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Justice Centre to defend docs who refuse jabs

Alberta Health Services has told all medical workers they must be fully vaccinated by October 31 or face consequences, including firing.




The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) says it will sue on behalf of any Alberta doctor who is fired for refusing to be immunized against COVID-19.

Alberta Health Services told all medical workers they must be fully vaccinated by October 31 or face consequences, including firing.

The JCCF jumped into the fray after a letter written by Dr. Eric Payne to the College of Physicians and Surgeons Alberta was made public. In it, Payne said he was opposed to mandated vaccination and said the current COVID-19 vaccines hadn’t been fully tested. He vowed he would stand firm, to the point of being fired if necessary.

“The medical evidence demonstrates that the effectiveness of the mRNA vaccines has decreased significantly, they do not prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission or symptomatic disease, and while evidence for protection against serious illness continues to exist in Calgary, that too is dissipating globally,” wrote Payne, a doctor at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

The has been no response from the CPSA to Payne’s letter.

“Doctors have Charter rights, as do patients. Government and regulatory coercion to take experimental medical treatments is always a red flag,” said JCCF lawyer Jonathan  Ferrnandes.

“With the worsening shortage of doctors and nurses globally, regulatory bodies need to take care that they do not push out qualified and dedicated staff through their heavy-handed and intolerant policies.
“We condemn the implied threat of the CPSA against those Alberta physicians who, in light of their review of the scientific research and data, cannot at this time give their personal informed consent to receive these shots.”

Payne says he supports vaccinations and he and his family are all caught up on their yearly flu shots.

He said the mandating of the vaccine was his main concern and he didn’t expect the letter to be made public.

“I have a seven-year-old, and fairly soon a vaccine mandate may come down for them — there’s no reason, they’re not at risk,” Payne said, adding research has shown vaccinating a person who had COVID-19 may cause them additional damage.”

“It would be nice to have a real conversation about the facts.”

Payne said he expects parents to finally push back when it comes to forced vaccination and “I’m going to keep talking.”

Payne said some “absolute lies” and “100% censorship” have been used in various COVID-19 arguments.

The issue has been growing in Canada since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was making vaccinations mandatory in the federal public service.

Since then airlines, governments, sports stadiums and private businesses have all made vaccines mandatory for their staff.

Protests against mandatory vaccinations have happened weekly across the country.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard


Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Claudette Leece

    September 29, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Left coast Arizona has less than double our population, they had 1098 admitted in one day into hospital, they have had 832 in ICU, AHS is inefficient, too heavy, not worth the millions it gets, and continues to keep YU with terrible performance. That’s the problem with government run anything, no accountabilty, they know the dollars flow in, more every year, with dismal results. AHS has been like this the 22 years I worked front line. They don’t even try to show efficiency, if everyone ran their businesses like AHS, none of them will still be operational, Time to bring someone in who knows what their doing because this chaos and vaccine passports will see health care workers leave their jobs , at a time when they can least afford to have it. Out of one agency of frontline 8 of 22 nurses will be gone on Oct

  2. Claudette Leece

    September 29, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Denis SK just took off their QR code, found to have too many security breaches. We should be tearing up these darn passports and other proof of dictatorship by this government, and demand a review of Kenneys leadership. He’s a dead man walking. With 11% approval, a chicken should be able to win against Kenney

  3. Dennis

    September 28, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    The day cannot come soon enough when every AHS & Alberta Government Official has to stand trial for their participation in Crimes Against Humanity.

    As Alberta citizens, if we stand by and allow this madness to continue we need to be ashamed of ourselves. Listen to what this nurse has to say. She is not alone.
    The people of Alberta have to stand behind this woman and let the Government of Alberta know that this is not acceptable and it must stop TODAY!

    Alberta needs Leadership, not a cowering fool who is dividing this province like never before.


  4. Dennis

    September 28, 2021 at 11:54 am

    How much longer before we are all equipped with a QR Code? This interview hits pretty close to home.
    Think back 75 years ago during the Nuremberg Trials and the purpose of the Nuremberg Codes. How far have we progressed in 75 years? Time to start paying attention folks.


  5. Jerry Terpstra

    September 28, 2021 at 10:14 am

    The government say no to bullying.. yet they do are doing against the Unvaccinated.
    The government say no to discrimination. Yet they force it to happen.
    The government say we should have open and honest dialog. Yet they suppress the media and medical staff that don’t fall into line. And give leave without pay to anyone that disagrees with them.
    Soon we will have signs on the bathrooms, drinking fountains, in buses etc etc that say vaccinated only or unvaccinated to the back of the bus.
    Its criminal that this is happening. A passport to get a coffee. A passport to go in and have a meal. Without the passport. Sit outside or in your car you are not wanted.
    So sue and win. Lets bring common sense back. Lets bring open and honest dialog with all the information. Both left and right and make an informed decision with all the information..
    The majority of the unvaccinated have been doing this. They don’t discriminate against those that used their rite of choice to get the jab. Yet that same consideration is not shown to the ones that decided not to.

  6. Left Coast

    September 28, 2021 at 9:50 am

    from Spencer Fernando . . . . Consider our healthcare system.

    It is by far the largest portion of government spending, with a huge percentage of our tax dollars going towards it.

    It is also objectively bad.

    During the past year and a half, any claim that Canada has a strong healthcare system has been demolished.

    Even in comparison to the US system that many Canadians love to disparage, our healthcare system is brutally underperforming.

    For example, Alberta has a population of about 4.4 million people. The state of Alabama has a population of about 4.9 million.

    Alberta’s healthcare system is ‘about to collapse’ with roughly 300 people in the ICU, with the government claiming they are out of ICU beds.

    By contrast, Alabama has over 1,500 ICU beds.

    Alabama is also one of the poorer states in the USA, yet even so they absolutely demolish Alberta in terms of ICU capacity.

    And Alberta is no outlier in Canada. ICU capacity is shockingly low across our nation.

    In Manitoba, the government said they were running out of ICU beds with fewer than 100 people in intensive care.

    In short, the system that we spend a gargantuan amount of money on has shown itself to be weak, dysfunctional, and unable to handle a crisis.

    He is correct . . . Canada’s Cuba Style HC system is a farce as are the Govt lackies like Dr. Hinshaw, Dr. Bonnie & Dr. Tam.

  7. Left Coast

    September 28, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Dr. Eric Payne is a rare commodity in Canada . . . an INFORMED Dr.

    He is absolutely Correct . . . the Experimental Vax can be a problem, and children are NOT at risk.

    Anyone with 3 functioning brain cells should know that after 20 months of treating Covid Patients the Good Dr. likely has Natural Immunity which the Cleveland Clinic says is 27 Xs better than the VAX.

    Sue the Govt fascists . . .

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.




As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”




For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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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.




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

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