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MUST-READ: Open letter from a doctor to Jason Kenney

Dr. Dennis Modry writes an open letter to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney calling for an end to lockdowns and mandatory mask laws.

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Dennis L. Modry BSc, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACCP, FACS is the Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Alberta. He is also the Founder and Director of the Heart, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program and was the Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (1984 – 2015).

Dear Premier Kenney:

Many Albertans – myself included – commended you on your previous commitment to a balanced approach to protecting Albertans from COVID-19, while at the same time not completely abrogating our freedoms and rights such as free speech, peaceful assembly, association, and our ability to earn a living and care for our families.  

(Tuesday) you imposed new lockdown measures which severely limit and, in some cases, shut down entirely many social, family, friendship, spiritual, recreational and entertainment pursuits that Albertans rely on for their well-being, just as you did in the spring. While you have commendably spared small businesses from suffering the complete shut-down they experienced this past spring (and your apology for this mistake is laudable and honourable), it seems that you have not learned much from the lockdown harms which Albertans experienced earlier this year. 

The evidence that you provided for this lockdown is both suspect and incomplete and does a disservice to Albertans who deserve more from you.  A major tenet of the Hippocratic Oath that physicians like myself ascribe to is “First Do No Harm”, which is ignored by this imposed lockdown.  

Is it too late to correct this lockdown error?  No, not if you are willing to be better informed. We have learned a great deal since the onset of this pandemic, much of which is the result of how different regions and countries have attempted to control the spread of COVID-19 and treat those infected. Now we know who is at greatest risk and have proven effective therapies for those who are seriously ill, as reported by the National Institute of Health on Dec 3, 2020; and we are on the cusp of mass immunization consequent to multiple vaccines soon to be available worldwide.  The public should be reassured, rather than locked down.

Within the last few weeks, new evidence informs a more nuanced approach to  better protect Albertans without unintended and unacceptable consequences, such as defined in the excellent recommendations of the Great Barrington Declaration, further addressed below. 

I acknowledge with reverence those Albertans who have passed on from COVID-19, just as I acknowledge many others like Jerry Dunham who have died because lockdowns prevented their access to healthcare for very serious non-COVID-19 illnesses and conditions. I acknowledge the many with despair who have died from suicide and drug overdose.  We now know that lockdowns are more lethal than COVID-19, and must learn from what has transpired to ensure we do not continue to make the same mistakes.  Were you not informed of these facts, or did you simply ignore them? 

Please consider the following evidence and unintended consequences that should give you the courage to retract the restrictions:

  1. We are nowhere close to overwhelming our healthcare system. As of December 9, 2020 there were 654 COVID-19 patients in 8,500 beds, or 7.7 per cent of capacity. There were only 112 patients in 272 ICU beds, or 41.2 per cent of operational capacity, however, you have stated publicly that the ICU capacity can be increased to 1,081 beds. This implies that, at present, only 10.4 per cent of potential ICU beds are filled.
  2. Have you evaluated what percentage of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are actually in hospital because of COVID-19, as opposed to with COVID-19, wherein it is the underlying disease that is the actual reason for the admission?  The public deserves to know.
  3. Have you evaluated the percentage of patients who died with, but not from COVID-19?  This information is extremely important to share with the public who deserve a fair and balanced presentation of the facts to both prevent fear and panic, as well as garner buy-in of government policy.  
  4. Are you aware that the PCR test for COVID-19 has a false positive rate of up to 50 per cent according to the CDC (USA Center for Disease Control), and up to 90 per cent by other sources?      
  5. Are you aware of how many people have died or become seriously compromised because they could not access healthcare for non-COVID-19 disease, including treatments for heart disease, cancer, and other life-threatening problems? Lockdowns are more lethal than Covid-19, which cannot be over-emphasized. Do you not think that the public should know this?
  6. Are you aware of how many people have committed suicide due to government-imposed lockdowns and the shuttering of businesses, schools, colleges, and universities?  Have you tried to find out?
  7. Do you believe that it is ethically and morally appropriate for government to pick winners and losers by defining what is an essential versus a non-essential business, or activity such as, but not limited to, social, recreational, fitness-related, or spiritual pursuits? 
  8. Are you fully aware of the magnitude of the economic devastation Alberta has sustained, and that we are spiralling down rapidly to a have-not province, according to the Fraser Institute
  9. Are you aware of how many divorces have occurred consequent to lockdowns and loss of income?  What about the increase in domestic abuse, family violence and increase of substance abuse?
  10. Are you aware of the short- and long-term effects on the mental health of our most vulnerable, including our children? 
  11. Have you been apprised of how much crime has increased due to people becoming desperate just to stay alive? 
  12. Finally, in the interests of transparency, please provide the information highlighted above to all Albertans on a daily or weekly basis on the AHS website, various social and other media sources available, so that we the people of Alberta can work with you, rather than question the validity of imposed interventions that are no longer required.

Your consideration to rescind the lockdown should also be based on fact. I implore you to read the Great Barrington Declaration authored by professors in medicine from Oxford, Harvard, and Stanford, who are experts in epidemiology, immunology, biostatistics, vaccine development, mathematical modelling, and public health policy.  The Declaration has been co-signed by 38,154 medical practitioners, as well as 12,717 medical and public health scientists world-wide. Please also review the section in the Declaration on Frequently Asked Questions.  You will be better informed and better able to give proper consideration to a more humane, compassionate and effective approach, rather than inflicting a multitude of harms on 4.4 million people. Please consider the following targeted recommendations: 

