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Nursing advocate spreads her message in Saskatoon

In January, the 14-year registered nurse was fired from London, Ontario’s Health Sciences Centre. She shared her story in Saskatoon yesterday to a crowd gathered at the Vimy Memorial.

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Even though it led to her firing, Kristen Nagel remains outspoken regarding the health system’s response to the pandemic.

In January, the 14-year registered nurse was fired from London, Ontario’s Health Sciences Centre. She shared her story in Saskatoon yesterday to a crowd gathered at the Vimy Memorial.

“I am a nurse as well as a holistic nutritionist. But most importantly I’m a mother first,” Nagel said.

“When I saw all this rolling out, what was happening with the kids, the masking, the sanitization, the fear that they were putting on them… I knew that I could not stand idly back.”

Nagle organized a freedom rally in London, then co-founded the Canadian Frontline Nurses with Toronto nurse Sarah Choujounian. They received unwanted attention after they joined American nurses at the January 6 Trump rally in Washington, D.C.

“They spun that story that we were there to seize the Capitol. We became domestic terrorists. The RCMP came to our house to find out our involvement,” Nagel recalled.

“We were defamed nationally through Canada, through the States, on many different platforms. It was really hard, and Sarah and I both felt the weight of that. It was scary. It was terrifying. We didn’t really know how we were going to turn around from this.”

Widespread criticism was soon displaced by encouragement.

“We found this wave of support and it hasn’t stopped. And it’s connected us to nurses all across Canada and the world. We will not let our voices be silenced, we will not be bullied, and we will not stop advocating for you [and] our children and to bring the ethics back into healthcare,” she said.

Nagel said many mothers in high-risk pregnancies were “dehumanized” through “unethical measures.” They were allowed only one support person during their stay on the antenatal unit, separating them from children or partners for weeks or months.

“Mothers were told to wear a mask during labour,” Nagel said. “If it was a C-section, dad was not allowed in the O-room, so mom had to stay there by herself. If she was put under general anesthetic, both parents missed the birth of their baby.”

Nagel said mothers were “threatened that if they didn’t get a [COVID-19] test done and their baby was taken to the NICU, they wouldn’t see their child for three days minimum. And babies were only seeing a masked mother’s face or parents’. [W]hen the masks came off, they were terrified because they didn’t recognize their own parents’ face and would cry relentlessly until the mask went on.”

Older children have also been instilled with fear, Nagle said.

“They’re making them scared of each other, connection, even the air they breathe. And when there’s too much fear, that turns into trauma, and trauma turns into terror, and that’s now what we’re seeing in the kids.”

Nagle and three frontline nurses started their five-week speaking tour in Barrie, Ontario July 5. The foursome will speak in Spruce Grove this afternoon, and make many more stops until they reach Victoria July 25. More stops are scheduled for the return trip east.

“The Canada I know is what we’ve been experiencing on this trip,” Nagel said. “Although our country might be vast in size, it is small, and we are so connected and we’re so willing to help each other no matter what the cost. We’re willing to put our jobs on the line, friendships on the line…anything it takes to stand up for one another.”

Saskatoon resident and People’s Party of Canada candidate Mark Friesen appreciates the nurses’ courage and knowledge.

“A lot of this information, of course, is stifled and censored. In fact, some of these nurses have lost their job because of their voice,” Friesen said.

“But they continue on, on our behalf. So it’s an incredible, important thing that they’re doing, and I support them 100% and I think we should support them 100%.”

Lee Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan.

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  1. Left Coast

    July 15, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Kristen Nagel is 1000% correct . . . Canada’s Crime Minister & the 10 Premiers dropped the Wuhan Virus ball big time . . . and to this day these clowns have learned nothing.

    Insurrection? Hardley . . . Speaker Nancy Peelosi who was in charge of security & the DC capitol Police had a skeleton crew intentionally . . . we now know FBI operative were inflaming the crowd. DC Police opened the doors and a few hundred walked in.

    The real insurrections were in Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland & Seattle where looting, rioting and burning went on for most of last year as Demokkkrats cut Police Funding.

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Kenney leadership review to be held April 9 in Red Deer, in convention-style vote

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

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Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

A pay-to-vote leadership review of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney will be held April 9 in Red Deer, the Western Standard has learned.

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

The source said the board felt it was “being generous” to the 22 rebel ridings by holding a review in April.

