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O’Toole moves to expel Sloan from Tory caucus over $131 donation from Paul Fromm

The $131 donation constitutes approximately 0.01 per cent of the $1.3 million Sloan raising during the Conservative leadership race. Sloan says that he did not know who Paul Fromm was.

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Federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is asking his MPs to expel Ontario MP Derek Sloan out of the Tory caucus after he accepted a $131 leadership donation from what he says is a “well-known” Canadian neo-Nazi.

“Derek Sloan’s acceptance of a donation from a well-known white supremacist is far worse than a gross error of judgment or failure of due diligence,” O’Toole said in a statement issued Monday evening.

“In accordance with the Reform Act, I have initiated the process to remove Mr. Sloan from the Conservative Party of Canada caucus. I expect this to be done as quickly as possible. Moreover, as leader of Canada’s Conservatives, I will not allow Mr. Sloan to run as a candidate for our party.”

O’Toole statement

The caucus will vote on whether or not to keep Sloan a member. That could come as early as Thursday as the Tories are set to hold a virtual retreat.

But late Monday, Sloan revealed the party itself has taken their cut of the donation.

In August of last year, while running for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Sloan accepted a $131 donation from Paul Fromm.

However, most candidates do not know who most of their smaller donors are.

The $131 donation constitutes approximately 0.01 per cent of the $1.3 million Sloan raising during the Conservative leadership race.

In a post to Twitter, Sloan said he had no idea where the donation came from.

“Today, at approximately 4 p.m. eastern time, I became aware of a Press Progress article that brought to light that Paul Fromm, a person with known connections to racist groups, donated $131 to my campaign,” tweeted Sloan.

“My campaign raised well over $1,300,000 and had over 13,000 separate donations. On any given day we had upwards of hundreds of different donations, and my team, which was run in many cases by volunteers, processed cheques and other things. At no time was I ever aware of this donation.

“Paul Fromm is a notorious name to some, but not to everyone, and clearly this name, mixed as it was in the midst of thousands of other donations, did not ring any bells to my team. Upon learning about what happened, I immediately contacted the Executive Director of the Conservative Party, Janet Dorey, and requested this donation be returned.”

Sloan tweet

Fromm is a founder of the Canadian Association for Free Expression and Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform, has appeared at far-right protests and has been the subject of police investigations.

In a later Monday tweet, Sloan lashed back at the Tory HQ, saying they took their cut of the Fromm donation.

“Guess who else took a donation from “Frederick P Fromm”? After conducting my own investigation, I realized @CPC_HQ took a 10% cut ($13.10) from the same donation I am now possibly being expelled from caucus over. It looks like they didn’t know who this individual was either?” tweeted Sloan.

Sloan, the MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, came in fourth place in the Tory leadership campaign.

He was eliminated after the first round of voting in the four-person race getting 27,278 votes, almost 16 per cent of the total.

There have been calls in the past to remove him from caucus over his comments on gay rights.

On Sunday, O’Toole had taken to Twitter to say there is no room for ‘far-right’ ideology in his party.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Charles Martell III

    January 19, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    I have so had it with O’Fool . . .
    was really pissed when he got Karahelios kicked out of the Leadership Race . . . because he stated the FACT that O’Fool’s exec. assistant had called for Sharia Law in Ontario a decade ago.

    Too bad O’Fool didn’t get this aggressive with the FAKE NEWS Media in Canada . . . instead of kissing their butts hoping they are going to be nice to him next election . . . they Won’t !

    Just another pawn of the Eastern Establishment that has been running this country into the Ditch for 50 years now . . .

  2. That's Dr. #SAND to you...

    January 19, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Statement from O’Toole: “I will be dropping my pants and presenting my hindquarters to the Canadian media to do with what they wish. We now consider this matter closed.”

    Meet the new boss, just as gutless and cowardly as the last boss.

  3. ABWayne

    January 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Erin O’Toole the SJW. Never would have thought. Phew! The MSM would have pinned you on this one.

  4. Allen

    January 19, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Someone actually has a spine and stands for the issues that no one else will, and they remove him after something as stupid as this? Disgusting. The CPC is even worse than the liberals, because the liberals aren’t lying about how radical they are. At least their stupidity is out on full display, while Fatty McFool alienates his base behind closed doors.

  5. Cytotoxic

    January 18, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Long overdue. His ongoing presence in the CPC makes a joke of the claim that the CPC is modern and inclusive. This guy should have been kicked out over his stupid comments about Theresa Tam implying she’s loyal to China or something. Any opposition to gay rights must not be tolerated either.

    This is like getting Al Capone for taxes. Wrong crime, right criminal.

    • David Elson

      January 18, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      Gay rights? How are gay rights any different than human rights?

