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Hundreds of Edmonton city workers demand a stop to forced vaccination

The letter was sent by Ravi Jadusingh, the Calgary lawyer representing the staff, and threatens legal action if the mandate continues.

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A legal letter on behalf of hundreds of Edmonton civic workers — including police officers and firefighters — has been sent to Mayor Amarjeet Sohi demanding a stop to the city’s mandatory vaccination policy.

The letter was sent by Ravi Jadusingh, the Calgary lawyer representing the staff, and threatens legal action if the mandate continues.

“In our view, the Policy is fundamentally flawed or unfair in its premises, was implemented without due considerations being made, and is discriminatory, profoundly destructive on various levels, and is unlawful,” said Jadusingh’s letter.

“The Policy in its design and application is arbitrary and punitive; it inflicts severe consequences on those with the temerity to make an unfashionable personal medical choice. Without regard to the consequences, it scapegoats and alienates people irrespective of whether they have actually caused any harm. We believe that the Policy and others like it are among the most coercive and oppressive actions a government in Canada could take.”

Along with police officers and firefighters, the letter said the group also has members from municipal peace officers, transit operators, as well as employees in the facility maintenance, waste management and development services, among others.

“It is comprised of individuals who have dedicated their working lives to public service. It is comprised of people who love their work and need their jobs to support their families and plan for retirement. It is comprised of law-abiding citizens who have not actually caused harm to anyone,” the letter reads.

“Understandably, many members of our group are reticent to be publicly identified in any way at this point. In the present popular culture of contempt for “the unvaccinated” and their sympathizers, we expect that being “outed” unnecessarily will only lead to more scorn, reprisal and even termination.”

Staff for the city has to be vaxxed by Monday. If not they have to provide negative COVID-19 tests twice a week at their own cost. Failure to do so will lead to suspension and possible firing.

According to the city’s website, 93% of their employees are now fully vaccinated. The city employs more than 10,000 people.

“Given the 15 November deadline, it is foreseeable that many city employees will lose their jobs shortly before or after the coming holiday season. And this will be inflicted upon people who have already endured nearly two years of severely restricted individual freedoms and all of the economic and other harms that covid-related restrictions have caused thus far,” Jadusingh’s letter reads.

“We believe that the Policy and other government vaccine mandates are the most coercive and oppressive actions by a public authority in Canada, in this generation. Parallels may be drawn between such vaccine mandates and previous government actions towards minority groups that have been formally apologized for (and compensated for), long after the fact.”

Jadusingh points out the head tax placed on Chinese Canadians and the scandal of residential schools as government policies that have received official apologies.

“Our group feels that covid vaccine mandates provide the city and other institutions the opportunity to decide whether they want to end up on the ‘wrong side of history,'” the letter reads.

Jadusingh writes the city’s vaccination policy was brought in without consulting staff.

“Without any clear rationale, the Policy unfairly treats fully vaccinated, unvaccinated and exempt City employees unequally. This is discrimination,” reads the letter.

“Our group also reports that unvaccinated Edmonton Police officers, despite presenting negative covid tests, are being denied access to their gymnasium and workout facilities, and cannot attend any “non-essential” training – but vaccinated officers can do all of that.

“Finally, we note, agree with, and support the pending civil suit by Alberta physicians against AHS that alleges that vaccine mandates by that employer amount to a conspiracy to commit an assault, among other forms of malfeasance.

“Similar legal proceedings should be expected by the city if the policy is maintained.

“Our group will not be coerced or shamed into compliance with a policy that we believe to be irrational, arbitrary, immoral, illegal and destructive on many levels.

“We will continue to stand up, speak up, and fight for our rights and freedoms.”

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. The Real Kevin

    November 17, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    That is the thing about unions. Forced vaccinations are required for the glorious communist future. So, the members can either keep the union, or stop mandatory vaccinations. It is a clear choice. Decertify, stop financially supporting the NDP. Or take your jab and STFU.

  2. Barbara

    November 17, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    These people need to take sick days, they need to strike.

    They need to hold the line and say no. If we had done this from the beginning we would be over this.

    They are councillors not legislatures….Do not give one inch because they are already coming for your children.

  3. Left Coast

    November 16, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Tony Fauci has admitted that vaccines aren’t working and that vaccinated people of every age are getting sick and dying.

    So what’s Fauci’s answer to all this? More booster shots, he says. As if a third injection will magically make the vaccine work when the first two injections have already been proven disastrous.

    Right now, all across the world, professional sports figures are dying on fields and courts, right in front of public view. It’s all right out in the open, yet some (oblivious) people continue to somehow think that vaccines are safe and effective.

    They are “effective,” of course, if your goal is the total extermination of the human race. On that point, they’re achieving the globalists’ goals.

  4. Left Coast

    November 16, 2021 at 9:39 am

    “Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer, warned 100% vaccination was no guarantee against becoming infected with COVID-19.” !

    So Canada Deputy Chief of Public Health just said the VAX is no Guarantee.

    Why would anyone bother to get VAXED then? Njoo says it is “No Guarantee” quite timely as Jurisdictions all over the world are seeing their Hospitals fill with the VAXED.

  5. Baron Not Baron

    November 16, 2021 at 8:39 am

    END THE BIGGEST LIE OF THE 21st CENTURY !!!!

  6. Lisa

    November 16, 2021 at 8:09 am

    In the US, an appeals court has ruled in favour of several states against the Biden administrations’ vaccine mandates. It stated that Biden’s ruling “violates the constitutional structure that safeguards our collective liberty.” I hope that the legal system here recognizes the same thing, and these employees win the freedoms we all deserve!

  7. Ben Wilson

    November 16, 2021 at 7:49 am

    The one thing about these Vax Mandates, It shows the public what leaders and CEO’s are all controlled by our Global Elites.

    The more desperate the Elites become to force in the great reset, the more obvious their corruption becomes. It is a slow process of waking up the public. And we have a long way to go yet.

  8. Claudette Leece

    November 16, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Air Canada employee just sued CUPE for failure to represent her and Won , now the union must represent her in good faith. All you union members handing over your money to these greedy unions, if both the unions and employees say the same thing, why are you paying for one

  9. CN

    November 15, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    That was an amazing letter. Thank you to everyone involved.

  10. M S

    November 15, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Good for them! Light a fire under their sorry asses…This madness has to end!

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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.”

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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
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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