Thursday, September 23, 2021

First responders quietly oppose mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario Legislature

First responders stand silently in Toronto’s Queens Park at the provincial legislature on September 13 to protest mandatory COVID-19 vaccination programs.

“First responders for no mandates” read a sign seen among protesters, online videos of the event show. “Frontline for Freedom” read another.

Another sign said, “Toronto stands with Calgary,” an apparent reference to a silent protest against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations by police officers and firefighters in Calgary on September 7.

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September 13 was one of several protests against compulsory vaccination for public employees, including health workers, across Canada.

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People wave as a car during a protest against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and health measures outside the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus in Ottawa on September 13, 2021. (Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

Many of the protests in hospitals proved particularly controversial as political leaders and hospital administrators expressed concern that they would cause stress for medical workers and patients.

Ahead of protests at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center in Halifax on 13 September, Nova Scotia Health issued a statement calling on protesters to allow care for patients and families and free and clear access to work for staff, including physicians. asked for .

“It is disheartening and disheartening to learn that this could happen, given the hard work of health care workers over the past year and a half,” Nova Scotia Health said.

“Protesting in hospitals will further contribute to the stress and fatigue of our teams and we respectfully ask that protesters reconsider or choose a more appropriate location.”

Canadian Frontline Nurses, the organization behind the protests in hospitals, did not return repeated requests for comment on September 13 about the protests.

The organization on its website called for the protests to be calm and peaceful.

“It will be a silent vigil to honor those affected by the measures taken in the last one and a half years. Our cries and concerns have been ignored for far too long,” the group said.

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“Please join us in creating a memorial tribute by bringing flowers, pictures, cards, letters to share stories in honor of those affected. Share your loss and grief, to bring out the truth on what is happening across Canada and why we are taking a stand for tyrannical measures and government overreach. “

Sean Taylor, an emergency room nurse who has participated in such protests in the past, defended the decision of health workers by hospitals to organize protests because they said it was their place of employment. Taylor is also the Canadian People’s Party nominee for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay ride.

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“When Tellus goes on strike, you don’t picket in the park. You picket in Telus offices,” he said.

The protests appear to be open not only to healthcare workers but also to the general public.

Dr Michael Warner, an intensive care physician at Michael Garrone Hospital in Toronto, explained his concerns about the protests in hospitals in a video on Twitter.

“People are entitled to protest and have their voice heard. Also, hospitals are not the place to do that,” he said.

“Hospitals are holy places of medicine. This is where people go for protection, for protection, for healing, for love, for peace and sometimes for death. They are not a place to shout and shout and intimidate. “

James Risdon

James Risdon is an award-winning journalist based in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

First responders quietly oppose mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario Legislature
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