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Author baffled why petition to oust president of Sask teacher’s union disappeared

“She did not ask for it to be removed and has not received any notification that our petition was in any way a breach of their policy,” said the unnamed petition author.

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A petition aiming to raise support for the removal of Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) president Patrick Maze for pushing for mandatory vaccine policy on students has mysteriously vanished, according to the author of the petition.

Mallory Fiderko, along with the help of others, started the petition after the STF and medical health officers of Saskatchewan (MHOs) requested the provincial government make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for students 12 and older to attend in-person learning.

In October, a letter was drafted and signed by 21 medical officers and sent to the provincial government.

“In order to keep schools open, we need to make them safer. Proof of vaccination should be required for accessing in-person learning for children 12 years and older, and for households of those under 12 who cannot be immunized yet,” said the letter.

“It should also be required for teachers and staff in all schools and daycare facilities.”

STF President Patrick Maze also agrees with making vaccinations mandatory for children to attend school for in-person learning.

“You have a right to an education, but not a right to attend school,” said Maze.

“We will still give you an education, but if you’re choosing to be unvaccinated, then we may offer that education online because you’re putting people at risk.”

The Western Standard covered the story on Thursday and at the time, the petition was active with 2,844 signatures, although oddly, all references to Patrick Maze’s name and position had been removed from the petition.

One of the authors — who has not identified themself — who assisted Fedirko in creating the petition contacted the Western Standard Friday morning to report the change.org petition had been removed from Fedirko’s account.

“She did not ask for it to be removed and has not received any notification that our petition was in any way a breach of their policy,” said the unnamed author.

“She has submitted several inquires to their support desk and has not received a response.”

Before it was pulled, it stated the petition’s goal was to see Maze “unseated from his position” for his request to “impose mandated vaccinations for all youth attending school in Saskatchewan.”  

“His personal opinions have compromised his integrity as the leader of a governing body.  He no longer serves as an unbiased voice for the teachers and students of this province and has no medical jurisdiction to make health decisions on behalf of them,” said the petition.

The author confirmed the petition before it was pulled on Thursday had “close to 4,000 signatures.”

“The petition was launched with the intent and in support of staff and students in Saskatchewan.”

The Saskatchewan government says it doesn’t intend to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for children to attend in-person learning in provincial schools.

“I justify it because the staff and teachers are employees of the school divisions. The students are provincial students,” said Education Minister Dustin Duncan.

“They are minors and they have a right to an education.”

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

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  1. berta baby

    November 26, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Rhey wouldn’t pass laws forbidding protesting at schools if they didn’t have the mandatory rules coming in…

  2. Ken

    November 26, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    I have come to realize the Globalists are panicking and are actively stepping up their game. We have to act now as citizens of freedom we cannot fight this through conventional means. Civil disobedience is the only way, we cannot wait till the next election or spend years in the corrupt court system we have to act now as a group of like minded people.

  3. Leslie Solar

    November 26, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    And just so we are crystal clear. There is a reason for not wanting forced jabs. This is not just random. Look at what the real expert doctors are saying. These are not “vaccines” in the traditional sense. They dont meet the normal definition of “vaccine”. They are experimental DNA-altering shots that DO NOT confer immunity–TWO shots and you can STILL get covid. And spread it to others. And if there was any “protection” in the first place, it is GONE in 5 months when you will need your first “booster” shot. And the long-term effects are unknown but the evidence we have points to a very bad place.

    But lets force OUR KIDS to get these experimental shots. and the string of boosters over the next umpteen years. That would make us really stupid parents, wouldnt it??

    This is all about the globalists, the use of power, and the lack of any competent, much less ethical, Main Stream Media. I think the tide has turned in the USA (it will take several months to play out), and it will here, also. Lets hope that our judiciary isnt compromised by the globalist ghouls and their bags of money. And it would be very good if many of them spent their remaining years in some nasty jail, or at least in public disgrace. Including some of our “officials” such as some in the STF.

  4. Leslie Solar

    November 26, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    No, dennis. This is just regulatory over-reach. The same kind of thing that Fauci and his minions are doing. And people need to stand up and impose accountability.

    These bodies exist because of legislation. If legislation exists, it is because it was passed by the Legislature (or Parliament). If it was passed by the Leg. then the Leg. can “unpass” it. or Amend it. This is where citizen involvement is crucial. Watch these guys find little ways to adjust to the pressure—persons X are provincial, Persons Y are local. So we can ignore the mandate these guys attempted to institute.

    Whatever. The real solution is to create a mechanism in these Acts for local decision-making and take things away from the nazis that have become entrenched.

  5. Dennis

    November 26, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Sounds to me like these people in SK are illiterate and blind.

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Manitobans shipped to US for surgery

The move is an effort to deal with the province’s backlog of more than 153,000 surgical and diagnostic procedures, blamed on COVID-19 health care demands.

