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SLOBODIAN: Queen puts state before family as she strips son of royal titles

“Pedophile Ghislaine Maxwell’s locked up — may the former socialite rot in misery with rats gnawing on her toes — in the tough Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn.”




Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s dead.

Pedophile Ghislaine Maxwell’s locked up — may the former socialite rot in misery with rats gnawing on her toes — in the tough Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn. 

She’s awaiting a possible 65-year sentence after being convicted in December of five counts related to sex trafficking minors. 

The young girls this duo for a decade recruited and coerced into having sex are women now, some seek justice, all no doubt struggle with emotional scars.

Pedophile men who abused them got to go home to their wives, kids, and positions in life, carrying on the facade of being decent pillars of society, their dirty secrets safe.

Not one pervert who had sex with minors lured into the demented Epstein/Maxwell web has been criminally charged.

But one of the accused was just royally shamed. 

No, not by the fullest extent of the law, not yet anyway.

By his mom.

Queen Elizabeth II stripped Prince Andrew, 61, of all military affiliations and royal patronages.

“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” said a statement released by Buckingham Palace Thursday.

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

This case refers to a sexual assault civil lawsuit filed against the prince by Virginia Giuffre, 38, who alleges Epstein and Maxwell coerced her into three sexual encounters with him in 2001. She was 17.

There’s a picture of a smiling Prince Andrew with his arm around young Giuffre’s waist. Giuffre’s smiling. Maxwell lurks like a spider in the doorway of Epstein’s Manhattan mansion. 

The prince insists he’s innocent, he never met Giuffre, the photo’s fake. 

The courts will determine his fate.

A Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday that Giuffre’s lawsuit can move forward to trial, despite Prince Andrew’s legal defense claiming the allegations were “unintelligible, vague and ambiguous.” 

Judge Lewis Kaplan described them as “reprehensible” if true.

The Queen’s harsh admonishment came on the heels of a demand by 150 military veterans that she sever ties between the “toxic” prince and the British Armed Forces and dishonorably discharge him. 

“All of us have served our country and are proud to have done so. For that reason, we are particularly upset and angry that Prince Andrew remains a member of the armed forces and continues to hold military titles, positions, and ranks, including that of Vice-Admiral of the Royal Navy,” they wrote. 

“It’s been 11 years since the press revealed Prince Andrew’s inappropriate friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. Since that time Prince Andrew has shown himself to be uncooperative and less than truthful about the relationship.”

The letter said regardless of the outcome of Giuffre’s case, Prince Andrew’s position with the armed forces is “untenable” and he brought the “services he’s associated with into disrepute.

“We understand that he is your son, but we write to you in your capacity as head of state and Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Navy, and Air Force… Please do not leave this any longer.”

This leaves three Canadian regiments without a patron. 

No big loss.

Prince Andrew was the honorary colonel-in-chief of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada, the Queen’s York Rangers, and the Princess Louise Fusiliers. The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed the titles have been relinquished. 

Other organizations, including the private Royal Victoria Yacht Club and the SickKids Foundation, cut ties with him in 2019 after his name cropped up in the scandal.

Protocol deems the regiments had to wait until the Queen or the prince withdrew the titles. 

And so, Queen Elizabeth who has faithfully served seven decades, acted the day after the judge refused to dismiss Giuffre’s lawsuit. 

Country before family can’t be an easy obligation to fulfill for a mother.

British broadcaster Piers Morgan sympathized.

“I feel so sorry for the Queen. In the last year she’s lost the love of her life (Prince Philip), endured the monarchy she heads being repeatedly trashed by the Sussex clowns, & suffered what must be any mother’s nightmare over Andrew’s deplorable conduct. She’s 95, and deserves so much better,” he tweeted.

Regal class.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has virtually ignored her husband’s involvement.

Epstein made 17 trips to the White House when Bill Clinton was president. Visitor logs revealed he brought along eight women between 1993 and 1995. 

Clinton flew on Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ jet at least 26 times and is believed to have visited his ‘Pedo Island’ in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

If Clinton was part of the pedophile crowd, wouldn’t Hillary know? Wouldn’t the Secret Service help her keep tabs on hubby’s whereabouts? 

After Maxwell’s conviction, Giuffre’s attorney Lisa Bloom said anyone who “participated in this massive pedophilia ring should be quaking in his or her boots.”

“There are probably thousands of victims in total, so when you’re talking about the scandal, there has to be others who were involved. The question is: ‘Who else knew they were abusing girls besides Jeffery and Ghislaine?'”

Queen Elizabeth acted nobly.

Meanwhile, Hillary by all indicators is gearing up to take another run for U.S. president.

