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GIEDE: Four lessons from COVID-19 we must never forget

“Perhaps the reason the talk around the pandemic ceased so abruptly is it was revealing too clearly how broken Canada is as well as who is responsible for this sorry state of affairs.”

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Due to church fires and wildfires, the pandemic has evaporated from public discussion. But before the virus disappears in a cloud of smoke, I am offering a final meditation that is equal parts obituary, valediction, and prophesy. British Columbians lived under the tyranny of covidism for exactly 472 days, from St. Pat’s 2020 to Canada Day 2021. Such an unprecedented time in history is worthy of an epilogue.

In case anyone east of the Rockies is unclear as to the situation in BC, it could not be put more bluntly: we are fully open, phases and updates be damned. Supposedly, we’re in phase three with phase four still to go, but most people are maskless in stores, the pressure to vaccinate is dissipating, and church services, as well as weddings and funerals, are allotted full capacity. It looks like summer 2019 around my home city.

Conveniently, all this started on July 1st. I will forever maintain that Dr. Bonnie Henry and Premier John Horgan saw the writing on the wall from Victoria Day onwards and simply desired to not be left behind, forcing themselves to the front of a parade they had lost any control over. But if you want to believe the Wuhan Flu suddenly became non-lethal on our national birthday, I have monorail to sell you.

COVID-19 was the third major disaster with massive economic repercussions to strike during my short adulthood. I was born in 1990: in 2008, I watched the world financial system collapse, followed by the never ending recession; in 2014, having just entered the trades as a welder, oil crashed; and in 2020, having just financed my first truck, my burgeoning career as a salesman was declared “non-essential.”

Such a series of unfortunate, unpredictable as well as uncontrollable events might excuse bitterness. But what it actually inspired within me is a profound empathy for those classes I would not have otherwise known due to my privileged upbringing: the downtrodden, the working poor, and the ever expanding category named especially for members of my generation living under the gig economy – the precariat.

The most widely felt effect of the Wuhan Flu was not shortness of breath, loss of taste, nor death itself – it was joblessness. Millions of people became unemployed overnight as their work and workplaces were deemed “non-essential” by a government rubric that has never been properly explained. This in turn revealed just how leveraged most Canadians are at all times and how little room for error there was in the economy.

People were put on the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which exposed another cold reality – our lowest wages had become so stagnant that for many people the CERB was the best cheque they had ever taken home. Of course it had none of its income tax removed – another discussion for a later column – but the fact that it paid better to stay home than to work was a damning charge for our social contract.

The government suddenly became more involved in every area of our lives, attempting to reinvent the wheel on everything from hospital visits, to travel, to schoolyard play, to what ought to be sold in stores. The rules changed so frequently and demanded such metrics that only those fluent in technocratic language or with the staff to handle the mandates were able to stay above water – small businesses drowned.

Meanwhile, the protected class, sometimes called the professional managerial class, got infinitely richer during this crisis. Being able to work from home, commuting costs zeroed while tax credits abounded for home offices. Contractors renovated their homes, third party drivers delivered their meals, and Amazon took their money out of the local economy, all while mom and pop shops closed up just down the road.

The only hardship the PMC suffered was having to directly parent their children , while schools and daycares were briefly closed due to a virus that had little affect on our young people.

But the coup d’grace of COVID-19 was its ability to divide families, congregations, workplaces, and civil society. Neighbours who had tolerated each other throughout every other socio-political upheaval were finally driven into confrontation, even coming to blows over the invisible reality that had gripped the world in terror. The virus remains a winnowing fork of biblical proportions, separating the populace.

What were the lessons that nobody bothered to learn?

First, we are not the sober, rational citizens we declare ourselves to be. From stockpiling toilet paper, to the snitching on social gatherings, Canadians turned on one another viciously.

Second, the economy is far more fragile than we realize, as are those operating in it, particularly at a debt vs. income level. More people were lost to economic despair than COVID-19 over the last 15 months.

Third, those who do not suffer the consequences of their ideology or actions cannot be allowed to make the decisions for those whom their policies do effect. There is no such thing as “non-essential” workers, and lockdown-happy politicians (particularly in Alberta) were only too happy to destroy the lives of others while living it up in illegal rooftop dinner parties.

