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U of S surgery prof fired for stance on child COVID shots

The SHA and College of Medicine wrote Dr. Christian on June 21 alleging he was “engaging in activities designed to discourage and prevent children and adolescents from receiving Covid-19 vaccination contrary to the recommendations and pandemic-response efforts of Saskatchewan and Canadian public health authorities.”




A top University of Saskatchewan doctor has been fired after urging caution for teens getting COVID-19 vaccinations.

Dr. Francis Christian, clinical professor of General Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and a practising surgeon in Saskatoon, has been suspended from all teaching responsibilities effective immediately and fired from his position with the U of S as of September.

On June 17, Christian released a statement to more than 200 doctors which contained his concerns regarding giving COVID-19 shots to children. He stated he had not come across “a single vaccinated child or parent who has been adequately informed.”

Christian was told of his termination without cause in a meeting with Dr. Preston Smith, the dean of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine; Dr. Susan Shaw, the chief medical officer of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA); and Dr. Brian Ulmer, head of the Department of Surgery at the Saskatchewan College of Medicine.

Christian has been a surgeon for more than 20 years and began working in Saskatoon in 2007. He was appointed director of the Surgical Humanities Program and director of Quality and Patient Safety in 2018 and co-founded the Surgical Humanities Program. Christian is also the editor of the Journal of The Surgical Humanities.

The SHA and College of Medicine wrote Dr. Christian on June 21 alleging he was “engaging in activities designed to discourage and prevent children and adolescents from receiving COVID-19 vaccination contrary to the recommendations and pandemic-response efforts of Saskatchewan and Canadian public health authorities.”

Christian is not alone in his concerns regarding underage COVID-19 vaccinations – the US Centre for Disease Control had an “emergency” meeting due to new data that the Pfizer vaccine multiplies the risk of myocarditis (heart inflammation) ten times over for 12-17 year olds. The German government advises against vaccinating those under the age of 18.

The World Health Organization posted an update to its website on June 21, which advised “Children should not be vaccinated for the moment” for COVID-19. Within 24 hours, this guidance was withdrawn and replaced with new guidance stating, “COVID vaccines are safe for those over 18 years of age.”

Christian said a large, growing “network of ethical, moral physicians and scientists” are urging caution regarding recommending vaccines for all children without informed consent. He said physicians must “always put their patients and humanity first.”

Dr. Byram Bridle, a prominent immunologist at the University of Guelph, recently participated in a press conference on Parliament Hill on CPAC organized by MP Derek Sloan, to express his safety concerns with vaccinating children with experimental MRNA vaccines and the censorship of scientists and physicians.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is defending Christian regarding a complaint and investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan prompted by the doctor’s advocacy for informed consent of COVID-19 vaccines for children.

“We are seeing a clear pattern of highly competent and skilled medical doctors in very esteemed positions being taken down and censored or even fired, for practicing proper science and medicine,” said JCCF Litigation Director Jay Cameron.

The JCCF represented Dr. Chris Milburn in Nova Scotia, who faced professional disciplinary proceedings last year after he wrote an opinion column for a local paper. The JCCF provided submissions to the College on Milburn’s behalf, defending his freedom of expression. Last week, Milburn was removed from his position as the head of emergency for Eastern Nova Scotia.

“Censoring and punishing scientists and doctors for freely voicing their concerns is arrogant, oppressive and profoundly unscientific,” Cameron said.

“Both the western world and the idea of scientific inquiry itself is built to a large extent on the principles of freedom of thought and speech. Medicine and patient safety can only regress when dogma and an elitist orthodoxy, such as that imposed by the Saskatchewan College of Medicine, punishes doctors for voicing concerns.”

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

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  1. Aynus Rand

    June 28, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    If you could find a small, small % of doctors who advocate against wearing seat belts in cars, would you toss your children into the car (un-belted) confident that you have chosen the most “free”, independent of government, way to travel?

    Individual vanity & narcissism overriding the public good, conflating protecting the majority of individuals with “communism”… Self-centred, stupid & illogical.

  2. JCLioness

    June 26, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Jabbing children and teens with the dangerous gene-based serum is criminal. Their end game is sterilization, depopulation and full spectrum surveillance and control. Most of our Canadian leaders are psychopaths or subject to their bribes, threats or brainwashing. Most do not realize we are in the midst of WWIII.

