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AHS drops 26,000+ employees from vaccination rate tracking

The removal of the 26,000 employees radically shifted the reported vaccination update rate from 66% to 91.4%.




Information obtained by the Western Standard from Alberta Health Services (AHS) shows vastly different rates of employee vaccine uptake than reported by AHS publicly.

The records show a count of 104,991 employees with 69,302 reporting being double vaccinated, for a 66% vaccine uptake rate.

However, that data was updated as of October 18 for the Alberta government’s latest provincial COVID-19 address with more than 26,000 employees removed from the count entirely.

The removal of the 26,000 employees radically shifted the reported vaccination update rate from 66% to 91.4%.

The updated information showed vaccine uptake among employees had risen by 2,647 in one week to a total of 71,949, however, the total number of employees in this dataset dropped from over 104,000 to just 78,947, producing a new uptake rate of 91.4%.

That new rate was then quoted by AHS President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu in Tuesday’s provincial update. They did not note casual employees were dropped from reporting.

Yiu said under 1% of employees were looking for a vaccine exemption and stated based on the numbers, “there is very broad support of the vaccine policy.”

When reached for comment by the Western Standard, AHS said the discrepancy was due to the removal of casual employees from the total number of AHS employees recorded.

AHS continued “there is about 29,000 casual staff within the system, although the number of active casual staff changes daily. About 74% of casual staff have provided proof of immunization.”

Based on the information provided from AHS, that leaves 7,540 casual staff who have yet to report their vaccination status.

AHS did not say why approximately 90% of its casual employees were dropped from the report, but has advised that only those casual employees who have been double-vaccinated will be called on for shifts after the mandated deadline of October 31.

An AHS official told the Western Standard “the majority of those casual staff members who haven’t provided proof of immunization likely simply haven’t submitted their proof of immunization — it does not mean they are not immunized.”

Yiu also said in her Tuesday’s provincial update that 7% of full-time and part-time staff have yet to provide their proof of vaccination.

“As we’ve already highlighted, 92% of part-time and full-time AHS employees (and 92% of physicians) providing proof of immunization represents broad support of the vaccine policy,” the AHS official said.

The casual employee pool makes up nearly one-third of AHS’s total number of employees.

The mandatory vaccination policy announced by AHS in August will require all personnel without approved “vaccine accommodations” to be fully vaccinated as of October 31 to gain access to AHS facilities.

Over 3,500 Alberta healthcare workers sent an open letter to AHS demanding they rescind their vaccine mandate on September 20.

Calgary constitutional lawyer Carol Crosson represents the vaccinated and unvaccinated staff members who are seeking help in asserting their right to choose COVID-19 vaccination or not.

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping rejected the open letter on September 29.

Crosson has indicated to the Western Standard she will be working with this group of AHS workers to explore their legal options moving forward.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

Melanie Risdon is a Calgary-based Reporter for the Western Standard. She has over 20 years experience in media at Global News, Rogers and Corus. mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Dennis

    October 22, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Do you suppose government corruption has anything to do with all of this?

  2. BobbyS

    October 22, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Over a year ago, the far-left CBC counted over 1000 ICU beds, not including those in the private systems such as Covenant Health.

    Now, Alberta Health reports 300-some ICU beds as available system wide and most are full of “unvaccinated” (now counted as within the past 3 months, not 2 weeks) people …

    Is there a pattern of lies and manipulation?

  3. David

    October 21, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    AHS 100% bullshit compliant.

    You do realize we will not be able to comply or vote our way out of the growing tyranny.

  4. francis witzel

    October 21, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    So AHS can say to the WHO and WEF that their numbers are up so give them more money . Is that what is happening , I would say so. Corrupt, evil , lying bunch of cowards . And tha goes for every province in Canada.

  5. Baron Not Baron

    October 21, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    I am closely following the situation in Italy – they presented a region (a region is similar to a county in Canada) as being over 90% vaccinated with only some $130k not having taken the vaccine. Thing is the WHOLE population of that region/county is 204k. So…

  6. Andrew Red Deer

    October 21, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    The Fix is in… Time to throw the bums out has long past. DO NOT COMPLY. Tell it to their faces.

  7. K

    October 21, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    @BRYAN 100% Bryan. Jesus is on our side. He’s coming back and He’s bringing a sword.

  8. K

    October 21, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for covering this. So, basically they are lying by omission to inflate the numbers. As they have done since the start. Why do we believe anything these psychopaths are telling us? And yet we’re bastardized for not wanting their juice.

  9. Freedoms fans

    October 21, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Is this all they do is lie and lie more. How does anyone trust them. And yet no one will be held accountable. Love living in New chinada.now with captain crayon announcing his new proof of vaccine. What happen to using this to get your percentage of required doses which we have reached. Then dropping it so we can get back to normal. Oh right that was a lie too.

  10. Bryan

    October 21, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    This CCP-Coronavirus CONdemic is beginning to unravel. Word is getting out to the ‘disinterested’ and ‘distracted’, and the people are awaking. How soon with the Provincial and Federal storm troopers be banging down the doors of the ‘evil unvaxxed’?

    In the end, the is ONE in charge and it isn’t Trudeau, Kenney, or Golden, nor is it ‘Brandon’s (Biden) nor Xi Jinping. It is Jesus! He rules!

    (Ceterum autem censeo Justinius True-dope-us esse delendam)

  11. Wesley

    October 21, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Let’s just manipulate the figures to fit what we want, right AHS? Then we can say we have a broad support of the vaccine policy.

  12. Left Coast

    October 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Child deaths are 52% higher than the 5-year-average since they were offered the Covid-19 vaccine

    New data published by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that the number of children to have died since Chris Whitty advised the Government they should be offered the Covid-19 vaccine is 52% higher than the five-year-average, after previously being 14% down on the five-year-average up until the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation being overruled.

    On September 13th 2021, the four Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO’s) of the United Kingdom wrote to the Government advising them to offer all healthy children over the age of 12 a single dose of the experimental Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 injection. The most important public health benefit the CMO’s assessed to allegedly shift the risk-benefit ratio in favour of vaccinating children was impact on education.

    However, the Covid-19 vaccine does not prevent infection or transmission of the alleged Covid-19 virus, as is evident from the fact that excluding people under the age of 18 the vast majority of cases between September 13th and October 14th 2021 were among the fully vaccinated population.


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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

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




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.




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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