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MORGAN: We can no longer trust the government’s COVID death statistics

“After the Alberta government lied about the cause of death of young Nathaneal Spitzer, we have good reason not to trust what they are telling us.”




When it was announced a 14-year-old boy had succumbed to COVID-19 in Alberta, the tone from Dr. Deena Hinshaw was somber. The mainstream media dutifully reported the death of a child and how this means the virus clearly threatens us all, not just the old and vulnerable.

The response from COVID-19 lockdown proponents and the NDP was morbidly welcoming, in a sense. None of them would celebrate the death of a child, but they could not contain their excitement they now had evidence to indicate that COVID-19 was deadly to children. Their moment of glory was short-lived.

Simone Spitzer is the older sister of the child who passed away. She was horrified her brother’s death was being used as a political football and she took to Facebook to call it out. Spitzer exposed her brother Nathanael had been in the hospital for months and had passed away from terminal brain cancer, not COVID-19, as had been reported by government and media alike.

Spitzer’s post went viral on social media, but remained entirely ignored by the mainstream media. When the Western Standard began reporting on the AHS misrepresentation of the cause of Nathanael’s death, Hinshaw was forced to apologize and retract the statement.

The apologies, tweet deletions, and retractions then began to come in fast. NDP leader Rachel Notley had ghoulishly used Nathanael’s death as a hammer with which to attack the UCP. Notley had even attacked AHS for their daring to have mentioned “other complicating factors” when they announced the death. She dismissed those “other complicating factors” as an excuse from the UCP as a way of cleaning the blood off of their hands. She wanted to make it sound as if a perfectly healthy child had been killed by COVID-19, and Jason Kenney was directly responsible. Notley deleted her tweets and apologized to the Spitzer family, but the damage has been done.

As we near the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t pretend any longer we don’t know much about the virus. We should recognize and be thankful healthy children are almost entirely immune to the effects of COVID-19. While kids have tested positive for the virus leading to virtual evacuations of schools, they usually demonstrate no symptoms and suffer no ill effects. Rarer still are healthy children suffering severe effects.

Since the beginning of the pandemic — out of hundreds of thousands of Albertans under the age of 19 — only one has been listed as having died of COVID-19. In light of the Spitzer debacle, the cause of that lone death has now become a legitimate question of the government.

We have to thank the Spitzer family for speaking up in this time of tragedy and mourning to call this out. We should let them grieve in peace now, but media must also pick up and carry on with the issue this brave family has exposed. We can’t trust AHS’s numbers when it comes to COVID-19 death statistics.

How many times has this happened?

Almost 3,000 deaths in Alberta have been attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. With a population of 4.6 million and during nearly two years, that is a long way from the sort of numbers the Spanish Flu posted, though our governments are acting as if today’s pandemic is just as lethal. Now we have to ask ourselves: how many of those 3,000 deaths were actually caused primarily by COVID-19?

We do know 86% of the COVID-19 deaths in Alberta had comorbidities. That statistic needs some more detail filled in if we are to interpret the data correctly. Diabetes, obesity, and asthma are serious comorbidities, but they’re also manageable conditions. COVID surely robbed people of years of life despite their having serious conditions already. We want to prevent this as much as possible of course. What we need to figure out is how many of the people who died of COVID-19 were going to die at approximately that time anyway.

How many fatalities that had been attributed to COVID-19 were cases such as Nathanael’s, where he was about to pass away regardless of a positive COVID-19 test? How many cancer patients, people with heart conditions, or pending renal failure died and were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths, despite the virus actually being a secondary or even tertiary contributor to the person’s death?

The average age of a person dying from COVID-19 has dropped from 82 years, to 79 years. This is not a disease that is prone to taking people long before their time in most cases.

We need accurate numbers as we model government responses to the pandemic. We have set aside critical rights under the Charter and have justified this based on the risk the pandemic presents to the general public. Every restriction comes with costs – both social and fiscal. We need to do a cost-benefit analysis when making policies, and we can’t do it accurately if we are not getting truthful numbers.

We have to get realistic about who’s at risk from COVID-19, as well. The fearmongering with regards to risks presented to children is reprehensible. Not every disease puts everybody at risk equally, and we can’t properly model policies to battle the disease if we don’t use accurate facts. When I finished high school at the end of the 1980s, we were all taught HIV was going to spread rapidly throughout all communities and that we would all be losing loved ones to the disease. In reality, HIV remained contained almost exclusively among the gay male and IV drug-using communities.

HIV is now considered a manageable condition and its spread is well under control. How many more could have been saved had we targeted the truly vulnerable communities rather than pretending for years the virus put everybody at risk?

