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Mandatory vax at Sask universities not welcomed by all

third-year University of Regina kinesiology student is pondering legal studies to fight this kind of infringement.




The University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan announced vaccine requirements, but not all students are happy about it.

Both universities made the announcements Friday in press releases, claiming low vaccination rates of those under 30 made the move necessary. The U of R will require faculty, staff, and students had to be fully vaccinated by October 1.

“Similar vaccine requirements are being implemented at several other post-secondary institutions across the country,” said president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Jeff Keshen.

“The University of Regina is confident … we can reduce the transmission of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our communities.”

The press release claimed the decision followed “a consultative process with Federated Colleges, campus union groups (URFA and CUPE), the University of Regina Students’ Union (URSU), and with the support of the board of governors.”

Mask mandates and social distancing will continue as will vaccine clinics on campus.

Third-year U of R kinesiology student “Chelsea Dawn” took to Facebook to vent under her pseudonym.

“So frustrating. My job harasses me every day about getting the vax. Now my university is making me get the vax. Thinking about becoming a lawyer now, switching my degree,” she posted in a group.

In comments shared solely with Western Standard, Dawn explained her reasons.

“I am not taking the vaccine because it is not approved; it is currently in emergency approval state. When a vaccination gets approved, it’s proof it has undergone rigorous testing. I know this rigorous testing has not been done, as Covid-19 has not been around for even two years (introduced March 2020),” she said.

“I also do not approve of having aborted fetal cells in any vaccine, this collides with my moral code. As well, I know several people who have lost their lives after taking the vaccine (I know four people for sure),” said the student who’s still not sure what to do this fall.

“Hopefully universities will redact their statements and allow students without the MRNA shot to attend. Exclusion is never a good policy; much like you could not exclude only pregnant or Syrian students, students without the COVID-19 shot cannot be excluded. Hopefully medical/religious/legal exemptions are honored. If not, then I will transfer to a university (that) does not discriminate.”

The University of Saskatchewan can’t offer Dawn much either. It will require the first vaccination by Sept. 7 and the second by Oct. 18. Those unable or unwilling to comply must provide regular and frequent negative COVID-19 test results and submit a daily symptom checklist to access campuses.

“Consultations with other Canadian institutions, USask faculty, and legal and public health experts have contributed to this decision,” USask said in a news release.

The university released Dr. Francis Christian as a professor of surgery for the coming fall for his public opposition to the vaccination of high school students with inadequate consent. Despite the publicity of Christian’s activism and dismissal, USask President Peter Stoicheff suggested the prevailing narrative is beyond dispute.

“The science is unequivocal and overwhelming: vaccinations are the clearest path to beating COVID-19 and its dangerous variants. We are eager to resume as much in-person teaching, learning and research as we possibly can by January. Only widespread vaccination and testing throughout our campuses can make this happen,” Stoicheff said.

“The health and safety of our campuses is a shared responsibility that requires all members of our university community to do their part. These new measures are endorsed by the university’s senior leadership and our board of governors. I am confident these new measures will further protect the health and safety of our university community and of communities beyond.”

Lee Harding is a Western Standard correspondent living in Saskatchewan and a U of R journalism school alumnus.

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  1. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 5:24 pm



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

  2. SaskFreedom

    August 17, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Communist universities is the reason we’re in this situation.
    Wall, Moe and Wilson will be crying and putting public tax dollars towards subsidizing the Bayer (Monsanto), Pfizer, and other GMO/big pharma departments of U of S. The most evil companies on the planet control the U of S, and the Chinese Communist Party owns U of R…

  3. Deb

    August 17, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    University of Regina and Saskatoon
    All universities and Colleges in Canada check out what Dr. Byram Bridle Canadian Vaccine Expert has to say https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/no-pandemic-of-the-unvaccinated-covid-jab-skeptic-doctor-interviewed-on-fox/?utm_source=featured&utm_campaign=usa

  4. K

    August 17, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Drop out, don’t give them another penny. We’re going to make EVERY business that segregates us based on experimental mystery medicine feel the burn.

