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Modry fires off another missive to Kenney over COVID lockdown

“Premier, you and you alone can end the current destructive course, and in the process affirm yourself as a true leader in this time of crisis,” Modry wrote.

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It looks like they are going to agree to disagree.

Dr. Dennis Modry has penned another letter to Premier Jason Kenney in a continuing battle of correspondence over COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

Modry, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACCP, FACS is one of Alberta’s top heart surgeons – who performed the province’s first heart transplant in 1985 – and gained world-wide attention in December after the Western Standard published his open letter to Kenney – a man whom he considers a long-time friend.

Kenney finally replied March 17 and said Modry’s arguments contained incomplete data.

Modry’s response also includes the latest health study and and scientific research into COVID-19.

“I accept your apology for your delay in responding, but not all Albertans accept your rationale for lockdowns given the evidence that refutes the necessity,” Modry wrote in response that contained a paragraph by paragraph critique of the premier’s answers.

“While we are both interested in the health and well-being of all Albertans, as your response implies, the purpose of my Dec 11, 2020 letter to you was to give you an off ramp from using lockdowns to contain COVID-19 based on new evidence. 

“I am acutely aware that many in your caucus have been and still are advocating to hear an alternate narrative from professionals who disagree with your ‘Dr. Hinshaw-led Covid experts panel’ who convinced you to accept “conventional”, but misguided thinking on how to manage the ‘Covid ‘flu’.”

Modry accused Kenney of never questioning the veracity of the “lockdown dogma” and ignoring contrary evidence from doctors and scientists around the world.

“Conventional thinking, Premier, is not always correct,” said Modry.

“It is not too late for caucus to hear from another multidisciplinary panel, and for you to change course, regardless of the damage already done by lockdowns.”   

Modry again accused Kenney of using incorrectly data when he warned the pandemic.

“Where you failed, and continue to fail, is by applying restrictions across the board to all Albertans, which has caused vastly more physical and economic harm than the Covid ‘flu ever could,” said Modry.

“How can you support taking asymptomatic people off flights to Alberta and putting them in “hotel jail”, especially since there is irrefutable evidence that there is trivial to no risk of asymptomatic individuals transmitting COVID-19?  There is no logic to these usurpations of people’s civil rights.”

Modry also disputes Kenney claims on job losses and business closures, saying they are much higher that the premier claims.

“You have set yourself, Dr. Hinshaw, the AHS, and your government up for class action lawsuits by all of those families who have lost loved ones, those whose conditions have deteriorated beyond curative medical intervention, those who have permanently lost quality of life, as well as the thousands of patients who could not access diagnostic studies, who will find that their illness is beyond life-saving curative treatment.

“At present, the average age of death in Alberta from all causes (excluding COVID-19) is  82 years, and the average age of death from COVID-19 is 82 years.  In other words, COVID-19 has not negatively impacted overall average survival in Alberta, further questioning the rationale of pan-lockdown measures. 

“Permit the rest of the Alberta population to function unfettered by lockdowns, for which there is now considerable evidence to be a more effective strategy to minimize deaths, disability, despair, and economic devastation.  And if you are really concerned about overwhelming the healthcare system, invest in another 100 or more ICU beds and show Albertans that you meant it when you said that “lockdowns were a mistake last Spring”, for which you apologized. Albertans need to be reassured, not locked down.”

Modry also reiterate a demand that Kenney hold a public debate on the issue. Modry was part of a group of esteemed military and medical experts who on Tuesday challenged Kenney to a debate.

Kenney’s office hasn’t responded to a request for comment from the Western Standard.

“In conclusion, I would like to make an overture to you and your caucus.  Given your willingness to challenge Dr. Tam’s modelling, I and other interested professionals would very much like to present the case to end lockdowns.  At the very least, our presentation to you and Caucus privately or in a public forum, followed by a Q & A will give you an entirely different perspective than what you all have incorrectly assumed to be definitively factual. Your willingness to engage in a productive dialogue will demonstrate to the public that you do listen to opposing evidentiary facts with an open mind.

