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Calgary doc who’s fighting for more COVID lockdown taking trip to pandemic hotspot

Dr. Vipond attended many protests in Calgary and Edmonton actively speaking out against the provincial government’s easing of restrictions through the summer.

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Calgary emergency physician Dr. Joe Vipond — who heavily criticized the Alberta government and Alberta Health Services’ COVID-19 response — is shifting his fight to climate change and heading to Glasgow, a COVID case hot spot.

Vipond tweeted Sunday that he and his daughter are heading to Glasgow for COP26, the 26th annual United Nations climate change conference, despite reports COVID-19 infections are surging in the area.

Vipond attended many protests in Calgary and Edmonton and actively spoke out against the provincial government’s easing of restrictions through the summer.

The emergency physician became the mainstream media go-to doctor for his stance on continuing health measures and pandemic controls, then came under criticism when his financial support of the Alberta NDP government surfaced and revealed a number of substantial donations to the party.

Vipond dismissed allegations of his “partisan affiliations” in an early-August interview with CTV stating: “There is a record of me donating to one political party. I would just like to say that’s a normal part of our electoral process and it’s a normal part of our democracy.”

Now looking to focus on a new fight, Vipond will travel with his daughter, a climate change activist, to Glasgow at the end of October for the two-week conference, despite the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area currently recording the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country. 

Despite significantly lower infection rates around the country, a Glasgow news site says 507 cases were recorded Sunday and a number of neighbourhoods in Glasgow are seeing a seven-day positivity rate of more than 400 per 100,000 of the population.

A number of comments posted on Vipond’s twitter thread accuse those traveling to the climate conference of being hypocritical citing the “footprints” they will be leaving in the wake of their travels.

Jayson Lobb commented, “You mean flying on a jet plane around the world leaving a massive footprint? Yes, her dad is teaching her what every climate change person knows. Their own carbon footprint doesn’t matter.”

“Non-essential jet travel in a pandemic…hypocrisy is thy name,” commented @icycledna.

Sandy B commented, “The hypocrisy of the people flying to a climate change meeting is mind boggling. Wonder what the total carbon footprint of all those jets will be?”

“So let me get this straight, you gonna fly across the world to talk about how other people shouldn’t be allowed to fly across the world?” replied Derek Wassink.

An estimated 30,000 delegates from around the world are expected to attend COP26 in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, including thousands of official negotiators representing 197 different countries in the talks.

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

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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15 Comments

  1. Lisa

    October 14, 2021 at 9:47 am

    This will probably be the useful idiot that the globalists will use to say that climate change is “a health crisis” and we need to have more lockdowns to fight it.

  2. Jeanette Johnson

    October 13, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    The Global Pandemic can’t be that bad in Calgary if he can fly to another country for a climate conference during the “pandemic peak”.

  3. Del French

    October 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

    He’ll probably get a pass on the quarantine when him and his world saving daughter gets back and infect a whole bunch of us. Can the two of them spell hypocrite?

  4. Claudette Leece

    October 13, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Guess getting a medical degree i does not show you really have any intelligence

  5. Longo

    October 13, 2021 at 5:23 am

    Dr. Joe needs to spend more time figuring out why 24,000 Canadians die each year from medical mistakes.

  6. berta baby

    October 12, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    I don’t know flying a jet to a climate change thing is like eating a cheeseburger on the way to a weight lose class…. Leftists rational thinking for you

  7. Left Coast

    October 12, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Two largest Polluters on the Planet are China & India . . . almost 3 Billion people . . . the UN Klimate fascists have given them a pass to continue to increase their pollution.

    Are you aware that EVERY 20 Days China increases their Emissions by more than Canada’s ANNUAL Emissions?

  8. Left Coast

    October 12, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Vipond is a Nutbar . . . Gorebull Warming is as real as Biden’s election win !

    Too bad the Science Free Dr. is so clueless and political.

  9. karen.selick@gmail.com

    October 12, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Wow, I wonder what’s wrong with that guy’s mental processes. He’s not just an ordinary sheep-like doctor following the flock, he’s an UBER-sheep wanting to lead the flock to further harm.

  10. K

    October 12, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    This goggled and mask-wearing idiot came out of nowhere and gained instant notoriety by the MSM, parroting ALL the same talking points. Can you say controlled opposition?

    The sheer amount of virtue signalling found in this basket case smells like ‘actor’ to me. This is not the mind of an actual person.

