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O’Toole backs modified mandatory vaccine passports

“These are reasonable precautions,” said O’Toole who refused to answer repeated questions from the media on whether all CPC candidates have been vaccinated.




Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole announced if elected prime minister he will require vaccine passports of all federal employees and for inter-provincial travel, however daily rapid testing will be allowed for those without one.

Under O’Toole’s plan, federal employees who cannot or will not provide a vaccine passport would be required to take and pass a rapid test every single day that they attend their place of work.

Canadians wishing to travel Canada would similarly be required to provide a vaccine passport to board a bus, train, plane, or ship, or else take a rapid test.

“These are reasonable precautions,” said O’Toole, who refused to answer repeated questions from the media on whether all CPC candidates have been vaccinated.

Trudeau said he will impose vaccine passports and order all federal employees to get their jabs.

“Vaccines are a safe and effective tool to stop the spread of COVID-19,” O’Toole said in a release.

“Canada’s Conservatives have been fighting hard to ensure Canadians have access to vaccines, and to hold the government to account when it dropped the ball.

“Canadians want a reasonable and balanced approach that protects their right to make personal health decisions and the need to keep everyone safe.

“What they do not want is the politicization of the pandemic. Vaccines are not a political issue. To try and make them one is dangerous and irresponsible.”

But O’Toole’s statement on a modified form of vaccine passports has the potential to become a major political issue, with fierce resistance from his party’s base of support.

“We should be united on this, not divided and Conservatives will not engage in this attempt to drive a wedge between Canadians,” he said.

“Justin Trudeau may want our politics to be American based on the small differences that divide us.”

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier has emphasized his party’s opposition to vaccine passports.

Canadians go to the polls on September 20.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Left Coast

    August 19, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    If you watch and believe cable news or get your news from social media you probably believe the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to propagate because of the people who have not or will not get vaccinated.

    According to one immunologist, this is not only false, but the inverse it true: the vaccinated population is driving the variants and propagating the continued spread of COVID-19.

    Dr. Byram Bridle, Associate Professor of Viral Immunology at the University of Guelph in Canada, recently told Laura Ingraham this and more.

    He explained that the “spike protein” generated by the vaccine, which triggers the body’s immune response, is attaching itself to many different tissues throughout our bodies, such as the lungs, the spleen, and other tissue, which causes our immune response to attack all of these cells, not just the infected cells.

    Dr. Bridle said, “We’re gonna cause cells all throughout our body to express essentially this flag on the surface, this spike protein and then (inaudible) as we start mounting an antibody response, which takes about a week to two weeks, it’ll peak at about three weeks. Yes, that’s gonna try and clear the spike protein from the body, but the problem is, the spike protein is now on our own cells. So It’s going to be killing cells in our body.”

    Bridle also explained that the manner in which we are rolling out and disseminating the vaccines applies what he called “selective pressure” to the virus that actually promotes mutation and the emergence of variants.

    Bridle goes so far as to say that the unvaccinated are building natural immunity naturally, which is known to be stronger than immunity gained from the vaccine. This is in no way a pandemic of the unvaccinated.

  2. Bill Mccann

    August 19, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Vote PPC. The only true Federal Party to campaign against vax PP and lockdowns.

  3. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    A bombshell. Alex Berenson, former New York Times reporter, August 6: “Covid vaccine maker Moderna received 300,000 reports of side effects after vaccinations over a three-month period following the launch of its shot, according to an internal report from a company that helps Moderna manage the reports.”

    “That figure is far higher than the number of side effect reports about Moderna’s vaccine publicly available in the federal system that tracks such adverse events.”

    BOOM. 300,000 vaccine adverse effects NOT reported to VAERS, the federal database.

    “Official sources, namely EudraVigilance (EU, EEA, Switzerland), MHRA (UK) and VAERS (USA), have now recorded more Injuries and Deaths from the ‘Covid’ vaccine roll-out than from all previous vaccines combined since records began.”

