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Hey folks, I’m just here watching the NDP continue to betray women and their hard fought for rights in society.  Janis Irwin, of course is at the forefront of deciding that we should be including men in female sports, spaces, and services?  Why?  Because these men have special gender feelings that tell them that are women.

The Alberta NDP cannot define what a woman is, and now is actively campaigning against female safety in Alberta.  Broad claims, but let’s look at the specifics.

Wow!  You see here, Janis doesn’t actually link to what she has labelled transphobic and hateful.  Let’s move on to what she is referring to – a message to Linda Blade from Brian Jean a Leadership candidate for the UCP.

 

Read judiciously.  Take some time and see what is being said in the message.

So do you see the absolute TRANSPHOBIC HATRED there.  The notion that biological sex is real and that it is important in sports (and to be frank, every-fucking-where else) to maintain fairness and safety.

Make careful notes here folks as this is the exact bullshit routine every faux-progressive shitter performs when faced with any sort of criticism or inquiry about their position.  There are no counterpoints, there are no rebuttals, and no arguments just wild baseless accusations.  This just happens to be an member of the legislative assembly here in Alberta and sadly the fact free hyperbole is par for the course.

It’s a farcical disgrace.

More to the point there is a person with political power that uses this sort of hyperbolic rhetoric to advance a platform and ideology that actively harms women and their rights in society.

Scary stuff.  It is unsurprising that the Alberta NDP is losing female support as they support the erosion of female rights and safety in society.

Talk to your political representatives and find out if they support this attack on female boundaries in society and be wary if they cannot define what a woman is.

 

Go to Linda Blade’s website or The Canadian Women’s Sex Based Rights website to get more information on the important subject at hand.

 

 

Shops selling meat and deli products are at the forefront of spaces that “need to be safe”  in Canmore for gender magic individuals.

“A food company in Canmore is facing a backlash over a transphobic response to a donation request by Canmore Pride.

As the Canmore Pride Society prepares for its second annual celebration, the volunteer-led group has been reaching out to local businesses to ask for sponsorships. The group’s co-chair, K Kealey, sent an email to Valbella Gourmet Foods to ask for donations for an upcoming BBQ and was shocked by the response.

The response was signed by Jeff von Rotz, whose email signature identified him as the deli’s owner. He started the email with a dig at Kealey’s single-letter name, then continued with transphobic and homophobic remarks.

“I’m sorry to say but you could not pay me to sponsor anything to do with child grooming tranny’s [sic].

“Please keep these sick people away from the children of this community, you should be disgusted with yourselves.”

He added that he’s sure there would be “some woke organization mentally ill enough to help” the group with their event, but it “isn’t Valbella’s.”

We should be clear here.  This is not the most appropriate way to respond to a request for a donation from a special interest group.  It isn’t a professional business appropriate response and should not have been sent out.  A simple “no thank you” would have been entirely sufficient.

People feel strongly about issues and those emotions and impulses should not automatically be transferred to electronic media where they live forever.  Stuff happens.  However, lets take a look at the response.

“Kealey, who identifies by the pronouns they and them, said they were disappointed and hurt by the response.”

Welcome to society.  The expectation not be offended and have your feelings hurt is an unrealistic and unhealthy belief.

“I shared the email because I was concerned about the safety of my own community and, as a trans person myself, I was thinking I didn’t want to go into that place or if I would be safe there anymore,” Kealey said Wednesday.

The bad man said words?  And you are that fragile that you’d feel “unsafe” entering the store?  This is classic vulnerable narcissism in action – pity me and (or I will make you pay for!) my bruised feelings…

Of course, if it ended there it would have been fine. Perhaps an adult conversation could have taken place and an apology elicited for the rude behaviour.

Ooooooooooor, we can take it the media and start a shit-show.

“We think we deserve spaces where people can go and be safe, and not only be safe but be fully accepted,” they said. “There are so many great people out here and they deserve better and deserve to exist in spaces as who they are and feel embraced for that.”

No one in society gets to be fully accepted automatically.  And we really need to connect the dots between a heated email about donations and then somehow not being able to buy deli meat safely?  It doesn’t compute outside the realm of those who are always on the lookout to be offended.

  “Chantal von Rotz — Jeff’s sister and the daughter of the company’s founders, Walter and Leonie von Rotz — said in a post online Tuesday that Jeff has been removed from the company and its operations.

