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Manitoba immunization proof requirements inconsistent at best

The Manitoba provincial government instituted a list of new rules and requirements for post-COVID-19 businesses openings. In order to enter most indoor establishments in Manitoba, people must now show individual scannable QR codes proving their vaccination record.

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Manitoba’s new immunization requirements put the responsibility on business owners and operators to verify vaccinations.

The Manitoba provincial government instituted a list of new rules and requirements for post-COVID-19 businesses openings. In order to enter most indoor establishments in Manitoba, people must now show individual scannable QR codes proving their vaccination record.

The Manitoba government website states: “The Manitoba Digital Immunization Card (or the physical card), which shows a QR code, is your proof of immunization for non-medical services.” To be eligible to receive a code, one must possess a Manitoba health card, have received all doses of an appropriate vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, etc.), and wait 14 days after the last immunization. 

The new government orders will place the onus on the operators to ensure patrons are fully immunized and to implement the QR codes.

The orders read: “…the operator of the [establishment] must take reasonable measures to ensure compliance with the requirements of subsection 3 (capacity limits and social distancing requirements). Persons who claim to be fully immunized must provide proof that they are fully immunized.”

The following businesses fall under the new legislation to:

  • Restaurants
  • Retail businesses
  • Licensed premises, a.k.a., premises possessing a liquor service license issued under the Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Control Act. (Manitoba also shows its Footloose roots by declaring “no dancing takes place in the licensed premises.”)
  • Social occasions functioning with permits under the Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Act.
  • VLT’s, casinos, and gaming centres possessing a liquor license.
  • Horse racing and auto racing institutions.
  • Professional sports teams spectators.
  • Outdoor performing arts events.
  • Indoor concert halls and theatres.
  • Indoor museums and art galleries.

There are a surprising amount of businesses and entities not required to abide by the new requirements of immunization proof. The following seem to be exempt from the government’s new ruling:

  • Charities.
  • VLT’s, casinos, and gaming centres without a liquor license.
  • Personal services (spas, hair, nails, etc.).
  • Indoor recreational businesses (i.e. axe-throwing, escape rooms, trampolines, etc.)
  • Dance, theatre, and music schools.
  • Gym and fitness centres.
  • Indigenous cultural events both indoor (masks required under Sec. 34 of the order) and outdoor.
  • Places of worship (masks will be required under Sec. 34.)
  • Swimming pools, sporting, and recreational activities.
  • Outdoor museum and art galleries (not clearly specified.)
  • Post-secondary institutions.
  • Child care facilities.
  • Day camps.
  • Libraries.

Currently, immunization proof is required for most indoor activities such as sitting inside at a restaurant or seeing a movie, but not required or as strongly enforced for outdoor activities such as sitting on a patio together.

One problem with the system identified by some Manitoba residents is a lack of requirement to prove personal identification. One resident said “…they don’t ask for proof that my name is [what is says on the code], or anything. I could send it to all my friends and let them use it hypothetically.”

Another point of possible contention within the new orders are the seeming inconsistencies within the requirements for specific areas and the overall inconsistencies between what businesses will be effected by these mandates.

Businesses like museums and art galleries seem to be forced to abide by a complicated version of the orders. Immunization proof will be required for access to indoor showings, but vaccination requirements for outdoor showings aren’t specified under the order’s requirements.

The order only states outdoor museums and art galleries don’t have to abide by capacity limits, nothing about vaccine requirements to outdoor showings.

VLT’s, casinos, and gaming centres also exemplify some inconsistencies within the orders. The aforementioned functioning with a liquor license must require proof of immunization by patrons, however those functioning without a liquor license will not require proof of vaccination.

The government mandate defines a fully immunized person as one possessing two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination within a 16-week period. The order states “nothing in these orders prevents, restricts, or governs the operations of the delivery of services by any of the following:

  • The government of Canada.
  • The government of Manitoba.
  • The Manitoba Legislative Assembly.
  • The provincial court of Manitoba.
  • The court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba.
  • The Court of Appeal.
  • A municipality, except in relation to the delivery of transit and recreational services and the operation of recreational and library facilities.
  • The council of a municipality.
  • A Crown corporation or other government agency.
  • Any person or publicly funded agency, organization, or authority that delivers or supports government operations and services, including health care operations and services.
  • A health professional.

No mandates within the order have specified a separate set of rules for individuals in and around the government. The orders are effective as of 12:01 a.m. July 17 2021 and remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. Aug. 7 2021 “unless they are terminated earlier.”

Jackie Conroy is a Reporter for the Western Standard
jconroy@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. John Lankers

    July 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    What’s next?
    Banning unvaccinated citizens from grocery shopping, receiving medical care and participating in elections?

    Remember, this ‘stuff’ still only has a temporary, time limited emergency registration.

  2. Left Coast

    July 22, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Interesting interview . . .

    EXCLUSIVE! DR. DAVID MARTIN JUST ENDED COVID, FAUCI, DOJ, POLITICIANS IN ONE INTERVIEW.
    https://www.brighteon.com/5c218ed2-bfd2-43dc-8d72-bc21e5b8bbb5

  3. Mars Hill

    July 22, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Cabal had this minion compromised, hope he at least enjoyed what they got on him.

  4. GonadTheRuffian

    July 21, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Will the Sheeple of Manitoba stand up to this tyrant or will they allow themselves to join the ever growing list of the vaccine injured and dead?

  5. Left Coast

    July 21, 2021 at 9:12 am

    This Clown Pallister has to be the biggest dope on the Planet today . . . next to Dr. Fauci who could wind up behind bars for his part in funding & creating the Wuhan Virus.

    Tiny Manitoba is becoming the 4th Reich . . . don’t anyone look a few hundred miles south where the Citizens of South Dakota have been NORMAL since March 2020.
    Don’t pay attention to Florida, population 23 Million that has been severely NORMAL since July 2020.

    Let the folks in Manitoba know that YOU are in Charge man . . . and your accomplices in the FakeStream Media will support you 100%.

    I know of more people that died from the Vaccine than died from the Virus, the Uncle of my daughter in-law has been in the hospital since his second shot. Now we are seeing the so-called “Vaccinated” testing positive. Seems the Vaccine might wear off much quicker than they thought. But those with natural immunity, are good for a lifetime. Just saw an article where a very elderly gentleman who had lived through the Spanish Flu epidemic still had natural Antibodies.

  6. K

    July 21, 2021 at 7:55 am

    The testing ground for the rest of the country. Pallister looks like a lizard in a skin suit.

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

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A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.


The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.


Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.


RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.


This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.


“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.


The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.


The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.


“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

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

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”

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BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

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.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented 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.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

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

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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.

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Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.
mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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