  1. All testing should stop immediately, particularly for those who are asymptomatic, except for;
    -People presenting to hospital with respiratory problems
    -Healthcare workers
    -Nursing home employees with ‘point-of-care’ testing
  2. Nursing homes should have a comprehensive campaign for;
    -Staff education in infection control
    Vitamin D daily for all inhabitants 
    -Electronic audiovisual communications for loved ones wishing to stay in touch
  3. There is also gathering evidence on the use of Ivermectin to prevent COVID-19, as evidenced in this Senate Testimony on December 8, 2020. The evidence for effective prophylaxis with Ivermectin is compelling
  4. Everywhere – hospitals included – should open immediately with conventional pre-Covid-19 precautions.
  5. Mandatory mask-wearing should cease (except for health professionals) as there is no credible scientific basis, as evidenced in the November 18, 2020 Danish randomized controlled trial reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Further, no country has reported a change in the trajectory of COVID-19 diagnosis consequent to widespread public testing of asymptomatic citizens before and after the institution of a countrywide mask mandate.   
  6. Interventions such as total lockdowns, social distancing, and compulsory mask use are causing more harm than good.  The genie (virus) is out of the bottle and the spread cannot realistically be controlled at all by the current interventions. 
  7. Contact tracing and snitching should cease immediately.
  8. AHS must come clean with Albertans and provide robust information on the unintended consequences of lockdown measures which were initially well-intentioned but have now proven to be harmful to Albertans’ mental, physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and economic well-being; as well as lethal from suicide, drug overdose and inability to access healthcare for serious non-COVID illness and conditions.
  9. Finally, as healthcare is in your purview, please ensure that decisions come from your government/AHS, and not from municipalities who do not have access to the necessary resources and expertise to justify restrictions of any kind.  

In conclusion, we have learned much over the past several months. Perhaps most important is the knowledge that lockdowns are more lethal than COVID-19, which should compel you and your government to end them. Your advice and policies for the benefit of Albertans should be predicated on one important tenet of the Hippocratic Oath, “First Do No Harm”, and a focussed approach will achieve just that, as explained in the Great Barrington Declaration. 

As for each of us Albertans, we must simply adapt and learn to accommodate to COVID-19, as we all did every previous year with seasonal influenza. We must all take personal responsibility for our health and take actions that are in each of our best interest, including vaccination if one is so inclined, which may well be of benefit if one is COVID-19 negative. Healthcare, like all freedoms, must and should always remain an informed choice, not a government directive. 

Dennis L. Modry, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACCP, FACS
Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Alberta
Founder and Director of the Heart, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program
Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (1984 – 2015)

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89 Comments

  1. Charles Martell III

    December 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Has the FakeStream Media explained this one to you?

    8 Sub Sahara nations: Nigeria, Congo, Uganda, Mozambique, Cote de’ Ivoire, Ethiopia,Malawi, Niger
    Total combined population: 557 Million (nearly 2X of America)
    Total combined COVID cases: 408
    Total combined COVID deaths: 14

    These 8 nations with 3rd world health care all share one thing in common: their entire population is on perpetual, intermittant regimes of HCQ because of Malaria.

    • Ernie

      December 16, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      Ethiopia has over 1800 COVID related deaths – man, get your facts straight or don’t bother us with your lies.

    • Ernie

      December 16, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      i would strong suggest you fact check everything you post. You are either a troll trying to incite or guessing. Here is a great link to get you on your way. You show 14 COVID deaths total in those 8 countries – well, as of yesterday, Congo had 100.

      https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

  2. Charles Martell III

    December 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Cudos to the Doc . . . he is right on . . .
    the Chinese Communist approach is worse than the disease itself.

    The “Test” is completely bogus . . . they use it & the Media to create Scare & Fear !

    Time for the citizens to wake up . . .

  3. Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

    December 13, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks to Dr. Mobry for writing this article.

    I particularly appreciate the link to the data published by the Canadian Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF). Very interesting that deaths in Canada are lower through the first 8 months of 2020 compared to 2019 and 2018.

    The Great Barrington Declaration was created by scientists and doctors from Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and Cambridge. It has been signed by 691,603 citizens, 12,785 medical practitioners and 38,464 medical practitioners.

    Intelligent people may wonder why the GBD has gained 0 coverage in the mainstream media, and why courageous physicians like Dr. Mobry have to write open letters to media outlets to have their expertise heard.

    Instead we censor all doctors who say anything to the contrary. Anyone who agrees is trolled on the internet by anonymous strangers using low level character attacks with no reference to the data.

  4. MackennaW

    December 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Modry was basically run out of his hospital, and stripped of hospital privileges. He ended up suing AHS for wrongful dismissal, etc. Not sure of the outcome, but he hasn’t practiced medicine for years and he isn’t an epidemiologist. He’s a real estate developer.

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      His qualifications are more than enough to share the data in the letter

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

        What qualifications? He’s a heart surgeon.

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

        MD etc etc

  5. Gillian Archibald

    December 13, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I for one have been constantly sending Premiere Kenney information on Covid, the dangers of lockdowns, the dangers of wearing masks, the closing of business and the Great Barrington Declaration. I have also sent him info on the Great Reset and an interview of Claus Schwab.

    Premier Kenney has selected hearing and vision. He does not care. He pretends he does, he says he does, but his actions are what speak the truth. What he is doing, what all politicians are doing, is diabolical and scary. They are creating this situation ( not Covid but the fake pandemic) and then they are are trying to convince us that they will save us from it.

    He wants to frustrate us, degrade us and demoralize us. All of this leads to division. I believe Kenney has succumbed to the corruption of Trudeau, If you have been watching and observing, you can see when each Conservative Premier has been converted to the corruption, paid off, bribed, threatened. Whatever it is, it happens on a dime.

    Don’t comply people. Once you lose a freedom, you will never get it back.

    • MackennaW

      December 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      OMG, I sure hope he listened to the troll you are.

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 13, 2020 at 11:31 pm

        Mackenna you are the biggest troll here, sharing zero information, only attacking people on character

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        no, you would be the biggest troll out there – sorry, polls are closed and results are in!!

      • Gillian Archibald

        December 13, 2020 at 9:21 pm

        Oh aren’t you cute. Mr. know it all commenting on everyone else comments. I sure as heck hope Kenney isn’t listening to an immature idiot like you.

    • Ernie

      December 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      Another conspiracy theorist!

      • Gillian Archibald

        December 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

        The phrase conspiracy theorist was started by governments who want to keep the truth from the people. The people who use it so freely today are those avoiding discussing the facts to deny the obvious and who think they are superior and like to appease the politically correct. New flash! I don’t care what you think or call me.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

        You sound like someone who has way too much time on their hands. Go for a walk in the park – enjoy what the world offers. Our time on earth is too short to complain, condemn and criticize.

      • Gillian Archibald

        December 14, 2020 at 12:57 pm

        And you sound like an idiot. You call me a conspiracy theorist and I’m not allowed to reply to that. You sound like someone who isn’t at all informed and uses insults as arguments when called out. How about you for for a walk .. off a cliff.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:58 pm

        and now you sound delusional and have anger management issues. I think it’s time for you to see a counselor…….please…for the safety of others.

