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Open letter to City of Calgary manager: Why city staff are opposing vax mandates

The group of first responders and frontline city staff brings forward several objections to the orders citing medical, legal and scientific concerns surrounding the vaccination policy.

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Hundreds of City of Calgary workers have penned their concerns on forced COVID-19 vaccinations in an open letter to city manager, David Duckworth.

The group consists of Calgary first responders including police, fire fighters, and EMS, as well as many frontline employees.

The letter references two e-mails sent to all city employees September 3 and 8 mandating all staff to receive a first dose COVID-19 vaccination by September 13 followed by a second dose to be considered fully vaccinated. The e-mails to staff also state “staff must disclose vaccination status by November 1, 2021 or face discipline up to and including dismissal.”  

The group brings forward several objections to the orders citing medical, legal and scientific concerns surrounding the vaccination policy.

“Medical mandates including forced medical treatments or procedures, disclosure of private information, or subjugation to medical testing are forms of authoritative overreach and defy existing legislation that supports the right of an employee to decline medical treatments or tests as a condition of employment,” the letter states.

The group points to a number of violations including Sections 2 and 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 1 of the Alberta Bill of Rights, and Section 8 and 9 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

The letter cites concerns around the sharing of personal medical information which the group claims are in violation of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).

Other concerns noted in the letter include what the group considers violations of the Employment Equity Act, Criminal Code of Canada, Nuremberg Code and Declaration of Helsinki, Genetic Non-Discrimination Act and the City of Calgary Code of Conduct Policy citing each relevant section and includes links to the appropriate documentation for each.

The group also put forward numerous questions including why natural immunity is being ignored, why the vaccine is considered the best defense against COVID, why the unvaccinated are being considered responsible for the variants, why the disregard of vaccine injuries and deaths, why the drastic measures for a virus with over a 99% survival rate and others.

The letter also makes reference to a City of Calgary employee promise that says “The city supports a safe and respectful work environment. Above all, employees are afforded the same concern, trust, respect and caring attitude they are expected to share with every Calgary resident, business and visitor.”

“We call on you to answer our posed question in their entirety; disclosing the scientific evidence you rely upon to justify the proposed mandatory vaccination policy,” the letter concludes and is signed by a “concerned group of hundreds of professionals who choose to remain anonymous due to threats of discipline and termination by our employer — The City of Calgary.”

The Western Standard recently spoke with an Alberta paramedic who faces being fired if he doesn’t get the jab by the October 31 deadline. Veteran paramedic Scott Crawford says the system is already stressed due to low staffing.

Another senior Alberta doctor faces job loss for refusing the vaccine. Dr. Eric Payne, a pediatric doctor in the Alberta Children’s Hospital, wrote a 19-page letter to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) on September 14 detailing his position and protesting the possible loss of his job.

Thousands of vaccinated and unvaccinated Alberta Health Services employees also sent an open letter to their employer last week opposing the forced jabs for all AHS staff by the end of October.

Dozens of first responders linked arms outside Calgary’s city hall on September 10 in protest of the vaccine rules and thousands of Calgarians joined in to support city workers opposed to forced vaccines at a protest on September 12 at Olympic Plaza.

The group that sent the open letter have created a petition in opposition to the forced vaccination rules for city employees that can be found here.

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

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  1. Left Coast

    September 29, 2021 at 11:02 am

    It seems the Work Force has much more on the Ball than the Execs . . .

    Shocking results out of Victoria, Australia.
    Victoria Health Minister Foley announced 867 new COVID cases were recorded yesterday. Foley said 375 people are hospitalized, 81 people are in intensive care and 61 people are on a ventilator. Among the recorded cases “78% of the hospital cases are fully vaccinated, and 17% are partially vaccinated (1 dose).”
    In other words, 95% of the COVID patients in Victoria hospitals are at least partially vaccinated.
    Why don’t they give explanations? It certainly doesn’t explain why everyone has to be vaccinated, have vaccine passports, and so on. Everyone is walking around with masks, can only go out for necessities, and still, the cases are rising sharply.
    The vaccine is for the original COV and so is the booster. They allegedly have a vaccine for Delta. Maybe that’s the one they should give out.
    Roughly half the population of Victoria is vaccinated but 78% of the hospitalized are vaccinated. The vaccinated in the hospital represent a higher number than the vaccinated in the population.

    https://www.independentsentinel.com/78-of-victoria-aussies-hospitalized-with-cov-are-fully-vaccinated-another17-took-one-dose/

    Likely won’t see any of this on the CBC, Global or CTV . . .

  2. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    September 28, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    When ever the cockwomble group that makes these decisions are quickly undermined by the silent group that remains under the cover of no see no say no way. Its quite refreshing to how the croups find a way to shield themselves from the virus with out the experimental shots. Say it isn’t so Leroy!

  3. Jerry Terpstra

    September 28, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Its like a lie.. they have said it. Now they have to keep telling more and more lies till the lie becomes truth in their eyes. And the more buy in they have the more they think its the truth till they are so deep into it. The only way out will be the truth.
    Hope that day comes sooner than later because we cant live this lie much longer and survive.

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CRA wants more tax filers to use mail

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

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The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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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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