Finally, given the frustration people feel about our leadership class and the direction of our country, “building back better” was a phrase that could capture imaginations everywhere. Of course, all the useful idiots in our governments decided this meant a “great reset” which would accord even more power and less accountability to themselves, because they had displayed such wisdom during the pandemic.

Perhaps the reason the talk around the pandemic ceased so abruptly is it was revealing too clearly how broken Canada is as well as who is responsible for this sorry state of affairs. COVID-19 did present a real possibility of re-imagining the social contract – the first such instance for radical improvement that occurred in my lifetime.

That opportunity has passed us by, leaving us angry and hungry for real change.

Nathan Giede is the BC Affairs Columnist and the host of Mountain Standard Time

Nathan Giede is the British Columbia Political Columnist & Host of Mountain Standard Time for the Western Standard. Nathan was the Right-of-Centre Columnist for the Prince George Citizen where he wrote about B.C. politics and First Nations issues. ngiede@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Claudette Leece

    October 1, 2021 at 6:32 am

    Look into the FreeAlberta Strategy, they seem to have a good plan without having to leave Canada right now. But they don’t take that off the books

  2. Claudette Leece

    October 1, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Miss hearing from you Nathan, hope you have a podcast or on line piece that we can hear your wisdom from

  3. Dennis

    August 3, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Okay Albertans, now what? Do we just head off into the sunset and allow this to become a distant memory and reelect the same politians that got us here in the 1st place?
    Or, do we open our eyes and minds to a new form of government that is sworn to uphold our freedom and bound by legitimate recall were the people who elected them can just as easily fire them when they’re not doing what they were elected to do. And I’m not talking about Jason Kenney’s lame excuse for recall.
    Go to wildrose.party, take a serious look and if you like what you see, buy a membership and make a donation. There is only one option left for Albertans to put this mess back together and that is the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and Paul Hinman in 2023.

  4. Left Coast

    July 26, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Kissinger quote from a speech to the 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~

    Lets ask an Expert . . .
    Dr. Robert Malone, MRNA inventor . . .

    He said mRNA vaccines are not vaccines. The process of using nucleic acids to alter cell function is more properly called gene therapy. That’s why Dr. Malone’s Wikipedia bio disappeared along with all the articles praising him for developing DNA/RNA transfection technology. Dr. Malone developed transfection technology in 1988, while working at the Salk Institute, and the covid mRNA vaccines are based on Dr. Malone’s transfection technology. So what exactly is transfection technology and what is it used for?

    Transfection is described as “the process of artificially introducing nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) into cells, utilizing means other than viral infection.” According to Britannica, “it’s used to insert foreign nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) into a cell, typically with the intention of altering the properties of the cell.”

    Dr. Hodkinson . . .
    “Believe nothing you’re being told. It’s all a pack of lies from start to finish! Pure, unopposed propaganda, plain and simple. This is nothing more than a bad seasonal flu with certain minor exceptions,” the pathologist said.

    I now suspect that the Virus Leak from the Wuhan Lab was a Planned Event . . . funded by Dr. Fauci’s Agency.
    You can bet the farm that Fauci & Gates were at that WHO meeting in 2009!

  5. Susan Grant

    July 23, 2021 at 8:09 am

    I learned that MOST of ALBERTA is NOT Conservative, but rather Socialisim lovers who demand the “state” protect their hurt feelings. They are sheep that want the toys and fun and so they bent over like Lieberals instead of seraching for the truth. In the face of so many lies and inconsistent hidden facts, I learned that professionals will go along with the Tyranny becasue it serves thier pockets. #GrossGreed #WrathOfGod #LackOfCourage #LackOfConscience. I learned that too many people cant be bothered to open their minds to possiblity, have been manipulated by MSM propaganda and dont want to see the truth! #SHEEPLE. I have learned that soon ALL the sheeple will loose EVERYTHING, own NOTHING and stick thier arms out for another JAB EXPERIMENT that chnages their DNA to plug them in to hive computer! I learned most Albertans like the #MATRIX

  6. Cosmo Kramer

    July 21, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    I agree with much of the comments here. The very sad thing is how unified all of these political parties (federal, provincial, municipal) are under the globalists. With the exception like a few (Maxime Bernier, Derek Sloan) there has been no criticism of the Chinese virus policies whereas in the USA there were many prominent critics at the federal and state levels. The public health and medical establishment clearly showed that health is not their priority but act according to the demands of big pharma.

