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Government failed to proactively protect Canadians against COVID-19

5.4 million high-grade N95 masks, 2.4 million surgical masks, more than a million medical gowns, and 3,010 surgical gowns were thrown into the landfill prior to the outbreak.




From the outside, optics make it look as though the Canadian government purposely attempted to fumble the ball when it came to COVID-19’s earliest — and most important — responses.

After telling Canadians to batten down the hatches and prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic, internal e-mails have revealed the Department of Health did not place a single order for masks and other pandemic supplies for months, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, had her public reassurances contradicted via documents obtained from the Prime Minister’s Office.

E-mails exchanged between May and June of 2020 confirm the government failed to back-stock medical supplies immediately, even though the Public Health Agency touted their preparedness to the nation.

When asked how to move forward in obtaining PPE for the pandemic, a colleague told the Prime Minister’s issues management coordinator, Muna Tojiboeva, she should “hold for now.”

Federal health authorities have stood by their consistent claims of monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak since early January 2020. Health Minister Patricia Hajdu testified at the Commons health committee last April 16 saying “our response started very quickly.”

Hajdu said part of the government’s alleged swift action was taken due to “internal information” obtained by Dr. Tam, and resulted in a committee of public health officers being convened nationwide on January 2.

Tam not only told reporters on Jan. 20 2020 how important it is to “take this seriously and be vigilant and be prepared,” and tried to confirm the government’s alleged pro-action saying the Public Health Agency was “in a better position to respond to a variety of emerging infections.”

On January 25, 2020 the first Canadian case of COVID-19 was confirmed. Internal e-mails indicated up until March 11, 2020 no effort was made by the government to stock up on masks, gloves, medical gowns, and other pandemic supplies.

March 11, 2020 was the day after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office wrote “the department did not purchase any units of personal protective equipment for the period of Nov. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.”

During March 2020, Tam assured the Canadian public wearing masks was an unnecessary measure to ward off the pandemic. She was quoted saying in a press briefing on March 28, 2020 “right now there is no need to use a mask for well people.”

Further records showed the Public Health agency actually “threw away millions of dollars’ worth of pandemic supplies” before the pandemic in order to save just under a million dollars ($900,000) annually on warehouse storage leasing costs.

A total of 5.4 million high-grade N95 masks, 2.4 million surgical masks, more than a million medical gowns and 3,010 surgical gowns were thrown into the landfill prior to the outbreak.

To date, the public health agency has yet to offer an explanation for the trashed PPE and why it was never replaced. In a Commons government operations committee, Bloc Québécois MP Julie Vignola said “this is money that was just thrown away like garbage. I just don’t understand.”

Jackie Conroy is a reporter for the Western Standard

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  1. Left Coast

    August 27, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Writing in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine Doctor Joseph Lapado and Yale School of Public Health Doctor Harvey Risch warn there are legitimate and serious concerns about the side effects of the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine. They also worry vaccine politics could be preventing officials from telling Americans the truth about the risks.

    “One remarkable aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been how often unpopular scientific ideas, from the lab-leak theory to the efficacy of masks, were initially dismissed, even ridiculed, only to resurface later in mainstream thinking. Differences of opinion have sometimes been rooted in disagreement over the underlying science. But the more common motivation has been political,” they write.

    Top Doctors Speculate a Reversal on COVID Vaccine Safety Could Be Coming

    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 12:46 pm

    With you on that James . . .
    Western has obviously Learned NOTHING in the last 18 months either.

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

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


  3. James Taylor

    August 26, 2021 at 11:47 am

    I am really tired of the Western Standard feeding the false narrative of how “dangerous” Covid is/was. It was demonstrably not a dangerous pathogen, and articles like this perpetuate the lie. It makes me reconsider my membership to this publication for failing the public to advocate for the truth using by facts and data.

  4. Left Coast

    August 25, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    And what day did the Federal & Provincial Health Authorities tell Canadians about Therspeutics that would help prevent Serious Illness or Hospitalization?