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About 300 Manitobans awaiting spinal surgery will be sent to Sanford Medical Centre in Fargo ND for their operations.

The move is an effort to deal with the province’s backlog of more than 153,000 surgical and diagnostic procedures, blamed on COVID-19 health care demands.

Patients who have been on the spinal surgery waiting list for more than a year will be given priority. Some may be headed south of the border by the end of January.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon and members of the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force are expected to provide an update at a 2 p.m. CST news conference.

The province may also be contemplating sending joint-surgery patients to Sanford.

“We acknowledge the suffering. We acknowledge the waits,” said Dr. Ed Buchel, the provincial surgery lead for Manitoba Shared Health told CBC.

Sending patients elsewhere in Canada isn’t an option because every provincial health care system is overwhelmed with demands from the Omicron variant, he said.

Health staff have been diverted from operating rooms to care for COVID-19 patients while surgery backlogs escalated.

Patients suffering broken backs, unstable spines or cancer are deemed too risky for surgery in the U.S.

Preference will be given to those with serious conditions needing urgent attention, yet are able to travel by vehicle to Sanford, 360 km from Winnipeg.

Doctors Manitoba hopes this is a short-term measure.

“Sending patients out of Manitoba for care is not ideal, but we understand the task force has very few local options right now because of the shortage of staff and the current surge in Omicron hospital admissions,” spokesperson Keir Johnson said in a statement to CBC.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitoba was the only province that transferred critical care patients, 57 in all, out-of-province.

To be updated…

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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WORLD WATCH: UK announces COVID restrictions are over

Beginning Thursday, January 27, the UK government will bring an end to “mandatory certifications” — vaccine passports.

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The UK government will no longer require vaccine passports and mask mandates as of next Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons.

“We can return to plan A in England and allow plan B regulations to expire,” said Johnson, in a live address on Wednesday. 

Beginning Thursday, January 27, the UK government will bring an end to “mandatory certifications” — vaccine passports.

Johnson said organizations will be permitted to continue the voluntary pass but the government will “end the compulsory use of COVID status certification in England.”

The government also announced it will no longer require people to work from home.

With the announcement the government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks, the house erupted with cheers.

Johnson confirmed students would no longer be required to wear facemasks in classrooms as of Thursday, but added the government will continue to suggest the use of masks in public places.

“We will trust the judgement of the British people and no longer criminalize anyone who chooses not to wear one,” said Johnson.

Restrictions on visits to care homes will also be eased across the UK.

Johnson said some measures will remain in place including self-isolation.

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

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CTF calls for tax cuts as inflation hits 30 year high

The December 2021 consumer price index hit 4.8%, according to Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the Canadian government to reduce taxes to help people with the rising cost of living.

The December 2021 consumer price index hit 4.8%, according to Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

“Canadians are fueling up at the pumps and then worrying about whether they have enough left over for ground beef at the grocery store,” said Franco Terrazzano, federal director of the CTF.

“Inflation is a key economic issue facing Canadian families and our politicians need to wake up and provide some relief.”

Canadians who make more than $64,900 are going to see an extra $396 in payroll tax bills this year, according to the CTF.

The federal carbon tax increased twice during the pandemic and will increase again to 11 cents per litre of gasoline on April 1, 2022.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said carbon tax will be increasing to nearly 40 cents per litre by 2030, as well as a second carbon tax is being developed that could add another 11 cents per litre.

Additionally, the federal government is planning for an increase in alcohol taxes for the third time during the pandemic on April 1.

“High taxes and soaring prices are making the tough times tougher in Canada,” said Terrazzano.

“While other countries are cutting taxes, all we get from Canadian politicians are higher tax bills. It’s time for Ottawa to provide some tax relief and make life in Canada a little more affordable.”

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole also called on Trudeau to take immediate action.

“For the first time in 30 years, prices are up 4.8% compared to a year ago. Millions of Canadians are feeling the pinch of inflation in their daily lives. Families and seniors are falling behind and they see the Trudeau government doing nothing to give them a break,” said O’Toole in a statement.

“Food is more expensive. Gas and home heating are costing more. Rents in many cities are skyrocketing by double digits and home ownership is out of reach for millions as prices are up a staggering 26.6% in just one year.   

“More Canadians are struggling to meet ends meet, young people are giving up on home ownership and nearly half of all Canadians are worried about their financial security for the upcoming year. The high-tax, high-debt lockdown agenda of the Trudeau government has set the stage for inflation and COVID policies are making supply chain challenges worse. We are already seeing alarming shortages on shelves leading to higher prices.”

The CTF noted Spain was rated lower than Canada on the 2021 misery index, but that country’s government is taking action giving citizens breaks by cutting added tax on electricity from 21% to 10% until April 30.

South Korea, India, and several states across America have also reduced fuel taxes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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