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Alberta Health Services makes vaccination mandatory for all staff

Their second dose must be administered no later than October 16.

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) is requiring all employees – including frontline healthcare workers, physicians, and contracted providers – to be be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

The announcement came on Tuesday, and all workers must be “fully immunized” by October 31, meaning their second shot must be administered no later than October 16.

“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 AHS.

“Over the last year and a half, our teams have continued to provide incredible care to anyone who needs it, under extremely trying circumstances. We are grateful for their efforts and are committed to ensuring the safety of our facilities.”

AHS says the new policy will apply to all of their services, such as Alberta Precision Labs, Carewest, CapitalCare and Covenant Health employees, members of the medical and midwifery staffs, students, and volunteers, and other persons acting on their behalf.

Contracted continuing care providers and contracted healthcare workers acting on behalf of AHS are included in the policy.

Staff members who refuse to get the vaccine but are unable to provide an exemption will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

AHS employees who can’t get vaccinated due to a medical reason or a reason protected under the Alberta Human Rights Act “will be reasonably accommodated,” said the service.

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

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  1. Cytotoxic

    September 2, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Rational government at work. No employer should tolerate employees that not only get sick but can sicken others at work-least of all HOSPITAL workers! Get jabbed or get lost. Not only does this keep the virus at bay it keeps idiots away!

  2. Cosmo Kramer

    September 2, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Jennifer, I agree. What’s happened to the comments here? I commented on an article 4 hours and the comment is still awaiting moderation.

  3. Shepherdess

    September 2, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Liane Boeckk.The only reports I can find are protests over layoffs and contracts, not vaccine mandates. https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/hospital-workers-walk-out-in-calgary-across-province-to-protest-ucp-policies

  4. GonadTheRuffian

    September 2, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    The trouble with Canadians is they have grown fat, dumb, and happy due to decades of relatively easy living. They have become addicted to the comforting lies delivered to them by the Propaganda Box. Real truth tellers like Alex Jones have been mocked and vilified for the truthful warnings they speak, but Mr. Jones warnings on the Globalists plans (like UN Agenda 21 and Agenda 30 are coming to pass).The bioengineered Wuhan Flu plague may turn out to be the biggest intentional killer of human beings in the history of the World.
    The MSM/Fake News have whipped the gullible masses into a fear frenzy looking for a quick, easy fix. The people who fall for the “vaccine” cure are being played like musical instruments.
    When the fake “vaccine” turns out to be a bio-weapon can you imagine the resulting chaos. We are already seeing the first stages of the coming population reduction scam (just look at the unfolding police state in Australia).
    When the sickened poison recipients overload the medical system and it has broken down because the doctors and nurses have either become sick themselves or quit to save themselves, think of the fear and chaos that will result.
    If you want to educate yourselves on what to expect in the future here are nine sites for information. There are scientists, doctors, microbiologists and stories of the “vaccine” dead and injured (many with pictures of the victims).

    -Health Impact News
    -Vaccine Wars
    -Vaccine Choice
    -Humans Are Free
    -Covid Call To Humanity
    -Europe Reloaded
    -Undercurrents
    -Medical Xpress
    -SOTT (Signs Of The Times)

  5. Liane Boeckx

    September 2, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I agree Chris, the frontline workers know the truth! At the moment that untold story is being suppressed or dismissed as hearsay. When the 1st question paramedics ask now is “Have you had the vaxx & how many days ago?” Obviously the workers out protesting are not bucking the party line because they’re bored & have nothing better to do. There needs to be a public inquiry to let these people speak the truth of what they’re seeing boots on the ground every day. Calling your MLA is pointless mine just parroted AHS talking points. I assume they are aware that pulling even 10 or 20% off to “accommodated” duties whatever that looks like is going to result in double, triple overtime costs that Dr Yiu will just hand over to Alberta taxpayers to cover. Apparently the Kenney Conservatives are A OK with that since her contract was recently renewed. (Yes I voted Conservative & am under no illusion that it would be even worse under Notley). She is an unelected person given cart blanche to issue tyrannical edicts, & it appears she is in charge & running the Asylum. That has to 🛑

