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Extinction rebellion burns fossil fuels, blocks green transit in protests

“Not only will pipelines be blown up, but we can be certain that world leaders will be put on trial for treason or worse — be killed,” said National Action & Strategy Coordinator Zain Haq in a release.




Extinction Rebellion protesters are for shutting down the oilsands immediately and making the earth greener.

But this week they used propane power to keep themselves warm and shut down a green mass transportation service.

On Monday, members of the group took over Edmonton’s High Level Bridge — before bringing out a propane heater to keep themselves warm in the chilly night air.

Bridge protesters warming themselves. Courtesy Bronwin Tucker

Tuesday night in Calgary, a group of about 80 protesters marched and blocked the environmental-friendly CTrain line several times.

Even though police were on the scene, no arrests were made. Commuters stuck on the gridlocked streets openly swore at the protesters.

On Saturday, radical environmentalist David Suzuki warned at an Extinction Rebellion protest in Victoria that if governments didn’t take drastic action on climate change “pipelines are going to be blown up.”

That drew an angry response from Albertan Environment Minister Jason Nixon who introduced a motion in the Legislation for MLAs to condemn Suzuki. It will reportedly get support from the NDP.

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Ironically, Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood NDP MLA Janis Irwin has previously supported Extinction Rebellion, and even tweeted their platform should be taught in Alberta schools.

Irwin Tweet

Late Tuesday, Extinction Rebellion said they supported Suzuki’s pipeline comments and even doubled down on the prediction of death and violence.

It insisted Suzuki’s comments were not controversial, and are indicative of what is to come if governments do not take action to address the climate crisis.

“Not only will pipelines be blown up, but we can be certain that world leaders will be put on trial for treason or worse — be killed,” said National Action & Strategy Coordinator Zain Haq in a release.

“Although Extinction Rebellion activists are non-violent, we cannot control the actions of those outside of this movement who may commit acts of violence.

“The same goes for the media. When the Canadian public realizes that the press has been misleading them about how the climate emergency is being addressed, you can be sure that some people will become violent.”

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. Clash

    November 27, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Perhaps giving these extinction radicals, trudeau and suzuki what they want, might be the answer to our problems. Shut down all the pipelines that go East, West and South, for about 2 months. Kenney could subsidize a portion of the cost to the oil companies. The oil companies could use this time to do some of their Preventative Maintenance Programs that require shut downs. We in Alberta would have such a glut of Oil and GAS in storage and refining capability that we would be paying 25 cents a liter for gas, 20 cents a liter for diesel. Home heating would be $25 a month (maybe). As far as Rail and Trucking are concerned, Kenney would have to put massive Tarrifs and Levies on the “OIL” transported by Road and Rail, to compensate for increased wear and tear and inconvenience on Alberta, that this would incur. Or maybe just shut those transport methods down also. This would actually be a real “PEACEFUL PROTEST” wouldn’t it. One unexpected result of this action might be to make Joe Biden realize that maybe shutting down pipelines isn’t the best of ideas. Imagine no Bitumen going to China, (A massive TM commodity), Ji Jinping’s sphincter would tighten up so much Justin would have trouble moving his lips! Alberta Strong and Free! I Have a Dream!

  2. Tim Clow

    November 25, 2021 at 7:04 am

    You know, we have had our rights stolen, our children’s lives put at risk by vax worshipping cult followers. We have apartheid in our country and our Province. We have had 25,600 health care workers lose their jobs for no real reason except political policy. Our health care system is grossly mismanaged. Our Chief medical officer lies like a carpet & from her own words is “In Control”, Notley openly worships the vax but won’t display any science, just hear say. If we spoke out like David Suzuki did they would start martial law or some stupid thing. Why is it these Politically Correct liars get off scot free? He is specifically inciting violence! In typical leftist stupidity they prove it’s not about environment again. Are they being paid to just cause anarchy. American $$? Saudi $$ Iranian $$$ WHos’s behind this? Hollywood $$ Arrogant Stoops. Chris was arrested for just running His business! Preachers were arrested for Holding church. One was arrested while he was feeding the homeless! How corrupt and stupid have our Authorities become? Treat us like criminals and treat the criminals like heroes?

  3. John Lankers

    November 24, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Where are Kenney’s henchmen? He had no problem having them arrest pastors and small business owners destroying their livelihood and throwing them in jail but when it comes to the real criminals there is nothing but empty rhetoric.

  4. Longo

    November 24, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    If we take away their Turnips they wont be able to Email each other.

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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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