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Canada sends nearly 300 bureaucrats, and one ex-minister, to COP26 in Glasgow

Other Canadians in attendance included the Prime Minister’s official photographer, official videographer and lead speechwriter, seventeen press secretaries and communications directors, four CBC reporters and the entire Green Party caucus comprised of two MPs.

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Canada’s Environment department sent a plane full of bureaucrats — and perhaps one former minister — to the Glasgow COP26 conference on climate change.

Blacklock’s Reporter says Canada had a whopping 277-member delegation in Glasgow, 17 press aides and former Environment Minister Catherine McKenna as a VIP.

New Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault is also in attendance and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to the delegates

“Canada has taken steps to ensure diverse perspectives are reflected in international forums,” said Samantha Bayard, spokeswoman for the department.

McKenna’s name is not on Canada’s official delegate list though she attended meetings of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. McKenna did not seek re-election September 20. Bayard didn’t say whether or not she travelled on her own dime.

A total 39,509 people from countries around the world registered for the Glasgow conference, including 3,800 media and 14,000 observers. The meeting continues until November 12.

Canada’s delegation included Guilbeault, Deputy Environment Minister Thelma Hogan, Assistant Deputy Minister Catherine Stewart, Climate Change Ambassador Patricia Fuller, Climate Change Director Joanna Dafoe and 25 advisors and negotiators with the department.

Other Canadians in attendance included the prime minister’s official photographer, official videographer and lead speechwriter, 17 press secretaries and communications directors, four CBC reporters and the entire Green Party caucus comprised of two MPs.

A delegation half the size at a 2019 UN climate conference in Madrid cost $683,278 according to a report tabled in the Commons. Expenses for air fare, taxis and chauffeured cars for the 144 Canadian delegates were $178,282.

“A number of invoices and claims have yet to be processed,” said the report.

Costs billed by the Canadian delegation in Spain included $93,439 for meals, another $228,881 for hotels and $21,080 billed as “hospitality.”

The report did not detail liquor expenses.

Then-Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson in a December 10, 2019 speech at the conference called for “deeper emission reductions” in greenhouse gases.

“Climate change is a defining issue of our time and the main reason why I entered politics,” said Wilkinson.

“We know we must increase our ambition. Canada is committed to working with you to advance momentum on climate action.”

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg in a speech at the Madrid conference urged delegates to use dramatic language to illustrate the impact of climate change.

“When you talk in public you should start with something personal or emotional to get everyone’s attention. Say things like, ‘Our house is on fire,’ ‘I want you to panic’ or ‘How dare you?’” said Thunberg.

“Without that sense of urgency, how can we the people understand that we are facing a real crisis? If the people are not fully aware of what is going on, then they will not put pressure on the people in power to act.”

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  1. Hutsul Honey

    November 6, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Did they send mostly women? I am a woman and I have lost confidence in this matriarchal society that we are becoming. Let’s get back to a meritocracy and ditch the identity politics.

  2. Major Tom

    November 4, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Glasgow…..do Canada a favor…….Keep them!

  3. Cheri Bass

    November 4, 2021 at 2:54 am

    The fact that these people have to pollute on such a grand scale to talk about pollution in this day and age of virtual communications is beyond hypocrisy. Pure arrogance.

  4. Baron Not Baron

    November 3, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    This 1967 Recording Explains Everything Happening Today:

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  5. Left Coast

    November 3, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Kanada sends it’s best & brightest . . . lol

    No wonder the country is falling apart.

  6. Dennis

    November 3, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Canada collapses while these virtue signalling Moron hypocrites play the role burning up more fossil fuel in their private jets and diesel powered generators to charge their Green Electric vehicles in two weeks than the average person consumes in a year.
    They can march around uninhibited wining and dining while the plebes who pay the tab for all this crap are forced to live by their draconian tyrannical rules here in Canada.
    Does nobody see what is going on? As Canadians and more importantly, Albertans, we should be shouting from the roof tops to put an end to this and bring these morons up on charges for their crimes against humanity.

    https://niagaraindependent.ca/the-dirty-secrets-of-canadas-green-agenda-that-the-government-would-rather-not-talk-about/

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Alberta chiefs say ‘no’ to drug decriminalization amid opioid crisis

The chiefs said a modernized public policy framework was needed before decriminalization could be seriously considered.

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The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) says the province is not in a position to welcome decriminalization of illicit drugs due to lack of existing supports. 

In a press conference, Calgary Chief Constable Mark Neufeld, Chair of the AACP; Medicine Hat Police Service Chief Mike Worden; and Blood Tribe Police Service Chief Brice Iron Shirt, stated decriminalization would create additional community problems, such as homelessness, mental health issues, overdoses, and poverty.

The chiefs said they felt it was necessary to be proactive with their stance amid applications in other Canadian jurisdictions and decision makers’ ongoing discussions in Alberta on whether or not to decriminalize some drugs. 

“We simply aren’t ready to do this.” Neufeld said adding he was concerned about “single-issue advocacy” indicating the need for “complex solutions to complex problems.”

