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UPDATED WS EXCLUSIVE: Thousands of Alberta healthcare & government workers launch human rights complaint

The complaint was issued Thursday to the director of the Human Rights Commission citing “attempted assault of Alberta Public Service (APS) Employees and Alberta Health Services (AHS) employees.”

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As deadlines loom for Albertans facing job losses for not complying with company-mandated vaccine policies, a human rights complaint has been filed by a group of Alberta Public Service (APS) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) employees.

The complaint was made Thursday to the director of the Alberta Human Rights Commission citing “attempted assault of APS employees and AHS employees.”

The complaint names Deputy Minister of Executive Council [the premier’s ministry] Ray Gilmore and AHS President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu and cites a number of alleged violations of the Alberta Human Rights Act (AHRA) code of conduct.

The complaint also references the Freedom of Information and Protection Act (FOIP) and states “employees are under no legal obligation to disclose private protected medical information,” and charges that demands for disclosure of vaccinations status is unlawful.

“On behalf of all APS and AHS employees who do not wish to be injected against their will with any COVID-19 related injection, we respectfully invoke Sec. 10 of the AHRA,” said the complaint, requesting Alberta Human Rights Commission issue an order prohibiting the Alberta government and AHS from “retaliatory action against any employees,” for refusing to take a COVID-19 injection.

“We’re taking action to protect employees who are subject to being fired without pay for refusing to be vaccinated against their will,” said Jeffrey Rath, of Rath & Company, the law firm that filed the complaint.

Rath said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, AHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw and AHS President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu exposed unvaccinated workers to “hatred and contempt.”

Statements made blaming unvaccinated people for increased hospitalization rates and the need for lockdowns and vaccine mandates were “based on false and scientifically inaccurate statements” from Kenney and Hinshaw that “COVID-19 injections are superior to natural immunity.”

According to Rath, this violates Sec. 3(1)(b) of the AHRA code of conduct, referencing discrimination that is “likely to expose a person or a class of persons to hatred or contempt.”

A psychiatrist was consulted for the plantiffs who confirmed a number of patients they had seen suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including sexual assault survivors, and have a “heightened sensitivity to forced interference with their bodily integrity and bodily autonomy.”  

“Under these circumstances, it is clear that exposing ‘unvaccinated’ PTSD sufferers to hatred and contempt under the plain meaning of Sec. 3(1) of the Code of Conduct is directed at people with both physical and mental disabilities in a manner contrary to the AHRA,” the complaint reads.

Discrimination regarding employment practices, Sec. 7(1)(b) says, “no employer shall discriminate against any person with regard to employment or any term or condition of employment.”

The complaint claims all “vaccine mandate policies” discriminate against employees under the employment practices section.

“We’re not seeing any room for exemptions — medical, religious or otherwise,” said Rath, who indicated that’s another violation of section 7 of the AHRA.

The complaint makes reference to a 2001 case where it was ruled that an adolescent girl did not have to take the meningitis vaccine against her will due to her severe anxiety around being vaccinated.

Rath also points to reports out of Israel and the U.K. that show “double-vaccinated people are now arriving at hospital at rates equal to or greater than the national vaccinate rates.”

“We have expert witnesses ready to testify — a Board-certified pathologist and psychiatrist — who can provide evidence confirming everything in our complaint letter,” said Rath.

“As well, Dr. Hinshaw, Kenney and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta are also misleading people with regard to Ivermectin.”

Arguments around the effectiveness of Ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19 have continued throughout the pandemic while the anti-parasite drug remains unapproved to treat COVID-19 in Canada.

Rath includes a number of documents he says back up all the claims in the complaint including medical data and studies.

One such document, an order signed by the Nebraska attorney general, Douglas J. Peterson, on October 14 concludes: “Based on the available data, we do not find clear and convincing evidence that a physician who first obtains informed consent and then utilizes Ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 violates the Uniform Credentialing Act.”

