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CPC bars Yukon candidate for not supporting public health guidelines

A party spokesperson says Jonas Smith doesn’t support certain public health guidelines




The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is barring a candidate — who describes himself as “…just a regular, every day Yukoner” — from running as its Yukon candidate in the anticipated federal election.

The party said in an e-mail Jonah Smith “…is no longer our candidate after several discussions about his unwillingness to support public health guidelines.”

Smith’s campaign office responded, saying: “The reason behind the disallowing of Smith’s candidacy is his opposition to calls for implementation of mandated workplace vaccinations and vaccine passport requirements in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Smith calls the move “devastating” for the party’s base in Yukon, according to the CBC.

The Liberal Party named Brendan Hanley—announced on Tuesday that he is taking leave as the territory’s chief medical officer while campaigning— as its Yukon candidate. 

Smith narrowly lost to outgoing Liberal MP Larry Bagnell in 2019, who’s set to retire from federal politics.

Smith formerly told CBC News he decided to run again based on what he said was a strong showing of support for him during the last election.

Smith is the former president of the Klondike Placer Miners’ Association, and he also served as president of the territorial Yukon Party and has worked in the premier’s office.

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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. Proudly_Free

    August 14, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Here we go again with soft commie O’Fool talking out of both sides of mouth, a mouth which has about the same level of IQ as a horse’s ass. He stands up and declares publicly that the Crapshoot Party of Canaduh supports Canadians’ right to make their own healthcare choices, meanwhile behind closed doors he and his fellow horse-ass compatriot cronies disbar a good candidate and true independent thinker from running. Why the freaking hell am I not surprised? Oh wait, it’s because the CPC has been a farce show ever since Stephen Harper stepped down. But then again, political parties are also a farce. Time for a free Alberta, free from the tyranny of commie Canada and free from the corporate tyranny of political party-mob rule. A system in which all elected officials operate as independents and only as independents.

  2. Matt C

    August 14, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    The CPC has made the mistake that many politicians on the conservative side of the spectrum have made: they water-down their conservative views in the hope that the media will view them, and report on them, in a more favorable light. That is a mistake.

    Conservatives need to articulate conservative policies unabashedly and then convince reasonable people of the efficacy of those policies. Salt that has lost its flavor is thrown out and trampled on.

  3. John Lankers

    August 14, 2021 at 8:23 am

    PPC for Central and Eastern Canada, Maverick for the West.

  4. Cosmo Kramer

    August 13, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    This is one good person who deviated from the Covid narrative and look what happened to him. No doubt all CPC candidates who are allowed to run will be fully on board. Do NOT vote Liberal nor CPC.

  5. Left Coast

    August 13, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    O’Toole, the guy who had the Sharia Law promoting Campaign Manager, is at it again.

    “Public Health Guidelines” . . . that have been wrong & incompetent for 18 months?

    Poor Erin is just too clueless for words . . . everything he does is the OPPOSITE of Common Sense. I suspect like many Politicians he has NONE.

    This guy Smith should run for the PPC . . . the only Party whose Leader was visible during the PlanDemic and calling out the fraudsters.

  6. berta baby

    August 13, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    People’s party son this guy sounds good to me

  7. Steven

    August 13, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    O’Toole’s CPC is a party based on diversity? Is that diversity for colour of ones skin only Erin? Has the CPC really gone to the dark side? Freedom of thought & conscience now being controlled by the Party.

    Sounds like the CCP instead of the CPC. If I wanted to live in China Erin O’Toole & I don’t. That is a horses ass move by the CPC in banning someone who has a difference of opinion & stance on public health guidelines.

    The CPC isn’t the party I want representing Albertans in Ottawa. GO Maverick, show O’Toole how it’s done.

  8. Claudette Leece

    August 13, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Like Conservatives don’t have enough problems, you just never learn OToole. Enjoy four more years of Trudeau you tool

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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