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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Canadian pilot creates hub for airline professionals and passengers against forced jabs

The group consists of over 2,500 Canadian airline professionals and 18-20,000 Canadian passengers and continues to grow in membership daily.

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Free to Fly — a group of airline professionals and passengers opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine mandates for airline workers and those who travel — is set to hit 50,000 members and start an active campaign against the policy.

The welcome message on the site reads: “For our entire history, Canadians have enjoyed freedom of movement, most recently in flight. We also hold our health freedoms dear, along with our right to liberty and security for the person under Sec. 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as upheld by the Supreme Court.

“Recent mandates in the private and public sector violating these are causing you and your families increasing anxiety. We share your grave concern.”

The site was created in April by a Canadian pilot who’s asked that only his first name be used. Matt has worked in the industry for 14 years and faces being put on leave without pay as of October 30 for not getting the jab, along with thousands of others airline employees.

“I wanted to take all the anger we were seeing among our pilot cohort and make it productive so we organized ourselves as best we could to help our passengers who will be facing the same mandates,” said Matt in an interview with the Western Standard.

Matt confirmed the group consists of more than 2,500 Canadian airline professionals and 18-20,000 Canadian passengers and continues to grow in membership daily.

“We expect to have over 50,000 members by sometime next month,” said Matt, adding he plans to start an “active recruiting stage” soon.

“There is a keen sense of time ticking,” he said, referring to the proof of vaccine mandate deadlines looming for staff in the coming weeks for two of Canada’s largest carriers — Westjet and Air Canada.

According to a press release dated August 25, Air Canada announced it is “mandatory for all employees of the airline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to report their vaccination status as of October 30, 2021.”

Westjet released this statement on September 8: “The WestJet Group today announced that effective October 30, 2021, all WestJet Group employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

“By coming together and forming a unified identity, our group aims to leverage inside industry knowledge and numbers to impact the court of public opinion, create awareness and put pressure on these airlines,” said Matt.

He added the group is in touch with a number of medical and scientific doctors with “specialized COVID knowledge” who are advising the group about concerns, one being the risk of thrombosis, when blood clots block vessels.

“For years they’ve always pushed compression socks on us (airline workers), but there seems to be a heightened risk possibly due to these vaccines,” said Matt.

Matt told the Western Standard the group is working on putting together media presentations they plan to release next month.

“Case studies, passenger backstories, employee stories … we want to put personal faces to the stories of pilots, airline staff and passengers.”

“For instance, some of these pilots I’ve worked with have dreamt about being a pilot their whole lives and are now watching their dream just slip away,” said Matt, adding he hopes the stories encourage people to support their efforts.

Matt also spoke to the divisiveness the mandates have caused within the airline industry.

“They (those vaccinated) see us (unvaccinated) as being what stands in the way of things going back to normal,” said Matt, but pointed out even for those who have chosen to be vaccinated, there really are “few benefits.”

Larry and Kathleen Thomsen experienced this when they decided to travel to the U.S. for a fall vacation.

The older couple decided to get vaccinated in the summer so they could continue to travel through their retirement.

They booked a fall trip to the U.S. to visit friends and despite being fully vaccinated they had to pay $150 to get a COVID-19 test before they could fly.

“Now to get tested so we can get back into Canada, we had to shell out another $500 U.S. to be tested again,” said Larry, who plans to return to the country on Sunday.

“The one thing I’ve learned,” said Matt, “is it doesn’t take a lot of people to speak up to bring about change. If enough people stand up against these mandates, we’d be firmly in control again.

“We are demanding the freedoms we’ve cherished our whole lives.”

The Free to Fly website encourages airline employees and passengers who agree with their platform to join so they can be in contact.

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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  1. Mark Davis

    October 18, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    the jab is worse than the virus this is not about a pandemic this is about a new world order and a one world economic system and they are depopulating the world wake up people and stand up for your rights and freedoms this is world war 111

  2. Tena Windle

    October 17, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Just joined and shared. Thank you Western Standard, this is exactly what I have been searching for in the last few days.

  3. Baron Not Baron

    October 16, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Great move! Let’s GROW the numbers!

  4. Dennis

    October 16, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Come on people. Get signed up to show your support for our freedom.

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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.

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By LEE HARDING

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.

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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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