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Manitoba set to target kids for COVID-19 vaccination

The first doses of Pfizer’s pediatric version of the vaccine are expected to be available province-wide to about 125,000 children within a week of its soon anticipated approval by Health Canada. 




Manitoba’s next focus on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will target children aged five to 11, says Premier Heather Stefanson. 

“As we eagerly await the approval for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, we are here today to tell you that Manitoba is ready to implement the next phase of Manitoba’s vaccine campaign to protect our children ages five to 11,” Stefanson announced at a press conference Wednesday.

The first doses of Pfizer’s pediatric version of the vaccine are expected to be available province-wide to about 125,000 children within a week of its soon anticipated approval by Health Canada. 

That approval must be followed with a recommendation by the National Advisory Council on Immunization.

The vaccine would be made available through provincial and regional vaccine clinics, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, urban indigenous clinics, and pop-up community clinics. Walk-ins will be an option at some locations, and in-school vaccinations will be offered both during and after school hours.

“We are getting very close to reaching a new milestone, one that will mean all children in Manitoba ages five to 11 will have the chance to be protected from COVID-19 through immunization,” said Health Minister Audrey Gordon.

“The latest update is that Health Canada is nearing its final stages of the clinical review of the Pfizer vaccine for children in this age group. We are anticipating that Health Canada will soon have an announcement to make.”

“We are poised to launch the most robust and coordinated immunization effort in the province’s history to protect younger children.” 

Gordon claimed there have been more than 16,000 cases of COVID-19 among children during the pandemic.

“One child tragically lost their life to COVID-19.”

Manitoba will also re-launch its #ProtectMB campaign, with colourful graphics and youth-focused sticker designs that target children to encourage them to get vaccinated.

“Although children and youth are less likely than adults to get critically ill from COVID-19, they can still get sick and spread the virus to others at school and in the community,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the Vaccine Implementation Task Force.

“This vaccine is being rigorously tested and reviewed,” she said. “That process has been careful, with no steps being missed, and we’ll be ready.” 

Currently, only those aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Some 87.2% of all eligible Manitobans have received at least one dose, and 84.4% have had two,

Wednesday the province recorded 162 new cases. There are 1,452 active cases.

Earlier, Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial medical health officer, issued a warning.

“We’re certainly approaching a level of restrictions that limits interactions between the unvaccinated. If we see numbers climbing and we see a strain on the health care system, we always have to consider doing more.”

Should things improve, “it’s really challenging to come up with a benchmark” to determine when health orders and vaccine passports would be lifted, he said.

Last week the province issued new restrictions for religious gatherings in the Southern Health region and mandated that children aged 12-17 must be privately tested or vaccinated before being allowed to play indoor sports.

Meanwhile, Manitoba’s opposition New Democrats recently vowed to call for an inquiry into the province’s COVID-19 response if they win the next election.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Major Tom

    November 18, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    When the injected children pass puberty…..will they, too, find themselves sterile or infertile like so many of the African children after the Gates injection program? Do we have to wait and see or do we put a stop to this crap now? Remember Thalidimide!

  2. Andrew Red Deer

    November 18, 2021 at 7:29 am


  3. Ken

    November 17, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I have thank Left Coast for the passion and all the facts that were presented. I really have to say I am truly sick to my stomach that I live in a society so willing to sacrifice our children on the alter of big pharma. The people that are spreading the fear of this virus really do need to be tried for first degree murder.

  4. Barbara

    November 17, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Global Summet Oct 2021

    /Everything you need to know about the NON-VACCINE

    Jack Bingham
    Wed Nov 10, 2021 – 10:40 am EST
    BERLIN (LifeSiteNews) – The president of Bayer’s Pharmaceuticals Division told international “experts” during a globalist health conference that the mRNA COVID-19 shots are indeed “cell and gene therapy” marketed as “vaccines” to be palatable to the public.

    Stefan Oelrich, president of Bayer’s Pharmaceuticals Division, made these comments at this year’s World Health Summit, which took place in Berlin from October 24-26 and hosted 6,000 people from 120 countries. Oelrich told his fellow international “experts” from academia, politics, and the private sector that the novel mRNA COVID “vaccines” are actually “cell and gene therapy” that would have otherwise been rejected by the public if not for a “pandemic” and favorable marketing.

    “We are really taking that leap [to drive innovation] – us as a company, Bayer – in cell and gene therapies … ultimately the mRNA vaccines are an example for that cell and gene therapy. I always like to say: if we had surveyed two years ago in the public – ‘would you be willing to take a gene or cell therapy and inject it into your body?’ – we probably would have had a 95% refusal rate,” stated Oelrich.

    “Our successes over these 18 months [the duration of the COVID ‘pandemic’] should embolden us to fully focus much more closely on access, innovation and collaboration to unleash health for all, especially as we enter, on top of everything else that is happening, a new era of science – a lot of people talk about the Bio Revolution in this context,” continued the businessman.

  5. Barry Williams

    November 17, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Sick parents = sick kids and warping x 2

  6. berta baby

    November 17, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    It’s all fear folks .
    They can’t do shit to enforce anything .

    They can’t forbid unvaxxed children from being publicly educated. They couldn’t do it to 12-17 they can’t for elementary.

    That would be internationally the worst abuse of power in the world including China .

    Don’t buy into it .

    Camps? Prisons lol good luck we ain’t there yet

  7. Barbara

    November 17, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Those who voted her in will deeply regret it.

