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BC details back to school plans and possible vaccine passports

“Near-normal” return to school expected for September.

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Children and parents across BC can plan for a “near-normal” return to school come September, says BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside.

This will include full-time learning in classrooms with students no longer placed into cohorts. Mask policies will be confirmed closer to the fall, they said.

The province will be spending $43.6 million to support “health and safety measures,” and of that amount, $25.6 million will be used to “enhance cleaning measures in schools, support the continuation of rapid response teams, and support indigenous students affected by the pandemic,” said Whiteside.

The money will also go towards improving mental health services and support for students and staff in response to “isolation stress and anxiety” due to lockdowns implemented by the same government.

Daily health checks will still be in place and students will be expected to stay home when they feel sick.

“With more than 50% of children aged 12 to 17 already receiving their first dose of vaccine and as those numbers continue to grow, we can plan for a much more typical school year starting in the fall,” said Whiteside.

Henry, who recently began swapping the word “vaccinated” with “immunized” – perhaps to remove the negative connotation associated with the word, as some suggest – is encouraging more young people to do just that.

“We want as many young people from 12-17 and young people in the school setting to be immunized as soon as possible,” said Henry.

“Both for their own protection so they can get back to a more normal existence and a more normal social life, but also to protect their family and communities as well.”

The message of BC’s provincial government has been repeatedly clear. More vaccinations, equals more “normal life” granted to British Columbian’s.

“It’s important to them (children) because they want to be part of keeping their families safe, but they also want to get their life back. So we do encourage all young people to be immunized. Now is the time to do it,” said Henry.

Asked about a potential vaccine passport program between BC and the federal government, Henry said: “In terms of a vaccine passport, that is something Canada is working on in concert with all of us.

“We do have an immunization registry where everybody’s dose is in there. Or two doses. We need to be able to access that in a safe way to have a vaccine passport if needed, and our expectation is that we’ll have that in place for international travel. So yes, we are working with the federal government about how they can develop a Canadian passport that is recognized internationally.”

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

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  1. Left Coast

    June 18, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    This clueless woman should have her Medical Licence stamped void . . . she has lied to the BC population for over a year. She has learned absolutely ZERO in the last 15 months . . . still spouting the same insane nonsense today.

    Under 18 should NEVER take the vaccine . . . it is far more dangerous to them than the Wuhan Flu . . .

    Millions of Canadians have had the Wuhan Flu and recovered . . . they have Antibodies far better than anything the Experimental Vaccine could produce according to several Experts.

    Why would any of the Vaccinated care who they were close too? Do they not believe the vaccine is going to work for them? Vaccine passports is the dumbest idea since Socialized Medicine . . . and quite anti-freedom.

  2. GonadTheRuffian

    June 18, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    If you want to see a daily update of the dead and injured from these experimental vaccines (many with pictures of the victims) go to Health Impact News.

  3. Left Coast

    June 18, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Vaccinating healthy children is Child Abuse . . .

    Your under 18 children have a near ZERO chance of dying from the Wuhan Virus . . . but,
    the chances of having complications from the Virus are NOT that Low!

    Just watched a situation the other day where a 17 yo high school athlete got the shot and developed blood clots and was admitted to the Hospital. His father who also got the shot developed numerous blood clots in his lungs and also went to hospital. 2 out of 3 in the same family? Mother was not affected . . .

    Only 1 child has died from the Virus in the entire USA who did not have co-morbidities.

  4. Left Coast

    June 18, 2021 at 8:31 am

    This is what our kids are wearing at school . . . where’s the Media ? ? ?

    The analysis detected the following 11 alarmingly dangerous pathogens on the masks:
    • Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia)
    • Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis)
    • Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis, sepsis)
    • Acanthamoeba polyphaga (keratitis and granulomatous amebic encephalitis)
    • Acinetobacter baumanni (pneumonia, blood stream infections, meningitis, UTIs— resistant to antibiotics)
    • Escherichia coli (food poisoning)
    • Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme disease)
    • Corynebacterium diphtheriae (diphtheria)
    • Legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires’ disease)
    • Staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 (severe infections—high morbidity rates)
    • Staphylococcus aureus (meningitis, sepsis)
    Half of the masks were contaminated with one or more strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with one or more strains of meningitis-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. In addition, less dangerous pathogens were identified, including pathogens that can cause fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, strep throat, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more.
    The face masks studied were new or freshly-laundered before wearing and had been worn for 5 to 8 hours, most during in-person schooling by children aged 6 through 11. One was worn by an adult. A t-shirt worn by one of the children at school and unworn masks were tested as controls. No pathogens were found on the controls. Proteins found on the t-shirt, for example, are not pathogenic to humans and are commonly found in hair, skin, and soil.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/scottmorefield/2021/06/15/a-group-of-parents-sent-their-kids-face-masks-to-a-lab-for-analysis-heres-what-they-found-n2591047?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=06/16/2021&bcid=06f72828d3d7c8530fcd6fe3531ac82d&recip=25588762

  5. Mars Hill

    June 18, 2021 at 12:10 am

    If the cabal loses the mask and the vaccine passport they’ve got nothing left but a hodge podge of nonsense to control the masses. Lawsuits and tribunals will be the order of the day for these folks.

  6. Josh

    June 17, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    @BERTA BABY

    I’m surprised that guy isn’t being targeted by AHS for cause vaccine hesitancy.

  7. berta baby

    June 17, 2021 at 5:15 pm

  8. j n

    June 17, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Canada is a third world country

  9. John Lankers

    June 17, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Josh, this is exactly what I have just discussed with my wife. The most effective immunity a human being can possibly have is the one naturally acquired and it usually lasts a lifetime. In the very early days of the pandemic it was estimated that ~50% already might already have this immunity.

  10. Josh

    June 17, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    I wonder how many people actually have natural immunity and dont know it.

    The Government is afraid to think about that question.

  11. K

    June 17, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Awesome, the f’ng nightmare continues. Witch from hell.

  12. Baron Not Baron

    June 17, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Siktir !!

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

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A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.


The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.


Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.


RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.


This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.


“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.


The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.


The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.


“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”

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BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

On Monday, the Surrey Board of Trade wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister of Canada Patty Hajdu, BC Premier John Horgan, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix urging them to “implement a proof-of-immunization model.”

“We support a centralized, Canada-wide approach to COVID-19 proof-of immunization that could be easily used to confirm vaccination status for international and domestic use,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The separation of lines – which was put in place as a federal policy – has since been removed following extensive public push-back.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

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

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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.

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Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.
mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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