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Open-letter debate continues between healthcare workers and AHS

“We acknowledge the current pandemic and aim to work together to find solutions that do not compromise our medial ethics and infringe on our rights to choose what is administered into our bodies.”

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The battle of the open letters continues.

Following the August 31 announcement Alberta Health Services would be mandating vaccinations for their staff by Oct. 31, 3,544 healthcare workers penned an open letter to their boss on September 20 and demanded they rescind the vaccine policy.

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping responded to the letter on September 29, rejecting the workers’ claims as misleading or incorrect and said healthcare workers “have a paramount obligation to protect patients, especially the sickest and most vulnerable patients who are in hospital or continuing care.”

Copping denied much of the group’s claims and encouraged citizens to listen to healthcare professionals and scientists who support vaccination, saying he was “deeply concerned” the letter could influence those still deciding whether to get the vaccine or not.

The group of medical workers who refer to themselves as “Healthcare Professionals United” have since responded to Copping’s reply and pointed out they have yet to hear from Alberta Health Services.

“We believe that open dialogue is essential for a healthy democracy,” the letter states.

The follow-up letter highlights the group’s interest in focusing on mandated vaccinations and reminds Copping the group consists of vaccinated and unvaccinated workers who are pro-choice and pro-evidence-based medicine.

The group goes on to address their refuted concerns and claims offering up additional support based on cited publications and studies.

“This is a sampling of scientific data that has guided our determination mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers, or the population in general, is not a valid approach to dealing with the current pandemic,” the letter reads.

Claiming that both the vaccinated and unvaccinated can carry and transmit COVID-19, the group proposes other “appropriate mitigation strategies be instituted that do not discriminate against unvaccinated health care workers” be reviewed.  

“We acknowledge the current pandemic and aim to work together to find solutions that do not compromise our medical ethics and infringe on our rights to choose what is administered into our bodies.

“Informed consent of all risks and benefits is the bedrock of modern medicine and should be provided to anyone considering vaccination and their decision should not be influenced by coercion such as job loss for declining the vaccination.”

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

Melanie Risdon is an Alberta Correspondent 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 Cameron

    October 8, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    These workers are MUCH too generous regarding calling this a pandemic…it is decidedly not a pandemic as there has not been an increase in deaths across Alberta or Canada…just check the death stats! About 100 deaths in Alberta from Covid out of the 2400 some deaths they attribute to covid where people had co-morbidities…

  2. Left Coast

    October 7, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Japan doing much better than Alberta . . .

    A quick review of Japan’s Worldometer shows a dramatic spike starting in mid-July and peaking near the end of August.

    Japan recorded 26,121 daily COVID-19 cases on August 22, 2021 (a record high).

    On July 1st, 2021, Japan had 14.7% fully vaccinated and 26.8% partially vaccinated.

    By the peak case date of August 22, 2021, Japan reached 41.1% fully vaccinated and 52.9% partially vaccinated.

    Despite half the country having at least one dose, Japan had a record high COVID-19 case tally.

    While cases plummeted in September, there’s a convenient piece of information the mainstream media forgets to tell us.

    On August 19th, 2021, Japanese doctors started prescribing Ivermectin for COVID-19 cases.

    Vaccinated or unvaccinated, Ivermectin has shown tremendous results in early treatment and prophylaxis against COVID-19.

    I first reported on Ivermectin’s positive results in India 9 months ago.

    The experimental COVID-19 jabs likely contributed to the surge to begin with.

    The dramatic decline began after the widespread use of Ivermectin.

    https://welovetrump.Com/2021/10/06/covid-19-cases-plummet-in-japan-read-the-analysis-mainstream-media-wont-tell-you/

  3. Dennis

    October 7, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Take the time to listen to Dr McCullough. This has nothing to do with a virus anymore. What governments and health officials are doing is criminal and must be stopped.

    https://rumble.com/vnc5yk-dr.-peter-mccullough-therapeutic-nihilism-and-untested-novel-therapies-aaps.html

  4. Tony

    October 6, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    How is it that U.S states with similar populations as Alberta (such as Kentucky and Louisiana) report having 4x to 5x as many ICU beds? A scandal if you ask me….how does a sclerotic health care bureaucracy staffed by pernicious public sector union employees fritter away billions of dollars and demonstrate no flexibility in redeploying resources when we have been in “pandemic mode” for almost two years?