  6. MD

    September 2, 2021 at 9:40 am

    There was a great turnout at the rally at the Royal Alex hospital in Edmonton yesterday. The healthcare workers are being muzzled! They are seeing first hand what is happening inside the deathcare system.
    AHS has a real fight on their hands and I don’t think they will win. The system might crumble first before it can be restored. There were doctors , nurses and paramedics protesting the mandatory jabs. Lots of support from the public.
    The Uof A is getting overwhelmed because the majority of people going to the hospital are those that have been double jabbed and are getting sick! The jabbed are waking up to reality that the jab doesn’t work.
    I hope they all wake up enough and realize it’s all a con to bring in vaxports. That will be the end of all freedom as we know it. UCP has failed Alberta! Time for everyone to support Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta!
    Who wants to live in a communist nation? That’s where we’re headed!

  7. Liane Boeckx

    September 2, 2021 at 8:42 am

    As soon as the pictures of yesterday’s protest at Foothills Hospital in Calgary begin to circulate, you’ll begin to see just how many healthcare workers have had enough of “Dr” Verna Yiu’s $500,000 + a yr tyranny. Western Standard would do well to begin collecting & reporting on people who’ve had serious side effects & make that information public. We all know mainstream media cannot be trusted to investigate & report the truth. It’s the untold story & it’s high time the tyrants at AHS are removed, prosecuted where necessary & the whole corrupted system torn down. They have forbidden the use of Ivermectin & other drugs that have saved people. At what point do you call that what it is!

  8. Chris

    September 2, 2021 at 8:08 am

    I am friends/related to two doctors, two nurses and a paramedic.

    My nurse friend said vaccine related injuries are starting to show themselves in young people having issues with breathing and heart attack symptoms in 25 to 35 yearolds. My nurse friend said hospitals are being overrun due to staff shortages caused nurses are quitting.

    They are not quitting because of covid as the news claims, they are quitting because their holidays are getting cancelled, they are no longer able to shift change and the working conditions from hospital administration is getting worse.

    The lie that they have burned out dealing with covid patients is a lie to cover mismanagement. Many beds are empty as nurses have a 1-3 nurse/patient ratio which is ridiculously low.

    My paramedic friend is being forced to vaccinate, he said he won’t. He is now making plans expecting to be fired next month. So paramedics which are also short due to the same adminstrative failures as nurses will have staff fired or quitting leading to more shortages.

    I work in a federally manadated industry that Trudeau is forcing the vaccine on. My union is weak and for the most part our leaders are all double vaxxed, so it’s doubtful they will do anymore than the bare minimum to fight for us.

    Lots of people will let the system fire them in October leading to further supply issues, overworked staff issues for those who are left working and further crumbling of our system.

  9. Cosmo Kramer

    September 2, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Jennifer, the union (UNA) is totally on board with this and back the mandatory jabs.

  10. Susan Grant

    September 2, 2021 at 6:12 am

    It is illegal! There is much evidence and the people just need to say NO!

  11. Baron Not Baron

    September 1, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Here’s my comment again.. Have you noticed the increased number of the ambulances on the road, daily? Before I rarely noticed any. Now, a few every day – that I can see. Is this a coincidence or the result of the “vaccs” aftermath? Have you noticed it, too?

  12. Jennifer Dyck

    September 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Since when did the Western Standard start “moderating comments”?? You sound like that whats-its-name paper, oh yeah, the now-defunct HuffPost that got cancelled a few months back – they “moderated” my comments too. Anyone else seeing this on your comments?

  13. Jennifer Dyck

    September 1, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Where is the union who represents the workers?? Bought off too, I guess. If they all rise up and say “NO!!!!”, what will AHS do – force them at gunpoint?

  14. Andrew

    September 1, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    start the class action lawsuits and vote Wildrose in 2023!