There are likely a not an insignificant number of cases of mislabeled COVID-19 deaths out there. Not every family is as brave as the Spitzer’s have been and they can’t be blamed. Upon losing a loved one, nobody is eager to jump into a political hornet’s nest. Alberta needs to do a full audit of the fatalities that have been attributed to COVID-19 so far. We can release a great deal of the medical details without compromising the privacy of the victims and their families.

We already have enough distrust of the government and its motivations in this pandemic. True and full transparency in the fatality statistics will help regain some of that trust. We can then start modeling our policy responses to the pandemic based on the real risks, rather than what clearly appear to be exaggerated ones.

Cory Morgan is the Alberta Political Columnist for the Western Standard and Host of the Cory Morgan Show

Cory Morgan the Assistant Opinion & Broadcast Editor and Host of the Cory Morgan Show for the Western Standard. cmorgan@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Rainer Rohr

    October 16, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Well said Cory. Judging from the other comments here your readers are well aware that AHS has been lying to us as have our politicians. This crime of over reporting Covid-19 deaths is not local and is a problem across Canada and in other nations. Dr. Karina Reiss and Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi detailed this inaccurate reporting in Germany as early as September 2020 with the publishing of their book “Corona False Alarm ?”. They talk about fundamental flaws in data acquisition and the fact that a “case” now consisted of a positive laboratory test irrespective of clinical presentation. In the words of the authors this was “an unforgivable breach of a first rule in infectiology: the necessity to differentiate between “infection” (invasion and multiplication of an agent in the host) and “infectious disease” (infection with ensuing illness). Covid-19 is the designation for severe illness that occurs only in about 10 % of infected individuals, but because of incorrect designation, the number of “cases” surged and the virus vaulted to the top of the list of existential threats to the world.” Nevertheless our rulers continue to scare the hell out the populace here in October of 2021 by making the same mistakes as in early 2020. I think they will continue to generate fear in those they rule over as long as we allow them to do so. Thank you for a calling attention to the lies and keep on doing this as long as they keep on lying.

  2. TM

    October 16, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Pamela Bridger is spot on. I would go a step further and add Cory Morgan has repeatedly echoed the fear pushed by AHS.

    I do not think for a second that Mr. Morgan, or any of the reporters at Western Standard, are not capable of good investigative reporting. They have shown many times on other subjects that they are.

    Why, then, the blind allegiance to AHS lies and statistical manipulation? Why are there not FOIP requests to reveal the data behind ALL their claims? Why are there not FOIP requests to reveal the hospital admission and testing processes for all CCP virus related designations?

    Lastly, why are there no articles outlining that the very cause of the casedemic, the PCR test, is flawed to its core and completely manipulatable. To put it bluntly, if PCR tests were run at cycles of 25 (where they should be for active viral load detection) rather than the 40+ rate used across Canada, we would NOT have had a pandemicmic at all.

    I hope Western Standard finally does what it is so capable of doing…seeking the truth…THE ENTIRE TRUTH.

  3. Pamela Bridger

    October 16, 2021 at 8:47 am

    This is a good start, but Western Standard, in my opinion, has failed it’s subscribers, as well as others who read it by just repeating news already being spread through social media instead of using its resources to do the real work needed to uncover the malfeasance going on in AHS.

    It’s the biggest reason I have cancelled my subscription. I thought Western would prove to have the journalistic quality and engagement to expose the rot that is now in AHS and govt bureaucracy. But so far I have been disapoointed.

    If at some point Western Standard elects to do real investigative work and not just grab the latest headline on social media and pretend they singlehandedly outted AHS, I’ll gladly resubscribe.

  4. RM

    October 16, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Public Health has proven beyond all doubt that they cannot be trusted and have abused the powers that elected officials have given them. They should be stripped of those powers and should be suppressed as an organization within healthcare and rebuilt from the ground up. The senior leaders should be fired for cause. The people can deal with the elected officials but in my view any who still supported the lockdowns after the first year of the pandemic and all who supported vaccine mandates do not deserve to be re-elected.

  5. Barry Williams

    October 16, 2021 at 7:55 am

    I clearly remember when I learned that it was legal for the popo to lie. They can invent evidence and misrepresent evidence and now I wonder if it’s just the lawmen who are allowed to fib.