    I hope I am wrong but I suspect this is not over. When fall approaches and many injected (it is not a vaccine) fall ill the blame will be put on non-injected “anti-vaxxers” and as Biden already mentioned (Canada always follows) we can end up with public health officials or the military at our doors to give out jabs. A two tier system may be put in place where the uninjected have less rights. This has already started in Manitoba under the vile and evil Pallister.

  7. Penny4YourThouhts

    July 21, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but I learned that the number of politicians willing to risk their careers to tell the truth, is nearly ZERO. Who, aside from Derek Sloan, had the guts to do what he could to get the truth past the censors? Where are all the conservatives who are ready to fight against the spread of communism in this country? Are they actively working to change legislation to protect us from the extreme left? OR are they trying to figure out how to win the votes of both sides? Maybe they’re just finding ways to make deals with the extreme left and communist countries hoping they will save the economy?

    As far as doctors go, the number of doctors who were brave enough to actually READ ALL the science was also incredibly small. What does that say about ethics in medicine? As far as I’m concerned, if a doctor is choosing their jobs over the lives of their patient they obviously do not take the oath to do any harm seriously. I’m sure not going to trust any one of them with my life – not to mention they obviously didn’t learn to think critically which kind of comes in handy in the field of medicine.

    Finally, I’ve learned that this whole covid conspiracy obviously runs deep. The fact that every government, worldwide, was willing to sell out their countrymen for a one-world government? Wow. That makes Hitler’s Nazi Germany look like amateurs.

  8. Clash

    July 21, 2021 at 5:17 am

    I predict that by October we are locked down again. It will be variant BlahBlah by then. And they will do it easier than last time. They are already sending swarms of Storm troopers, or Gestapo to individuals homes in the middle of the night to terrorize an unprepared helpless population. They scare people with; “Climate Change”, “Covid ##”, eventually it will get to be 6 Storm Troopers at your door in the middle of the night. Then if Bill C-36 is passed, and your neighbours or acquaintances getting $20k for reporting something on you, you will be afraid to move or talk. I’ve said before, We are Cuba 60 years ago. Look to Cuba to see what is in store for us.

  9. Kelly Carter

    July 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I agree with the author and left coast. I find it shocking how easily so many people were manipulated and wanted the government to be in charge of our lives. The snitching and locking up pastors was also shocking considering we used to pride ourselves in fighting for freedom. The moral supremacy of those who did everything asked of them by the government and social media for the sake of saving someone who might be at risk and not know it 🙄. The idea that anyone or government could assess a person’s risk better than that person.

    I have lost a lot of friends over COVID, and find myself disgusted by the government employees or upper management and government itself who never missed a pay day and often had less work to do. I am very bitter over an entire year of lost wages for my husband. I know more people coming out of this with substance abuse problems, and I know of as many suicides as COVID victims. There was no logic or science to what government did and I am fuming mad over it. This was not the Black Plague or even the Spanish flu.

    I don’t understand the fear other than it is clear that the majority of people fear their own mortality to such an extent that they are willing to sacrifice living to have a heart beat. It is incomprehensible, but for sure the history books are going to write Trudeau as a saviour, and COVID as the worst public health threat ever with the vaccine as the only option to save us all. I plan on writing my own account from my own perspective, and I encourage everyone else to do the same as this will be white washed in 10-20 years time when you remember when….

  10. Josh

    July 20, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    -Dr. Hoffe says he can not long work anywhere else cause he has been charged with speaking out. (Canada)
    -Dr. Christian says hes in the same boat. He has been charged (Canada)
    -Dr. Trozzi gave up his license cause he could not comply. (Canada)
    -Chris Scott lost his property and as far as I know im not sure AHS has given him right back to it. (Canada)
    -Pastor Coates losing his church (Canada)
    -Pastor Stephens being arrested 2 times (Canada)
    -Pastor Pawlowski being arrested in the street (Canada)
    -Dr. Bridle He received horrible treatment from his peers and threats (Canada)
    -Abigail Lost her job at Eddie Bauer in BC for following provincial rules (Canada)
    -Northcott Has been fined for trying to make a living (Canada)
    -Dr. Coleman Has lost his career for speaking the truth and is worried his time is near (UK)
    -A police officer that risked his career to obtain a vile of the pfizer shot for research (Spain)

    The list goes on and on but these were some I could think of off the top of my head.

