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Protesters and union boss oppose Trudeau on vax passports

The president of the union representing 160,000 federal workers “will not stand for the termination” of any for the reason of refusing vaccination.

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Public Service Alliance of Canada president Chris Aylward says he “will not stand for the termination” of federal public servants who refuse to get vaccinated, even though Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau warned of “consequences” for those civil servants.

Aylward told CTV, “it’s very concerning to us when national party leaders are making statements around discipline, around terminations when it comes to these vaccinations. That is totally unacceptable to us.”

The PSAC president, who represents 160,000 federal workers, supports the government’s stance that all federal public servants should be vaccinated, but said unvaccinated employees should be accommodated.

“If that means the reassigning of work duties, if that means alternative…arrangements such as remote work, then that’s what we’ll be looking for from this government,” said Aylward. “But any talk around discipline, around terminations for members unwilling to be vaccinated is totally unacceptable by PSAC and I want to make that very clear.”

Aylward suggested frequent testing of unvaccinated employees who must come into a federal office building would be an acceptable accommodation, but Trudeau does not.

“The bottom line is, if anyone who doesn’t have a legitimate medical reason for not getting fully vaccinated chooses to not get vaccinated, there will be consequences,” Trudeau said.

As Trudeau left a patio meet-and-greet in Aurora, Ont. on Tuesday, protesters chanted, “Forced vaccination,” to which Trudeau replied, “Please get vaccinated.”

Angela Carter, executive director of Roots Community Services, provides vaccine information in Ontario’s Peel Region. She thought vaccination should not be used for wedge politics.

“We know that vaccination is the major way of protecting people at this stage and I think it should not be made to be a political football,” she told CTV News on Tuesday.

“I would hope that our political leaders would be mindful of the damage it can cause if they use it just to gain votes during this election.”

If the Liberal and NDP leaders got Carter’s memo, they didn’t act like it. Trudeau told CTV “All political leaders should be exactly as unequivocal [as I am] about it. Instead, you get the Conservatives refusing to say whether or not all their candidates even are vaccinated. That’s ridiculous.”

Then again, every Canadian has the right to privacy regarding their medical information.

“We see the Conservatives saying that they will roll back our decision to make sure that all public servants get vaccinated. That’s our position and the other parties really should take that position as well.”

Even Jagmeet Singh wouldn’t stand with the union.

“All collective agreements include a process for progressive discipline – up to and including termination. Discipline should always be a last resort, but may be necessary in rare cases to protect the health and safety of Canadians,” the NDP leader said in a statement.

The Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats require those travelling with them on campaign tours to be fully vaccinated, something reportedly done by 83% of Canadians.

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

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  1. Mrs. Bark

    August 23, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Division of people is the name of the game. Jabbed people are getting Covid and a conduit of transmission. The processes should be the same for all if this policy goes through. I think it is ridiculous that the unions are not taking care of their members and playing politics. Of course, we know, no comment sense is being applied.

  2. Greg Strohschein

    August 21, 2021 at 9:41 am

    So if 83% of Canadians are vaccinated as they claim, why are so uptight about the rest of us getting jabbed? They are protected by their precious vaccine so leave us alone. The same tired argument over and over.

  3. Heather

    August 20, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for this Union boss seeing the forest for the trees.
    Finally someone with common sense protecting his workers rights and freedoms.

  4. berta baby

    August 20, 2021 at 7:44 am

    So if they mandate this wouldn’t they be liable for any currant or future negative outcomes or side affects?

    If there is a legal expert willing to advise , @Lee Harding I would find that information very useful. As always great reporting

  5. Deb

    August 20, 2021 at 1:46 am

    If you are a federal worker and have no intention of getting vaccinated by Trudeau’s mandate for vaccination please don’t just quit your job, show up after the deadline date and let them go threw the process of firing you.
    Challenge them. Instead of letting them intimidate you into quitting. Get your pick card.

  6. Left Coast

    August 19, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    So the leaders of the three major parties want you to have an Experimental Vaccine that no one knows the long term effects of . . . and Drs. are now coming out to explain how mRNA Vaccines could be problematic.

    Sweden is only 44% vaxed and has zero deaths in August . . . Israel is almost totally vaxed and is having real issues.

    Public Sector Unions come down on the side of Sanity . . . hey even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

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Lock-down ignoring party host arrested again in Vancouver

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD.

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A man arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) earlier this year for running a “makeshift nightclub” from his downtown penthouse has been convicted of new charges.

Mohammad Movassaghi was initially sentenced to 18 months probation in April, along with 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty in BC provincial court on counts of violating a public health order and selling liquor.

The 43-year-old man hosted hundreds of party-goers to his 1,100 square-foot penthouse near Richards Street and Georgia Street, equipped with cash machines, menus, and doormen.