  6. Janie Assenheimer

    October 16, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Good reporting! I have been wondering for a long time about the numbers on their website. If you go to the interactive data and compare the graphs there, specifically deaths) to what is reported on the news each day there is a vast discrepancy. I realize that the reporting can be lagging or whatever but when they show 4 deaths on the graph for October 13 and the news as well as Deena Hinshaw reports 38, I just don’t understand. It would be worth looking into if I was a reporter. Also why are there so many deaths reported each day yet ICU numbers are going down slowly. Are there that many people dying in LTC or at home. Healthcare capacity is another facet of this that I don’t understand. I have tried to get in touch with the health minister and my mla but to no avail. It’s like they are hiding.

  7. Claudette Leece

    October 16, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Great article Cory, my daughter in laws uncle died multiple organ failure, he was within hours of passing, AHS chose to test him, he showed positive, he was marked a Covid death. The family insisted he not be marked Covid, they refused. No ethics in AHS anymore, and people are speaking out, at the peril of their jobs

  8. Dennis

    October 16, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Good article Cory but you are much too diplomatic. The government and AHS have been and still are lying for the past 2 years. AHS likely longer than that according to many in the medical field. Good to see independent media beginning to ask but the questions must go deeper.
    One of the glaring questions, Why are doctors not allowed to be doctors? The silence to this question is deafening.

  9. Scott Rivers

    October 16, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Excellence piece Cory very well written

  10. Kelly Carter

    October 15, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    What is most interesting is Fauci was deeply involved in the AIDS scandle that killed so many people because they refused to acknowledge the disease and then to properly assess the vulnerable population. How he still has a job is mind boggling.

    For those interested, peak Health Performance (YouTube) does some great analysis of the data that is available on COVID. No emissions, no politics, just data. What was most interesting is asthma is actually not a serious comorbidity for COVID. Top of the list are age with multiple comorbidities, obesity with multiple comorbidities, and most interesting anxiety disorders. The hypothesis is that the media fear mongering has a lot of people convinced that if they get COVID they will be hospitalized and die. This creates great anxiety and people are basically making themselves much sicker than they would otherwise have been because of their mental state. After those biggies is obesity (no comorbidities), cardiovascular problems, diabetes, thyroid, and just plain old age.

  11. Declan Carroll

    October 15, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    “Can no longer trust the government” ummmmm I am 100 percent postive you cannot trust the government ever. They lie about everything all the time. Canadians are naive to think that their government is some benevolent organization. They are dead wrong. The Canadian government has been persecuting and murdering its subjects from day one. The only difference now is intead of ethnic cleansing just the natives, Dukhobors, Mormans, Japanese, blacks, East Indians, etc…. They are now targeting everyone:-) Ahhhhhhhh equity isn’t it a grande idea………..

  12. berta baby

    October 15, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Great article… asfor me and my house hinshaw, AHS and thw UCP can kiss my ass… amen

  13. Bruce

    October 15, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Well spoken.. I do not trust this government on either side and definitely after the continuous research form Doctors all over the world and their stories have zero faith in AHS with their continuous twisting lies . Time to get a real doctor as head of AHS that has Immunology, Pathology actual degrees vs the education that Hinshaw has..

  14. Darlene Craig

    October 15, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    They went too far and they got caught. How many 14 year old boys died in central Alberta on October 8? Thankfully not many – probably no others. But how many 50 – 80 plus were included as covid deaths when they died of something else and the family would never know? Sounds like perhaps a lot. This is not transparency. I have lost what little faith I had in AHS.

  15. Baron Not Baron

    October 15, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    We never did Cory. Welcome to the dark side. We have cookies

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BRADLEY: No Central Bank Digital Currency can stack up to Bitcoin

Why Bitcoin will always be the superior digital currency.




These days, many countries are considering introducing their own Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

The Bank of England recently released a research paper discussing the possibility of creating its own digital currency, saying it has “not yet made a decision on whether to introduce CBDC”.

In July 2021, the Bank of Canada issued a discussion paper called “The Positive Case for a CBDC”, citing it “could be an effective competition policy tool for payments” and “could also support the vibrancy of the digital economy.”

But no country is moving faster on this front than China.

The Central Bank of China has already introduced a digital yuan, which is expected to eliminate physical cash and provide a centralized payment-processing network.

As China continues to expand its CBDC implementation beyond its trial run in some cities, more of its citizens will be forced into using the government’s app to identify themselves, store their wealth and make everyday purchases. That means the Chinese government will be able to track purchases and even freeze or close personal accounts, for whatever reason they see fit.

That is a terrifying prospect – and it highlights one of the many reasons bitcoin will always be superior to any currency issued and controlled by any government.

The Bitcoin network uses blockchain technology to track the status of the network, including user balances and transactions. This allows transparency and decentralization by nature. Perhaps most importantly, this means that the system cannot be controlled or influenced by any one person, company or government.

