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CAMERON: Canadian healthcare universal no more

If provincial legislators wanted to do something useful, they could pass a law which says that no doctor shall refuse to see a patient solely on the basis of that patient’s vaccination status.




There has never been a shortage of chest-puffing over Canadian healthcare.

“Every Canadian, no matter where they live, who they are or what they do, should receive the care they need to stay healthy,” says Justin Trudeau.

“Public healthcare is part of being Canadian. It’s … there for every person, when they need it,” says Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley.

“Canada’s system of universal health care is perceived by many as the crowning achievement of Canadian social policy.” (Allen v Alberta, 2015 ABCA 277)

What does “universal” mean? It simply means what it says: it’s for everyone.

So, in Canada, Canadians in need get treatment. Whether you’re liberal or conservative, black or white, gay or straight, old or young, employed or unemployed, healthy or unhealthy you get treatment. Our health care system is there for you if you’re a smoker with lung cancer, an alcoholic, a murderer, a drug dealer or a prisoner. If you’re a heroin addict and you’ve overdosed nine times in the last nine months, they still send the paramedics for you when you take your next bad trip.

The state pays for it all, and by the state, I mean the taxpayer.

There is, however, an exception to universality. Increasingly, it turns out that not all are welcome.

You likely know who the new modern pariahs are.

They are the same ones who are now forbidden to travel; who cannot enter restaurants; who are losing their jobs by the tens of thousands. They are the ones who do not have one of the new golden QR codes which open the doors of society for the privileged, even though many of them have had COVID-19 and recovered, and have natural immunity which is said to be superior to shot-induced immunity.

Shamefully, in Canada, doctors are increasingly discriminating against those who are pejoratively referred to by government and the media alike as “the unvaccinated.”

Vilifying a group of people as dirty or disease spreaders has long been a part of the totalitarian playbook.

In August, the Enderby Medical Clinic refused to see a 13-year-old who had fallen off of his skateboard. It was irrelevant the child has almost zero statistical risk from COVID-19. It was irrelevant that both the vaccinated and unvaccinated both contract and spread COVID-19 at roughly equal rates. He hadn’t had the shot, so he was therefore banned from the “universal” healthcare clinic. Also in Enderby, a man was turned away from a clinic due to his COVID-19 vaccination status after he got chlorine in his eye.

In Montreal, the sole surviving family member and caregiver of a loved one in the hospital was turned away because she has not had the COVID-19 jab. In Alberta, a medical team is refusing to perform a transplant operation for a patient who has a terminal lung disease, and who will die without the transplant.

A recent media request for confirmation from all provinces and territories regarding how many are being turned away revealed that Alberta does not track this information. Ontario reported 68 complaints had been received, but this also included complaints regarding a lack of in-person care generally.

In a country where health officials closely monitor the public, it seems once again there is insufficient oversight of health officials. And apparently, at least according to a recent poll, the majority of Canadians agree with the refusal of service to belligerent unvaccinated persons. Not sure who thought that brilliant polling question up. News flash: emergency rooms on a Saturday night have plenty of drunken and belligerent vaccinated patients, all of whom receive treatment.

The bigger point is medical ethics prohibits discrimination regarding the provision of health care. The Hippocratic Oath offers no defense to the bigoted doctor who refuses to treat a patient who has decided not to submit to one of the new mandatory COVID-19 shots. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms offers no defense to a doctor who, as a state actor in a supposedly “universal” system, discriminates against an unvaccinated patient. Doctors should not pick and choose who they treat on the basis of their identifiable characteristics, including their COVID-19 vaccination status.

It’s not only unconstitutional to turn away patients because of medical bigotry and elitism, it is also immoral.

Perhaps it’s unsurprising this is becoming a problem. It is the government which is threatening the jobs of the unvaccinated. It is government that has imposed the QR code vaccine passports, and the government which, as of November 30, tyrannically promises to prohibit all persons who have not had a COVID-19 shot from boarding a train or a plane anywhere in Canada.

In a frightening escalation in New Brunswick, it is the government that has authorized grocery stores to deny service to the unvaccinated.

Society takes its cues from its leaders. 

If provincial legislators wanted to do something useful, they could shake off their torpor and unconscionable silence and condemn these incidents of bigotry and pass legislation to prevent the refusal of service on the basis of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Don’t hold your breath.

Jay Cameron is the Litigation Director for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which has filed a legal challenge on behalf of an Alberta lung transplant patient refused life-saving surgery because she declined the Covid shot.