  15. Joe Citizen

    September 1, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    The staff at AHS are required to obey their employer and be vaccinated in order to be given hours of work and a paycheque. Those that do not comply will be put on unpaid leave of absence and will have no income. It’s somehow different from being fired for non-compliance. I remember how they were “heroes” a year ago, although all were obviously unvaccinated at the time. Nightly banging of pots and honking of horns happened for those workers regardless of their beliefs and personal medical choices. What a turnaround. Hopefully those that get no hours and no pay can manage financially because they worked hard despite their fears during this pandemic and are no less valuable now than they were before.

  16. Nele011

    September 1, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Of course JK won’t get involved it’s too risky.

  17. DisillusionedMedicalProfessional

    September 1, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    It’s an interesting development for sure. On one hand you have people standing in lines for it, on the other; people avoiding it like the plague. At the end of the day, we all have to judge for ourselves where our safety ends, and our oppression begins. Saying you would quit is a great concept, but where would you work, live, how would you survive? Have you thought of what a 30 year veteran nurse with bad knees and back can do outside of AHS and it’s umbrella corp? Have you thought about how that young father is going to get benefits and a pension plan for his families security. We are all slaves, some have more flexibility than others, but we all live in the same prison.

  18. John Sanders

    September 1, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Do any of us actually care? I wouldn’t go to the hospital if the devil himself were chasing me. I pay 7500 a year and have to, to the tune of 300K— apparently, my donation to stupidity.

  19. Wesley

    September 1, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    This is nothing more than medical tyranny. I have very little respect left for AHS. Time for the provincial UCP government to step in and stop these forced vaccination by law.

  20. K

    September 1, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Absolute insanity. Do these criminals know these things are killing/paralyzing people and are not effective at all? Or are they just stupid?

  21. Susan Grant

    September 1, 2021 at 11:54 am

    How about NO, it is illegal. #WrathOfGod for Hinshaw, Kenney, and Shandro.

  22. Coreen St. John

    September 1, 2021 at 11:18 am

    You forgot the last part of that letter from AHS
    Unpaid Leave of Absence to allow for compliance. This is coercion and it’s sickening.

  23. Gayle

    September 1, 2021 at 10:58 am

    So glad I am retired from AHS. Would have had to quit. But not a surprise given their tyrannical behaviour in the last 18 months. People are being gaslighted. More and more get vaccinated and yet more and more are getting the Delta variant. Does AHS not read the stats that are showing that it’s the vaccinated that are the superspreaders and ending up in hospital. What about the adverse affects? The swine flu vaccine was pulled after 50 deaths; this drug has over 30,000 deaths reported and yet people line up for the jab…But we all know this is about something more nefarious and this is just the dress rehearsal for the The Great Reset.

  24. Left Coast

    September 1, 2021 at 10:38 am

    This is completely Insane . . . likely most of them have Natural Immunity from being in contact with infected folks for the last 18 months.

    New Israeli Study Finds Fully Vaccinated People are at “Greater Risk of Hospitalization” and 13 TIMES MORE LIKELY to Catch Covid-19
    Than Those Who Have Recovered and Have Natural Immunity

    A new study out of Israel has seemingly confirmed that individuals who have natural immunity have better protection against the NEW DELTA VARIANT than people who are fully vaccinated.

    The team of researchers, from Maccabi Healthcare and Tel Aviv University, published their study earlier this week to medRxiv.org.

  25. Cosmo Kramer

    September 1, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Where is Kenney? Legally no vaccines can be mandated in Alberta. AHS is a provincial government body.

    Also, they lie when they say they want all workers to be “immunized”. By design these jabs do not provide immunity. They are designed to just lower symptoms. Jabbed people can still catch it and spread it and carry a high viral load.

    Also, these jabs are ineffective as well. In Israel (the highest jabbed country) over 75% of ICU admissions for covid are double jabbed people.

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Three unvaxxed U o W staff suing province

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim?

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Three unvaccinated University of Winnipeg Collegiate instructors forced to take unpaid leave are suing the province and several parties over an “overboard, unreasonable, and discriminatory” vaccine mandate.

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim reported by CBC and Winnipeg Free Press Friday.

