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Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered to stand trial

Dr. Bonnie Henry will stand trial beginning April 17, 2023




British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, will stand trial and address the concerns of BC-based organization the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Science in Public Policy (CSASPP).

The self-described non-profit, non-partisan, secular, and crowd-funded organization’s objective is to counter BC’s COVID-19 related measures, which have been in place since March 18, 2020 when the provincial government declared a state of emergency.

The ball got rolling on Tuesday morning when CSASPP had their first hearing.

It initially filed their class action suit on Jan. 26, 2021, and Henry must personally submit to answering their questions while under oath.

Yesterday’s hearing – a judicial management conference – was strictly procedural, meaning it was not meant to deal with any of the allegations CSASPP is making in the action, but it did however ensure that the process going forward is not unreasonably delayed.

During the hearing, the Crown opposed solidifying a trial date, saying it was too premature. CSASPP argued it was appropriate, and the judge agreed.

“Dr. Henry, in her capacity as the provincial health officer for the province of BC, and the Crown, will stand trial as ordered by the court starting 17 April, 2023,” writes CSASPP in an August 11 release.

“It will be set for 40 days. We also intend to conduct her examination for discovery well before that.”

The certification hearing will be on the week of June 20, 2022.

“For those of you unfamiliar with class actions, a certification hearing is very important, arguably more so than trial,” said CSASPP.

During yesterday’s hearing, the Crown told the judge that it would like more details regarding what the defendants are being sued for.

The judge told the Crown they’ve been in possession of the suit since January, and therefore should not need much time to discern what the alleged concerns are. He ordered the Crown to provide their requests by August 25, 2021.

The public was able to listen to the hearing via a teleconference option.

“Crown counsel advised the judge prior to the hearing they had not been consulted in our request that public access be made available by teleconference for the hearing,” writes CSASPP.

“Our judge said public access is important, so far as it does not violate the rules of court. He also said the public should be able to listen in real time to what was happening and be informed of any orders that are made.”

The judge stood down the court until the teleconference was up and running, in order to ensure the public was able to listen.

Both parties will return to court for their second case planning conference on Sept. 27, 2021, as ordered by the judge. Instructions on how the public can listen will be updated on CSASPP’s website closer to the date.

On their Go Fund Me page, CSASPP describes how an astronomically low infection fatality ratio, testing kits producing false positives, the disappearance of the seasonal flu, and an overall lack of adequate evidential foundation are being increasingly questioned by legal scholars, small business owners, physicians, nurses, the scientists selling the tests, civil liberty advocacy groups, and many more.

“Since we filed, we’ve been overwhelmed with public support,” said Kip Warner, executive director of CSASPP, in a June 3 interview with the Western Standard.

“Millions of people worldwide are turning off corporate and government news sources as they rediscover the value of thinking for themselves. Consider that we didn’t even put out a news release, and yet awareness of our campaign went viral… no pun intended, shortly after we filed.”

The BC government stands by their actions.

“As this matter is presently before the courts, we will not be commenting on the litigation or the plaintiff organization,” a spokesperson of the Ministry of Attorney General told the Western Standard.

“As set out in the Response to Civil Claim, the province and the provincial health officer deny the allegations made by the CSASPP and say the orders made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are lawful and fully comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

CSASPP says it “will continue to take all reasonably necessary precautions to protect the identity of any high level government whistle-blowers within Dr. Henry’s staff, another governmental entity, or those in the private sector that may communicate with us from time to time.

