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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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MORGAN: We can no longer trust the government’s COVID death statistics

“After the Alberta government lied about the cause of death of young Nathaneal Spitzer, we have good reason not to trust what they are telling us.”

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When it was announced a 14-year-old boy had succumbed to COVID-19 in Alberta, the tone from Dr. Deena Hinshaw was somber. The mainstream media dutifully reported the death of a child and how this means the virus clearly threatens us all, not just the old and vulnerable.

The response from COVID-19 lockdown proponents and the NDP was morbidly welcoming, in a sense. None of them would celebrate the death of a child, but they could not contain their excitement they now had evidence to indicate that COVID-19 was deadly to children. Their moment of glory was short-lived.

Simone Spitzer is the older sister of the child who passed away. She was horrified her brother’s death was being used as a political football and she took to Facebook to call it out. Spitzer exposed her brother Nathanael had been in the hospital for months and had passed away from terminal brain cancer, not COVID-19, as had been reported by government and media alike.

Spitzer’s post went viral on social media, but remained entirely ignored by the mainstream media. When the Western Standard began reporting on the AHS misrepresentation of the cause of Nathanael’s death, Hinshaw was forced to apologize and retract the statement.

The apologies, tweet deletions, and retractions then began to come in fast. NDP leader Rachel Notley had ghoulishly used Nathanael’s death as a hammer with which to attack the UCP. Notley had even attacked AHS for their daring to have mentioned “other complicating factors” when they announced the death. She dismissed those “other complicating factors” as an excuse from the UCP as a way of cleaning the blood off of their hands. She wanted to make it sound as if a perfectly healthy child had been killed by COVID-19, and Jason Kenney was directly responsible. Notley deleted her tweets and apologized to the Spitzer family, but the damage has been done.

As we near the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t pretend any longer we don’t know much about the virus. We should recognize and be thankful healthy children are almost entirely immune to the effects of COVID-19. While kids have tested positive for the virus leading to virtual evacuations of schools, they usually demonstrate no symptoms and suffer no ill effects. Rarer still are healthy children suffering severe effects.

Since the beginning of the pandemic — out of hundreds of thousands of Albertans under the age of 19 — only one has been listed as having died of COVID-19. In light of the Spitzer debacle, the cause of that lone death has now become a legitimate question of the government.

We have to thank the Spitzer family for speaking up in this time of tragedy and mourning to call this out. We should let them grieve in peace now, but media must also pick up and carry on with the issue this brave family has exposed. We can’t trust AHS’s numbers when it comes to COVID-19 death statistics.

How many times has this happened?

Almost 3,000 deaths in Alberta have been attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. With a population of 4.6 million and during nearly two years, that is a long way from the sort of numbers the Spanish Flu posted, though our governments are acting as if today’s pandemic is just as lethal. Now we have to ask ourselves: how many of those 3,000 deaths were actually caused primarily by COVID-19?

We do know 86% of the COVID-19 deaths in Alberta had comorbidities. That statistic needs some more detail filled in if we are to interpret the data correctly. Diabetes, obesity, and asthma are serious comorbidities, but they’re also manageable conditions. COVID surely robbed people of years of life despite their having serious conditions already. We want to prevent this as much as possible of course. What we need to figure out is how many of the people who died of COVID-19 were going to die at approximately that time anyway.

How many fatalities that had been attributed to COVID-19 were cases such as Nathanael’s, where he was about to pass away regardless of a positive COVID-19 test? How many cancer patients, people with heart conditions, or pending renal failure died and were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths, despite the virus actually being a secondary or even tertiary contributor to the person’s death?

The average age of a person dying from COVID-19 has dropped from 82 years, to 79 years. This is not a disease that is prone to taking people long before their time in most cases.

We need accurate numbers as we model government responses to the pandemic. We have set aside critical rights under the Charter and have justified this based on the risk the pandemic presents to the general public. Every restriction comes with costs – both social and fiscal. We need to do a cost-benefit analysis when making policies, and we can’t do it accurately if we are not getting truthful numbers.

We have to get realistic about who’s at risk from COVID-19, as well. The fearmongering with regards to risks presented to children is reprehensible. Not every disease puts everybody at risk equally, and we can’t properly model policies to battle the disease if we don’t use accurate facts. When I finished high school at the end of the 1980s, we were all taught HIV was going to spread rapidly throughout all communities and that we would all be losing loved ones to the disease. In reality, HIV remained contained almost exclusively among the gay male and IV drug-using communities.

HIV is now considered a manageable condition and its spread is well under control. How many more could have been saved had we targeted the truly vulnerable communities rather than pretending for years the virus put everybody at risk?

There are likely a not an insignificant number of cases of mislabeled COVID-19 deaths out there. Not every family is as brave as the Spitzer’s have been and they can’t be blamed. Upon losing a loved one, nobody is eager to jump into a political hornet’s nest. Alberta needs to do a full audit of the fatalities that have been attributed to COVID-19 so far. We can release a great deal of the medical details without compromising the privacy of the victims and their families.

