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Canada to fund ‘voluntary isolation sites’ in BC

$99.7 million has been provided to establish similar sites in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.

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Canada’s Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos says more than $5 million will go towards two projects in BC through Canada’s Safe Voluntary Isolation Sites Program.

One of the projects will be for agricultural workers living and working across BC to “help support agri-worker isolation needs.”

The $4,150,000 fund will go to BC’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries for an employer-based farm worker isolation program, which is aimed to support up to 1,350 workers to isolate.

The second program will provide up to $930,989 in funding for one isolation site totaling 20 rooms in Surrey, BC as part of Canada’s $100 million funding for municipalities and health regions across the country to establish “safe and voluntary isolation sites.”

“Self-isolation is one of the most effective ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” reads a November 26 release from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

“However, for some people in Canada, crowded housing conditions and high costs can make it unsafe or impossible to self-isolate, putting themselves, their families and communities at risk through no fault of their own.”

$99.7 million has been provided to establish similar sites in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.

The first site opened in Toronto in September 2020.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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  1. Bruce

    December 1, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Its all for health. BULL shyte. They’ll be rounding people up next for the health crap soon. Peeps will go and never be seen again

  2. Shepherdess

    December 1, 2021 at 11:13 am

    IAN CUTTING. Yup…it’s starts as voluntary and then involuntary. Need to exterminate the dissenters that bring the truth and are in the way of the New One World Government…then much easier to control the remaining sheep.

  3. Left Coast

    November 30, 2021 at 10:33 am

    This is just so completely Insane . . .

    Elections have consequences folks . . . elect morons and U get Communists!

    2 years since the Wuhan Virus hit the West Coast . . . and these fools are still plotting.

  4. Leslie Solar

    November 30, 2021 at 9:38 am

    hmmnnn….”self-isolation is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of Covid…”

    I have a couple of alternatives:

    a) station a couple of chinese army in every test facility, and have them take anyone who tests positive immediately into a sound-proof room where the gunshots wont be heard…

    b) Let the Doctors immediately treat anyone testing positive, and allow any medicines that they prescribe to be filled immediately by all pharmacies in Canada. As happened with Pres. Trump, Rudy Guiliani, Joe Rogan, and very recently, Dan Bongino (36 hours to cured).

    I am sure that trudeau anc Co. have considered item a). Perhaps it is coming.

  5. Bill Mccann

    November 30, 2021 at 8:59 am

    More waste and incompetence.

  6. Ben Wilson

    November 30, 2021 at 8:48 am

    The virus is not scary. But this is.

    It is so obvious. Our Fed gov is run by China.

    This is such a CCP type thing. Comply or prison.

  7. Mars Hill

    November 29, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    All the real ‘poop’ in 7 minutes – Enjoy the movie.
    https://drcharlieward.com/dr-fauci-the-truth-exposed-on-film-must-be-shared/

  8. Ian Cutting

    November 29, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    How long until these voluntary isolation camps are turned into concentration camps for all the unvaccinated that Trudeau and comrades despise.

  9. Leslie Solar

    November 29, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    We need to keep on top of this one. “voluntary”???? I wonder who is going to do the “rounding up” of these people who “need” these internment camps?

  10. Ken

    November 29, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    That was quick Australia are rounding up people and putting them in “voluntary isolation sites” Trudeau hates to be behind on the latest fad
    Wake the f.. up people!!

  11. Andrew Red Deer

    November 29, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    The start of death camps???

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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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