Another included graph from the Tokyo Medical Association shows with the distribution of Ivermectin in mid-August, COVID-19 case counts have plummeted.

“This cruel and inhumane treatment of Alberta citizens needs to stop,” said Rath.

“When this is all over and science conclusively confirms what these doctors have been saying all along, I personally hope a new government and attorney general is elected that will seriously pursue manslaughter charges for not allowing people to access life-saving treatments.”

The complaint requests the “immediate intervention of the Alberta Human Rights Commission.”

AHS provided the Western Standard with this comment:

“Alberta Health Services (AHS) is pleased that 96.2% of full-time and part-time AHS employees have submitted proof of having two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

“We recognize that a very small minority of employees are unlikely to comply with our mandatory immunization policy. We will continue to work to educate them on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and answer any concerns they may have.

“AHS is confident in the validity of the mandatory immunization policy, which is an important tool to ensure the safety of our staff, physicians and patients.

Accommodations to the AHS policy will only be made for legitimate medical or religious reasons. To date, AHS has received just over 1,400 requests for medical or religious accommodation, and we will work through those by the deadline.”

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

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  1. Declan Carroll

    October 31, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Do not expect any relief from our totally corrupt judiciary. The only way to make this stop is to force the government to stop. Peaceful mass protest and disruption of supply chains is the only way to get their attention. When Kenney cannot leave his house without being followed by throngs of angry protestors and he cannot get food on his table because the highways are blocked and the truckers and grocery store clerks are refusing to move. When he cannot get his insulin shots because the pharmacists are refusing to go to work. When he cannot get his daily 60 pounder of vodka because the clerks and truckers are refusing to move. Then and only then will he see the light. He must be personally affected before he will retreat from his position.

  2. Claudette Leece

    October 30, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Great job you health care workers, many had a mild case of Covid but like DrJensen said, never in his 40 yrs and I being a dr has natural immunity not be included. And these vaccines are garbage, many elderly are dying even with the booster, probably the experimental jab did them in. Fight the fight because this seems the only voice have now, hope it’s not Adam Germain, that senile judge , will just side with the government that’s all he’s done, he’s ready to retire we’ll do it,you have become an embarrassment to the justicesystem

  3. francis witzel

    October 30, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    That’s great news , every single person should file law suits , this has to stop now

  4. Clash

    October 30, 2021 at 11:18 am

    My neighbour got her third vaccination over a month ago. She had felt tired and weak for about 2 days after her first 2 vaccinations. After her 3rd vaccination she stayed increasingly tired and weak for about 5 days before she had to be taken to the hospital where things did not improve. After 7 days, 2 days at the hospital, she had a stroke and has not returned home yet. Yiu and Hinshaw will not report this as a vaccination hospitalization, I am sure they counted her as a Covid patient. Yiu and Hinshaw should be charged with assault or manslaughter if she dies. Or, because they refuse to admit to the emerging science, charged with Premeditated Murder!

  5. Rainer Rohr

    October 30, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Great work reporting on this, Melanie. I am glad for this complaint but I have a waning faith in our institutions to protect us from this tyranny. Our judges are paid by the state and all too often side with the state in their decisions. Will the Alberta Human Rights Commission do the same ?

  6. Dennis

    October 30, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Great journalism Melanie. Well done.

  7. Ken

    October 29, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    The emergency powers act is a very convenient way of controlling the population . This is no longer about a virus its about total control.

  8. Allan McLachlan

    October 29, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    This movement has to be taken to the national level. The idiot in the PMO should be included in this complaint as well.

  9. K

    October 29, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Excellent. Destroy these NAZI’S

  10. Mars Hill

    October 29, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    HERE LIES FLU
    Dawn Of Time – 2020
    Killed by Covid 19
    Gone But Not Forgotten

  11. Jerry Terpstra

    October 29, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Right on.. the showing of Proof that a person has been injected with a drug that is not even a vaccine. Is crazy. People are being punished and discriminated against. We have been fighting against bullying for years and years yet in the stroke of a pen people are being bullying into showing proof of confidential personal information. Told they cant eat at a resteraunt. May as well put up signs and segregate toilets, water fountains, and where to sit in the bus. Sound familure????

