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GraceLife Church near Edmonton on a recent Sunday (Photo: GraceLife Church/Facebook).

Happy Easter! A time of astonishing negligence, incompetence and mismanagement by Alberta’s UCP Government

Posted on April 04, 2021, 1:00 am
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Happy Easter 2021!

It being Easter Sunday, presumably the flock at GraceLife Church in Parkland County will pack into their pews inside their barn-like rolled-steel worship centre southwest of Edmonton this morning in open defiance of Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions. 

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney (Photo: Government of Alberta).

We can likewise be assured that, for the umpteenth time, polite Alberta Health Services inspectors will confirm the church is operating in violation of provincial pandemic regulations and that they really ought not to do so. 

We can certainly predict with confidence the United Conservative Government of Premier Jason Kenney will do nothing to make them obey the rules – and that after the fact Mr. Kenney will complain there’s really no way you can make folks obey rules they don’t want to obey. (This may not be entirely true, but it is certainly true if their government signals to them that they need not worry about complying.)

At least the RCMP officers whose trucks will doubtless be parked in the vicinity of the church will not be completely wasting taxpayers’ money. They will be on hand to protect the health inspectors and media from harassment by those congregants who also choose not to obey that guy’s instruction to turn the other cheek. 

On Monday, at her next news conference, it seems likely Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw will sigh and remind us that it’s really, really, important that we all obey the rules just for a little bit longer. 

Yesterday, we’re told, like Friday, there were another 1,100 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, half of them caused by “variants of concern.” So it would appear undeniable we’re in the midst of third wave of COVID-19, even without the super-spreading assistance of the faithful at GraceLife Church and whatever happens over this long weekend. 

We have been promised that at Dr. Hinshaw’s next news conference on Monday she will tell us more about the “significant” outbreak of cases of the Brazilian variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, which is occurring somewhere in the province.

If you’d thought it might be handy before the long weekend to have an idea of the general location of this outbreak, which was apparently brought here by a traveller from abroad, you are out of luck. 

Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw (Photo: Government of Alberta).

Self-initiative saving yourself and your family is apparently frowned upon in the UCP’s Alberta, particularly if it means curtailing your shopping or dining out over a long weekend. I’m being sarcastic, of course. I’m sure there are sound epidemiological reasons for denying us this information. 

Meanwhile, other important stories will be relegated to the back burner by the province’s minuscule and distracted media contingent, among them:

  • The metastasizing primary school curriculum scandal, which has moved on from Premier Kenney’s musical grandparents to outright plagiarism. In addition to passages borrowed and lightly modified from the always-reliable Wikipedia and the State of Virginia’s school curriculum, the document is now known to also include a lengthy passage simply cut and pasted without attribution. “This is an obvious case of word-for-word plagiarism,” says a University of Calgary expert in academic ethics. 
  • Documented proof that early in the pandemic the UCP Government and health officials “knew Alberta’s meatpacking plants were unsafe due to the risk of COVID-19 infection, but lied to workers to keep the plants running.” 
  • The government of Alberta’s expensive, humiliating and entirely predictable loss in the Supreme Court of Canada in its legal effort to challenge the constitutionality of the federal government’s carbon-mitigation strategy and block Ottawa from taking measures to control carbon in the atmosphere, which is known to be a contributing factor to global climate change.

    Health Minister Tyler Shandro (Photo: Government of Alberta).

  • The continuing fallout of the Kenney Government’s War on Doctors, which resulted in rejection by the province’s physicians of the tentative agreement reached between the Alberta Medical Association’s bargaining committee and the government. Whether it was the fact it was a truly lousy deal, or physicians’ justified distrust of Health Minister Tyler Shandro, continued disruption of the health care system is now guaranteed. 
  • The startling, chronic, and often unintentionally hilarious incompetence of the Alberta Energy War Room, also known as Canadian Energy Centre Ltd., in its ongoing efforts to defend Alberta’s fossil fuel industry from children’s cartoons like Bigfoot Family.

And these are just stories that have been in the news in the past couple of weeks. Readers can be forgiven if they can hardly remember such things as the UCP’s plans to permit open-pit coal mining on the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies or sell off parks, and Premier Kenney’s decision to bet $1.3 billion of our money on his conviction Donald Trump would win the U.S. election. 

