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‘Sickening’ Liberal government refusing to hand over millions of pandemic docs

The Commons health committee was told Thursday the cabinet just stopped handing over the records, despite the expiry of a December 7 deadline to do so.




The Liberal government is still refusing to release “millions of pages” of documents on COVID-19 pandemic mismanagement despite a House of Commons order, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Commons health committee was told Thursday the cabinet just stopped handing over the records, despite the expiry of a December 7 deadline to produce them.

“Enough of this masquerade,” said Conservative MP Chris d’Entremont (West Nova, N.S.).

“I’ve had enough.

“The government does not want to release these documents. They are hell-bent in trying to hide it. Why?

“It sickens me. It sickens me to see the total disregard.”

MPs last October 26 ordered public disclosure of records detailing lack of preparedness at the Public Health Agency and favoritism in contracting.

“The documents requested by the committee on health’s study constitute millions of pages,” Ian Shugart, then-Clerk of the Privy Council, testified last November 24.

“I don’t have the exact number, but it’s a lot. So many public servants have to do it.”

Law Clerk Philippe Dufresne, parliamentary counsel, said only a fraction of records have been disclosed to date. and none have been delivered since April.

“How many documents have been delivered to your office of those millions of documents?” asked New Democrat MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway):

  • Clerk Dufresne: “We received 8,500 documents…”
  • MP Davies: “Less than one percent of the documents ordered in seven months. At this rate it will take some 700 months or 58 years for the Liberals to comply with the order…”
  • Clerk Dufresne: “The government in my view did not have the unilateral right to make those determinations.”

“Obviously the government did not comply with the House order,” said Davies.

“That is impossible to deny.”

MPs considered a motion of censure, but noted the Commons adjourned Wednesday for a three-month recess, with the House not scheduled to return until September 20 and a general election expected this fall.

The fraction of records released to date revealed cabinet knowingly shipped date-expired medical goods to provinces and concealed the fact millions of masks and other pandemic supplies were thrown away prior to COVID-19.

Records also disclosed a bankrupt Ottawa company received a $149 million contract after “good meetings” in the Prime Minister’s Office, and a Liberal lobbyist emailed cabinet seeking a contract for his son.

Another Liberal lobbyist won a $118 million contract for a client after boasting of “getting things done,” a former Liberal aide and ex-Liberal riding president lobbied for millions in contracts, and a former Liberal MP’s firm won a $237-million contract with cash advances for ventilators before the devices were approved by the Department of Health.

Conservative MP Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris, Man.) said the Commons has “been trying to get to the bottom” of pandemic management for more than a year.

“We’ve still got a government that has some 900,000 pages of information that we haven’t received,” said Maguire.

“Contempt. I don’t know what other word to use.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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. Bryan

    June 26, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Nothing to see here, folks. Just move along. True-dope is just following the orders of his boss, Xi Jinping.

  2. Mars Hill

    June 25, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Maybe the Canadian military with the help of the the American military and the police and justices across the country who will stand down when martial law is enacted will fix this mess. Just sayin…

  3. Steven Ruthven

    June 25, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Like SNC-L where Trudeau obstructed justice & tried to manipulate the Justice Minister. Here we go again. Cabinet privilege should not prevail when criminal conduct at the PMO level is detected needing investigation.

    There is to much power in the hands of a corrupt Prime Minister to cover his butt. The PM appoints the RCMP Commissioner; do you see how that looks to ordinary Canadians? Corruption pure evil corruption. Trudeau, in any other top level job doing what he is doing in government. Would be arrested and in handcuffs.

    The Federation not benefitting Canadians at all.

  4. K

    June 25, 2021 at 9:56 am

    We love in an evil, evil country. Take note Canadians.

  5. berta baby

    June 25, 2021 at 9:43 am

    gross… and the courts still abuse the charter and violate the peoples rights based on the governments dictate …

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Vaccine passports now mandatory in Alberta

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.




The Alberta government’s new vaccine mandates for businesses, entities and events are in effect.

Each organization must follow one of two options: implement the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, or comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Order 42-2021.

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.

The REP allows operators to avoid the majority of public health restrictions with the implementation of a proof of vaccination program, although vaccine requirements for staff are at the employer’s discretion. Face mask mandates are still required in all indoor spaces.

