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BC’s new “Vax Vans” are offering jabs to children older than 12, without parental consent

Anyone in attendance over the age of 12 will be able to get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent.




Hey kid, I’ve got some mRNA shots in my van.

The new “Vax Van” – a custom mobile COVID-19 immunization clinic – will be stopping off in the Vancouver Island city of Langford on Friday night as part of its island-wide tour, according to Island Health.

The team will be setting up shop at Starlight Stadium, where Pacific FC will be playing Calgary’s Cavalry FC.

Anyone in attendance over the age of 12 will be able to get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.

“Look for our Vax Van signs – you won’t be able to miss us!” writes Island Health.

“As an added bonus, Pacific FC is offering those who get their first dose at the game the chance to win a special prize. We’ll see you there.”

The allure of prizes combined with the potential for social pressure will likely motivate temporarily unsupervised children to roll their sleeves up for the mRNA vaccine.

Plenty of kids ages 12-17 have not received the shot because their parents do not feel comfortable with it. Their discomfort exists for various reasons, each personal to the respective family, and the tactics employed by the BC government show their desire to undermine Canadian parents in new and creative ways.

“Children 12 and older who are able to understand the benefits and possible reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and the risk of not getting immunized, can legally consent to or refuse immunizations at any Island Health COVID-19 immunization clinic or Vax Van,” Andrew Leyne, media and government relations advisor, Island Health, told the Western Standard.

While many British Columbian’s thought they were out of the woods regarding COVID-19 regulations, Interior Health has re-introduced mask mandates in Central Okanagan, along with other enforcement demands.

They will be monitoring Central Okanagan businesses to “ensure compliance.”

These restrictions follow Interior Health reporting that vaccination rates in the area are lower than the provincial average, in what some view as a warning to the rest of the province for what is to come in the fall.

“It is a choice to be immunized, but there are consequences for people who are not immunized and that’s going to be more important for us as we head into the fall,” said Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday morning, one day prior to dishing out the new mandates.

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.

Last week, YVR airport introduced 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.

Concerns of returning lock-downs come fall are starting to grow substantially throughout the province, with people fearing the blame will be directed towards those who choose not to receive the vaccine.

A non-profit called the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Science in Public Policy (CSASPP) is fighting tooth and nail to hold the provincial government accountable for their “draconian” behaviour. They launched a Go Fund Me seven months ago.

“Our public health officer is a medical doctor. She is a scientist, not a shaman,” CSASPP’s Executive Director told the Western Standard on Thursday afternoon.

“Faith is not a requisite. As Carl Sagan aptly put it, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

“We’re still waiting for it.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. Debbie Zepick

    August 2, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    This is beyond evil. How can they get away with this. You can’t give an aspirin to a student in school, without parental consent and they can do this??? What a fool this Bonnie Henry is, and there is blood and more blood on her hands.

  2. Left Coast

    August 1, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    This quote from the 2009 WHO Eugenics conference has a lot more meaning today.

    I would bet the farm the Fauci & Gates were sitting in the front row!

    WHO Council on Eugenics, February 25th 2009:

    “Once the herd accepts mandatory vaccinations, It’s GAME OVER. They will accept anything – Forcible blood or organ donation- “For the greater good”.

    We can genetically modify children and sterilize them- “For the greater good”. Control sheep minds and you control the herd.

    Vaccine makers stand to make billions. And many of you in this room are investors. It’s a BIG win/win. We thin out the herd, and the herd pays us for extermination services”

    Henry Kissinger~

    And the Progressives all went . . . Baaaaaaa

  3. Left Coast

    August 1, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    CDC: 397 Children Suffered Heart Inflammation After COVID-19 Vaccine

    Nearly 400 children between the ages of 12 and 17 were diagnosed with heart inflammation after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, according to a study published by the CDC on July 30.

    The condition, also known as myocarditis, occurred mostly in young boys, the study found. Heart inflammation was not identified as an adverse reaction during the safety trials for the vaccine.


  4. Bart

    August 1, 2021 at 8:29 am

    What happened to parental consent?!?…This is appalling…Do these vans include a creepy driver offering candy too? How is this even remotely legal?

  5. Penny4YourThouhts

    July 31, 2021 at 9:06 am

    How is this legal? If the government thinks 12 yr old children can make a life-altering decision that is in opposition to their parents, then I guess they should be able to quit school, drive a car, get a job, move out on their own, and vote too.