    That would be NEVER . . . 1000s of Canooks Died unnecessarily . . . because of Politics & Gross Stupidity. The average age of the Deceased in most Provinces was close to 80. We could easily define this “PlanDemic” as a culling of the Pensioners!

    Meanwhile in Congo only 178 deaths pop. 93 million
    Tanzania only 21 deaths pop. 56 million . . . what did they do differend? Read on . . .


    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. It was decided upon very quickly largely in response to the now completely discredited Neil Ferguson Imperial College model that predicted massive death. (MEI, 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. 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.

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Maskless teen student with asthma ostracized at Calgary Catholic school

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt,” said 14-year-old Darius.




A Calgary Catholic school has segregated and since banned a student from attending school for not wearing a mask, says the student’s parents.

And before that, teachers had even taped off an area around the boy’s desk “like a crime scene.”

Darius Lynn, a Grade 9 student at St. Helena Junior High School in Calgary, suffers from asthma and was permitted to go maskless at his desk during the 2020-2021 school year.

When Darius returned to St. Helena for the 2021-2022 school year, without his parents’ knowledge, he was advised he would be required to wear a mask full time.

He complied for the first few months but eventually reported to his parents in late November he was struggling to breathe while wearing the mask.

“I had no idea he was told to wear a mask again this year,” Darius’ mother Stephanie told the Western Standard.

“My husband and I just assumed he wasn’t needing to wear a mask again this year.”

Stephanie said she and her husband Paul reached out to the new principal and Darius’ teachers to request they allow their son the same exemption as the previous year.

They were told he would need a doctor’s note, which Stephanie said they have been unable to acquire.

“Mask exemptions are impossible to get,” said Stephanie.

“Right now, doctors are just too scared to write them.”

Stephanie said the school’s solution was to, “move my son’s desk into the hallway.”

Darius also spoke with the Western Standard and said the teenagers in his class referred to him as an “outsider” after he was moved into the hallway.

“When they did group projects, they would just send me to the library and I had to work on my own,” said Darius.  

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt.”

Stephanie said she and her husband tried to appeal to the principal, but “she wouldn’t budge,” so they reached out to the superintendent.

“We begged for her to let Darius back into the classroom but he ended up sitting out there for two weeks where he was discriminated against and basically ridiculed so we contacted the superintendent,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said she emailed Chief Superintendent Bryan Szumlas with the Catholic School Board who helped the Lynns get their son moved back into his classroom.

“So, he was moved back into the classroom, which was good, but what we didn’t know was that his teachers taped off the floor around his desk like a crime scene,” said Stephanie.

“After they put tape on the floor around my desk, some of the kids in my class would step past the tape and pretend they couldn’t breathe,” said Darius, explaining the teasing he endured.

Darius said his teachers had witnessed some of the teasing, but said, “most of the time the teachers didn’t do anything about it.

“They (teachers) also made me wait a few minutes before I could move to my next class because there were basically a bunch of students in the halls.”

“It was just awful what they were doing to him. They were treating him like a walking disease and visibly segregating him,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said Darius had to stay within his taped boundaries for about a week until Christmas break.

“After the break, the principal notified us that Darius wouldn’t be welcome back if he wasn’t willing to wear a mask,” said Stephanie.

“In fact, one of the communications with the school referred to his asthma as his ‘apparent asthma’ like we were making it up or something.

“They said he could move to the online schooling system or do their D2L system from home,” said Stephanie referring to a web-based learning system offered throughout the school division.

“He doesn’t do well online so we are just trying to do the best we can. He’s in Grade 9, he should be able to be with his peers to finish off his last year in middle school.”

Darius said he has mixed feelings about not returning to school.

“I’m just really upset that I don’t get to see my friends anymore, but I also feel like I have less distractions at home,” said Darius.

Stephanie said it’s been a hard year for Darius as he also had to walk away from community hockey due to the vaccination mandates and additional costs associated with frequent rapid testing.

“He is totally destroyed,” said Stephanie.

