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CNRL staff demand end to mandatory vaccination

Kitchen said the 1,100 staff haven’t been vaccinated yet against COVID-19 and have no plans to do so.




A group of 1,100 employees and contractors at Canada Natural Resources Ltd. has written to CEO Tim McKay demanding the company stop plans for a mandatory vaccine program.

Their Calgary lawyer, James S. M. Kitchen, sent McKay a 147-page letter on why such a program would be dangerous.

Kitchen said the 1,100 staff haven’t been vaccinated yet against COVID-19 and have no plans to do so.

“.. (I)t is to request that CNRL rescind its COVID vaccine mandate and instead negotiate a mutually agreeable solution with my clients that does not involve the misery to both CNRL management and the CNRL workforce that a continued mandate will inevitably result in,” Kitchen writes in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“My clients are not litigious. They are severely normal people who want to quietly live their lives, work hard at their jobs, enjoy the fruits of their labour in a free society, and have their employers and governments respect their health choices and bodily autonomy. They have no ideological axe to grind with CNRL, or political point to prove in court.”

Kitchen said his clients would prefer to negotiate a settlement with the company over the issue, but are prepared to go to court if necessary.

“It is trite law that unilaterally altering an employment contract to add, as a condition of continued employment, that an employee receive an unnecessary and potentially harmful medical intervention is a breach of contract and, if enforced through termination, constitutes wrongful dismissal,” Kitchen claims.

“Dignity, self-respect, and common decency requires that my clients draw a line before they find their bodies and their rights wholly owned by government and their employers.”

Kitchen said his clients are refusing the vaccines for numerous reasons including: They are “dangerous and ineffective,” natural immunity is growing and freedom of choice on what to put in your own body.

“First, it’s apparent to my clients that CNRL may not have reviewed enough scientific and medical literature prior to implementing its COVID vaccine mandate,” writes Kitchen.

“Given how many CNRL employees will receive the COVID vaccines against their will only to keep their jobs — and the percentage of how many recipients of the vaccines incur serious injuries — it is likely that CNRL will face tort claims from employees harmed by the COVID vaccines, certainly much more likely than the remote possibility that CNRL will face claims from someone harmed by COVID itself.

“If CNRL’s primary concerns are optics and appeasing public health authorities, my clients respectfully suggest that picking a fight unnecessarily with its faithful employees is not good means to satisfying those concerns.”

The Western Standard has reached out to CNRL for comment but hasn’t heard back yet.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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    Karen Selick

    October 19, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Thank goodness for these employees and lawyer James Kitchen.

  2. HeatherET

    October 15, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    The irony of all this is soon it will be apparent that the vaccines don’t work! I am carefully watching the Alberta numbers of new COVID cases and the percentage that are in the “complete” or “partially” vaccinated groups is steadily growing! It’s currently over 38% of new cases! I am also concerned about the long term unknown effects of these rushed jabs. This experiment could go horribly wrong and then how will these companies and government entities be held responsible for coercing people to get them?

  3. Mark Cameron

    October 15, 2021 at 2:31 am


    The Science definitely does NOT back these immoral mandates!

  4. Baron Not Baron

    October 14, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Great act!

  5. Left Coast

    October 14, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    What happened to Science?

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine professor Dr. Marty Makary has told the science about the vaccines.

    “The data on natural immunity is now overwhelming, and it turns out the hypothesis that our public health leaders had that vaccinated immunity is better and stronger than natural immunity was wrong. They got it backward. And now we’ve got data from Israel showing that natural immunity is 27 times more effective than vaccinated immunity. And that supports 15 other studies.” professor Dr. Marty Makary said.

    This is not the first time this Doctor has slapped the administration with facts.

    Previously, he also disputed that assessment regarding the vaccination program of the administration where he said, “We’re going to be in a much better place in a couple of weeks or maybe by November at the latest and the cases are down 35 percent, and we’ve always known this delta virus is so contagious. It’s burning through that last segment of the population with no natural or vaccinated immunity…so by December, almost every adult will have had COVID or vaccination.”

    “It’s ruining the lives of people who are getting fired, and Nurses, who are heroes, are now getting laid off. Soldiers are getting dishonorably discharged. They’ve got immunity. It’s just not the type that our public health officials have sanctioned.” Dr. Makary added.

    Then he continued saying, “This is a failure of government, not a failure of science, but how about some flexibility? How about recognizing natural immunity and allowing those who have circulating antibodies to get credit? That’s how they do it in parts of Europe, and that’s how they do it in Israel.”