  11. Mark Cameron

    October 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    (Sigh)…

  12. K Snyder

    October 12, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Mental illness

  13. Westcanguy

    October 12, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    If only there was a way to keep him there…

  14. Barry Williams

    October 12, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Ya buddy has been adding to Climate Change with his Covid-Canadian hot-under-the-collaredness so I’m glad the fizzition is jetting over to another country to let things cool down here a bit. Righteo Herr Doktor!

  15. Baron Not Baron

    October 12, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Covid cow is drying out

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Three unvaxxed U o W staff suing province

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim?

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Three unvaccinated University of Winnipeg Collegiate instructors forced to take unpaid leave are suing the province and several parties over an “overboard, unreasonable, and discriminatory” vaccine mandate.

The instructors allege that due to their vaccine status they’ve had to withstand “ridicule, hatred, maltreatment and discrimination,” in a statement of claim reported by CBC and Winnipeg Free Press Friday.

“All of the plaintiffs have suffered vilification and extreme ill-will being directed at them as ‘unvaccinated’ people as a result of the University of Winnipeg and other government of Manitoba representatives making false public statements and promulgating policies which have the effect of stating the unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic,” says the lawsuit.

The university, province, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Manitoba Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration are included as defendants named in the lawsuit filed Monday in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. 

The plaintiffs, placed on unpaid leave last September 7, are Renise Mlodzinski, who holds degrees in education and music performance; Evan Maltman, who holds degrees in kinesiology-physical education and education; and Kyle Du Val, who holds degrees in science-physics, music performance, and education.

The instructors allege being placed on unpaid leave caused their vaccination status to be “immediately apparent.”

They point to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects Canadians from being compelled to disclose private medical information, including vaccine status.

As well, they note, the Criminal Code of Canada deems it an offence to make statements that willfully and promote hatred an against an identifiable group.

They allege the province’s vaccine policy amounts to “an expressed intention to engage in a conspiracy to commit assault” because it attempts to force employees to be vaccinated.

The lawsuit calls for the vaccine policy to be stayed until the court reviews the matter.

The provincial government has implemented policies that cast blame on the unvaccinated for hospital overcrowding, the spread of COVID-19, and restricts their rights to access society treating them as “sub-humans,” says the lawsuit.

It challenges the university’s policy claim that vaccination is the single most effective health measure “essential to the university’s institutional response” to reduce the spread of COBID-19 and claim scientific evidence doesn’t support that.

“The rhetoric has resulted in a large portion of Manitobans believing that if they are fully vaccinated, they are safe from the virus and cannot be infected or infect others. Omicron has exploded this mythology,” says the lawsuit.

Scientific studies show no significant difference in the viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who tested positive for COVID-19,” says the lawsuit, pointing to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people.

The province and chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussinhave promoted a “false sense of security” that the vaccinated are protected, it alleges.

“There is neither a moral obligation to vaccinate, nor a sound ethical basis to mandate vaccination under any circumstances, even for hypothetical vaccines that are medically risk free.

“Under the present circumstances, when the science clearly demonstrates that the so-called vaccines do not provide either complete sterilizing immunity nor prevent the ‘fully vaccinated’ from infecting others, the grossly unethical nature of vaccine mandates” becomes even more clear.”

The vaccines, with ingredients not revealed to the public, haven’t undergone the standard approval process that takes years “to properly assess the benefits and risks from clinical data, including any potential long-term side effects,” it says.

“The vaccination program in Canada is being adjusted on the fly as adverse effects manifest necessitating the need for constant amendments of safety guidelines. This underlines the experimental nature of these vaccines.”

They point to Ontario data showing one in 5,000 suffered myocarditis from the Moderna vaccine, and one in 28,000 patients from the Pfizer vaccine.

Recommendations that people age of 18-24 receive the Pfizer vaccine as opposed to Moderna because of an increase in myocarditis and death in that age group have been made by Ontario, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden

“The government of Manitoba has not followed this safety protocol, nor has it provided an explanation for ignoring these concerns to Manitobans,” says the lawsuit.

The university rejected vaccine exceptions on religious grounds applied for by all three instructors.

They’re seeking $1 million in damages for violating their Charter rights and up to $1 million in damages for the “intentional infliction of mental distress, and assault and battery” they allege resulted in threats and assaults, loss of income, post-traumatic stress disorder and lost employment opportunities.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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Canadians want more indigenous representation on Parliament Hill

The survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

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There is too much colonialism represented on Parliament Hill and the majority of Canadians asked said they would like to see more Indigenous representation, says a Department of Public Works survey.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

“Sixty percent believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the country,” said an internal survey.

