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Vancouver councillor wants city to reduce meat purchases by 20%

The councillor does not believe the changes will create much controversy and says they reflect the choices made by consumers.




A Vancouver councillor wants to reduce the amount of meat purchased by the city in exchange for plant-based alternatives.

Citing an analysis from the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS), Councillor Pete Fry has brought forth a motion asking the city to replace 20% of its meat products with plant-based foods — claiming it will reduce carbon emissions, save money, and support local business.

The VHS analysis inspects Vancouver’s food procurement practices for city event catering contracts, low-cost meal programs, park concessions, programs with the Vancouver School Board, and more.

Fry wants staff to consider three options proposed in the analysis:

  • 20% reduction in all animal-based products;
  • 20% reduction in the most cost-intensive animal-based products;
  • 20% reduction in the most carbon-intensive animal-based products.

Implementing one of the aforementioned policies would — as the VHS analysis claims — save “$99,000 in procurement costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 500 tonnes, and save the equivalent of nearly 400 farmed animal lives on an annual basis.”

The councillor does not believe the changes will create much controversy and says they reflect the choices made by consumers.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    November 5, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    I think this councillor has forgotten the difference between need and WANT!

  2. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    November 5, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    I think this councillor does not know there is a difference in need and want.

  3. Major Tom

    November 4, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    What’s wrong with eating cows? They eat plants!

  4. RM

    November 4, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and the city of Surrey have a majority of people who consistently vote in leftist politicians. They elect the NDP provincially and BC elections are over as soon as they cast their ballots. I used to live in BC and can assure you that this does not play well in the rural and small urban communities there. The Caribou area has significant beef production as does, to a lesser degree, the Okanagan and Peace River areas. There is a rising minority of people in those parts who favour western separation. This little stunt will add to those numbers. Keep up the good work progressives.

  5. Andrew Red Deer

    November 3, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    So the farmer will kill the 400 animals you are going to save? WHY? because he cannot afford to feed them when he wont be able to sell them for meat on the table. THATS WHY…YOU MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES, DONT MAKE OURS FOR US! AND BTW MEAT HAS THE HIGHEST PROTEIN PER LB OF ANY OTHER EDIBLE ON THE PLANET.

  6. Deb

    November 3, 2021 at 11:27 am

    It is a long read but check out entry 0132.

  7. Deb

    November 3, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Not sure what happened with my comment, so tying again. be very careful what you buy into or agree with. These are the construction workers building the UN Agenda 2021, 2030 and The World Economic Forum’s policy, The Great Reset. We’re we will own nothing and be happy. Eating if you are lucky beef once a week, you will learn to love the cricket paste. You will be monitored 24/7, even what and how much you eat. The technology is out there folks. This consumer loves eating beef to much to give it up willingly and they know that. That’s why we are government is leading us into technocracy. https://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220210020294%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20210020294&RS=DN/20210020294

  8. Jerry Terpstra

    November 3, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Anybody else getting tired of the bullshit from the people who think because its what they like we should all be doing it. Im going to start eating more meat just to counter what this bullshit.
    I know of a pasture that has thousands of plant based pies that can be made into burgers for the vegans out there.

  9. Deb

    November 3, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Be very careful people what you buy into or agree with. These people are the construction worker’s for the UN 2021, 2030 Agenda’s and The World Economic Forums, policy planning,.Were we will be happy, we will own nothing, eat beef if you are one of the lucky one’s, once a week, but you will learn to like your cricket paste.
    You will be monitored 24/7 with their Technology. It is out there folks. https://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220210020294%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20210020294&RS=DN/20210020294

  10. Left Coast

    November 3, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Another fruitkake nutbar on Vancouver City Council . . . who would believe?

    As the cost of Goods & Transportation increase with the insane Karbon Taxes and the Transportation infrastructure continues to fall apart in North America . . . the first people to be staring down empty shelves will be in the big cities.

    If the VAX doesn’t kill you living in a city where you line up for food might . . .

  11. Grace / John Roman

    November 3, 2021 at 10:25 am

    With such wacky thoughts, he needs a steak…

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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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