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SLOBODIAN: Kenney needs to stop ‘criminal’ searches of doctors’ offices

“Unless criminal charges are laid against those two so-called investigators, the CPSA itself is a criminal organization,” said lawyer Jeff Rath.

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Do not relent on the demand for a criminal investigation and sue their sorry asses off.

Accessing medical files under allegedly false pretenses while a legal challenge is underway is despicable and can’t be legal. 

This kind of medical “fascism” has no place in Canada. 

Investigators for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) went too far with what could be interpreted as either a shut-up tactic or dirt-digging hunt against Jeffrey Rath, a lawyer acting on behalf of several clients involved in litigation against the CPSA.

If the two CPSA investigators who raided a doctor’s office Thursday get away with this shockingly unethical stunt, then no one — vaccinated or unvaccinated — will be safe from these tyrants who think they have the authority to do whatever they want, rights and freedoms and privacy be damned.

This is utterly chilling. Jeff Rath, of Rath & Company, called it “medical fascism.” He’s right. 

CPSA investigators Dr. Jeff Robinson and Jason MacDonald searched the files of Calgary family practitioner Dr. Dan Botha for patients he granted COVID-19 medical exemptions. 

One of the few files — out of about 10,000 — they suspiciously accessed was Rath’s. 

“We’re in active litigation with these people and they think they can send investors in to access my medical files,” Rath told Western Standard.

“I wonder how a judge would feel if a judge found out these people could go through a judge’s medical file while a hearing with regard to the College’s conduct was before that particular judge.”

You can bet Alberta Health Services (AHS) — which pushes the boundaries of its authority beyond acceptable limits — had its mitts on this. 

Apparently, AHS didn’t let Premier Jason Kenney in on the plot.

“Neither the premier nor the Premier’s Office has any knowledge of the alleged events you describe. You’d need to contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons directly,” said spokesman Christine Myatt.

The investigators searched Botha’s files under the guise of a benign practice review they alleged was part of normal oversight procedures under the Health Professions Act.

Botha told Western Standard’s Melanie Risdon he was handed a one-page letter requesting he provide access to his patient files for the inspectors “under section 53.1 of the Health Professions Act (HPA).” It indicated the inspection was to “ensure the issuance of medical exemptions for vaccination against COVID-19 are in adherence to the provincial vaccination exemption program, medical exemptions for face mask are in adherence to provincial public health orders and the prescribing of Ivermectin is in adherence with CPSA Standards of Practice.”

This raid came from the CPSA, said Rath.

“I’ve sent several letters to the College of Physicians and Surgeons regarding concerns that my clients have with the CPSA basically interfering in doctor/patient relationships in Alberta. They’re telling doctors what they can and can’t prescribe, telling doctors what exceptions they can and can’t write,” said Rath.

“A week or so ago I wrote the College a letter saying how dare you tell doctors what medical exemptions they can’t write or threaten doctors with misconduct because they’ve written medical exemptions.

“The College replied: ‘Oh no, no, no, we’re not the ones coming up with these medical exemption restrictions, that’s coming from AHS.’ I said there’s an inherent conflict of interest in AHS setting out what the criteria are for medical exemptions to the vaccine and then having the College enforce it after the fact.”

On the heels of the raid, Rath fired off a letter demanding Robinson have his medical license suspended and that a criminal investigation be opened against both Robinson and MacDonald.

“As far as I’m concerned, they were illegally accessing my files under false pretenses that they were acting appropriately under the Health Professions Act.”

“Unless criminal charges are laid against those two so-called investigators, the CPSA itself is a criminal organization.”

Sadly, for the CPSA, there’s no dirt to be found in Rath’s medical file.

“There’s nothing in the damn thing anyway. It’s not like my doctor’s doing anything wrong regarding prescriptions. My privacy’s been violated. I feel personally violated. That invasion of my personal privacy is absolutely beyond belief.

“If they’re there — ostensibly conducting a random investigation of a doctor’s practice under the Health Professions Act to make sure that he’s conducting himself professionally with regard to mask exemptions or whatever — what business do they have targeting the medical file of a lawyer acting against the CPSA?”

“I grew up in a public health family. I’m watching what’s happening to the medical profession in this country and the complete lack of ethical conduct by the College of Physicians and Surgeons in this province. I don’t even recognize this to be my province anymore.”

Meanwhile, the family of a two-year-old whose file was seized is considering a lawsuit for the breach of privacy. 