  3. Warren Blair

    June 25, 2021 at 8:34 am

    It is none too soon for Canadians to stand up for freedom of expression. Truth is attained in open dialogue not by coersion.

  4. Mars Hill

    June 25, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Que them up for an appointment with the a military tribunal; they’ll probably be lumped together across the country and dealt with in one swoop. Jail time will be in order and if complicit worse.

  5. Left Coast

    June 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Canada’s inept WHO CCP asset Dr. Tam is now considering the non-vaccinated keep wearing masks.
    That is quite friggin Insane . . . what are the “Vaccinated” afraid of?

    No mention of the likely 10 MILLION Canadiana who have Natural Immunity from coming in contact with the Wuhan Virus. Experts say Naturl immunity is FAR BETTER then Any Vaccine!

    There are still Millions of Canadians living in Mortal Fear of the Wuhan Virus . . . this group was CREATED by Canada’s Leaders & the FakeStream Media who are far removed from any SCIENCE or Reality ! ! !

  6. Cosmo Kramer

    June 24, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Young people are statistically at next to zero risk of a serious case of covid-19. However, serious risks do exist for the injection treatments (they are not vaccines). It is puzzling why public health bureaucrats are willing to put young people in danger. I detect a presence of evil.

    Also, on a different note, I understand that the Sinopharm vaccine is being used in large parts of Asia and the Middle East. This is a vaccine using the same technology of using inactivated viruses as pioneered by Jonas Salk in his polio vaccine. I know there is pushback as this was developed by the Chinese and although I do not prefer to take an untested vaccine, on the surface this appears to be an actual vaccine and much safer then the gene altering injections being aggressively marketed (and my fear is made mandatory) on the Albertan people.

  7. Penny4YourThouhts

    June 24, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Every single day the medical mafia is tightening their fascist grip and still, Canadians turn a blind eye. The line in the sand is clear: ethical doctors on the right and blindly obedient on the left. It’s scary as hell that this doctor was fired for telling the truth. Canada is no longer a free country. It’s a communist dictatorship run by the medical mafia.

  8. berta baby

    June 24, 2021 at 9:48 am

    The real experts being silenced how is this different than China again? Fleck hinshaw and the so callled experts who have lied to cover lies and have proven track records of being agents of misinformation.

    Boarder closures
    Lab leak
    Astra Zanica

    Etc etc.

  9. Josh

    June 24, 2021 at 9:40 am

    I really respect this man for risking his career to prevent preditory practices towards Children.

  10. Left Coast

    June 24, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Dr. Francis Christian is 1000% Correct !

    Children were NEVER at risk, their chances of dying from the Wuhan Virus were .002% according to the US CDC a year ago last May. That is very close to ZERO ! ! !

    The Risk from the Vaccine is Far Greater for Children . . . any parent who allows their children to be vaccinated is taking a larger risk than the Virus ever posed.

    Saskatchewan Health Authorities are ill-informed and stupid. Chairman Moe it’s time to free the citizens . . .

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Senior Alberta doctors faces job loss for refusing vaccine

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.




Dr. Eric Payne says he supports vaccinations and he and his family are all caught up on their yearly flu shots — but he is declining the COVID-19 vaccines, believing them to not yet be fully tested.

The decision could cost Payne his job, as AHS threatens to put him on “unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance.”

Payne is a doctor in the Pediatric Neurocritical Care & Epilepsy department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital along with being an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Neurology at the University of Calgary.

Payne wrote a 19-page letter to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) on September 14 detailing his position and protesting the possible loss of his job.

“Let me please provide the perspective of a physician who loves his job, cares deeply about his patients, and continues to avoid the mRNA vaccines,” Payne wrote.

“I am also a father of three young children and remain very much pro-vaccine. While I refuse to take this novel experimental mRNA therapy, my wife, children, and I are completely vaccinated, including yearly flu shots. This is not a contradictory stance as these current mRNA vaccines represent a dramatic departure from using, for instance, live attenuated viruses. Rather, they represent a completely novel and experimental therapy with no long-term data.” 

AHS President Dr. Verna Yiu issued a mandatory vaccine order to all staff, physicians and volunteers, and stated workers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, by Oct.31, 2021.

“I am now faced with the impending possibility of an unpaid leave of absence to allow for compliance. I am so disappointed by this extreme AHS coercion and truly hope that the CPSA will steer clear of mandating this as a condition of my license,” Payne wrote, adding that would violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“The Alberta provincial government is presently circumventing these rights with Bill 10 — the public health emergency powers amendment act. These forced experimental mRNA vaccine mandates also directly violate the internationally accepted Nuremberg code, which was developed in 1947 to protect patients from medical experimentation.

