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Response: Tom Milroy Wants To Deport The UCP & Wexiteers, Ban All Weapons & Restrain the Oilpatch

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Green Party candidate Tom Milroy exemplifies how NOT to win friends and influence people to be more green-friendly.  Among his plethora of tone-deaf tweets, and condescending facebook rants is this gem of a post: 

“ I suspect that with oil going for LESS THAN ZERO we could now buy Alberta for cheap, Deport the UCP & the moronic wexiteers to the USA, start the Canadian ban on weapons of all kinds there, build solar & wind farms, restrain the oilpatch workforce and be done with this BS forever!” [email protected]

I can forgive the poor grammar, after all it’s just twitter, but his callous disregard for the real and palpable pain which Albertan’s have been enduring during the Trudeau Jr. era requires a response. Mr. Milroy is not alone with his hand wringing at the thought of the Alberta energy sector collapsing. PM Justin Trudeau is certain to be equally eager to witness Alberta’s demise, never realizing that the death of the Alberta advantage, is also the death of the Canadian advantage. Perhaps they should take eight minutes to listen to our plight HERE.

Albertans are fiercely patriotic, yet we have been abused by Ottawa to the point where many have come to the unpleasant conclusion that separation is the only way to survive.  Tom Milroy clearly thinks that survival instinct is “moronic”, and that all ideas which are conservative are inherently evil.  His views are largely shared by many in the Toronto/Montreal crowd which only fuels western alienation. Why would Albertans want to be hitched to a Country which economically attacks, and openly berates them? It’s only natural to consider other options. 

The soapbox upon which Mr. Milroy stands is portrayed as environmental, but in fact is xenophobic. Energy workers aren’t like Tom and his friends, which is why they don’t understand them and they choose to berate them. Tom Milroy, you are an unapologetic anti-Albertan bigot with a twitter account. Your ghastly posts are a stain on the fabric of Canadian values. 

His claim of moral superiority however has been thoroughly discredited by a recent documentary by..of all people, Michael Moore. In his new documentary, Planet of the Humans Michael Moore destroys the argument that solar and wind are in any way cleaner than Canadian procured fossil fuels. In fact, when you do the math, it’s clear that both wind and solar create a LARGER ecological footprint than Alberta’s Oil Sands.  

Photo-Voltaic cells (solar panels) for instance are not made from “sand” as is often claimed. They are created by melting quartz and coal together in a massive furnace. Both quartz and coal are procured from mining, and mining is an incredibly carbon-intensive activity. Cobalt, and other materials which are required for windmills are mined using horrific child labour.  Not only are solar and wind not clean energy, they both have a negative net yield when all factors are considered. 

Heaped on top of the negative energy yield, massive mining footprint, and excessive carbon load required for “green energy”, is the human suffering which includes horrific child labour. There is nothing moral about six-year-old children working in an African Cobalt mine. Ignoring this fact is nothing short of evil. 

Regardless of your beliefs on environmental issues, reacting to ideas that are contrary to your own with name-calling is not helpful, nor is it productive. It’s easy to disregard the pain of others by spouting bigoted epithets at them. It’s easy, and is a sure sign of a lazy mind.  What’s difficult is to put yourself in the shoes of others in order to try to understand where they are coming from. Empathy is hard, and requires significant effort from a clear mind which is unshackled by ego. At the moment, empathy seems to be beyond the reach of Mr. Milroy. 

The environmentalist groups need to take an honest look in the mirror. Being a jerk to others is not going to sway opinions.  Regardless of political leanings, the vast majority of Canadians also want pristine water, clean air, and to have cleaner energy solutions.  The technology exists today to achieve all of the above, but we’re just not bringing it to market. Solar and Wind have both been proven to NOT be the solution. The focus must be on reducing consumption, not on punishing production. Passenger cars can easily achieve 100 mpg, and industrial smokestacks can certainly be engineered to emit less than half of the particulates which they are currently belching.  The technology has been around since the ’80s, all we have to do is use it. 

