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EXCLUSIVE: Fired CNRL staffer files lawsuit as lawyer warns hundreds could follow

“Ms. Smart did nothing wrong, both in the contractual and moral sense. But, the Defendant did not like what she was doing, wanted her to stop, and wanted to scare everyone else into stopping as well,” the suit said.




A former staffer has sued energy giant CNRL for unlawful dismissal after she was fired for allegedly communicating about the company’s mandatory vaccine policy on social media.

And the lawyer for Naomi Smart, James Kitchen, sent a letter to CNRL officials warning if they continue to fire people under the mandate they can expect hundreds of lawsuits.

Smart, a heavy equipment operator, is suing for $200,000 for two years of lost wages and another $75,000 in punitive damages.

Smart, of Pincher Creek, joined CNRL during December of 2020. Her suit notes one week before her firing she was selected to train for a promotion to a supervisory position.

She was fired Oct. 26, 2021. CNRL, like many companies, governments and police forces brought in mandatory vaccination programs and said staff had to be jabbed against COVID-19.

The suit claims 1,100 CNRL employees and contractors disapproved of the policy for a variety of reasons.

“Ms. Smart was blindsided by the sudden termination and emotionally devastated,” the suit reads.

“Knowledge of Ms. Smart’s termination has spread throughout the oilsands industry. Despite being fully qualified, she has not received any offers of employment in response to her job applications. The Defendant’s unlawful conduct has rendered Ms. Smart nearly unemployable in her field.”

The lawsuit said it was likely Smart’s firing came about after she was active on social media with CNRL staff groups.

“Ms. Smart did nothing wrong, both in the contractual and moral sense. But, the Defendant did not like what she was doing, wanted her to stop, and wanted to scare everyone else into stopping as well,” the suit said.

In his letter to the company, Kitchen notes they plan to fire hundreds of other staff days before Christmas.

“Should CNRL persist in its reckless enforcement of its ideological and irrational demand that all employees receive the COVID vaccines, it will also face a series of human rights complaints for wantonly denying dozens of bona fide requests from Christian employees for accommodation pursuant to the protected ground of religion,” Kitchen writes.

“It goes without saying that effectively firing hundreds of employees three days before Christmas is cruel and further highlights that CNRL’s mandatory COVID vaccination policy has everything to do with ideology, virtue signalling, and coercion, and nothing to do with science, health, or safety. Aside from sticking your fingers in your ears or burying your head in the sand, you can no longer ignore the COVID vaccines do not significantly reduce infection or transmission of COVID.

“As CNRL has now learned, no amount of coercion will compel the remaining hundreds of employees who know better to receive the COVID vaccines, including extending deadlines, threatening to withhold bonuses, or effectively firing employees at Christmas.

“My clients again invite CNRL to see reason, cease unlawfully threatening its employees, and rescind its absurd COVID vaccination mandate. This letter serves as a final notice that failure to do so will result in proceedings being brought against CNRL in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.”

CNRL does not return phone calls from the Western Standard

You can read Kitchen’s letter to CNRL here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Eldon

    December 8, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Go Miss Smart and the Justice Team!! I hope you win big!

  2. Dennis

    December 8, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Using their government handout money to fund their legal team firing good employees. What scum!


  3. gord rinke

    December 7, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Go James!! Are these companies prepared for the lawsuits coming their way? Are cities prepared???? Let’s keep exposing this evil agenda.

  4. Ben Wilson

    December 7, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    This is why I donated to the JCCF. Now the corrupt Executives can explain to their board why they are exposing the company to millions in risks by legal challenges. Plus, the people are seeing who the sicko’s are.

    We have monoclonal Antibody treatments. And they are the cure. I know As I had family who has received it in Alberta. It was a 100 % cure in 24 hours. No joke…. Look it up.

    Why are they still locking thing up, when we have a cure!!!

  5. Freedoms fans

    December 7, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Good I hope this lawsuit goes through and wins. It is time for this bullshit to end. I work for a company that I used to be proud to work for but after seeung how they treat people with mental health diagnosis and now adopting the jab or job policy. I have also seen a mass exodus of employees lately leaving for many reasons not just the poison policy. I hope that they all burn and have to pay a massive settlement and the people making these decisions loose their jobs with no servance for their partaking in these massive human rights violations. I now have had 2 losses in the family to this poison and a close friend about to loose a loved one. Wake up. It is time to fight back. This is or will affect everyone in some way.

  6. Dennis

    December 7, 2021 at 11:40 am

    If the employees of CNRL had any guts and morals, they would walk off the job and let the company carry on without them. This nonsense would stop in a flash.
    But since the sheeple are not about to do that, the only choice left is to fight these tyrants in court.

    Go JCCF!

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.




Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.




The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.




SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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