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BC Tribunal rules maskless shoppers not protected by human rights laws

The Tribunal said people who claim a right to forego COVID-19 masks must have a valid medical reason.

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Maskless shoppers have no human rights protection, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has ruled.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the Tribunal said people who claim a right to forego COVID-19 masks must have a valid medical reason.

“Any claim of disability discrimination arising from a requirement to wear a mask must begin by the complainant establishing they have a disability and explaining why it interferes with their ability to wear the mask,” wrote Paul Singh, an adjudicator with the Tribunal.

“Mere assertion of ‘breathing issues’ without more is insufficient.”

Shera Rael, of New Westminster, B.C., filed a complaint after she was refused entry to a jewelry shop on July 31, 2020.

“I was told if I would not wear a mask I had to leave,” wrote Rael.

“My human rights were denied. Mask wearing is not a law.”

BC health authorities imposed a mask mandate at retail outlets four months later, on November 5, however, storekeepers were entitled to adopt their own rules to keep employees safe, wrote the Tribunal.

In a separate case, the Tribunal dismissed a complaint against an X-ray clinic in Coquitlam, B.C., that told a maskless patient to leave.

Visitors were invited to get a free mask at a pharmacy next door.

The patient, Ian Christiansen, testified he was hobbling with a foot fracture that made it awkward to walk 30 feet to the pharmacy and that “his human rights were being violated.”

But the Tribunal upheld the clinic’s decision.

“It is undisputed there are a large number of signs outside the clinic as well as outside the building itself informing patients and other members of the public that masks are mandatory inside the building,” wrote the Tribunal.

The decisions mirrored two August 16 rulings by the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal that maskless shopping was not a constitutional right.

The Alberta decisions came in separate complaints by Edmonton shoppers ejected from a Costco Wholesale outlet and a jewelry store.

“The policy was introduced in good faith,” wrote Michael Gottheil, adjudicator with the Alberta Tribunal.

The Charter Of Rights And Freedoms “requires a balancing of rights,” he said.

In the Costco case, lawyers for the company submitted copies of social media posts in which the complainant appeared to “suggest the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax and a conspiracy, and that public health measures are an unwarranted infringement on civil liberties.”

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4 Comments

  1. j n

    September 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Do not support these business that force this non-sense
    do not comply

  2. Declan Carroll

    September 15, 2021 at 11:13 am

    No surprise here. The “Human Rights Tribunals” only function is to further the governments woke agenda, go after dissidents and political opposition to said agenda. It is the Church of Wokism’s equivalent to the Inquisition.

  3. JONATHAN DIXON

    September 15, 2021 at 11:10 am

    “Blacklock’s Reporter says the Tribunal said people who claim a right to forego COVID-19 masks must have a valid medical reason.”

    I gather that most face masks are proven to be ineffective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and that they can be harmful to the wearer are not valid medical reasons, according to the this Tribunal.

  4. K

    September 15, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Does ‘Psychological Trauma’ count? Since this country loves its mental illnesses and all.

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Truckers: ‘We are not separatists or terrorists’

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks-alone- going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks.

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Truckers on the Freedom Convoy are rejecting characterizations they are “separatists” and “terrorists.”

“A small team of Alberta truckers, their family members and friends, came to the decision that the Government of Canada has crossed a line with implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports and vaccine mandates. As of today, we now have the support of millions of Canadians from across the country,” group organizers said in a press release.

Demands from the Freedom Convoy to the federal government are:

  • Terminate all vaccine passports, including inter-Canada passport systems.
  • Eliminate mandatory programs of vaccination and contact tracing.
  • Respect the rights of those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
  • Cease the divisive rhetoric attacking Canadians who disagree with government mandates.
  • Cease limiting debate through coercive measures with the goal of censoring those who have varying or incorrect opinions.

“A unified and free Canada can be our future, and it starts now with reminding the government they serve the people,” stated the truckers.

“We have an opportunity for all of us to come together irrespective of our differences and do what is needed to ensure our freedoms are protected now and for future generations.

Statements claiming the convoy participants are ‘separatists’ or ‘terrorists’ are “categorically false and an attempt to smear” the movement, organizers said.

