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Hinman calls for firing of AHS bosses

“We already spend $23 billion per year here in Alberta on healthcare, and the way AHS has managed this taxpayer money has been a disaster and unacceptable.”

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Wildrose Independence Party leader Paul Hinman says senior management of the AHS should be sacked for having surgeries postponed for tens of thousands of Albertans.

“The senior management at AHS has failed Albertans and must be fired,” Hinman tweeted.

As the fourth wave of COVID-19 — this time mainly with a Delta-variant— swept across the province in September, Alberta Health Services postponed all elective surgeries.

At the time ICUs were filled to overflowing. Surge ICU space had to be opened and medical personnel shifted around to match the needs.

The government said about 15,000 surgeries were cancelled so far during the fourth wave, another 30,000 procedures were postponed during the first three waves.

“During the COVID situation we have witnessed on many occasions how the priority has been the preservation of “the health care system” rather than high-quality patient care or short wait times. This is backwards,” Hinman told the Western Standard Friday.

“’The health care system’, that AHS has badly mismanaged, is incredibly top-heavy with layers of management that provide precisely zero benefits to those in need of care. With more managers than ICU beds, the ‘system’ they want to preserve has failed Albertans.

“Wildrose would fire most of the senior AHS managers and focus on frontline health care workers. We would not be threatening thousands of our vital frontline workers with termination like AHS is doing in their self-defeating effort to force a vaccine on frontline workers who certainly are capable of deciding what they feel is right for themselves — which is precisely the opposite of what the Kenney UCP government had originally promised only a few months ago.”

Hinman said WIP would allow an open and honest discussion amongst Alberta doctors who were treating patients on how best to help and allow repurposed drugs and alternative treatments.

“We would allow the use of early treatment protocols that have proven in many other countries to reduce both hospitalizations and deaths. This alone will take pressure off our workers and help many Albertans. Furthermore, instead of the obsession with only vaccines, we would encourage the government to do antibody and T-cell testing, to give confidence to our frontline health care workers and other Albertans that they have proven natural immunity. Not recognizing natural immunity is gross negligence,” said Hinman.

He also called for an increase in nurse training, especially in the area of IUCs.

“Big fat central government, such as we have with AHS, run by a bunch of NDP holdover appointees, always provides the worst possible outcome. The central bureaucracy exists to serve itself. We need to prioritize the health of Albertans,” said Hinman.

“What sense does it make to have Albertans travelling to the US to get needed procedures? These Albertans are spending tens of thousands of dollars to ease their suffering and get treatment. We already spend $23 billion per year here in Alberta on health care, and the way AHS has managed this taxpayer money has been a disaster and unacceptable.”

The Western Standard contacted AHS for comment and were referred to Alberta Health, who haven’t responded to a request for comment.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Deb

    November 15, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Totally agree with Paul Hinman. This is a must watch. Hoping the Covid Vote in Switzerland on Nov 28, 21 will be No and these measures around the world will be stopped. Watch all the videos on this page. https://www.infowars.com/posts/powerful-robert-f-kennedy-jr-warns-govt-and-big-tech-engineered-the-destruction-of-democracy-and-civil-rights/

  2. Left Coast

    November 14, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    MUST WATCH – DR. DAVID MARTIN

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/tRrJ3gzmvMt8/

  3. SaskFreedom

    November 13, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    As of today, Florida, 59% “2 dose vaccinated”… 9% icu vacancy according to cnn and like haters of Florida… https://www.thinkadvisor.com/2021/08/30/10-worst-states-for-covid-19-icu-bed-use/
    North Dakota, 8% icu bed use by covid patients… 62% full all together… https://www.thinkadvisor.com/2021/08/30/10-worst-states-for-covid-19-icu-bed-use/
    North Dakota has a 52% fully vaccinated rate… https://usafacts.org/visualizations/covid-vaccine-tracker-states/state/north-dakota
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    Saskatchewan, 69% fully vaccinated according to: https://covid19tracker.ca/provincevac.html?p=SK
    more according to Saskatchewan Health Authortity…
    0% ICU capacity…. shipped new borns (without covid) to Ontario…

    Clearly vaccination rate is at least correlated, perhaps caused by high “fully vaccinated rates”…
    North Dakota is significantly under vaccinated compared to Saskatchewan per capita, despite sharing a land border. Yet North Dakota is not currently in an ICU crisis…
    Why?