Botha, treating the child with Rett syndrome, has provided a permanent mask exemption.

“Think about the poor mother. You can imagine how that family suffered already and you’ve got agents of the CPSA poking around in her poor little daughter’s medical file to decide if Dr. Botha appropriately granted this little girl a masking exemption. This family’s being terrorized by the College,” said Rath.

Time for the terrorizing to stop. It started with pastors and now has progressed to target little girls and lawyers. 

Who’s next? You?

Sue away.

What say you, Jason Kenney? Time to put a leash on these people.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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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18 Comments

  1. Dominic Ieraci

    November 27, 2021 at 10:39 am

    the day of the rope is fast approaching for these dogshit communists. Execution is the only solution

  2. Ken

    November 26, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Good article Linda. I hope every Western Standard subscriber sends this link to at least 10 people who do not read this news organization
    How far do people of Alberta need to be pushed before they rise up in rebellion

  3. M S

    November 26, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Can these numbskulls lower the bar any further on democracy? This Copping twit makes Shandro look like the Dalai Lama. This F’r is full on hypnotized Nazi. Stand up now ALL MLA’s! Be on the right side of history and grow a set!!!

  4. Ben Wilson

    November 26, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I am at the point that I believe AHS is a criminal organization, not a agency of the Alberta Government. And they are powerful.

    I am of the belief now that the UCP gov is just letting AHS destroy it self in front of the people. AHS refused to increased ICU beds in April 2021 when they were asked to and when they were given money to do this. Then in Sept they declared an ICU emergency with 320 people in ICU (Alberta has 4.5 mil and 320 ICU beds full is an emergency???). Then AHS cancelled 15000 surgeries. Then AHS says to all staff, get Vax or your fired? AHS refuses natural immunity, and refuse exemptions. Dr Yui makes 575k per year Minister of Health makes 140k. MSM support AHS like crazy…. They are corrupt too. WTF. It’s like we live in a bad movie. AHS needs complete reform. And the only way it will happen is if people feel the pain of their corruption and incompetence. And the UCP gov must just let it happen. If any gov stepped in to stop AHS before they made a mess of things, the people would be mad at the gov and AHS, all MSM , all Dr Groups would make sure if this.

    People of Alberta must see the complete corruption of AHS, then when all the truth slowly comes out. The people will be mad as hell. Then the gov can step in and reform AHS.

  5. Left Coast

    November 26, 2021 at 9:56 am

    These are Gestapo Tactics and criminal . . . Drs. have been shackled by Govt Agencies who push only the “China” method of Covid Treatment as promoted by WHO.

    Had Canada’s moronic leaders done absolutely NOTHING in the last 22 months with regard to the Wuhan Virus . . . and let the Doctors & Nurses run the show, Canada & Canadians would be in a far better place today.

    Canada’s Cuba Style HC system has been a massive FAIL . . . and as the Variants circle the Globe the VAXED are going to be in serious trouble. Already in Britain the VAXED under 60 are dying at TWICE the rate of the Un-Vaxed from all causes . . . don’t expect your Politicians to try to figure that one out, they are on a Mission to Kill your Children next.

  6. Baron Not Baron

    November 26, 2021 at 9:20 am

    I think you are missing the point – he ordered it.

  7. Mises

    November 25, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Correct observation Declan Carroll. Albertains pay for healthcare, CCP runs it through proxies and Kenney is terrified while muzzled. Our focus must be AHS, Kenney’s saga is just a sideshow.

  8. Mars Hill

    November 25, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    If this is true and I believe it will be, all these piss assed organizations will go with them and we the people will start over with a clean slate.
    https://beforeitsnews.com/eu/2021/11/the-end-of-the-un-2679757.html

  9. Leslie Solar

    November 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Here’s a flash for Kenney’s office staff.

    The Medical Profession Act (or any other act of the Alberta Legislature) is an Act passed by the MLA’a of Alberta. If there is to be an amendment or repeal of that Act, it will be done by the Leg. of Alberta.

    Now, a little guy by the name of Jason Kenney is presently the leader of the party that has a majority of MLA’s in the Alberta Legislature at the moment. So, that majority party with Kenney as its leader has the power to find out what this Medical group has been doing. And that same party led by that same little Jason Kenney has a guy called the Justice Minister or some such title. He or she has the authority to call an investigation into this caper by this Health Authority, and these two minions who just happened to stumble across the very doctor who is Jeffrey Raths personal doctor, where his medical files might be located.

