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NDP, STF wants mandatory vax for staff, students

The recommendations go beyond those called for by medical authorities and the Ministry of Education.




A day after the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation called for vaccination of all staff and students, the NDP did the same. 

“The COVID-19 situation in our province is light years from pre-pandemic years. To be two weeks before kids are back in classrooms and have the premier, the health minister and the education minister missing in action isn’t just irresponsible, it’s dangerous,” said Carla Beck, the NDP’s critic for education.

“Climbing case rates in school-aged children signal the coming school year could be lethal. We need urgent action now.”

The NDP wants vaccine eligibility for all children born in 2009, vaccination clinics in school, and benchmarks regarding infection levels that would trigger a return to masking 

“It is absolute madness to have no plan. No contingencies for outbreaks, no plan for rapid testing, no guidance on isolating if a child or teacher gets sick,” said Dr. Ryan Meili, NDP leader.

The Ministry of Education released a Safe Schools Plan for the province’s 27 school divisions on August 4 outlining aspects of safety in eight different aspects of education. For “Safe Classrooms,” the ministry recommended the configuration of classrooms to minimize contact and, “Wherever possible, limiting physical contact such as hugs and handholding, as well as encouraging the use of alternative greetings such as ‘air high fives’”.

The NDP statements came one day after the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation made the same declaration.

“It’s an anxious time,” said STF president Patrick Maze at a press conference.

“We believe that there should be significant precautions in order to protect students and staff … We’re calling on the provincial government to mandate vaccines for all eligible staff and students that are in our buildings.”

Some teachers have taken to Facebook to express their displeasure, such as Krissy Wallman.

“I am sickened by this as im a sub. I do not wish to lose my job and thousands money i spent on university cuz i dont want to be a guinea pig. My daughter who is now 12 is persistent in saying she will not get the jab either and if she is forced to someone will get kicked. Ugh i hope it dontgo mandatory i love teaching!” Wallman wrote.

The STF proposal was not welcomed by University of Regina education student Jaden Robertson.

“How will I finish my degree now? I’m supposed to be interning starting next month!” she wrote.

Some parents are also up in arms.

Michelle Winehouse wrote, “My boy will not be going to school if he has to get the injection. No way in hell will I allow anyone to inject that crab in his body….people are going nuts, and for what. People are in favor of this vaccine passports. I don’t understand how most of these people think this is right. Unbelievable,” she wrote.

Moose Jaw resident Mandi Odynski commented, “I can’t believe our educators want to mandate [an] experimental vaccine that can cause heart inflammation in kids. Just wow .”

At a time when most governing politicians have deferred governing to medical authorities, the union and NDP have reached farther than the recommendations of provincial medical oversight bodies.

“We are asking school divisions to enact measures that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in their schools, especially as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads in the province,” said Saskatchewan Medical Association President Dr. Eben Strydom. “The safety of our children is our paramount concern.”

“We need to do everything we can to protect our children who cannot yet be vaccinated,” said Dr. Myles Deutscher, president of the Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians.

“The best thing everyone can do is get vaccinated, wear a mask, and practice hand hygiene in schools.”

Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based correspondent for Western Standard.

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  1. Left Coast

    August 19, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Another Doctor speaks out . . .

    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.

    Dr. Bridle responded with, “Absolutely it’s untrue to be calling this a pandemic of the unvaccinated. The reality is, the nature of the vaccines that we are using right now and the way we are rolling them out, are going to be applying the selective pressure to this virus to promote the emergence of new variants. If anything, the unvaccinated are likely acquiring – probably in pretty substantial numbers, naturally acquired immunity. which I would argue from an immunological perspective, is going to be much more protective than the vaccine-induced immunity against novel variants.”


  2. Bill Mccann

    August 19, 2021 at 9:22 am

    STF and NDP are one in the same.👎

  3. Bill Mccann

    August 19, 2021 at 9:21 am

    NDP is so yesterday in SK. Commie’s the lot.🖕

  4. Dennis

    August 19, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Left Coast, My comment from another article,
    I’ve been following Geert for months. What he has been saying about mass vaccinations and the fallout from them is beginning to play out exactly as he described many months ago. You’re right, this is some scary shit.

