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Guilbeault’s former green group wants $4,000 tax on SUVs

“The country has the dirtiest vehicles largely due to the popularity of SUVs and other light-duty trucks which represented 80% of new passenger vehicle sales in 2020,” wrote analysts.




A green group — that once included Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault as a director — wants the Liberals to put a $4,000 tax on SUVs, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The levy should apply to all makes and models of passenger vehicles with internal combustion engines, the Green Budget Coalition said.

“Minister Guilbeault himself was directly involved with the Green Budget Coalition at one point in his career,” said David Browne, co-chair of the Coalition.

“He understands. Certainly with his background, he knows the people involved.”

The Coalition in its Recommendations For Budget 2022 advocated a $4,000 tax on gasoline, diesel and propane-fueled vehicles.

“An expanded environmental fee on sales of internal combustion engine vehicles must be more than symbolic,” wrote the Coalition.

“Analysis suggests an emissions-based fee structure with a maximum fee of $4,000 could finance zero emission vehicle purchase incentives of up to $15,000,” triple the current $5,000 federal rebate for buyers of new electric cars. These fees and rebates should be incrementally adjusted over time.”

Parliament in 2007 introduced a minimum $1,000 Green Levy on the worst fuel-inefficient vehicles, typically large and costly luxury models like Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Mercedes-Benz sedans and all models of Rolls-Royce cars. Pickup trucks and most passenger vehicles were exempt.

“The country has the dirtiest vehicles largely due to the popularity of SUVs and other light-duty trucks which represented 80% of new passenger vehicle sales in 2020,” wrote analysts.

“Achieving the new target and reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector will require a combination of measures to rapidly boost both demand and supply.

“To both increase the effectiveness and reduce the costs of the federal government’s existing zero emission and Green Levy programs, the Green Budget Coalition recommends introducing an environmental fee negatively correlated with a vehicle’s fuel efficiency on sales of all internal combustion engine vehicles phased in over time.”

Browne said while the environment minister appeared sympathetic to its recommendations, the group had no expectation of speedier adoption of its proposals.

“Just because he had been an advocate for XYZ, do we have expectations? Not at all,” said Browne.

The Coalition represents 23 environmental groups including Greenpeace and Équiterre of Montréal. Guilbeault is a former Greenpeace activist and co-founder of Équiterre. He resigned in 2018 to campaign for a seat in Parliament.

“Minister Guilbeault has a strong climate agenda,” said Browne.

“He has the background. It doesn’t necessarily mean our recommendations are adopted. Of course it makes a difference, but if we are asking the Department of Finance or Department of Transportation to adopt our recommendations or asking for more money to be spent, that’s a different issue.”

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  1. Baron Not Baron

    November 18, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Why this imbecile didn’t throw himself from a very toll bridge – to make an example of “itself” – just to make sure the Grim Reaper has him?!? $4000.. like a home yearly tax theft?

  2. Ken

    November 18, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Left Coast for prime minister !!

  3. Dennis

    November 18, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Right on again Left Coast.
    However, as I said in another post, you are preaching to the choir here. More than half of the urban population hears, sees and believes this bullshit. The Great Rest is totally under way and the Urban Sheeple are right on board. The latest obvious indication is the newly minted QR Code by our benevolent provincial government to save you having to pack that 8X11 paper permit around to gain access into the privileged club.
    Soon to be provided by our most esteemed federal government (who has always told us the truth of course) to assist in keeping track of you and selling more injections at the right time to bolster Justin’s trust fund.
    Big Pharma is predicted to generate $1000/second in profit. More than enough to bribe governments and the medical sheeple.
    See how the government is making things better for us? You will Have Nothing and Be Happy!
    Glad I’m old cause this bullshit ain’t going to get better.

  4. Leslie Solar

    November 18, 2021 at 10:52 am

    and what about trucks? those diesel monsters that bring the food to the grocery stores? Why not be really stupid and ban them all?

  5. Left Coast

    November 18, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Greensleeze fools are at it again . . . the Anti-Science morons who unfortunately were not disappeared by the Russians a decade ago when they were climbing on their oil infrastructure.

    SUVs are no different from the Sedans the companies make with the same motors & platforms just a different shaped body. But don’t expect a Whacked Out uninformed Enviro-fascist to understand that. They all pile into old Busses & Pickups when they go to protest Pipelines & other infrastructure while collecting money from Foreign Actors like Rockerfeller Foundation, Tides & krazy ole nazi George Soros.

    These are the same fools that 40 years ago wanted to Ban Chlorine, an element on the Periodic Table. That is quite friggin insane . . .
    But don’t expect any “Intellect” from these fools, just look at the Idiot Guilbeault who is now Canada’s Enviro Minister . . . this is not going to end well for the dumb Canooks that elected this fool, nor for the rest of the Country.

    The World runs on Gas & Oil and will for the Forseable Future . . . there is NOTHING to replaace it today at ANY PRICE.

    PS: Oil is A-biotic . . . created in the core of the earth, the second most common liquid on the planet next to Water and will be with us FOREVER!

  6. Bill Mccann

    November 18, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Fu*k Trudeau.

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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.




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

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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.




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.

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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.”




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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