Anticipate pious speeches from her about women’s rights.

But silence is an accomplice.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Station

    January 16, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Time to start executing these global elites.

  2. Peter No

    January 16, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    F%ck queen and all royal bastards. IF English want to keep them – fine, but what Canada has to do with those bunch of aristocratic parasites?

  3. Leslie Solar

    January 15, 2022 at 11:48 am

    another thought—the queen is now well into her 90’s. This could end up being a claim against the Queen’s estate, if Andrew is one of the beneficiaries….

  4. Declan Carroll

    January 15, 2022 at 9:15 am

    We still have the case of the 10 missing native children that were taken from the Kamloops Residential school in 1964 by the Queen. Elizabeth Windsor was the last person to be seen with the children and has yet to answer to the charges. Prince Andrew and Charles got their penchant for underage children from their mother!


  5. Leslie Solar

    January 14, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    This is at the top of the corruption level of the USA. Do a little reading and surfing and, although nailing down who are “the globalists”, the Queen of England (and Prince Philip was referred to as the head of “the Firm” when he was alive) usually makes all of the lists. For what it is worth, here are my speculations.

    Bill Clinton is sufficiently “dirty” even in the press, that nobody raises an eyebrow anymore at his antics. Nor is anyone surprised that no charges are ever laid. Same with Hillary (a book was published many years ago about Vince Foster’s death–exhibit 1) A thorough cleanup of the FBI, and DOJ (and possibly the CIA) would need to happen, for any accountability to occur.

    As for Epstein, I dont think there are very many “facts” that are set in concrete. From what we know, it appears that Epstein was involved with one or more intelligence agencies (his plea bargain re girls done in Florida, where the Justice lawyer was told it was “above his pay grade”). By all accounts I have read, Ghislain Maxwell’s father, (who owned a newspaper in the UK) was an intelligence operative who died by falling off his yacht under mysterious circumstances. There is speculation that the body taken away after Jeffrey’s “suicide” wasnt his body. The New York townhouse was given to him for $1 by some accounts, by a Jewish multi-millionaire. Who knows what the real story is? These waters run as deep as it gets.

    Andrew was involved with some sort of “investments” or similar activities when Fergie was exposed by some newspaper for taking a bribe for agreeing to “introduce” someone to Andrew, a few years back (for which she then profusely apologized to the Queen, and Andrew then ceased his “financial” activities (whatever they were). Keep in mind that The City of London was and still is the financial capital of the world (there have been a few interesting papers written about all of this recently, that can be found online with some judicious surfing).

    I am guessing that what is now being done is insulating the Firm from any judgment (worst case scenario) against Andrew that lawyers could then leverage in collection action, to other entities that he may be associated with. (the statement that he is defending the action “as a private citizen”.)

    The Americans have been agressive in the past (on occasion) with those trying to use aristocratic connections against US good old boys (Conrad Black from Canada perhaps being one example), and a judgment against him is not out of the question (although I suspect there will be a substantial settlement and no trial, but I might be wrong).

  6. Clash

    January 14, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates are all friends of Jeffrey Epstein and are pedophiles. Why is Prince Andrew the only one being scorned? Ghislaine Maxwell’s future isn’t very bright either. If she is condemned to 65 years she will most likely commit “Involuntary Suicide” like Jeffrey. Or if she is released she will probably die in a vehicle accident or a Drug overdose. She will have to be shut up somehow! To many Rich, Paranoid Elitists out there!

  7. Left Coast

    January 14, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Andrew has not demonstrated he is very bright . . . obviously thought he was immune from any kind of blow-back for his behaviour. But I suspect the chances of Klinton or any of the other perverts being exposed is slim. It was no accident that Epstein was offed in his cell . . . and Maxwell could meet the same fate. Those, mostly Demokkkrats, in power in New York & DC know how to protect their own.

    But in a world when Gender has become a “Choice” . . . and your children are being “Groomed” in Grade School . . . what is going to be the next insane outrage?
    Already in Germany & the USA “MAP” is being promoted “minor attracted persons” aka Pedophiles. How many years till MAP Crosswalks are the latest thing?

  8. David

    January 14, 2022 at 9:43 am

    Yes, Randy Andy as he was known in the seventies should have been stripped of his titles.

    The secrets of Epstein’s pedo ring and political blackmail should be released to the world. The public needs to know.

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THOMAS: How Western Canada fared in the 2021 housing market

“That didn’t happen. By early summer, sales picked up, prices steadied and the industry hasn’t looked back since, with some markets setting sales records in 2021.”




