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Dr J opposes lockdowns, teenage COVID vaccinations, misused PCR tests

Last October, Stanford University professor Jay Bhattacharya and two other PhD epidemiologists penned the Great Barrington Declaration. It called on policy makers to avoid lockdowns in response to the pandemic and rely on herd immunity, vaccines, and protection of the vulnerable instead.

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A key witness in a constitutional challenge against COVID-19 measures in Manitoba says Canadian provinces should end lockdowns, change how they run PCR tests, and avoid vaccinating teenagers.

Last October, Stanford University professor Jay Bhattacharya and two other PhD epidemiologists penned the Great Barrington Declaration. It called on policy makers to avoid lockdowns in response to the pandemic and rely on herd immunity, vaccines, and protection of the vulnerable instead.

“Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health… leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden,” the authors wrote.

“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.”

“I don’t know why governments don’t want to make decisions based on the evidence I and others like me have put forward…There are tens of thousands of doctors who see this the way that I do,” Bhattacharya said in an interview with the Western Standard, adding most countries have adopted the plans.

The professor believes governments make bad decisions based on bad evidence. He said PCR tests for COVID are usually run at too many cycles, resulting in false positives which inflate numbers.

“The CDC recommends 28 cycles if people have received the vaccine because they believe at that level of viral load people will not transmit the virus if they have been vaccinated. Their recommended level for those who have not been vaccinated is higher for reasons that I do not think make sense,” Bhattacharya said.

In a constitutional challenge against Manitoba’s lockdown measures, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) cross-examined Dr. Jared Bullard, Chief Microbiologist and Laboratory Specialist at the Cadham Provincial Laboratory in Winnipeg.

According to a JCCF press release, Bullard said the most accurate way to determine if a person was infectious was to try to grow a cell culture from a patient sample. If the cell culture could not grow, the person was probably not infectious.

Bullard’s own studies showed that among those tested COVID-19-positive from a PCR test run at 18 cycles, only 44% could actually have a cell culture grown in a lab, leaving 56% non-infectious. Not once could Bullard’s team grow a cell culture when more than 25 cycles were required to get a positive result.

study published in the Journal of Clinical Virology last June found that Canadian labs use 30 to 45 cycles for SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) PCR tests. Bullard’s own lab uses 36.5.

“If you need to run PCR tests at 40 or more cycles for the viral load to register in the test, they do not have enough of the virus to be contagious,” Bhattacharya said.

The professor said the threat of losing one’s job has silenced many from objecting to the governments’ prevailing approach.

“I have received many, many, many letters from experts who say they agree with me but they are too afraid to speak out…I have the benefit of being a tenured professor, though people tried to get me fired as well.”

The COVID-19 vaccine webpage of the Alberta government says: “Every Albertan who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated…It is much safer and more effective to get immunized than it is to get infected.”

Bhattacharya says that is not true for the young.

“I don’t think children should be given the vaccine because on net it does not benefit them. Their risk of side effects is very small. In the trials, roughly 5 in 1000 children 12 to 15 years old had a serious adverse event. However, the risk of a child dying from COVID infection is much less than 1 in 1000. With teenagers, the risk is a bit more, but not substantially so. 

“If they or parents feel less afraid by having them get the vaccine, I would not argue against it, but really you are picking one very low risk vs another very low risk, with the balance favoring not vaccinating children.”

The Saskatchewan government aims for vaccines to be made available to everyone aged 12 and up by July 31.

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

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  1. Dennis Richter

    May 25, 2021 at 7:09 am

    Nobody, not government, not doctors not media (including independent media by the way) will even talk about Ivermectin or similar drugs for the prevention and treatment of this virus. My family doctor as much as threw me out of his office saying he could loose his job when I asked him about it.

  2. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    May 24, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    left coast; boy you sure have covered the story well.These thoughts are in everyones head who have rational thoughts.The false positives are the best kept secret I guess the regular media is too busy picking up the gov cheques to mention the issue. Tallie hoe CBC and CTV your days are numbered,

  3. Barbara

    May 24, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Chris Sky coming to edmonton May 26 share

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26nmf7kGEKQ

  4. Left Coast

    May 24, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Dr. Bhattacharya and others have been saying this for well over a YEAR now . . . where are our Politicians, our family Doctors & our so-called Provincial & Federal Health Experts?

