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Trudeau threatened with lawsuit over Canada’s COVID-19 quarantining

“If a returning traveler takes a COVID-19 test, and it is negative, restricting their freedom is not connected to a legitimate public health objective,” said the Justice Centre

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A legal group is threatening to sue Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government over their mandatory quarantine requirement for people who arrive in the country from international points.

Currently, people who arrive in the country are forced to isolate for 14 days. They must provide customs officers with an address where they are staying and plans for things like groceries.

Border agents make phone calls to travellers to make sure they are following pandemic quarantine rules.

“The current requirements make no allowances for persons with no symptoms, or for persons to test negative for COVID-19. Even walking alone outside for exercise and fresh air is prohibited and subject to extraordinary fines under the Quarantine Act,” said the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms in a release on Monday.

“Around the world, many countries have either reduced mandatory quarantines or dispensed with them altogether.

“…has enabled international travel to resume and allowed a much-needed restart of tourism and the tens of thousands of jobs associated with international travel. Major airlines have been petitioning Trudeau for months to relax restrictions to no avail: the quarantine restrictions which are crippling the economy and violating personal liberty remain in place.”

The Justice centre describes the quarantine as nothing more than “house arrest.

“Being confined by the state to a person’s residence is a serious interference with Charter rights, such as the right to liberty, mobility and privacy. All government orders, including emergency orders, must comply with the Charter by not infringing on citizen’s rights without demonstrable justification which are a minimal impairment of liberty,” said the group.

““The continued quarantining of all persons entering Canada, while ignoring test results and the lack of symptoms, impairs liberty in a manner that is arbitrary, far more broad than necessary, and disproportionate,” said Justice Centre lawyer James Kitchen.

“If a returning traveler takes a COVID-19 test, and it is negative, restricting their freedom is not connected to a legitimate public health objective.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: 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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Horgan leads NDP to majority government in B.C.

Preliminary results from Saturday’s election show the NDP turned its 41-seat minority into a 55-seat majority.

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John Horgan’s NDSP party now rules B.C. with a majority government.

Preliminary results from Saturday’s election show the NDP turned its 41-seat minority into a 55-seat majority.

More than 500,000 mail in ballots still have to be counted. Final results won’t be known for several weeks.

“B.C. has voted, and a majority has been called, but there are many many hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be counted,” Horgan said at a victory rally in Vancouver.

“While we wait for that final count to happen, I want to assure people that I’m going to keep the focus right where it belongs, on helping people get through this pandemic and making sure that they have the services that they need.”

“All British Columbians can sleep safely knowing that we’re going to do everything we can to keep them safe, healthy and secure.”

The Liberals won 29 seats and the Green party, three.

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

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Kenney says Albertans may get ‘multi-issues’ referendum

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the UCP could have multiple referendum questions for voters next year.

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections.

Speaking virtually to the UCP’s AGM on Saturday, Kenney said the party is also looking at adding other issues.

“I believe on the big consequential issues it’s right to go to the public,” kenney told 1,400 delegates who had signed up for the virtual convention.

He said a decision to get rid of Daylight Savings Time, a Senate election, constitutionally changing property rights and a provincial pension plan are some of the things Albertans may have a chance to vote on.

Kenney spent most of his speech hilighting UCP policies they have brought in, including scrapping the carbon tax and repealing Bill 6.

“We are one-third through our mandate and we have implemented two-thirds of our 261 election promises,” said Kenney.

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

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RCMP able to save ice-bound calf in northern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress

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For a B.C. Mountie, it was a very moo-ving rescue.

On Tuesday morning, RCMP were told about a young calf that had fallen through ice, into a slough along Farrell Creek Road, north east of Hudson’s Hope, in northeastern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress, said the RCMP in a release.

“It was obvious that the calf had been doing its best to stay afloat and was getting tired, however could not move forward or backwards due to the surrounding ice,” said the release.

“Thinking quickly, and using any means available to the officer, and some locals that had stopped to assist, the ice around the calf was broken. The very tired calf was able to be lassoed and brought to the edge and out of the slough to rest.”

When we suit up and start our shifts each day, we really never have any idea what our day on the front line will entail,” said Cpl. Rob Gardner.

The front line officer, who responded to the scene, did a great job thinking quickly and outside the box to work with some locals to break the ice and free the small calf. We’d like to thank all those who stopped to assist with this rescue.

The wet calf, who seemed un-injured during the ordeal.

Rescued calf. Courtesy RCMP

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

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