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Separate line introduced for un-vaccinated individuals at YVR

“I believe it will be happening at all airports in Canada that are accepting international flights.”




International travellers arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) now have separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The un-vaccinated line also applies to those who are partially-vaccinated.

If YVR is your final stop:

  • Fully-vaccinated passengers will register, conduct day-1 test in terminal, and are exempt from the government-authorized hotel quarantine.
  • Non or partially vaccinated passengers will register, conduct day-1 test, receive a Day-8 test kit and must proceed to their government-authorized hotel for quarantine.

If you are connecting through YVR:

  • Fully-vaccinated passengers with a same-day connection will obtain registration instructions and Day-1 take-home kit and proceed to the departures area.
  • Non or partially-vaccinated passengers with a connection will register, conduct Day-1 test, receive Day-8 test and proceed to their government-authorized hotel for quarantine.

“Under the direction of the government of Canada, passengers entering the country from anywhere international or the US are being split into vaccinated and non or partially-vaccinated ques, just before reaching Canada customs,” a YVR representative told the Western Standard.

“It was put in place as a federal government policy to ‘streamline the border clearance process.’

“I believe it will be happening at all airports in Canada that are accepting international flights.”

According to the government of Canada’s website, those who who want “exemptions” must upload their proof of vaccination in the ArriveCAN app with the following information:

  • the details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received).
  • the details of your second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines).
  • a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of your vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations.
  • preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read.

At this time, there are no exemptions from testing, hotel stopover, or quarantine for travellers who haven’t received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the government of Canada, according to their website.

Upon testing positive, non/partially-vaccinated travellers are required to undergo supervised quarantine at government-approved accommodation for three days before proceeding home for a total 14-day quarantine.

The “stay” at a government-approved facility is at the traveller’s own cost, approximately $2,000/person. Once at the facility, you are told to remain in your assigned room unless escorted by an official.

The government of Canada’s website says violating any instructions provided to you when entering Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act. It could lead to one or both of the following:

  • a fine of up to $750,000
  • up to six months in prison

Enforcement of the Quarantine Act has been inconsistent throughout Canada, and the legal validity surrounding its enforcement is contested.

If an individual receives negative test results, they may carry on to their personal 14-day quarantine location.

The tests conducted at YVR are polymerase chain reaction tests (PCR), administered by Life Labs.

PCR tests have the potential to yield false positives when used at a higher cycle. Anything over 35 is widely considered to be an ineffective means of detecting live reproductive viral DNA.

The government of Canada does not consider this factor.

The World Health Organization (WHO) sent out a release in December 2020 addressing this issue. It has since been removed but can be read on the Internet Archive here.

“As the positivity rate for SARS-CoV-2 decreases, the positive predictive value also decreases,” says the WHO.

“This means that the probability that a person who has a positive result (SARS-CoV-2 detected) is truly infected with SARS-CoV-2 decreases as positivity rate decreases, irrespective of the assay specificity. Therefore, healthcare providers are encouraged to take into consideration testing results along with clinical signs and symptoms, confirmed status of any contacts, etc.”

An updated WHO release can be read here.

A representative at Life Labs said she could not comment on the amount of cycles used in the PCR tests at YVR airport.

It’s highly likely many of the people who have been herded into quarantine facilities were never actually infected with active viral DNA.

The Western Standard has reached out to both the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for comments, but has not heard back at this time.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. SaskFreedom

    August 4, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Where’s the line for naturally immune? Which has been proven more robust and longer lasting than vaccinated individuals…
    Oh there isn’t one? Why?
    Oh because the goal is for vaccinated quotas, not for determining immunity.
    Ah I see, the goal isn’t “immunity”, the goal is vaccination, whether it provides immunity or not…
    Why, when natural immunity is safer, more robust and longer lasting.

  2. Mars Hill

    July 25, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Story reminded me of a meme a recently saw.

    “I’m not a conspiracy theorist, your a f*****g idiot.”

  3. Left Coast

    July 24, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Daily COVID Deaths In Sweden Hit ZERO, As Other Nations Brace For More Lockdowns

    SENATE TESTIMONY: Child Suicide & Lethal Lockdown Consequences


    Child Suicides spike in Canada . . . caused by Govt & Teachers’ Unions !

  4. Tony

    July 24, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Meanwhile in Sweden, where kids have been going to school uninterrupted and unmasked, no lockdowns have been imposed and the vaccination rate is approx 50%, the number of covid deaths has fallen to zero. Probably nuthin’…….

