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Canadian flag to go up and down and up and down and up again

The flags at federal buildings have been lowered since the end of May to commemorate the bodies found in unmarked graves on the grounds of Canadian residential schools.

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The Liberals have decided the Canadian flag will be soon be raised again, then lowered, then raised, then lowered and finally raised again.

The flags at federal buildings have been lowered since the end of May to commemorate the bodies found in unmarked graves on the grounds of Canadian residential schools.

With Remembrance Day looming, there have been calls to raise the flag, so they can be lowered on that day to honour veterans.

In a joint statement Friday, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller said flags on all government buildings will be raised at sunset on November 7 and lowered at sunrise on November 8 to recognize Indigenous Veterans Day. 

The flags with then be raised before Remembrance Day so they can be lowered in honour of veterans.

After then, after that, finally flown at full staff again.

“As the paramount symbol of our nation, the act of flying the national flag of Canada at half-mast for the longest period of time in Canada’s history speaks to the extraordinary sense of loss,” the ministers’ statement reads.

“Raising the flag at this time will allow us to honour and remember important moments in Canada’s history.

“Moving forward, the national flag of Canada will be half-masted to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation every September 30.”

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  1. Spitfire66

    November 7, 2021 at 12:49 am

    I won’t fly the maple leaf until Crime Minister shithead is fired or assissinated, preferably the later!
    Been flying the Red Ensign for the last 3 years now and will continue to do so because I’m ashamed to fly the other one.
    If I did it would be upside down because Canada is in serious trouble!
    There’s something wrong when the alphabet freaks get a month and the people who fought and died for this country get 1 fucking day…truly pathetic!
    Rememberance day is coming up and I see more people putting on a mask than a poppy!
    I wear a poppy everyday of the year, their sacrifice didn’t come in one day but years.
    People need to learn the bravery our grand fathers and great grandfathers had that made this a once great country instead of being a bunch mindless sheep. They fought hard and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms which people are more than happy it seems to give up freely.
    Not me..I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees, just like those brave men and women before us did!
    Grow some balls Canada, stand up for yourself and speak out before we can do neither.

  2. Jerry Terpstra

    November 6, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    It used to have to be significant event to lower the flag and then it was for a week or two T the most.
    Like crying wolf the lowering of the flag has lost its significance.

    It should have been raised a long time ago. Lower it for the veterans for the day and then raise it at days end.

  3. Leslie Solar

    November 6, 2021 at 11:42 am

    All of this looking for deep significance is (putting the best possible spin on it) just silly. Its actually all very simple.

    The reason the flag has not been raised is just that the Liberal clowns in charge cant figure out how to manipulate the mechanism that raises it. Give them a few more months, and a merit bonus, and they will figure it out. Meanwhile, whats the harm? Foreigners thinking that Canada is not a serious country? They dont think it is now, and that has nothing to do with the flag.

    Just as the Truth and Reconciliation day has nothing to do with truth or reconciliation. Our adolescent Prime Minister loves to surf, in luxurious surroundings. Being PM kind of crimps his style. So, he and some of his high school buddies were sitting around having a beer when the topic came up. A really bright guy from the Clerk of the Privy Council office came up with the solution. Lets do something relating to the aboriginals. Puts you above criticism. What buzzwords can we work into a press release? How about “truth”? Maybe “reconciliation”? Is there an apology we can work in that hasnt been done before? How about something to do with the “hidden graves” that recently hit the papers?

    Before you can say “howdy doody”, the paperwork was done, plane manifest written, and surfboards safely stowed. Oh, and Justin will be in Ottawa working hard, should any of the cretin journalists ask. So hard, all the cellphones will be turned off. (they get damaged if any water gets into them).

    Solarflare

  4. Lisa

    November 6, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Recently, I was having a discussion with my son about how intolerant and unforgiving the woke culture is. We have allowed our nation’s reputation and pride to be hijacked from this movement. One misstep and we risk being cancelled! We have been warned with a months’ long timeout, but NEXT time that flag may not come back up!

  5. The Real Kevin

    November 6, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Why is anyone still pretending that any of these people care about veterans, indigenous people, the climate, black lives, fascists, … .

    Every claim they make, has always been a lie. They don’t care about the flag, citizens, treaties, allies, enemies, nothing. Only beating you to death with their religion; convert to Marxism or die.

  6. Hutsul Honey

    November 6, 2021 at 8:40 am

    ANDREW RED DEER – +++++++++

  7. Andrew Red Deer

    November 6, 2021 at 6:15 am

    Up/down/up down lets do the hokey-cokey and let it all hang out… What a bunch of idiots!
    And where did this Indigenous Remembrance Day come from?, are they too good to be with their battlefield buddies now? One Remembrance Day for ALL veterans who fought for freedom in the past and today otherwise you cheapen All their sacrifice.

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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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