  5. j n

    August 17, 2021 at 9:53 am

    USask bites the dust – transfer out! stop donations! Alumni should also voice their disapproval

  6. Bill Mccann

    August 17, 2021 at 9:38 am

    How is it that the U of C has no mandates, was that a gov decision? SK gov has no mandates for any thing that I’m aware of including Rider games. I see transfers from SK to AB for this fall.

  7. Left Coast

    August 17, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Always count on the so-called Highly Educated to be some of the dumbest sheep on the planet.
    The risk level to under 30 folks is tiny . . . now the Mayo Clinic is admitting “Effectiveness of mRNA Vaccines Has Dropped Significantly, as Low as 46 Percent, Study Shows”.

    “According to the CDC data for every 100,000 young people vaccinated 700 will require medical care and 200 will be hospitalized. Put another way, 200 young people will suffer side-effects that require hospitalization for every 100,000 vaccinations administered. However, also according to the CDC data, the CDC estimates that only about 50 out of 100,000 adolescents have EVER been hospitalized for Covid-related illness.”

    That means the rate of hospitalization from the COVID vaccine is four times greater than the rate of hospitalization from exposure to the virus itself.

    Why would any young person in their right mind increase their risk of hospitalization by taking the vaccine?

    Alex Berenson dove into the CDC analysis after the CDC study was made public.


    An eminent surgeon and professor at the University of Saskatchewan has voiced his opposition to prevailing views on the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dr. Francis Christian, general surgeon and clinical professor of general surgery, teaches at the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Christian recently joined four other physicians in an online panel hosted by Didi Vergados of Take Action Canada.

    Christian began his comments by saying: “I’m a pro-vaccine physician … but the fact is, this experimental injection is unlike anything we’ve seen before.”

    He said his suspicions on lockdowns began in the spring of last year when for the first time in his career he saw doctors and scientists censored.

    “I want to follow the science. I want to see what the evidence is. And this is the pledge I’ve taken for my patients. So I think there is a very strange and very sinister thing going on all over the world. Scientists are being shut down,” Christian said.

    “You shouldn’t be believing people like (Dr. Neil) Ferguson from England who made all these ridiculous models (projecting pandemic deaths). He’s supposed to be an expert. Should we be believing (Dr. Anthony) Fauci who has been lying to us through his teeth?”

    Christian suggested the public has been fed a steady diet of fear.

    For telling them the Truth . . . Dr. Christian got Fired ! ! !

  8. Deb

    August 17, 2021 at 8:11 am

    This is real folks. People are dying from the vaccine but our universities and are present government think they have a right to mandate it and force us to take it putting us at risk of death or adverse effects. https://banned.video/watch?id=60ef0d68c63e855fe6a4e406

  9. Deb

    August 17, 2021 at 7:22 am

    We can reduce the transmission of Covid 19 on our campus and in our communities. The University of Regina and Saskatoon are Delusional. That won’t happen with this vaccine. That’s why everywhere in the world vaccinated people are still being told to wear a mask and still social distance. VACCINATED PEOPLE STILL GET AND TRANSMIT THe DISEASE.
    I really feel sorry for today’s youth this type of stupidity is destroying their chance of a career with these mandates. The word mandate is the 2021 new and kinder sounding word that has replaced the word FORCED
    University of Regina and Saskatoon you are forcing your students to be vaccinated. Those that have taken the vaccine think they have the right to bully the minority ( those who haven’t ) into being forced to take the vaccine or be denied the right to participate in society. When in history have we seen this discrimination and segregation before. You would of thought we would of learned something from that time and be smarter kinder

  10. berta baby

    August 17, 2021 at 6:25 am

    This is disgusting, already they say people need booster shots.

    Just a bunch of terrorists that will keep demanding and moving the goal posts once you comply just as they have the last 18 months.

    Time to sue for discrimination. Very disappointed in Saskatchewan I thought they where better than this

  11. Andrew Red Deer

    August 17, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Tyrants one and all. Stand in line check your brains at the door. Don’t fund these idiots. Go to the school of life unless you are a STEM minded student, then find a free campus.

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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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