VPD officers arrived at one of the parties on January 31 after a “witness” reported the event. One of the alleged doormen was issued several fines, however Movassaghi refused to open the door and was defiant with police. Officers returned early Sunday morning with a search warrant and subsequently issued over $17,000 in fines for violations contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

Large quantities of cash were seized as well.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison, following the January 31 arrest.

“If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic, and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Of Addisons’ top concerns was the fact that “none of them were wearing masks.”

A GoFundMe was set up shortly after Movassaghi’s arrest, which stated he’d lost $15,000 in cash and liquor.

The campaign was shut down before it reached $300.

Judge Ellen Gordon compared Movassaghi’s actions with those of a drug dealer, specifically fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine. Her logic being COVID-19 can kill people, and so can fentanyl. Therefore there is “no difference.”

“What you did, sir, is comparable to individuals who sell fentanyl to the individuals on the street who die every day. There’s no difference. You voluntarily assumed a risk that could kill people in the midst of a pandemic,” said Gordon.

Fast forward to August and Movassaghi had violated the court orders again when he began hosting more parties in his penthouse, prompting a second VPD investigation leading to his arrest on Wednesday night.

He has since plead guilty of two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor, says VPD.

Movassaghi has now been sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine — leaving many wondering if he will switch up the location for his next party, possibly somewhere more discreet.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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Porch pirate Chahal could face $5K in fines or six months in jail

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.

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Porch pirate George Chahal, under investigation for mail theft by Elections Canada, could face a fine of $5,000 or spend up to six months in jail.

The Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate was victorious in September’s federal election, however, he came under fire when a doorbell cam caught Chahal removing an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox ahead of the September 20 election.

Chahal, in a jersey with his name clearly visible on the back, was easily identified in the video.

A complaint was filed on September 23 and an investigation was launched.

Months later, Chahal’s name and his involvement in the incident was brought up in question period in the House of Commons this week by Barrie-Innisfail Conservative MP John Brassard.

“The member is facing a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail during an investigation that is continuing from the Commissioner of Canada Elections,” said Brassard.

“Even with the low bar on ethics and conduct set by the Liberals and indeed the prime minister over the last six years, does the prime minister think this type of action from a member of his caucus is acceptable?”

Trudeau, in defence of Chahal, said, “The member has apologized and is fully cooperating with Elections Canada as it goes through its processes.”

Chahal, during a Friday morning interview on CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener, mentioned both he and his team are being investigated in the incident.

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.

The investigation was initially opened by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption, unit but was quickly transferred to Elections Canada.

Chahal’s admission during the Friday morning radio interview could mean the replacing of election material in voters’ mailboxes may have been more widespread and could have involved his large team of volunteers.  

The matter is still under investigation with Elections Canada.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Suzuki apologizes for radical ‘blown up’ pipelines comment

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis.”

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Environmental activist David Suzuki issued a public apology for comments he made last Saturday referencing “blown up” pipelines if the government doesn’t take drastic action on climate change.

The radical activist made the comments at an Extinction Rebellion protest in downtown Victoria last weekend when asked by CHEK News what he thought would happen if government leaders didn’t address the climate crisis.

“We’re in deep, deep doo doo. And the leading experts have been telling us for over 40 years. This is what we’ve come to. The next stage after this, there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

A released statement, also available on his website, said, “Dr. Suzuki’s comments were born out of many years of watching government inaction while the climate crisis continues to get worse.”

The statement included this apology from Suzuki:

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis. My words were spoken out of extreme frustration and I apologize.

“We must find a way to stop the environmental damage we are doing to the planet and we must do so in a non-violent manner.”

The statement goes on to cite the work of the David Suzuki Foundation.

“Since 1990, the Foundation has produced credible and reliable evidence-based environmental information, and worked with all levels of government (including indigenous leadership), business and communities to resolve critical environmental issues.”

Suzuki was heavily criticized Monday for his comments by Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.

“David Suzuki is so out of touch with the real world that he advocates for eco-terrorism…towards Canadian people and industries — this is completely unacceptable and extremely reckless,” said Nixon during Ministerial Statements in the Legislature.

“The NDP have a long history of collaborating with David Suzuki and their silence on his outrageous comments make them complicit with calls for ecoterrorism towards Albertans.

“We must protect our critical infrastructure and not allow these ridiculous ideological menaces to destroy what Albertans have worked so hard to create.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Suzuki’s comment was “an implicit or winking incitement to violence,” and likened it to something you’d hear in “gangster movies.”

Contrary to accusations of inciting violence by critics, Suzuki’s statement read, “Always grounded in sound evidence, the Foundation empowers people to take peaceful and impactful action in their communities on the environmental challenges we collectively face.” 

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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