    They have not only failed the Canadian population, they have likely caused the deaths of 1000s with their blatant incompetence.

    Why did these folks not use a prophylaxis (action taken to prevent disease) . . . instead Cdn Health offials were silent . . . and you waited till you were so sick you had to go to the Hospital. This was insane . . . and likely cost many lives!

    India handled it different . . .
    All adults in Goa will be given Ivermectin, irrespective of their vaccination status, to prevent complications arising out of Covid-19 infection.
    “People will be given Ivermectin 12mg for a period of five days. Expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan, found a large, statistically significant reduction in mortality, recovery time, and viral clearance.

    Just three weeks after adding Ivermectin, Delhi now leads India out of the deadly second surge of the COVID pandemic. Cases that had peaked at 28,395 on April 20 plummeted nearly 80% to just 6,430 on May 15. Deaths peaked May 4, and now they are also down 25%.

    India has success . . . Canada One Big FAIL ! ! !

    Would you use a product that works 44% of the time . . . the PCR test has been used to create Panic and Fake “Cases”.

    Another Drug that had up to an 80% success rate, was cheap and readily available is HCQ, which of course was demonized because Trump said it would likely help. The insane Media & CDC saw to that . . . but the fact that all Malaria countries that use this drug regularly had few Wuhan Flu cases.

  5. Josh

    May 23, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Wow that’s a lot of false positives.

  6. Rob Miller

    May 23, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Great info, thanks for sharing “The Rest of the Story”.

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Chu wants meeting with Gondek ‘to tell the truth’

Mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek told a city hall press conference she will not swear Chu in, when council meets for the first time on Monday.

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Embattled Calgary Ward 4 Coun. Sean Chu wants to sit down with incoming mayor Jyoti Gondek to plead his case about a sexual incident 24 years ago.

Gondek said Thursday she will refuse to swear in Chu during the first council meeting on Monday.

“I want her to hear the whole truth. I will provide that to her,” Chu told reporters at a press conference.

Chu also offered to sit down with other incoming council members — most of whom are calling for him resign — to explain his side of the story.

“I always work with anybody but they have only heard media reports … some of which has been untruthful,” said Chu.

“I will sit down in private with them and answer any question they have.”

He added he thought it would be a judge who does the swearing-in.

“I was duly elected by the people of Ward 4. I told the truth,” he said, adding was surprised at the amount of support he has received from Ward 4 voters in e-mails and letters.

Chu said this would be his last election as he was a proponent of term limits for councillors at three terms.

“The Sean Chu situation continues to get more disturbing,” Gondek said prior to the press conference.

“This is a travesty for the young woman that was courageous enough to come forward … she needs to have this taken seriously, and he needs to resign in order for that to happen.

“[Chu] can absolutely show up. He won’t be sworn in by me.”

In his only interview so far, Chu had told the Western Standard on Tuesday he had no intention of resigning, but did apologize to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

Since then, pressure has mounted with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Gondek, most of the incoming council, and even local Conservative MPs all saying Chu should resign.

At the press conference, Chu apologized to the woman who was involved in the original incident and his family.

“My daughter is crying a lot. My children are going through a lot,” Chu said, asking for his family’s privacy.

“I’ve had CTV camping out at my house.”

Chu confirmed other details he told the Western Standard during the exclusive interview on Tuesday.

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu, then a serving Calgary Police Services officer, said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Chu “categorically” denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

He said at the home, the two had consensual foreplay before she asked to go home.

Chu also addressed a 2008 fight with his wife that ended with police responding and seizing a firearm.

The incident happened in February 2008, when Chu was running in a provincial election for the Progressive Conservatives in Calgary-Buffalo.

He said his wife ran to a neighbour’s after a verbal argument. Chu said his now ex-wife never intended to call police, but the neighbour did.

After consultation with the Edmonton Crown, no charges were laid.

“This was at the lowest point of my life,” Chu said, adding he sought mental health help after it.

“I have never threatened or harmed my wife or children.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

During the investigation, Chu underwent a lengthy lie detector test asking him questions about consent and if a weapon was used. Chu said he passed all the tests.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling,” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who hasn’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

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

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WATCH: Vancouver restaurant served closure order for non-compliance with ‘Public Health Act’

“The operator is intentionally allowing the congregation of unvaccinated individuals at the establishment,” wrote the closure order.

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Another BC restaurant has been ordered to close its doors in the name of public health.

