Kenney will speak at 6 p.m. at the McDougall Center in Calgary. You can watch his announcement live here. The speech, which is expected to last approximately 10 minutes, will also be broadcast live on CBC and CBC Radio One television stations across Alberta. Kenney will not answer any questions from the media.
Further details on the new restrictions will be provided at a press conference on Wednesday morning, which is expected to involve Kenney, Minister of Health Tyler Shandro, Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Justice Kaycee Madu, according to the Prime Minister’s office.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, can also attend.
Kenney has vowed to fight the spike in cases and the pandemic rule breakers. He told a press conference on Monday that a “package of stronger public health measures” would be announced on Tuesday.
Kenney said he hopes to avoid additional rules, but a lack of compliance and rising infection rates have forced his hand.
The province has 23,608 active cases, the highest total since the start of the pandemic and the highest rate in Canada.
“Albertans ignore the rules”
“The reason we are at this critical point in the pandemic in Alberta – with a record number of daily cases and intensive care – is precisely because, for some reason, too many Albertans ignore the rules we have in. up, ”Kenney mentioned.
“That’s why we could end up with no tools in the toolbox, aside from broader and tighter restrictions. “
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Kenney said the “No More Lockdowns” rodeo – an event that saw hundreds of unmasked participants gather in Bowden, Alta. – was a disturbing example of an ongoing public challenge.
The RCMP told CBC News that the Alberta Health Services (AHS) is investigating the rodeo and that health inspectors, not police, will decide whether charges are warranted.
Failure to comply with mandatory restrictions can result in fines of $ 1,000 per violation and up to $ 100,000 in court. Police, health inspectors and some peace officers can issue tickets.
Some COVID tickets “canceled” by the courts
New data provided by the province shows that, on average, in the first 13 months of the pandemic law’s enforcement, fewer than two charges per day were laid under the public health law.
Between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, 576 tickets were filed in provincial court for violations of the Public Health Act.
- About 38% remain in court.
- About 12% resulted in a conviction or were paid.
- About 10% of tickets were “canceled or resolved” by the court.
“As with other matters and consistent with the independence of the police, it is up to officers to decide whether to charge or issue a ticket,” reads a statement from the Department of Justice and the Solicitor General. .
Prosecutors assess cases on an ongoing basis, the statement said, and will not pursue a case unless there is a reasonable likelihood of conviction.