I have lived nearly 70 years in this country and have been engaged by Canadian politics since my teen years. I cannot recall ever seeing such negligence, incompetence, mismanagement and fatal malfeasance by any party in government in any province or in Ottawa. 

It’s disheartening and exhausting to keep up. On the other hand, for me at least, it’s entertaining to write about it. 

Either way, it is astonishing.

NOTE: GraceLife Church’s Easter Sunday service unfolded exactly as predicted in this post. DJC

32 Comments to: Happy Easter! A time of astonishing negligence, incompetence and mismanagement by Alberta’s UCP Government

  1. Stewart

    April 4th, 2021

    One BILLION for the pipeline

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    • David Climenhaga

      April 4th, 2021

      $1.3 billion Cdn. DJC

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      • tom in Ontario

        April 4th, 2021

        Excellent analysis of the state of affairs in the Foothill Province.
        No blogger that I know of in Ontario can match the writing skills and level of courage displayed by Mr. Climenhaga. Happy Easter to all.

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      • Blair

        April 4th, 2021

        Great article. Think Stewart was pointing out the typo, you wrote 1.3 million instead of billion.

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  2. Anonymous

    April 4th, 2021

    The UCP are just acting foolish. Nero is fiddling, while Rome is burning. Give it at least 3 to 6 weeks, and the UCP will be forced to do something else. Once again, Alberta now has the bad distinction of having the greatest per capita rate of Covid-19 cases in Canada. Whatever the UCP are doing, it isn’t helping. Financially, the UCP are also a big failure, just as the Alberta PCs were, for the last 30 to 35 years. Two years into their term, and the UCP gets an F minus. What’s even more pathetic, is that we have former politicians, like Danielle Smith, trying to blame the NDP for the mistakes of the Alberta PCs, like rising utility bills. Ralph Klein’s deregulation wasn’t a success. Really bad.

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  3. Abs

    April 4th, 2021

    And now a public service message from the UCP:

    “Those brown things in your yard might not be chocolate eggs, if you have a dog. We urge you to exercise caution this holiday weekend. Thank you. That’s all we’ve got.”

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  4. tom

    April 4th, 2021

    “I have lived nearly 70 years in this country and have been engaged by Canadian politics since my teen years. I cannot recall ever seeing such negligence, incompetence, mismanagement and fatal malfeasance by any party in government in any province or in Ottawa.”

    As Steve Bannon observed of the mad king of Mar-a-Lago, they’re flooding the zone with . . . .

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  5. Carlos

    April 4th, 2021

    The text was not modified to 1.3 Billion.

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  6. Political Ranger

    April 4th, 2021

    too true, David.

    And no chance of it getting any better. Only worse and then … more worse.

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  7. Marilyn Johnman

    April 4th, 2021

    “$1.3 million of our money” … billion

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    • David Climenhaga

      April 4th, 2021

      Marilyn: Thanks to you and the many others who noted and alerted me to my typo this morning. It’s been fixed. DJC

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  8. FirthofFifth

    April 4th, 2021

    David certainly hit the nail on the head. We seem to be stuck in a Groundhog Day scenario, with the people of Alberta (the sane ones, at least) playing the hapless Bill Murray character, forced to live the same day over and over again. Except this version of the movie is obviously the 21st century remake/reboot, re-imagined as a horror instead of a comedy, where the protagonist is stuck between the sociopath Kenney and the completely useless Hinshaw. Might as well throw in some brainwashed cult-like deniers for some added terror. It would be great to simply shut this movie off but we’re being forced to watch while wearing a straight jacket and eyelid locks, Clockwork Orange style.

    Truly terrifying times, my friends.

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  9. brett

    April 4th, 2021

    No question. Jason Kenney has been one big screw up from Day 1.

    Not certain why. Could be the mess over the leadership race, could be the divisions within that Party that appear to be widening every day, perhaps the lack of good Cabinet material.

    Or perhaps we greatly over estimated Kenney’s political prowess. Many of the issues were completely avoidable, IMHO, if Kenney had sought out and taken good advice from the more level headed, experienced, and Lougheed like members of his Party. It is clear that he either did not seek that council, or if he did ignored it.

    Whatever the reason….it has been a monumental screw up. The biggest disappointment to me has been his unwillingness to remove incompetent Cabinet Ministers (of which there are several in key positions). I believe that this failure may lead to his ultimate downfall.

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    • Political Ranger

      April 4th, 2021

      Really!?!
      Name one!
      There are no “more level headed, experienced, and Lougheed like members of his Party” around to take advice from.
      Have you been asleep? Or out of the country?

