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Feds threaten regulated businesses with COVID fines

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.

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If they don’t mandate vaccination of workers, the Labour department is threatening to levy cash fines against airports, banks, radio stations and other federally-regulated employers, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

But the Liberals stopped short of repeating an earlier threat to strip workers of legal rights to challenge vaccine orders.

“It is time to move on,” said Government House Leader Mark Holland.

“Get vaccinated. That’s what Canadians expect to have happen.

“I think the country understands we have now 90% of Canadians who have had their first injection, over 86% with their second. All workplaces across the country” should promote vaccinations, he added.

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.

First Nations businesses will be exempt.

“Employers who do not comply with their obligations under the Canada Labour Code may be subject to compliance and enforcement measures including administrative monetary penalties,” the notice said.

“The government will consult with key stakeholders, including representatives of small and medium-sized employers, as it works expeditiously to finalize the new regulations which would come into force in early 2022. The government will also develop resources to help federally regulated workplaces implement the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.”

The notice made no reference to a liability shield proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the election campaign. Trudeau on September 1 said a re-elected Liberal cabinet would shield employers from any legal challenge of vaccination orders.

“We’ll stand firm on our commitment,” said Trudeau, adding: “We’ll protect businesses that mandate vaccinations from unjustified lawsuits.”

Canadians who declined a COVID-19 shot were “more than just wrong, because everyone’s entitled to their opinion, they are putting at risk their own kids and they’re putting at risk our kids as well,” said Trudeau.

“What about my choice to keep my kids safe? What about our choices to make sure we’re getting through this pandemic as quickly as we can?”

The Liberal Party in its September 1 campaign platform stated: “A re-elected Liberal government will table legislation to ensure every business and organization that decides to require proof of vaccination from employees and customers can do so without fear of a legal challenge.”

Compulsory vaccination breaches federal law, according to a May 19 statement by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and 1996 National Immunization Report by the Department of Health.

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  1. Claudette Leece

    December 10, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Like how First Nations businesses are exempt, guess Trudeau doesn’t care if they all expire

  2. Claudette Leece

    December 10, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    That’s so funny when’s the last time little potatoe was ever in a store, he has hired help,compliments of taxpayers to do everything for him. He probably has a bidet he wouldn’t want to get his soft hands dirty. Boy communism is full blown in Canada

  3. Left Coast

    December 9, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Trudope proves once again he is a bonna-fide idiot.

    “Get your kids vaccinated?” “Putting at risk your own kids” ?

    A healthy child has as much chance of dyin of Covid as getting struck by Lightening!

    I hope the Trudope family is double Vaxed and have gotten their boosters . . . but somehow I don’t think that is the case.

  4. Jack Masterman

    December 9, 2021 at 9:02 am

    What is the rational they are using?

    Vaxed transmit the virus
    Unvaxed transmit the virus.

    This is pure control and nothing else. Dictatorship at its worst.

  5. Longo

    December 9, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Marxists in action

  6. Andrew Red Deer

    December 8, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    I am a monkeys uncle if they actually have reached 90% jabbed… and now some areas of the USA they deem anyone 90 days out from their second jab as “UNVAXXED” AND DEFINITELY NOT ONE OF THE LEGIONS OF POLITICIANS WHO HAVE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED THERE STATUS HAVE RECEIVED ANY MRNA VACCINE. How do I know? Because not one politician has got sick yet from the vaccine…..thats how.

  7. Greg Porter

    December 8, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    They’re really turning the screws now. News out of S.Africa shows a large rise in covid cases, but not even a bump in hospitalizations. As of a couple days ago, the new strain is so mild that 74% of those in hospital with covid were in for other reasons, and covid was incidental. So far 0 deaths from this new strain. The enlightened ones are seeing this and turning up the heat before the word gets out and the rest of the world and the fearmongering no longer has any effect.

  8. James Taylor

    December 8, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Why do I share a government with people like this? End confederation

  9. Peter No

    December 8, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    10% of un-vaxxed equals to 4 million people. If they all start 24/7/365 protest this little gestapo government will fold like a tent in a week. Unfortunately unvaxxed are meek slaves and deserve extermination by a nazy majority of this country.

