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Feds warn COVID restrictions could last years

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on April 9, 2020 had predicted the pandemic would run its course in 2021.

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Restrictions because of COVID-19 could last “months, possibly even years,” warns Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Duclos’ remarks to reporters followed questions over whether his department will now redefine full vaccination to include a third COVID-19 shot for millions of Canadians.

“There will always be, unfortunately, people who will be infected with COVID and some of them will have severe symptoms,” said Duclos.

“It’s a lot better to avoid these people having to go to a hospital for all sorts of personal and public health reasons.”

The Public Works department on Friday said it contracted to buy a million doses of oral antiviral treatments from Merck and Pfizer that are not yet licensed for use in Canada. The cost of the contracts was not disclosed.

Duclos called it “great news,” “a very significant step in further enhancing the tools, what we can use over the next months, possibly even years, in order to protect both people and the health care system.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on April 9, 2020 predicted the pandemic would run its course in 2021.

“Normality as it was before could not return until there is a vaccine and it could be in a year, a year and-a-half,” Justin Trudeau said at the time.

“We don’t know exactly. We hope sooner. We will have to remain vigilant for the coming year.”

The last pandemic in Canada, the H1N1 “swine flu” virus, lasted from April 26, 2009 to Jan. 27, 2010, though doctors had a vaccine. Two successive waves of infection affected 40,185 people, sent 8678 to hospital and killed 428 Canadians.

Duclos’ remark of a years-long COVID-19 pandemic followed a recommendation from a federal panel, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, that all Canadians over 50 already fully immunized for a minimum six months take a third shot.

The Committee on October 29 recommended booster shots for people over 70. On September 10 it advised additional shots for fully vaccinated patients with pre-existing medical conditions.

“May Canadians be expected to get a shot every six months consistently going forward?” asked a reporter.

“We actually don’t really know,” replied Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer.

Asked if a requirement for full immunization would be redefined to include booster shots, Tam replied: “They didn’t just rush out and say everybody get a booster. They’ve been focusing on the science.”

“It is a little bit complicated. The bottom line is that if there is waning immunity over time, then an additional dose or boost to your immune system helps.”

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  1. Mars Hill

    December 6, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Question? What do you think will happen when the Nov 3 2020 American election is overturned and the Canadian government (liberanos) is found complicit in sedition and abetting treason in conjunction with CCP and cabal who also used the plandemic to help achieve the overthrow.

    I guarantee there will be white faces of fear.

  2. William Clark

    December 6, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Restrictions until all there commie plans are in place.

  3. K

    December 6, 2021 at 11:13 am

    FUCK. YOU.

  4. Bryan

    December 6, 2021 at 11:11 am

    TO BRYAN:

    “impforeigners” should read: “IMPORTED FOREIGNERS”.

  5. Bryan

    December 6, 2021 at 11:09 am

    The CONdemic will continue until enough of the ‘useless eater’ sheeple Canadians are replaced by young, strong, impforeigners. The ‘elites’ can then pay them next to nothing, to expand their ever growing personal wealth. The ‘useless eaters’ and Patriots MUST be eliminated, for their plan to succeed.

    Jesus has other plans! Maranatha

  6. Dennis

    December 6, 2021 at 10:18 am

    No question, the despots will continue to administer their wrath on the people until they finally wake up and realize we are being lied to and stand up against this tyranny. Until then get used to new bullshit restrictions on a daily basis. I see the unvaxed are now not allowed in the grocery stores in New Brunswick. Coming soon to your neighbourhood.

    https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001MN14CrZnIstao97ErnZ56UFPB43_q0–9QP7QIlnezYEEQeXpF7sIiZMyWd7OybMpZqzh76cxPK2nbklpNt2HxZ9Wm3Ti8-XZ_JAZgbLgDo3gYyy59-aokHI0-OHY3EMHtAT7OgQ6R_Rzxl5RcH2yYn_lUcOGxkPqSt-OSW3i23HCpuahnyU4Gs6rd6MzmxBVcRJBEHzfE63S1Z375VkVk74A_G-AtXYJYTX_F8eBfjqFyhO25qD-w==&c=5Ufq63i5-BjYLHoepjxGNeT6oTQWi3_7o0cWU0FPhFnSXC5lLF2eLg==&ch=YFijUl92efPzxw2E247U_HcE5eHAPVczhpj9ttF2cNkJxN7FLI8cSg==

  7. Longo

    December 6, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Hello Texas!!

  8. John Lankers

    December 6, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Find out who else is taking their citizens to so called ‘Voluntary Quarantine Camps’, doesn’t matter whether vaxxed or unvaxxed, testing positive or negative, and watch the interview to learn what happens to inmates that don’t follow the rules to the t. Btw., if you had a job before being incarcerated, well…
    Oh, the drone footage in the video suggests that at least this particular camp wasn’t built overnight.
    Buckle up, we’re in for a very rough ride.
    https://www.westernjournal.com/1933-germany-hidden-cameras-expose-tyranny-australias-voluntary-quarantine-camps/

  9. Peter No

    December 6, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Unfortunately majority of Canadians supported these neo-nazis measures. Most of vaccinated got jabbed just for compliance reasons which have nothing to do with the virus. Hence they deserve to be treated like animals for years to come.