      Do you pretend to know Dr. Tam too?

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 12:39 am

        Exactly.

      • warrenzoell

        January 19, 2021 at 1:11 am

        I have no idea what this guy is saying. It would seem that at some point I blocked him. Whoever he is. LOL!

    • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

      January 19, 2021 at 11:12 am

      So all the muslims are being kicked out of every political party in Canada because of their views on women and gay rights?

      Drink the media Koolaid.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 3:49 pm

        Muslim pols aren’t the ones fighting against gay rights in Canada. That might be the case in say Algeria. In this hemisphere it’s Christians and more irreligious homophobes.

      • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

        January 19, 2021 at 5:02 pm

        Who is fighting against gay rights in Canada?
        You dinosaurs should get out of the 1950s…..

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 5:09 pm

        Well there were all those jerks who threw a fit over gay marriage and adoption years ago. They were crushed it was pretty great.

      • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

        January 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm

        1956 was it?

      • Cytotoxic

        January 19, 2021 at 5:14 pm

        2006

      • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

        January 19, 2021 at 5:25 pm

        Wrong.

      • Cytotoxic

        January 20, 2021 at 6:01 pm

        No, I can recall discourse from that time. You can’t. Probably age-related neurodegeneration.

      • That's Dr. #SAND to you...

        January 20, 2021 at 6:31 pm

        WOW!
        You do remote health diagnoses!?

        You should check your history books again.
        You dinosaurs are living in the past.

  6. warrenzoell

    January 18, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Is Paul Fromm an actual NAZI “white suprematist? Or are they just calling him that?

  7. warrenzoell

    January 18, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    This Erin O’Toole is turning out to be a real piece of F***ing scumbag Garbage. I’m quickly going from disliking him to outright hating and detesting the pig bastard. He needs to be removed as leader of the CPC as soon as humanly possible. Disgusting prick.
    The real reason this socialist wants Sloan out of there is because he’s one of the only true conservatives left in that party. This is clearly a “find anything you can” focused attack by O’Toole on Sloan to get him removed. This really ticks me off.

  8. Warren Leigh

    January 18, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    What ever happened to the “big tent” conservative party? One MP receives one small donation 0.01 percent which he immediately returns after finding out where it’s from and he gets kicked out? Who else are they going to label as being “far right” and having no place in the party? Prolifers? Christians? This is why political parties need to end. Period. Full stop.

  9. Warren Leigh

    January 18, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Sloan should dump the CPC as I myself will most certainly be doing. Do they seriously expect volunteer campaign staff to do background checks on every nickel and dime donation that his campaign receives? O’Toole is just using this as a lame excuse; he’s probably been looking for any reason at all to kick out real conservatives like Sloan and Leslyn Lewis to keep them rivalling his leadership. This is even more ridiculous and petty than the tech tyrants banning Parler from their platforms in the wake of the Jan. 6 capitol hill riots. The CPC are just leftists dressed in blue. Every good MP among their ranks should dump them as fast we should all dump Paul Fromm, if he is indeed a racist neo-Nazi.

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BC healthcare worker says she’s still suffering adverse effects six months after COVID shot

The 39-year-old youth crisis worker is told she must get her second dose, despite having suffered adverse effects.

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Dawn Slykhuis, a 39-year-old youth crisis worker has been told she must get her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, despite still experiencing adverse effects following dose number one.

Slykhuis, who tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020, got her first shot in April 2021.

“I waited a full six months to make sure that I wasn’t going to have a reaction,” Slykhuis told the Western Standard.

“I got the dose on April 28, and then on May 18 I experienced acute sharp pain in my head, like someone was shooting lasers through my brain.”

Slykhuis said the pain lasted for about a week before settling into a more chronic dull pain, and so — fearing the possibility of cancer — she sought medical attention amid an unrelenting series of bad headaches coincided with a sporadically spiked heart rate.

“They expected nerve damage,” said Slykhuis, who began losing feeling in her left arm.

“It got so tingly yesterday I had to go for a CT. I’m waiting to see a neurologist on November 8.”

Dr. Steven Pelech, president and chief scientific officer at Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, and chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, has been voicing concern over potential health risks COVID-19 vaccines may impose — specifically myocarditis.

“Contrary to what a number of people have said, there is no such thing as ‘mild myocarditis,’” Pelech told the Western Standard in an August interview.

“It’s the destruction of the myocytes, the heart cells that contract. When those cells die, they are not replaced in your body and are instead replaced by scar-tissue, which is from fibroblasts — skin cells which don’t have contractile activity, so the remaining muscle cells have to get a little bigger in order to compensate.”

