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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.




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

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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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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