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BC to get vaccine passports – no exemptions, a must-have to attend certain events

To enter certain spaces, such as indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining in restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events — like conferences and weddings — people 12 and older will be required to show their proof of vaccination.

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Saying there is still more work to do, BC Premier John Horgan announced the province will soon require proof of vaccination for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events in the coming months.

“The Delta variant and an increase in cases, largely within the unvaccinated population, has led us to pause and reflect on what steps and what measures we can we take through public health and through other initiatives to protect British Columbians and to protect businesses,” said Horgan, who was flanked by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Adrian Dix, BC’s minister of health.

“Vaccines are our ticket to putting this pandemic behind us,” said Horgan during an early afternoon press conference on Monday.

 “So I call on all eligible unvaccinated British Columbians to roll up their sleeves to stop the spread, and help protect themselves, their loved ones and the people in their community. British Columbia has one of the strongest vaccination rates in Canada with 75% of eligible people now fully vaccinated, but there is still more work to do.”

The new order from Henry will require British Columbians to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access a wide range of social, recreational, and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province.

As of September 13, one dose of vaccine will be required for entry to these settings. By October 24, entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated at least seven days after receiving both doses.

To enter certain spaces, such as indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining in restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events — like conferences and weddings — people 12 and older will be required to show their proof of vaccination.

This step will continue to increase the vaccination rate across the province and provide confidence to fully vaccinated people that those around them are also fully vaccinated, said Henry.

“I’m grateful to every single person who has taken the time to receive their COVID-19 vaccine,” said Henry.

“While our vaccination rate continues to rise, we are still seeing waves of transmission primarily amongst those who are not fully vaccinated. These new measures will help reduce transmission and keep our communities safe and ensure we can continue to keep businesses open and safely enjoy much-needed social events.”

British Columbia reported 663 new cases of COVID-19 Friday. More than half the 6,345 active cases were in the Interior Health region.

The pandemic has so far infected about 159,000 British Columbians, killing more than 1,785. About 151,000 recovered.

The vaccine certificate system follows a push from restaurants and other businesses that asked the province to provide consistent rules.

A web link will be soon be provided, where people can confidentially access their proof of vaccination, said the government release. Individuals will be able to save a copy of their proof of vaccination to their phone to show it when entering or using designated businesses and events. Individuals who cannot access their proof of vaccination online will be provided with a secure alternative option.

“Getting vaccinated keeps everyone in B.C. safe and stops the spread of COVID-19,” said Dix.

“And getting vaccinated is the best choice to protect yourself, the people you love and to ensure you can continue to participate in these public and private events and settings. Our B.C. vaccine card is an essential interim action until we transition to a federally compliant proof of vaccine.”

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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26 Comments

  1. Left Coast

    August 26, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Soon Israel may no longer be able to hide the very obvious about the Covid vaccine, despite booster doses, lockdowns and suppression of V data

    Leaked yesterday – 95% of deaths in the vaccinated and a huge jump from June.

  2. Left Coast

    August 26, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Media & Politicians completely DROPPED the Ball on Covid . . . Politicans are Stupid . . . what’s Western Standards excuse . . . .

    How Government Intervention Led to Failures in US Virus Policy: John Tamny

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/virus-policy-failures-a-result-of-government-intervention-john-tamny_3965580.html?utm_source=News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-08-25-3&est=47c7Rxm33OF%2FeOjEzBJjrXvuT9fJCsSlqkJ2%2Bk4usZOduD5NEKBLpnKeXrCfJZ4%3D

  3. Deb

    August 25, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    The big push, pressure and coercement to get the vaccine is not about the virus. Think about this. The vaccine does not stop you from getting or spreading the virus. Vaccinated people can still get sick just like an unvaccinated person. The vaccine is suppose to help lessen the symptoms of the disease and hopefully the need to seek medical help. They are trying to get everyone vaccinated so the can get every person on the plant on a digital vaccine passport, the only way they can do this is to get every single person vaccinated.
    Business’s think long and hard about this pressure you are being put under to do there dirty work.

  4. Deb

    August 25, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    If people support this everyone even them will be in trouble. This is the path to complete control. https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/digital-health-passports-the-snare-that-will-lure-many-into-the-one-world-cashless-system/

  5. Robert Lang

    August 25, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    “Vaccines are our ticket to putting this pandemic behind us,” ABSOLUTE LIE.

  6. GonadTheRuffian

    August 25, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    For anyone who doubts that the Wuhan Flu “vaccines” are bioweapons have you heard the latest news? The CDC has just declared that anyone who dies within 14 days of being vaccinated was NOT VACCINATED. Talk about totally faking the statistics. Fauci, Bill Gates, George Soros, all the other Globalists and their Fake Science win again.
    Wake up Sheeple before they fit you for your toe tag.

