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Saskatoon doctor advises SMA against the jab for young or pregnant

“When government websites and physicians state that the vaccines are proven safe, there is a loss of credibility and trust by those who have been tracking the information on COVID,” wrote Dr. Esther Stenberg.




A Saskatoon physician psychotherapist wrote an open letter to the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) advising them of her refusal to give the COVID-19 vaccine to those pregnant or under 30 years of age.

The letter by Dr. Esther Stenberg was posted to the 5,400-member Freedom Alliance Facebook group by her “long-time friend” Patti Lindgren. Lindgren calls Stenberg an “elder” which she defines as an “experienced, wise and trustworthy spiritual counsel for the ‘village.’

“Please have a read. If you have children or grandchildren, are wanting to have a child, are pregnant or breastfeeding…hell, if you’re alive…what Esther points to is incredibly important,” Lindgren wrote. 

The letter reads as follows:

In the news release by the SMA on August 11, 2021, SMA president Dr. Eben Strydom said “COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe and effective, and they provide a sure path out of the pandemic”.

I was taken aback by the fact that he stated that, at this time. To prove something is safe means you can prove that it does no harm. It is not the case with any of the COVID vaccines. There have been many reported serious adverse effects from Pfizer, Moderna and AstroZeneca CV-19 vaccinations in Canada and around the world including myocarditis and death. 

When government websites and physicians state that the vaccines are proven safe, there is a loss of credibility and trust by those who have been tracking the information on COVID.

Since the pharmaceutical companies are protected from liability concerning the vaccines, the responsibility, and therefore, liability falls directly on the medical professionals who are making top-down decisions and directing that people be vaccinated.

In the case of 13-16-year-olds, the liability falls directly on the pharmacists and nurses as well if they deem that the child is capable of giving informed consent, should the child arrive without consent from a parent. How many children have been informed of the serious adverse effects of the vaccine?

When I have asked a few physicians, nurses and others if they knew that the vaccines were initially authorized for emergency use only, now termed “approved by Interim order”, they are surprised and say “No.” In my opinion, such information should be included in obtaining informed consent.

I have grave concerns about the long term adverse effects of the COVID vaccines on children, and the younger they are, the more concern I have about the potential for lifelong debilitating effects and shortened life span.

In speaking with a friend of mine who is 60 years+ old, she said that if she gets any long term adverse effects, she will probably see it as part of aging and can accept the possible shortened life span because of the current benefits of being double vaccinated. I have yet to hear such a statement from a 30 year old or a 20 year old or a parent referring to any of their children. I doubt that I ever will unless the person is logic-dead-terrified of getting Covid.

In all conscience, knowing what I know from the scientific literature and the non-confidence-inspiring research on children, I cannot and will not be advising pregnant or breastfeeding Moms or anyone less than age 30, to get the vaccine. 

The letter was received positively by retired Moose Jaw nurse Cornelia Hordyk.

“Thank you for speaking and standing for the truth,” Hordyck wrote. “[I’ve read] the literature coming from the likes of the inventors of the mRNA inoculation. There are thousands of researchers and physicians sounding the alarm. I am a retired RN and am very concerned about what the future holds for those who took the jab. However it is so hard to convince those who have drunk the Koolaid (sic) and trust the government!”

Lee Harding is a Western Standard correspondent living in Saskatchewan.

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  1. Left Coast

    August 21, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Dr. Esther Stenberg is a Hero . . .

    Today in Israel we are seeing more outbreaks, but the country is more than 90% Vaxed?
    The Vax is now considered only about 46% effective . . .

    What is going to happen here in the Fall when Flu Season raises its head?

    This Dr. has a possible explanation . . .

    My Quest is . . . Why is our FakeStream Media, our lame Politicians and Health Departments so Allergic to FACTS? Why did they LIE to us for 18 Months creating Fake Cases with a PCR Test than could not tell the difference between the Wuhan Virus, the Common Cold and All Seasonal Flu? Not one of these Fools was even curious . . .

    Why did they ignore Therapeutics? Zinc, Vit D/C, Ivermectin & HCQ all helped to keep people out of Hospitals, but they said NOTHING.