    Geez, useful idiots indeed.

  6. RW

    July 30, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    There is no new variant, only side effects from the jab.
    The jabbed are already the walking dead.
    We can’t argue with ghosts.

  7. Josh

    July 30, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    I agree with Barbara, I dont think Bonnie knows that the interdisciplinary meeting is going on yesterday and today for Doctors 4 covid19 ethics.

    With the reveal of 62% micro clots and the alleged graphene found incorporated in the Lipid Nano Particle found in a patent. It would be wise for all people pushing this to take a step back and think about what your doing.

  8. Mary Hale

    July 30, 2021 at 11:14 am


  9. Barbara

    July 30, 2021 at 10:08 am

    The vax doesn’t work against the new variant and thousands of kids around the world are getting myocarditis.
    B.C’s NDP GOVERNMENT has a lot to answer for. Be glad Notely’s not in here, she’d be after our kids to.

  10. CodexCoder

    July 30, 2021 at 8:13 am

    What would your reaction be, as a parent, if a van pulled up beside your child and offered them a special prize if they came inside for an injection? How stupid are government officials to miss that visual correlation? When I was a kid, I was warned by my parents as a child to keep my distance from anyone that tried something like that and yet here is a government advertising that kind of behavior.

    And the argument that if it saves just one person, it is worth it, is utter nonsense.

  11. Shawn Mathews

    July 30, 2021 at 7:59 am

    I would’ve straight up end the lives of anyone who did that to my child, I’m sure I’m not the only one, those fkrs in that van better watch their backs.

  12. Andrew Red Deer

    July 30, 2021 at 6:19 am

    PEOPLE We are allowing our children to be bribed, drugged, DNA modified, made sick and killed by our own government. Whats the difference between NAZI Germany Russia, Cambodia, China and CANADA. ZERO Difference. ONLY YOU CAN STOP THIS!

  13. L

    July 29, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    This is worse then a random van driving handing out drug filled gummies behind parents backs. The very government we were tricked to trust is dirty and full on with coercion behind parents backs. Shame shame shame. Since when do you go against parents and do such dirty tricks, moreover with the disastrous adverse reactions, killing, maiming and injuring thousands upon thousands.
    Parents, don’t allow toxic crap to be injected into your kids without doing your due diligence and looking into the ingredients and warnings of all those who got the jab and now are I’ll from it. Do your homework!

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Loophole benching minor hockey in Cochrane

Within hours of sending out the e-mail, Oaten confirmed between 30 and 40 kids had withdrawn from the program.




Although new restrictions announced this week allow for recreational sports to continue for youth under 18 without proof of vaccination, one minor detail is benching minor hockey players in Cochrane.

Thursday morning, Cochrane Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) President Cory Oaten, was sent an e-mail from Hockey Alberta stating: “…based on Hockey Alberta’s interpretation of current information, minor hockey games and practices can continue, subject to the updated temporary measures that came into effect at 12:01 am this morning.”

However, Friday morning, Oaten was notified by his local facility, Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, it would be requiring proof of vaccination for those 12 and older entering the building.

That morning Oaten notified families registered with CMHA of the new requirement and included a provided statement from the facility and assured families the decision was not that of Hockey Alberta or CMHA.

“… all persons entering the Cochrane Arena or SLSFSC (ages 12+) must show proof of full vaccination, proof of a single dose as long as the dose was given more than two weeks ago, a negative test result or a medical doctor approved medical exemption.”

“Tonnes of kids are withdrawing,” Oaten said.

Within hours of sending out the e-mail, Oaten confirmed between 30 and 40 kids had withdrawn from the program.

“I’m not against the vaccines, but I’m pro-choice,” Oaten said.

The Western Standard spoke with one father who pulled his CMHA player as a result of the facility mandates. He requested to remain anonymous.

“Obviously the government is just passing the buck on this and it’s the businesses that are going to take the brunt,” he said.

A father of four children under the age of 12, he was also in line to coach his son’s team, but will not be permitted inside as he is not vaccinated.  

“We’re not the type of parents that are just going to drop our kids off at a facility and leave them unsupervised,” he said, adding those decisions effectively ended his kids’ participation in CMHA’s sports programs.

He said he also has concerns for the liability involved with those businesses being ill-equipped to manage peoples’ sensitive health records.