  6. Jim Giles

    December 13, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Boy do I know this name. Modry (I refuse to use Dr.) had a very long history of incompetence, rudeness, lack of follow-up care, and a higher than normal mortality rate. He actually cancelled 2 heart surgeries because he was going on vacation and likely would have been delayed if he had to do his job. He was suspended and lost his hospital privileges back in 2015.
    This guy is the worst sort of medical person – a surgeon jock who just lives to cut, and the accompanying God complex.
    So we have 300 actual medical professionals who begged Kenney to do more, and this 1 washed up loser gets the attention? Why am I not surprised?

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      More character attack propaganda

      • Jim Giles

        December 14, 2020 at 12:31 am

        Tell you what troll – please find and quote the web address where the CDC posted that PCR testing has a 50% false positive rate as quoted by your new hero. I could mention other false information he quoted, but let’s start there.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        he won’t – because it does not exist! He bought into the false news as he’s another puppet of social media.

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

        Gladly,

        Here’s a few articles to get you started. The false positive rate for PCR testing is 0.8-4.0%.

        When the actual positive rate is 1-2% you can end up with more false positives than actual positives.

        Additionally the cycle threshold of 35cts is inappropriate. 25cts is recommended. Most governments including Alberta are running 35-40+ ct’s.

        Fauci himself says 35 CT’s is mostly dead nucleic acid fragments and not proof of infection.

        Portugal just ruled PCR tests are unreliable and not legal, claiming 97% false positives!

        1. PCR False positive 0.8-4.0% https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.26.20080911v1.full.pdf

        2. Kary Mullis PCR inventor (1:30) “doesn’t tell you that you’re sick”, “you can find anything in there” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=scYudSweDAs&fbclid=IwAR15i15A3cUY_utJwk42-hQYL7vY5ZvDCAm5vh7aB6IhG33jUeKn4AZ38KI

        3. Yeadon 90% false positives https://lockdownsceptics.org/lies-damned-lies-and-health-statistics-the-deadly-danger-of-false-positives/

        4. PCR excellent explanation (11:00) https://m.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR3Lbq7x8h5JUkZUO7gv0jed8hStyJqPlHpvwobVFodqrKPo5cEX6Ca4VTg&feature=youtu.be&v=S_1Z8cSXI-Q

        5. Portugal 97% false positives http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/27/landmark-legal-ruling-finds-that-covid-tests-are-not-fit-for-purpose-so-what-do-the-msm-do-they-ignore-it/

        You are welcome in advance

      • Jim Giles

        December 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm

        No, no my friend. I don’t want your regurgitated YouTube videos and links to conspiracy theory websites. Modry stated that the CDC itself stated that PCR testing had a 50% false positive. All I asked was that you find and post the web address from the CDC website backing his statement up.
        Also, I love when people quote “facts” when they have no idea what they are talking about. You say “Additionally the cycle threshold of 35cts is inappropriate. 25cts is recommend,” which is actually backwards. The cycle threshold needs to be higher, not lower, to increase the amount of DNA or RNA copies produced. Don’t try to science when you haven’t a clue.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        Are you stupid Jim?
        The Inventor of the process tells you what is it . . . and you want to believe the CBC?
        Man you are in the dumb lane . . . .

        “PCR is really a manufacturing technique,” Crowe explained. “You start with one molecule. You start with a small amount of DNA and on each cycle the amount doubles, which doesn’t sound like that much, but if you, if you double 30 times, you get approximately a billion times more material than you started with. So as a manufacturing technique, it’s great… This is where it gets wild.

        “In one paper,” Crowe says, “I found 37 cycles. If you didn’t get enough fluorescence by 37 cycles, you are considered negative. In another, paper, the cutoff was 36. Thirty-seven to 40 were considered “indeterminate.” And if you got in that range, then you did more testing. I’ve only seen two papers that described what the limit was. So, it’s quite possible that different hospitals, different States, Canada versus the US, Italy versus France are all using different cutoff sensitivity standards of the Covid test. So, if you cut off at 20, everybody would be negative. If you cut off a 50, you might have everybody positive.””

      • Jim Giles

        December 16, 2020 at 1:13 pm

        I guess I must be dumb. I feel bad about that as I have a degree in microbiology and have actually used PCR in the lab. But your YouTube viewing obviously gives you greater knowledge. My apologies.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 18, 2020 at 10:53 am

        I have a degree . . . lol
        You just pull that degree out of your A$$ man . . .
        PCR was invented for Forensic purposes . . . it multiplies material more and more as you keep spinning.
        It created Positive CCP Virus tests the same way . . . over 50% fail rate!

      • Jim Giles

        December 18, 2020 at 1:22 pm

        As you keep spinning? Wow, you got the tech down for sure. And to be clear, it’s not PCR itself that checks for viral particles; it just creates the copies. Another method entirely, such as ELISA, is used to do this. So saying PCR gives false positives is completely inaccurate. As far as my degree goes, I could prove it, but frankly I don’t give a sh*t what you believe or don’t believe.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

        The inventor of the Test disagrees with you . . . but you Soldier on . . . a 50% or higher fail rate is “Science” in your mind . . . lol

        The PCR test was invented by Kary Mullis in 1985 but it was never intended for detecting disease; it’s primary applications included biomedical research and criminal forensics.

        Before his death in 2019 Mullis told reporters:
        “Scientists are doing an awful lot of damage to the world in the name of helping it. I don’t mind attacking my own fraternity because I am ashamed of it.”–Kary Mullis, Inventor of Polymerase Chain Reaction.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        The PCR Test is a Forensics tool . . . designed to Manufacture . . .

        “The PCR test was invented by Kary Mullis in 1985 but it was never intended for detecting disease; it’s primary applications included biomedical research and criminal forensics.

        Before his death in 2019 Mullis told reporters:
        ““Scientists are doing an awful lot of damage to the world in the name of helping it. I don’t mind attacking my own fraternity because I am ashamed of it.”
        –Kary Mullis, Inventor of Polymerase Chain Reaction

        Mullis often spoke out against using his test for diagnosing illnesses. So-called experts ignored the warning. But now, many independent scientists and medical professionals are coming forward to denounce the idiocy of governments, the media and NGO’s for pushing the number of novel coronavirus “cases” (not deaths) premised on spurious results from this problematic PCR test.”

