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Probe into Chinese access to top-secret biolab set to be reopened

Internal emails disclosed Chinese staff collaborated in research with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where many believe COVID-19 originated.

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Opposition MPs have enough votes to be able to get an investigation reopened into why security clearance was given to two Chinese scientists at Canada’s top-secret bio lab in Winnipeg, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Liberals had gone to great lengths to block the probe, MPs were told.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Conservative MP Gérard Deltell (Louis-St. Laurent, Que.), Opposition House leader.

“Never has a government been so low.

“It concerns not only the Official Opposition members but all parliamentarians in this House. This government fails to recognize the House is more important than anything else when we talk about parliamentary democracy.”

Chinese scientists, including one affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army, last January 20 were fired from the Public Health Agency’s senior research facility, the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The firings followed an RCMP raid of the lab. Internal e-mails disclosed Chinese staff collaborated in research with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where many believe COVID-19 originated.

The Public Health Agency refused multiple orders to surrender documents in the case. Cabinet last June 23 went to Federal Court to seal the records under the Evidence Act in the name of national security.

Conservative, Bloc Québécois, New Democrat and Green MPs on Tuesday said they will vote to reopen the investigation and force disclosure of the long-sought records.

“We cannot leave things here,” said Bloc MP Alain Therrien (La Prairie, Que.).

“It’s about accountability,” said New Democrat MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway).

“It’s about transparency. It’s about respect for Parliament.

“If a majority of members in this place vote to produce documents they deem necessary to carry out their duty to the people they represent who elected them to be here, this must be complied with. This is so regardless of how embarrassing or inconvenient a government of the day may find such a request.”

The PHA that operated the Winnipeg lab went through three presidents in 13 months.

One executive, Iain Stewart, angered MPs in testimony last March 22 when he told the Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations he was “not really at liberty to talk” about why Chinese scientists were hired and fired.

“Mr. Stewart, has there ever been a case where any government lab has fired scientists as a result of security breaches?” asked Conservative MP Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.).

“That’s a very difficult question to answer,” replied Stewart.

“Well, I’m glad you have a bloody senior office in this country where you’re supposed to account to parliamentarians and the Canadian people. Now answer the damn question.”

Stewart declined and was subsequently found in contempt of the Commons, becoming the first public employee in 130 years to be censured on the floor of the House.

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  1. gardenho

    November 24, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    It is interesting to consider this event, its timing and a report that Trudeau or his government are receiving $ in royalty? for every single vaccine worldwide because something in it originated in a canadian lab out of BC. My memory is vague on details but that last part I learned of in a video from a link posted by another reader here on WS – I don’t have the link offhand but I did bookmark it on another device, the point made in that post was to watch it at minute 19 regarding Trudeau – just mentioning in case anyone else recalls the same link & video. Feel free to repost the link if you do! Otherwise I’ll add it when I get on the desktop. I intended to verify some things in it but haven’t done so yet.

  2. Mars Hill

    November 24, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Look at this like you would want to know the credits at the end of a movie. Last call for popcorn….

  3. Barry Williams

    November 24, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Whuhan schmuhan. We’re watching gain of function crap while the beggars frig with the weather. What used to be considered an act of God is now directed by Rod, an undergrounder in HAARPland. We got some climate change a’commin’.

  4. Barbara

    November 24, 2021 at 12:02 pm

  5. Leslie Solar

    November 24, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    well then, lets get the probe reopened. Maybe charge the guy who wouldnt answer the question, with contempt of Parliament. Maybe, like Guthrie, if some fire is applied to some feet, something might happen. Lets all hold our breath.

  6. Left Coast

    November 24, 2021 at 11:44 am

    If the citizens has any clue as to the influence & depth of Penetration into all things Canada by the CCP they would be outraged.

    The Winnipeg Lab is just the Tip of the Iceberg . . . Universities, Media, Business & of course our Politicians are under the influence of this Foreign Despotic Regime.

    The Fact that the corrupt Dr. Fauci & the NIH funded the “Gain of Function” research by the Wuhan Lab is also not spoken of in the FakeStream Media today.

  7. Dennis

    November 24, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Hmmm, this sounds like the Libranos will have to scribble out some new laws to take care of this. In the name of National Security of course. And the beat goes on.
    Again, the question comes to mind, “Why in hell would Alberta choose to remain part of this dysfunctional and corrupt country? If you value our province and our way of life you will take out your membership in the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta. Alberta should not be part of what is happening in Ottawa.

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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.

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By LEE HARDING

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.

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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.

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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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