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Some parents appalled by COVID curriculum in Alberta schools

The booklet, titled Riding The Fourth Wave, covers a wide range of information on COVID-19 including topics with heading such as “How Vaccines Work”, “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated”, “An Unusual Passport” and “Protests and Controversy.”




Some parents are up in arms over a new curriculum circulating in Alberta elementary and middle schools that teaches about COVID-19, vaccinations, and social responsibility in a pandemic.

The booklet, titled Riding The Fourth Wave, covers a wide range of information on COVID-19 including topics with heading such as “How Vaccines Work,” “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated,” “An Unusual Passport” and “Protests and Controversy.”

“The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is responsible for delivering the Alberta Program of Studies as set by Alberta Education. However, schools may provide information to students and have discussions in class on current events and topics occurring in their community, as appropriate.‎ Our teachers have the flexibility to use a variety of resources to meet the outcomes of the programs of study, and encourage critical thinking by students,” said the CBE in a statement to the Western Standard.

Riding the Fourth Wave curriculum

The workbook also includes a series of questions to complete once the information has been read as well as a cartoon with the headings “Science” and “Fiction” that points to an article on Forbes.com as a source to help children learn how to spot misinformation.

“Find out more about the false and dangerous misinformation spreading online that COVID-19 can be treated with substances like bleach and horse de-wormer,” the curriculum reads.

The horse de-wormer references an anti-parasitic medication for both humans and animals — prescribed in different forms — that has come under fire and is currently banned in Canada and the U.S. as a treatment for COVID-19.  Although Health Canada and Alberta Health Services (AHS) have banned Ivermectin for treating COVID-19, dissenting studies argue that it is safe and effective.

One activity asks children to create a “Pros” and “Cons” chart about vaccine passports with a partner. Another activity states that “unvaccinated COVID-19 patients are overwhelming the healthcare system” and quotes a doctor saying, “They seem to value freedom without any sense of social responsibility.” Students are then asked to share their opinion on the subject.

Riding the Fourth Wave curriculum

One mother with a child in Calgary’s Foundation for the Future Charter Academy said she is “furious” over the assignment.

The mother spoke to the Western Standard on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of her child.

“When I asked about the assignment, they convinced me it was their normal curriculum and they always have these types of assignments,” said the mother.

“But I realize they are entirely brainwashing our kids, especially with questions where my kid has to choose which is more valuable — freedom or social responsibility?”

Another parent of a student at Calgary’s West Ridge middle school in Wentworth asked to remain anonymous to protect her child from repercussions.

“I was so bothered by what I saw.”

“My son came home and was out of sorts. I mean, adults can’t even make sense of all this, you expecting 12- and 13-year-olds to make sense of it?”

The child’s parents reached out to the school principal and were told the “political cartoon” is part of the curriculum they are teaching and were informed the information was taken from a CBE resource site that many teachers use.

“There are two sides to every story and our kids should have a chance to see both sides,” said one of the mothers.

“The teachers are always plugging the vaccine and it’s putting our kids in a position where they can’t stand up to them. We are pretty firm and united as a family on our beliefs around this. My kid felt sick over this and wanted to come home.”

Another parent who spoke to the Western Standard has a child in Esther Starkman public school in Edmonton. Her child also felt uncomfortable about the COVID-19 material they were covering in class.

“My child knows where we stand on the vaccine and told me about what they were covering so I asked that it be brought home,” said the mom.

“In my opinion, the article was very concerning, propaganda-driven and not suitable for elementary kids. No information was included about the long-term studies on the vaccine and the side effects.”

That mother said she hasn’t reached out to the school yet in fear of her child being discriminated against and bullied.

“We have experienced the side effects in two family members of mine and yet the article makes it look so simple and safe to take the vaccine, kids included,” she said.

“I want to raise a critical thinker and the article was nothing close to that.”

The Western Standard reached out to Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange’s office but did not receive a comment before publication.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

Melanie Risdon is a Calgary-based Reporter for the Western Standard. She has over 20 years experience in media at Global News, Rogers and Corus. mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Major Tom

    October 28, 2021 at 3:27 am

    Turning one’s children over to total strangers for five days a week, 10 months of the year…for 12 years isn’t logical! Would you give your child to a stranger on the street?

  2. Left Coast

    October 27, 2021 at 10:56 am

    This is coming here soon, if not already starting . . .

    70 Percent of COVID-19 Deaths Both in Sweden and UK in September Were “Fully Vaccinated”

    Government data revealed that in September, 70% of COVID-19 deaths both in Sweden and the UK were “fully vaccinated” individuals.

    Swedish Public Health Agency reported that 70% of Covid 19 deaths involved “fully vaccinated” individuals between Sept. 1 and Sept. 24, according to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The country recorded about 130 fatal Covid cases during that period.

    Between September 6 and October 3, 70 percent of deadly COVID cases occurred in the fully-jabbed, according to the UKHSA data, with 2,281 deaths in “fully vaccinated” people and just 611 in the unvaccinated within 28 days of a positive test. Partially vaccinated people accounted for 98 deaths.

