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Rittenhouse walks free as jury acquits him of murders

The 18-year-old collapsed and had to be helped back into his chair as the last “not guilty” vote was read.




Kyle Rittenhouse is a free man after a Wisconsin jury found him not guilty of killing two men with an AR-15 type firearm during unrest in Black Lives Matter march.

The 18-year-old collapsed and had to be helped back into his chair as the last “not guilty” vote was read.

The mainly-white jury acquitted Rittenhouse in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, as well as the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, who survived.

The jury deliberated for more than three days.

Rittenhouse’s attorneys argued self-defense, claiming that he was provoked by all his victims, during BLM unrest in 2020.

“I did what I had to do to stop the person who was attacking me,” Rittenhouse tearfully testified last week.

“Two of them passed away but I stopped the threat from attacking me.”

Rittenhouse could have gotten life in prison if found guilty on the most serious charge — first-degree intentional homicide — or what some other states call first-degree murder.

Gov. Tony Evers put 500 members of the National Guard on standby, hoping to keep the peace.

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  1. Aquarius

    November 21, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Western Standard, this is a crappy article. Did your staff really write it? Tje headline is wrong, “mainly white jury”, “claiming that he was provoked by all his victims”. This was also posted on a French website https://filaria.fr/2021/11/19/rittenhouse-walks-free-as-jury-acquits-him-of-murders/

    This is beyond errors, this is a horribly biased twist of the story. More than corrections, your subscribers deserve and explanation and an apology.

  2. Baron Not Baron

    November 20, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, Gaige Grosskreutz… represent the SCUM!

  3. Lisa

    November 20, 2021 at 9:55 am

    The biased MSM has spent months spinning a false narrative about this case. Stories were run calling Kyle Rittenhouse everything from a vigilante to a “white supremacist”. For anyone who had not followed the trial and then read this article, they would have to conclude that the Western Standard was following the same left leaning bias.

    “Kyle Rittenhouse is a free man after a Wisconsin jury found him not guilty of killing two men with an AK-47-type firearm during a Black Lives Matter march.”

    “Black Lives Matter” march conjures up the image of peaceful protestors, making it sound like he murdered two poor innocent souls, and is a racist. Just as the MSM was spinning it. How about mentioning that a gang of criminal thugs were burning down cities all over America (under the cover of the marxist organization BLM), and while trying to defend businesses from being destroyed by criminals, Kyle Rittenhouse was attacked by armed thugs and acted in self defence when he practiced his second ammendment right and defended himself. The truth has a much different tone than your portrayal of this.

  4. William Clark

    November 20, 2021 at 9:47 am

    We have a right to defend ourselves. Good on that jury
    So bloody sick of the left wing commie shit in this world.

    This all started happening years ago and now we are truly seeing the fruits of our blind eye to all of this shit.

  5. TRW

    November 20, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Your headline and reporting on this are way off base. Correct it or loose financial support. You will never attract the collectivist NDP voter base with this kind of crap “news” piece. Do better!

  6. Larry Thomsen

    November 20, 2021 at 7:16 am

    I don’t have so much of a problem with the headline; Kyle faced 2 murder charges after all so the headline is almost true – just add the word CHARGES at the end. My problem comes from you characterizing the events of the evening as a BLM MARCH! I know that MSNBC and CNN called it a “mostly peaceful protest” but all the evidence showed it was a full blown riot and even the prosecutor in the case had to admit that’s what it was.

  7. Susan Grant

    November 20, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Your headline is grossly deceptive and portrays you as a supporter of no right to self defense. WHY?

  8. Leslie Solar

    November 19, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    I firmly believe that the USA has turned the corner on the globalist stupidity. And one guy in particular who has helped immensely is Dan Bongino.

    There are others, for eg–Gov. DeSantis, but Dan has the media reach–every day. God bless him.

  9. jgl

    November 19, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    A small win for our side.
    WS really should correct your headline. There was no murder charge here.

  10. Leslie Solar

    November 19, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Lets cut WS a bit of slack here, guys. The better way to have phrased it would be something along these lines:

    Mr. R. was acquitted of all charges brought against him for the shooting death of X, and the wounding of Y, during a riot at…….relating to……….

    The jury of x men and y women deliberated for 3 days before reaching their verdict.

  11. Left Coast

    November 19, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    “Acquits him of Murders” ? ? ?

    Defending yourself from someone who is trying to kill you is murder? That’s just nuts man . . . Did you consult Joy Reid at MSNBC for your story?
    She has said it was racist and white supramacy, in spite of the FACT that all the participants where caucasian.

    The first one was a convicted Child Mollester who threatened to kill Kyle and grabbed his guy . . . bang, one less problem for the local AG.
    The second one attacked him with a Skate Board had him on the ground and hit him twice in the head with the board . . . bang, one more felon out of commission.
    The Third pointed an illegal loaded handgun in Kyle’s face . . . bang, he shot him in the arm.

    This case of course should never have been brought to trial, but in today’s world of the insane far-left they had to try and the Propaganda Media dove right in and spouted wall to wall lies for a year.

    When BLM & Antifa get out of hand call Kyle he knows how to take out the Trash !

  12. Bruce

    November 19, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Awesome. Finally actual Justice prevails

  13. Kevin Cochrane

    November 19, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    A heavy blow to the communists today, they found out they don’t own the entire American judiciary

  14. Andrew Red Deer

    November 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Right of Self Defense is Paramount over any other law.

  15. Baron Not Baron

    November 19, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    “Murders”? WTF is happening at WS? Get a dictionary if you don’t know what murder is.

    “The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.”

    He did not commit murder. Commie “journalist”

  16. K

    November 19, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    “mainly-white jury”? Excuse me, that is irrelevant and most of your audience is “mainly-white”. Keep that shit off this site or you will lose more readership.

  17. Andrew

    November 19, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    justice prevailed.

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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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