“All of the plaintiffs have suffered vilification and extreme ill-will being directed at them as ‘unvaccinated’ people as a result of the University of Winnipeg and other government of Manitoba representatives making false public statements and promulgating policies which have the effect of stating the unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic,” says the lawsuit.

The university, province, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Manitoba Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration are included as defendants named in the lawsuit filed Monday in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. 

The plaintiffs, placed on unpaid leave last September 7, are Renise Mlodzinski, who holds degrees in education and music performance; Evan Maltman, who holds degrees in kinesiology-physical education and education; and Kyle Du Val, who holds degrees in science-physics, music performance, and education.

The instructors allege being placed on unpaid leave caused their vaccination status to be “immediately apparent.”

They point to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects Canadians from being compelled to disclose private medical information, including vaccine status.

As well, they note, the Criminal Code of Canada deems it an offence to make statements that willfully and promote hatred an against an identifiable group.

They allege the province’s vaccine policy amounts to “an expressed intention to engage in a conspiracy to commit assault” because it attempts to force employees to be vaccinated.

The lawsuit calls for the vaccine policy to be stayed until the court reviews the matter.

The provincial government has implemented policies that cast blame on the unvaccinated for hospital overcrowding, the spread of COVID-19, and restricts their rights to access society treating them as “sub-humans,” says the lawsuit.

It challenges the university’s policy claim that vaccination is the single most effective health measure “essential to the university’s institutional response” to reduce the spread of COBID-19 and claim scientific evidence doesn’t support that.

“The rhetoric has resulted in a large portion of Manitobans believing that if they are fully vaccinated, they are safe from the virus and cannot be infected or infect others. Omicron has exploded this mythology,” says the lawsuit.

Scientific studies show no significant difference in the viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who tested positive for COVID-19,” says the lawsuit, pointing to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people.

The province and chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussinhave promoted a “false sense of security” that the vaccinated are protected, it alleges.

“There is neither a moral obligation to vaccinate, nor a sound ethical basis to mandate vaccination under any circumstances, even for hypothetical vaccines that are medically risk free.

“Under the present circumstances, when the science clearly demonstrates that the so-called vaccines do not provide either complete sterilizing immunity nor prevent the ‘fully vaccinated’ from infecting others, the grossly unethical nature of vaccine mandates” becomes even more clear.”

The vaccines, with ingredients not revealed to the public, haven’t undergone the standard approval process that takes years “to properly assess the benefits and risks from clinical data, including any potential long-term side effects,” it says.

“The vaccination program in Canada is being adjusted on the fly as adverse effects manifest necessitating the need for constant amendments of safety guidelines. This underlines the experimental nature of these vaccines.”

They point to Ontario data showing one in 5,000 suffered myocarditis from the Moderna vaccine, and one in 28,000 patients from the Pfizer vaccine.

Recommendations that people age of 18-24 receive the Pfizer vaccine as opposed to Moderna because of an increase in myocarditis and death in that age group have been made by Ontario, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden

“The government of Manitoba has not followed this safety protocol, nor has it provided an explanation for ignoring these concerns to Manitobans,” says the lawsuit.

The university rejected vaccine exceptions on religious grounds applied for by all three instructors.

They’re seeking $1 million in damages for violating their Charter rights and up to $1 million in damages for the “intentional infliction of mental distress, and assault and battery” they allege resulted in threats and assaults, loss of income, post-traumatic stress disorder and lost employment opportunities.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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Canadians want more indigenous representation on Parliament Hill

The survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

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There is too much colonialism represented on Parliament Hill and the majority of Canadians asked said they would like to see more Indigenous representation, says a Department of Public Works survey.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

“Sixty percent believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the country,” said an internal survey.

“Somewhat fewer but still half of Canadians believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be a gathering place reflective of Indigenous cultures (56%).”

Twenty percent rated reflection of Indigenous cultures as “unimportant” on Parliament Hill, said the report.

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,551 people nationwide. The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.

