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Western universities not forcing students to be COVID vaccinated

The University of Ottawa has announced COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for re-entry onto campus for the fall semester.

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Western and Eastern Canada post-secondary institutions are taking different approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Ottawa announced COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for re-entry onto campus for the fall semester, the first Canadian one to do so.

Starting September 1, all students, staff, and even visitors will be required to “attest” to their vaccination status.

UOttawa initially said only students living on residence and student athletes would have to prove vaccination status, but fearing a fourth wave, the University’s Executive Committee of the board of governors changed the decision to encompass all members of the campus community.

The school said anyone who was unable to receive the vaccine due to “medical grounds or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to request an accommodation.

UOttawa will also require everyone — even fully vaccinated individuals — to wear masks inside campus buildings.

University of Waterloo will be requiring those on campus to self-declare their vaccination status via an online campus check-in program. Fully vaccinated individuals must be so for at least 14 days before entering campus.

Non-vaccinated individuals will be required to submit to rapid COVID-19 testing at least twice a week and produce a negative result to remain on campus.

Still out East, Western University announced it’s the first university in Canada to require full vaccination for any students living in residence. Students with only one vaccine dose will still be permitted into residence so long as they attain their second dose. Western said they will not be requiring vaccination for actual campus attendance.

Queen’s University said it will not be mandating vaccines, but will be making vaccination options openly available, including allowing both local and international students to obtain vaccination on campus.

Carleton has specified students participating in “high risk” activities will be required to show proof of receiving their first dose of vaccine no later than September 10, and their second dose no later than October 15.

Carleton defined “high risk” activities as “living in residence, engaging in varsity and competitive club sports, and participating in music performance instruction,” though they said this definition could change “as public health recommendations evolve.”

University of Toronto is also requiring vaccination for students participating in “high risk” activities and defines these activities very similarly to Carleton; living in residence, sports, and music performance. They will also be requiring individuals to declare their vaccination status via an online check-in system like Waterloo upon entering campus.

Following Carleton and UToronto, McMaster will only be mandating the vaccine for those living in on-campus residence.

Finally, Quebec’s two major universities, McGill and Université de Montréal (UdeM), will be requiring masks to be worn by students while seated in class and while circulating throughout campus. Class sizes have been limited to a maximum of 150, and professors are allowed to remove their masks to teach so long as they can maintain a two metre physical distance from all students.

Plans to open vaccination clinics at both schools are currently underway, but as of publication vaccines will not be required for the campus community.

It would seem the East is taking significantly stronger measures on university campuses than those in the West.

University of Saskatchewan is not planning to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for students, faculty, staff, and others attending our campuses for September 2021. USask will however require masks in “all indoor USask spaces”.

University of Calgary said vaccination will not be a mandatory requirement for returning students.

It will be opening an on-campus vaccine clinic. Unlike the Quebec schools requiring masks even though the province lifted restrictions, UCalgary has not announced any mask or physical distancing requirements on campus.

Mount Royal University will also no longer require masks to be worn in shared and public indoor spaces. MRU’s website says on their website vaccines or vaccine disclosure will not be required.

“Personal health information, including vaccination, is confidential.”

The University of Alberta will not be requiring vaccines for campus access saying: “No. At this point, employees, students, contractors and visitors will not need proof of immunization to work or study at the U of A.”

UAlberta said on their website vaccinations will be available on campus, but only for eligible Albertans.

Access to UAlberta’s campus will require taking an online safety course on the associated risks of being in public post-pandemic. As of now, the school has also not announced masking requirements.

As of August 6, UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses will require masks while in indoor spaces. Vaccinations will not be mandatory as both schools are abiding by the provincial requirements. The student union on both campuses has been pushing for mandatory vaccines.

Jackie Conroy is a reporter for the Western Standard
jconroy@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. berta baby

    August 11, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    So many people refusing to educate themselves and instead submit to so called experts who have lied and subjugated Canadians for almost 2 years .
    It’s a choice end of story.
    No man can force another to inject a substance into himself based on his own irrational fear.

    All the evidence shows natural immunity is more effective against future strains than the experiment.

    If your fat don’t for a second think you can tell someone who has lived a healthy life to subject themselves to an experiment based on the fact that your fat ass is at risk.

    Same if your old .

    Take personal responsibility for your own destiny.

    And if your only argument is protecting the health care system… focus on booze , smoking, and obesity because these take far more resources than an asymptotic child or young adult or anyone under 65 really

  2. Andrew Red Deer

    August 11, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Not much, but a glimmer….

  3. Nele011

    August 11, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    West still has some common sense.

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Kenney leadership review to be held April 9 in Red Deer, in convention-style vote

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

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Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

A pay-to-vote leadership review of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney will be held April 9 in Red Deer, the Western Standard has learned.

The UCP board decided not to listen to demands from 22 constituency associations that wanted a review by March at the latest, said a Western Standard source close to the board.

The source said the board felt it was “being generous” to the 22 rebel ridings by holding a review in April.

