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Fast-food restaurants could be zoned out

In the wake of the court ruling, numerous restaurants have been closed including three Tim Hortons outlets, a McDonald’s restaurant and expansion plans for an A&W restaurant were scrapped.

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Municipalities may restrict fast-food restaurants under zoning bylaws, the Québec Court of Appeal has ruled.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the decision came in the case of a Montréal borough that sought to limit the number of drive-thru restaurants in the name of promoting healthy lifestyles.

“Most of these establishments mainly offer food and beverages whose nutritional value is generally low and whose regular consumption contributes to increasing the risk of obesity and other health problems,” wrote Justice Frédéric Bachand.

Councillors in Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce brought forward a “Healthy Neighbourhoods” land-use bylaw in 2016 that promoted “access to healthy food,” “presence of community gardens,” “increases in greening” and more farmers’ markets.

The bylaw also restricted the licensing of fast-food restaurants, defined as eateries without table service.

The lobby group, Restaurants for Canada, pushed back against the bylaw saying lifestyles and eating habits have “nothing to do with land-use planning.”

The Court of Appeal disagreed stating “the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the protection of the environment are considerations that municipalities are quite free to take into account when exercising their zoning power,” said Bachand.

Municipal zoning often involves “a whole range of considerations including social, economic and political,” said the court.

In the wake of the court ruling, numerous restaurants have been closed, including three Tim Hortons outlets, a McDonald’s restaurant and expansion plans for an A&W restaurant were scrapped.

The borough that enforced the bylaw is home to two university campuses, Montréal and Concordia.

In a 2017 Statistics Canada report, an estimated 34% of preschoolers were at risk of being overweight or obese.

“It is an alarming number,” Dr. Tom Warshawski, chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation, said in an earlier interview.

“It bodes very poorly because the trajectory is for people to continue gaining weight as they get older.”

A 2015 Ministerial Mandate letter was submitted by cabinet proposing to ban fast-food advertising targeting children but was never passed by Parliament.

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

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  1. The Real Kevin

    November 7, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    “Go to Wildrosenation.com Buy your membership. Make a tax deductible donation and get involved with your local CA to make positive changes in how we live and work. This nonsense has gone too far already.”

    How about NO DENNIS.

    How about, after the good are delivered, you can ask for a donation. I have never payed a plumber in advance for work that was not yet done.

  2. Dennis

    November 7, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Great comments, good to know there are at least a few people left with common sense besides Rex Murphy and me. (:

    Albertans have a choice in 2023.
    Go to Wildrosenation.com Buy your membership. Make a tax deductible donation and get involved with your local CA to make positive changes in how we live and work. This nonsense has gone too far already.

  3. eshea@teksavvy.com

    November 7, 2021 at 8:53 am

    I’m sick and tired of any level of government making rules based on that they seem to know what’s better for me than I.
    Who gave them this authority to simply start making rules about things that should not be in their domain.
    In my town they mandated masks permanently(no end date) before they were required by the other levels of government and now include climate change as a directive in a town of 40k. When will these power hungry do-gooder virtue signalers start to realize that I am in charge of me and you cannot swoop in and make your rules for the betterment of society by applying your personal lean on what is good for someone else.
    Please look after basic infrastructure and get out of my life on everything else- you are simply adding costs, employees for enforcement and we don’t want it.
    I am sick of some level of government attempting to protect me from the world, while I realize I can generally protect myself but now I also have to protect myself from you!
    You’re overstepping your bounds and we need to start to remove their perceived omnipotent authority to do whatever they see fit on their agenda even at the municipal level.
    Rules should be made that they cannot make laws about anything that is not clearly infrastructure.
    Get out of our lives!!

  4. Bryan

    November 7, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Didn’t ‘Rocky Waterhole’ tell us that ‘government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation’?

    His spawn, and the SOBs in charge in Quebec, could learn a lesson from Pierre. ‘Government has no place at the DINING TABLES of the nation (or Province)’!

  5. Kelly Carter

    November 7, 2021 at 8:22 am

    And the irony is…. With COVID regulations in place the only restaurants anyone goes to on a regular basis are the fast food restaurants. So QC spent a year waging war on their restaurants, and many have closed up. And now they take away the fast food too because apparently people are not capable of determining what is a healthy lifestyle for them.

    O and perhaps we should be addressing obesity at its roots…. Kick kids outside to play. Get them off the games and the Internet and TV. Let them do what kids naturally want to do (play), and your obesity rates will decrease.

  6. Bryan

    November 7, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Le gouvernement du Quebec will make you healthy, even if it kills you! After all, aside from money from Alberta, they depend on tax dollars, so force the people to be healthy until they no longer ‘contribute, then kill ’em.