  11. John Galbraith

    July 20, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Who risked a lot?

  12. K

    July 20, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Excellent summation, and I agree with everything the author states here. However, make no mistake that this live exercise has ended. They have merely turned down the heat for the summer so they can crank it right back up again in the fall.

    The unvaxxed will be blamed for the resurgence of the ‘deadly virus’ that is killing next to no one.

    They will likely spin this as ‘the vaccines don’t work unless we all take them’. Remain vigilant. This is far from over, and has the potential to get VERY ugly.

    Vaccine passports were always the plan, and they will be pushed in one way or another. They must be fought at all costs.

  13. Left Coast

    July 20, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Canada . . . being run by some of the least impressive, least intelligent people among us . . . like the 2 time U dropout drama teacher Crime Minister, never had a Real Job Horgan, unable to Lead Kenney, the incredibly ignorant Ford, and Chairman Pallister. A collection of Unimpressive Fools.

    None of the above had enough Brains to get informed, back in May 2020 they could have called the Gov of South Dakota, Florida or a country like Sweden that took a different approach. They didn’t . . . instead they followed the Crime Minister with his WHO tyrant Tam down the CCP rabbit hole.

    In May 2020, according to the USA CDC, we knew that the under 70 healthy population had only less than a .5% chance of dying from the Virus. Under 18 was virtually so small that is was ZERO.
    So the fools locked them indoors . . . where virtually ALL transmission occurred.
    Repeated the process 3 or 4 times . . . that is the definition of Insanity!

    Then they dragged out the PCR Test . . . rotating 35 to 40 times to gin up “Cases” which were NOT Sick People. The PCR Test is a forensic device not a Medical Test . . . it was ALL Fraud. Did I mention . . . MASKS are Useless . . . 12 studies out there and not one supports mask wearing . . . and NOT ONE of the So-called Leaders informed the population that . . . HCQ, Ivermectin, Zinc & Vit. D/C would have kept 1000s from having to go to the Hospital . . .

    Our Hospitals sat mostly empty for months . . . while the Govt employees never missed a payday . . . I went for a day-surgery procedure in May 2020, that had been postponed from March. Asked the Nurses what they had been doing . . . “absolutely nothing” they replied.

    By the summer of 2020 . . . the increase in Drug Overdoses deaths in BC was Double the Wuhan Virus deaths . . . and no one cared.

    Meanwhile the FakeStream Media preached Fear & Scare & Misinformation 24/7 . . .

    Today . . . I know more people who have died or had problems with the Vaccine than people who actually had the Virus. My wife got the Wuhan Flu at the end of November 2019, when it first went through the West Coast. She was sick for 2 weeks but recovered. I had a sore throat & caugh for 2 days and was fine. We likely both have natural immunity today, which Stanford Drs. say is far better than the Vax.

    When the Damage from the Insane Lockdowns is finally added up . . . it will likely dwarf the Covid numbers in Canada by a bunch.

    Another question no one will ask . . . how many Millions is the Federal Govt saving today on the Pension File, as the vast majority of the Deaths in Canada averaged close to 80 years of age?

    We must NEVER let them pull a stunt like this again . . . NEVER ! ! !

  14. Del French

    July 20, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Give politicians a little bit of illegal power and they will run with it and destroy a great country. If people let this flu run it’s course like any other flu it would have died out a long time ago like all the other flues. I didn’t think Canadians were such sheep but I was wrong. Trudoh’s new world plan will destroy this great country. He has to go in the next election.

  15. Josh

    July 20, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Perhaps the reason the talk around the pandemic ceased so abruptly is it was revealing too clearly how broken Canada is as well as who is responsible for this sorry state of affairs.

