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CPC to restart leadership race immediately

Candidates have until May 15 to sign up new members who will be eligible to vote.

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The official word came from the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) Wednesday night that the Tory leadership race was back on.

The race was briefly suspended on March 26 to accommodate restrictions on in-person meetings, direct contact with potential voters, and optics of fundraising during the pandemic.

“The LEOC took the time over the course of that suspension to re-evaluate the timeline needed to complete the race,” the email announcement said.

“(The committee) has concluded the Leadership Election can resume with adjustments to accommodate current circumstances, effective immediately.”

There are no adjustments to the timeline itself – the membership deadline of May 15 still stands – and mail out ballots will be sent to members and must be returned by August 21.

Previously, the leadership announcement was set to be made June 27 but will now be announced “as soon as those ballots can be properly processed and examined by scrutineers while respecting any health guidelines in place at that time.”

Peter MacKay, Erin O’Toole, Derek Sloan and Leslyn Lewis are the official candidates for the 2020 leadership race.

Candidates have until May 15 to sign up new members who will be eligible to vote.

Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean is a Senior Reporter with Western Standard
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Yahoo! Albertans still choosing Western names for their young ‘uns

A quick review of baby names from 2019 in the province shows a lot of folks are still naming their children from cowboy culture.

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There may be no Stampede this year – but there will certainly be lots of Alberta children toddlin’ around with good ol’ fashion cowboy names.

A quick review of baby names from 2019 in the province shows a lot of folks are still naming their children from cowboy culture.

In fact, one Alberta family actually named their little boy “Cowboy”.

There was also “Clint”, presumably named after everyone’s favourite Western actor Eastwood.

There was “Wyatt”, maybe named after the infamous sheriff Earp.

There was “Colt” maybe named after a favourite horse or gun.

Albertans also named their little fellas Beau, Dirk, Hayes, Maverick and Stryder – all strong Western names.

Cowboy brands aside, as reported last month, the most popular boys name’s in Alberta last year was “Noah.”

With the globe battling pandemics and weather phenomena, it leaves you wondering if the new parents had some inside information.

Olivia continued to claim the top spot for baby girls.

Stampede 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Calgary police, fire statues desecrated

“I thought it was disgusting,” said Calgary police Supt. Ryan Jepson

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Vandals have desecrated statues to brave Calgary police officers and firefighters.

City crews were forced Friday to clear away red paint thrown on the statues sometime Thursday night or Friday morning.

The statues are in front of city hall.

“I thought it was disgusting,” Calgary police Supt. Ryan Jepson told Global on Friday.

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“It’s as disgusting as it would be if a memorial site was desecrated anywhere. So, it’s unfortunate that it happened and I understand that it’s likely out of some frustration from some community members.

“That is not OK. It doesn’t solve anything.”

The Calgary Fire Department also condemned the targeting of the statues.

“The statue and the monument, they are there to represent what we do as emergency responders. Firefighters, we’re in service to Calgarians, to help them in their time of need,” spokeswoman Carol Henke told Global.

Police are investigating the incident.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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UCP launches independent probe into 2016 Grande Prairie hospital noose incident

“Racism and bigotry have no place in our health-care system,” said Health Care Minister Tyler Shandro

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The Alberta government has ordered an independent investigation after reports a noose was found hanging in a Grande Prairie hospital four years ago.

“In 2016, a piece of rope tied into a noose was found taped to the door of an operating room at the Grande Prairie Hospital. In August of 2019, I was first made aware of this incident and was reassured by senior officials that the matter was being dealt with appropriately, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said in a statement Friday morning.

“Recently, individuals with first-hand knowledge of the incident have raised this matter again, questioning how AHS handled this matter in 2016. I share their concerns and I am not satisfied that this matter was handled appropriately.

“Racism and bigotry have no place in our health-care system. That’s why I am announcing an independent third-party investigation of how this matter was handled by Alberta Health Services.

“It also appears that the investigation was limited by medical staff bylaws that govern how AHS responds to complaints and disciplines staff. These bylaws have not been updated in more than a decade. Consequently, I have issued a directive requiring AHS to revise their bylaws within 60 days.

“Finally, I will be introducing legislation next week that will increase the number of public representatives on college councils, hearing tribunals and complaint review committees from 25 per cent to 50 per cent – which will increase the public’s oversight of health professions.

“These initial steps are only the beginning. The review, which will be made public, will undoubtedly bring further required changes to our attention. While it may be uncomfortable for some, Albertans demand and expect our health-care system to reject racism and intolerance. If our system failed, we will fix it.”

Former NDP health minister Sarah Hoffman said she was unaware of the incident.

“I am shocked and disgusted to learn of the violent, racist incident that occurred at the Grande Prairie Hospital in 2016. I want to be clear that I was not aware of this incident at the time. If I had been informed, I would have taken swift action and that doctor would have been fired immediately,” Hoffman said in a statement.

“My record on confronting racism is clear. In 2017, when two AHS employees used a racial slur against an Indigenous woman, we moved swiftly to dismiss them. 

“I am deeply concerned that Tyler Shandro, the current Health Minister, has known about this incident for nearly a year and he has not raised this publicly or acted. That’s not leadership. We must confront racism head on. We must be anti-racist.”


CBC reported, a white South African-born surgeon tied a noose and then taped it to the door of an operating room in the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.

He told another doctor the noose was for a Black Nigerian-born surgical assistant, CBC said.

In a statement to CBC, the surgeon said: “Some years ago, as a foolish joke, I made what I considered to be a lasso and hung it in an operating room door. In no way was it intended to be a racist gesture.

“It was very quickly drawn to my attention by staff members that this was unacceptable I subsequently brought the matter to the attention of AHS and apologized both verbally and in writing to my colleagues.

“At the time, I did not appreciate the heinous symbolism behind the knot I created. I did undertake some self-study and I now have great insight into the symbolism here and I am terribly sorry and embarrassed about this incident.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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