    And they ALL used the same CCP Playbook . . . of lockdowns & business closures.

    Except for of course Sweden that has No Deaths in August, it’s normal and only 44% vaccinated. By the way Sweden is 39th in Europe for deaths per 100K.

  2. Julia Hawes

    August 21, 2021 at 8:29 am

    My daughter is pregnant, third trimester, and the OBGYN she was just referred to said she needs to get the shot for covid. She politely said “my baby is wanted and precious to us so no I will not get it”. Luckily her regular physician agrees with her.

  3. Proudly_Free

    August 20, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Her courage is admirable. Unfortunately, we’ll likely soon be reading another headline soon that reads, “Saskatchewan Dr. Esther Stenberg Fired and Stripped of Her Medical License for Refusing to Administer COVID Jab.” This very thing already happened to Dr. Francis Christian in Saskatchewan for the simple “crime” of requiring informed consent before administering the vaccine. He is one of the qualified and competent epidemiologists in this country, fired for simply upholding one of the two most foundational components of the hippocratic oath, the other being “DO NO HARM!”

    I seriously hope and pray that I’m wrong about Dr. Stenberg. These fake vaccines are proving to be one of the worst medical experiments in the history of modern medicine. I’m not a conspiracy theorist; I don’t think there are microchips in them or that they even alter your DNA. But that doesn’t mean at all that they’re not an epic disaster in a million other ways that we are barely starting to scratch the surface of this early on.

  4. francis witzel

    August 19, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Thank God , the doctors are finally speaking out .

  5. Joell Haugan

    August 19, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    1 year of covid vaccines have killed just as many as all other vaccines combined counted over 30 years! VAERS reporting analysis.

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BC healthcare worker says she’s still suffering adverse effects six months after COVID shot

The 39-year-old youth crisis worker is told she must get her second dose, despite having suffered adverse effects.




Dawn Slykhuis, a 39-year-old youth crisis worker has been told she must get her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, despite still experiencing adverse effects following dose number one.

Slykhuis, who tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020, got her first shot in April 2021.

“I waited a full six months to make sure that I wasn’t going to have a reaction,” Slykhuis told the Western Standard.

“I got the dose on April 28, and then on May 18 I experienced acute sharp pain in my head, like someone was shooting lasers through my brain.”

Slykhuis said the pain lasted for about a week before settling into a more chronic dull pain, and so — fearing the possibility of cancer — she sought medical attention amid an unrelenting series of bad headaches coincided with a sporadically spiked heart rate.

“They expected nerve damage,” said Slykhuis, who began losing feeling in her left arm.

“It got so tingly yesterday I had to go for a CT. I’m waiting to see a neurologist on November 8.”

Dr. Steven Pelech, president and chief scientific officer at Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, and chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, has been voicing concern over potential health risks COVID-19 vaccines may impose — specifically myocarditis.

“Contrary to what a number of people have said, there is no such thing as ‘mild myocarditis,’” Pelech told the Western Standard in an August interview.

“It’s the destruction of the myocytes, the heart cells that contract. When those cells die, they are not replaced in your body and are instead replaced by scar-tissue, which is from fibroblasts — skin cells which don’t have contractile activity, so the remaining muscle cells have to get a little bigger in order to compensate.”

Dr. Charles Hoffe, a physician who practiced in Lytton, BC for over 20 years raised similar concerns to that of Pelech, and he reported patients suffering severe adverse neurological and cardiovascular effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is now clearly apparent with medical evidence from around the world, that the side-effect profiles of the various gene modification therapies against COVID-19, have been vastly understated by their manufacturers, who were eager to prove their safety,” wrote Hoffe in an open letter to BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Interior Health Authority (IHA) suspended Hoffe’s emergency room privileges and he is currently being investigated by IHA and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPBC) for promoting “vaccine hesitancy.”

Hoffe is represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).

Several European countries suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine for people under the age of 30, citing heart inflammation as well as inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.

Iceland has halted the Moderna vaccine for all ages.

