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Nixon slams Suzuki for ‘encouraging eco-terrorism’

And Nixon challenged the NDP to support a motion he was putting in the Legislature later Monday condemning Suzuki’s statement.

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Saying “David Suzuki hates Alberta,” Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon called the environmentalist’s warning that pipelines will be blown up “disgusting.”

And Nixon challenged the NDP to support a motion he was putting in the Legislature later Monday condemning Suzuki’s statement.

“There are going to be pipelines blowing up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on,” Suzuki told CHEK News on Saturday.

Nixon countered saying: “David Suzuki is so out of touch with the real world that he advocates for eco-terrorism…towards Canadian people and industries — this is completely unacceptable and extremely reckless. 

“The NDP have a long history of collaborating with David Suzuki and their silence on his outrageous comments make them complicit with calls for ecoterrorism towards Albertans,” Nixon told the Legislature during Ministerial Statements.

“We must protect our critical infrastructure and not allow these ridiculous ideological menaces to destroy what Albertans have worked so hard to create.”

“It’s important to note that David Suzuki doesn’t just hate pipelines that want to carry the most ethically produced oil for export around the world. The truth is: David Suzuki hates Alberta.”

Nixon told MLAs that in the past, Suzuki has compared Alberta’s energy businesses to slavery.

“Talking about extinction, rebellion, and blowing up pipelines and dog whistles like this is inciting environmental terrorism. I will not stand for these kinds of comments,” said Nixon.

“Alberta’s government is working as we speak to take further action to protect our critical infrastructure that keeps Alberta’s prosperity strong. “

Nixon then alleged at a weekend meeting of Alberta’s NDP Provincial Council, 85% voted in favour of expressing solitary with protesters blockading the Coastal GasLink pipeline in BC.

“It has also been reported that one member of the opposition stood in solidarity with the NDP Youth Wing on this and that another member of the opposition spoke in favour of this motion. I think this would be appalling to every other member of this chamber if true, and appalling to the hardworking men and women of this province,” Nixon said.

“That’s why I intend to move a motion later in this house so every member has an opportunity to support the hardworking men and women of this province, condemn the remarks of David Suzuki, and support the rule of law in this country.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney chimed in on Twitter.

“This incitement to violence by David Suzuki is dangerous, and should be condemned universally. In Canada we resolve our differences peacefully and democratically, not with threats of terrorism or acts of violence,” he tweeted.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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. Leslie Solar

    November 23, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Ben Wilson sets out the old playbook for doing things. Things have changed, though.

    This is the first time our civil liberties have been challenged and with a supposed conservative at the helm, who is both a liar and who has done major damage to the province in a very short time. Who has been in federal cabinet, and appears to be a globalist.

    With Trudeau at the helm federally, who appears to have been put there by another band of globalists who worked for the White House, came up here, got 1.4 million from the Tides Foundation (if memory serves) did sophisticated polling in the 905 area, and got an airhead who has name recognition and nice hair elected, who had never risen through the ranks. Who goes on xmas holiday to the globalist Aga Khan’s private island.

    Remember Alison Redford? She evenually had to be ousted. Which more or less destroyed the PC of Alberta party, and created the Wildrose. Which then merged (more or less) with the old PC’s when Prentice came riding out on his white horse, and Danielle Smith helped him out. You know the rest of the story.

    This is not about journeymen politicians as in days of yore. Its about globalists with trainloads of money in a world of sophisticated manipulation of public opinion. And if you understand that, this is a “blitzkeirig” (old Nazi term) attempt to destroy Canada while they are attempting to destroy the USA and other Western and European democracies.

    I dont think we have the time to play the old “long” games this time around. Destroying businesses, and mandating experimental “vaccines” that arent vaccines (that arent safe nor effective) and destroying normal infrastructure that we all rely on, such as medical care, is a huge threat that cant wait to be dealt with.

  2. Hutsul Honey

    November 23, 2021 at 7:17 am

    BEN WILSON – hear hear. I have no doubt that infiltration has occurred EVERYWHERE by the CCP and the NDP/Liberal communists in our country. Stick to your principles people and don’t be swayed by the tactics used by them. Be very, very suspicious.

  3. Randy

    November 23, 2021 at 5:56 am

    David Suzuki is an agitator and should be dealt with accordingly.

  4. Barbara

    November 23, 2021 at 12:04 am

    How about Nixon spreading Vaccine Terrorism. Get the jab or lose your job, your house, your car, your freedom.

  5. Mises

    November 22, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    They all learned from Kenney how to pay lip service. How about going after NDP brass running AHS? Crickets for almost 2 years.

  6. Seven-Zero-One

    November 22, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Everyone is keep ” Slamming each other” nothing is getting done.
    Stagnation, stagnation and more stagnation.

  7. Patricia Seddon

    November 22, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Good for Nixon, we need more of this from UPC.. less NDP pandering.
    Now, lets get that momentum going on our failed Health Care system, and the NDP elite who runs it.

  8. Ben Wilson

    November 22, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    people….50% of the people that comment here are NDP operatives.

    I think NDP is trying everything possible to remove JK from power, via the leadership vote. I believe UCP has tons of dirt on Rachael Notley and the NDP group of anti energy activists. The Allen report could have uncovered tons of things, that can be brought out later.

    Many NDP operatives just showed there heads the last few months. Any person who was unhappy and just went to the media, achieved nothing. Now JK knows who the NDP operatives are. Any MLA who is unhappy and really wants to make changes does not run to the media to complain. This just ends heir career.

    The way to make Alberta better is with one conservative voice. If you don’t like something a leader is doing, there are ways to deal with this within the party.

    Any person who is starting other conservative parties is probably on the payroll of the NDP. NDP wants several conservative parties to divid the voters, and then the NDP can take over and Kill off the Alberta Energy Business for good.

    The Vaxx ports and firing Health care workers and other workers is wrong. I don’t like this. But, I am not voting NDP just because of this. If NDP was in power, things would be way worse that just Vaxx ports for Restaurants. We would be locked down like Quebec. I am putting pressure to remove Vaxx Mandates ASAP via my MLA. I am not voting NDP.

  9. Cosmo Kramer

    November 22, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Does Jason Nixon have any opinions on his UCP government committing bio/pharma terrorism?

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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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