“If requested, we can make arrangements for encrypted telephone, video, email, or text.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. mm

    Reid Small

    August 26, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks Karen

  2. mm

    Karen Selick

    August 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Reid, if you go to CanLII and search the term “ordered to stand trial” then look under the legislation tab, you will see that every instance in which this term is used is in the context of criminal law or youth criminal justice. It is not a term used in civil law. I don’t care whether CSASPP made the same error or not. It’s an error, and you should bring it to the attention of whoever wrote that headline. Maybe it wasn’t you, maybe it was an editor. However, it undermines the credibility of Western Standard to be using clickbait like this, and since I am an opinion columnist for Western Standard myself, I don’t like to see that happen. Here’s the CanLII search link: https://www.canlii.org/en/index.php#search/type=legislation&text=%22ordered%20to%20stand%20trial%22

  3. mm

    Karen Selick

    August 25, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Reid Small: The people at CSASPP are just laymen like you, so their use of legal terminology is not definitive. I very much doubt whether they have their lawyers write their news releases. Quoting someone who mis-uses language is not an excuse for mis-using it yourself.

  4. Sean

    August 16, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Maybe she should face experts like this guy:

    Also maybe she should consider the story below where Andrew Cuomo has been arrested for his role in altering, & mandating, various bogus initiatives. Also check out Schiff’s fate & story on the same website.

    Also this database is interesting in that there are more than 60 studies proving that Ivermectin is an effective treatment.


    Her choices are dire indeed. Canadians may think they are immune but the Nuremberg Code (1945 – 1946) was produced as a consequence of the Nuremberg Trials in the same time period. These people need to realize that the Nuremberg Code is enforceable in most western nations that agreed to it. Plus there is plenty of case law where the Nuremberg code has been enforced in both US & Canadian jurisdictions. “I was following orders” is not accepted as an excuse or justification. Schiff was just executed at Guantanamo in spite of using that defense.


    I sincerely hope that Bonnie Henry receives the appropriate justice for her role in usurping & aggrandizing her role as a “health expert” – which to me is a laughable designation.

  5. Steve Miller

    August 14, 2021 at 5:30 am

    “stand trial” is perfectly fitting. Like a criminal would. If they succeed it will open the doors for other provinces and I pray they sweep the country.

  6. Mary Hale

    August 13, 2021 at 8:59 pm


  7. mm

    Reid Small

    August 13, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Yes Karen, I know you were a lawyer. This is not the first time I’ve seen you wave the “I was a lawyer” card.

    CSASPP update, 11 August 2021: Dr. Bonnie Henry Ordered to Stand Trial.

    “Dr. Henry, in her capacity as the Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC, and the Crown, will stand trial as ordered by the court starting 17 April, 2023.”

    I am quoting verbatim. Contact their legal counsel with your concerns if you like.

  8. mm

    Karen Selick

    August 13, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Yes, in fact I did listen to the entire thing. I maintain my position that saying she has been ordered to “stand trial” gives a very flawed picture of what actually happened, and what is going to happen. In civil suits, we would say the action will proceed to trial. We don’t say a defendant is going to stand trial. It implies some kind of state action or criminal prosecution. I practiced law for 38 years, incidentally.

  9. SaskFreedom

    August 12, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    2023!!! What a joke this “justice” system is. They better be careful of the message they’re sending the population by dragging out all these trials, they’re doing the same with all the JCCF cases.
    History shows that once court corruption is blatant, and people start to realize it, a country gives up on the system, falls into Banana Republic territory, vigilante justice and stuff like that. There are lots of countries like this. Nobody wants that here. Or maybe they do since a court date that far out is basically spitting in our faces.

    A few other things to be garnered…

    Trudeau’s “Great Reset” fantasy is obviously expected to be completed by 2023. They expect any resistance will be in Trudeau’s anti-vax concentration camps by 2023… and probably a bunch of the sheep will be thinned from side effects by then,, they protect their puppets, as long as they’re still trying to protect their narrative they told the puppets to mouthpiece.

  10. Andrew Red Deer

    August 12, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Propaganda expert warns of global COVID psyop
    ‘Should ring alarm bells for anyone who has even the most basic grasp of history’

  11. Left Coast

    August 12, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Dr. Bonnie & her script writer the incredibly incompetent Adrian Dix rode the Fake PCR Tests for 18 months creating “Fear” & “Scare” with the help of BCs FakeStream Media.