“I’m a mother of four,” restaurant owner Rebecca Matthews pleaded with health officials and police.

Corduroy Restaurant — nestled in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood — has been offering service to customers without checking their vaccination status against COVID-19.

Under the BC Vaccine Card, people are required to show proof-of-vaccination against COVID-19 in order to access a variety of settings, such as dining.

In response to Corduroy having potentially committed the crime of serving unvaccinated customers, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) sent environmental health officer Ryan Hammel — accompanied by Vancouver police — bearing a closure order for non-compliance on Wednesday.

“The operator is intentionally allowing the congregation of unvaccinated individuals at the establishment,” wrote the order, whilst listing off several more “health hazards,” such as “failing to comply with the Face Coverings Order.”

The closure order — signed by VCH medical officer, Dr. Michael Schwandt — says the establishment must remain closed until authorized by a medical officer.

Matthews told the Western Standard health officials showed up at her restaurant on Tuesday morning to “investigate some complaints.”

On Wednesday, Hammel served the closure order.

WATCH: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVQ1f8nhN2m/

“They wouldn’t even discuss anything with me,” said Matthews.

“We reduced our hours, we started doing counter service … these are all things that are — according to the provincial health orders — considered safe.”

Matthews said she’s looking into the closure order to determine how best to proceed.

“I have a family, but at the same time we still want to create a space for people that don’t have anywhere else to go … so we’re just trying to navigate the next steps in the best way for everybody, including my family. Our plan is not to just go away,” she said.

Wednesday is not the first time Corduroy has taken a hit for defying provincial health orders, as its license was suspended six months ago for offering in-person dining, when no such thing was permitted.

During a September 20 staff forum, the Chief Medical Health Officer of VCH, Dr. Patricia Daly, said vaccine passports in settings such as Corduroy’s are not intended to prevent transmission.

“The vaccine passport requires certain people to be vaccinated to do certain discretionary activities such as go to restaurants, movies, gyms … not because these places are high risk,” said Daly.

“We’re not actually seeing COVID transmission in these settings, it’s really to create an incentive to improve our vaccination coverage.”

A Go Fund Me has been set up for Matthew’s by a verified third party to cover legal fees so Corduroy can “continue to stand up for the rights of their patrons, their medical privacy and choice.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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Gondek appoints controversial Carter as chief of staff

He received $130,000 in severance for his six months as chief of staff for Alison Redford.

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Incoming Calgary mayor Jyoti Gondek has appointed Stephen Carter, formerly Premier Alison Redford’s chief of staff and Naheed Nenshi campaign manager, as her own chief of staff.

Carter masterminded Gondek’s campaign and saw her come from well back in early election polls to an eventual easy victory over rival Jeromy Farkas.

Carter in February also threatened to sue the Western Standard when it published a story about a former Calgary city councillor filing an official complaint with Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer alleging Gondek used third-party funds to pay for a city-wide brochure mail-drop.

Almost immediately after publishing, Carter threatened Western Standard News Editor Dave Naylor with a lawsuit. He tweeted:

“That was quick: Ok. You will be getting a letter from our lawyer shortly. Straight to Jono? Does he defend you as well?”

We told Carter that any further correspondence should be directed to our lawyers. 

He then took to Twitter to brag about his impending lawsuit to shut the Western Standard up. 

Carter never followed through on his threats.

Carter was once famously referred to as “Chief of Stiff” by the Calgary Sun after he become embroiled in a scandal where he didn’t pay his bills.

The Sun reported a company owned by Carter, Carter McRae Events, “owes more than $600,000, most of it to the University of Calgary, and hasn’t coughed up a cent in court-ordered judgments.”

He resigned from Redford’s staff and received $130,000 in severance for his six months work.

Stephen Carter (photo credit: Calgary Sun)

“If that’s the full amount, that’s still pretty eye-popping,” said Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith at the time.

“A six-figure severance for six months worth of work? An employee who voluntarily leaves should not get severance at all. This certainly doesn’t happen in the private sector.”

Carter, who had been Redford’s strategist in the 2011 Tory leadership race, became her chief of staff when she took office in October of that year.

He was also the mastermind behind Nenshi’s unexpected election victory 11 years ago.

Gondek also announced Amie Blanchette as deputy chief of staff, Catherine Seymour as operations manager and Allison Bates as communications advisor.

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