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Liberals successful in keeping one million COVID papers secret

The small fraction of documents that were disclosed showed the Public Health Agency misinformed cabinet on its state of readiness.

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They’ve done it –the Liberals have been successful in their attempts to keep more than 990,000 records documenting pandemic mismanagement secret.

Blacklock’s Reporter said the Commons health committee confirmed an October 26 House order compelling public release of the records expired with the dissolution of Parliament.

“No additional records have been received since June,” said Jean-Marie David, clerk with the committee.

“An order of the House would expire with dissolution.”

Opposition MPs earlier expressed outrage over refusal by the Privy Council Office to release the records. A small fraction of the million documents sought by the committee detailed lack of preparedness and favouritism in federal contracting.

“They have withheld 990,000 documents out of a million,” New Democrat MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) told a June 21 committee hearing.

“They have refused to send those documents.”

No reason was given, and no sanctions were imposed.

“A government that’s afraid of accountability is a government that has lost its moral compass to govern,” said Davies.

“I know why the Liberals are nervous.”

The small fraction of documents that were disclosed showed the Public Health Agency misinformed cabinet on its state of readiness. The Agency also threw away 8,839,942 masks, medical gowns and other personal protective equipment to save warehouse leasing costs prior to the pandemic, resulting in critical shortages.

Records also divulged heavy lobbying by Liberal Party members for lucrative federal contracts. Internal e-mails and memos earlier cited by Blacklock’s showed:

  • ex-Liberal MP Frank Baylis (Pierrefonds-Dollard, Que.) won a $237.3 million ventilator contract for his Baylis Medical Company, but needed a cash advance “to secure the parts”;
  • lobbyist Kevin Bosch, former deputy director of the Liberal Research Bureau, boasted of “getting things done” for a client, the 3M Company, that received a $23.3 million grant and $118.6 million contract for masks;
  • lobbyist Elly Alboim, a former Liberal organizer, contacted a cabinet aide seeking a contract for his son. “I vouch for Elly,” wrote Public Works Minister Anita Anand’s chief of staff;
  • bankrupt supplier Spartan Bioscience Inc. received a $149 million contract after “a couple of good meetings” in the Prime Minister’s Office though its test kits failed clinical trials;
  • SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. received a $150 million contract for field hospitals that no health manager asked for and none were used.

But Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell (Pickering-Uxbridge, Ont.), parliamentary secretary for health, denied cabinet had withheld any records.

“I am absolutely offended,” O’Connell told the health committee.

“The government has never indicated they are withholding anything.”

The Privy Council Office last November 26 said the records totaled “millions of pages.” Only 8,500 were disclosed.

“I think the Conservative and NDP coalition’s big day was to try to get some ‘gotcha’ moment that just didn’t happen, because it’s not happening because the government is providing the documents,” said O’Connell.

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  1. Dennis

    August 17, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Left Coast, The failure and outright censorship of alternate treatment using re-purposed drugs is one of the biggest cases of fraud and criminal negligence by this and other governments in history. But most of the sheeple have not even heard of this option or if they have, they firmly believe it’s a hoax as portrayed by the media. Disgusting!

  2. Left Coast

    August 17, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Canada’s Virus response . . . Complete FAIL !

    Dr. Roger Hodkinson has been consistent in his criticism of the measures surrounding the novel coronavirus. In a revealing exclusive interview with RAIR Foundation USA, the renowned pathologist made some breathtaking comments about the coronavirus, as well as the vaccine.

    “Vaccines are not needed if there’s a better treatment,” Dr. Hodkinson said, referring to Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin. While the mRNA vaccines – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna – are “attempting to generate immunity against a pathogen,” he explained, “it happens to be a brand new technology which has never been tried on humans before and was introduced in great haste without any need – it was never an emergency as they’re claiming.”

    As reported at RAIR, Hodkinson delivered a scathing address to the Edmonton City Council on November 13, 2020. The physician noted that there is a “sleight-of-hand, wordsmithing, Orwellian” approach to issues such as the false positive PCR tests. “A case in clinical medicine is when you have someone in front of you who is obviously sick,” he said.

    “And they call these false positives ‘cases’ in order to further drive the fear which they think is the justification for doubling down on the idiocy that didn’t work yesterday,” he continued. “Deaths attributed to heart disease and cancer have fallen off the map,” he said. “I can assure everyone listening,” the doctor said wryly, “Covid-19 does not cure cancer.”

    “These cases are being misclassified. People are dying of the usual things,” Hodkinson said. As reported at RAIR, Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx said it clearly during a press briefing on April 7, 2020: “…if someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death.” (author emphasis)

    “The whole thing is a grotesque mess, it should have never reached this scale of idiocy,” Hodkinson said.

  3. Kim

    August 17, 2021 at 7:06 am

    The Trudeau government is hiding more than papers, I would guess that the pandemic was a cover up for something bigger yet too come. God help us all.

  4. Steven

    August 16, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Justin Trudeau knows how to obstruct justice at the highest level of government. Apparently with the backing of the RCMP Commissioner; SNC-L scandal. Hiding his State secrets won’t give Justin pause, cause that’s what liberal do…lie.

  5. K

    August 16, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Papers that talk about how we’ve all been conned into believing COVID is a deadly, killer virus that can do anything to anyone?

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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.

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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
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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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.

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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
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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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.”

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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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