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Petition launched to oust president of Sask teachers’ union over request students be vaxxed to attend school

“We will still give you an education. But if you’re choosing to be unvaccinated, then we may offer that education online because you’re putting people at risk,” said STF President Patrick Maze.




A petition is circulating in an effort to have Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) president Patrick Maze removed from his position for pushing for mandatory vaccination for children 12 and up to attend in-person learning in provincial schools.

Although the Saskatchewan government said it will not make vaccination mandatory for children to attend school, the STF is recommending the mandates.

In August, the STF requested the government to mandate vaccinations for anyone entering schools, including teachers, staff, and students.

In October, Senior Medical Health Officer Dr. Cory Neudrof, sent a letter to the Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman stating the medical health officers of Saskatchewan (MHOs) have “continued and growing concern about the current state of COVID-19” in the province.

Along with requests for stricter measures to be brought in, the letter, signed by 21 medical officers, also requested children 12 and older should be required to show proof of vaccination to attend school.

“In order to keep schools open, we need to make them safer. Proof of vaccination should be required for accessing in-person learning for children 12 years and older, and for households of those under 12 who cannot be immunized yet,” said the letter.

“It should also be required for teachers and staff in all schools and daycare facilities.”

The MHOs also requested youth sports and extracurricular activities for school-aged children should also “require proof of vaccination for eligible participants, spectators, coaches, and volunteer staff.”

STF President Patrick Maze agrees with making vaccinations mandatory for children to attend school for in-person learning.

“You have a right to an education, but not a right to attend school,” said Maze.

“We will still give you an education, but if you’re choosing to be unvaccinated, then we may offer that education online because you’re putting people at risk.”

While several school divisions made vaccines mandatory for teachers and staff, the province is opposed to mandates for students.

“I justify it because the staff and teachers are employees of the school divisions. The students are provincial students,” said Education Minister Dustin Duncan.

“They are minors and they have a right to an education.”

The petition, started by Mallory Fedirko and others, requests Maze be “unseated from his position” for his request to “impose mandated vaccinations for all youth attending school in Saskatchewan.”  

“His personal opinions have compromised his integrity as the leader of a governing body.  He no longer serves as an unbiased voice for the teachers and students of this province and has no medical jurisdiction to make health decisions on behalf of them,” said the petition.

The wording of the petition was recently updated to remove all references of Maze and his position with SFT.

At the time of publication, the petition received 2,844 signatures.

The Western Standard contacted the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation for comment but did not hear back in time for publishing.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

Melanie Risdon is a Calgary-based Reporter for the Western Standard. She has over 20 years experience in media at Global News, Rogers and Corus. mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Brendan Cavanagh

    November 26, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Can’t see the petition now…?

  2. Claudette Leece

    November 25, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Nothing more radical than school boards and teachers. There trying to fill kids heads with CRT and forcing vaccines on them. Loonies teaching kids now

  3. berta baby

    November 25, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    It’s not about the vaccine… the vaccines don’t work it’s known . It’s about obedience and government control.

    There is no sense to be made from the crazy people who are nothing more than communists

  4. Leslie Solar

    November 25, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Where do these clowns come from? Maybe he needs to go back to school or university himself before making these idiotic claims.

    The “vaccine” doesnt meet the definition. Colin Powell was “fully vaccinated” and got covid and died. Dr. Mccullogh has the data regarding the “vaccinated” who get covid, and spread it to others. And 5 months after your SECOND shot, you need a THIRD ONE (called a “booster”) And then there will undoubtedly be a fourth booster and 5th and……it will never end. ITS NOT A VACCINE. Vaccines prevent you from getting what you have been vaccinated against.

    By requiring the fake vaccine in order to have unlimited freedom, you are actually making the schools LESS SAFE. The un-vaxed need to take all sorts of precautions WHEN THEY KNOW THEY DONT HAVE COVID. The vaxed are unrestricted–dont have to take any precautions, but can get covid, spread it to others, possibly be hospitalized (take up hospital beds) and even die. So having everyone vaxed somehow makes schools “safer”?????

    How do these clowns get into positions of authority??

  5. Left Coast

    November 25, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Why not root out the corruption at Health Canada . . . where viable medications to treat Covid have been banned and we had to listen to a WHO incompetent for almost 2 years.

    Today in Lock Down Australia . . . more people are dying from the VAX than are dying from Covid . . . the tyrants march on.

    Latest study from Britain . . . American Heart Association Journal Publishes Data that UK Medical Doctor Claims are “Proof” that COVID-19 Vaccines are “Murder”

    Watch Dr. McCullough at the 2:24 mark of the video . . . You and your children are at risk!
    Texas COVID-19 Summit: COVID-19 Vaccines: Are They Safe and Effective?

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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