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BC businesses will not comply with vaccine passports

“We believe in medical privacy”




Following the BC provincial governments announcement of vaccine passports on Monday, thousands of businesses have stated they will not be complying.

The order is set to come into effect on September 13, when one dose of vaccine will be required for entry to various settings such as restaurants, fitness facilities, concerts, sporting events, and more. By October 24, people must be fully vaccinated at least seven days after receiving both doses to enter these settings.

The province says that no exemptions are granted.

In response to the PHO’s announcement, a Facebook group called BC Businesses Against Health Pass was created, and has since grown to more than 85,000 members.

“We believe in medical privacy, and your own personal choice,” writes the group.

“Our Charter Rights and Freedoms are inalienable, and paramount. Let’s all stand together, and stand for a free Canada and support the businesses that share our values.”

Under the same name as the group, an app has been launched with the intentions of compiling a location relevant list of businesses that won’t be enforcing vaccine passports come September 13.

“If you’re a business owner, please make your way over to your respective city and add your business to the growing list!” writes Chase Florell, the man who spearheaded the app.

“This directory isn’t hosted/run by Facebook, so there’s no chance of them taking it down.”

On Instagram, a group called Save Small Business BC has been growing in numbers after featuring BC businesses who will not comply with the passports. If you are a business owner who wants to stay updated, their Telegram link can be found here.

The provincial government says BC’s vaccine card will be in effect until January 31, 2022, adding – with familiar language – that it is “subject to extension.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. Mars Hill

    August 31, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Finally….people are saying enough is enough.

  2. Baron Not Baron

    August 31, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but since this vaxx thing started, I see the ambulance on the road a few times a day. I used to see it rarely. Coincidence? Or we are having a created problem, of which the gvt does not talk, but continue the agenda.

  3. Les

    August 30, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Typical stooge or mindless drone says, “Those that go unvaxxed are being selfish!”

    The reply is and should be:

    No, it is you who push the experimental Covid 19 injections and this includes the FDA failed standards approval one the Phizer injection for it still under clinical studies until 2023, who are selfish.

    You freely took your jabs, nobody here including those who do not wish to be a part of this global experiment told you to not take your injections. But you all feel you have the right to demand others give up their own God given body and life autonomy just to suit your damned freakish, nutty, paranoid minds. THAT IS THE PICTURE OF SELFISHNESS!

    You made your own choice regardless of your reasoning to participate as an experimental guinea pig. FINE! NOBODY TOLD YOU NOT TO! But you anti-liberty, anti-freedom nuts now feel that you have the right to have the obviously Lucifer following governments force these injections onto others or have them lose their civil rights. HOW SICK IN YOUR MINDS MUST YOU ALL BE!?!

    The jerk PM Macron in France claims only a minority of the French are upset by his draconian civil rights robbing mandates against those who choose not to participate in this experiment. In other words he feels the will of the majority over these experimental injections should prevail over the civil rights of the so called minority he claims exist over ‘vaccine’ injections in France. If this mentality is allowed to stand, it shows via history where these vile minds tend to lead a nation too, and that is not pretty folks.

    Even if you have majority rule does not abrogate civil rights of any others including a minority group. Dammit, think for once in your lives. Be you Covid 19 vaxxed or not, you are all on the same page of possible and likely probable tyranny! If you think it then stops at Covid 19 vax passports, YOU ARE NUTS!

    This is not about a low lethality virus… IT REALLY NEVER WAS! This about abuse of power by governments, its bureaucracy and even in bed with large media and other corporations. Do not feel that you are protected by having your Covid 19 proof of vax pass.

    PUSHBACK vaxxed or not. DO NOT SHOW YOUR VAX PASS TO ANY BUSINESS THAT DEMANDS IT! It’s none of their business if you are Covid 19 vaxxed or not! Stop doing business with any businesses that try to enforce such. MAKE THEM PAY AT THEIR BOTTOM LINE!

    If you are an employee of an ignorant employer pushing you to be Covid 19 vaxxed, JUST SAY NO! Force them to make the decision to either accept your rights or possibly fire you! They can’t fire al of you if enough of you say no! But also state to them that it looks as if your value to them as a good and a productive employee is only worth a damned and stats are showing it be more and more of a useless injections anyways. ATTEMPT TO GUILT THEM INTO STOPPING THEIR ABUSE!