“Premier, you and you alone can end the current destructive course, and in the process affirm yourself as a true leader in this time of crisis,” Modry wrote.

You can read Modry’s first letter to Kenney HERE.

You can read Kenney’s letter to Modry HERE.

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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Senior Alberta doctors faces job loss for refusing vaccine

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.

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Dr. Eric Payne says he supports vaccinations and he and his family are all caught up on their yearly flu shots — but he is declining the COVID-19 vaccines, believing them to not yet be fully tested.

The decision could cost Payne his job, as AHS threatens to put him on “unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance.”

Payne is a doctor in the Pediatric Neurocritical Care & Epilepsy department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital along with being an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology at the University of Calgary.

Payne wrote a 19-page letter to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) on September 14 detailing his position and protesting the possible loss of his job.

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.

“I am also a father of three young children and remain very much pro-vaccine. While I refuse to take this novel experimental mRNA therapy, my wife, children, and I are completely vaccinated, including yearly flu shots. This is not a contradictory stance as these current mRNA vaccines represent a dramatic departure from using, for instance, live attenuated viruses. Rather, they represent a completely novel and experimental therapy with no long-term data.” 

AHS President Dr. Verna Yiu issued a mandatory vaccine order to all staff, physicians and volunteers, and stated workers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, by Oct.31, 2021.

“I am now faced with the impending possibility of an unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance. I am so disappointed by this extreme AHS coercion and truly hope that the CPSA will steer clear of mandating this as a condition of my license,” Payne wrote, adding that would violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“The Alberta provincial government is presently circumventing these rights with Bill 10 — the public health emergency powers amendment act. These forced experimental mRNA vaccine mandates also directly violate the internationally accepted Nuremberg code, which was developed in 1947 to protect patients from medical experimentation.

“It is because I am informed, that I do not voluntarily consent to these injections.”

Payne argued that even with a 100% vaccination rate, COVID-19 would not be completely eradicated.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, shared evidence and publicly acknowledged that we cannot eradicate COVID-19 and are rather transitioning from a COVID-19 pandemic to endemic,” Payne said, adding smallpox is the only human virus successfully eradicated through vaccination.

Payne told the college the pandemic has been especially hard on children, having to endure lockdown after lockdown.

“I have seen more devastating neurologic conversion disorders and psychiatric disease — including several heart-breaking teenage suicide attempts — than I have my entire career.  In contrast, I have not encountered a single child with neurological sequelae from COVID-19 itself,” he wrote.

“While I grew to respect and trust long-standing health organizations like the (World Health Organization) and (Centres for Disease Control), financial and political interests have crippled their independence, and during this pandemic, they have egregiously misrepresented facts and helped to censor scientific experts worldwide. 

“These organizations that inform Canada health policy are completely compromised by vaccine and big pharma interest money.”

In an interview Monday, Payne told the Western Standard he will keep his position even if it means he gets fired.

He said the mandating of the vaccine was his main concern and he didn’t expect the letter to be made public. Payne said he hasn’t heard anything back from the college.

“I have a seven-year-old, and fairly soon a vaccine mandate may come down for them — there’s no reason, they’re not at risk,” Payne said, adding research has should to vaccinate a person who has already had COVID-19 may cause them additional damage.”

“It would be nice to have a real conversation about the facts.”

Payne said he expects parents to finally push bach when it comes to forced vaccination and “I’m going to keep talking.”

Payne said some “absolute lies” and “100% censorship” have been used in various COVID-19 arguments.

The issue has been growing in Canada since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was making vaccinations mandatory in the federal public service.

Since then airlines, governments, sports stadiums and private businesses have all made vaccines mandatory for their staff.

Protests against mandatory vaccinations have happened weekly across the country.

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

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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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