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Maskless teen student with asthma ostracized at Calgary Catholic school

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt,” said 14-year-old Darius.

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A Calgary Catholic school has segregated and since banned a student from attending school for not wearing a mask, says the student’s parents.

And before that, teachers had even taped off an area around the boy’s desk “like a crime scene.”

Darius Lynn, a Grade 9 student at St. Helena Junior High School in Calgary, suffers from asthma and was permitted to go maskless at his desk during the 2020-2021 school year.

When Darius returned to St. Helena for the 2021-2022 school year, without his parents’ knowledge, he was advised he would be required to wear a mask full time.

He complied for the first few months but eventually reported to his parents in late November he was struggling to breathe while wearing the mask.

“I had no idea he was told to wear a mask again this year,” Darius’ mother Stephanie told the Western Standard.

“My husband and I just assumed he wasn’t needing to wear a mask again this year.”

Stephanie said she and her husband Paul reached out to the new principal and Darius’ teachers to request they allow their son the same exemption as the previous year.

They were told he would need a doctor’s note, which Stephanie said they have been unable to acquire.

“Mask exemptions are impossible to get,” said Stephanie.

“Right now, doctors are just too scared to write them.”

Stephanie said the school’s solution was to, “move my son’s desk into the hallway.”

Darius also spoke with the Western Standard and said the teenagers in his class referred to him as an “outsider” after he was moved into the hallway.

“When they did group projects, they would just send me to the library and I had to work on my own,” said Darius.  

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt.”

Stephanie said she and her husband tried to appeal to the principal, but “she wouldn’t budge,” so they reached out to the superintendent.

“We begged for her to let Darius back into the classroom but he ended up sitting out there for two weeks where he was discriminated against and basically ridiculed so we contacted the superintendent,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said she emailed Chief Superintendent Bryan Szumlas with the Catholic School Board who helped the Lynns get their son moved back into his classroom.

“So, he was moved back into the classroom, which was good, but what we didn’t know was that his teachers taped off the floor around his desk like a crime scene,” said Stephanie.

“After they put tape on the floor around my desk, some of the kids in my class would step past the tape and pretend they couldn’t breathe,” said Darius, explaining the teasing he endured.

Darius said his teachers had witnessed some of the teasing, but said, “most of the time the teachers didn’t do anything about it.

“They (teachers) also made me wait a few minutes before I could move to my next class because there were basically a bunch of students in the halls.”

“It was just awful what they were doing to him. They were treating him like a walking disease and visibly segregating him,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said Darius had to stay within his taped boundaries for about a week until Christmas break.

“After the break, the principal notified us that Darius wouldn’t be welcome back if he wasn’t willing to wear a mask,” said Stephanie.

“In fact, one of the communications with the school referred to his asthma as his ‘apparent asthma’ like we were making it up or something.

“They said he could move to the online schooling system or do their D2L system from home,” said Stephanie referring to a web-based learning system offered throughout the school division.

“He doesn’t do well online so we are just trying to do the best we can. He’s in Grade 9, he should be able to be with his peers to finish off his last year in middle school.”

Darius said he has mixed feelings about not returning to school.

“I’m just really upset that I don’t get to see my friends anymore, but I also feel like I have less distractions at home,” said Darius.

Stephanie said it’s been a hard year for Darius as he also had to walk away from community hockey due to the vaccination mandates and additional costs associated with frequent rapid testing.

“He is totally destroyed,” said Stephanie.

The Lynns have two other sons — both attending Notre Dame High School — one in Grade 11 who is special needs and one in Grade 12.