  5. Mars Hill

    October 6, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    This lady asks the question that needs to be asked and answered.
    https://rumble.com/vnf60j-protection-for-the-protected-.html

  6. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    October 6, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    The big question is ; why are AHS and gov going to these length to get everyone the shot . Common sense says there is more at play here. If the puzzle is solved and truth is made public what will be the fallout??

  7. Michelle Houston

    October 6, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Stand strong health care workers. We are with you!!!

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MAKICHUK: Rory, Napoleon and the Equalization reckoning

My friends, a reckoning is coming and it all begins on Monday when you enter the municipal voting booth.

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“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”
― Robert F. Kennedy

Rory went camping with his wife in lovely BC about seven months ago.

That’s not his real name but it will suffice for now.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent, like in that detective television show Dragnet.

My entire life is a lengthy list of bad TV shows but that’s another story.

They parked the trailer, set up the picnic table and did what most campers do including letting out their cat, Napoleon.

Again, the name was changed to protect the cat’s innocence.

Everything was fine until it was time to go home. No Napoleon.

They searched and searched, nowhere to be found. No Napoleon.

Time eventually runs out on these matters and while it’s a heart-breaking decision, you have to move on. 

But Rory would use social media to search for his faithful cat.

Seven months later … yes, seven months, he would get a message, short and simple, with a photo.

It read “Is this your cat?”

Rory raced back, with trailer in tow — ready to spend days there if he had to.

This time he was not coming back without his furry pal.

Strangely enough, as he was parking the trailer, he looked in the mirror … a cat stood by, stoically watching.

It was skinny, in rough shape but there was no mistake — it was Napoleon.

Seven months, still alive!

He called and he came. But when he tried to pat him he pulled back. Frightened.

I better not screw this up, Rory thought, so he turned on the gentle charm. 

It worked. In minutes, Napoleon was curled up on the passenger seat headed back to Cowtown and an appointment with the vet.

According to FAQ Cats online, “a domesticated cat is unlikely to survive in the wild on its own for a considerable amount of time. Cats that have not spent time outside do not have the necessary skill set to survive in the wild by themselves.”

So tell me, how did Napoleon survive seven months on his own? It’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma, like … who killed JFK?

But let me take a guess — I think he survived on his smarts.

Napoleon probably ate camp food remnants or begged from campers. Maybe he killed birds or small rodents. 

Ate spiders, bugs or anything that moved. Drank stream or rainwater.

Maybe he found a local benefactor. Who the hell knows.

All I know, is that Napoleon toughed it out. His desire to live, to survive, kept him going.

Seven months. 

Think about that for a moment. How long would you last out there?

And then there are the predators. Things that want to eat you.

This ranges from hawks, raccoons, foxes, or even bigger animals like bears, bobcats and cougars, says FAQ Cats.

Little food to be found and death all around you.

Even outdoor survival guru Bear Grylls would have a hard time with this one.

So what is my point with Napoleon’s dramatic tale of survival?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And oh my, there is a will … and every day it grows stronger.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again … and I’ll keep saying it until the day I die. It’s time Alberta goes its own way.

Either we get a new deal under confederation or we walk. 

We can do this, I know we can. Albertans … true Albertans … are a strong, resilient, hard-working people.

We want our children and grandchildren to have a future. To have good jobs, the opportunity to grow and prosper and to make our province a better place.

That does not seem likely under the Trudeau regime in Ottawa. In fact, a road of economic despair awaits us.

My friends, a reckoning is coming and it all begins on Monday when you enter the municipal voting booth.

It’s time to let those Eastern Laurentian elites know that you have had enough.

The question you will face goes like this:

Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982, Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making Equalization payments, be removed from the Constitution?