In an earlier news release the chiefs said “law enforcement in Alberta does not criminalize addiction. We recognize that addiction and substance abuse are complex public health issues, and we are committed to working with all stakeholders to address the needs of our communities.” 

The chiefs said a modernized public policy framework was needed before decriminalization could be seriously considered. 

“Provincial regulations need to be established around key concerns such as consumption around minors, public consumption and disorder regulations, and operation of vehicles. This must be done by balancing the needs of the individual, with the needs of the broader community,” said the chiefs. 

The chiefs said a cross-government approach was a necessary prerequisite. 

“We cannot support a broadly implemented policy of decriminalization until a modernized public policy framework is created involving a thoughtful and integrated approach with all levels of government and across all ministries,” said the release. 

In 2021, Alberta suffered its deadliest year ever for deaths by drug poisoning. The first 10 months of the year saw 1,372 overdoses. 

“Decriminalization on its own will not reduce addiction or overdose rates. There must be clear and working pathways pre-established between law enforcement and public health systems to lead to recovery, with a thoughtful approach on addressing the needs of rural and diverse communities,” said the chiefs. 

Worden said rural communities face additional challenges related to accessing supports like local health and social services. Iron Shirt said First Nations lack funding and resources. 

Gosselin is a Western Standard reporter

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Kenney says Alberta may have reached Omicron peak

Kenney said wastewater test results from 19 areas across the province — including Calgary and Edmonton — shows COVID-19 declining in 15 of them.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says it’s likely Alberta has now reached the peak of the Omicron surge.

And he said COVID-19 restrictions across the province could be lifted “hopefully soon.”

He said it would take a “sustained decline in hospital pressures” and a similar drop in new cases.

But he warned now is not the time to let the guard down.

Kenney said wastewater test results from 19 areas across the province — including Calgary and Edmonton — shows COVID-19 declining in 15 of them.

And Kenney added the positivity rate for COVID-19 is also dropping. He said last week it was sitting at 41% while on Wednesday it was 33%.

Kenney noted Alberta is now in the fifth week of the Omicron surge, adding jurisdictions around the world have seen peaks after four weeks.

“Hospitalizations continue to rise, but we have the benefit of seeing how Omicron has played out in other jurisdictions. That is why we are taking decisive action now to help our healthcare system respond to the growing demand rising Omicron cases will bring,” said Kenney.

He said more than 1,000 people remain in Alberta hospitals, with 45% of them not admitted primarily for COVID, while 40% were.

Alberta reported 3,527 new cases on Wednesday, and eight more deaths.

Starting Jan. 24 or sooner, if required, some beds in pandemic response units will be opened at the Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC) in Edmonton and South Health Campus (SHC) in Calgary, Kenney said.

He said the government’s community resources plan will be put into place to start helping Albertans deal with moderate and low-level cases of COVID-19 to recover at home.

Kenney then blasted Health Canada for the long time it’s taking to get already European-approved rapid test kits into the country.

And Kenney made an impassioned plea to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reverse course on the quarantine orders for unvaxxed truck drivers.

He said Trudeau must “use some common sense” on the trucker issue with Canadians facing surging inflation and supply chain issues.

He also called for more healthcare money to be granted from the feds to provinces.

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Saskatchewan unions beg for more COVID restrictions

“Quebec has had the most extreme lockdowns policies in Canada since before Christmas, and their current rates are about 40 hospitalizations and 3.3 ICU admissions per 100,000 population – more than double Saskatchewan’s rates.”

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Six of Saskatchewan’s largest unions, representing 113,000 front-line workers, are demanding stricter COVID-19 regulations.

Union leaders in the healthcare and education sectors are demanding the province implement a gathering limit of 10, creation of a new public health order to limit non-essential contacts, establishing a “consistent bubble,” and enforce reducing non-essential travel between communities.

Tracy Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, says workers are stretched thin and health-care facilities don’t have staff or space for more patients.

Involved organizations include the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union, and the Service Employees International Union West.

Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahad said a peak in cases could come in the next two weeks, in light of record-high positivity.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe denounced lockdowns last week, and continues to provide justification for that decision. He caught COVID-19 the next day.

“ICU admissions and COVID-19 related deaths remain significantly lower than other provinces that have strict lockdown policies in effect,” said Moe on Twitter.

“Omicron is spreading across Canada and around the world, whether there are lockdown policies in place or not, so we are not going to impose new restrictions and lockdowns that cause significant harm for no clear benefit.”

Moe pointed out there have been zero COVID-19 deaths in the province in nearly two weeks, compared to more than 700 COVID-19 related deaths in Quebec this month.

“Saskatchewan’s current hospitalization rate is 16 per 100,000 population and our current ICU rate is 1.5 per 100,000 population,” said Moe.

“Quebec has had the most extreme lockdowns policies in Canada since before Christmas, and their current rates are about 40 hospitalizations and 3.3 ICU admissions per 100,000 population — more than double Saskatchewan’s rates.”

The Saskatchewan government has not responded to the union demand or updated restrictions since January 12.

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

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