    “TOTAL for EU/UK/USA – 34,052 Covid-19 injection related deaths and over 5.46 million injuries reported as at 1 August 2021.”


  4. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Mr. O’Foole . . . worrying about peoples’ vaccination status is just silly . . . if the media has frightened you enough get vaxed. But once you are vaxed why would you worry about the rest of society. According to the Feds you are now Safe.

    Lets ASK an Expert . . . .

    Professor Luc Montagnier, a French virologist and Nobel Prize winner, predicted the potential outcome of mass vaccinations. He said, “Mass vaccinations are a scientific error as well as a medical error. It is an unacceptable mistake. The history books will show that because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants… antibodies created by the vaccine forcing the virus to find another solution or die. This is how the variants such as Delta are created. These variants are a production and result of the vaccination.”

    He’s right! Normal variants are simply .03% of the original virus and are harmless to anyone who has already recovered from the illness and has God’s perfect immunity.



    Some food for thought . . . if this guy is correct a game changer!

  5. Deb

    August 17, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Yes I agree with these comments.. Voting for CPC will not get us out from under the global control buy this may be something to think about https://www.buzzsprout.com/1691053/9007438-load-the-quiver?fbclid=IwAR3g3XisPwkE18X2cqYxTqVZNX8dKgOPMiOrzM2dlCzMpiejmLmjCMpvb_c

  6. berta baby

    August 17, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Democracy and freedom are not compatible with the new world order… it will never end . Take the vaccine , get the tracer in a couple mo tha it will be booster shots required and when that doesn’t work round up the un vaccinated and when they all are removed and die what then? The WU flu is nothing more than the common cold .

    There won’t be an uprising , just a slow trickle of death .

    Might as well enjoy the now

  7. Robert Fraser

    August 16, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    O’Toole the tool bag is why I won’t vote for CPC.

  8. SaskFreedom

    August 16, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    CPC is now full on communist too. I hope they don’t get any Western votes at all. CPC won all of Saskatchewan and all of Alberta except 1 riding in Edmonton, and it did nothing. Trudeau already has a majority with his minority and the Bloc and NDP.
    CPC winning the West again changes nothing. All CPC should vote Maverick or PPC in protest, because the Western MP’s haven’t done anything for us. What did they do since the last election, let Trudeau run an outrageous OIC, and CPC did nothing, let Trudeau extend an Emergency so he could dictate more than any other PM in history. And that power wasn’t enough, he needs a majority now too?
    The CPC, are completely utterly useless, and I will never vote for them again. At least with PPC or Maverick as western MP’s, we could expect some major pushback in Ottawa. With CPC there will continue to be no pushback, and Trudeau will continue to have no one to ruin his day.

  9. K

    August 16, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Sick. The government wants inside your body at all costs it would appear. Hope you fail miserably for compromising on conservative values.

  10. Andrew Red Deer

    August 16, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    No choice left….

  11. GonadTheRuffian

    August 16, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Useless Otoole leader of one half of the Canadian Uniparty; slippery and slimy as slug snot.

  12. MD

    August 16, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Derek Sloan and his new party TRUE NORTH are against mandatory vaccines and passports! I have had enough of the CPC party! They are science deniers and keep perpetuating the fraud and crimes against humanity.
    O’Toole is just another UN puppet!
    TRUE NORTH is the new true Conservative party of Canada.

  13. Andrew

    August 16, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Reason #1345636 why you he and the party doesn’t deserve anything but a loss.

  14. Bill Mccann

    August 16, 2021 at 10:22 am

    I don’t like it but with so many voters demanding a PP at least having the rapid test is a compromise.

  15. Declan Carroll

    August 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

    There is your choices folks. Commie or commie light hahahahaha. There is no difference between the CPC and the Liberal Party. They should just merge and call themselves the Uni Party. O’Toole and Trudeau have the same people. No worries though thanks to Dominion Trudeau will get his majority and down the dystopian rabbit hole we go.

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.




With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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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.




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.”




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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