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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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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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