    • Ernie

      December 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      If people would do your research, they would find you are 100% correct. Also, this guy is a heart surgeon and knows diddly about viruses and epidemiology. Yet some readers here are prepared to go down on one knee to him.

  7. Kim Davies

    December 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    What is also missing in data provided by AHS is what the hospitalizations and ICU usage are now compared to other years at this time of year.
    People die every day and every winter brings an uptick in hospitalizations and deaths. Covid 19 appears worse than the average flu but how anomalous is this year exactly?

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      The Alberta Health website is lacking with important and easy to access data like you’ve mentioned

    • Onosha Ugory

      December 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Go to Statistic Canada and fish in there. This year is not worse than previous years, could be better. I’m judging by US stats

      • Kim Davies

        December 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

        I’ve done that but my knowledge doesn’t help many. This doctor and the government who have the voice need to get that information out to the public.

  8. Ernie

    December 13, 2020 at 7:46 am

    So……another expert in the field trying to discredit recent health care decisions. And he goes above his employer’s head (Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Alberta, Provincial Health
    Minister as well as the Premier of Alberta) and has this letter published throughout the media which tells me he does not play well with others. My initial thoughts of this guy were confirmed after I read some reviews from some of his former patients:

    – Dr. Dennis Modry is an egotistical doctor with a god complex! He believes that he is better than
    everyone else and will not treat you post surgery if something is wrong.
    – Dr Modry does not lack ego.
    – Very shortly after my operation, he was run off the hospital grounds.
    – Dr. Modry is only an average surgeon. Consumed with his own ego which causes him to be quite
    arrogant at times.

    In 2015, Alberta Health Services restricted and then eventually suspended his operating privileges due poor clinical practice, which included concerns that his patients died more often than those of other surgeons.

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      Typical Propaganda through Character Attack.

      His personae doesn’t change DATA presented in the multiple links in the article, which you obviously ignored.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

        He’s a heart surgeon – you probably know more about the COVID then he does.

      • Onosha Ugory

        December 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

        he definitely knows more about Covid than Bill gates and World Bank

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        He’s a medical doctor and provides data for his statements.

        Your poor grammar suggests you are in no position to criticize anyone.

      • RussG553

        December 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

        Agreed – people who mix up “then” and “than” show their ignorance to all.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        oh, my – an educated troll!

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

        The best kind, sharing real information instead of misinformation and propaganda

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

        no, more like someone who has way too much time on his hands.

    • Vlad Lashing

      December 14, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      Yeah, he should have written Hinshaw privately, got deleted and kept his trap shut. That’s right. Hinshaw can go on making 323k a year to destroy the province with her google search approach to everything.

      • Ernie

        December 14, 2020 at 9:34 pm

        So what’s your solution to this COVID issue? No lockdowns and end up like Sweden?

      • Charles Martell III

        December 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        Sweden is doing fin Ernie . . . so is Florida, did you know Disneyland is open?

        and the Swedes will not have a massive number of DEATHS caused by the Lockdowns & Quarantines. Which in Canada and Alberta have already exceeded the number of DEATHS by CCP Flu by thousands.

      • Ernie

        December 16, 2020 at 1:08 pm

        Charles, I know we all are entitled to our opinions and their is nothing wrong with a friendly debate but do so armed with facts. Sweden is now over 7800 deaths and with their population of 10 million, with lax restrictions.
        New data suggests that Sweden will have one of the highest Covid-19 deaths-per-capita rate in Europe if the high death rate continues. Latest news is that they are contemplating implementing a lockdown of sorts.. And regular flu numbers in Alberta are down considerably due to a higher percentage getting the flu shot as well as the masking and social distancing. And as for Florida – Charles, Charles, Charles – it’s easy to find this info on line so please do some fact checking because you are either a troll looking to incite or you are guessing. And why does Disneyland matter?

  9. David Elson

    December 13, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Kenney will not listen because he knows the lockdowns are not meant to save lives. They are meant to condition you for future government action.

    Folks, we are in a lot of trouble here. Our socialist governments have turned hostile toward the average man, just like they did in Communist Russia, Nazi Germany, and Communist China.

    I’m not being hyperbolic. Just wait until you see what happens next.

  10. Roger Swan

    December 12, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you Dr. Modry for making compassionate mention of Jerry Dunham. Jerry died in early June, in Medicine Hat, for want of an implanted defibrillator, a common day surgery. His need for this procedure had been downgraded from “essential” to “inessential”, as hospitals postponed or cancelled surgeries as they awaited a surge of COVID admissions that never came. Premier Kenney has apologized for the harm the misguided earlier lockdown caused. Rachel Notley, Deena Hinshaw and AHS have never acknowledged culpability for Jerry’s death. In fact they are now preparing us for further such needless tragedy as they once again empty hospital beds and cancel surgeries in anticipation of “the second wave”. Their favourite scapegoat? 75-year-old anti-maskers like me who are said to have caused the second wave by not bowing the knee sufficiently to their cruel, arbitrary, idiotic, contradictory, pseudo-scientific ravings. R.I.P. Jerry. You were a consummate musician, father and partner. Alberta and Canada are diminished by your death.

    • BabyItsColdOutside

      December 17, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      Seems Kenney is in on it too. Saving millions of dollars denying health care to us.

  11. EvaM

    December 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you for this Article! It’s like a breath of fresh air.
    Politicians have to come to terms that they are working for the people that elected them. If they are working for hidden agendas of the globalists, they are not doing their job and need to be held accountable. It’s time for people to wake up and stop being brainwashed by main stream media!

  12. MajorTom

    December 12, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you, Doctor Modry for your courage! We need more medical professionals to come out and stand up for truth! Our nation is at risk!

    • MackennaW

      December 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      He isn’t a medical professional. He got tossed and lost his privileges. He’s been retired for years.

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

        His qualifications beg to differ

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:01 pm

        So YOU would rather listen to some Govt Hack . . . another low intellect voter!

      • Vlad Lashing

        December 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        Please post Hinshaws qualifications. Where and what has she practised?

