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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

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With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

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

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22 Comments

  1. Longo

    November 30, 2021 at 4:58 am

    When ever I see Tam’s crooked little teeth I feel like feeding her a carrot.

  2. Non-Compliant Alberta Separatist

    November 29, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Remember “The Boy who Cried Wolf”?

    Learn from it.

    How much longer will we let “The Boy” (progressives new “The Man”) get away with this lie upon a lie upon another lie?

    I’ve had enough, how about you?

  3. Robert Birth

    November 29, 2021 at 10:14 am

    According to doctors reporting out of South Africa, Omicron is very mild.

    What’s a little more interesting is that in 1963 a movie called OMICRON came out which was described as follows:
    ‘An alien takes over the body of an Earthman in order to learn about the planet so his race can take it over.’

  4. Lisa

    November 29, 2021 at 8:05 am

    More fear porn to justify the worldwide tyranny and loss of human rights. Wake up sheeple! The final “variant” is called Communism.

  5. Dennis

    November 28, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Okay folks, get ready to say Adios to Christmas and all that human contact stuff.

  6. Barbara

    November 28, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    LEAVE OUR KIDS ALONE SAY NURSES

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/HrD1M0mhKpHT/

  7. Andrew Red Deer

    November 28, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    The answer to all the above plaints against the perpetrators of this absolute fraud is that they are not stupid or moronic or whatever other epithet thrown at them. It IS THEIR GOAL TO SUBVERT FREEDOM, AND ENSLAVE US ALL and kill 90% of the planets population and they have been by and large successful in engendering fear in us all.
    Do you think for one minute that ANY LEADER has actually taken the real vaccine???

  8. berta baby

    November 28, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Look at the fear porn just getting even the WS hard AF…. Click click click click…. It’s not even a cough folks . It’s slightly fucking tired and not even a cough.”

    https://www.foxnews.com/health/south-african-doctor-omicron-variant-symptoms-unusual-mild

  9. Left Coast

    November 28, 2021 at 11:06 am

    The incredibly clueless Dr. WHO Tam is going to save us again . . . laughable ! ! !
    This person has learned absolutely NOTHING in the last 21 months . . . Canada’s Drs. are held hostage by their Provincial Health Agencies who are also stuck in the Dumb Lane.

    Masks, Lockdowns & social lol distancing . . . none are supported by real SCIENCE . . . but who cares, the population is demonstrating “Obedience” to the political masters.

    As the VAXED are filling Canada’s Hospitals . . . what are they going to tell us next?
    Let’s face it . . . with the Variants everything is back to square 1 . . . Boosters are here and Booster II is coming soon.
    But what about the Un-vaxed? Seems the majority of them likely have Natural Immunity which should protect them from the Varients as well . . . will the FakeStream Media be upset & how will they spin the latest developments?

  10. Barbara

    November 28, 2021 at 10:51 am

    If you don’t like what’s happening ….Do something. Take off your masks, defend anyone you see bing bullied and take a stand.

    Check out the Free Speech Warrior on Bitchute, See that Austrians are ignoring the mandates.. JUST SAY NO.

    Canadians need to realize that not being able to go to a hockey game or a restaurant IS NOT A SACRIFICE

    We are known as the country of whiners and complainers . Lets change that. Use your imagination . There’s a hundred different ways you could do something.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/5QroOjmYAurX/

  11. berta baby

    November 28, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Jesus Christ , year 3 … fuck all Covid extremists

  12. M S

    November 28, 2021 at 9:34 am

    The next chapter in the never ending book of fear porn…Mass Formation Phycohsis. Give this a watch….https://youtu.be/INHpQL9fgto

  13. TM

    November 28, 2021 at 8:54 am

    “Omicron” = anagram for “Moronic”

    Summarizes this next iteration perfectly, and all those that embrace the next wave of fear porn.

  14. David

    November 28, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Oh no! The big bad covid had a puppy!

