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Alberta library promotes ‘How To Blow Up a Pipeline’ book

“In a time when we, as Albertans, feel attacked by a multitude of outside sources, both within our own country and abroad, for our oil and gas production, it is beyond the pale that a local library would, without any thought to the political consequence, join the fray by promoting a book that is clearly anti-pipeline,” said a reader opposed to the library highlighting the book.

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The Strathcona County Library has taken an ad out in the local paper promoting a book entitled How To Blow Up a Pipeline, by Swedish author Andreas Malm. who’s known as a Marxist.

The book was featured along with others in the library’s ad as a recommended “gift pick” chosen by “Adult Service” staff members.

This comes on the heels of activist David Suzuki’s stark warning that pipelines will be “blowing up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on,” last weekend at a protest in Victoria.  

Suzuki has been heavily criticized for his comment including from BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth.

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“Statements like that are not helpful,” said Farnworth, adding they are likely to “alarm people or cause concern.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney called Suzuki’s comments “totally irresponsible” during a press conference.

“It’s absolutely an implicit or winking incitement to violence. It’s like in the gangster movies where they say, you know, nice little pipeline you’ve got there, be a terrible thing of something happened to it,” said Kenney.

One user said the library showed “poor judgement” for highlighting the book in the published ad.

“While the title implies violence, the text of the book is not about how to build a homemade explosive device for use in blowing up a pipeline,” said the reader in an email.

“Rather, it focuses on ways and means to support anti-pipeline protests in the most effective manner.”

The reader said he doesn’t disagree with the book being available on a shelf at the library but does oppose the “unmitigated gall and poor judgement of the library staff to place a full-page ad in a newspaper promoting a book that is in direct contravention to the very underlying foundation of Alberta’s economic success, i.e. pipelines.

“In a time when we, as Albertans, feel attacked by a multitude of outside sources both within our own country and abroad, for our oil and gas production, it is beyond the pale that a local library would, without any thought to the political consequence, join the fray by promoting a book that is clearly anti-pipeline,” they said.

“It is even more absurd when one considers it’s their own province that is the most resource-rich in the country and is the single highest contributor of wealth towards national equalization payments.

The reader is calling on the Strathcona County Library to issue a public apology. 

“Alternatively, the Adult Services staff could all be replaced with individuals who are more politically astute, people with the ability to show discretion and remain neutral when dealing with highly political and contentious subject matter.”

Library spokeswoman Sally Neal said it was just a case of unfortunate timing.

“Our ‘Staff Picks’ page was not timed to coincide with David Suzuki’s comments. Our deadline for submission was Friday, November 19 while David Suzuki’s comments were made on Saturday November 20,” said Neal.

“I acknowledge that this was unfortunate timing. However, the two circumstances are not related. We do not support violence of any kind, for any reason.”

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

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. Ken

    November 26, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    I second the opinion of Declan and Left Coast

  2. Left Coast

    November 26, 2021 at 10:12 am

    The Sherwood Park Library is obviously staffed by Morons . . . next they will have some Transvestite reading this book to your Children . . .

    Too bad the “Library” does not run a seminar on Life without Fossil Fuels. The participants could all spend a week living like mid-ninteenth century surfs, with Whale Oil to light their lamps. This is the World the De-development Enviro-fascists want us to live in.

  3. RM

    November 26, 2021 at 7:45 am

    We are living in a time when opinion contrary to the Leftist agenda is being censored and dissident books are being banned and removed from library shelves. Maybe it is high time we returned the favour by clearing out Marxist garbage from libraries. Outside of Calgary and Edmonton I think there would be a lot of support for this.

  4. Declan Carroll

    November 26, 2021 at 7:12 am

    One cannot help but see the irony in having a library bought and paid for by oil and gas workers who’s employees promote violence against the very same people who paid for the building and their salaries. The head librarian needs to be sacked immediately. I would go even further and whomever educated the librarian to be a terrorist should also be sacked. The rot starts at the Universities. Instead of being societies salvation the useful idiots produced by these institutions will be our downfall. When the marxists have taken over the library in small town Alberta we have a serious problem. This means the cancerous rot of marxist thought has spread to ever sector of Canadian Society.

