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Vaccine exemptions being tracked by governments

Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer, said regulators must make sure “only the really valid medical exemptions are issued.”




Doctors who give exemptions for COVID-19 vaccinations and the patients who get them are now being tracked by governments, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer, said regulators must make sure “only the really valid medical exemptions are issued.”

“Anecdotally, but in some discussions we’ve had with our counterparts in the provinces and territories, they’re looking very carefully in terms of what rate and how doctors are issuing medical exemptions,” Njoo told reporters.

The number of exemptions is not known. The Health Agency has counted reports of 197 deaths and 19,984 reports of “adverse events following immunization.”

Njoo told reporters he would “refer you to the provinces and territories, whether they’re taking a close look to make sure that only the really valid medical exemptions are issued for any type of adverse reaction to vaccines.”

The Health Agency cited no evidence that doctors sympathetic to unvaccinated patients had issued false medical exemptions.

“The individual physician will be able to assess,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer.

Cabinet’s own vaccination program for employees allows unimmunized workers to claim a medical exemption for numerous health reasons with a note signed by a doctor or nurse. Valid reasons included allergic reactions to vaccines, a history of heart trouble or “an immunocompromising condition.”

The Canadian Medical Association in an August 3 board statement endorsing vaccination for health care workers said “vaccine mandates generally allow exemptions, implicitly or explicitly, for those with underlying health issues and religious or conscientious objection.

“To be defensible, any vaccine mandate must have exemptions for those who cannot be vaccinated or have bona fide religious or conscience objections,” said the CMA.

Tam told reporters she was pleased with current vaccination rates based on statistics predating any compulsory immunization programs.

“Canadians have really embraced the public health advice to get vaccinated. We have one of the highest vaccinated populations in the world. So, that’s great,” said Tam.

The Health Agency estimated 83% of eligible Canadians, a total 27,712,192 people, were fully vaccinated with the number increasing at the rate of 283,000 a week.

The immunization rate for Canadians over age 80, the group that accounted for most COVID-19 deaths in Canada, was 92%.

“As we approach 90% of the eligible population having at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, evidence continues to show that being fully vaccinated provides good protection,” said Tam.

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  1. Bryan

    October 25, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Please make sure you get my correct address, so I can get my yellow star quickly.


    Ceterum autem censeo Justinius True-dope-us esse delendam

  2. Barry Williams

    October 25, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Boy, I hope CSIS isn’t secretly subscribed to all these alt wing publications because I’m using my wife’s name to comment. And I’m not a robot.

  3. Jennifer Dyck

    October 25, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    As admitted by Kenney and privacy commissioners, these mandates VIOLATE PRIVACY LAW, VIOLATE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. They are ILLEGAL. Why do people knuckle under to the bullies? The whole exemption things implies that these mandates are legal. Should we all be forced to take heart medication just in case we have heart problems (the leading cause of death in Canada)? And lose our jobs because we refuse to take heart medication?

  4. Andrew Red Deer

    October 25, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Another tyrant to be held accountable on judgement day, hopefully sooner than latr.

  5. K

    October 25, 2021 at 11:16 am

    SICK. WHY are they doing this? They’ve shown time and time again they DO NOT care about our health, so WHY do they care whether we are vaxxed or not? What is IN this things?

  6. Dennis

    October 25, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Show me your papers, no papers? Velcome to zee Gulag. All Lepers will be escorted to zee quarantine for further evaluation. Leave your possessions in zee pile on zee left.

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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