    Little Red Riding Hood needs a booster.

    Personaly, I am tired of government by fiction.

    Omricon = Moronic

  15. francis witzel

    November 27, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Merry lock down Christmas, again , I DONT THINK SO

  16. Leslie Solar

    November 27, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Dear Dr. Tam:

    Since you dont seem to know much about treating patients, but know a lot about preventing doctors from doing their jobs and mandating masks which have no effect on the transmission and spread of anything (I assume you have trouble reading research papers and studies–perhaps you are a friend of non-doctor Tedros over at the WHO (United Nations)). So let me see if I can help you out. If this is over your head, I will have to assume your personal medical license came out of a box of popcorn.

    Lets get back to some basics. If a patient comes to his/her doctor with a beginning case of, oh, lets say—pneumonia. And if his/her doctor says: you might have Covid-19, so go and get tested. Patient comes back and says: Yep–they say I have covid. Please treat me.

    Said Doctor says: The AHS says that there is no treatment for Covid. You have to go lock yourself up in “self-isolation” for 14 days. My regulator says that if I treat you, my medical license will be in jeopardy. So I hope you get better, but just in case you dont, you need to go to a Hospital Emergency room. Dont call me. And if you are worse you will likely end up in a ICU. And even if I were to prescribe things like Ivermectin, which studies show works and works quickly, Dr. Tam and her cohorts have prohibited Doctors from prescribing it, and even if we did, they have instructed Pharmacies not to fill those prescriptions.

    The solution, Dear Dr. TAm, is very simple. Listen closely. LET YOUR DOCTORS ENGAGE IN EARLY TREATMENT FROM THE ONSET OF SYMPTOMS. LIKE DONALD TRUMP’S DOCTORS DID. LIKE RUDY GIULIANI’S DOCTORS DID. LIKE JOE ROGANS UN-NAMED DOCTOR DID. AND ALLOW THEM TO USE THEIR MEDICAL JUDGMENT TO PRESCRIBE WHATEVER MEDICINES THEY THINK MIGHT BE HELPFUL FOR ANY PARTICULAR PATIENT. You will be surprised at how quickly we can sideline these ‘variants’ as and when they occur.

    You, and we, may not have to be “vigilant” if that were to be implemented. All rocket science to you I am sure. Take your time. Re-read this again, and again, slowly and I am sure you will be able to make sense of it.

    And if you cant—do us all a favor, and quickly resign. Before the public get really angry and demand some sort of action be taken against you.

  17. Ken

    November 27, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Super scary stuff wow and this time they really really mean it, so lets keep doing everything that doesn’t work and will never work. Either these people are complete morons or incompetent or just plain common criminals / murderers. In any case these people need to be forcefully removed from positions of power. Fear mongers all of them. The saddest thing is half of the population are hypnotized by this crap and buy into this sales pitch.

  18. Frank Jack

    November 27, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Just in time for the holidays: “We’re all gonna die, again!”

  19. Adam Bartlett

    November 27, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Does anyone care? Who is listening to these mouth pieces?

  20. Jack Masterman

    November 27, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Will COVID ever end? Do we just learn to live with it like the flue or other contagious illnesses?

    There are so many problems associated with COVID that are non-COVID related we have to rethink the process of trying to eliminate COVID.

    Social, economic, health and logic are being ignored. The ostracization of the unvaccinated is creating a dangerous rift in society. Canada is in an economic mess and only forecast to get worse. Too many people are denied hospital treatment for other illnesses, and many are dying. Science is being denied in favor of personal bias on the part of “health professionals”.

    Our government is rushing ahead with a 100% vaccination policy that might have dire consequences in years to come. The “vaccine” is only experimental, and the world population is being used as a “lab rat”.

  21. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    November 27, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    New policy on Western Standard ; If they don’t like the comment say; you all ready said that and you can’t post. Nice trick WS another way to monitor what you say.

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

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Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

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The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

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SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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