    When you’ve reached an age where you are no longer PAYING taxes, you are a ‘useless eater’, and it is time for you to ‘leave’. Exactly why the mortality rate in Quebec nursing homes from the CCP-Coronavirus, is at least TWICE the national average! In a Godless, socialist society like Quebec, the elderly are considered a drain, and their loss is not a big deal to the ‘elites’.

    The French have traditionally, been EXTREMELY autocratic. Quebec fits the mold.

    Maranatha

  7. Jerry Terpstra

    November 6, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    It wont be long and the general public will be allowed to crap in the streets because its not good for your body to hold it in.

  8. berta baby

    November 6, 2021 at 11:07 am

    You will have nothing and be happy

  9. The Real Kevin

    November 6, 2021 at 10:29 am

    DECLAN CARROLL
    “How much more punishment must the Canadian people endure before we have a real populist uprising like our cousins to the south? This needs to happen in order for us to survive going forward because these insane policies are going to continue and will pick up in intensity if left unchallenged.”

    Could have had Max. Most chose the status quo (guaranteed mediocrity) over taking a chance (removing the guarantee).

  10. The Real Kevin

    November 6, 2021 at 10:25 am

    For anyone still in doubt, it is never, ever, ever, about health. Only control. Control over what you are allowed to eat. Control over what you are allowed to drive. Control over when you are allowed to go outside. Control of which and the dosage of medication that you are required/forbidden to take. Control over where you are allowed to go. Control over what you are allowed to say. Control over what you are allowed to think.

    Start fighting back, or just admit you have always wanted to be a slave.

  11. Left Coast

    November 6, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Is is not comforting to know that the Government & the Courts are concerned so much about your well-being that they think they know what you should eat . . . this is insane!

  12. Declan Carroll

    November 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Another full on frontal assault on the working, middle classes and the poor. These tyrants seem to think that people are eating fast food by choice. What about the people that buy it because that is all they can afford or even have time for considering they are working 2-3 jobs? So they are going to further restrict food for the working classes with zero plan to replace this lost food source with any alternatives. This further illustrates the complete disconnect between our psychotic elites state of mind and the true nature of reality. How much more punishment must the Canadian people endure before we have a real populist uprising like our cousins to the south? This needs to happen in order for us to survive going forward because these insane policies are going to continue and will pick up in intensity if left unchallenged.

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Maskless teen student with asthma ostracized at Calgary Catholic school

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt,” said 14-year-old Darius.

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A Calgary Catholic school has segregated and since banned a student from attending school for not wearing a mask, says the student’s parents.

And before that, teachers had even taped off an area around the boy’s desk “like a crime scene.”

Darius Lynn, a Grade 9 student at St. Helena Junior High School in Calgary, suffers from asthma and was permitted to go maskless at his desk during the 2020-2021 school year.

When Darius returned to St. Helena for the 2021-2022 school year, without his parents’ knowledge, he was advised he would be required to wear a mask full time.

He complied for the first few months but eventually reported to his parents in late November he was struggling to breathe while wearing the mask.

“I had no idea he was told to wear a mask again this year,” Darius’ mother Stephanie told the Western Standard.

“My husband and I just assumed he wasn’t needing to wear a mask again this year.”

Stephanie said she and her husband Paul reached out to the new principal and Darius’ teachers to request they allow their son the same exemption as the previous year.

They were told he would need a doctor’s note, which Stephanie said they have been unable to acquire.

“Mask exemptions are impossible to get,” said Stephanie.

“Right now, doctors are just too scared to write them.”

Stephanie said the school’s solution was to, “move my son’s desk into the hallway.”

Darius also spoke with the Western Standard and said the teenagers in his class referred to him as an “outsider” after he was moved into the hallway.

“When they did group projects, they would just send me to the library and I had to work on my own,” said Darius.  

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt.”

Stephanie said she and her husband tried to appeal to the principal, but “she wouldn’t budge,” so they reached out to the superintendent.

“We begged for her to let Darius back into the classroom but he ended up sitting out there for two weeks where he was discriminated against and basically ridiculed so we contacted the superintendent,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said she emailed Chief Superintendent Bryan Szumlas with the Catholic School Board who helped the Lynns get their son moved back into his classroom.

“So, he was moved back into the classroom, which was good, but what we didn’t know was that his teachers taped off the floor around his desk like a crime scene,” said Stephanie.

“After they put tape on the floor around my desk, some of the kids in my class would step past the tape and pretend they couldn’t breathe,” said Darius, explaining the teasing he endured.

Darius said his teachers had witnessed some of the teasing, but said, “most of the time the teachers didn’t do anything about it.

“They (teachers) also made me wait a few minutes before I could move to my next class because there were basically a bunch of students in the halls.”

“It was just awful what they were doing to him. They were treating him like a walking disease and visibly segregating him,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said Darius had to stay within his taped boundaries for about a week until Christmas break.

