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Vax deadline for BC health-care workers looms overhead

In BC, roughly 5,500 unvaccinated health-care workers will be stripped of their jobs on October 26 if they do not get their first shot.




Health-care workers have been praised for their efforts surrounding COVID-19 for nearly 20 months, however, the ephemeral display of gratitude comes to an end tomorrow.

On October 26, roughly 5,500 unvaccinated health-care workers in British Columbia will be stripped of their jobs, as set forth in a public health order.

The order demands workers provide proof of having received one dose of vaccination against COVID-19 by the aforementioned date.

If they get their first shot before November 15, workers will be permitted employment seven days afterwards, provided they follow extra safety precautions until they get a second dose — which must be administered within 35 days of the first.

“We’re hopeful, of course, that people will move to get vaccinated and comply with the upcoming order,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.

The roughly 5,500 employees do not include the unvaccinated long-term and assisted living facility workers who were forced out of their jobs by the province on October 12.

Similar policies have been rolled out across the country, but not without resistance.

In August, Alberta Health Service (AHS) announced that all employees, volunteers, and contracted health-care providers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Last week, the deadline was pushed until November 30.

Similarly, Quebec extended its proof-of-vaccination timeline for health-care workers by one month, with the new deadline falling on November 15.

BC’s deadline — which looms a mere hours away — seems to be fixed in its place.

“The government forcing health-care workers to become vaccinated is really problematic because — for one reason — these are the people most likely to have natural immunity,” Dr. Steven Pelech, chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance told the Western Standard.

“This is the way the health-care system treats them… a year ago they were heroes for helping save lives, now they are discarded for being unvaccinated.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. Lisa

    October 29, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Everyone please take the time to watch and share this video about the vaccines.

  2. Left Coast

    October 26, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Almost FULLY VAXED Ireland is a disaster . . . coming here too . . .

    The arbitrary evolution of Irish COVID policy over the past 18 months has made it clear that public health officials and government policy makers have no idea what they are doing. If proof were needed, County Waterford provides it. According to data published on October 21, Waterford City South has the nation’s highest 14-day incidence rate at 1,486 cases per 100,000 and Tramore-Waterford City West has the third highest at 1,122 cases per 100,000. This is despite internal travel bans and the county’s more than 90 percent vaccination rate.

    Waterford is running three times the rate of the nation writ large, Ireland as a whole is not faring particularly well, especially given its draconian restrictions. In the seven days preceding October 21, Ireland reported 2,026 new cases. To put that number in perspective, wide-open Florida had 2,262 cases during that same period with a population more than four times greater than the Irish Republic’s.

    Most major newspapers have reported on the Waterford quandary, but they do so without any serious reflection. No one seems particularly curious as to how an almost fully vaccinated people can be spreading the disease among its members.


  3. Left Coast

    October 26, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Canadians are just too stupid to survive . . .

    British philosopher Edmund Burke put it well, saying, “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

    Ben Franklin concurred, observing, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

  4. Left Coast

    October 26, 2021 at 9:51 am

    The vast majority of these HC Workers have Natural Immunity which is 20 to 27 Xs better than any Wuhan Flu Shot.

    Adrien “if I only had a brain” Dix is a full-on Clown Show and now thinks he is King.

    Dix along with “Never had a real job” Horgan shut down the Province 4 or 5 times . . . each time expecting a different result! These people are NOT smart.

    Denmark is finding out today . . . coming here !

    “Despite Denmark’s high vaccination rate, it has witnessed a record surge in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, news agency Sputnik reported on Monday. According to the report, the country has inoculated more than 75% of its population, despite that, the country has reported at least 1,349 cases in the past 24 hours.

    Citing reports by the Danish State Serum Institute, the news agency said that the latest COVID-19 spread was the highest infection rate since May, 2021. According to the figures, at least 167 people were hospitalised in the last 24 hours, which was also the highest hospitalisation rate since May this year.”

  5. David

    October 26, 2021 at 5:05 am

    Canadians are beginning to understand just how the people of Germany ended up fighting for a murderous and tyrannical socialist regime.

    If you allow mandates to stand, you will be supporting a tyrannical socialist regime that coerces people into participating in experimental medical treatments.

    Canadian citizens will become nothing more than lab rats.

  6. Angry Redneck

    October 25, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    This also includes people who never go on site. My wife is an IT Analyst, who has worked for the health system for the past 18 years and who has been remote, working from home for 5 years. She is now on unpaid leave for three weeks after which time, she will be terminated (with 1 week notice no less).

    Health orders do not supersede Canadian laws, rights, or freedoms except in the rarest of circumstances that can be demonstrably justified. On top of that, no person can be mandated to be a participant in a clinical trial, which this is until 2027. I call on all the PHO’s of Canada implementing these orders to demonstrate their evidence and let the public know why they believe this is a justified trampling of our rights and freedoms. Show us the isolated and purified virus that is apparently so infecting the world. To date not one country has an isolated copy of this virus. The reward was up to 1.5 million euros to produce it last I checked.

    Show us proof that the PCR test can identify this particular virus (or any RNA virus) and how it is different from the common cold or flu. Show us that your cases are in fact, contagious as they contain living virus in a large enough quantity to cause illness in others. In other words, prove you have the right to suppress certain rights and freedoms. If you cant, I say you don’t have demonstrable justification and every one of these orders is illegal.

    By Canada’s own COVID-19 statistics, the average age of mortality with Covid-19 is over 83 but the life expectancy in Canada is 82.1??

    As the deaths and injuries pile up, and our hospitals become more overwhelmed with the double (and soon to be triple/quadruple/etc.) vaxed, the public will be wishing they hadn’t allowed healthy, dedicated healthcare workers across the board be let go.

    One day people will wake up to the fact that this is a violation of every law of our land, the Nuremburg code, the Tri-council policy statement, the Helsinki declaration, the Charter of rights and freedoms, the Criminal code of Canada, the Canadian Human Rights Act and on and on. When Canadian law is finally upheld, our entire system will be shown to be corrupt and criminal. When that day comes, people will remember that the government works for them, not the other way around and on that day, I would really hate to the be the politicians that tried to destroy Canada.

  7. K

    October 25, 2021 at 6:56 pm


  8. Baron Not Baron

    October 25, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Bill 12 in Ontario was shut down.

  9. The Real Kevin

    October 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    priest: The Government be with you.
    people: And also with you.
    priest: Let us hand sanitize.

    Almighty and merciful Government,
    Who by the many appearances on earth
    of the Immaculate Covidian Vaccination

  10. berta baby

    October 25, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Bring the whole system down… let’s go Brandon

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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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