When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, like many industries, the lockdowns and restrictions shut down housing industry operations.

Home sales and prices plummeted, adding to the fear of the virus that homeowners would lose their homes’ equity. 

That didn’t happen. By early summer, sales picked up, prices steadied and the industry hasn’t looked back since, with some markets setting sales records in 2021. 

Here’s how major markets in Western Canada fared last year.


It was the third year in a row with record-breaking sales and dollar volumes.

“Both 2020 and 2021 were remarkable years in delivering sales gains from the previous year,” said Kourosh Doustshenas, outgoing president of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “Last year saw an increase of more than 2,500 sales compared to 2020 and 33% sales growth over the previous five-year average.”

Sales of existing homes in 2021 reached 18,575 units with the dollar sales volume reaching $6.25 billion, up 28% from 2020.

Single-family homes and condominiums were the most popular, with market shares of 68% and 14% respectively.


The Saskatchewan Realtors Association’s (SRA) report covers all sales in the province. 

A record 17,387 sales were recorded in 2021, surpassing the previous record in 2007 by 17%.

While the pandemic triggered disruptions in some sectors of the economy, housing boomed, said SRA CEO, Chris Guérette.

“Improved savings from those not financially impacted by COVID-19, combined with low lending rates have supported the strong sales environment we saw throughout 2021,” said Guérette, adding inventory levels in the province were 16% below long-term trends.

“This resulted in the MLS Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark price* gaining more than seven percent.”


Sales of existing homes in Calgary soared in 2021, reaching a record 27,686, nearly 72% higher than 2020 and more than 44% higher than the 10-year average, says the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB).

“Concerns over inflation and rising lending rates likely created more urgency with buyers over the past few months, said CREB’s chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However, the supply has not kept pace with the demand, causing strong price growth.” 

The year-end benchmark price was $451,567, up 8% from 2020. 

“We enter 2022 with some of the tightest conditions in over a decade,” said Lurie. “In December, inventory was nearly 25% lower than long-term averages, which will impact our housing market in 2022.”


“2021 was an incredible year for the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA),” says Realtors Association of Edmonton chair Tom Shearer. “The year-over-year stats for sales and listings in the GEA were significantly higher than December 2020.”

Last December, single-family home sales rose 16.5% from December 2020.  Condo sales increased 25.6% from December 2020. Duplex/rowhouse sales increased 16.8% year-over-year.

The HPI benchmark price in the GEA came in at $410,900, a 5.2% increase from December 2020.

Metro Vancouver

Home sales reached an all-time high in 2021, with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reporting a total of 43,999, a 4% increase over the previous record of 42,326 in 2015.

The HPI composite benchmark price at the end of 2021 was $1,230,200, a 17.3% increase from December 2020.

“While steady, home listing activity didn’t keep pace with the record demand we saw throughout 2021. This imbalance caused residential home prices to rise over the past 12 months,” said Keith Stewart, REBGV economist.

“Detached home and townhome benchmark prices increased 22% last year, while apartments increased 12.8%.”


There were 10,052 properties sold in 2021, close to the record of 10,622 sales in 2016.

“The theme of this year has been very consistent,” says Victoria Real Estate Board president David Langlois. “Each month a high demand for homes paired with record low inventory has put strong pressure on pricing and attainability.”

The single-family HPI benchmark price in the Victoria Core in December 2021 was $1,144,900, up 25.1% from $1,122,600 in November. The HPI benchmark price for a condominium in the area in December 2020 was $570,600 up from $487,100 a year earlier. 

Housing supply across the country is a concern, said Langlois

“We have spoken throughout the year about the need for new housing supply at all levels to help moderate prices and improve attainability,” he said. “Some of our municipalities have begun to look at ways to make it easier for new homes to be brought to market and we applaud and encourage any movement in this area.”

*The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) is a measure of real estate prices that provides a clearer picture of market trends over traditional tools such as mean or median average prices. It is designed to be a reliable, consistent, and timely way of measuring changes in home prices over time.

Myke Thomas is a Western Standard contributor. He started in radio as a child voice actor, also working in television and as the real estate columnist, reporter and editor at the Calgary Sun for 22 years.

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MAKICHUK: Flaming question: Should we let them go, or not?

“Maybe Gondek can take a holiday in Mexico? Pretty please?”




So, do we care if the Flames leave, or not?

That, my friends, is the question. 

While it appears Mayor Jyoti Gondek was instrumental in letting the arena deal die, it’s never quite as simple as that.

I wouldn’t exactly put halos over the heads of the Flames owners either.

Someone suggested the right people to negotiate this thing are not in place — that actually sounds like it might have some merit.

