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CNRL affiliate employees ‘blindsided’ by imposed vaccine mandate

No other companies in the energy-producing sector have mandated a vaccine policy that I know of other than CNRL,” said the NWR worker.




An employee with North West Redwater Partnership (NWR), an affiliate of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL), says workers were “blindsided” with the vaccine mandate rolled out to them on Monday.

The NWR employee has asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal from his employer.

CNRL, one of Alberta’s largest oil and gas companies, announced on October 7, they were mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all CNRL Horizon employees and set the deadline for workers to show proof of double vaccination for December 1.  

“NWR is half-owned by CNRL,” the worker told the Western Standard in an interview Thursday.

“We knew about the mandate from CNRL Horizon but were blindsided on Monday when we got the email. It was just a PDF document — no signatures, just a statement — saying basically that we have to follow this policy or find somewhere else to work,” the employee said.

Of the 313 NWR employees, 84 are unvaccinated or have yet to report their status, the employee told the Western Standard.

“No other companies in the energy-producing sector have mandated a vaccine policy that I know of other than CNRL,” said the NWR worker.

“We’ve been following all the AHS (Alberta Health Services) orders — masking, distancing, testing — then out of the blue, these new mandates come down and now we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place with a short window.”

The NWR employee said the staff have been advised they need to have proof of first vaccination by November 15 and proof of second dose by December 15.

“It’s basically a hard policy. You do this otherwise disciplinary action will start — up to and including dismissal.”

The NWR worker said he reached out to other CNRL facilities and has heard that others have not been mandated yet.

“A small cohort of concerned people have discussed options and we’ve sent questions to management,” said the worker.

“We want to know what’s wrong with the safety policies we have in place and we’ve been practicing right now? Why isn’t rapid testing an alternative anymore? What about those of us who’ve had COVID and have natural immunity? What about working remotely?”

The NWR worker said he is not “anti-vax” and has had numerous vaccines in his lifetime but said, “as far as I’m concerned, this is not a vaccine as I know it — it’s gene therapy. And we also don’t have any long-term studies done.”

“Someone has already reached out to the lawyer working with the CNRL staff fighting the mandates,” said the NWR worker who hopes to get answers to their questions from management soon.

“I don’t agree with what is happening and no one has any answers right now, yet the clock is ticking.”

The Western Standard spoke with Calgary lawyer, James Kitchen, who has filed a notice to CNRL CEO Tim McKay on behalf of 1,100 citing their intention to sue if they continue with their forced vaccination policy.

Kitchen’s request for reply by October 26 has come and gone and he has yet to receive a response from McKay.

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. Lisa

    October 29, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Everyone please watch and share this video. Since it aired in May, the number of vaccine related deaths in the US alone has risen by 13,000!


  2. Barbara

    October 28, 2021 at 11:36 pm


    World Wide workers protest next week.
    Stand up , share, be brave. We’ll save ourselves

  3. Baron Not Baron

    October 28, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Elderly Woman Gives Covid Karen a Piece of Her Mind..


  4. Earl Hildebrand

    October 28, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Put your damn tools down and stop working, RIGHT THIS MOMENT!!! Shut it all down, if you don’t get the damn shot because it’s pointless at this junction with a corrupted judiciary and government

  5. John Lankers

    October 28, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    One thumb screw at a time until the end goal has been reached. Call me a conspiracy theorist.

  6. Baron Not Baron

    October 28, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    If all of you have the balls to quit at once, by the time you arrive to exit the gate, the mandate will be rescinded.

    All up to you.

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Energy report tells feds to incentivize moves away from oil

The IEA calls for the Canadian government to creating transparent changes to the oil and gas industry but incentivizing technology changes and creating emergency oil stocks.




A new report says Canada should further invest in clean in electricity and that our country is already among the cleanest energy production in the world.

The International Energy Analysis (IEA) came out with a report outlining recommendations for Canada’s energy future, including balanced decarbonization across the country.

That means higher coordination between federal, provincial and territorial levels to set clear targets for energy efficiency in buildings, transport and industry sectors.

The IEA calls for the Canadian government to create transparent changes to the oil and gas industry but incentivizing technology changes and creating emergency oil stocks.