“It is because I am informed, that I do not voluntarily consent to these injections.”

Payne argued that even with a 100% vaccination rate, COVID-19 would not be completely eradicated.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, shared evidence and publicly acknowledged that we cannot eradicate COVID-19 and are rather transitioning from a COVID-19 pandemic to endemic,” Payne said, adding smallpox is the only human virus successfully eradicated through vaccination.

Payne told the college the pandemic has been especially hard on children, having to endure lockdown after lockdown.

“I have seen more devastating neurologic conversion disorders and psychiatric disease — including several heart-breaking teenage suicide attempts — than I have my entire career.  In contrast, I have not encountered a single child with neurological sequelae from COVID-19 itself,” he wrote.

“While I grew to respect and trust long-standing health organizations like the (World Health Organization) and (Centres for Disease Control), financial and political interests have crippled their independence, and during this pandemic, they have egregiously misrepresented facts and helped to censor scientific experts worldwide. 

“These organizations that inform Canada health policy are completely compromised by vaccine and big pharma interest money.”

In an interview Monday, Payne told the Western Standard he will keep his position even if it means he gets fired.

He said the mandating of the vaccine was his main concern and he didn’t expect the letter to be made public. Payne said he hasn’t heard anything back from the college.

“I have a seven-year-old, and fairly soon a vaccine mandate may come down for them — there’s no reason, they’re not at risk,” Payne said, adding research has should to vaccinate a person who has already had COVID-19 may cause them additional damage.”

“It would be nice to have a real conversation about the facts.”

Payne said he expects parents to finally push bach when it comes to forced vaccination and “I’m going to keep talking.”

Payne said some “absolute lies” and “100% censorship” have been used in various COVID-19 arguments.

The issue has been growing in Canada since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was making vaccinations mandatory in the federal public service.

Since then airlines, governments, sports stadiums and private businesses have all made vaccines mandatory for their staff.

Protests against mandatory vaccinations have happened weekly across the country.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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War room launches American offensive

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices – and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”




Alberta’s energy war room kicked of a quarter-million-dollar campaign to sell Americans on Canada’s oil.

As first reported in the Western Standard, the campaign kicked off with billboards in Times Square in New York City and Washinton, DC.

The campaign by the Canadian Energy Centre asks Americans to choose Canadian oil imports first for solutions to cleaner energy production and a break from rising prices at the pumps.

The US uses approximately nine million barrels of oil per day beyond what is produced domestically. 

The approximately $240,000 initiative is “a reminder to Americans that their friends and allies in Canada hold solutions to cleaner energy and lower gas prices — and the key to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The outdoor and online campaign will direct people to information about Canada’s responsible energy development at www.friendlyenergy.com

The campaign will also feature a grassroots component that calls on Canadians and Americans to respectfully advocate to the president and U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of Canadian energy.

“We want to give our American friends the information they need to urge their leaders to look to safe, responsible and increasingly less intensive crude from Canada that U.S. refiners need and that will help keep gas prices down,” said Canadian Energy Centre CEO Tom Olsen.

“We are speaking out for the many Canadians and Americans dismayed that the U.S. government asked OPEC+ countries for more oil to curb rising gas prices, rather than working with Canada.”

Olsen pointed out the U.S. government closed the door on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have been the first pipeline operated at net-zero emissions and eventually powered by renewable energy resources.

“While Keystone XL’s fate has been decided for now, there remains urgency in letting Americans know any further threatened sanctions in the U.S. on pipelines by state governments and activist-led court challenges will be detrimental to American families, struggling to get back on their feet from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Of the top 10 countries from which the U.S. imported oil in June 2021, three were designated Not Free (Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) and three were designated as Partly Free (Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia).

Specifics for the billboard advertising include:

  • Two digital billboards in Times Square for a four-week period and online display campaign promoting Canada as the responsible and reliable energy provider for the U.S.
  • A static digital billboard, located in Astor on New York’s Grand Central Parkway, for a two-week period targeting traffic heading to LaGuardia Airport, the Mets Citi Field Stadium and a “chokepoint” for traffic to Queens.
  • Three full-motion digital billboards for a two-week period on the exterior of the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas.
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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.




Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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