“The owners and leadership of Valbella Gourmet Foods express its deepest apologies to the Canmore LGBTQ+ community for an intolerant email that was sent (Tuesday) by one of our former team members,” said Chantal.

She said his words do not reflect the opinions of the Valbella team and that the company strives to make its workplace inclusive.”

Whoops – there is the damage control in action.  The knee must be bent fully to the needs of fragile people with access to media and social media.

“We hope to soon be able to work with experts from the LGBTQ+ community to implement new training and education,” said Chantal. “Our priority is regaining the community’s trust.”

Valbella Gourmet Foods was founded by the von Rotzes in 1978 and has grown into a 40,000-square-foot production plant.

Chantal said a thorough review of internal policies is underway and the company will implement new equity, diversity and inclusion policy to make sure employees feel supported”

It won’t be enough.  It is never enough.  If the vulnerable narcissists want you cancelled, you will be cancelled.  Better to stick up for your beliefs and tell them to go to hell, at least you will have your character and integrity intact.

  “Several businesses that worked with Valbella Gourmet Foods have posted statements that they will no longer be doing business with the Canmore deli. The page on Valbella’s website listing its retail partners has been removed.

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity said in a statement that it will remove all Valbella products from company operations and has ceased all business relations.

The Fairmont Hotels at Jasper Park Lodge and Banff Springs said it will no longer work with or purchase from Valbella. Blush Lane and SPUD posted statements saying they have discontinued their relationships with Valbella.

Dan Berezan, founder and CEO of online Alberta farmer’s market Cultivatr, said in a statement his company has immediately suspended selling products from Valbella. The Canmore business was a vendor on the website.

“At Cultivatr, we have no place for hate of any kind,” said Berezan. “We have received tremendous support from the LBGTQIA2S+ community and we want you to know that we appreciate you and we support you right back.”

ACME Meat Market promised to halt future purchases of Valbella products and will donate any existing stock. And Monki Bistro said it will remove all Valbella products from the restaurant.

Canmore Folk Festival said it has returned a donation from Valbella in full.

After taking a day to determine how to respond, Sunterra Market released a statement Wednesday that it will also cease all business relationships with Valbella.

“Some may see the time we took to have these conversations as a concern. Please know this was done solely to consider all those affected by our decisions,” said the market.

“We believe Sunterra’s choice to cut ties with the company will have a significant impact on their 50 team members and their families.”

How did this Woke shit get so deeply embedded in our society?  It is because stepping out of line has drastic real life consequences as illustrated here.  The consequences are completely out of whack for the real offense/harm done.   Do the employee’s at Valbella deserve to have their jobs put in jeopardy because some fired off a poorly worded email?  (No, of course not. But those other companies do think that their virtue signalling is more important than the Valbella employee’s livelihoods.)

Apparently the answer is yes.  This will continue until enough people say no to the bullying and coercion that some factions of the rainbow community seem to wield.  Also, it isn’t helpful that the news media amplifies this sort of hyperbolic sob story that somehow lends credence to the overreaction that started this whole kerfuffle.

So yeah, a terrible email, but does the business deserve to be shut down/lose significant revenue because someone was offended?  Probably not, if you value a reasonably tolerant and reasonably free society.

 

 

I was recently texted by my local NDP office with regards to getting a sign for the upcoming Alberta provincial election.  This is how it went:


So no, you cannot count on my vote because you are participating in the erasure of females in our society.  Allow me to provide a non-circular reality based definition of the word ‘woman’.  A women is an adult human female.

Play stupid identity politics games, win stupid prizes.

It certainly seems like the religious, libertarian hard right fringe has made its way from the US to Canada.  The illegal occupation of Ottawa and border crossings are prime examples of the profoundly undemocratic/reactionary roots of this ‘movement’.

The police are reacting with a glacial slowness that is exacerbating the situation.  Much more needs to be done to protect our civil society, public health, and democratic institutions.

There you have it folks. What has changed from a medical standpoint with regards to masking efficacy from the beginning of the school term until now? Absolutely fucking nothing from an epidemiological standpoint.

What has changed is that we have anti-vax lunatics closing border crossings and disrupting traffic in Alberta cities. These foolish ignorant people make up a significant part of the UCP’s ‘base’. And thus, despite what the science indicates or even what the precautionary principle suggests we’re just gonna do the opposite because it is politically expedient.

Gonna take this week off of teaching and let the COVID party take place in the schools without me.

This is what happens when you let the dipshits dictate public health policy.