  4. SaskFreedom

    November 13, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Oh dear, North Dakota (population ) has only 14 icu beds available right now. https://www.valleynewslive.com/2021/10/18/nd-only-has-14-icu-beds-available-covid-19-isnt-main-culprit/
    Despite a 56% covid vaccination rate: https://usafacts.org/visualizations/covid-vaccine-tracker-states/state/north-dakota
    Saskatchewan has 0 ICU beds available despite 852,265 people being vaccinated (https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19-vaccines/vaccines ) out of 1,179,618 (https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/people-community/people/population) (72%+). Note that Sask is a very youth dominated province so most of that remaining percentage is youth un eligible. So North Dakota is 56% vaccinated, has at least 14 beds available. Sask is 72% vaccinated… has zero icu bed available, shipped non covid icu patients to Ontario, tells news they’re covid patients. Find out later they were new borns and non covid positive patients. What’s wrong with this story. Less vaccinated provinces/states have less people requiring ICU….. hmmmm… head scratcher. But the problem with Sask is it’s “less vaccinated” than other Canadian provinces, despite being arms and legs ahead of North Dakotas rate of vaccination and them having tonnes of room in the icu. More room than Sask had in 2018.

  5. SaskFreedom

    November 13, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    All I hear is nurses and union workers demanding more because for the first time in their lifetime they were hit by a “deadly pandemic” the so called deadly pandemic in 2020 before there were “vaccines” for the disease, killed less than the flu… after the “vaccines” we finally have a slight untick in people dying. If hospitals invested as much in expanding ICU and bed vacancies as they did in pandering to “HCW” pandering, maybe we’d be somewhere right now. North Dakota has 10x the ICU bed per capita as Saskatchewan, and only 40-50% vaccination rate. This is clearly a failing of “free” healthcare, rather than a pandemic. The ICU in Moose Jaw, one of Saskatchewans largest cities can’t handle a 1 family (4 people) car accident, even if all icu beds were empty before the accident. This isn’t a pandemic of the “un””vaccinated”. It’s a pandemic of government underfunded “health” “care”. All the money goes towards appeasing lazy ndp hcw. and not towards increasing vacancy. The good ones get sick of doing all the work for the lazy or chronically on maternity leave and quit. THiS is GOVERNMENT funded “FREE” healthcare.

  6. Mark Cameron

    November 13, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Finally! A politician saying what needs to be said….if only Hinman had the power to follow through with this!

  7. waynethornton@yahoo.com

    November 13, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    2020 covid deaths match annual average respiratory deaths in Canada. Look it up. Keep in mind that AHS straight-up, lies and exagerates about the number of ‘cases’ and covid deaths.

  8. Ben Wilson

    November 13, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    AHS and all public health in Canada is broken. And the only way to change it is to allow the public to feel it’s incompetence. The fix to what is going on now was easy. In April 2021 AHS was asked to create over 1000 ICU surge beds. And the gov gave them money for this. AHS did nothing. Then with 320 people in ICU AHS calls an emergency. People must wake up. AHS is useless and corrupt. And all the unions are corrupt and all the Elite Dr groups are corrupt.

  9. Leslie Solar

    November 13, 2021 at 10:50 am

    It is not just AHS, it is the College of Phys. & Surgeons. But lets start with AHS. What would I do if I were in Kenney’s position?

    There is not the teeniest bit of evidence that cheap masks do anything of value. NONE. Haul AHS in and tell them you want to see all of their underlying “science” or whatever they want to call it (modelling??) justifying their “measures” or “mandates” or lockdowns. All of it. And then haul them on the carpet to justify what they are “mandating”. And if they cant do it, they should be fired, and any “mandates” vacated.

    Next up, the College of P & S. Why are they claiming there is no cure for Covid, and then requiring measures (or non-measures) of their member doctors that contravene the Hippocratic Oath, and even the Nuremberg principles. As Premier, you hold the legislative cards. Take action. Dissolve the College, if it comes to that, and set up a new one. Or amend the legislation forcing them to be transparent and accountable. And if your globalist handlers are telling you to do things that are not in Albertans interest, tell them to you-know-what.

