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No vaccine deadline given by Trudeau

Cabinet had originally set an October 31 deadline for compulsory vaccination but Trudeau at a press conference Tuesday didn’t give a specific date.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to put a deadline to mandate vaccination of 300,540 federal employees and millions of air travelers and train passengers, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Cabinet had originally set an October 31 deadline for compulsory vaccination, but Trudeau at a press conference Tuesday didn’t give a specific date.

“We will be bringing back the House of Commons before the end of fall,” Trudeau told reporters.

“The exact dates are still to be worked out, but we are busy.”

Trudeau then repeated earlier remarks saying vaccines will be compulsory for employees.

“We are going to ensure the federal public service is vaccinated,” he said.

“There is a clear requirement for vaccination for anyone who works for the federal government.”

“Are you prepared to lay off tens of thousands of workers?” asked a reporter.

“The public service and the unions have been working on that over the past number of weeks,” replied Trudeau.

“Will those who refuse be forced to take leave without pay?” asked a reporter.

“These are very good questions,” replied Trudeau.

“We will have announcements very soon that will clarify these questions. But we want to make sure those who work for the federal public service are vaccinated.”

Mandatory vaccination would require a waiver from public service unions under current collective agreements.

Cabinet can unilaterally mandate vaccination for domestic air and train travel using regulatory powers.

“We’re going to make sure in the coming weeks that anyone 12 or older who wants to get on a plane or train be fully vaccinated,” said Trudeau.

The prime minister said a new cabinet will be sworn in next month.

A Throne Speech would be required to open the 44th Parliament.

“We just got through an election where Canadians made it very clear the kinds of things they want us to work on and I’m looking forward to getting into it,” said Trudeau.

“We have a mandate to go even faster,” said Trudeau, adding: “We want to move even stronger, even faster on the big things that Canadians really want.”

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  1. Bill Mccann

    September 30, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Carrot and the stick, keep extending until you hit your 100%. Ain’t gonna happen.

  2. Bruce

    September 29, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    And yet, more European countries are dropping the Covid narrative. Norway, Denmark and Sweden . NO Covid laws. Done they are moving forward and classifying the Covid Coronavirus as like a Flu. Go Figure.

  3. Andrew Red Deer

    September 29, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Over my Dead Body Prime Minister…..Sock BOY.

  4. Eric Marney

    September 29, 2021 at 11:49 am

    What the hell is this guy talking about?? The smallest percentage of voters EVER voted for this twit (or more importantly, voted against O’toole the unknown entity) and somehow this is a strong mandate to go faster on the things we don’t want? Who is going to stop this reckless idiot before he dooms us completely?

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.

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Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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Officials urge booster injections to tackle lingering Delta variant amid Omicron craze

The WHO classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” however, the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.

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The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly urging COVID-19 booster injections for those over the age of 50.

In addition, the committee is now recommending boosters of an authorized mRNA vaccine to those 18-49 years of age at least six months after completion of a “primary COVID-19 vaccine series with consideration of jurisdictional and individual risks.”

The announcement comes amid global discussion of the Omicron variant. The federal government requested on Tuesday that NACI swiftly review its booster guidance in response to Omicron.

The NACI’s new booster recommendation, however, focuses on the lingering Delta variant while more details are gathered on Omicron.

On Nov. 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” although the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.

“As chair of the South African Medical Association and a GP of 33 years standing, I have seen a lot over my medical career,” writes Dr. Angelique Coetzee, in an op-ed for the Daily Mail.

“But nothing has prepared me for the extraordinary global reaction that met my announcement this week that I had seen a young man in my surgery who had a case of COVID that turned out to be the Omicron variant.”

The young man was unaware he had contracted the virus.

Coetzee says she has seen nothing about the variant that warrants panic.

“No one here in South Africa is known to have been hospitalized with the Omicron variant, nor is anyone here believed to have fallen seriously ill with it,” writes Coetzee.

She also says the variant has been circulating South Africa for “some time.”

Viruses — such as COVID-19 — have their own DNA or RNA, therefore allowing them to mutate into new forms.

“This virus is going exactly how you’d expect,” Dr. Steven Pelech, chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, told the Western Standard.

“Strains are going to predominate which are more infectious and mild. That’s how it displaces other variants, it doesn’t kill the host. The host often doesn’t even know they are infected.”

Pelech — who is far from alone in his analysis — suggests the “variants of concern,” including Delta, are merely steps towards COVID-19 evolving into a common coronavirus. One that is highly infectious and exceedingly mild.

The Canadian government implemented additional travel restrictions in response to Omicron on November 30 — built upon previous measures.

“We know that these concerning mutations can arise and, where vaccinations are low in parts of the world, they can spread rapidly,” said BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday.

BC officials say the province will have more information on Omicron and its implications — such as vaccine efficacy — in the coming weeks.

“Isn’t this the same playbook we heard a year ago with the Delta variant?” said Pelech.

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

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Surrey RCMP investigating rocks thrown from overpass

Multiple vehicles, including a transit bus, were damaged by rocks hurled from the pedestrian overpass. Fortunately, no one was injured.

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Several incidents involving rocks thrown onto Highway 99 in South Surrey have prompted an investigation from Surrey RCMP.

Multiple vehicles, including a transit bus, were damaged by rocks hurled from the pedestrian overpass. Fortunately, no one was injured.

The first incident took place on November 26, at 7:44 p.m. when a semi-truck and bus were struck with rocks. The following incident, involving another two semi-trucks occurred three days later on November 29 at 10:49 p.m., and most recently, November 30 at 10:20 p.m. when yet another two semi-trucks were damaged.

“These incidents are very concerning. Throwing objects off of the overpass has the potential to cause serious or even fatal injuries to the occupants of vehicles,” said Cpl. Vanessa Munn, Surrey RCMP.

“We are asking anyone with information to contact police. If you reside in the area please check your residential cameras and be sure to report all suspicious activity to police.”

The overpass where these incidents took place is between the 32 Avenue and King George Boulevard exits of Highway 99.

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

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