    The COVID-19 fatalities among “fully vaccinated” Brits represented a dramatic increase from August, The Exposé observed. Public Health England last month had reported 600 coronavirus deaths in the unvaccinated population between August 9 and September 5 and 1,659 in the doubly-vaccinated.

    The latest UKSHA figures also showed that vaccinated patients dominated COVID-19 hospitalizations. 3,910 “fully vaccinated” people were admitted to the hospital for COVID between September 6 and October 3, compared with around 2,400 unvaccinated patients. The fully or partially vaccinated together accounted for roughly 64 percent of total COVID-related hospitalizations.

    Former CDC Director Robert Redfield Claims More Than 40% COVID-19 Deaths in Maryland Were Fully Vaccinated.


  3. Proudly_Free

    October 27, 2021 at 10:44 am

    It’s the newest edition of the “The Little Red Book” originally written by Mao Tse Tung, founder of the CCP, filled with CCP propaganda regarding the CCP virus that originated at a CCP bioweapons lab in Wuhan China and was also funded by CCP allies who have now infiltrated the Pentagon, NIH, and probably also Health Canada, at least the high-security lab in Winnipeg, not to mention every single federal political party in Canada. Except the PPC. How many school boards received millions from Big Pharma to write this garbage?

    We shouldn’t be surprised at this. Our public “education system” has been a public propaganda system for decades. Our kids were already being brainwashed by climate, CRT and gender bullshit long before the CCP plague started, as just a few examples. And the CCP plague is just part of the whole same satanic agenda.

    Parents can easily take this as an opportunity to turn it back on the teachers. If they want an opinion on this, I’ll send the kid back to the classroom with an opinion alright. And they’ll be sorry they asked. I’ll give em a free bonus; they wanted the kid’s opinion and they’ll get mine too along with a threat that if they don’t back down, we’re taking over the school system and will set up a parents’ led tribunal before which CBE execs along with guilty principals and teachers will sit and answer for their crimes of child abuse and indoctrination. And we’d also investigate for corruption and bribery to see if they have been taking $$$ from Big Pharma or any other foreign interests. I’m pretty sure the answer to that would be yes. Let’s follow the example of our brothers and sisters down south. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

  4. Left Coast

    October 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

    25 years ago last September I enrolled my second son in a Private Christian School.
    Cost me the price of a new car as he attended up to Grade 8.
    When he got to public high school he was a Thinker and well rounded person. When Krazy Al’s Movie hit the School he had his own Movie “The GW Conspiracy” in his back pack and pulled it out every time a teacher produced theirs. No Teacher ever wanted to watch both & have a discussion . . . they always put Al’s Movie back in the drawer.
    Today at 31 my Son is a skilled tradesman with his own business, red pilled & doing well.

    I knew in the 80s that the Marxist Teachers’ Union & most of their members were sub-standard . . . if you can keep your children & grand children far away from them.

  5. Barbara

    October 27, 2021 at 9:20 am

    I’m astounded how Canadian parents are willing to donate their kids for an experimental jab. They’ll sacrifice them to get along, to feel safe?
    Look at what Dr Bridle has to say and share.


  6. StaceyKa

    October 27, 2021 at 9:01 am

    This has pretty much caused me to loose so much faith in our education system. I went into this pandemic totally naive and trusting of our teachers, but wow this really wakes one up! I had no idea our education system was used to spread propaganda. This is disgusting, makes me ill to read the brainwashing and lies being spread to our children.

  7. The Real Kevin

    October 27, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Well, I guess I get to be the one to tell you all.

    You wanted government run healthcare? This is government run healthcare.
    You wanted government run education? This is government run education.

    The people who turned away the MS St Louis, dreamt up the 60s scoop, residential schools, all of that, they are all gone; but their allies and friends and students never left. Exactly the same types of people are always attracted to power; always will be.

    Everyone should be happy. These are the slogans you keep voting for, in action. You won, you have exactly what you wanted.

  8. Dominic Ieraci

    October 27, 2021 at 8:53 am

    So when have we had enough? Are we going to overthrow these tyrants or be ground into dust?

  9. Glenn Taylor

    October 27, 2021 at 7:01 am

    This is why we need charter schools. They’re little more than ideological bootcamps for the left which is entirely responsible for the absurd stuff we see in society today.

    Imagine the outrage from the left if a teacher was promoting the Bible in the classroom? Yet they think it’s just fine to push their religion.

  10. Ariana McKone

    October 27, 2021 at 7:01 am

    This is why all freedom loving people need to pull their kids out of public school. What you teach kids in these formative years stays with them for a life time. They are going to grow up afraid and believing that freedom is selfish. They are teaching them to support segregation as good for society and that only those who obey the government are good people. We need to protect our children now more then ever. Because these kids are going to come home to you and start hating you for not “working together for the good of society”. Every tyrannical government knows that you need to transfer children’s loyalty from their families to the state. Truly, if you want to keep your kids free, get them out!!!