We already have enough distrust of the government and its motivations in this pandemic. True and full transparency in the fatality statistics will help regain some of that trust. We can then start modeling our policy responses to the pandemic based on the real risks, rather than what clearly appear to be exaggerated ones.

Cory Morgan is the Alberta Political Columnist for the Western Standard and Host of the Cory Morgan Show

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SLOBODIAN: Alberta nurse quits in disgust the job she loved

“I lay the blame solely at AHS’s feet. They’ve created a system that will damage patients. If you take out nurses and doctors who are against this — they’re going to leave, be kicked out — especially in the rural areas, it’s going to affect access to care.”

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Johnson when she worked in Sierra Leone

Julianne Johnson says being a registered nurse is a “profession that runs deep in my veins” and is “part of my core identity.”

She quit anyway.

Johnson knew her October 8 resignation letter — that ripped into Alberta Health Services (AHS) rebuking its betrayal of health care workers with a vaccine mandate and raising alarms about patient care — could result in her licence being yanked. 

She submitted it anyway — then posted it on her Facebook Page.

“They could take away my licence accusing me of spreading misinformation,” Johnson told Western Standard.

“Am I afraid to speak out? Yes. I’ve been attacked by some previous coworkers. I fear more what will happen to a country I love if I don’t speak out,” said Johnson, who worked as a casual RN since 2013 in five Alberta hospitals, the last being Grande Prairie’s Queen Elizabeth 11.

“It’s about the ethic of not only forcing the vaccine on all employees, but also the ethic of tolerating physicians forcing it on their patients. They claim equitable access for everyone, but that’s not happening. While AHS may not agree with it on paper, they’re tolerating it.”

A firestorm erupted over her letter to AHS officials. Johnson was praised for having courage to express widespread fears and frustrations. She triggered “outrage and backlash” from others who viewed her concerns as a personal affront and bullied her with “unfounded” accusations. 

Johnson refused to get into a “catfight” distracting from her intended message.

Johnson when she graduated nursing school

“I lay the blame solely at AHS’s feet. They’ve created a system that will damage patients. If you take out nurses and doctors who are against this — they’re going to leave, be kicked out — especially in the rural areas, it’s going to affect access to care.”

AHS employees, including frontline health care workers must get their second COVID-19 dose by October 16 or be placed on unpaid leave. Many refuse for religious or medical reasons

“I’m a person of faith and my faith affects every aspect of my life, but I’ve received many vaccines in my life.”

Johnson, who contracted COVID-19 in April, won’t get the COVID-19 vaccination and explicitly told AHS why she resigned.

“I cannot ethically work for a company that tells the public they’re facing an unprecedented crisis necessitating lockdown measures, while simultaneously threatening to place thousands of health care workers and doctors on unpaid leave of absence,” she wrote.

“We have all safely worked, unvaccinated, for the duration of this pandemic, but now we will all be prohibited from providing care to our province, simply because of our vaccination status. What blatant disregard for our work dedication, skill, and education.

“I am genuinely appalled at AHS’s incredibly hypocritical treatment of its employees and physicians. Therefore, I cannot and will not work for AHS so long as they mandate the COVID-19 vaccine to all their staff with such complete and utter disregard for personal choice, medical freedom, and informed consent.”

Being coerced under duress and threat of job loss violates patient autonomy, informed consent, and right to refuse.

She claims AHS moved away from patient-centred care, patient autonomy, and informed voluntary consent.

“Nursing has always been a way for me to help people make the best decisions possible for their own bodies and their own situations. We were taught over and over again in university to give our patients all the information, and support whatever decision THEY made,” she wrote.

“Many nights I have sat down on the edge of a patient’s bed, or on a chair on a dark room, and answered question after question that they didn’t have time to ask their doctor(s) during the morning rounds. Countless times I have countered false assumptions … and offered possible solutions to situations that simply had not been previously addressed for that person. We called in patient-centred care.”

“Now we can only say what one side of the issue believes. Now everyone is forced to have the SAME treatment, regardless of whether it endangers their life, is statistically useless to them, or could actually help them … That’s not what I signed up for,” she wrote.

Until now, sharing information has been required in the nursing profession.

“Imagine a health care system where new information is stifled if it doesn’t conform to previously held beliefs/information. Pretty stagnant at best. Deadly at worst,” she wrote.

“Now imagine that all professionals who have the courage to ask unpopular questions, and who are all curious enough to look at the other side of the coin, are all gone. Only those who agree with every AHS mandate are allowed to remain. Now you have totalitarian healthcare. Deadly at best. Genocidal at worst.”

Johnson claimed unvaccinated family members are being refused care and chastised AHS for it.

“I cannot ethically practice nursing for a company/government that has such disdain (for) patient autonomy,” she wrote.