It reminds me of when the Flames decided to trade Doug Gilmour, the player who helped them win the Stanley Cup.

At that time, sources told me the team and Gilmour were not that far apart in the money department. In fact, it was pocket change compared to what they pay players now.

I won’t go over the Gilmour-Leeman trade, it’s too painful for Flames fans to have to endure, and, well, I’m not that cruel of a person.

But really, are we that far apart now? We all know construction costs are soaring, but slamming the door shut on this deal, is not the way to go, IMO.

Even though I can’t stand the Flames. Why?

Well, for starters, I’m a Red Wings fan, all the way.

Secondly, when I worked at the Calgary Sun, whenever the Flames went into the playoffs we would end up working 12-hour days until the ordeal was over.

We did well against the competition, having a good stable of writers who worked their tails off. Not to mention the best sports photogs in the city.

As we got no extra overtime pay for all this extra effort and hardly saw our families during these times — which were exciting, of course, no argument there — it just got to be too much.

We would kill forests of trees to pound out pages on the Flames and their playoff adventures. 

In the end, whenever the Flames were eliminated, we would hold the “Thank You Flames Open” — a golf tournament, complete with prizes, and, a Green Jacket, which we purchased at Goodwill for $8.

The winner would get to wear the green jacket in the office, for an entire year — a tremendous honour!

But I’m not here to beat up on the Flames. I know how important this team is to the city.

While personally I don’t care if they stay or go, I know a lot of people want them to stay because they have become such an important symbol of our city.

Some of the best hockey ever played was between the Flames and, those guys up north … what’s their name again? Oil something?

Anyway, you get the picture. We happen to have a big rivalry with the folks in Edmonton who seem to get things done better and faster than our city council.

Case in point, Rogers Place. How come they could get it done and we couldn’t? 

That project also went over-budget, and led to a similar standoff. Clearly, cooler heads prevailed and Edmonton’s council approved the funding for the House of McDavid … and the rest, as they say, is history.

By the way, they also have better winter snow removal according to what I’ve been told.

So do we care or not? Should we try to resurrect this deal or not? 

Should Gondek — she of the climate emergency no one cares about — swallow her pride and step aside from the negotiation process?

Or, well … should we let them go and build a brand new stadium for the Calgary Stampeders instead? Believe it or not, they actually do need a new stadium.

As much as I love McMahon stadium, it is seriously out of date. I mean, even Regina has a much better football stadium, for crissakes. Regina!

If you ask me, I’d rather axe the Green Line, and other such Nero-like mega-projects of the previous mayor and use that money elsewhere.

But let’s get back to the Flames. Remember Winnipeg, who went through a dark period after their NHL team left town?

Glen Murray was city councillor for Winnipeg’s Fort Rouge ward at the time and was elected as the city’s mayor in 1998. He watched as Winnipeg’s team slipped away, eventually moving to Phoenix, where hockey never really caught on.

“It was heartbreaking because the provincial and the municipal governments who were subsidizing [the team] couldn’t sustain it,” Murray told the CBC.

“Every proposal for a new arena involved hundreds of millions of dollars, which no one in the community could raise at the time,” he said. “It was a real dark period for the city because people love their hockey team.”

When the much-despised NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the return of the then still-to-be-named team in May 2011, the excitement in the city was palpable.

“In all my years as a reporter, I have never seen a city stop before,” said Marjorie Dowhos, a CBC Manitoba reporter. 

“Cheers immediately broke out, some people had tears in their eyes and I had shivers up my spine as I watched all of this,” she said.

Season tickets went on sale to the general public on June 4 and sold out in 17 minutes.

What more do I have to say? Do we really want to go the way of the Winnipeg Jets?

Let me finish, with a little story.

Back in 1967, my Dad took me to my first NHL hockey game at the Olympia in Detroit. They were sold out, so we bought $3 standing room tickets.

The first thing I saw was Gordie Howe score effortlessly on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Terry Sawchuk, on a breakaway. The place went nuts, it literally shook.

That, and many other experiences that evening, would change my life. I saw walls of Red Wings paraphernalia, none of which we could afford. I think all we came home with was a cheap program.

To this day, I will never forget that first experience of watching the Wings play and seeing them walk off the ice on a carpet, right in front of me.

Hockey gods they were — not like today’s overpaid prima donnas.

One can’t really put a dollar value on that. I don’t know how much the Flames bring to the city, financially, but I would imagine it’s significant. But then, there’s that emotional attachment, too. 

Remember the big run in 2004? We all do. Hell, even I was popping shooters on 17 Avenue!

