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Trudeau wants an audience, not an opposition – Red Deer – Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins


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Justin Trudeau has made it clear that he would like to permanently replace Parliament with press conferences. He wants an audience, not an Opposition and this is absolutely unacceptable.

Let me be clear, this isn’t a partisan issue. This is about whether or not a democratic country like Canada should have a functional Parliament and frankly, right now with 1 in-person sitting day that lasts about two hours and 2 virtual sitting days that each last a couple of hours each a week we do not have a functional Parliament. Without regular sittings of Parliament, there is no regular oversight of the Liberal government. It’s no wonder they don’t want to come back. Moreover they are supported by the other opposition parties.

I am ready to go back to work in Ottawa in a safe and responsible manner! Canada’s Conservatives are the only party who are pressing for a return to Parliament with regular working hours but with a reduced number of MPs for safety. If members of the Bloc or the NDP, or the Liberal back bench don’t believe that Parliament is an essential service, they should answer as to why they ran for office in the first place.

Conservatives strongly believe in the role of Parliament. It is vital and it must be fully restored.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are hurting right now and they need our help. They need Members of Parliament to return to Ottawa to fight for them.


Covid vaccines available at 9 Red Deer pharmacies – Locations and contact information

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From the Province of Alberta

COVID-19 immunization program

To ensure fair access to all Albertans needing to be immunized and to prevent unnecessary wastage of vaccine doses please book ONLY one appointment per person. Do not book multiple appointments at multiple sites.

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through a pharmacy?

Pharmacies are able to offer immunizations to seniors 75 years of age and older (born in 1946 or earlier) living in the community.

Alberta Health Services will offer the vaccine directly to residents in retirement centres, lodges, supportive living and other congregate living facilities.

Where can I get the vaccine?

Below is a list of participating pharmacies. You must book an appointment with the pharmacy closest to you to receive the vaccine. No walk-ins will be permitted.

Due to limited vaccine quantities and storage and handling requirements, only select pharmacies in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary are able to participate in the vaccine rollout at this time. Once there is adequate COVID-19 vaccine supply, distribution will be expanded.

Pharmacies are listed in alphabetical order.

Johnstone IDA Pharmacy

100-2 Jewell Street

Loblaw Pharmacy #1579

Red Deer Superstore
5016 51 Ave

London Drugs #24

109-2004 50 Ave

Notre Dame Pharmasave

1109-2827 30 Ave

Save-On-Foods Pharmacy #6682

6720 52 Ave

Shoppers Drug Mart #2306

1 Chambers Ave


Shoppers Drug Mart #326

Bower Mall Location

A6-4900 Molly Bannister Drive



The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy #341

130-2950 22 Street



Wal-Mart Pharmacy #3075

Parkland Mall Shopping Centre

6375 50 Ave


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Surge in demand as more Alberta seniors eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

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CALGARY — Alberta Health Services says more than 12,000 seniors born in 1946 and earlier have booked appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations so far this morning.

Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has said there are 230,000 Albertans in that age group and has urged those eager to get their shots to be patient as there will be hiccups along the way.

Shortly after bookings opened, several people on social media complained about the appointment website crashing and calls not going through to the province’s 811 Health Link line.

The Calgary Police Service told people via Twitter to exercise caution and not to call 911. 

The provincial health agency says additional staff are on hand to handle the surge in call volumes to 811. 

The agency is urging people not to call hospitals or clinics directly to book appointments, but notes work is underway to make vaccines available at pharmacies.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

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