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No comments from defendant, Dr. Bonnie Henry, on class action lawsuit

Crown argued it was too soon to set a trial date, but was unsuccessful in doing so.




A judge locked in trial dates Tuesday morning for BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, who has been named as the defendant in a class action lawsuit set forth by the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Science in Public Policy (CSASPP).

Henry and BC Minister of Health, Adrian Dix have not responded to the Western Standard for comment following Tuesday’s hearing, nor have they addressed it publicly.

The hearing – a judicial management conference – was strictly procedural, meaning it was not meant to deal with any of the allegations CSASPP is making in the action.

CSASPP’s civil proceeding’s objectives are “to obtain any available civil remedy for the maximum number of British Columbian’s that revert in whole or in part any COVID-19 related statute, ministerial order, regulation, or other executive, regulatory, or legislative measure; past extant, or proposed; that constrain any activity of any person inadequately supported by either science or law,” as written on its website.

“We have received support from city councillors, medical doctors, biostatisticians, two former Canadian premiers (including Newfoundland’s Brian Peckford)… one of which helped draft the charter, distinguished members of the bar, concerned parents, government whistle-blowers, a former deputy Prime Minister of Canada, a former federal opposition leader, and many others,” said Kip Warner, Executive Director of CSASPP, in a June 3 interview with the Western Standard.

CSASPP initially filed their class action suit on Jan. 26, 2021.

During Tuesday’s hearing, a trial date was set.

“Dr. Henry, in her capacity as the provincial health officer for the province of BC, and the Crown, will stand trial as ordered by the court starting 17 April, 2023,” wrote CSASPP in an August 11 release.

It’s important to note this is a class action and Henry has not been charged with an offence. The Ministry of Attorney General says that the Provincial Health Officer denies all allegations, and Henry – who is named as the defendant – will have the opportunity to defend herself.

This will happen at the aforementioned trial date, contingent upon the certification hearing, which is scheduled to take place the week of June 20, 2022.

“For those of you unfamiliar with class actions, a certification hearing is very important, arguably more so than trial,” writes CSASPP.

Upon certification, Henry will be sent a form for an examination for discovery, this will happen well before trial.

Crown argued on Tuesday it was too soon to set a trial date, but was unsuccessful in doing so.

While many of CSASPP’s supporters are concerned with the distant dates, the organization itself is pleased with the timing considering how backed up the courts are, especially since delays having only grown worse due to COVID.

Both parties will return to court for their second case planning conference on Sept. 27, 2021, and instructions on how the public can listen will be updated on CSASPP’s website closer to the date.

British Columbia experienced 17,350 business closures in April of 2020; a more than 200% increase from 7,623 in 2019, according to statistics Canada.

“I don’t see a quick recovery in the industry. It is going to take years for things to go back to normal, if there will be a normal… the new normal, as they call it,” Eduardo Bilardello, owner and head chef of Brioche Urban Eatery told the Western Standard.

Eduardo was one of many business owners who felt they were not included in the government’s “we’re all in this together” sentiment.

Henry ordered more restrictions in Central Okanagan on August 6, enforcing the closure – yet again – of nightclubs and bars that don’t serve food.

Patrons at restaurants must limit themselves to groups of six or less, and liquor service is now suspended at 10 p.m.

High-intensity fitness gyms are also not allowed to operate in Central Okanagan, among other restrictions.

At a press conference in late July, Henry warned the public “there are consequences for people who are not immunized,” adding that “this will be important for us as we head into the fall.”

“If you’re in the Okanagan, the best thing you can do to get through these restrictions is to get vaccinated today and encourage everyone in you’re life to do the same,” said Henry at a last-minute press conference Aug. 6.

“That’s how we get back to doing the things that we love, and being with the people that we love.”

As for whistle-blowers in Henry’s staff, CSASPP says they can make arrangements for encrypted telephone, video, e-mail, or text, if requested, and will take all reasonably necessary steps to ensure anonymity.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 4:14 pm



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

  2. j n

    August 17, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    unelected hack – Throw the lot of them in jail
    Start proceeding on chaining these positions to elected officials(or eliminate the position – what is public health?!?! seems like a catch all phrase)

  3. sugarlarri

    August 14, 2021 at 11:16 am

    This will be thrown out of court within an hour of the “trial” starting. But enjoy your fun.

  4. Left Coast

    August 14, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Dr. Bonnie has lied to us for 18 months . . . using a Fake PCR Test to keep the population Alarmed & the co-conspirators were the FakeStream Media whose drumbeat of fear and scare was 24/7.
    Now we know that the PCR Test could not tell the difference from a Covid Virus or any other Corona Virus including the common cold. This is flat out Fraud. Did clueless Dr. Bonnie ever tell the folks that HCQ, Ivermectin, Zinc, Vit D/C would help ward off the Virus? Of course not they just wanted to pile up the bodies and save Pension Funds.

