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WATCH: Fully vaccinated Calgary woman forced into quarantine facility due to new Omicron measures

“They read me my rights and told me I was entitled to a lawyer. They told me the fine for breaking quarantine is up to $750,000.”

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As a result of new federal measures imposed to tackle a new variant, fully vaccinated Canadians returning from some countries are required to stay in quarantine facilities.

“This is a tough post for me,” writes Tiffany Lynn on Facebook.

Lynn, accompanied by her family, was travelling in Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt is among 10 countries Canada has recently imposed additional measures on for returning travellers. Under the new measures, Canadian citizens — such as Lynn — are subject to “enhanced pre-entry and arrival testing, screening, and quarantine measures” regardless of vaccination status.

“We came early to complete the new quarantine requirement,” writes Lynn, adding how she is fully vaccinated and completed a PCR test in Cairo and Frankfurt.

Upon arrival in YYC, Lynn says her family was escorted by agents with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to a “health screening.”

“They read me my rights and told me I was entitled to a lawyer. They told me the fine for breaking quarantine is up to $750,000,” writes Lynn.

Without permission to stop or get anything to eat and drink, Lynn says her family was escorted to a secondary screening at customs and subsequently transported to the Westin Airport Hotel in Calgary, which is currently used in its entirety by the federal government as a “secure” quarantine facility.

In her post, Lynn describes the parking lot as being blocked with “No Trespassing” signs.

“We were met by the Red Cross of Canada employees in hazmat suits. We were processed and taken to an isolation floor,” writes Lynn, explaining how her family was not allowed to leave their room, receive deliveries, or consume anything from offsite. The rooms did not have cups for water, and despite a request, none arrived according to Lynn.

“Once we get our test results (presumably negative, and can take up to 72 hours) we must contact the Red Cross who will coordinate with quarantine officers for our release,” writes Lynn.

“This is happening, right now, in Canada, two years into a pandemic to vaccinated individuals. I don’t have the words to express this well. I waver back and forth between rage, embarrassment and disbelief.”

Tiffany Lynn/Facebook

The Canadian Red Cross is tasked with “helping” support people during their forced detainment.

Tiffany Lynn/Facebook

The federal government’s justification for the facilities is “to reduce the risk of the importation and transmission of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada related to international travel,” specifically the Omicron variant, which was classified as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 26.

Viruses — such as COVID-19 — have their own DNA or RNA, therefore allowing them to mutate into new forms.

The Omicron variant does share mutations with some of the other variants of concern which may increase binding of the spike protein to the ACE-2 protein, making it more infectious than the Wuhan strain, however, this is following an expected evolutionary path — another step towards COVID-19 evolving into a common coronavirus — one that’s highly infectious and exceedingly mild.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association and GP of 33 years says no one in South Africa is known to have been hospitalized with the Omicron variant, nor is anyone believed to have fallen seriously ill with it.

All Canadians returning from the 10 countries, regardless of vaccination status or a past infection of COVID-19, are subject to the same measures.

Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra says this is “swift action to protect the health and safety of Canadians,” referring to the policy as “robust, science-based measures to prevent COVID-19 variants of concern from being spread in Canada.”

The 10 countries facing restrictions are:

  • Botswana;
  • Egypt;
  • Eswatini;
  • Lesotho;
  • Malawi;
  • Mozambique;
  • Namibia;
  • Nigeria;
  • South Africa; and
  • Zimbabwe.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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  1. UncleAram

    December 9, 2021 at 11:10 am

    This is absolutely wrong. Nobody should be forced into these *camps*

  2. Ken

    December 7, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    The absolute scariest thing I see is, how can 50% of the population of the world loose their ability to think critically and believe the government is acting in the best interests of the population. And I cant just blame it on stupidity because there are well educated people still buy into this farce.

  3. Longo

    December 7, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    I bought a F-150 and an Airstream; Lets Go Justin!

  4. Peter No

    December 7, 2021 at 7:11 am

    First, there is no such thing as a “fully vaccinated”, hahaha. Second, when coming to “shithole country” like Canada one should be ready to face the risks like kidnapping, detention, imprisonment, ransom 750K – all performed by Canadian authorities.

  5. Mars Hill

    December 6, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Info Wars hits the nail on the head on this story.
    https://banned.video/watch?id=61aed09666455909211673ac

  6. Barry Williams

    December 6, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Dr. Seuss, a real doctor not like the fake doctors of today, talked all about these travel troubles in his philosophical tome “I Had Trouble Getting To Solla Sollew”. Yep, s’all in there.

  7. Baron Not Baron

    December 6, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Oi Tiffany, feeling just a little dumb for taking the poison eh? Now whaddaya know it didn’t serve you sh!t. And if you think you are getting the 3, 4, 5, 666, 789, will help you in any way, well honey you then deserve your room in the gul@g. Sleep tight ladybug, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

  8. Barbara

    December 6, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    All the people who vxxed to travel, who didn’t care about anyone else’s freedom, jobs, rights, etc……
    Freedom fighters say to you “We told you so!!!”

    AND IT WILL NEVER STOP UNTIL YOU STOP COMPLYING.

    Your selfishness, your fear, has made our problem worse. The more you comply the more they will take from you. DO YOU GET IT YET?

    And now THEY’RE AFTER YOUR CHILDREN!!!…..Wake Up.

  9. Leslie Solar

    December 6, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Perhaps a new Association (or ??) needs to be created with the express purpose of demanding the abolishment of the Alberta Health Services, about now?

    Since Kenney cant seem to figure out what a Premier is supposed to do, we should include demanding Kenney’s resignation, in the purposes and goals of the association?

    ….reminds me of Donna LaFramboise’s book titled “How the delinquent teenager was mistaken for the worlds leading climate scientist” (I think that was the title of her critique of the UN’s IPCC report back a couple of decades ago).

  10. Bruce

    December 6, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Cosmo_ 100% on target

  11. Cosmo Kramer

    December 6, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Keep in mind the survival rate for COVID-19 is 99.8%. From what I have read, OMICRON is more transmissible but has milder symptoms so the survival rate may be higher.

    This outrageous clown performance is being put on over this. They look like a bunch of nuts pretending they are in a serious pandemic movie instead of the plandemic they are actually doing. They remind me of people who cover their walls and windows with tin foil to keep out the micro waves that they believe are being aimed at them.

    Never forget what a corrupt and unethical organization AHS is and that they are not concerned with health at all.

    Never forget that the useless UCP has abdicated leadership of AHS to the NDP. As Jason Kenney said “we are not doctors so we let the experts (NDP) make the decisions”. Just like they say they do not legislate morality while doing nothing while the NDP legistlate immorality.

    Lastly, I am very dissappointed in much of the population for buying into this.

  12. Mike Bujold

    December 6, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    This is why I laugh when people say they got the injection ‘for travel’. You like travelling like this? Is this what you imagined when you got it?

  13. John Lankers

    December 6, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    I’m starting to believe that even Russia, of all places, is a country where people enjoy more personal rights and freedoms.

  14. berta baby

    December 6, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    It’s not about health… the fucking government is taking freedom. They know the vote is rigged and no one will fight , what does a guy do ? Sell your shit and enjoy the few days left ?

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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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