“Somewhat fewer but still half of Canadians believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be a gathering place reflective of Indigenous cultures (56%).”

Twenty percent rated reflection of Indigenous cultures as “unimportant” on Parliament Hill, said the report.

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,551 people nationwide. The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.

“The public opinion research forms part of the public engagement strategy to obtain feedback on how their experience on Parliament Hill and the broader precinct could be improved in the future, and how to ensure the precinct continues to be a welcoming place that reflects the values and aspirations of all Canadians,” wrote researchers.

Parliament Hill tributes currently celebrate Caucasian people including statues honouring Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, former prime ministers Macdonald, Mackenzie, Laurier, Borden, King, Diefenbaker and Pearson, a War of 1812 Monument, and statues for two Fathers of Confederation killed by assassination, George Brown of Toronto and D’Arcy McGee of Montréal.

Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”

The document was written as a guide for the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies,” said the report. “This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

“He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

The national archives in 2021 deleted a web feature First Among Equals honouring Macdonald.

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U of M prof: Alberta suffers least, Ontario most by unvaxxed trucker ban

“You can quote me: they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” says University of Manitoba professor Barry Prentice.

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As of Saturday, truckers who cross the American border into Canada must be vaccinated for COVID-19, something one Manitoba professor says will hurt all Canadians, but Westerners the least.

Barry Prentice, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba, tells the Western Standard the federal government has failed to properly assess the risks.

“This is nonsense. We’ve been now 22 months into this, and suddenly they think, ‘Oh, people have to be vaccinated.’ Is there a big risk? No, there’s no risk assessment associated with this decision whatsoever. And, indeed, the drivers, they tend to stay in their cabs. They’re not getting out running around. So who are they going to infect?” Prentice said.

Although the announcement was made November 19, the timing for follow-through seemed odd to Prentice, since Manitoba minimized its isolation requirements. As of January 1, vaccinated Manitobans who tested positive for COVID-19 but have no fever and were feeling better needed only five days’ isolation.

“The Manitoba government has just told us, ‘We’re cutting y’all loose. You’re on your own, good luck.’ In so many words that’s what they’ve said. ‘Look after yourself now, we’ve done as much as we can do.’…Saskatchewan’s in that train as well. Kids are going back to school, and there’s more damage done to them, psychologically, being trapped in their houses, than what risk a virus might have,” Prentice said.

“It’s back to the vaccine, either it works or it doesn’t work. Now we all know that the vaccine won’t stop you getting the virus; it just stops you from becoming a hospital patient. That is the premise. Of course, nobody wants to get the flu…I take precautions anyway, as do most people.”

The trucking industry has already had worker shortages for years and Prentice believes the border policy will raise trucking prices and push some truckers out of the driver’s seat altogether. This will mean higher prices for goods, especially for fruits and vegetables bought east of Saskatchewan.

“You can quote me, they’re gonna spend a lot more lettuce for their lettuce,” Prentice says, as he explains why cross-border trucking is less prevalent on the Western Prairies.

“There’s nothing really south of Alberta. So if you drop a load off in Alberta, you can’t pick up a load there to take back somewhere in the States because there’s nothing in Montana or Wyoming. Whereas, if you’re coming to Winnipeg, you can drop down to Fargo, Minnesota; or Minneapolis. And if you’re in Ontario, there’s a huge number of loads there to Chicago, Detroit and so on.”

Prentice believes Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is “incompetent” and his Liberal colleagues have a blind spot when it comes to supply chains.

“It really shows that this is a party of three big cities. And they don’t really understand how things move around because they’re urban, they’re urban people represented in government. Alghabra, I don’t think he’s ever been to Manitoba, let alone the rest of Western Canada or to the North. And he’s a Mississauga MP,” Prentice said.

“It goes back to the quality of leadership in the country. I don’t have a lot of belief that this prime minister understands transportation.”

The US is planning a similar mandate for truckers crossing into their country, requiring vaccination as of January 22. Prentice is more concerned about U.S. thinking and politics crossing the border than COVID-19.

“You literally can look up almost anything on the Internet. But of course, it also is a great vehicle for spreading falsehoods…to the political peril. What we’re seeing in the States right now scares me. Living next door to them doesn’t protect us from their craziness,” he said.

“We need to vaccinate them for stupidity. That’s what we need a vaccine for.”

Lee Harding is a freelance contributor living in Saskatchewan.

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