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Petition for Turk statue gobbling up hundreds of names

Turk has attained legendary status since 2019 when he started walking around Ramsay, even getting his own fan Facebook page as people followed his daily exploits

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Calgarians are petitioning to get a statue built of their favourite turkey Turk, who met a grisly end last week after being eaten by a coyote.

So far, close to 800 people have signed on in support of the memorial statue.

Turk has attained legendary status since 2019 when he started walking around Ramsay, even getting his own fan Facebook page as people followed his daily exploits.

The only thing found of Turk on Friday was some bloodstained feathers.

“This is devastating news for all of us,” the fan Facebook post said.

“I’m personally heartbroken.”

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The petition reads: “Our beloved Turk the Ramsay turkey sadly passed away last night. He was a beacon of hope to our great city.

“Every time someone saw him they would light up with a huge smile. I think we should remember this great turkey with a memorial statue in the neighbourhood of Ramsay.”

Supporter Lanya Barker tweeted: “RIP Turk! You deserve this.”

And Christian Bilou tweeted: “Turk was heartwarming, an inspiration of perseverance, and a folk icon of 2019-2020. A statue of him would be a good use of public arts funding.”

“A turkey statue sounds fun, but it would be a birdbrained idea to use tax dollars on this. Even Calgary’s councillors, who are renowned for their wasteful spending, should know not use tax dollars on this,” said Franco Terrazzano, Alberta Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.  

Terrazzano pointed to Moose Jaw’s Mac the Moose, whose journey to reclaim its status as world’s tallest moose did not rely on tax dollars. 

“No taxpayers were harmed during the process of reclaiming Mac the Moose’s title as the world’s largest moose thanks to generous donors, including Moosehead Breweries. I bet Calgary could find generous donors, maybe even convince a company like Butterball to foot the bill, he said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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UPDATED: Saskatchewan election called

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

Moe took to twitter Monday night to tell voters they would be going to the polls in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tomorrow, I will ask Lt. Gov. Russ Mirasty to dissolve the Legislature,” Moe tweeted.

“This will be quite a different #skvotes campaign –but a very important one that will ask Saskatchewan voters one question: Who do you trust to lead Saskatchewan’s economic recovery?”

When the legislature was dissolved, Moe’s Saskatchewan Party held a 46-13 lead over the NDP.

Moe was sworn in as premier in 2018.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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CORY MORGAN WEBCAST: Wild goose hunt, Alberta style

An interview with Jason Siliker of Canadian Premier Hunts on the multiple times that the RCMP interrupted his goose hunt.

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B.C. Liberals vow to cancel PST for one year; return at 3 per cent

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Andrew Wilkinson

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B.C. Liberals say, if elected, they will help the economy recover by removing the 7 per cent provincial sales tax for one year.

After a year, a Liberal government would set the PST at 3 per cent until the economy recovers.

The federal GST is currently 5 per cent.

“British Columbians have lost confidence in the direction of the province and the weak economic record of the NDP. B.C. families and small businesses need help now, which is why a B.C. Liberal government will immediately eliminate the PST for one year — saving you money right away, getting more people working, and bringing investment back to B.C.,” said B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.

“Countless people are still out of work, small businesses are facing bankruptcy, and the public health threat from COVID-19 is still very real.

“Eliminating PST puts more money in people’s pockets, stimulates growth for struggling small business, and helps British Columbians who are struggling to get by. This is a vital step to rebuild our economy.”

The Liberals say a family of four earning $60,000 per parent will save $1,714 in the first year, followed by an additional $979 in the second year. 

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Wilkinson.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding the pledge.

“We pay the PST on everything from used cars to toilet paper so this would save everyone a lot of money,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the CTF.

“The best way to save people money is for governments to stop taking so much of it in the first place.

“We hope all of the parties can match or beat this promise so we can get serious about tax cuts during this election.”

In the 2019-20 budget year, British Columbians paid more than $7.5 billion in the PST.

“We need to do all we can to jolt our economy back to life and eliminating the PST would clear a lot of hurdles for working people and struggling businesses to get things rolling again,” said Sims.

“People know how to spend their money much better than the government does.”

B.C. residents go to the polls Oct. 24.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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