    So, let me get this straight. Anyone questioning this gross abuse of power is to go and speak to the perpetrators? Kenney knows nothing. Nothing he can do about it? Move along?

    22 Constituency Associations last weekend. Kenney’s minions desperately trying to get that up to 29 so that more fingers from the Premier’s office can be stuck in the dike or the eyes of the CA’s. Where are all the rest of the CA’s of the UCP? What are you waiting for?

  10. Declan Carroll

    November 25, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    If you know anything about China and how it’s political system works. The Laws revolving around how there is no seperation between private life and obligations to the State. The pressure that gets applied to Chinese citizens to comply with CCP directives even to citizens living in other countries. Including kidnapping of family members to force compliance from expatriates. It does not surprise me that Kenney was not notified by AHS. I will make the suggestion that Dr. Verna Yiu does not answer to Kenney but takes her marching orders from the CCP and the WHO. Even her reaction to this lawsuit is a text book Beijing style reaction where the bureaucrats run rip shod over disadents and the courts with zero fear of any repercussions. It is a might is right mafia style of governance that Canadians are not used to seeing. It’s two sets of rules. One set for the inner clique of Oligarchs/Bureaucrats that do as they please and unlawful State Security retribution for anyone that steps out of line with the dictates of the Politburo. It begs the question who actually runs this Province Kenney or the WHO/CCP? Do we have one central authority elected by the people or competing factions vying for control of the government? Keeping in mind no one elected AHS to anything.

  11. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    November 25, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Desperation has set in on Kenny and his AHS.They are now making their own news problems.Alberta taxpayers deserve more. The cost of AHS adminers explosive.Sweepn them all out and start over.

  12. Deb

    November 25, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    This is just the start, pay attention to what is happening in Australian cause what is happening there now is coming here. https://tapnewswire.com/2021/11/australias-day-of-shame-spread-this-to-the-world/

  13. Patricia Seddon

    November 25, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Time to dismantle the College. However, I was under the impression that the Minister of Health has quite a bit to do with the College…. perhaps I am wrong here.

  14. Barbara

    November 25, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Some facts on why vaccine for kids is not such a good idea

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfia0pUFwyk&list=PLQ75

  15. Claudette Leece

    November 25, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    AHS would be better suited in China where these tactics are ok. Sad CPAS , your following little communist Kenneys orders, no wonder no one trusts AHS anymore

  16. Mises

    November 25, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    It is surprising to see people thinking, including the author, that Kenney is in charge of this province. Ladies and gentlemen time to connect the dots.

  17. Jerry Terpstra

    November 25, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Give them all you got Jeff Rath. There is more behind you fighting for a huge win than you think.

  18. berta baby

    November 25, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Great article! I hope this man takes it to these ass holes . Hinshaw and the AHS head should resign over this.

    Unacceptable

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BRADLEY: No Central Bank Digital Currency can stack up to Bitcoin

Why Bitcoin will always be the superior digital currency.

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These days, many countries are considering introducing their own Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

The Bank of England recently released a research paper discussing the possibility of creating its own digital currency, saying it has “not yet made a decision on whether to introduce CBDC”.

In July 2021, the Bank of Canada issued a discussion paper called “The Positive Case for a CBDC”, citing it “could be an effective competition policy tool for payments” and “could also support the vibrancy of the digital economy.”

But no country is moving faster on this front than China.

The Central Bank of China has already introduced a digital yuan, which is expected to eliminate physical cash and provide a centralized payment-processing network.

As China continues to expand its CBDC implementation beyond its trial run in some cities, more of its citizens will be forced into using the government’s app to identify themselves, store their wealth and make everyday purchases. That means the Chinese government will be able to track purchases and even freeze or close personal accounts, for whatever reason they see fit.

That is a terrifying prospect – and it highlights one of the many reasons bitcoin will always be superior to any currency issued and controlled by any government.

The Bitcoin network uses blockchain technology to track the status of the network, including user balances and transactions. This allows transparency and decentralization by nature. Perhaps most importantly, this means that the system cannot be controlled or influenced by any one person, company or government.

China’s digital yuan – and any CBDC under consideration – have the complete opposite fundamentals. With a CBDC, one central bank has ultimate control and power over the currency, not to mention the ability to track and even reverse everyday purchases.