Canada’s electricity system is one of the cleanest globally according to the IEA report, as 80% of supply is from non-emitting sources such as hydropower and nuclear power.

“Canada’s wealth of clean electricity and its innovative spirit can help drive a secure and affordable transformation of its energy system and help realize its ambitious goals,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.

“Equally important, Canada’s efforts to reduce emissions — of both carbon dioxide and methane — from its oil and gas production can help ensure its continued place as a reliable supplier of energy to the world.”

The report follows Environmental Minister Steven Guildbeault’s announcement for Canada to be ready to eliminate fossil fuels in 18 months, with zero-emission cars and stricter methane regulations.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole expressed concern on Twitter with the zero emission plans, calling attention to the need to invest in the oil sector rather than turn away from it.

Energy makes up over 10% of Canada’s GDP, being a major source of capital investment, export revenue and jobs, making the net-zero goals both a challenge and opportunity.

Since the last IEA review in 2015, Canada has made international and domestic commitments dedicated to transforming the energy sector, including a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40‑45% by 2030.

Canada is also a part of the United Nations zero-emission 2050 target that involves over 130 countries worldwide.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard.

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O’Toole mocks Guilbeault’s two-year fossil fuel plan

Full implementation of this ethanol use would create a 60% increase in heating a home, according to the advocacy group Canadians for Affordable Energy.




The federal cabinet is planning to phase out the use of fossil fuels in the next 18 months, but didn’t mention how much Canadians rely on fossil fuels and what costs this initiative entails.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said in the next two years Canadians should also see more stringent methane regulations and zero-emission vehicle standards.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was opposed to the proposition, and highlighted the need for using Canada’s fossil fuel industry and supporting those who work in it.

“Canada is a cold country. We need fossil fuels, natural gas, to heat our homes,” said O’Toole in a video standing in front of a freezing cold House of Commons.

O’Toole tweet

“Someone so disconnected from reality that he’s making policy that will hurt our country. Division and absolute disconnect from reality.”

Guilbeault stressed the need for faster action on environmental initiatives by the Liberal government.

“I mean, maybe 2024, but that’s the type of time frame we have to work with and it’s going to be tough because on the one hand, some people are going to criticize us for not giving them enough time to be consulted, but the state of climate change is such that we need to learn to do things faster and that’s certainly true of us as a government,” he said.

Guilbeault acknowledged many of his proposed environmental actions will cause significant costs to consumers, but stated the luxury of waiting to make environmental changes is something Canadians don’t have any more.

The Clean Fuel Standard, implemented in 2021, mandated higher use of renewable energy in everyday consumption which includes tripling expensive ethanol content in gasoline and increasing carbon taxes.

Full implementation of the ethanol use would create a 60% increase in heating a home, according to the advocacy group Canadians for Affordable Energy.

Guilbeault complained about regulators taking too long to finalize the Clean Fuel Standard, as the regulation took five years to finalize and implement.

“One of the things I told stakeholders when I was in Toronto recently and then in Calgary, one of the things I told the department as well is we don’t have that luxury anymore,” said Guilbeault.

“We don’t have five years to consult every time we want to introduce a new measure.”

Canada’s two major parties are opposing on the matter.

O’Toole ended his statements on Twitter saying the Conservative party will keep fighting to keep Canadians warm and fossil fuel jobs safe.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Energy report says fossil fuel usage set to plunge in Canada

The news was met with glee from Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.




The use of fossils fuels in Canada is set to drop drastically in the next three decades, says a new report.

The Canada Energy Regulator predicts fossil fuel use will fall by 62% by 2025.

The forecast predicts Canadians will use significantly less gasoline and diesel over coming years, resulting in a 43% decline in the use of refined petroleum products by 2050.

Electricity use could rise by as much 45% as people change over to electric vehicles.

The report predicts wind and solar power will be used to help meet the rise in demand.

The news was met with glee from Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

“Some welcome news from The Canada Energy Regulator: fossil fuel use will fall by 62% in Canada by 2050. We’re making progress, the work continues!” he tweeted.

The forecast calls for Canadian crude oil production to peak at 5.8 million barrels per day in 2032, and then to decline to reach 4.8 million barrels per day in 2050.

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