Dr. Charles Hoffe, a physician who practiced in Lytton, BC for over 20 years raised similar concerns to that of Pelech, and he reported patients suffering severe adverse neurological and cardiovascular effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is now clearly apparent with medical evidence from around the world, that the side-effect profiles of the various gene modification therapies against COVID-19, have been vastly understated by their manufacturers, who were eager to prove their safety,” wrote Hoffe in an open letter to BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Interior Health Authority (IHA) suspended Hoffe’s emergency room privileges and he is currently being investigated by IHA and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPBC) for promoting “vaccine hesitancy.”

Hoffe is represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).

Several European countries suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine for people under the age of 30, citing heart inflammation as well as inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.

Iceland has halted the Moderna vaccine for all ages.

“I am a healthy 39-year-old that’s never had nerve damage and all of a sudden I have chronic head pain, nerve damage, and I’m experiencing cognitive deficits as well, which is really hard to talk about because now I want to cry,” said Slykhuis.

“I’m like an old lady seeing my brain slip away. Making errors, dropping things. It’s pretty scary, well, it’s terrifying… to be experiencing these symptoms and still be forced to get another dose to keep my job in healthcare.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
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It’s down to the wire for AHS employees as deadline looms for vaccine mandates

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”

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Tomorrow is deadline day for AHS workers.

The deadline of October 31 for Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) vaccine mandate is just over two weeks away when all employees and contracted healthcare providers will have to be fully immunized.

The AHS policy was released on August 31 and stated, “the latest an employee could receive their second dose to be in compliance with the new policy is October 16, 2021, which allows for the two weeks that must pass to be considered fully immunized.”

The Western Standard has heard from a number of lawyers representing thousands of clients on many fronts who are looking for legal support in pushing back against these workplace and post-secondary institution vaccine mandates.

One of those lawyers, Jeffrey Rath, of Rath & Company, was recently retained by MyAPSChoice, a group consisting of over 4,000 public service and government employees.

Based on a number of legal claims including violations of constitutional rights and freedoms, employment laws, human rights laws and breaches to the Freedom of Information Act, Rath has been advising his clients to not cooperate with the mandates.

Rath has also released a “generalized open letter” for anyone to use in any workplace or post-secondary institution where a worker or student is facing a mandate to be vaccinated “against their will.”

The letter states: “It is my legal opinion that any policy that vitiates the consent of an employee (including staff, students, volunteers, contractors, and other persons acting on their behalf) by threatening to either terminate or suspend them in order to coerce the employee into being vaccinated is a violation of Canadian Law.”

The letter goes on to cite laws protecting one’s medical privacy and highlights courses of action available including exemptions.

Rath also advises that people do not reply electronically or provide their consent for access to their private medical information and that demands for proof of vaccination be responded to in writing via regular or registered mail.

Page six of the document includes a legal letter that can be used by anyone wishing to claim a legal exemption based on “the illegality of the policy under section 7 of the Charter (of rights and freedoms).”

“This is my generalized legal opinion without reference to any one individual personal circumstance,” said Rath advising that people are welcome to email him if they have more specific circumstances that may require legal assistance or if they are interested in registering as a class-action litigant.

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”

“This is an extraordinary but necessary measure to help protect our vital frontline healthcare teams and help us maintain a safe environment for all patients and clients” said Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of Alberta Health Services.

An AHS official told the Western Standard that “AHS employee requests for accommodation will be reviewed by an Accommodations Adjudication Panel” which includes members from Human Resources, Employee Relations, WHS, Ability Management, and Organizational Ethics.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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WS EXCLUSIVE POLL: Vast majority of Albertans will vote in Senate election

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Near seven out of every 10 Albertans are prepared to mark their ballots in the provincial Senate elections on Monday, according to a new poll done exclusively for the Western Standard.

The Mainstreet Research polls show 67% of Albertans said they would vote in the race to elect three senators-in-waiting.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Only 16% of Albertans said they would not participate in the election while another 17% were still not sure whether they would vote at all.

The polling shows a Conservative slate of candidates are currently in the lead, garnering the support of 30% of those surveyed.

Independent candidates are sitting at 17%, People’s Party of Canada candidates at 13% and 28% are still making up their minds.

A total of 12% said they would vote for a combination of candidates.

For those who intend to vote for the UCP in the next election, 75% said they would be voting for the Conservative candidates. For NDP supporters, 37% said they would vote for Independent candidates.

Courtesy Mainstreet research

PPC candidates were the favorite choice of 43% of those aiming to vote for the Wildrose Independence Party.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said while he “expects a slate of Conservatives to be elected” he “was surprised at the number of people who were going to select a mix.”

A full list of the candidates can be found on the Elections Alberta website here.

The analysis in this report is based on results of a survey conducted on October 12-13, 2021, among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample. Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding.

Tomorrow: The Western Standard‘s exclusive poll on party support in Alberta.

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