  7. Left Coast

    August 25, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Zero Science Dr. Bonnie and Never Had a Real Job Horgan could have provided Therapeutics to the Citizens of BC . . . but DID NOT ! Therapeutics could have cut Hospitalizations & Deaths by many 1000s . . . perhaps they should be Arrested for Negligence causing Death!

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/ccp-virus?utm_source=CCPVirusNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-08-08

    Death rates in countries that rely on hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for the treatment of Covid-19 appear to be dramatically lower than death rates in countries that discourage the use of the drug. A new study claims that the death rate in the countries that used HCQ early on was 79% lower than in countries where the drug was not used. (c19study.com).

    The entire “science” of lockdowns, as a strategy to combat a virus- has not undergone any kind of normal scientific vetting. The “lockdown” is a brand new strategy that has literally been dreamed up by a group of leaders in consultation with various “experts”. The concept apparently came from a 2006 high-school science project. It was a strategy – some would say a panicked response -that was very quickly improvised in an attempt to respond to a new virus that threatened to overwhelm health care systems. At this time, there is absolutely no “science” behind the “lockdown” model, as it has never been used before in human history. If the lockdown model required a year-long study before it could be used, it would never have been implemented – which might have been a good thing.

  8. Steven

    August 24, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Canadians deserve the full truth about Covid-19.

    Commie Bonnie & the BC Premier do know that a vaccine passport offers no real protection?

    Fully vaccinated are still susceptible to Covid-19 & the D Variant infection & can spread the infection; according to the CDC. In there Conclusions 27 July 2021 they suggest. “The risks of SARS-CoV-2 infection in fully vaccinated people cannot be completely eliminated where community transmission of the virus is widespread. Vaccinated people can still become infected and spread the virus to others.”

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/fully-vaccinated-people.html

  9. Dave Symington

    August 24, 2021 at 7:53 am

    The citizens of B.C. need to file class action suit against the province. Horgan & Henry and their band of radicals, need go straight to jail! What is going on in Australia will be coming here unless we stand up.

  10. Mars Hill

    August 24, 2021 at 2:05 am

    I think this is what you call natural selection….stupid is as stupid does thingy

  11. Deb

    August 23, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    This is not about vaccination to protect us from a virus that is has an 99.82% survival rate . It is about getting us all to have a vaccination passport. https://www.coreysdigs.com/global/the-global-landscape-on-vaccine-id-passports-and-where-its-headed-part-1/ This is in 5 parts. This is page 1 a link to page 2 in at the bottom of page 1 ext. This will be the most important thing you have read. Forward to all you know.

  12. GonadTheRuffian

    August 23, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    If you want to see the depths of lunacy to which this Globalist/Leftist/”Progressive” madness is heading go to a site called Europe Reloaded and look for a story called “Three Kids Dead After Mass Vax in Australia-Aussie Vet Updates Stew Peters”.
    A former Australian Airforce veteran tells in detail the absolute insanity going on there. It contains extremely important information I have not seen anywhere else in grim, fine detail (all of it covered up of course, by the MSM/Fake News both here and in Australia).
    ABSOLUTELY INSANE!

  13. Kelly Carter

    August 23, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    The erroneous thinking behind the mandatory vaccination is mind boggling. This is not a vaccination for measles, or small pox or polio, all of which are highly effective, and because of the type of those viruses and the fact they do not mutate quickly vaccines can and do provide herd immunity to the point of irradicating the disease like in small pox. COVID is very different. It is an RNA virus that mutates readily and frequently. This makes any vaccination much less effective than it needs to be to create herd immunity, therefore mass vaccination can not irradicate COVID. More importantly it appears that the vaccine for COVID does not stimulate the memory T cell pathway hense the sudden need for a third booster. The only thing the vaccine has been useful for is reducing the severity of the disease should one become sick especially in the at risk group. The vaccinated can get sick, can die, and can spread the disease as effectively as the unvaccinated.

  14. SaskFreedom

    August 23, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Totally illegal, in about 10 different ways. Privacy law breaches, medical discrimination breaches, religious discrimination, Nuremberg Code, right to freedom and unreasonable search, etc etc.
    How are they able to just break all these laws and pretend they aren’t? They must be counting on a bunch of people dying and everything collapsing before all this goes to court.

  15. garden ho

    August 23, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Protests held twice weekly, Wednesday and Saturday noon-2pm, in front of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria. Stand up, join us in fighting for the return of our freedom. Wonderful like minded people with lots of information.