Jay Cameron is a Columnist for the Western Standard and a lawyer for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

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  1. William Clark

    December 7, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Declan Carroll, I couldn’t agree more. Exactly right

  2. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    December 7, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I have read most of the great advances the UCP have bragged a bout. The one thing that most Albertain’s want to hear is; a complete overhaul of the AHS. Its a question of the tail wagging the pig.Taxpayers want to see the extravient cost of bureaucrats and administration cost.Achance for UCP to get back in the game and do a open investigation of the contracts who approved them and hold them responsible. I think we know the problem and its time for opening up this can of worms.

  3. Declan Carroll

    December 7, 2021 at 8:11 am

    A couple lessons for everyone to learn about this situation. Nothing in life is free. Socialism always ends in dictatorship. A government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have including your life. It is unfortunate that Canadian society is having to learn this the hard way. The sooner the “free” communist healthcare system collapses and is replaced by a free market healthcare system the better off everyone will be.

  4. Claudette Leece

    December 6, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    If these same discriminations would be applied to blacks, gays the world would come to an end. Where’s the movement to support these folks, where’s an Unvaccinated Lives Matter. Today in Alberta 40% of the hospitalization and 30% of ICU are vaccinated, time to throw them on the street

  5. William Clark

    December 6, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    The day my doctor refuses me service is the day I stop paying taxes

  6. Left Coast

    December 6, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    No one was a bigger disappointment during the Wuhan Virus Plandemic than Canada’s Doctors.
    At no time did they come out from under their beds and practice Medicine. Instead they cowered on the phone with conference calls from Provincial Health Authorities giving them Marching Orders. They had no interest in Treating the Symptoms until you were sick enough to be admitted to Hospital.

    My son & I talked to several Drs. in the last two years . . . not one of them had a clue what a PCR Test was. Not one of them wanted to talk about Therapeutics . . . they were terrified of offending the “authorities”.

    In spite of the on-going lockdowns, mask requirements & stupid border regulations . . . nothing changes after 3 or 4 lockdown cycles. Does anyone in Govt realize this BS does NOT Work? We are governed by clowns who have learned nothing in almost 2 years.

    Canada’s Cuba Style HC system has completely dropped the ball . . . to date in Canada far more people have died from missed Medical Treatments, postponed surgeries, missed Diagnosis, Suicides and Drug Overdoses than ever died of Covid. Now we are finding that the VAX does not work and you need to get a Booster. So Tired of the LIES . . . and the Fear & Scare propagated by the FakeStream Media.

  7. Leslie Solar

    December 6, 2021 at 4:25 pm


    If these “authorities” cant figure this out, just leave these “protocols” on the shelf, and allow your front line doctors to treat patients as they think is appropriate, and allow them to prescribe things like Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquin, if they see fit. (Just “get out of the way” of the doctors that know what they are doing, and know their patients best.)

    And the politicians can do their part in engaging with these non-expert “Experts” who are creating the protocols and preventing the front-line doctors from treating their patients. This is not rocket science.

  8. Leslie Solar

    December 6, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    What are the people of NB doing about this? Arent they constituents who have elected provincial representatives? Where are the Constituency Associations? What are they doing about this?

    The public still tacitly assumes the traditional definition of “vaccine”–we have all taken such vaccines in the past, and they have prevented us from getting whatever it was that they were “vaccinating” us against. The definition changed with Covid—Dr. Ryan Cole pointed this out some months ago in a video online. He refused to call them “vaccines”–but rathe”experimental DNA-altering shots”. We now know that: a) they dont prevent one from getting covid; b) they dont prevent one from spreading covid; c) If they had any value to begin with, their “efficacy” is gone withint 3 months and a “booster” is required. (and likely more “boosters” after the first one).

    AS Voters, we need to hold our MLA’s to account. New Brunswickers—that means you.

  9. Patricia Seddon

    December 6, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    If Healthcare is not so universal…. can we stop taxing people for it? I would rather have more private options and have doctors who were motivated to treat patients, than what we have now. Doctors know they are the only game in town, and treat the public accordingly. They know their power… and that is never good for the public

  10. John Lankers

    December 6, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Does this mean I can keep 50% of my taxes or qualify for a tax refund?

  11. Dennis

    December 6, 2021 at 1:20 pm


  12. Dennis

    December 6, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Since I’m no longer allowed to go out for lunch and a beer, I have chosen to send all the money I am saving to the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. Fuck You Justin Trudeau, Jason Kenney and all the rest of the government hacks and AHS criminals. I will spend my last Penney to fight you murmuring bastards.

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THOMAS: How Western Canada fared in the 2021 housing market

“That didn’t happen. By early summer, sales picked up, prices steadied and the industry hasn’t looked back since, with some markets setting sales records in 2021.”