    At the end of the day, Albertans need to take action against this Premier. And the party needs to grow several sets of cojones. Didnt we have enough issues with Redford before the hammer dropped? All of you party insiders—get something done, or shut the Party down. Time to let a little self-respect creep into these back rooms.

    This isnt hard.

  10. Lisa

    November 13, 2021 at 10:34 am

    You would think that if this was really about a deadly virus, after 20 months to “flatten the curve” there could have been some solutions put in place to treat covid patients separately, while the rest of the system could continue to function normally. At the start of the “pandemic”, Donald Trump sent two naval ships to be stationed as quarantine hospitals to deal with the “outbreak”. New York chose to never use their ship, but instead sent infected patients into nursing homes and killed tens of thousands of the most vulnerable. I do think that the heads of AHS should be fired due to gross negligence, as they made decisions that, like Governor Cuomo, cost lives and are continuing to do so by highjacking our healthcare system and denying treatments to thousands.

  11. Dennis

    November 13, 2021 at 10:22 am

    For anyone interested, take a look at how much these pigs at the trough are being paid. Pages 43-49 are just the reported ones.

    https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/about/publications/ahs-pub-2020-2021-financials.pdf

  12. Left Coast

    November 13, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Start by firing Dr. Yiu . . .
    the only way she is worth $600,000 a year is if she could play Defence for the Flames . . .

    These Provincial Health Authorities are loaded with Fat Cats who know mostly nothing and are pulling down huge salaries for occupying an office.

  13. Left Coast

    November 13, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Hinman is correct . . . Canada’s inept HC system is a disaster & not just in Alberta.

    The problem starts with Ottawa & the Health Act and of course run by the bloated management in each province. Hospitals should be run on a Fee for Service basis rather than Grants & Private Competition should be allowed in Canada going forward with the same Fee for Service format. Within a few years the Govt Institutions would either measure up or go out of business.

    Here’s a message to the Karens out there . . .

    A Canadian cardiologist who tempted fate by claiming he would never shed a tear for unvaccinated deaths died suddenly in his sleep weeks after receiving his Covid booster jab.

    This week it was reported Dr. Sohrab Lutchmedial, 52, a director of the Interventional Cardiology program at the New Brunswick Heart Centre, died suddenly in his sleep.

    “It is with profound sadness that we report the sudden and unexpected death of a colleague, friend, father, partner and inspiring spirit,” read a statement from the New Brunswick Heart Centre.

    Months earlier, the Saint John-based cardiologist had made his sentiments toward the “selfish” unvaccinated known in a July Twitter post, in which he claimed he would not feel sad at their funerals.

    Karma is a b’ach . . .

  14. RM

    November 13, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Although I don’t disagree with Mr. Hinman, firing the senior managers and streamlining the administration of AHS will not fix our broken health care system. The acute care system is designed to function at an average level of demand. Any increase in volume will tilt it into crisis. I worked in healthcare for almost 30 years in front line and management roles in BC and saw this every single year. As soon as the flu season began (replaced now with Covid), the hospitals would be in crisis with full ICUs and many patients admitted to hallways or even linen closets. Units were understaffed and the levels of care declined accordingly. The whole thing would hang on a thread every year and would only function at all on the practice of calling in nurses who were on their days off (and paying them double or triple time) and having a very plump pool of relief workers.

    Another factor that produces this situation every year in acute care is the unhappy fact that around 95% of healthcare dollars either go directly to physicians or to programs that the doctors control access to (like acute care). Doctors admit to acute care and they do so on their own initiative, regardless of any guidelines or criteria that may exist. About 1/4 of acute care beds are occupied, at any point in time, by patients who have non-acute issues.