Details on how much it will cost to go to the conference are still being worked out, but it will be a system where you have to pay to vote, the source said.

Those details are expected to be announced in January.

While the board meeting was “friendly,” pro-Kenney factions later held long discussions to plan strategy, said the source.

A convention-style review appears to favour Kenney as opposed to a one-vote-per-party-member system as Kenney is famed for his political organizing power.

His office came under fire last month for allegedly using money from third-party political action committees (PACs) to send people to the UCP AGM which turned into a Kenney love-fest that left the leader smiling.

Kenney denied knowledge of the PAC money.

“I’m not involved in third party organizations, but third party political organizations are free, within the law, to be involved in politics,” said Kenney.

Prior to the AGM Airdrie-Cochrane UCP MLA Peter Guthrie sent Kenney a letter which said the party was on the verge of collapse. 

“Public opinion continues to wane, and we may be at a point where this party cannot be salvaged,” writes Guthrie, in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“Membership has fallen from 150,000 to less than 10,000 and fundraising is evaporating along with our credibility.”

Much of the UCP grassroots frustration has come on the heels of controversial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Kenney also brought in a vaccine passport scheme he vowed never to introduce.

Another scandal that infuriated UCP members was when the infamous pictures were published of Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace” in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney would 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.

But the expected caucus revolt failed to materialize.

At one point the caucus booted MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes for dissension.

Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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YouTube cancels Western Standard for reporting news story

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

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YouTube issued one strike against the Western Standard for reporting on a Calgary police officer who was put on leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccinations.

YouTube sent the notification via e-mail to Derek Fildebrandt, president and CEO of the Western Standard, on Wednesday, and stated the video included in the story violates YouTube’s “medical misinformation policy.”

“YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO),” said the e-mail.

“YouTube banned our account for sharing content that contradicted the advice of the WHO and local health authorities,” said Fildebrandt.

“But the WHO and local health authorities contradict themselves. One such health authority, Alberta Health Services (AHS), had to contradict itself after the Western Standard caught them lying to Albertans about which they falsely claimed was a COVID-19 death of a child.”

The notice indicated YouTube had removed the video stating, “We know this might be disappointing, but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all.”

In the video, an emotional Const. Brian Denison, a 24-year veteran with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), explained the turmoil he has faced for refusing to be vaccinated by the December 1 deadline set out by the CPS.

Denison, one year from retirement, called the vaccine policy a “farce” and said the CPS is “bullying” staff. He also described the segregation of society into the “vaccinated and unvaccinated” as similar to Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The Western Standard’s News Editor Dave Naylor covered the story in an unbiased fashion and included the video of Denison.

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

The YouTube team further warned a second strike will result in a two-week suspension and three strikes within a 90-day period would result in the channel being permanently removed.

“YouTube — like other big tech and big social corporations — is so terrified of being regulated by the government that it over-regulates itself,” said Fildebrandt.

“In time, these monopolies will destroy themselves.”

The Western Standard has already submitted an appeal to YouTube and contacted their press department, as well as moved the video in question to Rumble.

“Of all the social media giants, YouTube has the weakest monopoly,” said Fildebrandt.

“They can ban the Western Standard and other media from posting legitimate news content all they like, and we’ll just put it on other platforms. That’s why we’ve been making a concerted effort to utilize platforms with a greater respect for free speech, like Rumble.”

The Western Standard did not receive a response from YouTube’s press department in time for publishing.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Canada joins growing diplomatic boycott of Chinese 2022 Olympics

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

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First, it was the US. Then Australia. Now Canada has joined the list of countries refusing to send diplomats or high-level officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete.

“For months, we have been coordinating and discussing the issue with our allies,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday.

“As many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.

“This should not come as a surprise” to the Chinese regime, said Trudeau.

“(The athletes) need to have one thing in mind and that’s representing the country to the best of their ability and winning a gold medal for Canada,” he said.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons passed a motion calling the violence directed at religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.” Trudeau and his cabinet were absent for the vote.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said it “understands and respects” the decision and applauds the effort to “draw an important distinction between the participation of athletes and the participation of government officials.”

Canada’s last Olympic boycott was in Russia in 1980, protesting that country’s invasion of Afghanistan.

The US announced its decision on Monday.

“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the [People’s Republic of China]’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing.

Chinese officials have already said the US will pay for its boycott.

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