When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, like many industries, the lockdowns and restrictions shut down housing industry operations.

Home sales and prices plummeted, adding to the fear of the virus that homeowners would lose their homes’ equity. 

That didn’t happen. By early summer, sales picked up, prices steadied and the industry hasn’t looked back since, with some markets setting sales records in 2021. 

Here’s how major markets in Western Canada fared last year.


It was the third year in a row with record-breaking sales and dollar volumes.

“Both 2020 and 2021 were remarkable years in delivering sales gains from the previous year,” said Kourosh Doustshenas, outgoing president of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “Last year saw an increase of more than 2,500 sales compared to 2020 and 33% sales growth over the previous five-year average.”

Sales of existing homes in 2021 reached 18,575 units with the dollar sales volume reaching $6.25 billion, up 28% from 2020.

Single-family homes and condominiums were the most popular, with market shares of 68% and 14% respectively.


The Saskatchewan Realtors Association’s (SRA) report covers all sales in the province. 

A record 17,387 sales were recorded in 2021, surpassing the previous record in 2007 by 17%.

While the pandemic triggered disruptions in some sectors of the economy, housing boomed, said SRA CEO, Chris Guérette.

“Improved savings from those not financially impacted by COVID-19, combined with low lending rates have supported the strong sales environment we saw throughout 2021,” said Guérette, adding inventory levels in the province were 16% below long-term trends.

“This resulted in the MLS Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark price* gaining more than seven percent.”


Sales of existing homes in Calgary soared in 2021, reaching a record 27,686, nearly 72% higher than 2020 and more than 44% higher than the 10-year average, says the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB).

“Concerns over inflation and rising lending rates likely created more urgency with buyers over the past few months, said CREB’s chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However, the supply has not kept pace with the demand, causing strong price growth.” 

The year-end benchmark price was $451,567, up 8% from 2020. 

“We enter 2022 with some of the tightest conditions in over a decade,” said Lurie. “In December, inventory was nearly 25% lower than long-term averages, which will impact our housing market in 2022.”


“2021 was an incredible year for the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA),” says Realtors Association of Edmonton chair Tom Shearer. “The year-over-year stats for sales and listings in the GEA were significantly higher than December 2020.”

Last December, single-family home sales rose 16.5% from December 2020.  Condo sales increased 25.6% from December 2020. Duplex/rowhouse sales increased 16.8% year-over-year.

The HPI benchmark price in the GEA came in at $410,900, a 5.2% increase from December 2020.

Metro Vancouver

Home sales reached an all-time high in 2021, with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reporting a total of 43,999, a 4% increase over the previous record of 42,326 in 2015.

The HPI composite benchmark price at the end of 2021 was $1,230,200, a 17.3% increase from December 2020.

“While steady, home listing activity didn’t keep pace with the record demand we saw throughout 2021. This imbalance caused residential home prices to rise over the past 12 months,” said Keith Stewart, REBGV economist.

“Detached home and townhome benchmark prices increased 22% last year, while apartments increased 12.8%.”


There were 10,052 properties sold in 2021, close to the record of 10,622 sales in 2016.

“The theme of this year has been very consistent,” says Victoria Real Estate Board president David Langlois. “Each month a high demand for homes paired with record low inventory has put strong pressure on pricing and attainability.”

The single-family HPI benchmark price in the Victoria Core in December 2021 was $1,144,900, up 25.1% from $1,122,600 in November. The HPI benchmark price for a condominium in the area in December 2020 was $570,600 up from $487,100 a year earlier. 

Housing supply across the country is a concern, said Langlois

“We have spoken throughout the year about the need for new housing supply at all levels to help moderate prices and improve attainability,” he said. “Some of our municipalities have begun to look at ways to make it easier for new homes to be brought to market and we applaud and encourage any movement in this area.”

*The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) is a measure of real estate prices that provides a clearer picture of market trends over traditional tools such as mean or median average prices. It is designed to be a reliable, consistent, and timely way of measuring changes in home prices over time.

Myke Thomas is a Western Standard contributor. He started in radio as a child voice actor, also working in television and as the real estate columnist, reporter and editor at the Calgary Sun for 22 years.

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MAKICHUK: Flaming question: Should we let them go, or not?

“Maybe Gondek can take a holiday in Mexico? Pretty please?”




So, do we care if the Flames leave, or not?

That, my friends, is the question. 

While it appears Mayor Jyoti Gondek was instrumental in letting the arena deal die, it’s never quite as simple as that.

I wouldn’t exactly put halos over the heads of the Flames owners either.

