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Tam: Getting federal workers vaccinated ‘complicated’

Cabinet has told federal workers they must be vaccinated by the end of the month.

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Getting all 300,540 federal employees vaccinated will be “a complicated program to roll out,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the cabinet has told federal workers they must be vaccinated by the end of the month.

“It’s a complicated program to roll out and then there also have to be arrangements for testing, for example, for those who can’t get the vaccine,” said Tam.

The Public Health Agency was not running the mandatory vaccination program, she added.

Last August 13, cabinet set the Halloween deadline for vaccine mandates with Treasury Board President Dominic LeBlanc telling reporters at the time that cabinet would “build the details” later.

“What will happen to federal employees who choose not to be vaccinated?” asked a reporter.

“We’re not focused on those questions,” replied LeBlanc.

Dr. Tam said the undertaking was complex.

“They are now figuring out the instructions to staff in terms of providing at a station, for example, the vaccination status,” said Tam.

“All of that is still in the works.”

Compulsory vaccinations would apply to the RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces at home and abroad, penitentiary guards, Crown corporation employees and staff at federal offices nationwide.

“Should people show proof upon entry to different buildings?” said Tam.

“That I think needs to be sorted out by the departments, but I think the concept is you need to make it operationally feasible.

“You would need around over 80% vaccine coverage to move towards herd immunity or community immunity. That is a particular target. That’s the denominator which is the total population, not the eligible population,” referring to those over age 12 who are currently eligible for COVID-19 immunization.

Tam said fake vaccination certificates was also a general concern.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters September 28 he expected to name a new cabinet this month, write a Throne Speech and summon the 44th Parliament back into session “before the end of the fall.”

Trudeau omitted any reference to the original October 31 deadline to have all federal employees vaccinated, or mandate vaccination for millions of air travelers and train passengers.

“Are you prepared to lay off tens of thousands of workers?” asked a reporter.

“The public service and the unions have been working on that,” replied Trudeau.

“We will have announcements very soon that will clarify these questions,” said Trudeau.

“But we want to make sure those who work for the federal public service are vaccinated.”

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  1. Claudette Leece

    October 5, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Complicated because when it comes to government workers, the government doesn’t have the b…. Or the stomach to do to them what’s ok for everyone else to be mandated. Despicable

  2. John Lankers

    October 4, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Maybe it’s complicated because of the 50,000 – 100,000 that could potentially loose their job for refusing to get injected and cause the entire system to collapse.

  3. Dennis

    October 4, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    I have the perfect solution. Throw all government officials in prison for crimes against humanity and start all over with people who have zero political experience.

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Flights from Vancouver to Kamloops priced more than $1,200 over Christmas

BC flight prices have skyrocketed over the Christmas season following flood damage to highways.

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Following substantial flooding in November, which led to savaged highways and infrastructure, many of those planning to visit family out of town for Christmas are forced to fly — and some will be paying exorbitant prices for it.

For example, a WestJet round trip — listed on Expedia — from Vancouver to Kamloops, BC on December 22, with a return flight on December 27 is listed at $1,264 as of Wednesday morning.

The normally 30-minute flight includes a nearly four-hour layover in Calgary.

On TripAdvisor, the same round trip is priced similarly.

Those planning a round trip from Vancouver to Kelowna, BC on the same dates will save a few hundred bucks in comparison to those headed for Kamloops. For example, one round trip with WestJet from Vancouver to Kelowna — December 22-27 — is listed at $741 on Wednesday, although it includes a six-hour layover in Edmonton.

Normal flight times between the locales are 55 minutes.

Prices on WestJet’s website are comparable. On Air Canada’s site, all are currently sold out for the aforementioned dates and locations.

However, those travelling between Vancouver and Kelowna can find cheaper trips on Swoop if they fly out of Abbotsford, BC. On Wednesday morning, a non-stop round trip from Abbotsford to Kelowna, departing on December 22 and returning on December 29, is priced under $300.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
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Top Ontario doc says separating vaxxed and unvaxxed best way to get COVID under control

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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One of the ways to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control is to stop “the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” says Ontario’s chief medical officer.

“Basic means of protecting individuals is stopping the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” said Dr. Kieran Moore at a Tuesday press conference.

“And if our cases continue through and after the holidays we would make recommendations of government to continue the certification process in play. But we’ll continue to review the data. We do have a very robust testing strategy in Ontario for the winter months as we’ve released previously. We’ve purchased … 11 million rapid antigen test for all students in Ontario.”

Moore was asked whether COVID-19 is “something we’re just going to have to learn to live with” and whether it would ever go away.

“We have a long ways to go with the World Health Organization and other international organizations to try to decrease the number of individuals in which this virus can mutate and/or spread,” he said.

“But I do see a time when we’ll have low, endemic rates and it will turn out to be like influenza or other winter respiratory viruses where there’s a seasonality to it, where it does have an intermittent impact on our health-care system and like influenza, you need an annual vaccine to protect against it.”

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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Trudeau’s beach denier demoted

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

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The Justin Trudeau spokesman who told reporters the prime minister “wasn’t on a beach” when he was, has been demoted, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

Trudeau had promised to “set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government.”

Alex Wellstead will be “taking on new challenges” as press secretary to the industry minister, the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday.  

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Wellstead in a statement called it “a very difficult decision to make.” He had worked as Trudeau’s official spokesman for 20 months.

Wellstead on September 30 issued misleading statements to conceal the fact Trudeau spent the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at a beach resort in Tofino, B.C.

“He wasn’t on a beach,” Wellstead told The Canadian Press at the time. Global News and the weekly Chilliwack Progress photographed Trudeau strolling on the beach and enjoying a glass of beer on a beachfront patio.

The Prime Minister’s Office claimed Trudeau was in private meetings in Ottawa. Staff flew an Indian Residential School “survivors’ flag” and issued a solemn statement in Trudeau’s name.

“We remember the children who never made it home,” it said.

Wellstead did not explain his conduct.

“You as a communicator need to understand everything,” Wellstead said in a March 30 interview with public relations students at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.

The prime minister in 2015 Ministerial Mandate letters said officials must be truthful and transparent.

“Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, indeed all journalists in Canada and abroad, are professionals who by asking necessary questions contribute in an important way to the democratic process,” wrote Trudeau.

“Your professionalism and engagement with them is essential.

“We have committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government. It is time to shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it serves.

“Government and its information should be open by default. If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians.

“It is important that we acknowledge mistakes when we make them. Canadians do not expect us to be perfect. They expect us to be honest, open and sincere in our efforts to serve the public interest.”

Trudeau on October 6 apologized for the Tofino holiday.

“Traveling on September 30 was a mistake and I regret it,” the prime minister told reporters.

“What made you decide to take a personal trip on a day your government set aside to honour the victims and survivors of residential schools?” asked a reporter.

“Like I said, it was a mistake,” replied Trudeau.

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