  6. Jerry Terpstra

    October 14, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Keep up the pressure…. this whole insanity has to stop. Thanks for standing up.

  7. Eldon

    October 14, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Great article Dave! As always, right on target.
    I hope CNRL uses discretion and drops this insane jab mandate. Or they too will be indicted for crimes against humanity. When this all plays out. It is better to be on the right side of history. Unlike Kenny, Hinshaw and Yiu.

  8. Dennis

    October 14, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Good for you folks. There is only one way to end this stupidity and that is to stand up together and say NO! These Virtue Signalling WOKE companies need to understand their most precious asset is their people and they must be protected from government tyranny at all costs.

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Four Alberta doctors file lawsuit againt AHS and Yiu over forced vaccination

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.




A statement of claim was filed Friday against Alberta Health Services (AHS) and President and CEO of AHS, Dr. Verna Yiu by four Alberta doctors opposed to vaccination mandates.

“The Plaintiffs oppose being forced against their will to be vaccinated without their informed consent as mandated by AHS,” the statement of claim reads.

“Further, the Plaintiffs are opposed to disclosing their private health information or have disclosed their private health information with respect to their vaccination status against their will under threat of termination or unpaid long-term leave.”

The statement of claim says the plaintiffs are also concerned the COVID-19 vaccines are “experimental and have not undergone sufficient long-term safety observation,” and claim the ingredients for the vaccines have yet to be fully disclosed.

Plaintiff Dr. Joanna Moser is an anesthesiologist in Calgary and Red Deer and has had severe allergies to past vaccines. Moser is concerned about the risks she faces not knowing what the full list of ingredients are and fears having an adverse reaction to the shot but has been denied an exemption.

The legal filing also highlights the doctors’ concerns that “the COVID-19 vaccines do not provide full immunity,” and may only “lessen the severity of symptoms or potentially reduce the risk of hospitalization.”

In addition to citing numerous Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms violations and medical references disputing the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, the statement of claim also says the doctors are facing “discrimination” and have suffered “vilification and extreme ill-will” as a result of “false public statements” that the “unvaccinated are to blame for the pandemic.”

 Local lawyer, Jeffrey Rath of Rath & Company filed the statement of claim on behalf of his clients Friday afternoon and intends to file an injunction application on Monday.

“We’re filing the injunction to provide temporary relief for our clients and others while waiting for this to get to trial,” said Rath in an interview with the Western Standard.

“The injunction will bring broad-based relief to all those unvaccinated within AHS on the basis that it’s creating a toxic work environment and is willfully creating contempt and hatred towards unvaccinated staff members.”

An injunction, if successful, would force the vaccine mandates to be put on hold until the claim is finally determined.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Banned BC doctor claims COVID ‘the greatest propaganda campaign in human history’

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology,” said Dr. Nagase.




The current COVID-19 crisis is because of a “pandemic caused by vaccination,” said banned Dr. Daniel Nagase, in an exclusive interview with the Western Standard.

Nagase, a B.C. doctor who came under fire for giving patients an unapproved treatment for COVID-19 while working in Alberta hospitals, has been relieved of his duties in September and is no longer permitted to work in Alberta Health Services facilities.

Early October, a video of Nagase speaking at an event commemorating the anniversary of the Nuremburg Trials went viral with his account of working in an Alberta hospital treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, which is also used in agriculture settings.

Western Standard exclusive interview with Dr. Daniel Nagase

The Western Standard shared the video and subsequent tweets from AHS about the incident.

“All physicians — including temporary locums — are governed by AHS’ medical bylaws when working in an AHS facility. Under these bylaws, there are expectations for all physicians to follow regarding unapproved use of medical therapy,” said AHS.

Nagase said he is not against vaccines, but said “there’s never been anything like this given to humans,” referencing the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

“Medically speaking, scientifically speaking, this is a lot closer to gene therapy than it is other vaccines that have been put out in history,” Nagase said adding he has not had a COVID-19 shot yet.

Nagase said his life has been turned upside down since he began to speak out about his experience being relieved of duty for treating COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin, but added, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Since his message has gone viral on social media, Nagase said he’s been able to reach more people with his message that “Ivermectin is a safe medication for coronavirus 19.”

Nagase has researched trials in other countries and said, “in every single one of those studies, Ivermectin worked. In moderate COVID and mild COVID mortality is reduced to zero.”

Also concerning to Nagase is that doctors are being prevented from treating patients as they would have been able to in the past.

“What they did is something that has never been done in 200 years of medical history. They banned doctors from trying a medication and banned patients from receiving it,” said Nagase of how Ivermectin was prohibited from being prescribed and used to treat COVID-19 in Canada.

