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Northcott’s ‘No More Lockdowns Rodeo’ court battle continues

“I’m kind of excited to get to court sooner or later and see if we can’t iron out some issues with our Alberta Health Services and our tyrannical government we have right now,” said Northcott.




Alberta rancher Ty Northcott said his legal battles around his “No More Lockdowns Rodeo” last spring are still in the works.

The Bowden-area rancher — a guest on the Western Standard’s Triggered with Cory Morgan on Friday — was charged for breaking provincial health orders with his spring rodeo.

When asked what the exact charges were, Northcott chuckled and said, “Not sure, I think for putting a rodeo on.”

“One violation in the health act, I can’t remember what exactly it was. I don’t worry about that stuff, I let my lawyer do that,” Northcott told Morgan adding he believes he’s in “pretty good hands.”

Lawyers from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) have been representing Northcott in his legal fight.

Northcott said the court case has been delayed a number of times indicating his next appearance has been scheduled for January 25.

“I’m kind of excited to get to court sooner or later and see if we can’t iron out some issues with our Alberta Health Services and our tyrannical government we have right now,” said Northcott.

Northcott said the rodeo industry has been negatively impacted over the last two years and will likely struggle for some time when things get active again.

“In our world there is optimism, but not like you would hope,” said Northcott admitting it’s been quiet for event bookings this season and said they have written off all their spring indoor events with the hope of moving some to outdoor venues.

“I don’t see us getting back to where we were in 2019, but I hope I’m wrong.”

Northcott announced in late April he would host the rodeo in contravention of provincial COVID-19 regulation which triggered backlash from Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the RCMP. At the time, health restrictions limited outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 10 people.

The rodeo was originally going to be hosted by the Bowden Agriculture Society, but after receiving letters from AHS threatening to revoke all their grants, casino and liquor licences if the event was held, Northcott was forced to move the rodeo to a secret location.

In an effort to thwart RCMP and AHS interference, Northcott held the announcement the rodeo would take place on his property south of Bowden until the day before the rodeo heading into the May 1 weekend.

“We are going to rodeo like it’s 1999!” Northcott told the Western Standard who sponsored and attended the event.

Although more than 4,000 people attended the rodeo which Alberta Premier Jason Kenney called “disturbing,” AHS only linked one COVID-19 case directly to the outdoor event.  

On May 10, less than two weeks after the rodeo, Northcott and his wife Gail were served three summonses by the RCMP at the gate of his ranch.  

The pair were ordered to appear in court on May 17 to face charges for breaking the Public Health Act, but with numerous date changes, the case has yet to be heard.

Northcott comes from a historic rodeo family and opened up his own livestock ranch in the late ’80s.

The pandemic lockdowns have hit his business hard, leaving him with only 50% of his normal stock because the costs of wintering and feeding them depleted his bank account.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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  1. Jack of all Trades

    January 14, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve lost track, is this the trial where Dr, Hinshaw was supposed to testify but somehow managed several times to have the trial postponed because she was “too busy dealing with covid patients” but booked a vacation for the days the trial was supposed to take place, within hours after the judge agreed to reschedule?
    P.s.: I want a million people to show up at the next rodeo!

  2. Mises

    January 14, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Great rodeo outside of Bowden last spring. Atmosphere was electric, crowds were ecstatic as well as competing athletes. It was pivotal moment for Kenney polling numbers, his support tanked right after and never recovered. Still in search for his base. Thank you Ty.

  3. Ken

    January 14, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    I agree with all the commenters and I take my hat off to you Ty and your massive balls. We need way more of your type of human being here in Alberta. I did vote for you in our Municipal Election but sadly its hard to beat an incumbent. A few years ago if someone asked me if I would send money to a lawyer I would have laughed in their face. Today I contribute to Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms with pride and urge everyone else to do the same.

  4. roy

    January 14, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Hang in there Ty. You are a hero. The narrative is collapsing. People are waking up. Once this turns it will be Dr Hinshaw and Mr Kenney on trial. Please watch this courageous nurse testifying in North Carolina.


  5. Declan Carroll

    January 14, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Ty Northcott is a national treasure. If he decides to hold another No More Lockdowns Rodeo, I’ll be RSVP’ing for the second go around. If Kenney doesn’t like it he can suck it cause I got zero f***s to give.

  6. William Clark

    January 14, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Divide and conquer is what it’s all about. If f we all stood together and said NO this garbage would have been over a year and a half ago. Always have been a Rodeo lover, terrible what’s happening to people in the Rodeo world as well as all small business. I hope you win big in court Ty. Canada strong and free ? Ya right. Dictatorship , big time
    Are vets are rolling over in there graves

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.




Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.




The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.




SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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