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UBC scientist raises concern over vaccine risks and variant misinformation

“There’s been all sorts of misinformation with respect to the Delta variant.”

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A professor at the University of British Columbia says the call for vaccine mandates are “not science based at all” and raises concern about the potential health risks, especially towards young people.

“You have to look at what the actual risk of COVID-19 is. The chances of dying from COVID is about .003% for people under the age of 24 in Canada,” said Dr. Steven Pelech, Division of Neurology in the Department of Medicine at UBC, and Senate Representative for Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies.

In addition to Pelech’s work at UBC, where he has been on faculty since 1988, he is the president and chief scientific officer at Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, and chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance.

“If you’re under 19, your chances of having harm from the vaccine is about four to five times higher than getting infected with SARS-CoV-2 itself,” said Pelech in an interview with the Western Standard.

“It’s a little bit higher in males than females, but why would you want to submit people who are unlikely to be negatively affected by the virus itself with vaccines that have now been proven – in scientific literature – to be associated with health risks.

“For example, myocarditis. Inflammation in the heart. Contrary to what a number of people have said, there is no such thing as ‘mild myocarditis,'” said Pelech.

“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.

“Every time you get an inflammatory response, you lose more of that contractility and have a greater chance of heart attack and other problems later in life.”

A recent surge of the Delta variant has sparked fear and outrage, with many calling for stricter mandates as a means of dealing with it.

“There’s been all sorts of misinformation with respect to the Delta variant,” said Pelech.

“It is clear that this virus is much less dangerous than the Alpha variant, which was the predominant variant in the BC population up until a few weeks ago. Now about 95% of the cases in BC are Delta.

“The Delta variant is probably the latest variant that’s on progression of SARS-CoV-2 evolving into a common cold. That’s what the other cold coronaviruses originally did as well.”

Last week BC health authorities announced those working in long-term care or assisted living facilities will be required to have the full dose of COVID-19 vaccine by October 12, and all employers must provide information collected from staff to the PHO in order to “confirm vaccination status of staff.”

On August 13, the Liberal government announced unvaccinated Canadians are no longer allowed to travel inter-provincially via train, plane, or large boats.

In late July, Island Health introduced ‘Vax Vans,’ custom mobile COVID-19 immunization clinics which have the authority to inject children over the age of 12 without parental consent. They are allowed to do this under “mature minor consent.”

“Children 12 and older who are able to understand the benefits and possible reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and the risk of not getting immunized, can legally consent to or refuse immunizations at any Island Health COVID-19 immunization clinic or Vax Van,” Andrew Leyne, media and government relations advisor, Island Health, told the Western Standard.

You can read about mature minor consent here.

“There is a question of human rights,” said Pelech.

“It’s a clear violation of human rights if these vaccinations become mandatory. The law is quite explicit about this and I’m surprised that the BC human rights commissioner has not been more vocal.”

The award winning scientist has authored over 220 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals according to Vancouver Coastal Health’s website.

“This is a defining moment in society,” said Pelech.

“We are testing the ethics of people in terms of what they really believe. Do you go with the flow even though you know it’s not right? When you do that, when you acquiesce to injustice, you are participating in that process. You are letting it happen.

“And now the government has called an election?

“To call this now, it tells you that they recognize the situation might be quite different a few months from now, and all the failure of how they handled this situation will become much more blatant.

“There will be a lot of upset people, I assure you.”

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

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  1. EnufAlready

    August 30, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    This is very interesting. Thank you for sharing. I love the statistics referenced, is there a source that can be shared? Would love to see the numbers for all age groups with comparative data between the original and variants.

  2. Deb

    August 21, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you Steven Pelech for being brave enough to speak out. Your name has been added to the list of
    Canadian Hero Doctors who were brave enough to speak out.

  3. Left Coast

    August 21, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    The narrative is crumbling. Something bad and big is going on.

    https://www.brighteon.com/c39c458e-70f1-4bcf-9ae7-17e5e92bbd99

    This is a Wake Up Call . . .

  4. Dennis

    August 20, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Yes, thank you Reid. Western Standard is one of a very few that are up to task of reporting on this fraud.

  5. luigi

    August 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Yes! absolute fantastic reporting.

  6. francis witzel

    August 19, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Finally some real honest reporting , thankyou, western standard ,

  7. Sunflower

    August 19, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you for publishing this information! As a parent of older teens who are headed off to university, it’s been a difficult week. I know I’m not alone.

  8. Judith Cobb Cobblestone Health Ltd

    August 19, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you for publishing good info from reputable sources!

  9. Left Coast

    August 19, 2021 at 9:57 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.”

    https://steadfastclash.com/the-latest/doctor-warns-we-have-made-a-mistake-regarding-covid-vaccines-video/

  10. berta baby

    August 19, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Man I love this paper thanks Reid Small for having the stones to cover this story!

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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.

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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
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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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.

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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
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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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.

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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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