  11. Jennifer Dyck

    October 26, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    When the top armchair docs are manipulating numbers to deceive everyone, what else should we expect? https://thenationaltelegraph.com/regional/ahs-achieves-92-percent-vaccination-rate-by-removing-26255-staff-members

  12. Tony

    October 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Give your children a figurative vaccine against bad politcal ideology framed as public education. Buy for them, and read with them, the following i) The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible by Ken Schoolland and ii) Whatever Happened to Penny Candy and Whatever Happened to Justice, both by Richard Maybury (the first and best two books in the Uncle Eric series of books by Maybury). Circumstances of life leave many of us stuck with public education, but we can still teach our own children what we think is right.

  13. Tony

    October 26, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    It is so discouraging to see how complacent people are when it comes to the individual freedoms and property rights that are the cornerstone of our prosperous and peaceful society. Presenting the question to children as a false dichotomy shows how disingenous the authors of this so-called curriculum are. These propaganists want to teach children to think of our rights as privileges granted to them that can be taken away in exchange for some false and transitory granting of safety.

  14. Kevin

    October 26, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    It will be a cold day in hell before I let my grand kids be part of this genetic experiment. The affects from this global madness will be devastating on our future. I am stricken with sadness at the utter contempt for human life that these monsters have. This is pure evil folks and we better get our shit together before it’s too late for the human race. The time to act is NOW.

  15. Hiccup Haddock

    October 26, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Here is a potential solution for some folks, I use this curriculum for my 4 children.


  16. Bill Mccann

    October 26, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    This is not why kids go to school. Propaganda.

  17. Jerry Terpstra

    October 26, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    When did the school board get away from teaching the basics. Reading, writing, math. History etc. now its to further the governments propoganda. Who are these people. Not Canadaians.

  18. Left Coast

    October 26, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    The arbitrary evolution of Irish COVID policy over the past 18 months has made it clear that public health officials and government policy makers have no idea what they are doing. If proof were needed, County Waterford provides it. According to data published on October 21, Waterford City South has the nation’s highest 14-day incidence rate at 1,486 cases per 100,000 and Tramore-Waterford City West has the third highest at 1,122 cases per 100,000. This is despite internal travel bans and the county’s more than 90 percent vaccination rate.

    Waterford is running three times the rate of the nation writ large, Ireland as a whole is not faring particularly well, especially given its draconian restrictions. In the seven days preceding October 21, Ireland reported 2,026 new cases. To put that number in perspective, wide-open Florida had 2,262 cases during that same period with a population more than four times greater than the Irish Republic’s.

    Most major newspapers have reported on the Waterford quandary, but they do so without any serious reflection. No one seems particularly curious as to how an almost fully vaccinated people can be spreading the disease among its members.


  19. Left Coast

    October 26, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    The FDA panel has voted 17 to 0 to approve the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds. One of the FDA Panelists, Dr. Ruben, outlined his support by saying “We’re never gonna learn about how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it. That’s the way it goes.”

    Good luck folks . . . volunteering your Children to test a mRNA Gene Therapy Vax is not very bright, the chances of a bad outcome are many times higher than dying from Covid.

  20. Left Coast

    October 26, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Teachers’ Union pushing Propaganda . . . this is pure Fascism!
    “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated” . . . that is NOT Science.
    The VAXED can carry and spread the virus and are now proven Vectors creating Variants.
    It is the VAXED that are filling hospitals ALL over the World. Turn out the VAX wears out after 5 or 6 months and you need a Booster. How long will the Booster last and will you need another Booster for the next Variant?

    1000s of people have had bad reactions to the VAX . . . 1 in 650 are the chances of having a bad reaction. Many have died from the VAX or had life altering reactions.

    Healthy Children are far more likely to suffer a bad outcome from the VAX than they are from the Wuhan Flu . . . their chances of dying from the Virus are near ZERO.

  21. Declan Carroll

    October 26, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    “They seem to value freedom without any sense of social responsibility.” Students are then asked to share their opinion on the subject”.

    That’s right I value liberty for then safety because without liberty you end up having neither. Without liberty there is no safety. What is wrong with these people they are a bunch of idiots whoblindly parrot the hive mind talking points without asking any questions at all. Also I will add look at the arrogance of this statement like people who value liberty are some kind of alien from another planet. Like excuse me partner but uhhhhh we have been living in a democracy for the last 250 years. I just love how these people like to play pretend that up until 2 years ago this has how we have been living for generations. The cognitive dissonance is mind blowing and historians will talk about this stupidity and perfom analysis on it for a 1000 years going forward.

  22. Baron Not Baron

    October 26, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    FDA just approved the injections for kids. Are you going to save your kid? Or are you just going to go along as you do with everything else? Asking for a friend.

  23. Roger Waterhouse

    October 26, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    They should be appalled! This is appalling, total propaganda.

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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.




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.




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.




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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