Well I’d like to think that our publicly elected officials actually gave a damn about the people that elected them.  Obviously not.

“Wong says the messaging from policymakers and public health officials in the Prairies throughout the pandemic has been one of “individual responsibility” when it comes to following guidelines, getting tested or getting vaccinated. 

“Now the narrative is very much pushing the societal blame and anger and frustration away from, frankly, policymakers and toward people who are unvaccinated,” Wong said. In his view, the “shifting of blame” may have further increased vaccine hesitancy.  

“Even when the whole healthcare system is literally collapsing you’re just not going to get any kind of buy-in at a societal level anymore to actually care.”

Unlike Manitoba, Wong says Saskatchewan and Alberta will likely pay a “heavy human price” that will be “painful” in the weeks ahead, which he sees as unavoidable even if the government were to make the unlikely move of imposing another lockdown, or if vaccination rates climb. 

 

Health-care systems in Alberta, Saskatchewan ‘broken’ by COVID surge, doctors say

6 days ago

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Dr. Aisha Mirza, an ER physician in Edmonton, and Dr. Hassan Masri, an ICU and critical care physician in Saskatoon, share how the provinces’ hospitals and medical professionals are struggling amid a fourth wave of COVID-19. 16:41

“This is not a pandemic of the unvaccinated, this affects absolutely everybody — it’s everybody whose surgeries are cancelled, and who won’t have access to urgent surgeries if they get into an accident, or if their appendix bursts or if they have an aneurysm,” Schwartz said.

“And whether there is ever the sort of political reckoning that is required in order to actually change course, to prevent these lives from being lost — I’m starting to lose hope.”

“Ok…I am ready to share whether anyone wants to read or not.
I am far more of a qualitative researcher than quantitative. I like themes and patterns. Swabbing today uncovered a theme I guess I didn’t expect. Yes there were lots of kids.
Tons of Close Contacts that created stress and confusion for families. There were a lot of 20-somethings who had friends test positive and most of them were unvaccinated. That wasn’t a surprise either. There were more unvaccinated than I anticipated and in groups I wouldn’t have expected. I did my darnedest to answer questions and hear concerns about this.
Maybe I swayed one which is a win no matter what.
But what became so evident was how so many aspects of this pandemic are dividing FAMILIES. The dangerous narrative Jason Kenney and the UCP have perpetuated that COVID isn’t a big deal if you’re healthy or younger has begun to show itself in the basic day to day functioning of families.
A parent with their under 12 child needing to get swabbed because grandparent came for dinner sick knowingly and it turned out to be Delta. The pain and anger was palpable and intruding into the marriage of these parents. Watching tears stream down mom’s face as she explained why they were there was excruciating because she understood the selfish risk the child had been placed in. A grandson and his grandmother being tested as he lived
in her home as well as his parents’ who had both recently tested positive and he was beside himself that he may have passed it on to gramma unknowingly.
He was angry at his unvaccinated parents. But when he described how ill his dad was, we had to discuss the need to seek medical
attention before it was too late. Likely another admission to hospital by my estimation. A father asked me how they might convince their teenage son to get vaccinated when there was so much misinformation at his disposal that fueled his fears. We sat for 20 minutes talking about strategies and questions to pose. He was desperate for a way to convince his child to do as they had and protect himself. He admitted that until his son was alienated from things he enjoyed because he wasn’t vaccinated, he didn’t think he would get it.
You see, these constant shifts over the last year created solely and purposely by Kenney have created imbalance at every level. It is exactly as he wants it to be. Because with imbalance comes distraction and with distraction comes Kenney’s ability to remain unaccountable. While families are struggling
to remain in tact with their heads’ barely above water, Kenney ignites kindling of a million little fires. It destroys the fibre of community.
That is what I saw today. I saw families in crisis. NOT because of COVID itself but the misinformation and anger and distrust that this government has planted and cultivated since day one. We only need to look to the east coast to see how doing things the “other way” could strengthen community and family resolve. We are a province divided…but today I witnessed how, like the crisis in our health system, the lack of empathy, compassion and leadership as caused a crisis in families.
There is a such a deep need for guidance and comfort right now. The vaccine debate is just another reflection of the turmoil that has been orchestrated in Alberta. What I witnessed today was people desperate for definitive compassionate leadership.
Desperate.
It will get worse before it gets better. This I know. I need to believe it WILL get better though. I need to.”

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