The Lynns have two other sons — both attending Notre Dame High School — one in Grade 11 who is special needs and one in Grade 12.

“The real kicker for us is that we have a special needs son who has never worn a mask, doesn’t social distance and we have never been required to show a doctor’s note for him,” said Stephanie.

“They have totally humiliated my son and I’m angry. We just want our son to be treated with dignity and compassion. He has lost hockey because of the mandates and now he isn’t allowed to go to school.”

The family has since been referred to Area Director Deana Helton with regard to their son’s situation.

The Western Standard has contacted the school principal along with Helton but hasn’t heard back yet.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Copping strikes EMS advisory committee amid system strains, red alerts

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May.




Health Minister Jason Copping has appointed MLAs R.J. Sigurdson (Highwood) and Tracy Allard (Grande Prairie) to co-chair a new EMS committee to address “unprecedented” demands on the healthcare system.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is also rolling out a 10-point plan to maximize EMS system capacity.

The government listed many aggravating factors driving the system strains including “EMS staffing fatigue and illness, hospital offload delays, more requests for patient transfers, delays in receiving new ambulances and specialized vehicle parts caused by global supply issues.”

The province has seen a plethora of “red alerts” reported by EMS members and tweeted by the Union of Health Care Professionals @HSAAlbertaEMS. A red alert is when there are no available ambulances for emergency calls.

The government also reported a 30% increase in 911 calls in recent months. There was no mention of personnel shortages caused by the government’s COVID-19 mandate.

“Alberta’s government has been supportive of EMS throughout the pandemic. As we approach the peak of Omicron cases, we know the EMS system is seeing significant strain, which impacts service. We recognize this is a challenge and are taking immediate steps to improve emergency care access while we explore longer-term solutions,” said Copping.

AHS will immediately hire more paramedics, transfer low-priority calls to other agencies, and stop automatic ambulance dispatch to motor vehicle accidents with no injuries. AHS is also “launching pilot projects to manage non-emergency inter-facility transfers, and initiating an ‘hours of work’ project to help ease staff fatigue.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of AHS is confident these actions “will allow us to better support our EMS staff and front-line paramedics, and in turn this will ensure our patients receive the best care possible.”

Additionally, AHS will issue a request for proposals in February to conduct a third-party review of Alberta’s provincewide EMS dispatch system.

“The objective review by external health system experts will provide further opportunities to address ongoing pressures, improve effectiveness and efficiency through best practices, and provide the best outcomes for Albertans who call 911 during a medical event,” the government said.

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May. Committee representatives include “contracted ambulance operators, unions representing paramedics, municipal representatives and Indigenous community representatives.”

Sigurdson said the committee will consider taxpayers’ needs.

“Albertans expect that when they call 911 in their time of greatest need, EMS will always answer. The committee’s goal will be focused around ensuring and improving service to Albertans while supporting the most critical piece of that equation: our EMS staff across all of Alberta.”

Amber Gosselin is a Western Standard reporter.

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WATCH: O’Toole will not be welcoming the truckers in Ottawa

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy, it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in.”




Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was asked six times during a Monday press conference about his stance on the truckers Freedom Convoy 2022, before giving a vague answer.

“We have been talking with the Canadian Trucking Alliance for several months,” said O’Toole told reports.

“We’ve seen a crisis in the supply chain coming for several months and we’ve proposed policies to try to help alleviate that. The most important of which is vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

O’Toole press conference

Other specific. questions on the truckers’ comments were left with vague answers.

But the end of the conference O’Toole said it’s not his place to get involved.

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy — it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in,” O’Toole said.

“We’ve been trying to tackle the supply chain crisis, encourage vaccination, not ignore problems and divide the country like Mr. (Justin) Trudeau does.”

O’Toole said policies cannot be put in place which could contribute to supply chain issues, as Canadians are already worried about their grocery bills.

O’Toole said he was focused on the economic strain Canadians are having, with record inflation, cost of living, 30% higher gas prices and the housing market’s rising costs,.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard

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