China’s digital yuan – and any CBDC under consideration – have the complete opposite fundamentals. With a CBDC, one central bank has ultimate control and power over the currency, not to mention the ability to track and even reverse everyday purchases.

It’s a particularly worrisome situation in China, where its government has been pushing a social credit system that, at its core, rewards or punishes people for their economic and personal behaviours. As the country implements its digital yuan more broadly, there are fears China could use its CBDC to extend control over even more of its citizens’ rights and freedoms.

We don’t face that threat in western countries yet, but that’s not to say we are immune from the possibility. If Meta’s recent announcement that it’s shutting down the face recognition system on Facebook is any indication, our society is definitely not keen on being monitored, controlled, or surveilled in any way.

From 2013 to 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice ran Operation Choke Point to monitor and crack down on payments for what the government deemed “high-risk activities”, ranging from online gambling and payday loans to pornography and surveillance equipment sales. These activities were not illegal but they offended the government’s moral compass – a slippery and scary slope.

Most recently, in October 2021 U.S. President Joe Biden and his government backed down from requiring the IRS to collect data on every bank account with more than $600 in annual transactions. 

Infringements like these on our privacy are unacceptable. But the likelihood of them happening will grow exponentially if, and when, western governments introduce their own CBDCs.

Aside from a potential loss of personal freedom and privacy, CBDCs would introduce another undesirable outcome: even greater inflation than we’re experiencing today. Governments, including our own here in Canada, are printing money faster than ever, which simultaneously drives inflation and devalues personal wealth.

As Saifedean Ammous writes in his fantastic book, The Fiat Standard: The Debt Slavery Alternative to Human Civilization, “CBDCs would allow for the implementation of…inflationist schemes with high efficiency, allowing for increased central planning of market activity. Government spending would proceed unabated by whatever little discipline credit markets currently exert. Real-world prices are likely to rise, which would lead to more control over economic production to mandate prices.”

To sum this up, CBDCs could lead to higher inflation, less personal autonomy, and more government meddling. For those reasons, whenever I’m asked if the introduction of CBDCs will kill bitcoin and its relevance, my answer is a resounding, “No.”

Central bank digital currencies are not the same thing as bitcoin. They aren’t even competitors with bitcoin, nor will they ever replace bitcoin. They are a distraction. In my opinion, CBDCs will only create greater demand for bitcoin and its many advantages.

Bitcoin offers individuals the profound ability to own sound money, protect their wealth from inflation and keep governments from micro-managing their finances. That is certainly not what CBDCs will do, and it’s why we should all be very apprehensive about giving central banks the ability to issue, oversee and control digital currencies.

No CBDC can, or ever will, stack up to bitcoin.

Guest Column from Dave Bradley, Chief Revenue Officer at Bitcoin Well
@bitcoinbrains on Twitter

Sponsored by Bitcoin Well

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ROYER: Canada ignores Alberta. Because it can

The only conclusion is that Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces.




Crickets. That is the sound of Canada’s response to Alberta’s request to consider revisions to the equalization program over a month ago. What does the deafening silence say about Canada?

Trudeau brushed off the referendum saying that he couldn’t unilaterally address the issue, although he clearly can. His government has several bilateral agreements with provinces other than Alberta.  He can agree to change the equalization formula to drain less wealth from Alberta and Saskatchewan in the first place.

The federal Conservative Party’s silence is due to their leader Erin O’Toole’s decision to pander to Ontario and Quebec, taking the West for granted.

The silence has made one thing absolutely clear: Alberta has no voice in Canada. Voting against the Liberals hasn’t worked. Voting in a couple of Liberal MPs hasn’t helped. Relying on protection provincial sovereignty under the constitution has proven to be useless; Trudeau’s government intercedes into those defined powers with impunity.

All that remains is to look at the big picture. Alberta had no democratic input into decisions that dramatically diminished its economy. Wealth continues to be drained from the province and it has no means to stop it. A referendum — the ultimate expression of democratic rights — is ignored. What does this make Canada?

First, it clearly is not a modern democratic nation. Modern democracies give voice to minorities and seek compromise.

We do not have a federal government. There is no structural input from the far reaches of the country in the nation’s decision-making process. It is a central government, serving only the centre.

We are not really a federation either. Rights of the lesser provinces are extinguished at the whim of the central government. Those intrusions are dutifully upheld by the Supreme Court, an institution with a majority of judges from central Canada. The Senate is completely ineffective in protecting the federation. It over-represents Quebec and Atlantic Canada, is appointed at the sole discretion of the prime minister and has very limited powers to disagree with him. Alberta’s attempt to introduce democracy into the selection of Senators has been ignored by the prime minister.