  5. berta baby

    July 23, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    I recall reading about white and coloured water fountains and entrances and certain places for the certain people on buses…. Gross intolerance and political segregation over a joke of a political virus … the germans did that to the Jews as well, they didnt just round them up it was years of calling them dirty and plague spreaders , which worked because plague was very common in the getto’s where they held the life unfit for life… A common phrase used to describe Jews and political prisoners and gypsys and Russians and Germans who helped the jews…. Our politicians should be ashamed of themselves…shame on them

  6. Proudly_Free

    July 23, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Mandating untested (at least in the long-term) experimental drugs on people is, just like sexual crimes, domestic violence and the like, a direct assault on every person’s fundamental right to bodily integrity, which in turn is part of the larger right to security of person. Bodily integrity simply means that I cannot be forced to have anything, be it a substance, foreign object, or another human being’s sexual organ, inserted into me against my will, nor can I be discriminated against for such refusal. In fact, no one has the right to touch my body without my express consent, even if such touching and contact is said to be for the alleged benefit of my own health.

    It is this right that allows us to live in a society free from fear due to assault, torture or coercion of any kind. The fear campaign that has surrounded COVID for the last 16 months already violated this psychologically, economically, relationally and spiritually long before these experimental drugs even came to market. Now, it is complete, affecting us at the level of our own bodies and not just those of others. We were already made to live in fear of others’ bodies through the face diaper and distancing mandates. Now we need to live in fear for the choices we make regarding our own health and the substances we choose to have put into us.

    I am working at trying to fight back against this Severe Acute Tyrannical Syndrome by launching two online and on-the-ground campaigns, one for bodily integrity and the other to fight censorship. Stay tuned. I’ll keep y’all updated, including on ways to get involved.

  7. K

    July 23, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    F****** evil, but it won’t last. Either, the covidians will be killed off by their own medicine, or they’ll wake up and go nuts after years of psychological torment. We just have to bide our time and not comply.

    We know this is all fantasy. The truth WILL come out, as it always does. The ‘unclean’ ones (healthy) are on the right side. In the mean time, stock up. There’s a storm coming.

  8. Left Coast

    July 23, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    This is complete insanity . . .
    for a Virus that has a 99.5% survival rate amongst the under 70 healthy population.

    Likely l/3 of the Canadian population has Natural Immunity from coming in contact with the virus . . . where’s their LINE? Stanford Drs. said this was much better than the now failing Experimental Vax. New Jersey just reported 49 people died of Covid who were Vaccinated.

    Our Low Intellect Crime Minister wants to turn us into Cuba North . . . wake the hell up folks ! ! !

  9. Cosmo Kramer

    July 23, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    This is another lockstep in the direction of tyranny. Keep in mind that these are not vaccines but experimental gene therapies approved for emergency use only. The US VAERS database currently has over 11,000 deaths due to these injections (injuries are much much higher) and it is speculated that the real number is higher by a factor of 5. Canada does not record these incidents in any meaningful way.

    The government is aggressively promoting a very dangerous treatment for a virus with a 99.8% survival rate and which mostly affects over 70 years of age with 2 or more co-morbidities. They are committing crimes against humanity. I do not know how these monsters can live with themselves.

    So those without injections will be forced into extremely expensive hotels without food or water and at risk of rape.

    That this whole criminal government is voted in by the area codes of the greater Toronto area is not democratic in the least and we are powerless.

    This is not working and it is imperative that the west (or at least Alberta) leaves this criminal union. We must support and try and get all other to embrace western separatism and the Wildrose Independence party.

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Loophole benching minor hockey in Cochrane

Within hours of sending out the e-mail, Oaten confirmed between 30 and 40 kids had withdrawn from the program.




Although new restrictions announced this week allow for recreational sports to continue for youth under 18 without proof of vaccination, one minor detail is benching minor hockey players in Cochrane.

Thursday morning, Cochrane Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) President Cory Oaten, was sent an e-mail from Hockey Alberta stating: “…based on Hockey Alberta’s interpretation of current information, minor hockey games and practices can continue, subject to the updated temporary measures that came into effect at 12:01 am this morning.”

However, Friday morning, Oaten was notified by his local facility, Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, it would be requiring proof of vaccination for those 12 and older entering the building.

That morning Oaten notified families registered with CMHA of the new requirement and included a provided statement from the facility and assured families the decision was not that of Hockey Alberta or CMHA.

“… all persons entering the Cochrane Arena or SLSFSC (ages 12+) must show proof of full vaccination, proof of a single dose as long as the dose was given more than two weeks ago, a negative test result or a medical doctor approved medical exemption.”

“Tonnes of kids are withdrawing,” Oaten said.

Within hours of sending out the e-mail, Oaten confirmed between 30 and 40 kids had withdrawn from the program.

