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Calgary councillor blasts Mayor’s Office over travel info delay

Chahal said it’s ludicrous the office kept lid on the travel until Tuesday, when for about a week a scandal over UCP snowbirds has riveted the province.

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Calgary Councillor George Chahal is blasting Mayor Naheed’s Nenshi office for not coming clean earlier that his chief of staff jetted to Hawaii over Christmas, flouting provincial health regulations.

Nenshi admitted Tuesday, Devery Corbin and another office administrator flew out of the province to Hawaii even though the province is in a full pandemic lockdown and health recommendations urge against non-essential travel .

Devery Corbin

Neither will face sanctions, Nenshi said.

In an open letter, Ward 5 Chahal said it’s ludicrous the office kept a lid on the travel until Tuesday, when for about a week a scandal over UCP snowbirds has riveted the province.

“I am even more frustrated to learn that this was not ackowledged earlier, as the issue of pandemic travel has been one of the top news stories for five days and counting,” Chahal said.

Chahal said while many Albertans have made great sacrifices during the pandemic “the sacrifice is generally much smaller for those with financial privilege.”

He said “systematic failures” have been discovered in a drive for equality.

Chahal represents a riding in Calgary’s northeast which has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic.

He said politicians of all levels are risking losing the trust of voters in these unprecedented times.

Chahal said he hasn’t left the city since March and he chose not to visit his ailing father for Christmas.

When Nenshi told reporters Tuesday about the travellers in his office he admitted he was “yelling at the screen” when Premier Jason Kenney held a press conferece on Friday to try and explain away the UCP scandal.

“Yes, I was aware of this travel … but I also believe that they made a decision they thought was right and fair and within the rules,” he said.

“I really wish I had said, ‘Are you sure about that? Do you think that is congruent with the messaging about how we’re all in this together, with the latest numbers,’

“I really wish I had done that, I didn’t do that and I’m really sorry I didn’t do that and I deeply regret I didn’t do that.”

Nenshi’s own Twitter homepage urges people to “stay home” during the pandemic.

Nenshi Twitter home page telling people to stay home

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office as Chief of Staff in 2018, Devery worked at the city for more than 15 years in a number of areas including Planning and Development and Strategic Services.

Chahal’s letter can be read here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby769

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. 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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LETTER: Kenney’s Keystone antics ‘childish’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is proving how unreliable Canadians can be in front of their largest trading partner and ally.

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RE: Kenney wants Keystone XL pipeline cash back from US

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is proving how unreliable Canadians can be in front of their largest trading partner and ally.

His wish to sue the Biden administration in Washington because they pulled out of the Keystone XL pipeline is childish and a move worthy of the likes of former President Donald Trump. One has to admire a President ready to fulfill campaign promises as soon as he takes office and he will prove to Washington’s enemies that he is a man to fear.

It’s time for Alberta to grow up and stop dictating energy and environmental policy in this country. 

Christopher Mansour
Barrie, On.

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LETTER: Thanks for clearing up the Sloan fiasco

Erin O’Toole is a fool. He is shooting his party in the foot and it is clearly a frame-up job on Derek Sloan.

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RE: FILDEBRANDT: $131 Sloan donation leak was an inside job – Conservative MPs tell us so

Thank you so much for so clearly explaining what happened to Derek Sloan.

He has mega-support out West and in certain ridings in Ontario.

Erin O’Toole is a fool. He is shooting his party in the foot and it is clearly a frame-up job on Derek Sloan.

Sloan won 16% of the popular vote (in the leadership race). Following O’Toole’s election to the leader of the party,  Pam Damoff, Liberal MP for Oakville North-Burlington, posted a letter urging O’Toole to eject Derek from the CPC caucus.

She knows very well that this un-Parliamentary ad-hominem attack would see her escorted from the House of Commons, but of course, we don’t have Parliament right now, thanks to Justin Trudeau.

Many are out to get him out of politics. It stinks! What is the difference between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party? Negligible. 

Laura Toews
Calgary AB

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LETTER: Another reader says no way Western Standard is ‘hot garbage’

I’m not sure what “hot garbage” means. As opposed to “cold garbage” or “lukewarm garbage”?

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RE: Letter from William Graboski that Western Standard is “hot garbage.”

Dear Sir or Madam:

I’m not sure what “hot garbage” means. As opposed to “cold garbage” or “lukewarm garbage”?

I have seen garbage on fire and that’s not bad, more entertaining than cold garbage just sitting there with no one paying attention, such as the CBC. Is “hot garbage” a metaphor for sizzling commentary on unpleasant current events? If so, I am enjoying the Western Standard’s hot garbage immensely.

Jana Joujan
Medicine Hat, AB

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