    This is allowed to go on year after year due to a trio of inhibiting factors. Anyone who tries to change anything that the doctors control will be faced with a backlash few can endure. Provincial governments have fallen after trying to take on the doctors. Also, there is an entrenched bureaucracy in healthcare that has a vested interest in keeping and defending the status quo (the Hinman solution comes into play here). An innovative health care leader will be fighting on numerous fronts in order to improve even the smallest aspect of the system. Finally, the system needs to be way less reliant on nurses and doctors (the high paid help). Less reliance on doctors and more reliance on nurse practitioners would increase our community primary care capacity and a large increase in care aid staff to provide physical care in hospitals would improve the situation there.

    Of course our antiquated “socialized medicine” system lurks as the untouchable monster that produces all of the above.

  15. Claudette Leece

    November 13, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Anyone working in health care in AB could of told you, what a joke of an organization they were and those that stood their ground were fired. But guess Albertans are fine with this crappy care, it’s been like this for years and everyone sits silent. Maybe if things get even worse they will demand better

  16. Mars Hill

    November 13, 2021 at 12:23 am

    When this movie ends I hope and feel there’s a decent chance we have charges of crimes against humanity for most of them… the longer they stay the better chance that will happen.

  17. Mike power

    November 12, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Absolutely right on, Paul. What is Kenney thinking? What was he thinking in the first place letting NDP still run health care?

  18. KR

    November 12, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Any idea how many levels of bureaucracy there are in AHS – last I saw 10 years ago the desks were 7 levels deep. How about removing most of those managers, no one needs 7 levels of bosses to do their job. We can’t afford Alberta’s “free” medical system especially when people have to go out of country to get a hip replacement or wait 4 years for one. A little transparency would do wonders for the public to know just how much money is spent on committees, paper-pushing and “mission and vision” type activities. Let medical professionals doing their jobs, put patients first , it’s not a difficult concept. I have worked in the field and have seen how it doesn’t function. Time for a house-cleaning.

  19. Matti Lilles

    November 12, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Well…it’s about time we started dealing with government funded organizations from the top down. Maybe we should look at the administration from the education system too. Leave the people that actually deliver the “service” alone and get rid of the crap at the top.

  20. Cath

    November 12, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Totally agree with Mr. Hinman.

  21. Sharon Maclise

    November 12, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Paul hit on all the main points Albertans have been trying to get through the dense fog surrounding our MLAs. Each one – early treatment with proven medicines instead of a total reliance on still unproven vaccines, testing for antibodies, a top heavy, self-serving health bureaucracy, 50% of our taxes going to Alberta HC & still more having to be spent by suffering individuals to seek care elsewhere. Only one disagreement: Ignoring the natural immunity of previously infected people is not just gross negligence – it is criminal. These people have already survived the virus and now are forced to survive the callous, heavy-handed social isolation mandates forced on them if they refuse a vaccine. Well said Paul.

  22. Ken

    November 12, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    I also want my healthcare tax dollars back. The problem is people do not even comprehend how much 23 billion actually is

  23. Dennis

    November 12, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Well said Paul. Governments have been hiding behind this for years. It’s time for the public to get behind the truth about AHS and fix our corrupt and mismanaged health care system.
    Go wildrosenation.com

  24. Ken

    November 12, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    I agree 100% with Baron Not Baron. I have been going into many businesses with a bare naked face and have had very little opposition. Especially smaller private business.

  25. Baron Not Baron

    November 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Populacion enjoy the 5th wave soon :)))

    You DESERVE everything that is happening to you. You don’t even have to be heroic and fight, you just have to not obey.

    In Denmark groups of 50-70 people were entering without maks stores and businesses that required masks – and boom! masks are not mandatory anymore.

  26. berta baby

    November 12, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Yes , yesthis sounds like common sense . We have to be locked up and inflation has to be jerked right to completion on us . After 2 years AHS needs to all be fired and jailed . Fuck them fix the hospital system if we are never ending lay told the hospital system is about to collapse .
    85% vaccinated and yet close church’s and mask forever .

    Start a war you mother flickers I’m done sitting around and watching the fear porn screw the kinds of the weak . It’s time to fight for our future or else the government squeeze won’t end until you can’t leave your house and the police arrest all who do.

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Massive, loud support displayed as BC’s truckers roll east

The convoy is approaching Alberta and will spend the night in Calgary before departing east on January 24 in conjunction with Alberta’s truckers.

