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Tam says Christmas carols on Santa’s naughty list

And they say Canadians should have a chilly winter by keeping windows open.




Singing Christmas carols is dangerous this year, says Canada’s top doctor.

Blacklock’s Reporter says Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer, has warned even singing indoors with vaccinated family members is unsafe.

And they say Canadians should have a chilly winter by keeping windows open.

“The risk for surges in disease activity is likely to increase with more time spent indoors,” Tam told reporters.

Canadians should “do a personal risk assessment” this holiday, she added.

“In the wintertime, going inside with a lot of people shouting and singing is not the best idea if COVID is circulating and accelerating outside your front door,” said Tam.

Fully-vaccinated people should also open windows indoors “particularly if ventilation is not optimal,” she said.

The Public Health Agency says about five million eligible Canadians remain unvaccinated.

“We’ll need layers of protection against respiratory infections that can spread more easily indoors,” said Tam.

Tam compared the coronavirus to second-hand smoke.

“We’ve learned how the virus can linger in fine aerosols and remain suspended in the air we breathe much as expelled smoke lingers in poorly ventilated spaces,” said Tam.

“This is why opening a window helps reduce the risk, and why wearing a well-fitted and well-constructed mask is so important when you’re spending time in indoor public spaces, particularly if ventilation is not optimal. The risk for surges in disease activity is likely to increase with more time spent indoors.”

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

“Many people think that with vaccination it is like 100 percent protection,” said Njoo.

“This is not the case. It is always a question of what can be done to decrease the risks for indoor gatherings.

“Can we open the windows? Can we give permission for everyone to be comfortable continuing with wearing the mask indoors, even for family members?

“It is a good idea to consider wearing a mask for everyone, vaccinated or not vaccinated, and taking other measures to increase ventilation. Open windows to have more drafts.”

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  1. Spitfire66

    November 16, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Hey buddy, you’re completely out of credibility!
    We’re gonna do what we always do at Christmas, celebrate with family and friends, drink, eat and especially sing Christmas carols!
    Just about time for Alberta to exit this shit show that is now Canada.
    The keep calling us the Texas of Canada, let’s just prove them right and go our own way!
    Wild rose nation is only way to vote next election, prosperity and freedom await!

  2. Left Coast

    November 16, 2021 at 9:06 am

    WHO Tam is seriously f’ed in the head . . .

    The reality is the Virus can travel up to 90 feet on it’s own . . . doesn’t need aerosol carrier. This means Social Distancing & Masks are completely USELESS!

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

    After pushing the VAX for 10 months now they are telling us it is USELESS!

    You best bet is Natural Immunity which even recognizes the Variants, because the DNA of the Variants is over 80% the same. But don’t expect to hear that from Canada’s Govt Funded lackies.

  3. Major Tom

    November 16, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Only a Communist would know this…..

  4. Lisa

    November 16, 2021 at 7:53 am

    This list was from awhile ago, but since singing was on it, it still applies.
    The view from the boiling pot.

  5. RM

    November 16, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Can we sing “The East is Red” instead, Theresa?

  6. Mars Hill

    November 15, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Does anybody in this country take this Tam guy seriously? It’s a serious question!

  7. Shepherdess

    November 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Is this woman for real?! She is the laughing stock of Canada. I’m sure everyone is throwing away their carolling music sheets and stocking up on proper fitting masks to please the Sham That Stole Christmas.

  8. Proud Albertan

    November 15, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Marching straight into the mouth of communism.. two shots three shots four shots …but mask up and quit having fun… we are still in an emergency… how many people are sorry they got jabbed for the big lie

  9. Proudly_Free

    November 15, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    BREAKING: Marxist Canadian fake Doctor Strikes Deal with Seuss Family to Write a New Christmas Book HOW THE SHAM STOLE CHRISTMAS.

    “Dr.” Theresa Tam, Chief Public Heath Officer of Canada, has announced that she is working on writing a new Dr. Seuss-style children’s book that was inspired by characters from two of Seuss’s most famous works, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Sam I am.” Like the Grinch, the main character in the book tries to steal Christmas from Canadians for the second year in a row, only instead of stealing stockings and scotch pines, she does so by giving completely fake, fraudulent “medical advice”, brainwashing readers that they are safer in subzero temperatures with windows open, (never mind about minor inconveniences like hypothermia) than they are singing Christmas carols with each other.

    What most readers are unaware of, however–but has recently been uncovered by this journalist who secretly got his hands on a manuscript as well as copies of email threads between Tam and the publisher–is that the main character is actually a portrait of Tam herself in which she subtly admits herself to be a total fraud. Hence the connection to Seuss’s other book, only in this case the name has been slightly modified by an additional letter “h” to “A Sham I am.” When asked about the book by a reporter, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Farceland replied, “I think “Tam the Sham” is a perfect name for a book like this and will really resonate with Canadians everywhere this holiday season.”

  10. Baron Not Baron

    November 15, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Isn’t draft very dangerous? You can even get paralyzed from it. They want to get rid of us at any cost.

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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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