“I’m not against the vaccines, but I’m pro-choice,” Oaten said.

The Western Standard spoke with one father who pulled his CMHA player as a result of the facility mandates. He requested to remain anonymous.

“Obviously the government is just passing the buck on this and it’s the businesses that are going to take the brunt,” he said.

A father of four children under the age of 12, he was also in line to coach his son’s team, but will not be permitted inside as he is not vaccinated.  

“We’re not the type of parents that are just going to drop our kids off at a facility and leave them unsupervised,” he said, adding those decisions effectively ended his kids’ participation in CMHA’s sports programs.

He said he also has concerns for the liability involved with those businesses being ill-equipped to manage peoples’ sensitive health records.

“Forget the legality of all this. Morally, we just can’t support businesses that take this approach.”

Alberta Country Singer and former health care worker at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Paul Brandt, took to Facebook on Friday to express his thoughts on the vaccine passport issue.  

Facebook post

“I want to be clear, I am not against vaccines,” his post confirms. “What is troubling to me is this: Why aren’t people who have had COVID and recovered being included in the conversation?”

Brandt’s son is a CMHA player. Both have recovered from COVID-19.

“Why are we not being recognized as people who have adequate immunity?

As of today, my son has also been told by the arena that hosts his hockey association he will not be allowed to participate in sports unless he is vaccinated—even though he has immunity to COVID-19, and is of no greater risk to his peers than anyone else.”

Oaten pointed out that players who have yet to be vaccinated will be eliminated from the important tryouts happening now and, because of wait times between doses and the 14-day waiting period to be considered fully vaccinated, many will miss a chunk of the season.

“It’s about the kids,” said an emotional Oaten.

“What makes me upset is kids are going to have to quit hockey because they don’t want to have to choose a medical procedure in order to play.”

Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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WS EXCLUSIVE: UCP vice-president calls for emergency meeting to initiate leadership review

“I think we need to carefully consider the option of initiating a leadership review. I believe the future of our party may be at stake.”




The Western Standard has obtained an email from the vice-president (policy) of Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) calling for an emergency meeting of the province-wide board of directors to discuss a leadership review of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

Joel Mullan e-mailed the party’s board of directors at 8:33 pm MST September 17, under the subject line “Leadership review—request for meeting.”

“In light of events this past week, I believe we should meet and therefore request a meeting,” wrote Mullan.

“Specifically, I think we need to carefully consider the option of initiating a leadership review. I believe the future of our party may be at stake.”

The Western Standard spoke to a member of the party’s board of directors who received the e-mail who said—on condition of anonymity—a timely review of Kenney’s leadership has “become inevitable.”

As of publishing it’s not known if the request for an emergency meeting has been accepted by party president Ryan Becker or the board at large.

One day before, the Western Standard reported the UCP constituency association (CA) in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills voted almost unanimously to trigger a prompt leadership review of Kenney.

The party currently has a review scheduled for late 2022, but that could be within six months of the next election, and for local CA president Robert Smith, that’s not good enough.

By a vote of 27-1, the CA’s board voted to send a letter to the party demanding a review before that as soon as possible, but before next March, said Smith.

“We would love for it to happen tomorrow,” Smith told the Western Standard.

“In talking to people, mainly rural people, it’s fair to say we have no confidence in the premier.”

While the letter was sent on the heels of controversial new COVID-19 lockdown restrictions introduced by Kenney—including the imposition of a vaccine passport—Smith stressed the letter wasn’t as a result of that, but had been brewing for months.

But he said those restrictions could help the momentum to reach the mark of 22 ridings needed to spark a leadership review.

Smith said he gets a sense in talking to other constituency association leaders “critical mass of 22 ridings could have been reached now.

“I feel confident in saying that target can now be met. I’m surprised it hasn’t been met before,” he said.

Clockwise, Jason Nixon, Tyler Shandro, Jason Kenney, Travis Toews, and an unidentified guest on the rooftop patio of the “Sky Palace”

One of the biggest concerns for the board was when the now infamous pictures f Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace”—in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines—were published.

“The entitlement and the double standard incensed the board,” said Smith.

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

The Western Standard reported earlier there are at least eight ridings now on board for a review.

Even earlier this week there were signs of dissension with the UCP Caucus.

During a tense meeting of caucus Tuesday, three MLAs told Kenney they had “no confidence” in his continued premiership of the province and leadership of the party, multiple sources told the Western Standard.

Sources inside of the caucus told the Western Standard the emergency meeting saw sharp polarization around the issues of putting the province under another lockdown, a potential mandatory vaccine passport, and firing healthcare workers who did not agree to be vaccinated.