“After the break, the principal notified us that Darius wouldn’t be welcome back if he wasn’t willing to wear a mask,” said Stephanie.

“In fact, one of the communications with the school referred to his asthma as his ‘apparent asthma’ like we were making it up or something.

“They said he could move to the online schooling system or do their D2L system from home,” said Stephanie referring to a web-based learning system offered throughout the school division.

“He doesn’t do well online so we are just trying to do the best we can. He’s in Grade 9, he should be able to be with his peers to finish off his last year in middle school.”

Darius said he has mixed feelings about not returning to school.

“I’m just really upset that I don’t get to see my friends anymore, but I also feel like I have less distractions at home,” said Darius.

Stephanie said it’s been a hard year for Darius as he also had to walk away from community hockey due to the vaccination mandates and additional costs associated with frequent rapid testing.

“He is totally destroyed,” said Stephanie.

The Lynns have two other sons — both attending Notre Dame High School — one in Grade 11 who is special needs and one in Grade 12.

“The real kicker for us is that we have a special needs son who has never worn a mask, doesn’t social distance and we have never been required to show a doctor’s note for him,” said Stephanie.

“They have totally humiliated my son and I’m angry. We just want our son to be treated with dignity and compassion. He has lost hockey because of the mandates and now he isn’t allowed to go to school.”

The family has since been referred to Area Director Deana Helton with regard to their son’s situation.

The Western Standard has contacted the school principal along with Helton but hasn’t heard back yet.

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

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Copping strikes EMS advisory committee amid system strains, red alerts

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May.

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Health Minister Jason Copping has appointed MLAs R.J. Sigurdson (Highwood) and Tracy Allard (Grande Prairie) to co-chair a new EMS committee to address “unprecedented” demands on the healthcare system.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is also rolling out a 10-point plan to maximize EMS system capacity.

The government listed many aggravating factors driving the system strains including “EMS staffing fatigue and illness, hospital offload delays, more requests for patient transfers, delays in receiving new ambulances and specialized vehicle parts caused by global supply issues.”

The province has seen a plethora of “red alerts” reported by EMS members and tweeted by the Union of Health Care Professionals @HSAAlbertaEMS. A red alert is when there are no available ambulances for emergency calls.

The government also reported a 30% increase in 911 calls in recent months. There was no mention of personnel shortages caused by the government’s COVID-19 mandate.

“Alberta’s government has been supportive of EMS throughout the pandemic. As we approach the peak of Omicron cases, we know the EMS system is seeing significant strain, which impacts service. We recognize this is a challenge and are taking immediate steps to improve emergency care access while we explore longer-term solutions,” said Copping.

AHS will immediately hire more paramedics, transfer low-priority calls to other agencies, and stop automatic ambulance dispatch to motor vehicle accidents with no injuries. AHS is also “launching pilot projects to manage non-emergency inter-facility transfers, and initiating an ‘hours of work’ project to help ease staff fatigue.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of AHS is confident these actions “will allow us to better support our EMS staff and front-line paramedics, and in turn this will ensure our patients receive the best care possible.”

Additionally, AHS will issue a request for proposals in February to conduct a third-party review of Alberta’s provincewide EMS dispatch system.

“The objective review by external health system experts will provide further opportunities to address ongoing pressures, improve effectiveness and efficiency through best practices, and provide the best outcomes for Albertans who call 911 during a medical event,” the government said.

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May. Committee representatives include “contracted ambulance operators, unions representing paramedics, municipal representatives and Indigenous community representatives.”

Sigurdson said the committee will consider taxpayers’ needs.

“Albertans expect that when they call 911 in their time of greatest need, EMS will always answer. The committee’s goal will be focused around ensuring and improving service to Albertans while supporting the most critical piece of that equation: our EMS staff across all of Alberta.”

Amber Gosselin is a Western Standard reporter.
agosselin@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: O’Toole will not be welcoming the truckers in Ottawa

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy, it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in.”

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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was asked six times during a Monday press conference about his stance on the truckers Freedom Convoy 2022, before giving a vague answer.

“We have been talking with the Canadian Trucking Alliance for several months,” said O’Toole told reports.

“We’ve seen a crisis in the supply chain coming for several months and we’ve proposed policies to try to help alleviate that. The most important of which is vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

O’Toole press conference

Other specific. questions on the truckers’ comments were left with vague answers.

But the end of the conference O’Toole said it’s not his place to get involved.

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy — it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in,” O’Toole said.

“We’ve been trying to tackle the supply chain crisis, encourage vaccination, not ignore problems and divide the country like Mr. (Justin) Trudeau does.”

O’Toole said policies cannot be put in place which could contribute to supply chain issues, as Canadians are already worried about their grocery bills.

O’Toole said he was focused on the economic strain Canadians are having, with record inflation, cost of living, 30% higher gas prices and the housing market’s rising costs,.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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