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  10. Bruce Turton

    April 4th, 2021

    And how much more for ‘oil by rail’ fiasco? Plus $120 Millions for the cartoon watchers!!

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    • Anonymous

      April 5th, 2021

      BRUCE TURTON: $4 billion of people’s pension money is gone for good. Almost $2 billion of the Heritage Savings Trust Fund is also gone for good. $1.6 billion has been lost on some type of accounting mishap. Almost $10 billion lost from corporate tax cuts. $25 billion borrowed with no accountability as to how the money was used. Aid funds for Alberta that totalled $16 billion, that were misappropriated. Don’t forget the $6 billion in loan guarantees that went along with the $1.5 billion pipeline to nowhere. There were more where these came from, and more will come from the UCP.

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  11. Mike in Edmonton

    April 4th, 2021

    Oh my goodness, DJC, if only this were the extent of it. A partial list of UCP screwups, from memory:

    – Cancelling the health “superlab” that would have served central and northern Alberta.
    – Tax cuts for corporations “to save jobs.” They didn’t.
    – a 2019 budget that was 1) after the federal election, to avoid scaring off support for the CPC (didn’t work) and 2) hopelessly optimistic about oil prices, causing an instant deficit
    – Letting oil companies stiff municipalities out of local taxes owed
    – Allowing big money from corporate shills back into Alberta politics (maybe this time it’ll work and Naheed Nenshi will lose)
    – All the various “boards” that concluded whatever Jason TOLD them to
    – The so-called inquiry by Stephen Allen that DIDN’T find what it was supposed to, i.e. “foreign-funded interference” with Alberta’s bitumen industry
    – The contract-tracing app that only traced–what? one third? less?–of Covid contacts, if it was installed correctly on the right kind of phone
    – Refusing the federal contact-tracing app that DID work because it was Justin’s
    – Kenney’s bizarre public apology to Restaruants Canada for making them shut their doors during the first wave of Covid-19, and promising to never, ever, do it again

    And let’s not forget the way Kenney riled up the lunatic fringe Alberta separatists. Now Kenney’s running scared of them too. They’re extreme-right-wing, and they don’t listen to Kenney at all.

    I wish I could remember who gave us this gem: “Did Kenney take his foot out of his mouth before he shot himself in it?”

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  12. Hana Razga

    April 4th, 2021

    We need to keep track of all of the mismanagement, incompetence, meanness and vindictiveness of this UCP government until next election in 2023 and beyond, so we do not ever make the mistake electing them again.

    And the GraceLife Church should be renamed DisGraceLife Church…

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  13. Bob Raynard

    April 4th, 2021

    Do the parishioners of Grace Life church consider themselves law abiding?

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  14. Kang

    April 4th, 2021

    I believe the formal charge is “misconduct in public office” which once carried a penalty of life imprisonment and is entirely appropriate for Premier Kenney and his Cabinet.

    However, if you expect the rule of law to apply, just look at the picture with this article. The RCMP were perfectly capable of “kettling” and arresting thousands of people peacefully expressing their disagreement with the G 7 Summit leaders in Toronto. Now they cannot deal with a church full of hillbillies. My sympathy for either of those is now exhausted.

    But our friend the Anglo-Saxmaniac from Denman Island expressed implicit sympathy for this bunch yesterday when he observed we have a long land border with a super spreader state, so what can you do? So, how about Viet Nam with 98 million people adjacent to southern China? They immediately locked down. As of two days ago, they have had a total of 35 Covid deaths. By all reports Viet Nam is pretty much back to normal.

    Too exotic? How about Norway and Denmark with about 5 million people each? Norway locked down while Denmark dithered. 673 dead in Norway while there are 2,428 dead Danes. Sweden, the poster child for herd immunity with double the population has 13,498 dead so far.

    By now I’ve lost the 40% of the population who are innumerate and close to 100% of the UCP’s base. Somebody else has already noted that the Atlantic provinces who have successfully implemented public health measures so there is no point explaining that to the self-hating Canadians in the UCP. When it comes to public health measures the UCP are a danger to themselves and others. The formal charge is criminal negligence causing death.

    Perhaps now that the more dangerous Covid 19 variants are spreading to children, maybe the health officials and police will actually do their jobs.

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    • Rocky

      April 5th, 2021

      On the contrary, children don’t vote.