It’s a particularly worrisome situation in China, where its government has been pushing a social credit system that, at its core, rewards or punishes people for their economic and personal behaviours. As the country implements its digital yuan more broadly, there are fears China could use its CBDC to extend control over even more of its citizens’ rights and freedoms.

We don’t face that threat in western countries yet, but that’s not to say we are immune from the possibility. If Meta’s recent announcement that it’s shutting down the face recognition system on Facebook is any indication, our society is definitely not keen on being monitored, controlled, or surveilled in any way.

From 2013 to 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice ran Operation Choke Point to monitor and crack down on payments for what the government deemed “high-risk activities”, ranging from online gambling and payday loans to pornography and surveillance equipment sales. These activities were not illegal but they offended the government’s moral compass – a slippery and scary slope.

Most recently, in October 2021 U.S. President Joe Biden and his government backed down from requiring the IRS to collect data on every bank account with more than $600 in annual transactions. 

Infringements like these on our privacy are unacceptable. But the likelihood of them happening will grow exponentially if, and when, western governments introduce their own CBDCs.

Aside from a potential loss of personal freedom and privacy, CBDCs would introduce another undesirable outcome: even greater inflation than we’re experiencing today. Governments, including our own here in Canada, are printing money faster than ever, which simultaneously drives inflation and devalues personal wealth.

As Saifedean Ammous writes in his fantastic book, The Fiat Standard: The Debt Slavery Alternative to Human Civilization, “CBDCs would allow for the implementation of…inflationist schemes with high efficiency, allowing for increased central planning of market activity. Government spending would proceed unabated by whatever little discipline credit markets currently exert. Real-world prices are likely to rise, which would lead to more control over economic production to mandate prices.”

To sum this up, CBDCs could lead to higher inflation, less personal autonomy, and more government meddling. For those reasons, whenever I’m asked if the introduction of CBDCs will kill bitcoin and its relevance, my answer is a resounding, “No.”

Central bank digital currencies are not the same thing as bitcoin. They aren’t even competitors with bitcoin, nor will they ever replace bitcoin. They are a distraction. In my opinion, CBDCs will only create greater demand for bitcoin and its many advantages.

Bitcoin offers individuals the profound ability to own sound money, protect their wealth from inflation and keep governments from micro-managing their finances. That is certainly not what CBDCs will do, and it’s why we should all be very apprehensive about giving central banks the ability to issue, oversee and control digital currencies.

No CBDC can, or ever will, stack up to bitcoin.

Guest Column from Dave Bradley, Chief Revenue Officer at Bitcoin Well
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ROYER: Canada ignores Alberta. Because it can

The only conclusion is that Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces.

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Crickets. That is the sound of Canada’s response to Alberta’s request to consider revisions to the equalization program over a month ago. What does the deafening silence say about Canada?

Trudeau brushed off the referendum saying that he couldn’t unilaterally address the issue, although he clearly can. His government has several bilateral agreements with provinces other than Alberta.  He can agree to change the equalization formula to drain less wealth from Alberta and Saskatchewan in the first place.

The federal Conservative Party’s silence is due to their leader Erin O’Toole’s decision to pander to Ontario and Quebec, taking the West for granted.

The silence has made one thing absolutely clear: Alberta has no voice in Canada. Voting against the Liberals hasn’t worked. Voting in a couple of Liberal MPs hasn’t helped. Relying on protection provincial sovereignty under the constitution has proven to be useless; Trudeau’s government intercedes into those defined powers with impunity.

All that remains is to look at the big picture. Alberta had no democratic input into decisions that dramatically diminished its economy. Wealth continues to be drained from the province and it has no means to stop it. A referendum — the ultimate expression of democratic rights — is ignored. What does this make Canada?

First, it clearly is not a modern democratic nation. Modern democracies give voice to minorities and seek compromise.

We do not have a federal government. There is no structural input from the far reaches of the country in the nation’s decision-making process. It is a central government, serving only the centre.

We are not really a federation either. Rights of the lesser provinces are extinguished at the whim of the central government. Those intrusions are dutifully upheld by the Supreme Court, an institution with a majority of judges from central Canada. The Senate is completely ineffective in protecting the federation. It over-represents Quebec and Atlantic Canada, is appointed at the sole discretion of the prime minister and has very limited powers to disagree with him. Alberta’s attempt to introduce democracy into the selection of Senators has been ignored by the prime minister.