So yeah, hell, let’s try to keep the Flames. Let’s give it another go and hope that as good citizens the Flames owners group will cut us some slack in this time of financial disarray. And let’s get the right people in there, to get this done.

Maybe Gondek can take a holiday in Mexico? Pretty please?

And really, let’s leave this “line in the sand” crap to Vladimir Putin and his maniacal ambitions. 

We’re better than that, I’m sure of it. Let’s get ‘er done.

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the Calgary correspondent for ChinaFactor.news

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SLOBODIAN: Truckers going pedal-to-the-metal for Canadian freedoms

“We feel that the trucking industry is literally this country’s last hope to potentially getting our freedoms back.”




The complainers started calling Richland Transport Inc. while Rick Wall was still at the Canada-U.S. border protesting federal mandates requiring cross-border truckers to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated.

Wall, president of the Winkler, Man. trucking firm, organized Convoy Against Mandates. Semi-trucks drove along Highway 75 to the Pembina-Emerson port of entry in Southern Manitoba Monday. Pickups, tractors, and cars joined in.

“I love the haters. We’ll go out there all day long and battle for them as much as we will for any supporters. We were out there uniting the truck industry to fight all mandates for everyone,” Wall told the Western Standard

“This country has been ripped apart. We need to reunite and love and respect each other like we used to. Our government has done a tremendous job of dividing us, destroying us.

“We’re supposed to hate each other based on medical decisions. That is not right… We need to open our eyes.”

One caller who threatened to cut Richland’s phone lines “because your boss is stupid” might change his mind when the impact of the Liberal mandate personally affects him.

The mandate requiring truckers returning from the U.S. to be fully vaccinated or quarantine took effect January 15.

“Whether you support our movement or not, it will affect you. You wouldn’t see an instant effect from what we haul. It’s a trickle effect. It’s all linked,” said Wall.

With fewer drivers delivering loads, the supply chain will be heavily impacted. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) anticipates a loss of 12,000-16,000 cross-border commercial drivers. Some estimates peg it higher at 20,000-26,000.

Unvaccinated American drivers will be denied entry.

“You’re going to see price increases on basically everything, especially food. I think you’ll see a lot of empty grocery store shelves. We’re in the middle of winter and our food is getting trucked in. Nobody’s growing gardens this time of year. They couldn’t have picked a worse time to do this. So much of our produce comes from the southern U.S.”

Meanwhile, unvaccinated truckers forced into quarantine — after they deliver their loads — lose income. 

“In a lot of scenarios, it’s basically taking that particular driver’s right to provide a livelihood for his family away from him. It’s detrimental to these families. There’s a lot of drivers not willing to participate in this mandate. The vaccines are clearly not working, that’s my view on it.”

Truckers have been treated shamefully by a Liberal government that kept changing direction. 

Since mid-November, the government was in a state of confusion over the requirements, announcing different rollout criteria, then going back to the original plan.

“It’s been a really, really tiring battle. Our heads have been spinning for months. Clearly, we saw how chaotic that was last week on how the government flip-flopped right until the very end,” said Wall.

“We had no solid information on the Canadian side basically until they started enforcing it on our drivers. It was pretty tough for us to navigate and try to figure out what do we tell our drivers.”

When the mandate kicked in, Richland’s first returning driver ran into problems at the border.

“He was down in the U.S. for a week. He came across Saturday morning. He was verbally abused by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at Emerson port of entry. He was treated horribly and was finally released after an hour and-a-half and told to go quarantine.

“Most of these guys know their rights. They will cite their rights and try to stand up for themselves. I’m very proud of them for doing that. We should all have that right.”

Some CBSA officers treat truckers with “utmost” respect.

“But the next guy is on a complete power trip giving the driver a really hard time, disrespecting them, denouncing everything the driver will say in his own defense.

“Goodness gracious, you’re coming home to your own country where you pay your taxes. And quite frankly, that officer’s salary… They come back home, and they’re treated like criminals. 

“Our system is incredibly broken…Something has to be done.”

Well, never underestimate the grit and stamina of truckers.

They’re just getting started. More rallies are planned.

A convoy rally will be held January 24 in Winnipeg. It will circle the perimeter of the city then head to the legislature.

A cross-Canada trucking convoy starting January 23 in Vancouver working its way east will gain momentum as it crosses the country. Truckers from across Canada will convene in Ottawa.

“It’ll just take a few more of us to stand up and say this isn’t right and try to unite the people. We need to end all these totalitarian mandates,” said Wall.

“We feel that the trucking industry is literally this country’s last hope to potentially getting our freedoms back.”

And our shelves stocked.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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