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Sask Health Authority CEO resigns suddenly

The reasons for Scott Livingstone’s resignation are not known. His interim replacement is Andrew Will, who has been the SHA’s VP of Infrastructure, Information and Support.

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By LEE HARDING

Scott Livingstone, the CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, resigned “effective immediately” for undisclosed reasons.

Arlene Wilks, the SHA Board of Directors chair, made the announcement via a press release. 

“The (b)oard is grateful for Scott’s leadership during the creation of the SHA and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release reads.

“As CEO, Scott demonstrated a commitment to patient-and family-centred care and provided stability during a time of substantial change and significant pressures on the health system due to COVID.” 

The board chose Andrew Will to be the interim CEO. 

“Born and educated in Saskatchewan, Andrew Will has dedicated his career to providing executive leadership that builds strong organizational culture focused on supporting individuals and teams to achieve their best for the people we serve,” Wilks said in the release.

“Andrew has served in executive leadership positions for health regions in both Saskatchewan and Alberta, including Chief Executive Officer of four health regions, including as acting CEO of the former Saskatoon Health Region.”

CTV News obtained a document that also shows the SHA’s COO, Suann Laurent, was no longer listed in that position as of Nov. 17. The document listed Livingstone as filling that role also in an interim capacity.

Nothing indicates Livingstone resigned because of pending orders he disagreed with.

When University of Saskatchewan surgery professor Dr. Francis Christian issued reservations regarding COVID-19 shots for teenagers, Livingstone blasted him publicly in June.

“I think what he has done publicly is dangerous … I don’t condone it at all. Very disappointed,” Livingstone said.

“I would say from my perspective, what’s most disrespectful is his comments relative to pandemic vaccination and the response from this province … and how disrespectful that is to the thousands of people across this province, the health-care people on his team at the university and across this province who’ve worked so hard over 15 months to keep people in this province safe. I find his comments absurd.”

Christian was subsequently relieved of his role with the SHA and was not re-hired by the University of Saskatchewan for his teaching position.

Wilks said the board would maintain the “operational continuity and stability for our health system” during the transition.

“I am immensely appreciative of the hard work and sacrifice of our health care teams. Please know that we will continue to make every effort to support you through all the challenges that have come during the pandemic,” Wilks said.

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  1. Leslie Solar

    December 3, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Just from the info in this article, I suspect that he has defamed the Saskatoon doctor who was fired. Truth is always a defense to a defamation lawsuit, but I would hazard a guess that the physician that was fired in Saskatoon and lost his hospital priveleges knows a bit more about medicine than some administrator who has way more power than brains. It may well be an attempt to put some distance between Livingstone and his employer (basically the Sask. government) and claim that he “went rogue” and the organization isnt liable–it is Mr. Livingstone personally who is the malfeasor.

    Watch him fade from view. Scott Who?

  2. Joell Haugan

    December 3, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Options:
    1. He got the booster and got sick
    2. He’s coming to his senses about passports/restrictions and resigned as a result
    3. He was pushing too hard for restrictions and the SK party finally had enough of his fear mongering.

    Any others?

  3. Claudette Leece

    December 3, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Figures SK takes AB crooks as leftovers

  4. Jack Masterman

    December 3, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Perhaps they can see the LEGAL liability they face when rational people analyze the bias COVID restrictions that have cost lives and created an economic disaster. The courts will soon be backlogged with cases as the Justice Centre and other agencies fight these “insane” regulations.

  5. Mars Hill

    December 2, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    If the morons don’t know what will happen they will very soon….Canada will follow America
    https://t.me/Whiplash347/63269

  6. Left Coast

    December 2, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Dr. Francis Christian gave them the Truth . . . healthy 18 & unders don’t need the Vax, in fact the CDC records indicate far more VAX injuries than lives lost in that segment.

    Meanwhile the UN-Civil Servant is offended . . . Livingstone & Wilks are know-nothings, typical govt employees.

  7. Dennis

    December 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    And, it is now evident that Alberta is no longer Rat Free!!!

  8. K

    December 2, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    What does this piece of shit know that we don’t?

  9. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    December 2, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Its interesting that there has been more than one AHS employee getting the golden handshake , strange that this story from a defunct newspaper did not make headlines in Western standard Standard . did I miss that story???

  10. berta baby

    December 2, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    His Pfizer check must have cleared

  11. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    December 2, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Andrew Will is a hot topic in Alberta for huge get out of town payout from AHS. We have not heard the last of this story . Saskatchewan should well pay attention,

  12. Dominic Ieraci

    December 2, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    he got a real vaxx instead of the saline and now his face has dropped from gbs, or he’s doing the chicken uncontrollably and can’t be seen in public anymore.

  13. Dennis

    December 2, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    The rats are scurrying for cover. They know the $hit is about to hit the fan.

  14. Bill Mccann

    December 2, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Lock him up.

  15. Bryan

    December 2, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    There have been a HUGE number of resignations among the ‘powerful’. Look at the number of tech oligarchs, MSM types and other ‘executives’ who have recently resigned/retired. Nothing but a ‘coinkidink’ that the Ghislaine Maxwell trial is occurring at the same time. Of course, the MSM is not covering it at all. Everything goes down the ‘memory hole’.

    I am by no means implying that he was one of Epstein’s ‘clients’, nor am I implying that he gained financially in any way from the ‘pharma’ business.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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