Someone suggested the right people to negotiate this thing are not in place — that actually sounds like it might have some merit.

It reminds me of when the Flames decided to trade Doug Gilmour, the player who helped them win the Stanley Cup.

At that time, sources told me the team and Gilmour were not that far apart in the money department. In fact, it was pocket change compared to what they pay players now.

I won’t go over the Gilmour-Leeman trade, it’s too painful for Flames fans to have to endure, and, well, I’m not that cruel of a person.

But really, are we that far apart now? We all know construction costs are soaring, but slamming the door shut on this deal, is not the way to go, IMO.

Even though I can’t stand the Flames. Why?

Well, for starters, I’m a Red Wings fan, all the way.

Secondly, when I worked at the Calgary Sun, whenever the Flames went into the playoffs we would end up working 12-hour days until the ordeal was over.

We did well against the competition, having a good stable of writers who worked their tails off. Not to mention the best sports photogs in the city.

As we got no extra overtime pay for all this extra effort and hardly saw our families during these times — which were exciting, of course, no argument there — it just got to be too much.

We would kill forests of trees to pound out pages on the Flames and their playoff adventures. 

In the end, whenever the Flames were eliminated, we would hold the “Thank You Flames Open” — a golf tournament, complete with prizes, and, a Green Jacket, which we purchased at Goodwill for $8.

The winner would get to wear the green jacket in the office, for an entire year — a tremendous honour!

But I’m not here to beat up on the Flames. I know how important this team is to the city.

While personally I don’t care if they stay or go, I know a lot of people want them to stay because they have become such an important symbol of our city.

Some of the best hockey ever played was between the Flames and, those guys up north … what’s their name again? Oil something?

Anyway, you get the picture. We happen to have a big rivalry with the folks in Edmonton who seem to get things done better and faster than our city council.

Case in point, Rogers Place. How come they could get it done and we couldn’t? 

That project also went over-budget, and led to a similar standoff. Clearly, cooler heads prevailed and Edmonton’s council approved the funding for the House of McDavid … and the rest, as they say, is history.

By the way, they also have better winter snow removal according to what I’ve been told.

So do we care or not? Should we try to resurrect this deal or not? 

Should Gondek — she of the climate emergency no one cares about — swallow her pride and step aside from the negotiation process?

Or, well … should we let them go and build a brand new stadium for the Calgary Stampeders instead? Believe it or not, they actually do need a new stadium.

As much as I love McMahon stadium, it is seriously out of date. I mean, even Regina has a much better football stadium, for crissakes. Regina!

If you ask me, I’d rather axe the Green Line, and other such Nero-like mega-projects of the previous mayor and use that money elsewhere.

But let’s get back to the Flames. Remember Winnipeg, who went through a dark period after their NHL team left town?

Glen Murray was city councillor for Winnipeg’s Fort Rouge ward at the time and was elected as the city’s mayor in 1998. He watched as Winnipeg’s team slipped away, eventually moving to Phoenix, where hockey never really caught on.

“It was heartbreaking because the provincial and the municipal governments who were subsidizing [the team] couldn’t sustain it,” Murray told the CBC.

“Every proposal for a new arena involved hundreds of millions of dollars, which no one in the community could raise at the time,” he said. “It was a real dark period for the city because people love their hockey team.”

When the much-despised NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the return of the then still-to-be-named team in May 2011, the excitement in the city was palpable.

“In all my years as a reporter, I have never seen a city stop before,” said Marjorie Dowhos, a CBC Manitoba reporter. 

“Cheers immediately broke out, some people had tears in their eyes and I had shivers up my spine as I watched all of this,” she said.

Season tickets went on sale to the general public on June 4 and sold out in 17 minutes.

What more do I have to say? Do we really want to go the way of the Winnipeg Jets?

Let me finish, with a little story.

Back in 1967, my Dad took me to my first NHL hockey game at the Olympia in Detroit. They were sold out, so we bought $3 standing room tickets.

The first thing I saw was Gordie Howe score effortlessly on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Terry Sawchuk, on a breakaway. The place went nuts, it literally shook.

That, and many other experiences that evening, would change my life. I saw walls of Red Wings paraphernalia, none of which we could afford. I think all we came home with was a cheap program.

To this day, I will never forget that first experience of watching the Wings play and seeing them walk off the ice on a carpet, right in front of me.

Hockey gods they were — not like today’s overpaid prima donnas.

One can’t really put a dollar value on that. I don’t know how much the Flames bring to the city, financially, but I would imagine it’s significant. But then, there’s that emotional attachment, too. 

Remember the big run in 2004? We all do. Hell, even I was popping shooters on 17 Avenue!