  5. Brendan Cavanagh

    November 26, 2021 at 6:56 am

    We go to that library and complain all the time. They think of themselves as some sort of covert leftist freedom fighters and blow our tax money on commie propaganda like this. It’s unfortunate, because we actually loved going as a family to the library, but these loons are just hell bent on ruining the experience for us with their obvious political agenda.

  6. Stew James

    November 25, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Here’s a grand idea, let’s blow up strathconas library for promoting terrorism. A grand bond fire to warm Albertans! Strathcona has lost site, they are no more of use, just like media outlets these days!

    I can find everything I need to read on the internet!

    Now doesn’t that sound just as stupid and rediculous as blowing up pipelines!

    David Suzuki should be arrested and taken to the full measure of the law!

  7. Jerry Terpstra

    November 25, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    An other act of terrorism. Take em to mat and stomp them out

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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
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LETTER: Does Copping have scientific evidence to continue with vaccine passports?

“Surely our government would not discriminate against any Albertans without a sound scientific basis for doing so.”

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RE: Vaccine passports now mandatory in Alberta

My wife and I took it upon ourselves to get tested for immunity to the COVID-19 virus at our own cost. Several other couples in our community have done the same thing. The test is carried out by the Mayo Clinic so I think we can all agree it is done by a very credible organization.

Both my wife and I tested >250 which is the highest level of immunity that they register. It is also the same level of immunity they show on the most vaccinated people. 

With this in mind, I ask the Minister of Health and the entire UCP government, what is the scientific basis for your continuing to impose the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) to discriminate against us and restrict us from being able to participate in society?

Surely our government would not discriminate against any Albertans without a sound scientific basis for doing so.

Murray Woods
Linden, AB

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‘Galileo’ stockbroker loses COVID case

Grammond explained judicial notice of obvious facts is intended to ensuring plaintiffs with pointless claims do not “bog down the judicial process” with unnecessary arguments.

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A Montreal stockbroker who likened himself to Galileo and said COVID-19 wasn’t real had his case tossed out of Federal Court, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“Courts make decisions based on evidence brought in each particular case,” wrote Justice Sébastien Grammond.

“Some facts however are so obvious courts assume their existence and no evidence of them is required. This is called judicial notice.”

Lucien Khodeir filed a federal challenge of Treasury Board vaccination orders for employees.

Khodeir was not personally affected by the orders issued last October 6. The court was told he works as a stock trader for CIBC World Markets.

Khodeir in his submission said vaccine mandates were unnecessary since the coronavirus did not exist, and proposed to call three expert witnesses.

“It is pure speculation,” said the court.

“In his submissions, Mr. Khodeir compares himself to Galileo who was persecuted in the 17th century for asserting that the Earth revolves around the Sun, a theory unanimously accepted today. Yet unlike Mr. Khodeir, Galileo buttressed the heliocentric theory with facts, especially his discovery of Jupiter’s moons.

“In contrast, Mr. Khodeir asks us to believe his assertions regarding the coronavirus without providing any tangible fact in support. The comparison is unfair to the great Italian scholar. Mr. Khodeir’s case has no scientific footing.”

Grammond explained judicial notice of obvious facts is intended to ensuring plaintiffs with pointless claims do not “bog down the judicial process” with unnecessary arguments.

“Over the last two years most people on this planet have been affected in various ways by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the court.

“It has become common knowledge COVID-19 is caused by a virus.

“Numerous trusted sources of information have repeated this fact to the point that it is now beyond reasonable dispute. There is a lack of debate on this issue in scientific circles.”

The Federal Court noted dismissal of the claim was unrelated to numerous cases awaiting trial in which vaccine orders are being challenged as unnecessary, intrusive and unconstitutional. None of the plaintiffs challenging vaccine orders have disputed the existence of the coronavirus.

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