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Poll shows Canadians will avoid non-vaccinated friends

The study also revealed that three in ten Canadians are more anxious than excited to return to pre-pandemic activities.

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Canadians are now getting more than just physical side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations.

An Angus Reid poll out Wednesday shows more than half of Canadians who opted to become immunized during the COVID-19 pandemic are “unlikely” to spend time with those who remain unvaccinated.

The study surveyed Canadians who received at least one dose of vaccine, and 53% of them said they won’t likely be spending time with those who haven’t been immunized.

Results seem split in terms of people’s views towards whether it is gauche or not to ask others about their vaccination status. More than half of those surveyed who have received at least one vaccine dose claim “it’s perfectly fine to ask someone about their vaccination status.”

But three-quarters of those opting out of any dose of the vaccine said asking whether they’ve been immunized, especially in the case of strangers, is inappropriate.

Age seems to be playing a factor, as almost two-thirds of young Canadians aged 18 to 34 say “as long as they are personally protected through vaccination they’ll socialize with unvaccinated people” according to the Angus Reid study.

That’s compared against a majority of Canadians over the age of 65 saying they’re likely going to avoid those who haven’t opted to be vaccinated.

The study also revealed three in 10 Canadians are more anxious than excited to return to pre-pandemic activities, with two-thirds of Canadians (67%) supporting the idea of a vaccine passport for large events in their provinces.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Premier Jason Kenney of Alberta have said they will not bring in vaccine passports.

Despite this, 69% of Ontarians and 52% of Albertans are still in favour of a vaccine passport.

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

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23 Comments

  1. Josh

    July 22, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Here I am trying to do the opposite. Comfort the minds of those scared to go near people that decided to take the jab.

  2. Susan Grant

    July 22, 2021 at 10:19 am

    If you ask me, then BE prepared I amgoing to ask you about EVERY contagious germ you carry and your vax and heath status on ALL. I asked my family not because I was afraid for myself BUT because I did not want to further expose them to anything during extreme exposure! My sisters told me MY daughter to me its none of my business.

  3. Left Coast

    July 22, 2021 at 9:22 am

    This Poll is just soooooooo Canadian . . . lol

    Who else but the Dumb Canooks would be scared after receiving the Experimental Vaccine that is supposed to protect them up to 90%? Obviously you didn’t believe the Govt hype!

    These are the same Dumb Canooks that thought a Never had a Real Job Candidate would make a great Prime Minister.

    The reality is . . . likely 25 to 30% of Canadians have Natural Immunity from coming in contact with the Wuhan Virus in the last 18+ months. According to Stanford Drs. this is far better than the Vaccine. Now we are seeing Vaccinated people coming down with Covid . . . some of the Vaccines don’t last as long as they assumed.

    I have lost friends because of the Vaccine too . . . they got the shot & died!

  4. Charmaine Loewen

    July 22, 2021 at 9:19 am

    So let me get this clarified in my mind. People get jabbed because they believe it will protect them from a virus, but they avoid people who don’t get jabbed because they don’t trust this jab to protect them from the virus? I’m confused.

  5. CLAY STOWELL

    July 22, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I only received the “jab” so I can visit my extended family in the US. I do visit with non-vac. friends and do not feel anxious.

  6. Mrs. Bark

    July 22, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Who paid for the poll? That is the question. Angus Reid does not do the poll without being paid. Figure out who is behind this and the answer will follow.

  7. David

    July 22, 2021 at 7:12 am

    I took a poll. 100 % of the people polled dismissed Angus Reid as statist propagandists.

    Honestly, 100% of those respondent’s were having morning coffee at the time the poll was taken, so you may reasonably dismiss the results as fresh out of bed crankiness.

  8. K

    July 22, 2021 at 7:08 am

    @PENNY4YOURTHOUHTS Absolutely, it’s all BS. Polls are used as weapons in the information war we are currently in, to demoralize those of us who are not brainwashed, and sway the opinions of the fence sitters.

    We’ve seen how they manipulated the death counts, the cases counts, why do we have any reason to believe this many actually desire the vaccine, segregation, or vaccine passports? It’s all propaganda.