    If they accept the mass vaccination of kids that don’t have to worry about covid, they are not listening or doing any in depth research.

    They will only learn the dangers of this vaccine when they see what happens to their children.

    My heart goes out to them

  8. j n

    November 17, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    protect the kids from the poison
    Nuremberg 2.0

  9. Left Coast

    November 17, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Health Minister Audrey Gordon is either Stupid, out of touch . . . or following orders!

    On Nov. 12, White House CΟVID adviser Anthony Fauci, MD, went on The New York Times’ podcast The Daily to discuss the current state of the coronavirus in the U.S. According to Fauci, officials are now starting to see some waning immunity against both infection and hospitalization several months after initial vaccination. The infectious disease expert pointed toward incoming data from Israel, which he noted tends to be about a month to a month and a half ahead of us in terms of the outbreak.
    “They are seeing a waning of immunity not only against infection but against hospitalization and to some extent death, which is starting to now involve all age groups. It isn’t just the elderly,” Fauci said. “It’s waning to the point that you’re seeing more and more people getting breakthrough infections, and more and more of those people who are getting breakthrough infections are winding up in the hospital.”

    In an interview last week with Policy Exchange, creepy Bill Gates finally admitted the dangerous COVID vaccines were not working as advertised.
    But despite the fact that the vaccines don’t work as advertised and thousands are reportedly getting sick and dying from the vaccines, the globalist elites continue to push for multiple shots.
    Bill Gates: The economic damage, the deaths. It’s been completely horrific and I would expect that will lead the R&D projects to focus on things we didn’t have today. We didn’t have vaccines that block transmission. We got vaccines that help you with your health, but they only slightly reduce the transmission. We need a new way of doing the vaccines.”

    Oklahoma Doctors Have Tremendous Success in Treating Nursing Home COVID Patients with Ivermectin
    All three nursing homes served by Sutton have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks. The first home experienced an outbreak before vaccines were widely available and before “ivermectin was even in the discussion,” Sutton said.
    That nursing home experienced a 30-percent mortality rate among those who contracted the virus, he said.
    By the time an outbreak occurred at the second nursing home, both Ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies were known treatments and were provided to residents. Sutton also ordered that all residents be provided Ivermectin “whether they had the disease or not.”
    Of 56 residents in that home, only one died from COVID.
    “The thing that was different from the first nursing home was the monoclonal antibodies and the ivermectin,” Sutton said.
    When the third nursing home had an outbreak, a similar course of treatment was pursued. Out of 75 residents, only one died.
    “I’m pretty proud of my results,” Sutton said, “because you hear on the news media where nursing homes had a total disaster. Some of them had 80-percent mortality, and a lot of them had 30- to 50-percent mortality.”
    Sutton concedes his experience is an “anecdotal thing” and not “a definite study,” but he said the results are hard to ignore.
    “I can’t definitely say ivermectin worked,” Sutton said. “It sure seemed, in my little world, seemed to work. And nobody—absolutely nobody—had any side effects from it.”

    You would think this “Health” Minister would be interested in success stories and truth . . . but obviously NOT! These people are Criminals and should be investigated and charged criminally for their Negligence.

  10. Left Coast

    November 17, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    This is completely INSANE . . . Children are NOT at risk, nor do they transmit the Virus.

    We will kill 117 kids to save one child from dying from COVID in the 5 to 11 age range
    That’s according to a risk-benefit analysis done by risk-benefit expert Dr. Toby Rogers. His analysis has been viewed by over 22,000 readers. No mistakes were found. Nothing but praise.


    In Britain . . . Child deaths are 52% higher than the 5-year-average since they were offered the Covid-19 vaccine, after previously being 14% down according to ONS data

    Crazy spike in young athletes dying: Former Pfizer VP sounds the alarm
    The former VP of Pfizer, Dr. Yeadon, recently called out the COVID jabs for their danger early on and warned of their deadly potential. And now his dire predictions are coming true. But the mainstream media with the collusion of governments and health authorities are trying to cover up the evidence.
    Dr. Yeadon has pulled together a couple dozen recent examples of athletes dying and becoming permanently injured, and notes how rare such occurrences used to be, whereas in the past few weeks it seems to be a daily occurrence.

    Bayer Pharmaceuticals President Admits mRNA “Vaccines” Are Cell and Gene Therapy and The Public Would Not Have Agreed to Take Them If It Were Not for the “Pandemic”


    Hospitals In Antwerp Belgium Are Now Reporting That 100% Of Their COVID Cases Are Double Vaccinated
    On Thursday, CEOs and medical directors of Antwerp hospitals met. The mood was one of concern. “But there is also resignation: here we go again, we’ll solve it again?”, says Kristiaan Deckers, medical director of the Antwerp GZA.
    “Postponing care is just not necessary. Our capacity of 25% beds for covid in the intensive care department is now completely full. We’re even a little bit about it because we helped a neighboring hospital in trouble. However, we already had to phase out beds in geriatrics.”
    “The profile of our intensive patients?”, says Deckers. “They are now all vaccinated with breakthrough infections. Relatively young people aged 55 to 60, quite a few with immune problems. But we also see several seriously ill younger people, aged 30 to 35. So the question is whether the vaccines still work as well.”

  11. Baron Not Baron

    November 17, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    They are going to protect the children from having healthy hearts. Are parents going to do this? This is the moment of truth.

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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.




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

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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.




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.

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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.”




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.”

O’Toole press conference

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

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