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Report: Most COVID Victims older than 85

More than half of pandemic deaths were among people older than 85, said StatsCan.

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The lion’s share of Canadian pandemic victims were 85 and older, lived in long-care homes, had dementia or Alzheimer’s and “may have been at a high risk of dying over this period regardless of the pandemic,” says Blacklock’s Reporter, referring to a federal report.

“Increased Covid-19 deaths may be attributable to the disease taking a heavy toll on people who have been at a high risk of dying over this period regardless of the pandemic,” Statistics Canada wrote in a report to the Commons human resources committee. Coroners’ figures showed “the majority of Canadians who died from Covid-19 were residents of long-term care homes,” said the Briefing On The Impact Of Covid-19 On Seniors.

More than half of pandemic deaths were among people older than 85, said StatsCan. Patients typically suffered from dementia or Alzheimer’s as well as chronic heart disease and pre-existing “cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.”

Pension-age Canadians, as a group, those over 65, accounted for 94 percent of pandemic deaths. “An in-depth examination of this issue will be conducted using 2021 Census data,” wrote researchers.

“The 2021 Census will show how the pandemic has profoundly altered population growth, sources of income, commuting patterns and many other aspects of our lives,” said Briefing.

The report did not detail the impact of school closures, business failures and unemployment attributable to Covid lockdowns. However, the report noted younger Canadians were more likely than seniors to report depression and financial distress.

“Seniors aged 65 and over were least likely to live in households that reported it was ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to meet basic household financial commitments compared to all younger age groups,” said Briefing.

The data follow a Commons health committee hearing last November 20 when MPs questioned whether federal regulators had weighed relative impacts of pandemic control measures.

“I’m just wondering if you could point me to any publicly-available federal data that’s been used to suggest repetitive Covid lockdowns had a better impact on Canadian society than the negative societal impact of job losses, mental health, being separated from family,” said Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill.) Department of Health managers replied they had no analysis.

“The prime minister suggested businesses were better off because of lockdown,” said Rempel Garner. “As a legislator, I’ve been trying to figure out if the measures that have been put in place are actually working.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters November 20 he supported local lockdowns in areas with high infection rates but was “not looking to bring in a federal hammer” that would have imposed a national quarantine.

“Going into lockdown and supporting businesses while we’re in that lockdown is a better way of ensuring their success in a few months, in a few years, than trying to tough through a virus that is running around unchecked,” said Trudeau.

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

Mike D'Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief and Copy Editor for the Western Standard. He worked as an investigative crime reporter at the Calgary & Winnipeg Suns. mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Dennis

    July 15, 2021 at 8:34 am

    And further more, where is our so called Independent Media, Western Standard, True North, Rebel News and more on this story? Are they all afraid of repercussions from the Libranos as well? Disgusting. https://covid19criticalcare.com/

  2. Dennis

    July 15, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Not to mention that the fact that there are safe, effective and inexpensive drugs that could be used in the prevention and treatment that our governments and medical profession are hiding. Every one of these people should be in jail for the crimes they committed. https://youtu.be/Pj4q1hkImIQ

  3. Mars Hill

    July 15, 2021 at 1:23 am

    might have something to do with this…
    https://drcharlieward.com/the-survival-of-the-fittest/

  4. K

    July 14, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    85. Literally higher than the average age of death in this country. Yet, we crash our economy, along with the hopes and dreams of entrepreneurs everywhere while increasing unemployment, brutalize and expand our police force, bombard the public with trauma-inducing sensationalized propaganda for 1.5 years, increasing the suicide rate in all demographics including children, censor social media and the voices of qualified doctors, institute travel bans internationally and nationally, impose curfews, stop families and friends from gathering in their own homes, make face masks mandatory to simultaneously demoralize and empower various segments of our society equally, and flaunt ideas about tracking, tracing, and issuing immunity certifications for a virus that is approximately as deadly as the flu.

    What the hell is going on, exactly? Ask Klaus Schwab.

    At this point, to think there is anything less than the most totalitarian conspiracy happening in our midst makes you, quite literally, retarded.

    Do not put this poison in your veins, we do not know what it is doing to us or what it could do in the future. All of the above came to pass, we have no reason to believe that these ‘jabs’ are for our own good at all. Vaccine passports are coming if we let them. We must resist at all costs.

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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