    This concerted effort by all vaxxed or not will see governments and idiot employers back down. STAY VIGILANT!

    OBTW it’s election time in Canada and our jerk PM wants to spend over $1billion tax dollars including taxes the un Covid 19 vaxxed will pay to essentially have us build our own virtual, electronic rights stealing prisons via Covid 19 vax passports.

    SO STOP BEING SMUG FOOLISH LITTLE SHEEP IF YOU HAVE GOTTEN YOUR COVID 19 VAX PASS! You are not free and if you support this nonsense you are the selfish ones.

  4. Andrew Red Deer

    August 30, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    You have the right to choose to take the vaccine, why would you deny that right to those who don’t? Why would you deny anyone getting medical help like that 13 year old in the Okanagan, do you want the stormtroopers at your door demanding your passport? My father ezcaped the NAZIS in 38 and the Soviets in 48 and in between he fought for our freedom in France, and on the Russian front with the Czech army. Why in heck would you take away MY FREEDOM for your safety? .

  5. berta baby

    August 29, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Ticket to normal life LOL UNEDUCATED fauci is saying all kids need the needle, Israel says 5-6 months and the “green pass” is only active for 5-6 months from last injection….. people are so flicking stupid. It won’t stop after 2 it only stops when you die , we get to choose how we die that’s it.

  6. Left Coast

    August 29, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    @ Marina . . .

    Israel is one of the most Vaccinated countries and they are having the most issues.
    Why do you think that is?

    Sweden on the other hand has had NO Deaths in August and life there is NORMAL.
    They are only 44% Vaccinated and they are 39th in deaths per 100k citizens.

    Perhaps you should learn about the nRNA Gene therapy they are calling vaccines . . .

  7. Marina Teramond @ NMPL

    August 29, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    The pandemic situation has affected so many areas that we wouldn’t even think of. For instance it’s our social life. If someone said that you need a passport of vaccination three years ago, they’d get canceled in a matter of seconds. However, today the certificate of vaccination is your ticket to a normal life. And in this situation I can understand both sides but still believe that the only way to end the pandemic is to vaccinate as many people as possible. So even though the new law seems like an invasion to our private lives it was made to protect us all.

  8. Woodrow George

    August 29, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Good news. I’m heading to Vancouver Island for the winter. I WILL NOT patronize any business that demands proof of vaccination. I’m vaccinated.

  9. K

    August 29, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Excellent news. Fight back Canadians, your future is literally on the line. I wish that was hyperbole.

  10. Bruce

    August 28, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Well, have not gone to Bring cash in awhile. But have to get app to if do go , will know a friendly face. 100% support to these businesses. Zero for the brown shirt brigade

  11. RW

    August 28, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Wow… Valadamir Putin has just BANNED forcing Russians to get vaccinated, or firing them for refusing to get vaccinated.
    So Russia is now more free than Canada. Next, We’ll need to establish an underground railroad into Russia. Oh my, how times have changed.

  12. Left Coast

    August 28, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Dr. Bonnie and Premier Horgan have LIED to the Citizens of BC for over 18 months.

    They used the PCR Test to gin up Fake Cases and the Media obliged by telling the folks to be very “afraid” of the Wuhan Virus that is going to be with us Forever.

    Last Month the CDC told us that the PCR Test could not tell the difference between the bucket of Corona Viruses of which Wuhan is one. A positive test could have meant you had the Common Cold.

    Today there are roughly 230 people in BC hospitals with the Wuhan Flu . . . but there are almost 200 hospitals in BC, so slightly more than 1 Patient per hospital.

    Now we are starting to see the Hospital admissions in Israel, Britain, Ireland and now Masachusetts are mostly VAXED People . . . what going on here?
    Our coming Flu Season could be very dangerous for the VAXED . . .

  13. Eldon

    August 28, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Wake up Alberta!! Let’s start this patriotism here.
    Remember, compliance just means you go broke sooner.
    We must free ourselves from this marxist, globalist mandate.

  14. Claudette Leece

    August 28, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Hoping someone wakes up in Alberta and starts a group like this. Easy for government to make these rules, there not the ones who will be closing their doors over this

  15. francis witzel

    August 28, 2021 at 6:33 am

    This was the best news today, this is the only way, RESIST

  16. Dennis

    August 28, 2021 at 6:26 am

    Now the latest, the Librano is offering a Billion dollars to the provinces to bring in Vax Passports. Folks, this BS is running amock and has to be stopped. Here in Alberta the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta is our option to take control of our affairs.