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  15. Dave

    April 5th, 2021

    Yes, the Kenney UCP seems to have descended into an ongoing gong show. There are so many mishaps, it is getting hard to list or keep track of them all.

    When Albertans voted for the UCP, I believe they expected some economic and social conservatism. However, I believe they expected much more competence particularly from Kenney with his long career in Federal politics and experience as a Federal Cabinet Minister. They probably also expected the deficit to go down, not up and the economy to improve, not get worse. One can only disappoint voters so long before they face a political reckoning.

    I believe the UCP’s continuing to dig themselves deeper into a political hole is going to make it hard to turn things around politically. They may already have reached, or be close to, a point of no recovery. The failure of the proposed agreement with the doctors is a big sign of this.

    Even the UCP realized the war had to end and it was hurting them politically a lot. I expect in someone’s grand plans, an agreement with the doctors was the first step to getting things back on track and starting to turn them around. Alas, Mr. Shandro’s proposal was not quite good enough and the doctors rejected it. The longer they continue to flail away, the more likely it becomes they will not get it together before the next election.

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    • Mike in Edmonton

      April 5th, 2021

      Actually, Dave, I believe Albertans expected not “conservatism” but an economic miracle. I’ve seen nothing in Kenney’s behaviour before, during or after he became leader of the UCP, to make me think he cared about anything but gaining political power. The surprising aspect has been his utterly tone-deaf incompetence since becoming Premier.

      Kenney was well thought of when he was in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, and not just by Cons. Can’t remember where I found this (the Tyee website? The Narwhal?), but Elisabeth May was quoted as saying she respected Kenney at the time for his energy and his grasp of details in whatever portfolio he’d been assigned. That makes his blundering now even more surprising.

      The leaked details of Shandro’s contract proposal included a clause stating the Minister would have the final say in doctors’ compensation, including cutting their funding if they exceeded the government’s pay cap. After (illegally!) reneging on the contract, then a year of bullying by Shandro, followed by his crocodile tears while the AMA presented the proposed new contract for approval–is anyone surprised the offer was rejected? In my opinion, the only surprise was the vote against was only 53%. I would have expected around 80%.

      Susan Wright’s latest blog includes a partial (!) list of UCP gaffes: https://susanonthesoapbox.com/ It’s no surprise that even people who voted UCP are saying, “Kenney’s got to go.” We have to get behind Notley and the NDP and push them to present a positive, forward-looking alternative to Kenney & the Klowns.

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  16. GreenMapleLeaf

    April 5th, 2021

    Just wanted to thank you for posting over the long weekend, usually you have a top 10 of fiction/nonfiction. Political junkie like myself really appreciated it. I hope you had a happy Easter if not at least a safe one.
    Cheers from Ottawa. 🙂

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    • David Climenhaga

      April 5th, 2021

      Thank you, GreenMapleLeaf. I was feeling faintly guilty about not filing last night. Too tired. DJC

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  17. Bob Raynard

    April 5th, 2021

    When Jason Kenney was working to consolidate the PC and Wildrose parties, one of the things that was discussed was what steps Kenney would take to prevent Bozo Eruptions. I don’t think anyone ever thought about it at the time, but it is starting to look like Jason was one of the bozos that needed watching.

    Mr. Kenney spent many years as an MP, and several as a cabinet minister, which most of assumed gave him the experience he needed to be a decent leader, even if we didn’t share his political beliefs. What is becoming apparent now, though, is how much he must have been restrained by Stephen Harper’s leash. This has had two effects: one, Harper’s restraint created the impression Kenney was more capable than he actually is, and two, Kenney has learned a very dictatorial leadership style from the only leader he has served under.

    I don’t remember which politician said it, but his comment was that the key to being a good representative is to spend more time in the constituency, and less time in the constituency office. Essentially, he was saying that he needed to hear from everyone in his constituency, not just the people who frequented his office and thought the same way he did.

    This really begs a fundamental question, how well does Jason Kenney know Albertans? Yes, he was the Member of Parliament for a Calgary riding for about 20 years, but in that time, he spent so little time in the riding that he didn’t even bother taking a residence. (His seat was safe, and he spent so much time campaigning elsewhere that he had to claim the non-existent basement in his mother’s seniors’ residence in order to fraudulently qualify for an MP’s second home housing allowance.) The fact that he seems to think driving a blue pick-up truck around is all that is necessary to appear Albertan suggests he is motivated more by the stereotype of an Albertan rather than having any real insight into the province.