“I am a healthy 39-year-old that’s never had nerve damage and all of a sudden I have chronic head pain, nerve damage, and I’m experiencing cognitive deficits as well, which is really hard to talk about because now I want to cry,” said Slykhuis.

“I’m like an old lady seeing my brain slip away. Making errors, dropping things. It’s pretty scary, well, it’s terrifying… to be experiencing these symptoms and still be forced to get another dose to keep my job in healthcare.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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It’s down to the wire for AHS employees as deadline looms for vaccine mandates

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”




Tomorrow is deadline day for AHS workers.

The deadline of October 31 for Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) vaccine mandate is just over two weeks away when all employees and contracted healthcare providers will have to be fully immunized.

The AHS policy was released on August 31 and stated, “the latest an employee could receive their second dose to be in compliance with the new policy is October 16, 2021, which allows for the two weeks that must pass to be considered fully immunized.”

The Western Standard has heard from a number of lawyers representing thousands of clients on many fronts who are looking for legal support in pushing back against these workplace and post-secondary institution vaccine mandates.

One of those lawyers, Jeffrey Rath, of Rath & Company, was recently retained by MyAPSChoice, a group consisting of over 4,000 public service and government employees.

Based on a number of legal claims including violations of constitutional rights and freedoms, employment laws, human rights laws and breaches to the Freedom of Information Act, Rath has been advising his clients to not cooperate with the mandates.

Rath has also released a “generalized open letter” for anyone to use in any workplace or post-secondary institution where a worker or student is facing a mandate to be vaccinated “against their will.”

The letter states: “It is my legal opinion that any policy that vitiates the consent of an employee (including staff, students, volunteers, contractors, and other persons acting on their behalf) by threatening to either terminate or suspend them in order to coerce the employee into being vaccinated is a violation of Canadian Law.”

The letter goes on to cite laws protecting one’s medical privacy and highlights courses of action available including exemptions.

Rath also advises that people do not reply electronically or provide their consent for access to their private medical information and that demands for proof of vaccination be responded to in writing via regular or registered mail.

Page six of the document includes a legal letter that can be used by anyone wishing to claim a legal exemption based on “the illegality of the policy under section 7 of the Charter (of rights and freedoms).”

“This is my generalized legal opinion without reference to any one individual personal circumstance,” said Rath advising that people are welcome to email him if they have more specific circumstances that may require legal assistance or if they are interested in registering as a class-action litigant.

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”

“This is an extraordinary but necessary measure to help protect our vital frontline healthcare teams and help us maintain a safe environment for all patients and clients” said Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of Alberta Health Services.

An AHS official told the Western Standard that “AHS employee requests for accommodation will be reviewed by an Accommodations Adjudication Panel” which includes members from Human Resources, Employee Relations, WHS, Ability Management, and Organizational Ethics.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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WS EXCLUSIVE POLL: Vast majority of Albertans will vote in Senate election




Near seven out of every 10 Albertans are prepared to mark their ballots in the provincial Senate elections on Monday, according to a new poll done exclusively for the Western Standard.

The Mainstreet Research polls show 67% of Albertans said they would vote in the race to elect three senators-in-waiting.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Only 16% of Albertans said they would not participate in the election while another 17% were still not sure whether they would vote at all.

The polling shows a Conservative slate of candidates are currently in the lead, garnering the support of 30% of those surveyed.

Independent candidates are sitting at 17%, People’s Party of Canada candidates at 13% and 28% are still making up their minds.

A total of 12% said they would vote for a combination of candidates.

For those who intend to vote for the UCP in the next election, 75% said they would be voting for the Conservative candidates. For NDP supporters, 37% said they would vote for Independent candidates.

Courtesy Mainstreet research

PPC candidates were the favorite choice of 43% of those aiming to vote for the Wildrose Independence Party.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said while he “expects a slate of Conservatives to be elected” he “was surprised at the number of people who were going to select a mix.”

A full list of the candidates can be found on the Elections Alberta website here.

The analysis in this report is based on results of a survey conducted on October 12-13, 2021, among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample. Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding.

Tomorrow: The Western Standard‘s exclusive poll on party support in Alberta.

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