  16. Deb

    August 23, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    “Vaccines are our ticket to putting this pandemic behind us” “These new measures will help reduce transmission and keep our communities safe”
    Aw, did I miss something? Vaccination doesn’t provide protection from Covid 19 nor does it stop the transmission of Covid 19.
    Yet unvaccinated people are being discriminated against …… segregated from society and being bullied into taking an experimental Vaccine that has never been used on humans before.
    We have freedom of choice in Canada. Many people fought and died for us to have this freedom .Freedom to choose for each of us weather you choose to be vaccinated or not. These measures are putting every Canadian at risk of losing there freedom. This is a pandemic of Fear for a virus with a 99.82% survival rate.
    https://www.coreysdigs.com/health-science/covid-19-pt-5-psychologists-scientists-and-the-cia-tell-us-fear-is-the-real-killer/

  17. LisaEh

    August 23, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    The tyrannical push for everyone to be jabbed isn’t suspicious at all…

  18. Left Coast

    August 23, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    I don’t know a single person in my small sphere that got the Wuhan Flu in 2020 or 2021 . . . but I know of 5 who got sick from the Vaccination. 2 of them Died.

    ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VIDEOS – YOU WILL SEE IN YOUR LIFE!
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/NZU2pSlZiI5M/
    Some food for thought . . . if this guy is correct a game changer!

  19. Left Coast

    August 23, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Never had a Real Job Horgan and clueless Dr. Bonnie are at it again . . .

    As the “Vaccinated” are dropping like flies on a hot day in Israel . . .
    50% of those in Hospital in Britain are the “Vaccinated” . . .
    once again our Clueless and Inept Politicians think they have a solution. Just Laughable!

    CDC withdraws fraudulent PCR testing protocol used to push the pandemic

    After 16 month of completely fraudulent PCR tests that were used to drive pandemic hysteria, the CDC has announced it is withdrawing the junk science testing protocol at the end of this year.

    PCR tests do not deliver quantitative results and can’t count viral loads. Therefore, they are scientifically useless at diagnosing any so-called “infection.”

    The entire covid pandemic has been based on this fraudulent, junk science test. And that means the entire pandemic is a fraud.

  20. Cath

    August 23, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Watch and share this link, “Dr. David E. Martin drops shocking covid info on Canadians”

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/ZUVtNa9xdBnW/

  21. K

    August 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    We need organized action against this NOW. Things are getting (even more) serious. We know these shots are dangerous. We’ve all seen the videos. What can we do?

  22. Cosmo Kramer

    August 23, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    These politicians are literally monsters with no morals, ethics, or empathy. We are just cattle to them and they do not care who suffers or dies. What pathetic lot. Eventually they will have to answer to God for their crimes. The mRNA vaccines do not even work and the deaths and adverse reactions are off the charts.

    I understand that the Novavax vaccine will be requesting emergency approval in the 4th quarter. This is based on solid authentic proven vaccine technology. No one should be allow themselves to be jabbed under duress or against their will. However, for the many who will have a hard time with the government apartheid and human rights violations, it may be worth waiting for Novavax.

  23. berta baby

    August 23, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Time to ditch smart phones and everything else that goes with this stupidity… fuck them

  24. Rose

    August 23, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    I’m wondering if this applies to churches?
    Is this their latest form of church attacks/abuse?

  25. K

    August 23, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    They are really doing EVERYTHING THEY CAN to stick us with this poison. WHAT IS IN THESE SHOTS?!

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.

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As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”

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For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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Lock-down ignoring party host arrested again in Vancouver

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD.

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A man arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) earlier this year for running a “makeshift nightclub” from his downtown penthouse has been convicted of new charges.

Mohammad Movassaghi was initially sentenced to 18 months probation in April, along with 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty in BC provincial court on counts of violating a public health order and selling liquor.

The 43-year-old man hosted hundreds of party-goers to his 1,100 square-foot penthouse near Richards Street and Georgia Street, equipped with cash machines, menus, and doormen.

VPD officers arrived at one of the parties on January 31 after a “witness” reported the event. One of the alleged doormen was issued several fines, however Movassaghi refused to open the door and was defiant with police. Officers returned early Sunday morning with a search warrant and subsequently issued over $17,000 in fines for violations contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

Large quantities of cash were seized as well.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison, following the January 31 arrest.

“If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic, and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Of Addisons’ top concerns was the fact that “none of them were wearing masks.”

A GoFundMe was set up shortly after Movassaghi’s arrest, which stated he’d lost $15,000 in cash and liquor.

The campaign was shut down before it reached $300.

Judge Ellen Gordon compared Movassaghi’s actions with those of a drug dealer, specifically fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine. Her logic being COVID-19 can kill people, and so can fentanyl. Therefore there is “no difference.”

“What you did, sir, is comparable to individuals who sell fentanyl to the individuals on the street who die every day. There’s no difference. You voluntarily assumed a risk that could kill people in the midst of a pandemic,” said Gordon.

Fast forward to August and Movassaghi had violated the court orders again when he began hosting more parties in his penthouse, prompting a second VPD investigation leading to his arrest on Wednesday night.

He has since plead guilty of two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor, says VPD.

Movassaghi has now been sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine — leaving many wondering if he will switch up the location for his next party, possibly somewhere more discreet.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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