    I think many know the real reason why talk around this planned pandemic ceased. With Anthony being discovered, the lab in Winnipeg, riots forming in South Africa and soon to be France. With Dr. David Martin making claims with patents he has found and now all of a sudden the federal government claims censorship protects democracy? The Government knows they cant hide this forever and I’m surprised they did it for a year and a half. If we had more people willing to critically think we would not be in this mess.

  16. Josh

    July 20, 2021 at 8:42 am

    That first point

    “First, we are not the sober, rational citizens we declare ourselves to be. From stockpiling toilet paper, to the snitching on social gatherings, Canadians turned on one another viciously.”

    Is really insulting to those that risked a lot to lead the way forward by example.

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WAGNER: Alberta’s social conservatives should be afraid of an NDP return to power

When it comes to education policy in Alberta, the NDP is adamant that only one view of sexuality will be represented – and it’s not the traditional Christian view – even in schools that were founded with a specifically Christian purpose.

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The increasing possibility of a NDP electoral victory in 2023 should keep conservatives in Alberta awake at night. Much will be at stake if the ‘progressives’ come back to power.

Social conservatives in particular have a lot to lose, especially with regards to education policy. One of the most acrimonious issues during the NDP’s term in government concerned gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in schools. Most noteworthy, a number of private religious schools were on the verge of losing their government funding and accreditation for failing to explicitly embrace GSAs within their school policies. Only the election of Jason Kenney’s UCP saved these schools. On this file, the NDP is likely to pick up where it left off once back in office.

Discussions of this issue have been fraught with misinformation. The NDP and its supporters have portrayed their GSA policies as the one and only way to keep vulnerable students safe in schools. Thus, they imply, anyone with a different view is malevolent, is homophobic, and obviously wants to hurt kids. There’s a strict binary choice at work in the messaging: endorse the NDP’s solution or be labelled a very nasty person. There’s no other possibility. Most of the mainstream media has followed this NDP talking point to the letter.

The fact is, though, private Christian schools are formed and maintained only at great sacrifice by those involved. The parents pay extra fees to have their children attend these schools, and school employees often take lower salaries in order to serve in a religious educational mission. These are people who are making extra sacrifices — often at great personal cost — because they believe a particularly religious environment is what’s best for their children. The idea that they do all this and yet want to hurt kids is absurd.

But according to NDP propagandists, private schools with openly Christian statements on the nature of marriage and sexuality are harmful to vulnerable children. This was the basis of their demand to remove Christian doctrinal statements from school policies. Naturally, such doctrinal positions did not align with many of the social-justice identity politics of the NDP’s ideological makeup. Thus, they had to be forcibly removed.

When it comes to education policy in Alberta, the NDP is adamant that only one view of sexuality will be represented — and it’s not the traditional Christian view — even in schools that were founded with a specifically Christian purpose. The message was explicit: conform to the NDP’s ideology, or close. No diversity of opinion allowed.

As Donna Trimble put it so well at the time: “These schools have two choices. One is they strip their schools of any faith-based perspectives in their safe and caring policies in order to satisfy the government’s demands, and then they are giving up the very foundation and reason for their existence, or, two, they are shut down for their refusal to do so.”

And as Calgary Herald columnist Licia Corbella added, “Perhaps that’s the NDP’s ultimate goal? No choice, no diversity. Just NDP beliefs taught in Alberta.”

Of course, Jason Kenney put an end to the imposition of NDP ideology onto private Christian schools once he took power by passing Bill 8 — the Education Amendment Act — which rolled back the most authoritarian aspects of the NDP’s GSA program.

However, there were other facets to the GSA issue that he left in place, contrary to the wishes of many UCP members. At the UCP convention in Red Deer in May 2018, 57% of delegates voted in favour of parents being notified if their children joined a GSA. But Kenney opposed the resolution and said, “Guess what, I’m the leader. I get to interpret the resolution and its relevance to party policy…I hold the pen.” It did not become policy.

Some parental rights activists have not given up on this issue, however. One group, Bill 10 Court Challenge Organization, has continued to lobby UCP MLAs to strengthen parental notification provisions. It also promotes a petition encouraging the government to amend legislation so that children under 16 must obtain parental permission to join a GSA.

