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BC non-profit suing provincial government over COVID measures

Volunteer-run organization takes legal action on Dr. Bonnie Henry

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Dr. Bonnie Henry

A British Columbia-based non-profit organization called the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Science in Public Policy (CSASPP) is attempting to counter BC’s COVID-19 related measures, which have been in place since March 18, 2020 when the BC government declared a state of emergency.

The self described non-profit, non-partisan, secular, and crowd funded organization filed a class action suit on January 26, 2021, and Dr. Bonnie Henry must personally submit to answering their questions while under oath.

According to CSASPP, their approach engages the very premise of an alleged emergency.

“Without an emergency, there can be no basis for extraordinary executive powers, including everything that required or benefited from one,” writes CSASPP in a recent flyer that has been circulating Vancouver.

“Our civil proceeding’s objectives are to obtain any available civil remedy for the maximum number of British Columbians that revert in whole or in part any COVID-19 related statute, ministerial order, regulation, or other executive, regulatory, or legislative measure; past extant, or proposed; that constrain any activity of any person inadequately supported by either science or law.”

On their Go Fund Me page, CSASPP describes how an astronomically low infection fatality ratio, testing kits producing false positives, the disappearance of the seasonal flu, and an overall lack of adequate evidential foundation are being increasingly questioned by legal scholars, small business owners, physicians, nurses, the scientists selling the tests, civil liberty advocacy groups, and many more.

“Since we filed, we’ve be overwhelmed with public support,” said Kip Warner, Executive Director of CSASPP, in an interview with the Western Standard.

“Millions of people worldwide are turning off corporate and government news sources as they rediscover the value of thinking for themselves. Consider that we didn’t even put out a news release, and yet awareness of our campaign went viral… no pun intended, shortly after we filed.

“We have received support from city councillors, medical doctors, biostatisticians, two former Canadian premiers (including Newfoundland’s Brian Peckford)… one of which helped draft the charter, distinguished members of the bar, concerned parents, government whistleblowers, a former deputy Prime Minister of Canada, a former federal opposition leader, and many others.

What we are seeing is our suit has become a template for a multitude of other jurisdictions both in Canada and internationally.

“Anyone interested can follow our progress directly on our website at www.covidconstitutionalchallengebc.ca. Besides keeping the general public apprised as things transpire, our website also provides various practical tools to help small businesses deal with their insurers and regulators, the two most pressing short term priorities for our stakeholders.”

British Columbia experienced 17,350 business closures in April of 2020; a more than 200% increase from 7,623 in 2019, according to statistics Canada.

“I have been following all the rules, whatever they have been imposing on us,” the owner and head chef of a popular Vancouver restaurant told the Western Standard. He asked to not be identified.

“We are allowed to seat four tables, and we’re making two, three, maybe four hundred dollars a day, and I pay 10,000 dollars in rent plus hydro, I don’t know how I am going to survive. They are not in our shoes. They get a big fat pay check which we are paying with our taxes just for them to pretend that they actually care about us.”

While the provincial government has indicated restrictions will be easing in the near future with their “Restart Plan,” many have grown skeptical of their words and will not forget what has been, as CSASPP says, “unjustifiably imposed on them.”

CSASPP, which has raised close to $40,000, confirms a judicial management conference has been scheduled for August 10, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. PST.

“As this matter is presently before the courts, we will not be commenting on the litigation or the plaintiff organization,” a spokesperson of the Ministry of Attorney General told the Western Standard.

“As set out in the Response to Civil Claim, the Province and the Provincial Health Officer deny the allegations made by the CSASPP and say that the orders made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are lawful and fully comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

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

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  1. James Dean

    June 7, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    still amazed to see how many people are complete morons.
    just looks at what “BARBARA” posted (pharmaceuticalfraud.com)
    idiots like that should move to the US, where they belong.

  2. Kelly Carter

    June 6, 2021 at 9:17 am

    GACTGN, I couldn’t agree more! I am a biochemist, and one of the things that has irritated me since the beginning is the basic biology of viruses has been ignored. When you understand basic virology, basic immunology, and basic proper PPE protocols it becomes obvious that the COVID restrictions do nothing to stop/slow spread and in many cases may contribute to increased spread.

    The other very disturbing trend is the use of computer models as “science”. Computer models are only a tool to be used with data not in replacement of data as is happening. Garbage in = garbage out!

    Lockdowns were an irresponsible method of trying to contain disease because they created much more collateral damage and harm than the actual disease itself. Individual responsibility for one’s own health is the only method that should have been used. The government should never have been in the business of “protecting” our health seeing as they have no knowledge of each person’s unique health requirements. In the mean time beneficial things like gyms were closed, and poor health choices like fast food got to remain open.

    The other BIG mistake was the singular focus on a vaccine. We should have been researching and implementing treatments as well as developing vaccine as well as letting people develop their own immunity.

    Logical responses such as the focused protection of known high risk groups as suggested by the great Barrington declaration (epidemiologists), Dr.s Modry and Hodgekinson, and David Redmend is the only thing that should have been done. Data already shows it would have been more successful with the least collateral damage.

  3. Mars Hill

    June 5, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    This french cat hits the proverbial nail on the head for CSASPP…and why they’ll win and multiple of other cases will follow at every level.
    https://drcharlieward.com/lockstep-senario-by-the-rockerfellas-how-to-bring-down-the-world-with-a-pandemic/

  4. gactgn@gmail.com

    June 5, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    All the government from all levels across this land need to be made accountable for the damage they have done to each and every citizen of Canada. It’s a tragedy what has been done. YES they have violated our rights and freedoms. Stupid is that stupid does that’s what all our politicians are.
    Covid 19 is a bad flu. Yes it kills people so does the seasonal flu every year and actually more than Covid 19 has but has never been reported. I know first hand as a Front line nurse.

    Main stream Media is the worse to promote the fear factor in people. Covid viruses are everywhere. You can not kill viruses they move on or mostly die off. Common sense has gone out the window with really bad leaders.

    Politicians should not be involved in anyone’s health this is personal thing & the only person who needs to know is your doctor. What ever happen to trust your people? We do not need politicians making health decisions for us. What ever happen to going to the people they elected the government but Like Left Coast said very well I shall add “when the citizens elect some of the stupidest amongst us to run their Province tyranny is what you get”. Plus add the Federal government to that one.

    Actually if you consult with the Centre of Justice in Alberta they do not work for the government. Independent body of great people fighting for right and freedoms. http://www.jccf.ca.Funded by people . You can check it out DR CMolloy.

  5. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    June 5, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    This will never happen in Alberta the lawyers all work for the gov.

  6. Baron Not Baron

    June 5, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Yes, please finance this action! it is the damn time and common sense that some lawyers get together and resolve this tyrannical debacle!

  7. Left Coast

    June 5, 2021 at 9:26 am

    “CSASPP describes how an astronomically low infection fatality ratio, testing kits producing false positives, the disappearance of the seasonal flu, and an overall lack of adequate evidential foundation are being increasingly questioned by legal scholars, small business owners, physicians, nurses, the scientists selling the tests, civil liberty advocacy groups, and many more.”

    Exactly what all the SANE People have been saying for over a Year . . .

    Fact-Free Dr. Bonney & the Horgan NDP Clown Show have done far more damage to British Columbia than the Wuhan Virus could EVER DO. Long past time these marxists were held to account. When the citizens elect some of the stupidest amongst us to run their Province tyranny is what you get.

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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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