“The public opinion research forms part of the public engagement strategy to obtain feedback on how their experience on Parliament Hill and the broader precinct could be improved in the future, and how to ensure the precinct continues to be a welcoming place that reflects the values and aspirations of all Canadians,” wrote researchers.

Parliament Hill tributes currently celebrate Caucasian people including statues honouring Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, former prime ministers Macdonald, Mackenzie, Laurier, Borden, King, Diefenbaker and Pearson, a War of 1812 Monument, and statues for two Fathers of Confederation killed by assassination, George Brown of Toronto and D’Arcy McGee of Montréal.

Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”

The document was written as a guide for the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies,” said the report. “This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

“He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

The national archives in 2021 deleted a web feature First Among Equals honouring Macdonald.

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U of M prof: Alberta suffers least, Ontario most by unvaxxed trucker ban

“You can quote me: they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” says University of Manitoba professor Barry Prentice.

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As of Saturday, truckers who cross the American border into Canada must be vaccinated for COVID-19, something one Manitoba professor says will hurt all Canadians, but Westerners the least.

Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba, tells the Western Standard the federal government has failed to properly assess the risks.

“This is nonsense. We’ve been now 22 months into this, and suddenly they think, ‘Oh, people have to be vaccinated.’ Is there a big risk? No, there’s no risk assessment associated with this decision whatsoever. And, indeed, the drivers, they tend to stay in their cabs. They’re not getting out running around. So who are they going to infect?” Prentice said.

Although the announcement was made November 19, the timing for follow-through seemed odd to Prentice, since Manitoba minimized its isolation requirements. As of January 1, vaccinated Manitobans who tested positive for COVID-19 but have no fever and were feeling better needed only five days’ isolation.

“The Manitoba government has just told us, ‘We’re cutting y’all loose. You’re on your own, good luck.’ In so many words that’s what they’ve said. ‘Look after yourself now, we’ve done as much as we can do.’…Saskatchewan’s in that train as well. Kids are going back to school, and there’s more damage done to them, psychologically, being trapped in their houses, than what risk a virus might have,” Prentice said.

“It’s back to the vaccine, either it works or it doesn’t work. Now we all know that the vaccine won’t stop you getting the virus; it just stops you from becoming a hospital patient. That is the premise. Of course, nobody wants to get the flu…I take precautions anyway, as do most people.”

The trucking industry has already had worker shortages for years and Prentice believes the border policy will raise trucking prices and push some truckers out of the driver’s seat altogether. This will mean higher prices for goods, especially for fruits and vegetables bought east of Saskatchewan.

“You can quote me, they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” Prentice says, as he explains why cross-border trucking is less prevalent on the Western Prairies.

“There’s nothing really south of Alberta. So if you drop a load off in Alberta, you can’t pick up a load there to take back somewhere in the States because there’s nothing in Montana or Wyoming. Whereas, if you’re coming to Winnipeg, you can drop down to Fargo, Minnesota; or Minneapolis. And if you’re in Ontario, there’s a huge number of loads there to Chicago, Detroit and so on.”

Prentice believes Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is “incompetent” and his Liberal colleagues have a blind spot when it comes to supply chains.

“It really shows that this is a party of three big cities. And they don’t really understand how things move around because they’re urban, they’re urban people represented in government. Alghabra, I don’t think he’s ever been to Manitoba, let alone the rest of Western Canada or to the North. And he’s a Mississauga MP,” Prentice said.

“It goes back to the quality of leadership in the country. I don’t have a lot of belief that this prime minister understands transportation.”

The US is planning a similar mandate for truckers crossing into their country, requiring vaccination as of January 22. Prentice is more concerned about U.S. thinking and politics crossing the border than COVID-19.

“You literally can look up almost anything on the Internet. But of course, it also is a great vehicle for spreading falsehoods…to the political peril. What we’re seeing in the States right now scares me. Living next door to them doesn’t protect us from their craziness,” he said.

“We need to vaccinate them for stupidity. That’s what we need a vaccine for.”

Lee Harding is a freelance contributor living in Saskatchewan.

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