“Forget the legality of all this. Morally, we just can’t support businesses that take this approach.”

Alberta Country Singer and former health care worker at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Paul Brandt, took to Facebook on Friday to express his thoughts on the vaccine passport issue.  

Facebook post

“I want to be clear, I am not against vaccines,” his post confirms. “What is troubling to me is this: Why aren’t people who have had COVID and recovered being included in the conversation?”

Brandt’s son is a CMHA player. Both have recovered from COVID-19.

“Why are we not being recognized as people who have adequate immunity?

As of today, my son has also been told by the arena that hosts his hockey association he will not be allowed to participate in sports unless he is vaccinated—even though he has immunity to COVID-19, and is of no greater risk to his peers than anyone else.”

Oaten pointed out that players who have yet to be vaccinated will be eliminated from the important tryouts happening now and, because of wait times between doses and the 14-day waiting period to be considered fully vaccinated, many will miss a chunk of the season.

“It’s about the kids,” said an emotional Oaten.

“What makes me upset is kids are going to have to quit hockey because they don’t want to have to choose a medical procedure in order to play.”

Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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WS EXCLUSIVE: UCP vice-president calls for emergency meeting to initiate leadership review

“I think we need to carefully consider the option of initiating a leadership review. I believe the future of our party may be at stake.”




The Western Standard has obtained an email from the vice-president (policy) of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) calling for an emergency meeting of the province-wide board of directors to discuss a leadership review of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

Joel Mullan e-mailed the party’s board of directors at 8:33 pm MST September 17, under the subject line “Leadership review—request for meeting.”

“In light of events this past week, I believe we should meet and therefore request a meeting,” wrote Mullan.

“Specifically, I think we need to carefully consider the option of initiating a leadership review. I believe the future of our party may be at stake.”

The Western Standard spoke to a member of the party’s board of directors who received the e-mail who said—on condition of anonymity—a timely review of Kenney’s leadership has “become inevitable.”

As of publishing it’s not known if the request for an emergency meeting has been accepted by party president Ryan Becker or the board at large.

One day before, the Western Standard reported the UCP constituency association (CA) in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills voted almost unanimously to trigger a prompt leadership review of Kenney.

The party currently has a review scheduled for late 2022, but that could be within six months of the next election, and for local CA president Robert Smith, that’s not good enough.

By a vote of 27-1, the CA’s board voted to send a letter to the party demanding a review before that as soon as possible, but before next March, said Smith.

“We would love for it to happen tomorrow,” Smith told the Western Standard.

“In talking to people, mainly rural people, it’s fair to say we have no confidence in the premier.”

While the letter was sent on the heels of controversial new COVID-19 lockdown restrictions introduced by Kenney—including the imposition of a vaccine passport—Smith stressed the letter wasn’t as a result of that, but had been brewing for months.

But he said those restrictions could help the momentum to reach the mark of 22 ridings needed to spark a leadership review.

Smith said he gets a sense in talking to other constituency association leaders “critical mass of 22 ridings could have been reached now.

“I feel confident in saying that target can now be met. I’m surprised it hasn’t been met before,” he said.

Clockwise, Jason Nixon, Tyler Shandro, Jason Kenney, Travis Toews, and an unidentified guest on the rooftop patio of the “Sky Palace”

One of the biggest concerns for the board was when the now infamous pictures f Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace”—in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines—were published.

“The entitlement and the double standard incensed the board,” said Smith.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney will be the subject of an early party leadership review.

“Caucus is in total chaos,” said the MLA, who spoke with the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

The Western Standard reported earlier there are at least eight ridings now on board for a review.

Even earlier this week there were signs of dissension with the UCP Caucus.

During a tense meeting of caucus Tuesday, three MLAs told Kenney they had “no confidence” in his continued premiership of the province and leadership of the party, multiple sources told the Western Standard.

Sources inside of the caucus told the Western Standard the emergency meeting saw sharp polarization around the issues of putting the province under another lockdown, a potential mandatory vaccine passport, and firing healthcare workers who did not agree to be vaccinated.

According to the MLAs who attended the caucus meeting, three MLAs openly told Kenney they had “no confidence” in him, and several others implied as much using softer language.

The sources all gave the same three names, but none of the three MLAs responded to request for comment or confirmation from the Western Standard.