  13. Onosha Ugory

    December 12, 2020 at 11:25 am

    I think that people don’t understand that all West Canadian premiers are under the pressure to do lockdowns. I don’t know whether its financial pressure or some other blackmail but that’s what’s going on all over the world. All heads of governments are under the pressure. If they do not follow what UN, IMF, WEF want from them, then they’re in trouble. The end result is New World Order via The Great Reset

    • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

      December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      WHO, follow the money… it’s a lobbyist group funded by “guess who” Bill Gates and the Pharma companies including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca etc etc etc

  14. Patrick Allan Kaupp

    December 12, 2020 at 7:23 am

    If Jason Kenney wants any redemption from this catastrophy, he needs to fire Deena Hinshaw for gross incompetence and then resign for the same reason.

  15. BabyItsColdOutside

    December 11, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Not just “a doctor”. Dennis Modry is a world renowned cardiac surgeon. If you are over 45, this man is a legend, a rock star in Alberta.
    The AB College of Physicians and Surgeon may have met their match trying to silence him like they did with Dr Hodkinson.

    • B Haze

      December 12, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Well, that’s in the courts it seems. He has had a controversial run and was noted for poor practice, poor outcomes in surgery. I find few numerical facts in this article to support the claims. Also, writing directly to Kenney is NOT appropriate. As a doctor(scientist) he should speak directly to Dr Hinshaw, who can respond with proper scientific references. I have no problem that he questions the decisions, but do have issue with approach. Also 300 doctors signed a letter last week to “do more” , and he is just 1, saying “do less” .

      • Rick Johnson

        December 12, 2020 at 2:52 pm

        The signing 300 Doctors are members of the Alberta Medical Association which is in bed with the nurses unions, CUPE and AUPE who are in bed with Notley’s NDP. The push for lockdowns is intended to further strangle Alberta’s private sector economy to induce an increase in dependence on government socialized programs. https://media1.giphy.com/media/ylyUQm2pCWo5yLfFEQ/giphy.gif

      • Vlad Lashing

        December 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        thats right 100%. These same union heads that want less work and shutdown of business also wants a discount when they pick up their lunch for “first responders”. Time to show them all the door.

      • roger murphy

        December 13, 2020 at 7:55 pm

        You would know this how?

      • B Haze

        December 14, 2020 at 1:02 pm

        I read the local articles published about him before commenting and see all these other comments about what a quack he has become. Yes, at a point in time he was a star, but it went to his head or something, and he ended up being removed. 5 years later he is not reinstated…… But my original premise is he is 1 vs 300/ and is attacking a politician, vs debating with another science peer. He presents no facts(numbers) to support any of his points. That’s just weak.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        So what did he say that was WRONG?

        You seem to not know anything . . . do you live under a log?

        Only ONE set of FACTS man . . . 300 to 1 . . . those are much better odds than Galileo had . . . but he was correct !

        The CDC’s current best estimates for the C-19 fatality rate are:
        0.003% for people aged 0–19 years.
        0.02% for people aged 20–49 years.
        0.5% for people aged 50–69 years.
        5.4% for people aged 70+ years.

        So Hazey . . . what group would you be concentrating on?
        The under 50 crowd is NOT threatened . . .

        What is threatening is the PCR fraud test . . .

        “The PCR test was invented by Kary Mullis in 1985 but it was never intended for detecting disease; it’s primary applications included biomedical research and criminal forensics.

        Before his death in 2019 Mullis told reporters: “Scientists are doing an awful lot of damage to the world in the name of helping it. I don’t mind attacking my own fraternity because I am ashamed of it.”
        –Kary Mullis, Inventor of Polymerase Chain Reaction

        Mullis often spoke out against using his test for diagnosing illnesses. So-called experts ignored the warning. But now, many independent scientists and medical professionals are coming forward to denounce the idiocy of governments, the media and NGO’s for pushing the number of novel coronavirus “cases” (not deaths) premised on spurious results from this problematic PCR test.”

        Has the FakeStream Media explained this one to you?

        8 Sub Sahara nations: Nigeria, Congo, Uganda, Mozambique, Cote de’ Ivoire, Ethiopia,Malawi, Niger
        Total combined population: 557 Million (nearly 2X of America)
        Total combined COVID cases: 408
        Total combined COVID deaths: 14

        These 8 nations with 3rd world health care all share one thing in common: their entire population is on perpetual, intermittant regimes of HCQ because of Malaria.

      • Vlad Lashing

        December 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        paid shill you are?

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

        Your comment is lazy and false.

        There is plenty of links to data in the article.

        For example, the link to Canada’s Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms shows there is fewer deaths in the first 8 months of 2020 than 2019 and 2018.

        Deaths (8-month total)

        2018: 186,825
        2019: 190,300
        2020: 186,690

        Reference: https://www.jccf.ca/government-data-shows-lockdowns-more-deadly-than-covid-19/

        Unfortunately you didn’t put enough effort into reading the content before rushing to comment and share your criticism of an Associate Medical Professor.

        Let’s assume someone with his Medical Qualifications BSc, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACCP, FACS made a conscious decision to make his letter OPEN to the public.

        Obviously if you want to address the data in it’s completion, and share your medical qualifications we can make a more intelligent comparison.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

        What did he write that you think is incorrect ?

        Do the PCR tests with the massive error rate really work?
        There are numerous studies out there that demonstrate Masks are detrimental to your health . . . ever read one? Even the Box says “It can’t stop a virus” !
        Are you saying there are not 1000s of Albertans who have been negatively affected by the insane Lockdown? More have died than were killed by the Virus.
        So what’s your point?
        What effect do you think Canada’s 30 something in the world HC system had on his outcomes?

        Kenny needs to be informed so he stops making stupid decisions . . . after all, Kenny is just a Politician . . . and everyone knows they are usually uninformed & clueless.

        Today . . . Sweden & Florida are doing just fine . . . even Disneyland is open in Florida . . . how is that possible? Florida even managed to protect its massive Senior Population. Good Governance I suspect . . .

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:01 pm

        The PCR Test is a fraud ! It was designed for forensics not a diagnosis tool.
        The average age of those dying is over 80 . . .
        More people have died because of the Lockdowns . . . & of course the insane mask nonsense. Did you ever read the box “Does not protect from a Virus” ? ? ?