  17. Andrew Red Deer

    August 28, 2021 at 5:28 am

    This is the way to fight this tyranny.. Way to go business owners! Save your businesses, save your staff from layoffs and closure.

  18. Mikhail Titov

    August 27, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Where to find good business or sign in ? Information is blocked or deleted by commi.

  19. Deb

    August 27, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Wow Chase Florell and the 85,000 member who have signed on to BC Business Against Heaith Pass you are real Canadian Hero’s fighting for Constitutional Rights and for a free Canada. This is how all this will stop, this we don’t comply, every Canadian standing together to keep our freedom. I think you all have set a fine example of how to stop this discrimination and segregation promoted by our health authorities and politicians, by expressing support for our constitutional right to freedom of choice.

  20. LisaEh

    August 27, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    The only way this bs ends is with resistance and refusal to comply. The more control they get, the more they will take.

  21. Steven

    August 27, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Commie Bonnie & Horgan know what’s good for you eh? How socialist of them.

    What’s next comrades? Australian style beat downs of civilians, by police, who protest?

    Goofy. Covid has been with us almost two years now & it’s going to have to run it’s course. Our economies have to get back on track or Canada will be in more of a financial mess. Trudeau is using covid to bankrupt the country; if you haven’t noticed by the rise of inflation costs.

    Learn to live with covid Bonnie and Clyde. Stop these damned restrictions.

  22. John Lankers

    August 27, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    I hope this starts a storm.
    Interesting (not really), the small town of Ft. St John has more businesses signed up than the big city of Vancouver.

  23. berta baby

    August 27, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    This made my day! Men and women of courage standing against the discrimination and tyranny of the medical regime. I won’t shop or spend money at any store that discriminates against others . Hope people show resistance by supporting these businesses

  24. Luigi

    August 27, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    I love reading real news updates like this! Great to take a stance against turdeau ccp, and Horgan, and dr. Bonnie! You can all go pound sand!

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BC healthcare worker says she’s still suffering adverse effects six months after COVID shot

The 39-year-old youth crisis worker is told she must get her second dose, despite having suffered adverse effects.




Dawn Slykhuis, a 39-year-old youth crisis worker has been told she must get her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, despite still experiencing adverse effects following dose number one.

Slykhuis, who tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020, got her first shot in April 2021.

“I waited a full six months to make sure that I wasn’t going to have a reaction,” Slykhuis told the Western Standard.

“I got the dose on April 28, and then on May 18 I experienced acute sharp pain in my head, like someone was shooting lasers through my brain.”

Slykhuis said the pain lasted for about a week before settling into a more chronic dull pain, and so — fearing the possibility of cancer — she sought medical attention amid an unrelenting series of bad headaches coincided with a sporadically spiked heart rate.

“They expected nerve damage,” said Slykhuis, who began losing feeling in her left arm.

“It got so tingly yesterday I had to go for a CT. I’m waiting to see a neurologist on November 8.”

Dr. Steven Pelech, president and chief scientific officer at Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, and chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, has been voicing concern over potential health risks COVID-19 vaccines may impose — specifically myocarditis.

“Contrary to what a number of people have said, there is no such thing as ‘mild myocarditis,’” Pelech told the Western Standard in an August interview.

“It’s the destruction of the myocytes, the heart cells that contract. When those cells die, they are not replaced in your body and are instead replaced by scar-tissue, which is from fibroblasts — skin cells which don’t have contractile activity, so the remaining muscle cells have to get a little bigger in order to compensate.”

Dr. Charles Hoffe, a physician who practiced in Lytton, BC for over 20 years raised similar concerns to that of Pelech, and he reported patients suffering severe adverse neurological and cardiovascular effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is now clearly apparent with medical evidence from around the world, that the side-effect profiles of the various gene modification therapies against COVID-19, have been vastly understated by their manufacturers, who were eager to prove their safety,” wrote Hoffe in an open letter to BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Interior Health Authority (IHA) suspended Hoffe’s emergency room privileges and he is currently being investigated by IHA and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPBC) for promoting “vaccine hesitancy.”