Nagase has been banned from hospital practice in all AHS facilities, but is still able to practice if he opened his own office. However, Nagase said as of Monday, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has asked him to voluntarily withdraw his licence.

“And usually when they demand you voluntarily withdraw your licence, it’s because they are leading up to involuntary revocation of your license,” he said.

Nagase also slammed the Alberta government for its handling of the health crisis.

“It has been completely anti-science,” Nagase said who went on to explain “when healthy people wear masks, you are actually driving the evolution for any virus to overcome that mask.”

“This is a pandemic caused by the vaccinations and were talking about high school level biology.

“I’m worried that we are living through the greatest propaganda campaign in human history,” Nagase said when asked why he believes there is such conflicting information around the pandemic.

When asked how he would have handled dealing with the pandemic, Nagase said, “two weeks to flatten the curve and that’s it. Isolate only the people that are at high risk of dying — that’s all.”

Nagase is in Calgary speaking at the Freedom Talk conference running Friday and Saturday. Details on the conference are here.

For those not on Facebook, the video will also be available here on Rumble.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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BC Liberals refuse to accept Gunn as leadership candidate

“LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.




BC Liberals have told Aaron Gunn he will not be allowed to stand as a candidate for the leadership of the party.

“After a thorough review of Mr. Gunn’s statements on social media, both public and private, and after having provided Mr. Gunn with the opportunity to respond to concerns raised by certain of those statements, LEOC concluded that to approve Mr. Gunn’s candidacy would be inconsistent with the BC Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance of all British Columbians,” said the party in a statement.

Gunn was less than pleased with the decision.

“Today, it became clear that conservatives, and all British Columbians who believe in common sense and freedom of speech, are no longer welcome in today’s BC Liberal party. I will be releasing a full statement later today, but rest assured, if you think this fight is over, you couldn’t be more wrong,” he tweeted.

Gunn tweet

“mm 7 unelected, non-Indigenous insiders decided my candidacy would be inconsistent with “reconciliation”… Meanwhile, it was ACTUALLY supported by the only Indigenous person in the race,” he tweeted.

“Imagine being so entitled and arrogant that you believe a small group of unelected insiders should decide the future direction of a political party and not its democratic membership.”

Gunn announced on October 9 he would try and run for the leadership.

“I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines … the policies being enacted are the antithesis to common sense,” Gunn told an enthusiastic crowd assembled at the Greek Community Centre in Saanich — a municipality of the Greater Victoria area — moments ago.

“For too long, politicians have promised us one thing, but failed to deliver once in power … under the NDP things have gotten worse,” he said, referring to John Horgan’s government.

“I think it’s time for a change, I think it’s time for renewal and I think it’s time for common sense,” he said moments before officially announcing his candidacy.

Gunn, 31, who planned on running under the banner: Bring Back Common Sense, tried to join six others — Gavin Dew, Kevin Falcon, Michael Lee, Val Litwin, Ellis Ross, and Renee Merrifield — who’ve already tossed their hats into the leadership race ring.

His said priorities would have included scrapping the carbon tax, “serious” health care reform, and opposing vaccine passports.

“I’ll be the only one in the race opposing those, as I believe I have a substantially different approach than the other candidates. I’ve got very clear positions on on the development of resources, on supporting our forest industry, on supporting our energy industry, and a whole bunch of other things.”

Gunn said changes need to come from the top.

“I think it all starts with political leadership,” he said.

“When (police) feel they don’t have the political support, or no one’s got their back, I think that trickles down into what you see in everyday policing issues. I know many police — I’ve talked to people in the Vic PD, for example — they know sometimes they arrest one of these people, and they do all the paperwork only to see them back on the streets in just a matter of days, or even less.

“So I think there’s lots of problems and, provincially, there’s only so much you can do, but you can direct prosecutors to pursue maximum sentences, and to pursue people who are repeatedly and flagrantly breaking the law.”

Gunn served Canada during a three-year stint in the Army Reserves straight out of university, before he went to work for the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation where he founded and became executive director of the “Generation Screwed” initiative which battled government debt, among other issues.

He’s been on the fringes of the political scene for the past three years or so, and his YouTube videos have garnered more than 50 million views and tens of thousands of followers, making him one of British Columbia’s most listened to political voices. (As an example, his Facebook followers number 20,000 more than Premier John Horgan).

Gunn said he not only wants to rebrand the BC Liberal Party — which is not affiliated with its similarly named federal party, but to rename it, as well, to reflect his and other party member’s conservatism.

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