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Not vaccinated? Then get ready to stay in your province for the duration if you depend on public transport

“Vaccine requirements in the transportation sector will help protect the safety of employees, their families, passengers, their communities and all Canadians,” Alghabra said.




Unvaxxed Canadians are no longer able to travel inter-provincially via train, plane, or large boats, the Liberal government announced.

The declaration was made Friday by Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra during a press conference.

“Vaccine requirements in the transportation sector will help protect the safety of employees, their families, passengers, their communities and all Canadians,” he said.

“And more broadly, it will hasten Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic” he said, while noting those who are unable to get vaccinated will still be able to go through testing and screening measures.

Alghabra said the Trudeau government is seeking practical ways to require vaccines “as quickly as possible.”

The announcement came at the same time as Liberal President of the Privy Council Dominic LeBlanc’s announcement the Trudeau government will move forward with mandating vaccines for federal employees.

Employees will now be required to have received at least two doses of approved vaccine for COVID-19.

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Mike D'Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief and Copy Editor for the Western Standard. He worked as an investigative crime reporter at the Calgary & Winnipeg Suns. mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Left Coast

    August 16, 2021 at 10:18 am

    I wonder how much this clown would charge to Haunt a House?

    Effectiveness of mRNA Vaccines Has Dropped Significantly, as Low as 46 Percent

    🔵 Mayo Clinic:


  2. Left Coast

    August 15, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    I wonder how much this clown would charge to Haunt a House?

    Effectiveness of mRNA Vaccines Has Dropped Significantly, as Low as 46 Percent

    🔵 Mayo Clinic:


    🔵 New England Journal of Medicine:


  3. William Clark

    August 14, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    This has been years in the making, sad to say this is just the beginning.
    I hope and Pray To God that enough people wake up before it’s truly to late.

  4. Tyson

    August 14, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    What senseless, fascist, tyrannical bulls***. If this is the government most Canadians want, then I want out of Canada (preferably by western separation).

  5. Fool me once...

    August 14, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    This is what has been going on for the past 18 months. We need to wake up!

  6. Matt C

    August 14, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    O’Toole is another conservative disappointment.

  7. Samantha

    August 14, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    I found this really interesting E-Petition from the house of commons. Here is the link so people can fact check my quote.


    In the government tabled reply it states:

    “Decisions on the use of vaccines, reporting of vaccination status, and eligibility to receive publicly funded vaccinations are made at the provincial/territorial level. None of Canada’s provinces or territories currently have a policy of mandatory vaccination for any disease, nor has this approach ever been taken in Canada. Some provinces and territories require mandatory reporting of vaccinations for school entry, but this is to increase the ability of public health officials to respond during an outbreak. Vaccination is a personal choice and Canadians should feel empowered to make their own informed choices.”

    I’m wondering how the current federal mandate aligns with this formal reply to this e-petition…

  8. MD

    August 14, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Alberta needs to separate from Canada. This is not Canada anymore. Looks like my spouse will be terminated from employment. I am outraged!
    Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta for me. Our kids need a future!

  9. K

    August 14, 2021 at 11:55 am

    We need out of this burning ****HOLE yesterday. F*** Cana-duh. Horrible country.

  10. Woodrow George

    August 14, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Meanwhile, Roxham Road is still open to illegal aliens who are being welcomed to Canada by Trudeau and especially by Alghabra. And at the expense of hardworking Canadian taxpayers.

  11. John Lankers

    August 14, 2021 at 8:09 am

  12. Susan Grant

    August 14, 2021 at 7:46 am

    My birth certificate and BILL IF RIGHTS says I can move freely. I am 6th gen CANADIAN. THE TRANSPORT MINISTER NEEDS TO BE DEPORTED.

  13. Seven-Zero-One

    August 14, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Biden announced similar measures.Inter State travel only 4 (vaccinated)

  14. Steven

    August 13, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    There is nothing on https://www.canada.ca/en/news.html regarding the Ministers declaration/statement on Friday 13 Aug 2021, during his press conference.

    Will be interesting to see if the MSM in Canada & News – Canada.ca are in a full scale cover-up mode?

    Liberals new slogan. Pissing off Canadians daily.

  15. Steven

    August 13, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    The Federal Minister of Transportation must be taking a shit kicking on this one because there is noting on the MSM, in Canada, about this. We need more information on this Western Standard, Mike D’Amour. When will this take effect?

  16. Victor

    August 13, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    All I can say is where is there science and can they read.

  17. Josh

    August 13, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    “Vaccine requirements in the transportation sector will help protect the safety of employees, their families, passengers, their communities and all Canadians,” he said.

    Honestly looking around the world, the government themselves have put a lot of people in danger promoting an experiment gene therapy drug. Hopefully this fall wont harm the people that fell prey to the predatory practices of the government.

  18. SaskFreedom

    August 13, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Section 6 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:
    6. (1) Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.
    (2) Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right
    (a) to move to and take up residence in any province; and
    (b) to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.

    “Except if you travel by plane or train” … Where is the outrage?

    Private jets are not an option for 99.999999% of the population.
    Personal vehicle is not an option in the second largest country by area on Earth. This is absolutely a violation of the Charter.

    I’m sure the JCCF will challenge it in court, but they’re unlikely to get a court date in the next decade based on the court dates of challenges against the government in the past year.
    They will delay the court date until everyone goes and gets vaccinated to keep their jobs, and by then the court outcome won’t matter. That’s their plan.

    Don’t give in. The economy will stop if no one gives in. Even though Trudeau wants to destroy the economy and is 99% there… an abrupt stop would be dramatic enough to get the pressure to reverse this completely illegal dictate.

    Plus the vaccines don’t work, the evidence is everywhere, so not only is this illegal, it’s counterproductive.

  19. Cosmo Kramer

    August 13, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    John Lankers, in reality there is no official opposition. O’Toole’s role is to help the Liberal agenda move forward. That means cheering it on all the way and no scrutiny. He is not trying to win. He will probably be awarded in other ways.

  20. Judy Stasiuk

    August 13, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    we are doomed

  21. John Lankers

    August 13, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Where is the public outcry?
    Where is the leader of the official opposition?
    What about the many people who rely on ferries to get to and from work, to do business or do basic shopping?
    Does nobody see what’s going on in this country?

  22. Cosmo Kramer

    August 13, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Our western votes do not matter in this abusive sham confederation. The west (Alberta for sure) needs to leave this abusive country.

  23. Left Coast

    August 13, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    This is the loon that took our Justin to the Wahabbi Mosque to play Mr. Dressup.

    Since the “Vaccinated” are now catching Covid at a break-neck pace . . . who would want to be in public transit with these people?

    Dr. Robert Malone Explains mRNA Vaccines and The Noble Lie Used by The Medical Establishment to Manipulate Vaccine Propaganda


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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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