    Reality is anyone healthy under 70 has less than .5% chance of dying from the Wuhan Virus.

  5. SaskFreedom

    August 13, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Lock her up! And the rest of the completely negligent, bought off, “health” “officials”. Start in Manitoba and Ontario.

    In these Nuremberg 2 trials, I want all these hacks to get their blood taken and examined for the “vaccine”… to prove to the world what most of us here already know, obviously they all got saline shots… and an independent test could prove it. Well except for dumb Kenny and Moe and Palliser and Ford. They’re probably dumb enough to take the real thing and weren’t warned, because they’re fake CONservatives.

    The rest got warned and took saline vial with a vaccine sticker overtop for their photo ops.

  6. Unicorn 69

    August 13, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    I hope that she is fired and imprisoned. I live in Kelowna, she locked us down, not based on her false claims of CASE’S. Its simply because we have the lows rate of JABS. Its too punish, the citizens of Kelowna and area. She is an unelected hack, and in the pocket of BIG Pharma, that’s not a conspiracy theory, she got caught and will pay the price for her part in this plandemic.

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Three unvaxxed U o W staff suing province

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim?




Three unvaccinated University of Winnipeg Collegiate instructors forced to take unpaid leave are suing the province and several parties over an “overboard, unreasonable, and discriminatory” vaccine mandate.

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim reported by CBC and Winnipeg Free Press Friday.

“All of the plaintiffs have suffered vilification and extreme ill-will being directed at them as ‘unvaccinated’ people as a result of the University of Winnipeg and other government of Manitoba representatives making false public statements and promulgating policies which have the effect of stating the unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic,” says the lawsuit.

The university, province, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Manitoba Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration are included as defendants named in the lawsuit filed Monday in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. 

The plaintiffs, placed on unpaid leave last September 7, are Renise Mlodzinski, who holds degrees in education and music performance; Evan Maltman, who holds degrees in kinesiology-physical education and education; and Kyle Du Val, who holds degrees in science-physics, music performance, and education.

The instructors allege being placed on unpaid leave caused their vaccination status to be “immediately apparent.”

They point to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects Canadians from being compelled to disclose private medical information, including vaccine status.

As well, they note, the Criminal Code of Canada deems it an offence to make statements that willfully and promote hatred an against an identifiable group.

They allege the province’s vaccine policy amounts to “an expressed intention to engage in a conspiracy to commit assault” because it attempts to force employees to be vaccinated.

The lawsuit calls for the vaccine policy to be stayed until the court reviews the matter.

The provincial government has implemented policies that cast blame on the unvaccinated for hospital overcrowding, the spread of COVID-19, and restricts their rights to access society treating them as “sub-humans,” says the lawsuit.

It challenges the university’s policy claim that vaccination is the single most effective health measure “essential to the university’s institutional response” to reduce the spread of COBID-19 and claim scientific evidence doesn’t support that.

“The rhetoric has resulted in a large portion of Manitobans believing that if they are fully vaccinated, they are safe from the virus and cannot be infected or infect others. Omicron has exploded this mythology,” says the lawsuit.

Scientific studies show no significant difference in the viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who tested positive for COVID-19,” says the lawsuit, pointing to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people.

The province and chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussinhave promoted a “false sense of security” that the vaccinated are protected, it alleges.

“There is neither a moral obligation to vaccinate, nor a sound ethical basis to mandate vaccination under any circumstances, even for hypothetical vaccines that are medically risk free.

“Under the present circumstances, when the science clearly demonstrates that the so-called vaccines do not provide either complete sterilizing immunity nor prevent the ‘fully vaccinated’ from infecting others, the grossly unethical nature of vaccine mandates” becomes even more clear.”

The vaccines, with ingredients not revealed to the public, haven’t undergone the standard approval process that takes years “to properly assess the benefits and risks from clinical data, including any potential long-term side effects,” it says.

“The vaccination program in Canada is being adjusted on the fly as adverse effects manifest necessitating the need for constant amendments of safety guidelines. This underlines the experimental nature of these vaccines.”

They point to Ontario data showing one in 5,000 suffered myocarditis from the Moderna vaccine, and one in 28,000 patients from the Pfizer vaccine.

Recommendations that people age of 18-24 receive the Pfizer vaccine as opposed to Moderna because of an increase in myocarditis and death in that age group have been made by Ontario, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden

“The government of Manitoba has not followed this safety protocol, nor has it provided an explanation for ignoring these concerns to Manitobans,” says the lawsuit.

The university rejected vaccine exceptions on religious grounds applied for by all three instructors.