        And I am not even a Dr. or Scientist . . . just a purveyor of FACTS !

      • BabyItsColdOutside

        December 17, 2020 at 1:05 pm

        No controversy other than another case of physician bullying by the elitist commies in AHS. I believe that lawsuit against those tyrants made him a very wealthy man.

    • Christine

      December 12, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      A rockstar? Hardly. This man disgraced himself near the end of his career. I highly suggest you do a little research on Dennis Modry before stating anyone has “met their match.” This is a senile old man trying to stay relevant, nothing more.

      • roger murphy

        December 13, 2020 at 7:55 pm

        Do tell, he seems eminently qualified and he is actually following the data we have, so what was this man’s transgression?

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm

        Your post is irrelivant and void of Facts . . . you must work in the Media!

        The Wuhan Flu is only dangerous to the over 65 crowd . . . u know the folks that ALL Provincial Govts have ignored for the last year.

        Doctors & Medical Professionals From All Over The World Speak Out – Please Share
        https://www.brighteon.com/35721a21-0352-4334-82e7-42cb2933d8a1

        Try to be relevant & informed Christine . . . Canada is teaming with dopy citizens . . . way too many thought Justin was smart . . . lol

        The CDC’s current best estimates for the C-19 fatality rate are:
        0.003% for people aged 0–19 years.
        0.02% for people aged 20–49 years.
        0.5% for people aged 50–69 years.
        5.4% for people aged 70+ years.

    • MackennaW

      December 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      Modry was thrown out of his hospital and had his privileges taken away years ago. He doesn’t practice medicine, hasn’t for years.

      • Charles Martell III

        December 14, 2020 at 1:01 pm

        Don’t have to practice Medicine to know that this Scam-Demic is a fraud.
        The average age of the deaths in Canada is over 80 . . . you would think that after 11 months the Provinces would have tough criteria to protect old folks homes . . . but they DON’T !

        The chances of dying from the Wuhan Flu if you are under 18 is .002% . . . . if you are under 50 .04% . . . Lockdowns & masks are killing more people than the disease.

  16. warrenzoell

    December 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Excellent article! But will Kenney listen?

    • bassplayer12

      December 11, 2020 at 5:53 pm

      Probably not. No politician wants to be held responsible (or perceived of being responsible) for people’s death. Politicians want to be elected… and, be REELECTED!

      • Sanford Thompson

        December 12, 2020 at 7:35 am

        79% of deaths have been in extended care. All homes are either directly or indirectly controlled by the gov. The unintended consequences or perhaps an overarching plan to build back better are all the responsibility of the politicians and the “experts”.

    • John

      December 11, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      I don’t think so.
      Kenney is more and more revealing his true face.

    • Bob Smithers

      December 13, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      The real hero, whoever that might be, is the courageous doctor, or politician, that gets Ivermectin into the medical treatment, to stop the Wuhan Flu.
      India’s medical system is distributing it, along with HCQ, VitaminD, and other supplements. They are successfully fighting Wuhan Flu, while our weak, fearful medical authorities only solution is to HIDE from the boogeyman.
      If we fought WWII like this, we would be eating saeurkraut, listening to Wagner, and all have blonde hair, saluting Deutschland!

      • Bendrévîlle Tîgrès

        December 13, 2020 at 11:03 pm

        Right, India has learned their lesson the hard way about Bill Gates and the Vaccine Train.

        Lots of treatments seem successful including Invermectin and HCQ for treating SARS

        It’s probably just a coincidence that easy to access medicine is blocked for some reason ($) as the media hypes vaccination under the WHO and mega pharmaceutic companies

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MAKICHUK: Welcome to the age of the scaremongers

“Should we be afraid of it? How worried should we be? Will it soon be on or shores? Should I get a booster shot? Should I blame Jason Kenney?”

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And so it goes.

Another day, another thing to fear.

This time it’s an African COVID-19 variant called Omicron and the media is in its heyday, scaring the pants off you. Man how they love doing that!

Should we be afraid of it? How worried should we be? Will it soon be on or shores? Should I get a booster shot? Should I blame Jason Kenney?

Be afraid, be very afraid — we’re all gonna die, etc., etc.

Next thing you know, Dr. Anthony Fauci is being interviewed on CNN — Dr. Death himself. Again, be afraid, be very afraid.

Can you feel your blood pressure rising?

Welcome to the new world of the scaremongers. 

They come in the morning when you are still not awake, they come in the afternoon blindsiding your day, they come in the evening after you had dinner. But they come. They always come.

If it isn’t COVID-19, it’s climate change.

There she is, Glum Greta, in all her glory … plastered on magazines and on TV screens around the world as she bitch-slaps our generation for destroying the planet.

Arguably, a very strange child who seems to enjoy scaring everyone to death with her dire warnings of the looming end of the world.

Meanwhile, the Liberals tell us, “Our Earth is in danger.” Be afraid, be very afraid. We’re all gonna die, etc., etc.

These are like broken records that keep playing, over, and over, and over. Like a merry-go-round that doesn’t stop until it makes you barf.

And then we have the government’s ill-conceived gun buyback program.

Forget the fact that these gun owners were vetted by the RCMP and obtained their weapons legally.

We must buy back those guns, from prairie farmers … God forbid, they kill a deer or a moose, or a pheasant to feed their families over the winter.

Try explaining that to some Eastern dipsh-t politico.

According to a report from Public Safety Canada, the Liberals are increasing spending on that program to $8.8 million.

The real scary part of this? The costs are apparently soaring before a single gun has been purchased! Now that is scary.

“This is more evidence that the gun buyback is going to be a boondoggle,” Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) federal director Franco Terrazzano said in a blog post. “The feds haven’t bought a single gun yet and costs still continue to go up.”

The Ministry of Public Safety is looking at spending $1.6 million out of the $8.8 million on an advertising campaign to “increase awareness” about the gun ban and buyback. 

The Parliamentary Budget Officer said reimbursing gun owners could cost up to $756 million. And that doesn’t include administration costs, which could add billions more.

All for a program, that was never really needed — Canada already had strong gun laws.

Again, be afraid, be very afraid.

But as my friend Pete says, “the Liberals are a boondoggle!”

Ladies and gents, I have reason to believe that might be the case.