Caring about the environment is important, but actually doing something about it is far more admirable than proclaiming your moral and intellectual superiority over Albertans. The common assumption is that our energy sector is dirty and immoral. Do you prefer Saudi oil? Shutting down Alberta does nothing to help the environment, all it does is displace the oil production to nations like Saudi Arabia, who throw gays off buildings, behead accused wrongdoers, and force their women to stay covered head to toe. Every sentiment against Alberta energy is a proclamation of support for the Saudi regime, and their human rights abuses. 

Alberta energy workers are the highest skilled, safest, and most regulated on earth. As a result, they enjoy healthy compensation which some people bemoan so as to cloak their jealousy. Oh how fun it is to throw stones at the families of energy workers, and denigrate them for enjoying the fruits of their difficult and dangerous labour. How satisfying it must be to turn your nose up to the gun-toting, hunting, fishing, outdoor-loving Albertans who would rather explore nature in the backcountry than bang bongos at a climate change rally. Alberta energy workers have every right to be proud. They provide us all with our way of life, similar to how Soldiers protect our freedoms. Without oil, the global population of roughly 7.8 Billion would not be sustainable. Until other technologies are allowed to flourish, we’re stuck with what we got. Unfortunately Wind and Solar simply don’t fill the gap, regardless of the blind arguments to the contrary. 

Mark E. Meincke

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Alberta top court downgrades murder convictions in quadruple homicide case

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Calgary – Alberta’s top court has downgraded two convictions in a high-profile case involving the torture and killing of a man and the deaths of three others from first-degree to second-degree murder.

The Alberta Court of Appeal released the decision Friday in the cases of Tewodros Kebede and Yu Chieh Liao over the killing of Hanock Afowerk.

Afowerk’s body was found in a ditch outside Calgary in July 2017. He had been bound, beaten, strangled and shot.

Three other bodies were found in Afowerk’s burnt-out car at a suburban construction site. No murder charges have been laid in those deaths.

Court heard that Afowerk’s death was the culmination of a plot to kidnap him and extort him for money. The jury agreed with the Crown that Afowerk’s killing had been part of the plan from the start.

But the Appeal Court said the trial judge failed to explain that while the kidnapping and beating had clearly been planned, Afowerk’s killing may not have been. It suggested the defendants may have not have been recruited to kill him.

The Crown relied heavily on a text message sent by Kebede before the killing, which read: “U up for the job tonight?”, as evidence of planning. But because the recipient of that message didn’t testify to it, the Appeal Court concluded its meaning was unclear.

The court gave the Crown the choice of retrying the case or substituting second-degree verdicts. It chose the latter.

The court dismissed the defendants’ application for a new trial

“Following the trial judge’s instructions, the jury must have found by their verdict that both appellants actively participated in the murder of Mr. Afrowerk,” the Appeal Court said in its written judgment.

“Both would therefore be properly convicted of second-degree murder. Accordingly, there will be no prejudice to the appellants if we substitute the verdicts to reflect that fact.”

Kebede and Liao must now reappear before the trial judge for sentencing.

The change does not affect Kebede’s and Liao’s convictions involving the deaths of the other three victims.

Liao was found guilty of being an accessory in the murders of Cody Pfeiffer, Glynnis Fox and Tiffany Ear, whose remains were found in Afowerk’s charred car.

Kebede was convicted of being an accessory in Pfeiffer’s murder.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 23, 2022.

— By Bob Weber in Edmonton

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WestJet announces new flights to Tokyo, Barcelona, and Edinburgh

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Calgary – WestJet plans to offer flights to Japan starting this spring, marking the airline’s first non-stop flights to Asia from Calgary.

The Calgary-based airline said Monday that it will fly to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport from Calgary this spring.

The non-stop flights will operate three times weekly beginning April 30.

The airline also announced new routes from Calgary to Barcelona and Edinburgh and increased frequency to Dublin, London, Paris and Rome, also starting in the spring.

WestJet chief executive Alexis von Hoensbroech says the new flights are part of the airline’s plan to expand capacity from Calgary by more than 25 per cent by next year, beginning with intercontinental routes.

WestJet also says it is preparing for broader expansion within Canada and North America over the coming months.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2022.

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