  10. Left Coast

    December 6, 2021 at 9:23 am

    You mean this marxist Regime is the New Order for dumb Canooks . . . yes!

    Funny how Sweden is doing just fine today as is Mexico . . . States like Florida, South Dakota, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas and a few others have no or almost no restrictions. Of course they are all Republican States.

    This is a Corona Virus which will be with us forever, already we see the Variants getting weaker . . . I suspect the real problem is our far-left Crime Minister & idiot Premiers who just want to be in control. But the reality is the residual damage done by the Covid Restrictions have killed far more people than did the Wuhan Virus. Our Cuba Style Govt Healthcare was a dismal failure as were our Doctors who mostly disappeared under their beds only talking to you on the Telephone. And speaking of those Drs. why are they all taking orders from the Health Authorities on how to treat a Virus? Countries that used Ivermectin, Colloidal Antibodies & HCQ lowered hospitalizations & death rates.

    People have taken 2 shots of an Experimental VAX that we now know only last months, the solution is another Booster. Now Booster no. 2 is in the works . . . the great NIH fraud and creator of the Virus, Dr. Fauci says they might go on forever.

    “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” – Ronald Reagan

  11. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    December 6, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Most Canadians have come to the plan of shots and more shots. What about the many thousand of Canadians that have had covid and are now immune as their systems are doing exactly as their immune systems are to do. If the cockwombles in the health despots bureaucrats group believe they can force shots on these citizens ; GOOD LUCK

  12. Leslie Solar

    December 6, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Not a mention of finding a TREATMENT, rather than more “boosters” that “wane over time” (like 3 months after “full immunization”. But they are “following the science”.

    These bureaucrats need to be fired and replaced by someone who is an actual doctor, who knows how to treat patients.

    And notice how they phrase things. Rather than just admitting they are all globalists and will keep the noose around our necks for years, they give you some hope—We think we will be back to normal in, oh, 9 months or so, but we cant be sure–we have to follow the science, you know. So we all grumble and say–lets just tough it out for 09 months. Then we hear that new boosters are needed, and at the 8th month a fresh ‘variant’ shows up. Guess what, we need another lockdown and maybe we can go back to normal in another year. And so on.

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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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CTF calls for tax cuts as inflation hits 30 year high

The December 2021 consumer price index hit 4.8%, according to Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the Canadian government to reduce taxes to help people with the rising cost of living.

The December 2021 consumer price index hit 4.8%, according to Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

“Canadians are fueling up at the pumps and then worrying about whether they have enough left over for ground beef at the grocery store,” said Franco Terrazzano, federal director of the CTF.

“Inflation is a key economic issue facing Canadian families and our politicians need to wake up and provide some relief.”

Canadians who make more than $64,900 are going to see an extra $396 in payroll tax bills this year, according to the CTF.

The federal carbon tax increased twice during the pandemic and will increase again to 11 cents per litre of gasoline on April 1, 2022.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said carbon tax will be increasing to nearly 40 cents per litre by 2030, as well as a second carbon tax is being developed that could add another 11 cents per litre.

Additionally, the federal government is planning for an increase in alcohol taxes for the third time during the pandemic on April 1.

“High taxes and soaring prices are making the tough times tougher in Canada,” said Terrazzano.

“While other countries are cutting taxes, all we get from Canadian politicians are higher tax bills. It’s time for Ottawa to provide some tax relief and make life in Canada a little more affordable.”

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole also called on Trudeau to take immediate action.

“For the first time in 30 years, prices are up 4.8% compared to a year ago. Millions of Canadians are feeling the pinch of inflation in their daily lives. Families and seniors are falling behind and they see the Trudeau government doing nothing to give them a break,” said O’Toole in a statement.

“Food is more expensive. Gas and home heating are costing more. Rents in many cities are skyrocketing by double digits and home ownership is out of reach for millions as prices are up a staggering 26.6% in just one year.   

“More Canadians are struggling to meet ends meet, young people are giving up on home ownership and nearly half of all Canadians are worried about their financial security for the upcoming year. The high-tax, high-debt lockdown agenda of the Trudeau government has set the stage for inflation and COVID policies are making supply chain challenges worse. We are already seeing alarming shortages on shelves leading to higher prices.”

The CTF noted Spain was rated lower than Canada on the 2021 misery index, but that country’s government is taking action giving citizens breaks by cutting added tax on electricity from 21% to 10% until April 30.

South Korea, India, and several states across America have also reduced fuel taxes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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