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The eastbound “freedom convoy” rolling towards Ottawa in protest of government mandates is well underway with hundreds coming out to support the truckers’ departure from BC’s Lower Mainland early Sunday morning.

The recent mandate — instituted by the federal Liberal government on January 15 — is forcing truckers crossing the border into Canada to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival using the ArriveCan app if they want to avoid testing and quarantine requirements.

American truckers will be denied entry.

Prior to the the January 15 mandate truckers were deemed an essential service.

Despite widespread concern of further economic devastation amid an already hurting supply chain, Liberal Health Minister Jean Yves-Duclos maintains his position that restricting cross-border movement of unvaccinated truckers is the “right thing to do.”

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) anticipates the loss of 12,000-16,000 (10-15%) cross-border commercial drivers as a result.

In border areas, drivers will often cross over five or six times a day.

“That’s a lot of loads in a year that no longer have a way of coming up,” Colin Valentim told the Western Standard.

Valentim — who has been a trucker for more than 20 years — spearheaded the group out of BC, which steadily grew in size throughout the day as truckers across the province joined the Ottawa-bound convoy.

The convoy is approaching Alberta and will spend the night in Calgary before departing east on January 24 in conjunction with Alberta’s truckers.

When the convoy arrives in Ottawa, it will rendezvous with four convoys from various points of Ontario, convoys from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, other Atlantic areas, and Quebec — forming a mass coalescence of rolling steel within the nation’s capital.

“We need to show this government what they’re doing is wrong and we won’t take it anymore,” said Valentim.

While the national demonstration is organized by big-riggers, those involved say it represents other professions that have been effected by mandatory injections such as healthcare workers, municipal workers and more. All professions and vehicles are welcome in the convoy.

The official GoFundMe page has received more than 37,400 separate donations adding up to more than $2.8 million with donations steadily flowing in by the minute.

The fund’s page — organized by Tamara Lich — says money raised will be dispersed to truckers for the cost of the journey and “any leftover donations will be donated to a credible veteran’s organization which will be chosen by the donors.”

The page says GoFundMe will be sending donations directly to “our bulk fuel supplier.”

“Your hard-earned money is going straight to who it was meant for without having to flow through anyone else,” reads the page.

The Western Standard reached out to Lich for further details regarding the allocation of donor’s funds, but has not heard back.

“Time to stop these mandates destroying people’s lives and businesses,” writes one donor.

“This tyranny must stop, and I believe the truckers are uniquely positioned to make this point,” writes another.

Maps, routes, times, and contact information for the respective organizers can be found here.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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Judge slashes large defamation award to only $50,000

The judge ruled prairie courts are much more modest in awarding liberal damages.

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A Manitoba judge has slashed the $500,000 awarded to a defamation victim to $50,000, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The judge ruled prairie courts are much more modest in awarding liberal damages.

“Civil jury trials in Manitoba are rare,” wrote Justice William Burnett of the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

“Awards for defamation in that amount are virtually non-existent.”

“The jury’s award of $500,000 is wholly disproportionate and shockingly unreasonable,” wrote Burnett, who worked 32 years as a civil litigator.

“This was not a case of widespread or repeated publication of defamatory statements in print media, radio, television or on the Internet.”

Millionaire developer Marcel Chartier in 2021 won his defamation claim against a former business partner who badmouthed him at a lunch meeting. The court was told Chartier’s ex-partner had called him a thief.

“There was no further publication of the defamatory comments,” wrote Burnett.

The slander was uttered to two people over a lunch table, “a small audience by any measure,” and “the impact of the comments was negligible,” the court added.

“The jury’s award of $500,000 is replaced with an award of $50,000,” ordered the court, noting there “is no mathematical formula” to placing value on damages for defamation.

Burnett said he reviewed dozens of rulings in Western courts, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia over the past six years in concluding the half-million award was excessive.

“Having considered more than 50 recent decisions where damages were awarded for reputational harm it is readily apparent the present award is well beyond the maximum limit of a reasonable range,” wrote Burnett.

Large libel awards are uncommon in Canada. The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench last December 15 ordered the CBC to pay $1,659,403 for defaming a local investment adviser in a 2012 television broadcast.