According to the MLAs who attended the caucus meeting, three MLAs openly told Kenney they had “no confidence” in him, and several others implied as much using softer language.

The sources all gave the same three names, but none of the three MLAs responded to request for comment or confirmation from the Western Standard.

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THOMSON: An Alberta solution to the drug poisoning crisis

A regulated drug supply is the best deal on offer to shrink public health costs and enforcement budgets and repossess the drug market from organized crime syndicates, while creating good jobs and preserving the lives of thousands of working-age Albertans.




Dr. Euan Thomson is an entrepreneur, scientist and director of EACH+EVERY, a coalition of over 100 Alberta businesses calling for policy action to end the overdose crisis.

Drug poisoning is the leading cause of death among working-age Albertans, claiming more than 1,800 Albertan lives since the beginning of 2020. Almost all of these people were between the ages of 15 and 60, and people in the trades are vastly overrepresented.

These tragedies are more accurately called poisonings because people typically cannot be certain what they’re taking when they consume illegal drugs. Surviving through an unregulated drug supply is its own small miracle, particularly as elephant-strength synthetic opioids like carfentanil now slip through our sieve-like borders.

Let’s face it: synthetic opioids have extinguished any hope of “winning” the war on drugs, given the entire 2016 American fentanyl supply could fit into a dozen oil drums.

Albertans are free thinkers, and this crisis calls for a made-in-Alberta solution that centres personal autonomy, free enterprise, fiscal responsibility, and a healthy irreverence toward federal power. A century into drug prohibition with nothing to show but accelerating body counts, it is time to regain control through a regulated market.

The idea that in a regulated market, we would walk into corner stores and find crystal meth between the Mentos and Tic Tacs would be laughable if it wasn’t so widely cited. For experimenting adolescents, alcohol is at least as hard to obtain as illegal drugs precisely because its access is controlled—a distinction that also encourages open conversations and harm reduction measures. We can implement regulatory barriers as needed to keep kids safe, but only once we control the supply. For adults, the question is much simpler: shouldn’t we be allowed to put what we want in our bodies?

Decriminalization is the first step toward a legal market. Since decriminalizing drugs 20 years ago, Portugal has among the lowest youth drug use rates in Europe and effectively left its drug poisoning crisis behind. Our federal parties are short on details around their vision for ending Canada’s crisis, but the Western Standard Editorial Board recently gave the federal NDP’s platform section on drug policy the only A-grade for endorsing decriminalization and other measures emphasizing personal autonomy and freedom from harassment by authorities. (For the record, it was one of the only high-scoring parts of the NDP platform from the Western Standard.)

It turns out, people across the political spectrum agree after a hundred years, criminalization has failed to even slow down drug use, let alone end it.

While personal autonomy and market philosophy are intuitive drug policy cornerstones, the fiscal argument is at least as compelling. The Cato Institute reports ending the War on Drugs would eliminate $27 billion USD a year from American enforcement budgets and siphon $40 billion a year from organized crime. For Canada, this translates to billions cut from our enforcement, judicial and incarceration balance sheet and billions added to taxable sales. Meanwhile, reducing hospital visits due to drug poisonings could single-handedly solve the chronic ambulance shortages squeezing our emergency response capacity.

A regulated drug supply is the best deal on offer to shrink public health costs and enforcement budgets and repossess the drug market from organized crime syndicates, while creating good jobs and preserving the lives of thousands of working-age Albertans.

How can we propel this plan against the drag of federal inaction?

First, set up a province-wide exemption from Section 56 of the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to abolish police enforcement of drug possession laws.

Next, support Albertan pilot projects to prescribe safe supply options to encourage more widespread access and choke off the demand for a street supply. Non-profit compassion clubs would cover those who cannot afford their prescriptions, as we saw during cannabis prohibition.

Finally, establish the first provincial Section 55 exemption to allow for drug manufacturing and distribution here at home, a move that would instantly benefit a Lethbridge-based operation and their partners in the nearby Blood Tribe. Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis already looks after compliance for legal drugs; we can apply similar stringency around labelling on the new products so people know what they’re taking.

Then watch as other provinces struggling with the same crisis adopt this updated, evidence-based Alberta Model; one that aligns compassion for people who use drugs with core values shared by so many in this province: personal autonomy, free enterprise, and fiscal responsibility.

While we’re at it, we can thumb our collective nose at a century of bad federal policy—all together, on brand for Alberta.

Tell your local federal and municipal candidates, as well as your provincial MLA, you want to see your values reflected in our drug policies.

Dr. Euan Thomson is an entrepreneur, scientist and director of EACH+EVERY, a coalition of over 100 Alberta businesses calling for policy action to end the overdose crisis.

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