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Committee demands answers to why Chinese scientists were fired, RCMP investigating

Iain Stewart, president of the PHA, has repeatedly invoked the Privacy Act in refusing to release uncensored records to the Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations.

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Frustrated MPs have cited the head of the Public Health Agency (PHA) for refusing to tell them why a husband-and-wife scientist duo was fired from a federal lab on January 20, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Iain Stewart, president of the PHA, repeatedly invoked the Privacy Act in refusing to release uncensored records to the Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations.

“Are you at all embarrassed?” asked Conservative MP Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.) Monday night.

“Just to clarify, the question is am I embarrassed? With all respect, no, I am not embarrassed,” replied Stewart.

Two Chinese scientists, Keding Chang and Xiangguo Qiu, in 2019 were suspended from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg and subsequently fired after their security clearance was revoked.

An RCMP investigation is underway.

“Dr. Qui and Dr. Chang were escorted out of the lab by the RCMP along with Chinese students on July 5 two years ago,” said Conservative MP Michael Chong (Wellington-Halton Hills, Ont.).

“In the months before they were escorted out, the Government of Canada replaced Dr. Qiu’s computer at the lab and denied her permission for trips she applied to take to China.

“We still don’t know why she was terminated. Dr. Qiu had made five trips to China in 2017 and 2018. She was invited to the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences twice a year for two years, for two weeks at a time. One of those trips was to train scientists and technicians at China’s new Level Four virology lab in Wuhan but we still don’t know why these two scientists were terminated.

“Here, like in China, the Government of Canada is blocking our investigation. The parallel between these two situations is appalling. We live in a parliamentary democracy.”

On March 31, the committee ordered the PHA to disclose the records, but management refused claiming a legal right to deny MPs’ access to the files.

“We do not recognize the power for Parliament to compel this,” testified Christian Roy, a Department of Justice lawyer.

“Lawyers are not always right and Department of Justice lawyers are particularly in my mind not always right,” said Liberal MP Robert Oliphant (Don Valley West, Ont.), parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs.

“We want the ability to find out what is in those documents.”

“We don’t know what’s going on,” said New Democrat MP Jack Harris (St. John’s East). Harris said MPs “should have some better knowledge” of why RCMP raided the Winnipeg lab.

“What is going on that is being kept from us?”

The committee last night voted to compel the PHA to release the records under threat of a House order.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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. Claudette Leece

    May 11, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Should go watch Paul Rand tear a strip out of Faucci over the US involvement in experiments , in the US like this very Wuhan lab did and provided money for it. Bet if we checked Trudeau has money in it too. By the way the CDC admitted less than a 0.0003% chance of transmission outside, another lie AB government is floating

  2. Andrew Pludek

    May 11, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Top Down clearing of all government mps/mlas mayors,polictical and establishment staffs who authorized anything to do with covid is required. This country is corrupt to the core.

  3. Left Coast

    May 11, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Is Ian Stewart on the Payroll of the CCP like our Justin & Media?

    No Chinese Nationals should be anywhere near a Virus Lab or any other facility in Canada doing sensitive work. This goes for our Universities as well.

    The CCP has been mining our Research, Patents & Technology for 30 years now . . . are we ever going to wise up?

  4. Steven Ruthven

    May 11, 2021 at 11:21 am

    11 May 2021
    It is civil servants like Iain Stewart, president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) who drive Canadians crazy.

    The Level 4 Lab located in Winnipeg Manitoba, is known to have shady dealings with Chinese biological labs. Where the COVID-19 pandemic started. We also know the RCMP escorted Chinese Nationals from the lab. One who our idiot Government gave the Order of Canada to.

    Mr. Stewart, answer the questions of the House of Commons or in my opinion get charged with Treason !!

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Penticton joins list of cities cancelling Canada Day celebtations

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

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The city of Penticton has become the second municipality in BC to cancel Canada Day festivites.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

“When we heard what happened in Kamloops and they found the 215 unmarked graves of those children, we thought it was appropriate to hold back and wait to see what the federal government was going to announce,” Mayor John Vassilaki told CBC.

The mayor reached out to Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, to ask how council could support the local First Nations community following the Kamloops discovery.

“The Chief also made a note that if we were to cool down the celebrations this year, it would be greatly appreciated by the Penticton Indian Band,” said Vassilaki. 

“And we wanted to show respect and reconciliation with what happened in Kamloops.”

St. Albert this weekend became the first city in Alberta to cancel celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

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

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St. Albert cancels Canada Day fireworks

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

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The city of St. Albert has become the first municipality in Alberta to cancel some Canada Day celebrations.

“In respect of our community members who have experienced and continue to experience the effects of intergenerational trauma due to the residential school system, the City of St. Albert will not be hosting its annual Canada Day fireworks display this year,” it said in a tweet.

Celebrating Canada Day has been called into question across the country after the discovery of the gravesites of 215 undocumented children at a Kamloops residential school.

The city of Victoria was the first out of the block when they cancelled their Canada Day programing last week.

“As First Nations mourn and in light of the challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Kamloops Residential School, Council has decided to take the time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in a media statement.

City council, who voted unanimously to change its plans for July 1, noted everyone will celebrate Canada Day in their own way.

“The City of Victoria aims to take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past,” says the City of Victoria in a release.

Helps also made headlines in 2018 when she had a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald – one of the central figures involved in bringing residential schools into Canada – removed from the front of Victoria City Hall.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between the 1860s and 1996, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Kamloops Industrial School (later known as the Kamloops Indian Residential School) was opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890 before growing into the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

While several Catholic bishops across Canada have apologized and requested the release of documents in response to the discovery in Kamloops, the Vatican has yet to issue an apology or release documents.

As for the Canadian government, 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files, were destroyed by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s government, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.

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

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BREAKING: Alberta to drop all COVID restrictions on Canada Day

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3 which was a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

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It’s all systems go for Alberta to launch into Stage 3 of its COVID-19 recovery plan.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday the province has reached the targets to launch Stage 3, which included a vaccination rate of 70.2% in the province.

He said Alberta will drop all COVID-19 regulations on July 1 and “our lives will get back to normal.”

That means:

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

“This is a great day for Alberta! Thanks to the diligence of Albertans and the decision of 2.7 million folks to get vaccinated, we are now just two weeks away from getting our lives back to normal,” said Kenney at a Friday press conference.

“This is an important milestone and a great achievement, but we will not stop here. We will keep administering first and second doses as quickly as possible so we’re not just open for summer, but open for good.”

Kenney said the general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

And the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton have said they may continue with their municipal mask bylaws.

“With more than 70% of eligible Albertans now vaccinated with a first dose and more receiving second doses every day, the end of this pandemic is near,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“Thank you to the Albertans who have rolled up their sleeves to get protected. For those who are still thinking about getting a shot, you have only one week to get your shot before we draw for $1 million and other great prizes.”

Anyone in Alberta aged 18 and over can still enter the first Open for Summer Lottery draw for a chance to win $1 million. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 24 and proof of vaccination will be required to claim the prize. The winner will be announced on July 1.

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

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