict. Chris Scott and the Pawlovski brothers are living proof.

  6. Eldon

    October 28, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Nothing the AHS says or does has any legal standing. They have yet to prove in court that there is an emergency. Because it isn’t!

  7. Dennis

    October 28, 2021 at 10:20 am

    WS, where is the REST OF THE STORY? You’ve given us the Jackboot Version now, how about the business owner? No comment there? I get the feeling the the WS is going more CBC everyday. What’s up Derek?

  8. Andrew Red Deer

    October 28, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Unfortunately all those who have taken the shot are on that side, whether you believe the numbers given out by Kenney or Hinshaw is a matter of conjecture, but suffice to say that over 50% have done so, and thats why the sheep have won. It all comes down to who gets the prize when the vaccine does its job and kills all of them that have, we will see who is left standing.

  9. Gordon Wereley

    October 28, 2021 at 10:17 am

    I agree with Dennis 100%.

  10. Ken

    October 28, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I’m with Dennis

  11. Dennis

    October 28, 2021 at 10:10 am

    The AHS Jackboots just doing their job to curtail this COVID Hotbed of disrespectful citizens trying to make a living and enjoy a meal. Are Albertans on side with this shit? If so, we are in deep trouble.

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UCP MLA calls AHS ‘bloated’ and ‘underperforming’

“Even at a 90% inoculation rate in those 12 and older, we struggle with capacity,” said Guthrie criticizing AHS for the lack of available hospital beds throughout the pandemic and the many cancelled surgeries as a result.

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Alberta Health Services is “failing” and needs “transformation,” says UCP MLA for Airdrie-Cochrane Peter Guthrie in a Facebook post.

Guthrie posted the video on Tuesday and said after speaking with many of his constituents, he had been “wrestling” with his thoughts on the state of Alberta’s healthcare system.

Guthrie highlighted the two-year period of the pandemic going from “zero data and no vaccine” to having data from around the world and a vaccine, “yet we seem to be in a circular loop.”

“Even at a 90% inoculation rate in those 12 and older, we struggle with capacity,” said Guthrie, criticizing AHS for the lack of available hospital beds throughout the pandemic and the many cancelled surgeries as a result.

“And AHS seems to recite the same recycled ideas including masking, passports and other various restrictions.”

In September, Guthrie said he and other MLAs questioned AHS and the Alberta government on the use of vaccine passports saying they were “divisive and possibly ineffective in stopping transmission,” and were showing waning efficacy.

“I don’t feel our health leaders adjusted to this evidence,” said Guthrie.

Guthrie also criticized AHS for not investing in researching treatments for COVID-19 symptoms and for working to “deter” the use of early treatments.

“AHS and the College of Physicians (and Surgeons of Alberta – CPSA) have penalized, suspended and even revoked licenses’ of those Alberta doctors trying to find a treatment, including anti-viral medications, that may help a patient avoid symptoms.”

Guthrie took aim at the “billions of added dollars” the government has put into healthcare for AHS to hire more doctors yet said wait times have not improved across the province. He also referenced a report by the Fraser Institute that pegged Canada as second behind Switzerland for the most expensive universal healthcare system in the world, but added Canada also sits among the bottom on performance.

“This reinforces the need for reform,” said Guthrie, adding he doesn’t blame frontline workers and suggests we should be looking to those healthcare workers for suggestions on how to improve what he calls a “failing” healthcare system.

Guthrie said pre-COVID19 — and immediately after he was elected — he and other MLAs felt upper management changes in AHS were necessary.

“We felt that AHS was a bloated, underperforming entity that requires transformation,” said Guthrie.

“With the uninspiring performance of AHS over the last two years, right or wrong, that sentiment still holds with me.”

Guthrie said he believes “high-calibre candidates” should be sought outside of AHS and said the healthcare system in Alberta should not be left to continue struggling and suggested other strategies should be explored by professional consultants from outside AHS.

“We must endeavour to generate confidence, not fear,” said Guthrie encouraging people to share their ideas and thoughts on how to improve Alberta’s healthcare system.

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

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Omicron grounds every 1 in 5 WestJet flights in February

Customers affected by the new cutbacks will hear from WestJet within the next few days.

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A total of 20% of WestJet flights will be cancelled in February — Omicron and past layoffs are to blame.

“As we continue to navigate the unpredictability of the Omicron variant on our staffing levels, along with the ongoing barriers to international travel, we are making every effort to proactively manage our schedule in order to minimize disruption to our guests’ travel plans,” said President & CEO Harry Taylor in a press release. 

“To our guests impacted by these additional consolidations, we sincerely apologize for the disruption and appreciate your continued understanding and patience.”

Customers affected by the new cutbacks will hear from WestJet within the next few days.

The aviation industry is the only transportation sector in Canada requiring full vaccination status to use and is the highest COVID-19 tested consumer activity in the country.

“Canada remains one of the only countries in the world requiring multiple molecular tests for fully-vaccinated travellers — these testing resources should be redeployed to our communities,” said Taylor, commenting on the demand to stop arrival testing.

The measures are in addition to the 15% reduction in flights implemented in January because of staff shortages.

These events follow the December deadline for WestJet employees to be vaccinated, where hundreds of employees were fired because of their vaccination status.

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

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Misery index places Canada in bottom ranks

“Canadians are rightly concerned about the country’s high inflation and unemployment rates, and when compared to other developed countries, Canada is not doing well.”

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Canada’s combination of high rates of inflation and unemployment have secured it the sixth most “miserable” advanced economy in the world.

Tuesday morning, the Fraser Institute released a study that ranked the International Monetary Fund’s top 35 economic countries.

With an inflation rate of 3.15% and unemployment rate of 7.72%, Canada’s 2021 Misery Index score is 10.88.

“Canadians are rightly concerned about the country’s high inflation and unemployment rates, and when compared to other developed countries, Canada is not doing well,” said Jason Clements, executive vice president of the Fraser Institute.

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American economist Arthur Okun created the Misery Index to understand the level of economic strain felt on an everyday basis for regular citizens of a country.

Inflation and unemployment act as measures that drastically affect the costs of living that impacts economic well-being on an individual level.

Only five countries received worse scores than Canada, Spain in the last spot with a score of 17.61, followed by Greece (15.73), Italy (11.96) and Iceland (11.26)

Countries above Canada’s score include France (10.10), the United States (9.72), Australia (7.33), and the United Kingdom (7.17).

Japan (2.61) and Switzerland (3.57) received the top scores being the least miserable.

The Misery Index was prominent in policy discussions during the 1970s and 1980s, but fell out of the spotlight during the 1990s while inflation and unemployment was low.

“The fact we are again discussing the Misery Index and Canada’s high ranking on it is bad news for all Canadians, who will suffer as a result,” Clemens said.

“Governments across Canada, particularly the federal government, should prioritize those policies that will make Canadians less miserable by lowering inflation and unemployment.”

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

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