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  18. Geoffrey Pounder

    April 5th, 2021

    Jason Kenney offers one-stop shopping for bad ideas. If there is a bad idea out there that Jason has not embraced and nurtured as his own, it’s probably a good idea.
    Kenney is also a financial wizard. Large sums or small — he makes them disappear faster than you can say Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo).

    The one thing Kenney cannot make disappear is AB’s rising carbon emissions. Mr. C cites Kenney’s efforts to “block Ottawa from taking measures to control carbon in the atmosphere, which is known to be a CONTRIBUTING factor to global climate change”.

    Bit of an understatement. It’s like saying that Kenney’s bet on Donald Trump was a contributing factor to Alberta’s $1.6 billion loss on Keystone XL.

    From Climate Feedback:
    “Human-induced increases in greenhouse gases are the primary driver of global warming, contrary to claims in CFACT article”
    https://climatefeedback.org/claimreview/human-induced-increases-in-greenhouse-gases-are-the-primary-driver-of-global-warming-contrary-to-claims-in-cfact-article/

    “2013 IPCC report, ‘Greenhouse gases contributed a global mean surface warming likely to be in the range of 0.5°C to 1.3°C over the period 1951 to 2010. The contribution from natural forcings is likely to be in the range of −0.1°C to 0.1°C.'”

    “Li et al (2017) analyzed the relationship between the number of sunspots and global warming and found that ‘solar activity is not a representation of the driving force of the upward trend of global temperature after the industrial age. The Granger causality test results demonstrate that the phenomenon of global warming is caused by excessive CO2 emissions.'”

    “Considering multiple lines of evidence, the IPCC concluded that it is ‘extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.'”

    “Careful analysis that attempts to take into account all major factors and their evolution in time indicates that anthropogenic increases in greenhouse gasses account for more than 100% of the observed warming on the century timescale (requiring cancellation from cooling influences). See the summary graphic from Carbon Brief.”

    “Solar forcing is much smaller than CO2 forcing. As this figure from the 2013 IPCC report shows, CO2 radiative forcing (1.68 W/m2) dwarfs solar forcing (0.05 W/m2). Along with other greenhouse gases, CO2 dominates the total radiative forcing when all positive and negative factors are taken into account.”

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  19. brett

    April 5th, 2021

    My impression of Kenney in the past was that he was a bit of a bully.

    Now, my impression is that he is a bit of a coward.

    He seems afraid to do the right thing for Alberta because of pressure from within interest groups in the UCP. He seems afraid of their collective shadows and confident that he can bluff his way out of the mess that he has created.

    Time will tell.

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  20. Scotty on Denman

    April 5th, 2021

    The litany of retrogressive UCP policies, many quite puzzling —even to other viewpoints of the political right—, goes on and on, the intransigent Alberta government digging in, lacing breastworks, erecting palisades and positioning counter-siege engines while scanning surrounding horizons for the telltale haze of distant dust tramped aloft by JT riding at the head of his Bigfoot horde.

    Eventually, on the backside of Covid—for those who believe such a thing exists in order to have a backside, and trust we’ll get there by concentrated, coordinated, cooperative effort—outliers, laggards, and modern-day Luddites will become more and more discernible, surrounded, contrasted and cystically irritating. Short of psychomagical forcefields, leper colonies, or cherubim wielding flaming swords, the delusion of benignity will inevitably start disappearing like atoll islands and icebergs in a warm, rising sea. This new, Covid world will of course have to consider the malignancy of those holdouts remaining only by the connivance of strategic, technological, or ideological contrivance. Perhaps not all, but surely some, will have to be mopped up, not so much because they would remain point sources to reinfect the inoculated mainstream, but because they would remain opportunities for the virus to mutate with potential to render all the vaccine developments and restrictive protocols the cooperative have worked so hard to get moot. Too many around the planet are too all-in for beating Covid to allow contrarians to nullify the investment; sooner or later they will be judged wicked.

    Abrahamists should be able to understand the logic: it’s in the Bible, the Genesis story of The Flood. Christians ought to correlate the idea of renewal, especially on this long weekend: it’s in the Gospels, in its penultimate episode of the Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection (Olympians, Druids, Hopi, Gulf Island gardeners of every or no faith—and many, many others— also get the rites of spring and promise of renewal).