They’re seeking $1 million in damages for violating their Charter rights and up to $1 million in damages for the “intentional infliction of mental distress, and assault and battery” they allege resulted in threats and assaults, loss of income, post-traumatic stress disorder and lost employment opportunities.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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Canadians want more indigenous representation on Parliament Hill

The survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.




There is too much colonialism represented on Parliament Hill and the majority of Canadians asked said they would like to see more Indigenous representation, says a Department of Public Works survey.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

“Sixty percent believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the country,” said an internal survey.

“Somewhat fewer but still half of Canadians believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be a gathering place reflective of Indigenous cultures (56%).”

Twenty percent rated reflection of Indigenous cultures as “unimportant” on Parliament Hill, said the report.

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,551 people nationwide. The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.

“The public opinion research forms part of the public engagement strategy to obtain feedback on how their experience on Parliament Hill and the broader precinct could be improved in the future, and how to ensure the precinct continues to be a welcoming place that reflects the values and aspirations of all Canadians,” wrote researchers.

Parliament Hill tributes currently celebrate Caucasian people including statues honouring Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, former prime ministers Macdonald, Mackenzie, Laurier, Borden, King, Diefenbaker and Pearson, a War of 1812 Monument, and statues for two Fathers of Confederation killed by assassination, George Brown of Toronto and D’Arcy McGee of Montréal.

Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”

The document was written as a guide for the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies,” said the report. “This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

“He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

The national archives in 2021 deleted a web feature First Among Equals honouring Macdonald.

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U of M prof: Alberta suffers least, Ontario most by unvaxxed trucker ban

“You can quote me: they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” says University of Manitoba professor Barry Prentice.




As of Saturday, truckers who cross the American border into Canada must be vaccinated for COVID-19, something one Manitoba professor says will hurt all Canadians, but Westerners the least.

Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba, tells the Western Standard the federal government has failed to properly assess the risks.

“This is nonsense. We’ve been now 22 months into this, and suddenly they think, ‘Oh, people have to be vaccinated.’ Is there a big risk? No, there’s no risk assessment associated with this decision whatsoever. And, indeed, the drivers, they tend to stay in their cabs. They’re not getting out running around. So who are they going to infect?” Prentice said.

Although the announcement was made November 19, the timing for follow-through seemed odd to Prentice, since Manitoba minimized its isolation requirements. As of January 1, vaccinated Manitobans who tested positive for COVID-19 but have no fever and were feeling better needed only five days’ isolation.

“The Manitoba government has just told us, ‘We’re cutting y’all loose. You’re on your own, good luck.’ In so many words that’s what they’ve said. ‘Look after yourself now, we’ve done as much as we can do.’…Saskatchewan’s in that train as well. Kids are going back to school, and there’s more damage done to them, psychologically, being trapped in their houses, than what risk a virus might have,” Prentice said.

“It’s back to the vaccine, either it works or it doesn’t work. Now we all know that the vaccine won’t stop you getting the virus; it just stops you from becoming a hospital patient. That is the premise. Of course, nobody wants to get the flu…I take precautions anyway, as do most people.”

The trucking industry has already had worker shortages for years and Prentice believes the border policy will raise trucking prices and push some truckers out of the driver’s seat altogether. This will mean higher prices for goods, especially for fruits and vegetables bought east of Saskatchewan.

“You can quote me, they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” Prentice says, as he explains why cross-border trucking is less prevalent on the Western Prairies.

“There’s nothing really south of Alberta. So if you drop a load off in Alberta, you can’t pick up a load there to take back somewhere in the States because there’s nothing in Montana or Wyoming. Whereas, if you’re coming to Winnipeg, you can drop down to Fargo, Minnesota; or Minneapolis. And if you’re in Ontario, there’s a huge number of loads there to Chicago, Detroit and so on.”

Prentice believes Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is “incompetent” and his Liberal colleagues have a blind spot when it comes to supply chains.

“It really shows that this is a party of three big cities. And they don’t really understand how things move around because they’re urban, they’re urban people represented in government. Alghabra, I don’t think he’s ever been to Manitoba, let alone the rest of Western Canada or to the North. And he’s a Mississauga MP,” Prentice said.

“It goes back to the quality of leadership in the country. I don’t have a lot of belief that this prime minister understands transportation.”

The US is planning a similar mandate for truckers crossing into their country, requiring vaccination as of January 22. Prentice is more concerned about U.S. thinking and politics crossing the border than COVID-19.

“You literally can look up almost anything on the Internet. But of course, it also is a great vehicle for spreading falsehoods…to the political peril. What we’re seeing in the States right now scares me. Living next door to them doesn’t protect us from their craziness,” he said.

“We need to vaccinate them for stupidity. That’s what we need a vaccine for.”

Lee Harding is a freelance contributor living in Saskatchewan.

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