“It is saddening this kind of rhetoric is coming from Prime Minister Trudeau and his government. Instead of protecting our basic freedoms outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin and his government seek to do the opposite. He is continually issuing defamatory comments and maligning large segments of the population. If history has taught us anything, these are actions that cannot be ignored. We are peaceful, hard-working Canadians who love our country and want the betterment for all Canadians.”

The organizers said due to the mass support of the movement, they can no longer guarantee the average Canadian will not be disrupted by the protest.

“For that, we are truly sorry, and we will do our very best to limit the disruptions to your lives. We ask that Canadians remember we are fighting for everyone’s freedoms and it’s the political class that has abandoned us all,” said the release.

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks. One driver going the opposite direction told the Western Standard he measured the convoy at 100-km long as it approached Winnipeg.

Some supporters are unable to commit to the whole trip, but are finding ways to still participate.

“A lot of vehicles just join the parade while it’s close to their homes and then peel off later, so it’s dynamic,” Martin Halvorson, a driver in the convoy, told the Western Standard.

“The amount of people is unknown because we are not counting … The numbers are big,” convoy organizer, Andy Draaistra, told the Western Standard.

“All the support is unbelievable, we hope the overpasses will hold the tons of people,” said Draaistra.

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The protest is against federal COVID-19 mandates and is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa January 30 and then hold a mass demonstration the next day, Monday, when Parliament reumes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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China changes Fight Club ending to cops busting anarchists

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

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The classic film Fight Club has been changed for viewers in China, with a ‘happy ending’ that complies with domestic censorship rules.

An altered version of the 1999 film was released on streaming platform Tencent Video in China over the weekend.

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

Many in China had seen the original film pirated online and were surprised when streaming the newly released version.

Instead of buildings exploding at the end, the version shows authorities step in and win. 

Original closing scene of Fight Club

In the closing scenes of the original the narrator kills off his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden and then watches multiple buildings explode with Marla Singer, suggesting his character’s plan to bring down modern civilization is underway.

In the censored version released in China, the narrator still kills off Durden, but the exploding buildings scene is replaced with a written message on black screen.

“The police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.”

As well as Tyler, figment of the narrator’s imagination was sent to a ‘lunatic asylum’ for psychological treatment and later discharged.

Revised ending to Fight Club

China is home to some of the strictest rules regarding censorship, and only a handful of foreign films are released each year.

In the past Hollywood has created alternative cuts in order to comply with Chinese censorship rules, in hopes to access millions of viewers in the country.

It is unclear if the cut was made by western movie producers, or the Chinese government.

Tencent did not comment on the matter.

Authorities under President Xi Jinping have been working to eliminate society of influences classified as unhealthy, including within movies, television, computer games.

This effort was also extended to cracking down on the country’s local celebrities for perceived immoral behaviour.

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced earlier this week an organized month-long ‘clean’ web campaign to create a ‘civilized and healthy’ online atmosphere.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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Butt launches Twitter tirade on Scheer for supporting truckers

“It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened?”

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The former top aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched a Twitter broadside against former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer after he supported the truckers’ convoy rolling across Canada to protest vaccine mandates.

“Thank you Truckers! Trudeau is attacking personal liberty and threatening everyone’s ability to get groceries because of his overreach on vaccine mandates. He is the biggest threat to freedom in Canada,” Scheer tweeted.

Scheer tweet

That was enough to set Butts off.

“A breathtakingly irresponsible thing for a former Leader of the Opposition to say. Calling the prime minister — any prime minister — the biggest threat to Canadian liberty? This isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a welcome mat,” he tweeted.

“Politics is a rough business and not for the thin of skin or faint of heart. But the people in these enormously important offices have to respect those offices, even if they don’t like each other.”

Butts tweet

In a later tweet, Butts said: “Have been thinking about Mr Scheer’s comments all day. It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened? I almost wish I were a Conservative, so I could fight for my party’s soul.”

On the weekend, Butts took a run at organizer Tamara Lich in an attempt to cast doubt on the integrity of Convoy For Freedom 2022.

“An Alberta separatist has collected almost a million bucks on a GoFundMe page to ‘support’ trucker protests. Where will the money go?” asked Butts in a tweet. 

More than $4.5 million has been raised to date as thousands of truckers are expected to descend on Ottawa this weekend.

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