And just in case your blood pressure wasn’t off the dial enough, here comes Statistics Canada, highlighting Alberta’s soaring homicide rate.

According to the federal agency, the number of homicides hit historic highs in 2020, helping propel Canada to its highest homicide rate in nearly three decades. 

Alberta recorded 139 homicides, the highest number of homicides for the province since data collection began in 1961.

Also, another juicy tidbit for the media to trumpet — Edmonton and Calgary had the largest increase in homicides among all cities in Canada.

At least 29 of those slayings were tied to gangs, StatsCan said, who very likely obtained their weapons illegally.

Across the country, there were 743 homicides, including the 22 victims of the Nova Scotia massacre — the highest number of homicides recorded since 1991, the report said.

Now, I should mention at this point that being a kid who grew up in Windsor, across the river from the Motor City, where they sometimes hit or exceeded 1,000 homicides a year, while in Windsor, we sometimes had one or two — I’m not really phased by this.

Yes, it is a concerning trend, no question, and look I like the gun laws we have. If our laws were like our friends down south where you can buy a gun like buying a pack of gum, I’m not really sure that’s a good thing.

If I lived down there I would definitely have two or three guns, just because they’re cool. Again, this is probably not a good thing for me to have.

I don’t know how you feel about all of this but I sometimes wonder what happened to common sense and reasonableness. 

It seems to have been thrown out the window with the baby, the bathwater, and anything else within reach.

And I am dog tired, I really am, of the mainstream media trying to scare me to death every goddam day — instead of just reporting the news. Western media outlets are just as guilty as eastern media outlets, in this regard, by the way.

So anyway, here’s some news, that won’t scare you.

Last night, me and my good friends, Carrie and Faron, went to the Scotsman’s Well where we had a beer and a great steak sandwich. It was on sale for $12.99. 

Nobody got shot or killed. Nobody caught Omicron. Nobody tried to take our guns away (we didn’t really have any, anyway.) Nobody shouted at us for owning gas-guzzling cars. Seriously, none of this happened.

And then we all went home. 

Other things not to be afraid of? Sasquatch, werewolves, reptilian aliens, Green Bay Packers fans, Trumpsters, and anyone who likes Barry Manilow.

See, life ain’t so bad after all. 

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the Calgary correspondent for ChinaFactor.news
makichukd@gmail.com

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KAY: Green extremists ignore indigenous voices that don’t fall in line

Barbara Kay’s debut column with the Western Standard.

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In mid-November, a handful of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in BC spearheaded yet another attempt — thwarted by the RCMP — to scuttle Coastal GasLink’s $6.6 billion natural gas pipeline. The half-completed pipeline will run 670 km from Dawson Creek in northeast BC to Kitimat on the west coast, there to be processed in an $18-billion terminal financed by LNG Canada’s joint partnership, then exported as low-emission liquified gas to replace high-emission coal-based energy in client Asian countries.

In their latest act of mischief earlier this month, the scofflaws blockaded a workers’ camp, trapping up to 500 workers without food or water before the blockage was dismantled; they stole or vandalized heavy machinery, and they caused destruction to forestry roads sufficient to bring the movement of police and industry personnel to a halt. 

It certainly doesn’t help matters when prominent voices on the left egg on the activists. Longtime political gadfly David Suzuki was roundly criticized when he opined, at an Extinction Rebellion event, that “there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.” This was a shockingly imprudent impulse. Most of Canada’s energy and transportation hubs run through native lands that cannot be adequately policed against sabotage. (He has since apologized, but the unfiltered instinct to say it remains “problematic,” a word frequently trotted out by progressives when critiquing the manifold perceived sins of conservatives.)

It also doesn’t help when our political and cultural elites continually harp on Canadians’ inherent shame as collective genocidaires, not to mention endless land acknowledgements that beg the question of why we seem to admit the land was “stolen,” but don’t give it back. 

Instead of inviting reconciliation, our various forms of breast-beating are inspiring revanchism. The mantra one hears with increasing frequency amongst indigenous activists these days, “Land Back,” means exactly what it says. Those chanting it have been encouraged to believe, by non-indigenous allies in government, academic and environmental-activist circles, that their hunting and gathering ancestors understood the concept of land “ownership” as we do today, and that consequently, 3% of the Canadian population deserves legal title to a third of our land mass. 

That is not going to happen, and such lines of thought should be discouraged by everyone with political and cultural influence. The 1997 Supreme Court Delgamuukw ruling made clear that Wet’suwet’en land title is limited, and that the Crown has use of the title land for the public good.

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault recently tweeted: “Indigenous peoples have been stewards of this planet since time immemorial. The fight against climate change is not possible without their knowledge and leadership.” But whose leadership exactly? Elected band council leaders who signed on to the pipeline project, or a small group of unelected hereditary chiefs who do not enjoy support from more than a tiny fraction of their people? There is little clarity on this important distinction from government officials.

And whose “knowledge”? The CGL met the highest environmental standards in planning its project. They complied with all provisions set out in eight provincial and federal regulatory environmental Acts. They requested meetings with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en (which represents the hereditary chiefs) to discuss issues related to the project over 40 times, with no response from them. If the hereditary chiefs had “knowledge” it was important for CGL to know, they had ample occasion to share it and chose not to.

None of our climate-obsessed progressive elites ever emphasize what an economic boon and lifeline to independence this pipeline and other eco-responsible projects are to indigenous peoples (a far greater boon than government handouts). While indigenous Canadians make up 3.3% of our general workforce, they represent 7.4% of the country’s oil and gas sector workforce. 

As for indigenous peoples being “stewards” of the planet: Even if we all agreed that indigenous people are “stewards” of the land, why should we assume that all indigenous people are of the same mind as Steven Guilbeault in his opposition to resource development? There is plenty of diversity amongst stakeholder populations, including amongst the hereditary chiefs. Yet the establishment media rarely draw attention to this diversity, preferring, as befits the modern, culturally self-loathing progressive spirit, to romance the anarchic dissenters.