If and when the NDP comes back into power, the GSA issue will once again become front-page news. The acrimony of the NDP’s previous term will return with a vengeance — not because kids are being harmed — but because the NDP cannot tolerate any private Christian schools upholding a traditional perspective on sexuality. Ideological conformity is a central principle of “progressive” thought. This time, the non-government schools will not escape defunding and loss of accreditation.

With most of the mainstream media cheerleading the NDP on this issue as before, social conservatives will again be widely portrayed as sinister throwbacks of the Dark Ages, and their influence in Alberta society will decline even further. The election of an NDP government will not be pleasant for any segments of the province’s conservative/libertarian coalition, but the social conservatives have the most to lose.

Looking towards 2023, it seems like darkness is approaching.

Michael Wagner is a columnist for the Western Standard

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SELICK: AHS says it has no documents for its policy of disregarding natural immunity

The firefighters believe once they’ve recovered from COVID-19, they’ve got broad and long-lasting immunity — possibly even superior to that imparted by the vaccine.

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Freedom of Information (FOI) requests have long been a useful tool for journalists, lawyers, and ordinary citizens to gain access to documents the government might prefer them not to see. 

Sometimes, however, there is even greater value in finding out the government doesn’t have a single document in its possession to back up what it’s doing. 

A case in point is the recent FOI request sent to Alberta Health Services by lawyer Derek From. From is counsel for several Alberta firefighters and paramedics who wish to decline, for various reasons, mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. Their application challenging the constitutionality of Alberta Health Services (AHS) policy will be filed in the Court of Queen’s Bench imminently. 

Some of the firefighters have already acquired natural immunity to COVID-19 by virtue of having been sick with the illness and then recovering from it. However, the AHS document entitled Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 Policy 1189, makes no reference whatsoever to individuals with this medical history. Like everyone else, they are required to be “fully vaccinated” by November 30 or lose their jobs. 

The firefighters believe once they’ve recovered from COVID-19, they’ve got broad and long-lasting immunity — possibly even superior to that imparted by the vaccine. They’re therefore extremely unlikely to get COVID-19 again for a long time, and consequently wouldn’t be able to spread it to anyone else. They argue they’ve never seen any evidence indicating an unvaccinated person who has recovered from COVID-19 can actually spread the virus. 

Therefore, they wanted to know exactly what evidence AHS relied upon when preparing its policy. AHS seemed to presume people with natural immunity could pose a danger to others, but did it have any facts to back up that presumption? 

Lawyer From submitted a Freedom of Information request on November 21 asking for “all records of the scientific evidence that AHS relied upon in the development of the policy.” 

The answer came back within a few days: after conducting a comprehensive search, AHS could find no such records in its possession. 

There must be thousands of Albertans by now who are in the same position as the firefighters, having recovered from COVID-19. AHS has never even investigated whether there’s any need for them to be vaccinated. It appears to be oblivious to their condition, their concerns and their wellbeing. 

What’s worse is emerging evidence shows people who’ve developed natural immunity are more likely than other people to experience adverse reactions to vaccination, just as vaccinated individuals are more likely to experience adverse reactions after two doses than after one. The AHS policy of mandatory vaccination therefore puts those with natural immunity at greater risk than the rest of the population, when they are in fact the people who pose the least threat to others. 

It must be apparent to AHS executives that their policy arguably infringes on the constitutional rights of individuals to life, liberty and security of the person under Sec. 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They must know they will be called upon eventually to justify their policy under Sec. 1 of the Charter — in other words, to show the policy is “demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

But their cupboard is bare. They don’t possess a single document showing the necessity of vaccinating people who have natural immunity, if their response to the Freedom of Information request can be believed. 

In other words, the policy is a huge bluff on the part of AHS — a despicable pantomime acted out for some unknown purpose, that will wreak havoc on the lives of thousands of Albertans as they scramble to replace their jobs and income, and simultaneously to bring their constitutional challenges before the courts. AHS displays shocking arrogance in continuing to inflict such burdens on the province’s residents when it must know that the policy will likely, eventually, be found unconstitutional.

The AHS is headed up by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Verna Yui, who reports to a board, which in turn is governed by the Alberta Ministry of Health. They proclaim their values include compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and safety. 