  5. Deb

    August 19, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Sorry there was a technical problem watch this and think about what you are doing. https://www.bitchute.com/video/NZU2pSlZiI5M/

  6. Deb

    August 19, 2021 at 8:17 am

    You all need to watch this and really think about what you are doing. https://www.openvaers.com/covid-data

  7. Deb

    August 19, 2021 at 8:08 am

    This is a pandemic of fear is more dangerous than the virus. Still using the faulty PCR tests keeps fuelling the fear, they don’t work. They are giving false case numbers. . The virus has a survival rate of 99% for anyone under the age of 65. You are putting people’s live at risk by mandating the vaccine. Especially children. There are on the VAERS Covid Vaccine data site numbers 571,830 reported deaths and adverse affects through to Aug 6. 12,791 deaths alone. That’s just 1% of the reporting in the USA. Innate immunity provides full immunity for life for Covid 19 or any variant of it. Unlike the vaccine that is already requiring a booster that you will need every 6 months. Shut off the psychological propaganda coming over the TV, just shut it off..
    Respect the right of freedom of choice. Our bodies are choice. If you are so scared you stay home. https://www.openvaers.com/covid-data

  8. Claudette Leece

    August 19, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Funny thing Canada talks about the dangers of China and Russia and their danger to freedom, while Canada’s been held hostage by the radical Teachers unions. They scare me far more then either of those countries. And eh gads there brainwashing vulnerable minds

  9. Seven-Zero-One

    August 18, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Unhinge NDP

  10. berta baby

    August 18, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    If anyone brings a government needle around my kids I’ll stab them in the hart with it… they can fleck off 84% of hospitalization in Israel double vaxxxed .

    You give into terrorists they demand more now it’s 3 failed jabs then 4 then 5 then babies THEY DONT WORK

  11. Tyson

    August 18, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    The NDP is hysterical to the point of psychosis. People, please do not allow them any political power over you anywhere.

  12. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    “The NDP wants vaccine eligibility for all children born in 2009, vaccination clinics in school” ? ? ?

    Vaccinating Children is Dangerous to the Child and patently INSANE.

    An under 18 chance of dying from the Virus is practically ZERO . . . the chances of having problems including heart swelling from the Vaccine are FAR HIGHER.

    The NDP & the Teachers’ Union is the last place anyone would go to for Health advice.
    They are stupid people on steroids . . . trying to make political capital our of a Plandemic.



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

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Chu wants meeting with Gondek ‘to tell the truth’

Mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek told a city hall press conference she will not swear Chu in, when council meets for the first time on Monday.




Embattled Calgary Ward 4 Coun. Sean Chu wants to sit down with incoming mayor Jyoti Gondek to plead his case about a sexual incident 24 years ago.

Gondek said Thursday she will refuse to swear in Chu during the first council meeting on Monday.

“I want her to hear the whole truth. I will provide that to her,” Chu told reporters at a press conference.

Chu also offered to sit down with other incoming council members — most of whom are calling for him resign — to explain his side of the story.

“I always work with anybody but they have only heard media reports … some of which has been untruthful,” said Chu.

“I will sit down in private with them and answer any question they have.”

He added he thought it would be a judge who does the swearing-in.

“I was duly elected by the people of Ward 4. I told the truth,” he said, adding was surprised at the amount of support he has received from Ward 4 voters in e-mails and letters.

Chu said this would be his last election as he was a proponent of term limits for councillors at three terms.

“The Sean Chu situation continues to get more disturbing,” Gondek said prior to the press conference.

“This is a travesty for the young woman that was courageous enough to come forward … she needs to have this taken seriously, and he needs to resign in order for that to happen.

“[Chu] can absolutely show up. He won’t be sworn in by me.”

In his only interview so far, Chu had told the Western Standard on Tuesday he had no intention of resigning, but did apologize to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

Since then, pressure has mounted with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Gondek, most of the incoming council, and even local Conservative MPs all saying Chu should resign.

At the press conference, Chu apologized to the woman who was involved in the original incident and his family.

“My daughter is crying a lot. My children are going through a lot,” Chu said, asking for his family’s privacy.

“I’ve had CTV camping out at my house.”

Chu confirmed other details he told the Western Standard during the exclusive interview on Tuesday.

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu, then a serving Calgary Police Services officer, said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Chu “categorically” denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

He said at the home, the two had consensual foreplay before she asked to go home.

Chu also addressed a 2008 fight with his wife that ended with police responding and seizing a firearm.

The incident happened in February 2008, when Chu was running in a provincial election for the Progressive Conservatives in Calgary-Buffalo.

He said his wife ran to a neighbour’s after a verbal argument. Chu said his now ex-wife never intended to call police, but the neighbour did.

After consultation with the Edmonton Crown, no charges were laid.

“This was at the lowest point of my life,” Chu said, adding he sought mental health help after it.

