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Wall says Calgary oil firms should seek greener pastures

Wall made the comment in a tweet, the day after incoming mayor Jyoti Gondek said fighting for climate change would be her top priority.




Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall says it might be time for oil and gas companies to “move past” Calgary and set up shop in friendlier cities.

Wall made the comment in a tweet, the day after incoming mayor Jyoti Gondek said fighting for climate change would be her top priority.

“Maybe Calgary oil and gas HQ’d companies should ‘move past’ Calgary and look to some other more welcoming cities,” Wall tweeted.

Wall served as the 14th premier of Saskatchewan from November 21, 2007 until February 2, 2018.

Wall tweet

Gondek said her top priority is to declare a “climate emergency” in the city of Calgary.

The BOE Report – Canada’s Source for Oil & Gas News, reported Gondek said Calgary has had “years” to declare a climate emergency, and now is the time “to get serious and declare a climate emergency.”

In an interview with Ryan Jespersen, Gondek claimed that would be a bold move and said it would bring capital to Calgary

She also said Calgary became “fixated” on oil and gas and that Calgary needs to “move past” that.

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. Left Coast

    October 21, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Europe in a ‘world of pain’ with unprecedented energy crunch thanks to ‘Green Energy’ policies of the elites


  2. Left Coast

    October 21, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    The only “Klimate” that Thinking Canadians should fear is the Klimate of Ignorance in a large portion of the population.
    The rush by these same fools to take an Experimental VAX . . . believing the FakeStream Media, Politicians & Health Officials . . . many who could be taking big money from the Pharma Companies like Australia. Now they want to VAX our children whose chances of dying from the Wuhan Virus is near ZERO?
    The country cannot recover or survive when such a large % of the population cling to ignorance & fantasy . . . which is why I believe Canada is well on the way to 3rd World Status.

  3. Lee Morrison

    October 21, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Calgarians have elected Nenshi in a skirt. Climate emergency? God help us.

  4. Left Coast

    October 21, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Calgary elected this klimate Loon?
    What were they thinking . . . no one with 3 functining Brain Cells believes Calgary can save the planet from the non existant Gorebull Warming.
    As almost 3 Billion people in China & India rapidly grow their Emissions into the next decade, the Calgary crowd will go broke chasing this fantasy!

  5. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    October 20, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Could it be that Calgary voters have driven the final spike in what the UCP had being working hard to achieve. THe new liberal mayor will attempt to move Calgary into the new world order . The only climate immergency that exist is the fairy dust that clouds her mind. Well done Calgary.

  6. Tony

    October 20, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Now that politicians and bureaucracies have a taste of autocracy on the basis of declaring a cooked-up “emergency”, I can only imagine what is in store for us.

  7. Tony

    October 20, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    This newly elected crew will turn a once-thriving city like Calgary into a Detroit or Baltimore, given enough time. The track record of progressivist and union beholden administrations is not good.

  8. Declan Carroll

    October 20, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Stolen elections have catastrophic consequences!

  9. Andrew

    October 20, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    mind your Sask business Wall.

  10. John Lankers

    October 20, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    The municipal election in Edmonton and Calgary was a well calculated setup, driven by Nenshi 1.0 and the media and it wouldn’t surprise me if other players were involved as well. This was probably a test run for the next provincial election.

  11. Proud Albertan

    October 20, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Not Wall but Gondek… sorry..

  12. Proud Albertan

    October 20, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Anyone else here see we in Alberta have been set up for ruin in the name of Climate… how much Alberta dollars is Wall getting to shut down the oil industry…

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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.





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.




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.




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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