Hoffe is represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).

Several European countries suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine for people under the age of 30, citing heart inflammation as well as inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.

Iceland has halted the Moderna vaccine for all ages.

“I am a healthy 39-year-old that’s never had nerve damage and all of a sudden I have chronic head pain, nerve damage, and I’m experiencing cognitive deficits as well, which is really hard to talk about because now I want to cry,” said Slykhuis.

“I’m like an old lady seeing my brain slip away. Making errors, dropping things. It’s pretty scary, well, it’s terrifying… to be experiencing these symptoms and still be forced to get another dose to keep my job in healthcare.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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It’s down to the wire for AHS employees as deadline looms for vaccine mandates

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”




Tomorrow is deadline day for AHS workers.

The deadline of October 31 for Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) vaccine mandate is just over two weeks away when all employees and contracted healthcare providers will have to be fully immunized.

The AHS policy was released on August 31 and stated, “the latest an employee could receive their second dose to be in compliance with the new policy is October 16, 2021, which allows for the two weeks that must pass to be considered fully immunized.”

The Western Standard has heard from a number of lawyers representing thousands of clients on many fronts who are looking for legal support in pushing back against these workplace and post-secondary institution vaccine mandates.

One of those lawyers, Jeffrey Rath, of Rath & Company, was recently retained by MyAPSChoice, a group consisting of over 4,000 public service and government employees.

Based on a number of legal claims including violations of constitutional rights and freedoms, employment laws, human rights laws and breaches to the Freedom of Information Act, Rath has been advising his clients to not cooperate with the mandates.

Rath has also released a “generalized open letter” for anyone to use in any workplace or post-secondary institution where a worker or student is facing a mandate to be vaccinated “against their will.”

The letter states: “It is my legal opinion that any policy that vitiates the consent of an employee (including staff, students, volunteers, contractors, and other persons acting on their behalf) by threatening to either terminate or suspend them in order to coerce the employee into being vaccinated is a violation of Canadian Law.”

The letter goes on to cite laws protecting one’s medical privacy and highlights courses of action available including exemptions.

Rath also advises that people do not reply electronically or provide their consent for access to their private medical information and that demands for proof of vaccination be responded to in writing via regular or registered mail.

Page six of the document includes a legal letter that can be used by anyone wishing to claim a legal exemption based on “the illegality of the policy under section 7 of the Charter (of rights and freedoms).”

“This is my generalized legal opinion without reference to any one individual personal circumstance,” said Rath advising that people are welcome to email him if they have more specific circumstances that may require legal assistance or if they are interested in registering as a class-action litigant.

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”

“This is an extraordinary but necessary measure to help protect our vital frontline healthcare teams and help us maintain a safe environment for all patients and clients” said Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of Alberta Health Services.

An AHS official told the Western Standard that “AHS employee requests for accommodation will be reviewed by an Accommodations Adjudication Panel” which includes members from Human Resources, Employee Relations, WHS, Ability Management, and Organizational Ethics.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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WS EXCLUSIVE POLL: Vast majority of Albertans will vote in Senate election




Near seven out of every 10 Albertans are prepared to mark their ballots in the provincial Senate elections on Monday, according to a new poll done exclusively for the Western Standard.

The Mainstreet Research polls show 67% of Albertans said they would vote in the race to elect three senators-in-waiting.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Only 16% of Albertans said they would not participate in the election while another 17% were still not sure whether they would vote at all.

The polling shows a Conservative slate of candidates are currently in the lead, garnering the support of 30% of those surveyed.

Independent candidates are sitting at 17%, People’s Party of Canada candidates at 13% and 28% are still making up their minds.

A total of 12% said they would vote for a combination of candidates.

For those who intend to vote for the UCP in the next election, 75% said they would be voting for the Conservative candidates. For NDP supporters, 37% said they would vote for Independent candidates.

Courtesy Mainstreet research

PPC candidates were the favorite choice of 43% of those aiming to vote for the Wildrose Independence Party.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said while he “expects a slate of Conservatives to be elected” he “was surprised at the number of people who were going to select a mix.”

A full list of the candidates can be found on the Elections Alberta website here.

The analysis in this report is based on results of a survey conducted on October 12-13, 2021, among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample. Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding.

Tomorrow: The Western Standard‘s exclusive poll on party support in Alberta.

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