“I cannot ethically work for a company/government which will refuse pacemaker surgery to a patient simply because of their vaccination status.

“I cannot ethically work for a company/government that tolerates obstetricians refusing care to pregnant mothers and their babies who choose to wait until after birth/breastfeeding to receive a vaccine that is NOT Category A in pregnancy,” she wrote.

Johnson, who comes from a medical family — her father is a physician — has volunteered on medical missions in Sierra, Leon, Congo, and Iraq.

“I’m concerned about the future of health care and where it will go if people aren’t willing to stand up and don’t recognize the ethical landslide that we are stepping in.”

An AHS director of patient care offered to meet.

“I’m considering a meeting. It’s good to tell people face-to-face what you believe.”

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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FILDEBRANDT: Alberta’s government lied about the death of young teen Nathanael Spitzer, and the media buried it

As much as I may take glee in sticking it to our mainstream competitors, I write this at the end of my regular workday genuinely depressed about the state of government communications and media.

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On October 8, Nathaneal Spitzer — just 14 years old — died.

The death of a promising child so young in this world is every parent’s nightmare. My heart — and that of every Albertan hearing the news — was broken.

On Tuesday, Alberta Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw reported that a 14-year-old had died in Alberta as a COVID-19 case, although there were “pre-existing conditions”.

As it turns out, Nathaneal didn’t die from COVID-19 at all. Those “pre-existing conditions” were in fact Stage 4 terminal brain cancer. He was on his deathbed in palliative care when he tested positive for COVID-19.

He died days later of brain cancer, but Alberta Health labeled his death a COVID-19 fatality, which Hinshaw reported to the media.

The media dutifully reported on the death, a case that showed COVID-19 doesn’t just kill the elderly and sick, but the young.

NDP Leader Rachel Notley took to Twitter to express her outrage the government would even mention “pre-existing conditions.” Better that his death be counted among those lost to COVID entirely. Better to lay his death at the feet of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

“Telling their loved ones that there were other health complications that contributed to their death offers no comfort whatsoever,” tweeted Notley.

“No matter what ‘pre-existing conditions’ they had, this child died during a fourth wave that was preventable. This shouldn’t have happened. We need to know what will be done to stop it from happening again.”

But Nathaneal’s death had nothing to do with the “fourth wave that was preventable.” In fact, his death was entirely due to what Notley called “other health complications.”

This is the morbid state of pandemic politics in 2021.

As of publishing, Notley has not apologized or removed her tweets.

Nathaneal’s sister Simone was devastated by the government and media falsely reporting her brother’s death as a COVID-19 case. She took to Facebook, to tell the truth about what happened.

“He died from Stage 4 brain cancer, not from covid. This is fake news,” she wrote.

“He was diagnosed in January 2021, and hospitalized in August. Two days before his death he was tested for covid and it turned out positive.”

This clarification came to the Western Standard’s attention not long after it was posted. Our reporters investigated and confirmed that Simone was in fact the sister of Nathaneal.

Western Standard correspondent Melanie Risdon published the story Wednesday afternoon.

And unless I’m mistaken, every single last mainstream, government-funded media outlet in Alberta ignored the family’s story entirely. The family — who might just know something about the fate of their lost loved one — were ignored. Their story didn’t fit with what was already in print and on the TV. Their story didn’t fit the narrative. Their story was best forgotten.

This was not an inconsequential story. This was not sensationalist click bait. This was not some Q’Anon conspiracy theory.

This was the Government of Alberta inflating the COVID-19 death statistics. This was mainstream media ignoring the facts from the family that contradicted the official government story, which had already been dutifully reported.

This did not come out of left field — we know there have been bogus government reporting on what constitutes COVID-19 deaths in many jurisdictions.

The Western Standard kept at this story. At our morning editorial meeting today, I instructed that this story remain our focus, and that we tell their story until someone listened.

By the afternoon, someone had. Hinshaw took to her podium to apologize for misidentifying Nathaneal’s death as a COVID fatality. She promised fatality numbers would be better classified for young people under 18 going forward. From now on, only actual COVID-19 deaths would be labeled COVID-19 deaths – for those under 18.

At last, the MSM could report on what really happened. Long after the Spitzer family publicly told the truth on social media for the world to see, the legacy media felt comfortable enough to report on the issue. It was now a part of the official story, as the government tells it.

As much as I may take glee in sticking it to our mainstream competitors, I write this at the end of my regular workday genuinely depressed about the state of government communications and media. Errors happen (we’ve made them.) Newsrooms can be short-staffed, and stories missed (we have.) But this was different. This was mass omission of a key and indispensable element of a story that everyone had already published when the information was there for all to see (we had already reported on it).

The only part of the story more important than government lying about a child’s cause of death, was that a child died before his time.

Our politicians need to stop playing football with life and death. Our media need to stop trusting everything they are told by the government, and the public needs to stop trusting everything they are told by the media.

Derek Fildebrandt is Publisher of the Western Standard
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