I’m voting yes, with extreme prejudice, and I hope you will do the same.

Let’s give Justin The Younger a nice kick in the squares.

Personally, I think it’s the purr-fect option.

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the military editor for the Asia Times.
makichukd@gmail.com

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WS Exclusive Poll: Support for Kenney ‘grim’ as calls to resign grow

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi described the figures for Kenney as “historically low.”

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Things aren’t getting any better for Premier Jason Kenney with a clear majority of Albertans saying he’s not doing a good job and should resign.

The poll, conducted by Mainstreet Research, shows 69% of Albertans don’t approve of the job Kenney has done. 

Only 28% of those polls think he has done a good job.

Mainstreet Research

Asked: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job Jason Kenney is doing as Premier of Alberta?” a whopping 55% said they strongly disagreed with the statement.

Another 14% said they somewhat disapproved.

The poll found only 10% of Albertans strongly approved of the work Kenney has done, with another 18% saying they somewhat approved.

Pollsters found 3% who didn’t know.

Kenney does appear to have some support from people who say they are going to vote for the UCP next election. A total of 77% either strongly or somewhat approved of his leadership. With 22% saying he’s not doing a good job.

There’s also anger in the rural areas with 61% of people in the north of the province disapproving of Kenney, in the south disapproval is at 65%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Amongst NDP voters, not unsurprisingly, 90% disapproved of the job he is doing. A total of 75% of Wildrose Independence Party supporters said they weren’t happy with Kenney.

When pollsters asked if “do you think Jason Kenney should resign as premier?” a total of 58% said yes, 29% said no and 13% weren’t sure.

A total of 73% of UCP voters said Kenney should stay and ride out the storm.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi described the figures for Kenney as “historically low.”

“It’s pretty grim, very dire. It’s shocking to me,” said Maggi.

Maggi said Kenney is sitting at a negative 41 — the difference between supporters and opponents. He said only embattled former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has similar numbers before her election wipeout in 2018.

“That’s a historically high number in Canada,” said Maggi.

“The only way back now for the UCP is through new leadership.”

Maggi said Kenney is paying the price for his perceived bungling of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Most people are just looking for another option before the next election.”

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample. Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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NDP support holding strong across Alberta

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

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The UCP would be gutted and Rachel Notley back as premier if an election were held today, an exclusive new poll done for the Western Standard shows.

The Mainstreet Research poll shows Notley’s NDP currently has the support of 41% of Albertans with Jason Kenney’s UCP well back at 25%

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

The upstart Wildrose Independence Party collect 11% support in the new poll, with 5% siding with the Alberta Party, with the Liberals and Greens at 1% each. A total of 14% of voters were undecided.

Wildrose leader Paul Hinman polls best among people who are refusing to get vaccinated. When they were asked, 34% chose Wildrose, 29% for the UCP and only 2% for the NDP.

If the undecided are removed from the poll, the NDP checks in with 45%, the UCP with 29%, the WIP with 13% and the AP with 6%

In that poll, the NDP is also leading in Alberta’s two major cities. In Edmonton, the NDP has 62% support with the UCP at 21% In Calgary, the NDP leads with 48% support and the UCP at 31%.

Rural areas seem split. Northern rural areas favour Kenney 34% to 29% for Notley. Southern rural areas like Notley at 32% with Kenney at 29%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

“Things are looking pretty grim for Kenney,” said Mainstreet CEO and President Quito Maggi.

“It’s 18 months until the next election, and that can be an eternity, but numbers in this realm for the better part of a year, with no positive movement, shows the trouble he is in.”

Maggi said he was a little surprised by the lead of Notley in Calgary, normally a Conservative bastion.

“It speaks of the personal unpopularity of Jason Kenney himself. The policies of the NDP probably aren’t supported in Calgary but they are willing to vote for the candidate that will defeat Kenney,” he said.

Maggi noted Kenney is now getting it from both sides of the political spectrum and the WIP is taking enough to leave Notley with a majority victory. He predicted an NDP victory would only be by one or two seats.

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Mar- gins of error are higher in each subsample. 

Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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