Details on how much it will cost to go to the conference are still being worked out, but it will be a system where you have to pay to vote, the source said.

Those details are expected to be announced in January.

While the board meeting was “friendly,” pro-Kenney factions later held long discussions to plan strategy, said the source.

A convention-style review appears to favour Kenney as opposed to a one-vote-per-party-member system as Kenney is famed for his political organizing power.

His office came under fire last month for allegedly using money from third-party political action committees (PACs) to send people to the UCP AGM which turned into a Kenney love-fest that left the leader smiling.

Kenney denied knowledge of the PAC money.

“I’m not involved in third party organizations, but third party political organizations are free, within the law, to be involved in politics,” said Kenney.

Prior to the AGM Airdrie-Cochrane UCP MLA Peter Guthrie sent Kenney a letter which said the party was on the verge of collapse. 

“Public opinion continues to wane, and we may be at a point where this party cannot be salvaged,” writes Guthrie, in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“Membership has fallen from 150,000 to less than 10,000 and fundraising is evaporating along with our credibility.”

Much of the UCP grassroots frustration has come on the heels of controversial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Kenney also brought in a vaccine passport scheme he vowed never to introduce.

Another scandal that infuriated UCP members was when the infamous pictures were published of Kenney holding an outdoor dinner on the balcony of the “Sky Palace” in contravention of the government’s of laws, regulations, and guidelines.

In April, a UCP MLA told the Western Standard they are “100% certain” Kenney would be the subject of an early party leadership review.

“Caucus is in total chaos,” said the MLA, who spoke with the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity.

But the expected caucus revolt failed to materialize.

At one point the caucus booted MLAs Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes for dissension.

Editor’s note. Due to a typo, the initial version of the story said the review would be April 6. Sources say the vote will take place April 9.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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YouTube cancels Western Standard for reporting news story

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

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YouTube issued one strike against the Western Standard for reporting on a Calgary police officer who was put on leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccinations.

YouTube sent the notification via e-mail to Derek Fildebrandt, president and CEO of the Western Standard, on Wednesday, and stated the video included in the story violates YouTube’s “medical misinformation policy.”

“YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO),” said the e-mail.

“YouTube banned our account for sharing content that contradicted the advice of the WHO and local health authorities,” said Fildebrandt.

“But the WHO and local health authorities contradict themselves. One such health authority, Alberta Health Services (AHS), had to contradict itself after the Western Standard caught them lying to Albertans about which they falsely claimed was a COVID-19 death of a child.”

The notice indicated YouTube had removed the video stating, “We know this might be disappointing, but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all.”

In the video, an emotional Const. Brian Denison, a 24-year veteran with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), explained the turmoil he has faced for refusing to be vaccinated by the December 1 deadline set out by the CPS.

Denison, one year from retirement, called the vaccine policy a “farce” and said the CPS is “bullying” staff. He also described the segregation of society into the “vaccinated and unvaccinated” as similar to Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The Western Standard’s News Editor Dave Naylor covered the story in an unbiased fashion and included the video of Denison.

“Your channel now has one strike,” said YouTube in the e-mail, adding Western Standard’s account has been suspended for one week.

The YouTube team further warned a second strike will result in a two-week suspension and three strikes within a 90-day period would result in the channel being permanently removed.

“YouTube — like other big tech and big social corporations — is so terrified of being regulated by the government that it over-regulates itself,” said Fildebrandt.

“In time, these monopolies will destroy themselves.”

The Western Standard has already submitted an appeal to YouTube and contacted their press department, as well as moved the video in question to Rumble.

“Of all the social media giants, YouTube has the weakest monopoly,” said Fildebrandt.

“They can ban the Western Standard and other media from posting legitimate news content all they like, and we’ll just put it on other platforms. That’s why we’ve been making a concerted effort to utilize platforms with a greater respect for free speech, like Rumble.”

The Western Standard did not receive a response from YouTube’s press department in time for publishing.

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

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Canada joins growing diplomatic boycott of Chinese 2022 Olympics

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

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First, it was the US. Then Australia. Now Canada has joined the list of countries refusing to send diplomats or high-level officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

The countries say the move is to protest the human rights record of the Chinese government, especially when it comes to the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete.

“For months, we have been coordinating and discussing the issue with our allies,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday.

“As many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government.

“This should not come as a surprise” to the Chinese regime, said Trudeau.

“(The athletes) need to have one thing in mind and that’s representing the country to the best of their ability and winning a gold medal for Canada,” he said.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons passed a motion calling the violence directed at religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.” Trudeau and his cabinet were absent for the vote.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said it “understands and respects” the decision and applauds the effort to “draw an important distinction between the participation of athletes and the participation of government officials.”

Canada’s last Olympic boycott was in Russia in 1980, protesting that country’s invasion of Afghanistan.

The US announced its decision on Monday.

“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the [People’s Republic of China]’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing.

Chinese officials have already said the US will pay for its boycott.

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