“The real kicker for us is that we have a special needs son who has never worn a mask, doesn’t social distance and we have never been required to show a doctor’s note for him,” said Stephanie.

“They have totally humiliated my son and I’m angry. We just want our son to be treated with dignity and compassion. He has lost hockey because of the mandates and now he isn’t allowed to go to school.”

The family has since been referred to Area Director Deana Helton with regard to their son’s situation.

The Western Standard has contacted the school principal along with Helton but hasn’t heard back yet.

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

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Copping strikes EMS advisory committee amid system strains, red alerts

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May.

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Health Minister Jason Copping has appointed MLAs R.J. Sigurdson (Highwood) and Tracy Allard (Grande Prairie) to co-chair a new EMS committee to address “unprecedented” demands on the healthcare system.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is also rolling out a 10-point plan to maximize EMS system capacity.

The government listed many aggravating factors driving the system strains including “EMS staffing fatigue and illness, hospital offload delays, more requests for patient transfers, delays in receiving new ambulances and specialized vehicle parts caused by global supply issues.”

The province has seen a plethora of “red alerts” reported by EMS members and tweeted by the Union of Health Care Professionals @HSAAlbertaEMS. A red alert is when there are no available ambulances for emergency calls.

The government also reported a 30% increase in 911 calls in recent months. There was no mention of personnel shortages caused by the government’s COVID-19 mandate.

“Alberta’s government has been supportive of EMS throughout the pandemic. As we approach the peak of Omicron cases, we know the EMS system is seeing significant strain, which impacts service. We recognize this is a challenge and are taking immediate steps to improve emergency care access while we explore longer-term solutions,” said Copping.

AHS will immediately hire more paramedics, transfer low-priority calls to other agencies, and stop automatic ambulance dispatch to motor vehicle accidents with no injuries. AHS is also “launching pilot projects to manage non-emergency inter-facility transfers, and initiating an ‘hours of work’ project to help ease staff fatigue.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of AHS is confident these actions “will allow us to better support our EMS staff and front-line paramedics, and in turn this will ensure our patients receive the best care possible.”

Additionally, AHS will issue a request for proposals in February to conduct a third-party review of Alberta’s provincewide EMS dispatch system.

“The objective review by external health system experts will provide further opportunities to address ongoing pressures, improve effectiveness and efficiency through best practices, and provide the best outcomes for Albertans who call 911 during a medical event,” the government said.

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May. Committee representatives include “contracted ambulance operators, unions representing paramedics, municipal representatives and Indigenous community representatives.”

Sigurdson said the committee will consider taxpayers’ needs.

“Albertans expect that when they call 911 in their time of greatest need, EMS will always answer. The committee’s goal will be focused around ensuring and improving service to Albertans while supporting the most critical piece of that equation: our EMS staff across all of Alberta.”

Amber Gosselin is a Western Standard reporter.
agosselin@westernstandardonline.com

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WATCH: O’Toole will not be welcoming the truckers in Ottawa

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy, it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in.”

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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was asked six times during a Monday press conference about his stance on the truckers Freedom Convoy 2022, before giving a vague answer.

“We have been talking with the Canadian Trucking Alliance for several months,” said O’Toole told reports.

“We’ve seen a crisis in the supply chain coming for several months and we’ve proposed policies to try to help alleviate that. The most important of which is vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

O’Toole press conference

Other specific. questions on the truckers’ comments were left with vague answers.

But the end of the conference O’Toole said it’s not his place to get involved.

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy — it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in,” O’Toole said.

“We’ve been trying to tackle the supply chain crisis, encourage vaccination, not ignore problems and divide the country like Mr. (Justin) Trudeau does.”

O’Toole said policies cannot be put in place which could contribute to supply chain issues, as Canadians are already worried about their grocery bills.

O’Toole said he was focused on the economic strain Canadians are having, with record inflation, cost of living, 30% higher gas prices and the housing market’s rising costs,.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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