Power is extremely concentrated. Trudeau’s emissions cap on hydrocarbon production is just the most recent example. No discussion with Parliament or the provinces was taken; he just made the decision with his personal staff, and announced it

He has this power because hyper-partisanship, strict party discipline and the overly centralized government concentrates power. We’ve abandoned our historic Westminster Parliamentary system of government and taken on an American style constitutional system with judicial supremacy, but with an all-powerful prime minister that lacks the checks-and-balances placed upon an American president.

The only respectful response to Alberta came from Saskatchewan’s Premier Scott Moe. He called for his province to become a nation within a nation, a status effectively granted Quebec. Neither the federal structure nor the national parliament protect the outlying provinces. They now need to gain near national powers in order to protect themselves from the central government.

The only conclusion is Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces: Ontario and Quebec. The concentration of power and the malleability of federal sovereignties has makes the prime minister effectively an elected dictator. The only check on the prime minister’s power is in an occasional national election, the results of which are determined almost entirely in Ontario and Quebec.

So, what is Canada? It is a country in which the central provinces in conjunction with the central government have dominion over the outlying provinces, and those central provinces elect a prime minister who is given near royal prerogative.

Our country is called (at least officially) the Dominion of Canada, a constitutional monarchy. By the word dominion are we saying that the centre has dominion over the rest of the country? And does constitutional democracy say that the constitution concentrates power into the hands of a single person?

We can do better.

Randy Royer is a Western Standard columnist

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VENKATACHALAM & KAPLAN: Oil and gas production is essential to BC’s economy

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors.




Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan of the Canadian Energy Centre

British Columbia has been producing oil and natural gas since 1952. In fact, as of 2018, BC produced 32% of Canada’s natural gas production and 2% of Canada’s conventional daily oil production. British Columbia collects royalties from oil and gas development, supporting the economic prosperity in the province.

Want to know how important the oil and natural gas industry is to the BC economy? Using customized Statistic Canada data from 2017 (the latest year available for this comparison), it turns out oil and gas in BC  generated about $18 billion in outputs, consisting primarily of the value of goods and services produced, as well as a GDP of $9.5 billion.

As for what most of us can relate to — jobs — the BC oil and gas industry was responsible for nearly 26,500 direct jobs and more than 36,100 indirect jobs (62,602 jobs in total) in 2017. Also relevant: The oil and gas sector paid out over $3.1 billion in wages and salaries to BC workers that year.

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors. That included $600 million from the finance and insurance sector, $770 million in professional services, and $2.8 billion from the manufacturing sector, to name just three examples.

Spending by the oil and gas sector in BC is not the only way to consider the impact of the industry. Given that a large chunk of the oil and gas sector is next door in Alberta, let’s look at what Alberta’s trade relationship with its westerly neighbour does for BC.

BC’s interprovincial trade in total with all provinces in 2017 amounted to $39.4 billion. Alberta was responsible for the largest amount at $15.4 billion, or about 38%, of that trade.

That share of BC’s trade exports is remarkable, given that Alberta’s share of Canada’s population was just 11.5 percent in 2017. Alberta consumers, businesses and governments buy far more from BC in goods and services than its population as a share of Canada would suggest would be the case. Alberta’s capital-intensive, high-wage-paying oil and gas sector is a major reason why.

If Alberta were a country, the province’s $15.4 billion in trade with BC would come in behind only the United States (about $22.3 billion in purchases of goods and services from BC) in 2017. In fact, Alberta’s importance to B.C. exports was ranked far ahead of China ($6.9 billion), Japan ($4.5 billion), and South Korea ($2.9 billion)—the next biggest destinations for BC’s trade exports.

BC has a natural advantage for market access in some respects when compared to the United States. For instance, BC’s coast is near to many Asian-Pacific markets than are U.S. Gulf Coast facilities. The distance between the U.S. Gulf Coast and to the Japanese ports of Himeji and Sodegaura is more than 9,000 nautical miles, compared to less than 4,200 nautical miles between those two Japanese ports and the coast of BC.

The recent demand for natural gas in Asia, especially Japan (the largest importer of LNG) and price increase for natural gas, presents an exciting opportunity for BC oil and gas industry. The IEA predicts that by 2024 , natural gas demand forecast in Asia will be up 7% from 2019’s pre-COVID-19  levels. 

Be it in employment, salaries and wages paid, GDP, or the purchase of goods and services, the impact of oil and natural gas (and Alberta) on BC’s economy and trade flows is significant.

Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan are with the Canadian Energy Centre

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