    They are trying to create a false reality—and, for the stupidest of us it is working—But we’re not all as stupid as they think we are. Polls like this would not exist if there was broad consensus.

  9. RussG

    July 22, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Good. I have already had tiffs with relatives over this. If people were stupid enough to get the jab without proper research and wanting to ignore all the verified evidence that is out there, then I don’t want to associate any more with you either. I would rather be friends with intelligent people.

    And please, you jabbers, please stay away from me. I don’t want you shedding all those spike proteins infecting me and my friends.

    But, I will probably attend your funerals.

  10. Mars Hill

    July 22, 2021 at 12:26 am

    that’s what i call a blessing in disguise

  11. Cath

    July 21, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Great news that the ‘vaxed’ will avoid the ‘unvaxxed’. First of all, it’s not a vaccine; it’s an experimental gene therapy injection. Evidence is mounting that those who have been injected are likely transmitting the toxic spike protein to those who haven’t been injected with the result that those who are not injected are experiencing symptoms. The not injected crowd should be very relieved that the spike protein makers want to stay clear of them.

  12. Can’tfixstupid

    July 21, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Angus Reid, absolutely 100% bought and paid for by the corrupt liberal government!! Pretty sure all the polling agencies are controlled by trudeau, if that waste of skin said the sun would not rise tomorrow I’m positive the polls would reflect that.

  13. Adam Bartlett

    July 21, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    There was a poll from a few months ago saying that 85% of Canadians wanted a vaccine passport. That was untrue. This poll is also not true. MSM polls are done to manipulate public opinion not to understand it. They poll specific regions that favor their bias.

  14. John Lankers

    July 21, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    I can not believe how stupefied people (in most developed nations) have become, when buying a computer or car they do research to make an informed purchasing decision but in the case of the rona they blindly trust the most corrupt government in human history and the WHO.
    I’m starting to understand how the Nazis managed to manipulate one of the most educated people in the world to fall in line with their evil goals. May God be on our side!

  15. Hrant setrakian

    July 21, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    More like the damn opposite, I’ve upped my doses of vitamins just to feel safe in public from being around people experimenting with their lives with these criminal shots. If anything us unvaccinated with gene therapy need to keep away from these spike protein variant spreaders.

  16. Hrant setrakian

    July 21, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    More like the damn opposite, I’ve upped my doses of vitamins just to feel safe in public from being around people experimenting with their lives with these criminal shots. If anything is unvaccinated with gene therapy need to keep away from these spike protein variant spreaders.

  17. francis witzel

    July 21, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    I agree with all of these comments, shows you who reads this paper , the informed

  18. berta baby

    July 21, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    whats that song say … you find out who your friends are… lol also do any of these double digit IQ people understand the concept of vaccination? you do that to protect …. wait for it…. YOUR SELF. wow huh, so if you take the experiment your fine and if you decide not to hang out with the non vaccinated GOOD after your done staying in your home go fleck your self

  19. j n

    July 21, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    The cities are cesspools of morons

  20. Penny4YourThouhts

    July 21, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Does anyone believe polls? Has no one learned yet that these stats are paid for PROPAGANDA? Does anyone think that 52% of Alberta has suddenly become socialist? If so, then the brainwashing campaign has been far more successful than I thought.

  21. Andrew Red Deer

    July 21, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Watch the lawsuits start to fly…. announced yesterday 50,000 dead from vaccines in the USA alone. Billion dollar lawsuits coming. If you were part of the problem, find a good lawyer.

  22. Matt C

    July 21, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Everyone who is seriously concerned about catching the Wuhan cold, should get the vaccine and then shut-up about it.
    If the vaccine works, they’re protected.

  23. KC

    July 21, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    What the heck is wrong with people?? Does no one remember Nazi Germany and the requirement for “papers” to be able to do things and eventually get jobs etc…? Vaccine passports are a BAD IDEA!! Plus this idiocy of not hanging out with unvaccinated people is mind boggling. The risk is MOSTLy to the unvaccinated person as to whether they could potentially get sick. If the vaccine is as good as the media and the government says no one who has been vaccinated will ever need to worry.

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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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