    But then there are certain denominations of the Christian Right which cherry-pick from history’s most well-known book despite the lesson of one of the world’s most respected literary critics and ordained United Church of Canada minister, Northrop Frye, who instructed all students to learn their Bible as a whole, Genesis to Revelation and everything betwixt. Every examiner knows the lazy pupil’s tactic of reading only the first and last chapters of the work he or she is supposed to know thoroughly (the clever ones who also read something in the middle get the best marks, though they could do better). But only the willfully ignorant fancy themselves more clever by discounting or skipping over major parts— say, the Old Testament because it is the “Bible” of Jews who, revisionists claim, “murdered Jesus.” The wizen professor easily recognizes the resulting hypocrisy when these smart-asses contradictorily provoke conflict because public schools don’t teach that the Genesis Creation Story is as true as the scientific understanding of the cosmos. Regardless their marks, the willfully ignorant are content to signal ‘virtue’ amongst themselves—the thumbprints on their noses, for example.

    A particularly bellicose variety of SoCon seems to ignore the liberal promise of renewal, of Spring and its hemispheric germination of rejuvenation; Christians’ Easter is but one such celebration of many. Rather, many SoCons’ ‘renewal’ is of a certain kind where Jews, for example, may be tolerated only insofar as they’re instruments to achieve the supremacy of Christianity (indeed, as any evangelical guests of cheesy Holy Land re-enactments will assure, Jews—supposed essential ingredients for the unfolding of Christological Judgement Day—will be forced to convert on pain of eternal Hellfire, the supremacist’s way of saying “thanks for the Rapture, suckers!”). This kind of ‘renewal’ is not only exclusive to True Believers by way of the rewarding process of “Rapture,” it is also otherworldly, condemning this world with indifference and fostering bigotry while awaiting it. Renewing this world doesn’t concern those with a ticket on the Rapture Express. Indeed, the notion is regarded by many SoCons as sinful, like denying ticket-holders’ exceptionalism—the Bow and the Christ, set upon the clouds of Ararat or Golgotha— or any other story set between Eden and Armageddon— notwithstanding.

    It’s tough having to watch the kind of Covid obstinance on display in many locales like Alberta— or Texas or Brazil—especially when so many have been and will be hurt by it, and while so many are cooperating to end this year-long pandemic—even in said places where the holdouts are really loud minority factions supporting one of the smallest subsets of society: politicians. Although this past year has been very hard for everybody, the missus and I acknowledge, every, single day, that we are among the least impacted by Covid: we are pensioners safe at home with no mortgage (and, with respect Alberta, we live on the West Coast with a lot of other expat Albertans). We pray every day for our compatriots to hang on, tough it out, do our parts and get through this. We know it’s really hard on families and young workers (we have kids and grandkids working). But, no matter how hard it seems right now, the hope of renewal is real—real for everyone, Abrahamists, Hindus, Buddhists, Druids, Rastafarians, gardeners —everybody, even atheists like me and my Dove. And it’s everyday real, not simply at the conspicuous festivals of the annulus.

    The wilfully ignorant are included, naturally, even if they don’t know it (anyone who’s been a parent knows how to do this). That’s what Jesus recommended.

    The real future here on earth is: our societies will get through this, although some won’t see it—for them, it will suffice that their communities and descendants will; some paradigms will have to be abandoned —but at least parts can be salvaged and repurposed; many paradigms will need to be adjusted or amended with new or reused parts; new paradigms never seen hitherto will be developed to ameliorate the globalized world’s vulnerability to emergent viruses. That’s what’s on the backside of Covid 19.

    I’m of the age when I’m not sure I’ll be around long enough to say, “I told you so.”

    So I’m saying it now. Hang in there: we’ve been needing a new world anyway. We’re gonna get there!

    Good luck and be safe, my friends!

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    • David Climenhaga

      April 6th, 2021

      Scotty: We should be OK. The UCP has declared Thursday to be a Multi-Faith Day of Prayer and Reflection about how faith communities are responding to COVID-19. They will be asked to pray hard, and use the hashtag #ShareYourPrayerAB. I’m not making this up. DJC

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  21. Scotty on Denman

    April 6th, 2021

    Wow! Hope Thor’s propitiated on his “declared Thursday.” They have lightning bolts!
    Otherwise, I’m much relieved at who’s zooming whom.
    Thnx,
    GSD

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