  10. Dominic Ieraci

    December 8, 2021 at 11:57 am

    if ever there was a time for a Canadian version of John Wilkes Booth, it’s right now. Too many rights violators in charge right now, that don’t deserve to be on this side of hell.

  11. William Clark

    December 8, 2021 at 11:11 am

    People I know from Germany say this is how hitler did it. Little by little. A little bit at a time.
    Now it’s the unvaxed that are dirty.
    Nothing but commie scum
    Don’t ever bow down

  12. K

    December 8, 2021 at 10:48 am

    FUCK this country

  13. Declan Carroll

    December 8, 2021 at 10:43 am

    This is the same government that is talking about boycotting the Olympic Games because “of China’s human rights violations” as they violate Canadians Humans rights. Hahahahahaha what a bunch of scumbags. I hope all these politicians get their booster shots. They deserve worse the myocydartis but we will take what we can get.

  14. William Clark

    December 8, 2021 at 10:07 am

    After 38 years I’m sick of trucking anyway

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WATCH: Calgary lawyer discusses employment law and human rights with regard to vax mandates

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Calgary lawyer Leighton Grey with Grey Wowk Spencer LLP. joins the Western Standard for a live discussion on employment law. Grey and others at his law firm represent many oil and gas workers along with public and civil servants.

Grey gives his “5,000-foot view” of what millions of workers are facing with COVID-19 vaccination mandates across the nation.

Federal workers will also hear from Grey on the new update from the Treasury Board stating a “one-size-fits-all approach” won’t work for the many departments and agencies in the federal government.

Tune in Wednesday, January 19 at 11:30 a.m. MST for the exclusive interview.

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Manitobans shipped to US for surgery

The move is an effort to deal with the province’s backlog of more than 153,000 surgical and diagnostic procedures, blamed on COVID-19 health care demands.

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About 300 Manitobans awaiting spinal surgery will be sent to Sanford Medical Centre in Fargo ND for their operations.

The move is an effort to deal with the province’s backlog of more than 153,000 surgical and diagnostic procedures, blamed on COVID-19 health care demands.

Patients who have been on the spinal surgery waiting list for more than a year will be given priority. Some may be headed south of the border by the end of January.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon and members of the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force are expected to provide an update at a 2 p.m. CST news conference.

The province may also be contemplating sending joint-surgery patients to Sanford.

“We acknowledge the suffering. We acknowledge the waits,” said Dr. Ed Buchel, the provincial surgery lead for Manitoba Shared Health told CBC.

Sending patients elsewhere in Canada isn’t an option because every provincial health care system is overwhelmed with demands from the Omicron variant, he said.

Health staff have been diverted from operating rooms to care for COVID-19 patients while surgery backlogs escalated.

Patients suffering broken backs, unstable spines or cancer are deemed too risky for surgery in the U.S.

Preference will be given to those with serious conditions needing urgent attention, yet are able to travel by vehicle to Sanford, 360 km from Winnipeg.

Doctors Manitoba hopes this is a short-term measure.

“Sending patients out of Manitoba for care is not ideal, but we understand the task force has very few local options right now because of the shortage of staff and the current surge in Omicron hospital admissions,” spokesperson Keir Johnson said in a statement to CBC.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitoba was the only province that transferred critical care patients, 57 in all, out-of-province.

To be updated…

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

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WORLD WATCH: UK announces COVID restrictions are over

Beginning Thursday, January 27, the UK government will bring an end to “mandatory certifications” — vaccine passports.

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The UK government will no longer require vaccine passports and mask mandates as of next Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons.

“We can return to plan A in England and allow plan B regulations to expire,” said Johnson, in a live address on Wednesday. 

Beginning Thursday, January 27, the UK government will bring an end to “mandatory certifications” — vaccine passports.

Johnson said organizations will be permitted to continue the voluntary pass but the government will “end the compulsory use of COVID status certification in England.”

The government also announced it will no longer require people to work from home.

With the announcement the government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks, the house erupted with cheers.

Johnson confirmed students would no longer be required to wear facemasks in classrooms as of Thursday, but added the government will continue to suggest the use of masks in public places.

“We will trust the judgement of the British people and no longer criminalize anyone who chooses not to wear one,” said Johnson.

Restrictions on visits to care homes will also be eased across the UK.

Johnson said some measures will remain in place including self-isolation.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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