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THOMSON: An Alberta solution to the drug poisoning crisis

A regulated drug supply is the best deal on offer to shrink public health costs and enforcement budgets and repossess the drug market from organized crime syndicates, while creating good jobs and preserving the lives of thousands of working-age Albertans.




Dr. Euan Thomson is an entrepreneur, scientist and director of EACH+EVERY, a coalition of over 100 Alberta businesses calling for policy action to end the overdose crisis.

Drug poisoning is the leading cause of death among working-age Albertans, claiming more than 1,800 Albertan lives since the beginning of 2020. Almost all of these people were between the ages of 15 and 60, and people in the trades are vastly overrepresented.

These tragedies are more accurately called poisonings because people typically cannot be certain what they’re taking when they consume illegal drugs. Surviving through an unregulated drug supply is its own small miracle, particularly as elephant-strength synthetic opioids like carfentanil now slip through our sieve-like borders.

Let’s face it: synthetic opioids have extinguished any hope of “winning” the war on drugs, given the entire 2016 American fentanyl supply could fit into a dozen oil drums.

Albertans are free thinkers, and this crisis calls for a made-in-Alberta solution that centres personal autonomy, free enterprise, fiscal responsibility, and a healthy irreverence toward federal power. A century into drug prohibition with nothing to show but accelerating body counts, it is time to regain control through a regulated market.

The idea that in a regulated market, we would walk into corner stores and find crystal meth between the Mentos and Tic Tacs would be laughable if it wasn’t so widely cited. For experimenting adolescents, alcohol is at least as hard to obtain as illegal drugs precisely because its access is controlled—a distinction that also encourages open conversations and harm reduction measures. We can implement regulatory barriers as needed to keep kids safe, but only once we control the supply. For adults, the question is much simpler: shouldn’t we be allowed to put what we want in our bodies?

Decriminalization is the first step toward a legal market. Since decriminalizing drugs 20 years ago, Portugal has among the lowest youth drug use rates in Europe and effectively left its drug poisoning crisis behind. Our federal parties are short on details around their vision for ending Canada’s crisis, but the Western Standard Editorial Board recently gave the federal NDP’s platform section on drug policy the only A-grade for endorsing decriminalization and other measures emphasizing personal autonomy and freedom from harassment by authorities. (For the record, it was one of the only high-scoring parts of the NDP platform from the Western Standard.)

It turns out, people across the political spectrum agree after a hundred years, criminalization has failed to even slow down drug use, let alone end it.

While personal autonomy and market philosophy are intuitive drug policy cornerstones, the fiscal argument is at least as compelling. The Cato Institute reports ending the War on Drugs would eliminate $27 billion USD a year from American enforcement budgets and siphon $40 billion a year from organized crime. For Canada, this translates to billions cut from our enforcement, judicial and incarceration balance sheet and billions added to taxable sales. Meanwhile, reducing hospital visits due to drug poisonings could single-handedly solve the chronic ambulance shortages squeezing our emergency response capacity.

A regulated drug supply is the best deal on offer to shrink public health costs and enforcement budgets and repossess the drug market from organized crime syndicates, while creating good jobs and preserving the lives of thousands of working-age Albertans.

How can we propel this plan against the drag of federal inaction?

First, set up a province-wide exemption from Section 56 of the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to abolish police enforcement of drug possession laws.

Next, support Albertan pilot projects to prescribe safe supply options to encourage more widespread access and choke off the demand for a street supply. Non-profit compassion clubs would cover those who cannot afford their prescriptions, as we saw during cannabis prohibition.

Finally, establish the first provincial Section 55 exemption to allow for drug manufacturing and distribution here at home, a move that would instantly benefit a Lethbridge-based operation and their partners in the nearby Blood Tribe. Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis already looks after compliance for legal drugs; we can apply similar stringency around labelling on the new products so people know what they’re taking.

Then watch as other provinces struggling with the same crisis adopt this updated, evidence-based Alberta Model; one that aligns compassion for people who use drugs with core values shared by so many in this province: personal autonomy, free enterprise, and fiscal responsibility.

While we’re at it, we can thumb our collective nose at a century of bad federal policy—all together, on brand for Alberta.

Tell your local federal and municipal candidates, as well as your provincial MLA, you want to see your values reflected in our drug policies.

Dr. Euan Thomson is an entrepreneur, scientist and director of EACH+EVERY, a coalition of over 100 Alberta businesses calling for policy action to end the overdose crisis.

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