“I have never threatened or harmed my wife or children.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

During the investigation, Chu underwent a lengthy lie detector test asking him questions about consent and if a weapon was used. Chu said he passed all the tests.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling,” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who hasn’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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WATCH: Vancouver restaurant served closure order for non-compliance with ‘Public Health Act’

“The operator is intentionally allowing the congregation of unvaccinated individuals at the establishment,” wrote the closure order.




Another BC restaurant has been ordered to close its doors in the name of public health.

“I’m a mother of four,” restaurant owner Rebecca Matthews pleaded with health officials and police.

Corduroy Restaurant — nestled in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood — has been offering service to customers without checking their vaccination status against COVID-19.

Under the BC Vaccine Card, people are required to show proof-of-vaccination against COVID-19 in order to access a variety of settings, such as dining.

In response to Corduroy having potentially committed the crime of serving unvaccinated customers, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) sent environmental health officer Ryan Hammel — accompanied by Vancouver police — bearing a closure order for non-compliance on Wednesday.

“The operator is intentionally allowing the congregation of unvaccinated individuals at the establishment,” wrote the order, whilst listing off several more “health hazards,” such as “failing to comply with the Face Coverings Order.”

The closure order — signed by VCH medical officer, Dr. Michael Schwandt — says the establishment must remain closed until authorized by a medical officer.

Matthews told the Western Standard health officials showed up at her restaurant on Tuesday morning to “investigate some complaints.”

On Wednesday, Hammel served the closure order.

WATCH: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVQ1f8nhN2m/

“They wouldn’t even discuss anything with me,” said Matthews.

“We reduced our hours, we started doing counter service … these are all things that are — according to the provincial health orders — considered safe.”

Matthews said she’s looking into the closure order to determine how best to proceed.

“I have a family, but at the same time we still want to create a space for people that don’t have anywhere else to go … so we’re just trying to navigate the next steps in the best way for everybody, including my family. Our plan is not to just go away,” she said.

Wednesday is not the first time Corduroy has taken a hit for defying provincial health orders, as its license was suspended six months ago for offering in-person dining, when no such thing was permitted.

During a September 20 staff forum, the Chief Medical Health Officer of VCH, Dr. Patricia Daly, said vaccine passports in settings such as Corduroy’s are not intended to prevent transmission.

“The vaccine passport requires certain people to be vaccinated to do certain discretionary activities such as go to restaurants, movies, gyms … not because these places are high risk,” said Daly.

“We’re not actually seeing COVID transmission in these settings, it’s really to create an incentive to improve our vaccination coverage.”

A Go Fund Me has been set up for Matthew’s by a verified third party to cover legal fees so Corduroy can “continue to stand up for the rights of their patrons, their medical privacy and choice.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Gondek appoints controversial Carter as chief of staff

He received $130,000 in severance for his six months as chief of staff for Alison Redford.




Incoming Calgary mayor Jyoti Gondek has appointed Stephen Carter, formerly Premier Alison Redford’s chief of staff and Naheed Nenshi campaign manager, as her own chief of staff.

Carter masterminded Gondek’s campaign and saw her come from well back in early election polls to an eventual easy victory over rival Jeromy Farkas.

Carter in February also threatened to sue the Western Standard when it published a story about a former Calgary city councillor filing an official complaint with Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer alleging Gondek used third-party funds to pay for a city-wide brochure mail-drop.

Almost immediately after publishing, Carter threatened Western Standard News Editor Dave Naylor with a lawsuit. He tweeted:

“That was quick: Ok. You will be getting a letter from our lawyer shortly. Straight to Jono? Does he defend you as well?”

We told Carter that any further correspondence should be directed to our lawyers. 

He then took to Twitter to brag about his impending lawsuit to shut the Western Standard up. 

Carter never followed through on his threats.

Carter was once famously referred to as “Chief of Stiff” by the Calgary Sun after he become embroiled in a scandal where he didn’t pay his bills.

The Sun reported a company owned by Carter, Carter McRae Events, “owes more than $600,000, most of it to the University of Calgary, and hasn’t coughed up a cent in court-ordered judgments.”

He resigned from Redford’s staff and received $130,000 in severance for his six months work.

Stephen Carter (photo credit: Calgary Sun)

“If that’s the full amount, that’s still pretty eye-popping,” said Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith at the time.

“A six-figure severance for six months worth of work? An employee who voluntarily leaves should not get severance at all. This certainly doesn’t happen in the private sector.”

Carter, who had been Redford’s strategist in the 2011 Tory leadership race, became her chief of staff when she took office in October of that year.

He was also the mastermind behind Nenshi’s unexpected election victory 11 years ago.

Gondek also announced Amie Blanchette as deputy chief of staff, Catherine Seymour as operations manager and Allison Bates as communications advisor.

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