The program doesn’t apply to those under 12 years of age and businesses that need to be accessed by the public for daily living purposes, including all retail locations. As well, employees, contractors, repair or delivery workers, volunteers or inspectors will be permitted access to spaces without requiring a vaccine passport.

To enter spaces participating in the REP, adults need to provide valid photo identification that matches their paper or digital vaccine record showing name, vaccine type and date of administration. From now until October 25, proof of partial vaccination (one dose) will suffice, however after that date, proof of full vaccination (two doses) will be required. Those under 12 will only need to show vaccination paperwork.

Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities that don’t implement the REP will be limited to one-third capacity of their fire code occupancy and attendees must be in household cohorts or with up to two close contacts if they live alone.

Outdoor events and facilities have no capacity restrictions, but attendees must maintain a two-metre distancing between households.  

Restaurants that don’t follow the REP cannot offer indoor dining, and outdoor dining will be limited to six people per table from one household, and liquor sales will have to end by 10 p.m. with consumption cut off by 11 p.m.

Retail, shopping malls and food courts aren’t eligible for the REP, therefore will be reduced to one-third capacity of fire code occupancy and are required to stop all in-person dining, switching to take out only.

Indoor private social gatherings will be permitted for those that are vaccinated to a maximum of two households up to 10 (vaccine eligible) vaccinated people. There are no restrictions for children under 12. For those who are unvaccinated, indoor social gatherings are not permitted.

Private outdoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 200 people who are socially distanced.  

Churches will be limited to one-third of fire code capacity and masks and social distancing are still mandatory in places of worship.

Employees are mandated to work from home unless their physical presence is required for their duties.

Proof of vaccination will not be required to enter a polling place for Monday’s federal election although physical distancing, masking and other transmission reducing measures will be in place.

For more information on the Restriction Exemption Program, click here.   

Risdon is a reporter at the Western Standard

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Hockey arena backs down on banning unvaccinated kids

Within hours of the Western Standard posting the exclusive story, Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy.




Public pressure has brought minor hockey out of the penalty box in Cochrane.

Following an exclusive story by the Western Standard on Saturday, along with mounting pressure from the community, a Cochrane sports facility has revamped its vaccine passport policy.  

The Cochrane Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) and Hockey Alberta were not mandating a vaccine passport system, but Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) announced it would be requiring proof of vaccine status for anyone 12 and up.

Within hours of the story being posted, CMHS President Cory Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy with this statement: “Youth between the ages of 12 (vaccine eligible) to 18 years of age are exempt from the REP vaccination requirement to enter the facility for the purpose of participating in a youth organized sport organization. Examples include (but not limited to) Cochrane Minor Hockey, Ringette, Cochrane Minor Soccer, Lacrosse, Cochrane Figure Skating Club, Comets, Junior Lifeguard Club, etc.”

Although youth may access the facility without being vaccinated, all adult spectators, coaches, volunteers and organizers of any youth activity “must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or medical exemption to gain entry to SLSFSC premises.”

“Although this helps our kids get on the ice in Cochrane, it’s still an issue at lots of other facilities, especially in larger facilities in Calgary and Airdrie,” Oaten said.

Oaten, who works in the insurance industry, points out the “huge liability issue” this poses to his and other sports organizations.

“Originally, Spray Lakes pushed us to collect this medical documentation from our members,” he said.

The CMHA board consists of 18 volunteer members.

“They can’t put those expectations on a board of volunteers. It’s a big legal issue for us,” Oaten said, adding he and his board refuse to take responsibility for requiring proof of vaccine or the collection of their members’ private medical information.

Oaten was informed the SLSFSC will now have its own security checkpoints set up in the facility and will take responsibility for checking the vaccine status of anyone 18-plus entering the building.

Oaten anticipates families will still pull their kids from hockey and other sports programs as those who remain unvaccinated will not be permitted in the facility to accompany their child.

Hockey Alberta stated on their Facebook page they are working with the Alberta government on how last Wednesday’s announcement will affect hockey for Alberta players. Oaten has asked his members to hold off on making a decision to pull their child from the program until Hockey Alberta comes forward with their updated season plan.

The Western Standard reached out to the SLSFSC for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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