Majority Wet’suwet’en opinion is pro-resource development, and it is time their voices were heard and respected. I, therefore, recommend a visit to the Canada Action site, where you will find many strong statements such as these below: 

  • “There’s quite a bit of support for this project,” says Bonnie George, Witset First nation, Wet’suwet’en. “But people are afraid to speak up because, in the past few years, people that [have] spoken up were either ostracized…[or] ridiculed, bullied, harassed, threatened, and being called a traitor – a sellout….There’s a small group of members from the Wet’suwet’en Nation that doesn’t support the [CGL] projects.”
  • “Twenty First Nations participated extensively during five years of consultation on the pipeline and have successfully negotiated agreements with [CGL]. This is on the public record,” says Karen Ogen-Toews of the First Nations LNG Alliance.
  • Theresa Tait-Day, a hereditary chief of Wet’suwet’en Nation, says the voices of female hereditary chiefs “are not being heard. “We have been working particularly with LNG and [CGL]. Our people wanted a benefit and they wanted to be able to make a decision on a positive note. However, we’ve experienced lateral violence and coercion since then by the five chiefs who claim to represent the nation” (since then, two chiefs of the five have dropped out of activating)…The protest organizers are conveniently hiding beneath our blanket as indigenous people, while forcing their policy goals at our expense.”
  • The Haisla Nation are associated with the Kitimat terminal project. Speaking for them, Crystal Smith says, “I’ve seen the impacts first hand. I’ve felt the impacts firsthand. The focus for us is the long-term careers. For the first time, we’re funding culture and language programs…This independence is what we want. This is what we need more of in our community. We need to heal our people. No other government…has been able to heal our people the way they need it.”
  • Also for Haisla Nation, former chief councillor Ellis Ross: “Professional protesters and well-funded NGOs have merely seized the opportunity to divide our communities for their own gains…and ultimately will leave us penniless when they suddenly leave.”
  • “This is one of the biggest projects in Canada, who wouldn’t want to be a part of it?” asks Derek Orr, former chief, McLeod lake Indian Band.

Who indeed? Only virtue-signalling enviro-alarmism obsessives, irresponsible disruptors who get a thrill out of “direct action” that sows chaos and disorder, and patronizing Nanny Statists who prefer that indigenous peoples continue to boil their drinking water than admit that responsible capitalism providing work, resources and human dignity is the way forward for Indigenous populations.

Barbra Kay is a Senior Columnist for the Western Standard

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Why oil and gas matters to Ontario

Many Canadians may not be aware that the first commercial oil production in North America started in Ontario in 1858.

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By Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan

The headline screamed: “The end of oil age” in the Economist in 2003. Fast forward 18 years and that still doesn’t make sense in many ways. The demand for oil is increasing across the globe. Even U.S. President Joe Biden is now asking OPEC to produce more oil.

You don’t have to go far to fill your gas tank to see the rise in fuel prices in recent months. Who says oil is dead? Just look at the growing global disconnect between supply and demand, where the need for natural gas threatens all sorts of shortages.

Many environmental groups have been calling for divestment from oil and gas, yet, they ignore the realities on the ground. Divestment from oil and gas harms not only the many energy companies that are creating jobs in the economy, but also investors, such as the middle-class and seniors, and other value chain sectors that depend on oil and gas.

Let’s look at Ontario, as a prime example.

Many Canadians may not be aware the first commercial oil production in North America started in Ontario in 1858. Since then, the oil and gas sector has played a significant role in the provincial economy. Though Ontario is not a major producer of oil and gas, there are still some 3,000 oil and gas wells active in the province.

There are many ways the oil and gas sector benefits the Ontario economy, in addition to reliable energy supply. Thousand of kilometres of pipelines in Ontario move oil and gas to the U.S., creating many jobs in Ontario. The refining industry also creates employment and contributes to the provincial economy. And many value chain sectors in Ontario supply goods and services to oil and gas companies.

Looking at the most recent (2017) comprehensive data available from Statistics Canada, it turns out the oil and natural gas industry was responsible for adding $7.7 billion in nominal GDP to Ontario’s economy and more than 71,000 jobs. Many of these jobs are indirect, but just as critical to the oil and gas sector. Think of oil and natural gas employment in Ontario as engineers and manufacturers hired to design and build oil and gas operating equipment and facilities, a building in Edmonton or in downtown Toronto, or an investment firm tasked with raising capital for a natural gas company operating in northern Alberta or B.C. Also think of an Alberta oil sands company whose local spending on office furniture results in jobs created in the Ontario firm that produces that furniture. 

In 2017, the oil and gas industry purchased $7.3 billion worth of goods and services in Ontario, including $4.3 billion from Ontario’s manufacturing sector alone. Other “big ticket” purchases include $700 million from the Ontario finance and insurance sector, $600 million from the professional, scientific and technical services sector, and $300 million from transportation and warehousing. Overall, $2.1 billion in salaries and wages were generated as the result of oil and gas industry spending in Ontario. 

Beyond the impact of the oil and gas sector, let’s widen the look at Alberta’s impact on Ontario’s economy. In 2017, Alberta’s population was 11.6% of the national total, while Alberta’s share of purchases from Ontario’s manufacturing sector was 21% of Ontario’s total interprovincial trade in manufacturing. That’s nearly twice Alberta’s share of Canada’s population. In fact, Alberta’s consumers, businesses, and governments were responsible for nearly 24%, or $32.5 billion, of Ontario’s total interprovincial trade in 2017. This was second only to Ontario’s next-door neighbour, Quebec.

Now consider Alberta’s share of Ontario’s interprovincial and export trade and how it compares to selected countries. Alberta’s $32.5 billion in purchases from Ontario in 2017 was behind only the United States ($197 billion), but ahead of the United Kingdom ($14.7 billion), China ($3.4 billion), Mexico ($3.2 billion), and Germany ($1.9 billion), among others. Add up the goods and services purchased by Alberta consumers, businesses, and governments from Ontario firms between 2012 and 2017, and the total value was about $193 billion.

Economies may be locally based, but local businesses and jobs are impacted by investment and trade flows from other places. Whenever someone says oil and gas doesn’t matter to Ontario, tell them to look at the “on the ground” realities. From Bay Street to Yonge Street to Main Street, people living across Ontario benefit from a thriving oil and gas sector.

Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan are with the Canadian Energy Centre, an Alberta government corporation funded by carbon taxes. They are authors of $193 billion and 71,000 jobs: The Impact of Oil and Gas (and Alberta) on Ontario’s Economy.    

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