In my view, they are failing on several counts. 

Fire them all. 

Karen Selick is a columnist for the Western Standard

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SLOBODIAN: Wokism tarnishes Sally Ann’s trusted image

Yet, by singling out white donors, the Salvation Army appears to have embraced the racism it denounces.

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The Salvation Army foolishly thrust itself into the intolerant world of woke when it issued a blanket call for apologies and repentance from allegedly racist whites.

In what appears to have been an attempt to appease the destructive radical woke crowd, the Salvation Army tarnished its trusted image. What a shame.

On the heels of a swift backlash, the Salvation Army retreated from, or is at least rethinking, its push to promote anti-racist and critical race theory that points an accusing finger at white donors.

On one hand, the Salvation Army “denounces racism in all forms” and has operated on that principle since it was founded by William Booth in 1865.

Yet, by singling out white donors, the Salvation Army appears to have embraced the racism it denounces.

In its global guidebook entitled Let’s Talk About Racism, the Christian charity urged white donors to “lament, repent, and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed.

“In the absence of making anti-racist choices, we consciously uphold aspects of white supremacy, white-dominant culture, and unequal institutions and society,” the document states.

The Salvation Army asked white people to think about how they’ve “consciously or unconsciously” supported prejudices against racial minorities and “acknowledged with regret, that Salvationists have sometimes shared in the sins of racism and conformed to economic, organizational, and social pressures that perpetuate racism.”

In another document, entitled Study Guide on Racism, the Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission, said white people are guilty of “unconscious bias” and “unwittingly perpetuate racial division” even if they don’t overtly show it.

“We must stop denying the existence of individual and systemic/institutional racism. They exist and are still at work to keep white Americans in power.”

You’d think the Salvation Army was responding to droves of white people writing cheques or shoving bills and coins into the Red Kettles while stipulating their charitable donations must aid whites only.

Of course, that doesn’t happen.

The Salvation Army appears to have been duped, or bullied, by woke radicals. It even adopted their language.

Wokism, despite pious proclamations that claim to fight for race, gender and sexual injustice, is a nasty thing based on hardcore Marxist ideology.

In reality, it is intolerant, venomous, and strives to crush anyone who disagrees with what it promotes. It has a particular distaste for Christians.

The woke radicals don’t care the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign alone supports 2.1 million people in 400 Canadian communities, or that the organization serves 128 countries and preaches the gospel in 175 different languages.

Or that volunteers, many of them white, manning the kettles for hours on end, do so out of colour-blind love.

The outcry against the Salvation Army’s guidelines was fierce.

It prompted a statement from the American arm of the organization denying it is peddling woke messaging and critical race theory.

“The guide ‘Let’s Talk About Racism,’ was issued as a voluntary resource, but it has since become a focus of controversy. We have done our best to provide accurate information, but unfortunately, some have chosen to ignore those efforts. At the same time, international headquarters realized that certain aspects of the guide may need to be clarified.”

It said claims the Salvation Army believes donors should apologize for their skin colour and that the organization has abandoned its Christian faith are “simply false and they distort the very goal of our work.”

The International Social Justice Commission “has now withdrawn the guide for appropriate review,” said the statement.

The Study Guide on Racism wasn’t even mentioned.

“The Salvation Army’s beliefs are, and have always been, rooted in scripture. That includes our complete rejection of racism, which is in stark contrast to the biblical principle that we’re all created in the image of God,” Maj. Jamie Locke, secretary of public relations with Alberta and Northern Territories Division, told theWestern Standard.

“The Salvation Army believes that the world is enriched by a diversity of cultures and ethnicities, and we are committed to working towards a world where all people are accepted, loved, and valued. We serve all without discrimination, and we respect and value the unique views and beliefs of our employees, volunteers, and donors.”

The Salvation Army has always been a rock in this world, often the first on the scene in a crisis, reaching out to pick up the fallen and discarded, an organization founded on strong Christian principles carried out with love.

It is a beacon of light and all that is good and noble.

It’s tough to criticize the Salvation Army.

But the fault lies in the message delivered, not false interpretations of what it clearly stated.

When you target a particular skin colour that’s racism, even in today’s climate where piling on white people is in vogue.

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

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