So yeah, hell, let’s try to keep the Flames. Let’s give it another go and hope that as good citizens the Flames owners group will cut us some slack in this time of financial disarray. And let’s get the right people in there, to get this done.

Maybe Gondek can take a holiday in Mexico? Pretty please?

And really, let’s leave this “line in the sand” crap to Vladimir Putin and his maniacal ambitions. 

We’re better than that, I’m sure of it. Let’s get ‘er done.

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the Calgary correspondent for ChinaFactor.news

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SLOBODIAN: Truckers going pedal-to-the-metal for Canadian freedoms

“We feel that the trucking industry is literally this country’s last hope to potentially getting our freedoms back.”




The complainers started calling Richland Transport Inc. while Rick Wall was still at the Canada-U.S. border protesting federal mandates requiring cross-border truckers to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated.

Wall, president of the Winkler, Man. trucking firm, organized Convoy Against Mandates. Semi-trucks drove along Highway 75 to the Pembina-Emerson port of entry in Southern Manitoba Monday. Pickups, tractors, and cars joined in.

“I love the haters. We’ll go out there all day long and battle for them as much as we will for any supporters. We were out there uniting the truck industry to fight all mandates for everyone,” Wall told the Western Standard

“This country has been ripped apart. We need to reunite and love and respect each other like we used to. Our government has done a tremendous job of dividing us, destroying us.

“We’re supposed to hate each other based on medical decisions. That is not right… We need to open our eyes.”

One caller who threatened to cut Richland’s phone lines “because your boss is stupid” might change his mind when the impact of the Liberal mandate personally affects him.

The mandate requiring truckers returning from the U.S. to be fully vaccinated or quarantine took effect January 15.

“Whether you support our movement or not, it will affect you. You wouldn’t see an instant effect from what we haul. It’s a trickle effect. It’s all linked,” said Wall.

With fewer drivers delivering loads, the supply chain will be heavily impacted. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) anticipates a loss of 12,000-16,000 cross-border commercial drivers. Some estimates peg it higher at 20,000-26,000.

Unvaccinated American drivers will be denied entry.

“You’re going to see price increases on basically everything, especially food. I think you’ll see a lot of empty grocery store shelves. We’re in the middle of winter and our food is getting trucked in. Nobody’s growing gardens this time of year. They couldn’t have picked a worse time to do this. So much of our produce comes from the southern U.S.”

Meanwhile, unvaccinated truckers forced into quarantine — after they deliver their loads — lose income. 

“In a lot of scenarios, it’s basically taking that particular driver’s right to provide a livelihood for his family away from him. It’s detrimental to these families. There’s a lot of drivers not willing to participate in this mandate. The vaccines are clearly not working, that’s my view on it.”

Truckers have been treated shamefully by a Liberal government that kept changing direction. 

Since mid-November, the government was in a state of confusion over the requirements, announcing different rollout criteria, then going back to the original plan.

“It’s been a really, really tiring battle. Our heads have been spinning for months. Clearly, we saw how chaotic that was last week on how the government flip-flopped right until the very end,” said Wall.

“We had no solid information on the Canadian side basically until they started enforcing it on our drivers. It was pretty tough for us to navigate and try to figure out what do we tell our drivers.”

When the mandate kicked in, Richland’s first returning driver ran into problems at the border.

“He was down in the U.S. for a week. He came across Saturday morning. He was verbally abused by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at Emerson port of entry. He was treated horribly and was finally released after an hour and-a-half and told to go quarantine.

“Most of these guys know their rights. They will cite their rights and try to stand up for themselves. I’m very proud of them for doing that. We should all have that right.”

Some CBSA officers treat truckers with “utmost” respect.

“But the next guy is on a complete power trip giving the driver a really hard time, disrespecting them, denouncing everything the driver will say in his own defense.

“Goodness gracious, you’re coming home to your own country where you pay your taxes. And quite frankly, that officer’s salary… They come back home, and they’re treated like criminals. 

“Our system is incredibly broken…Something has to be done.”

Well, never underestimate the grit and stamina of truckers.

They’re just getting started. More rallies are planned.

A convoy rally will be held January 24 in Winnipeg. It will circle the perimeter of the city then head to the legislature.

A cross-Canada trucking convoy starting January 23 in Vancouver working its way east will gain momentum as it crosses the country. Truckers from across Canada will convene in Ottawa.

“It’ll just take a few more of us to stand up and say this isn’t right and try to unite the people. We need to end all these totalitarian mandates,” said Wall.

“We feel that the trucking industry is literally this country’s last hope to potentially getting our freedoms back.”

And our shelves stocked.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

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