Power is extremely concentrated. Trudeau’s emissions cap on hydrocarbon production is just the most recent example. No discussion with Parliament or the provinces was taken; he just made the decision with his personal staff, and announced it

He has this power because hyper-partisanship, strict party discipline and the overly centralized government concentrates power. We’ve abandoned our historic Westminster Parliamentary system of government and taken on an American style constitutional system with judicial supremacy, but with an all-powerful prime minister that lacks the checks-and-balances placed upon an American president.

The only respectful response to Alberta came from Saskatchewan’s Premier Scott Moe. He called for his province to become a nation within a nation, a status effectively granted Quebec. Neither the federal structure nor the national parliament protect the outlying provinces. They now need to gain near national powers in order to protect themselves from the central government.

The only conclusion is Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces: Ontario and Quebec. The concentration of power and the malleability of federal sovereignties has makes the prime minister effectively an elected dictator. The only check on the prime minister’s power is in an occasional national election, the results of which are determined almost entirely in Ontario and Quebec.

So, what is Canada? It is a country in which the central provinces in conjunction with the central government have dominion over the outlying provinces, and those central provinces elect a prime minister who is given near royal prerogative.

Our country is called (at least officially) the Dominion of Canada, a constitutional monarchy. By the word dominion are we saying that the centre has dominion over the rest of the country? And does constitutional democracy say that the constitution concentrates power into the hands of a single person?

We can do better.

Randy Royer is a Western Standard columnist

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VENKATACHALAM & KAPLAN: Oil and gas production is essential to BC’s economy

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors.

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Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan of the Canadian Energy Centre

British Columbia has been producing oil and natural gas since 1952. In fact, as of 2018, BC produced 32% of Canada’s natural gas production and 2% of Canada’s conventional daily oil production. British Columbia collects royalties from oil and gas development, supporting the economic prosperity in the province.

Want to know how important the oil and natural gas industry is to the BC economy? Using customized Statistic Canada data from 2017 (the latest year available for this comparison), it turns out oil and gas in BC  generated about $18 billion in outputs, consisting primarily of the value of goods and services produced, as well as a GDP of $9.5 billion.

As for what most of us can relate to — jobs — the BC oil and gas industry was responsible for nearly 26,500 direct jobs and more than 36,100 indirect jobs (62,602 jobs in total) in 2017. Also relevant: The oil and gas sector paid out over $3.1 billion in wages and salaries to BC workers that year.

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors. That included $600 million from the finance and insurance sector, $770 million in professional services, and $2.8 billion from the manufacturing sector, to name just three examples.

Spending by the oil and gas sector in BC is not the only way to consider the impact of the industry. Given that a large chunk of the oil and gas sector is next door in Alberta, let’s look at what Alberta’s trade relationship with its westerly neighbour does for BC.

BC’s interprovincial trade in total with all provinces in 2017 amounted to $39.4 billion. Alberta was responsible for the largest amount at $15.4 billion, or about 38%, of that trade.

That share of BC’s trade exports is remarkable, given that Alberta’s share of Canada’s population was just 11.5 percent in 2017. Alberta consumers, businesses and governments buy far more from BC in goods and services than its population as a share of Canada would suggest would be the case. Alberta’s capital-intensive, high-wage-paying oil and gas sector is a major reason why.

If Alberta were a country, the province’s $15.4 billion in trade with BC would come in behind only the United States (about $22.3 billion in purchases of goods and services from BC) in 2017. In fact, Alberta’s importance to B.C. exports was ranked far ahead of China ($6.9 billion), Japan ($4.5 billion), and South Korea ($2.9 billion)—the next biggest destinations for BC’s trade exports.

BC has a natural advantage for market access in some respects when compared to the United States. For instance, BC’s coast is near to many Asian-Pacific markets than are U.S. Gulf Coast facilities. The distance between the U.S. Gulf Coast and to the Japanese ports of Himeji and Sodegaura is more than 9,000 nautical miles, compared to less than 4,200 nautical miles between those two Japanese ports and the coast of BC.

The recent demand for natural gas in Asia, especially Japan (the largest importer of LNG) and price increase for natural gas, presents an exciting opportunity for BC oil and gas industry. The IEA predicts that by 2024 , natural gas demand forecast in Asia will be up 7% from 2019’s pre-COVID-19  levels. 

Be it in employment, salaries and wages paid, GDP, or the purchase of goods and services, the impact of oil and natural gas (and Alberta) on BC’s economy and trade flows is significant.

Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan are with the Canadian Energy Centre

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