The case is under appeal.

The largest award to date, $3 million, was paid in 2008 to an Ottawa pilot falsely accused of impairment.

The Supreme Court in 1995 upheld a $1.6 million award to a Toronto Crown prosecutor defamed by the Church of Scientology.

In 2016, the British Columbia Supreme Court awarded $1.1 million in damages to a Vancouver businessman falsely accused of being a drug trafficker.

The Supreme Court in 2002 refused to hear an appeal from the CBC over a $950,000 award to an Ottawa physician falsely accused of improper conduct by the news program The Fifth Estate.

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Sask residents say vaccine choices dividing families

“It’s putting these parents in a really horrible situation,” said Ness. “It’s not selfishness. They truly believe to their core that it’s not the right decision for them. It’s not that they don’t want their children.”

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For personal and legal reasons, vaccine choices are dividing families, say two Saskatchewan residents.

Michael Jackson, a divorced father from the rural community of Carievale in southeastern Saskatchewan, was opposed to his seven-year-old daughter Sarah receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

When his ex-wife said Sarah would get the vaccine, he refused to return her. Jackson’s ex-wife applied for a court order for police to retrieve Sarah and a judge heard the case in court.

Jackson lost his case and failed in a subsequent appeal. He went into hiding with his daughter before police could enforce the court order.

Two cases in Quebec suggest judges in other provinces take a similar view. Last fall, a 13-year-old boy wanted the vaccine so he could be in school sports and go to movies and restaurants, but his father was opposed. Then his wife, the mother of the boy, went to court and had the father’s objections overruled.

A similar ruling was made by a Lethbridge judge.

Nadine Ness, founder of Unified Grassroots, says a Lloydminster father who got their under-12 child vaccinated for COVID-19 showed her that proper checks aren’t always made. 

“He messaged me, ‘Look, I’m pro-vaccine. But I think you should know this,’” Ness recalled in an interview.

“He was never asked any documentation as to who he was, how connected he was to that child, nothing. He was just asked for the kids’ health card, and that was it, nothing else. So if that’s happening, then parents who have full decision authority over their children’s health, like the other parent can go and do whatever they want because they’re not asking for ID either. That was a story that I found really odd and concerning.

At other times, parents are at odds. Shortly before Christmas, a Quebec judge denied an unvaccinated father visitation rights to his double-vaccinated 12-year-old child. Ness said knows of instances where parents are using the threat of vaccinating children for COVID-19 as a bargaining chip to extract more from the parent who is opposed.

“I grew up in a divorced family with an absent mother. She was a drug addict, so I know what it’s like to grow without a parent there. And I know how important it is for both parents to be involved in children’s lives. I’m divorced myself, so I share custody of my kids,” Ness said.

“I could never imagine anyone trying to keep their kids away from the other parent, but it’s just you see that too often in custody issues…If you’re using your child to go after the other parent, you’re not doing what’s in your child’s best interest.”

Ness said former allowances for the unvaccinated to cross the U.S. border to see their non-adult children have been taken away.

“At this point, policies like that just show more that this is not about health. And this is about punishing the people who oppose government, punishing political opposition,” Ness said.

“Omicron is so mild. We had it all in our house and I was sick for a day and a half…It was the mildest cold I’ve ever had. My son was sick and had fever for six hours. That was it, nothing else. He’s seven. My 12-year-old never got symptoms, and my two-year-old had a bit of a runny nose.”

Ness believes COVID-19 is an inadequate reason for politicians, judges, and families to separate unvaccinated family members from their children or other relatives.

“It’s putting these parents in a really horrible situation…Some of these parents, it’s not selfishness. They truly believe to their core that it’s not the right decision for them. It’s not that they don’t want their children or don’t want to see their children,” Ness said.

“These are real people, real lives affected. They’re not just robots. It’s dehumanizing them and not recognizing them. These are children who go to bed at night crying because they don’t have their other parent there, their family member there. 

“They don’t deserve this; they deserve better from us. And we deserve better from our government as well.”

Lee Harding is a contributor to the Western Standard living in Saskatchewan.

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