    Anyone with a functioning brain could find the facts, Mullis the Nobel Prize winning inventor of the PCR device said “it was NOT a Diagnostic tool”. Finally after 18 months the US CDC admits the “Test” cannot differentiate between a long list of Corona Viruses & the newest Wuhan Corona Virus. So ALL the “Cases” information was FALSE !

    Then there’s the 12+ Studies regarding Masks . . . ALL agree masks are Useless to stop a Virus. Didn’t Dr. Bonnie believe in Real Science?

    The Flawed Covid Model That Locked Down Canada, Peter St. Onge, June 4, 2020). At this time, there is absolutely no “science” behind the “lockdown” model, as it has never been used before in human history.

    The fact that in the Summer of 2020, the Increase in Drug Deaths was almost DOUBLE Covid Deaths in BC . . . but the incredibly incompetent BC Health Dept soldiered on.

    Canada . . . . 37 Million & 27,000 deaths!
    These African countries did much better . . . .
    Congo 178 deaths . . . 92.3 Million people.
    Tanzania 21 deaths . . . 59.7 Million people.

    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.

    So why did our incompetent Heath officials not tell us about HCQ, Ivermectin, Zinc, Vit D/C?

    The Candace Owens Show: Dr. Stella Immanuel

    ALL this needs to be answered in a Court of Law . . . incompetence should be rewarded!

  12. K

    August 12, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Don’t expect anything to happen, but that doesn’t mean this shouldn’t keep happening. Sue, sue, sue and sue again until the imbecile ‘govern-me-harder, daddy’ cultists in this country get the picture!

  13. Ariana McKone

    August 12, 2021 at 10:40 am

    2023 is justice delayed and justice denied. But maybe knowing she is going to have to provide evidence for her actions will cause her to start thinking of the charter moving forward.

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    Reid Small

    August 12, 2021 at 10:30 am

    @Karen Selick

    Hi Karen, did you tune into the hearing and listen to what the judge said?

    Mr. Justice David A. Crerar ordered a trial, and it begins on April 17, 2023.

    Bonnie Henry is named as the defendant. She has not been removed from the suit, and a trial has been ordered.

    If you disagree with the terminology, fair enough. But your suggestion that this is intended to be inflammatory click-bait is simply not true.

    As for “making it clear that this is a class action,” see paragraphs four and ten.

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    Karen Selick

    August 12, 2021 at 8:40 am

    “Stand trial” is the terminology that we usually use when a person has been charged with a criminal or regulatory offence, in which the state is prosecuting. You should make it clear that this is a class action in which Bonnie Henry is named as a defendant by private plaintiffs. Your inflammatory headline is being used as click-bait, I think.

  16. Diana Dayton

    August 12, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Glad the perpetrators of this “Covid lie” are finally held accountable. With so few deaths worldwide, 4.3 million in almost 2 years according to the WHO Dashboard, none of what has happened is justified. It is a crime against humanity. I have lost my job for nearly 2 years. I am pressured to be vaccinated with experimental gene manipulation and have slipped into a deep depression. As have many. The fear mongering has been absolute. And this woman is on the top list of puppets for the elitists meeting in Davos that drummed up this whole Covid scenario. I always think that “the fear of death does not stop anyone from dying; but it surely stops them from living.

  17. Andrew Red Deer

    August 12, 2021 at 6:24 am

    As they say, its a start. We need to do this in Alberta and the rest of the world.

  18. Mars Hill

    August 12, 2021 at 12:17 am

    It’s a start; these a$$holes are going to pay for the damage they caused.

  19. Penny4YourThouhts

    August 11, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    2023! LMAO! By then, unless people find their courage and stand up for their freedoms, Canada will be full on communist and the charges against Ms. Henry will be dropped. Instead, she’ll be celebrated for fulfilling the communist agenda.

  20. berta baby

    August 11, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    2023! …. I here by declare that this person shall stand trial 14 and one half years from now to face a group of her peers in the court of law!… until then vaccine passport the shit out of BC and continue to rob people of their basic human rights and freedom such as mobility and religion.

    Justice is sweet!!

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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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