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Rutgers University students for now will have no choice but to comply with the university’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a federal appeals court ruled.
The Feb. 15 decision stemmed from an appeal filed in January 2023 by Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and 13 students who sued Rutgers in August 2021, arguing the mandate violated the students’ “basic right to control our bodies.”
Julio C. Gomez, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, told The Defender that CHD and the students “are considering all options, including further appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
In its ruling, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Rutgers had a rational basis for the mandate as part of efforts to curb the pandemic on campus.
White House officials pressured Amazon in 2021 to censor and minimize access to books on its online site that questioned the safety or efficacy of vaccines, according to e-mails released earlier this month by House Judiciary Committee Chairman, U.S. Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio.
The campaign to curtail any vaccine-related book sales during the height of the pandemic was led by President Biden’s Senior Advisor for Covid-19 Response, Andrew Slavitt, and sought to avoid the spread of “propaganda and misinformation.”
“Who can we talk to about the high levels of propaganda and misinformation and disinformation of [sic] Amazon?” Slavitt wrote to Amazon in a Mar. 2, 2021, e-mail.
There’s been plenty of reaction to a Global News investigation into Covid-19 rapid tests procured by the Canadian Government during the height of the pandemic. After digging into this story for over a year, our journalists found evidence that this particular test’s supplier, Toronto based BTNX, gave Health Canada incomplete data about the test’s accuracy. Heather Yourex-West has that story.
Liberal MPs yesterday blocked committee subpoenas forcing ArriveCan contractors to testify under threat of arrest. “This is putting us all in a rather precarious position,” said MP Charles Sousa (Mississauga-Lakeshore, Ont.), parliamentary secretary for the Department of Public Works that okayed $59.5 million in ArriveCan contracts.
“The RCMP may or may not be reviewing this case,” MP Sousa told the Commons government operations committee. “It is important I think that we take a pause and suspend this issue until we have greater understanding even from the RCMP in terms of the implications,” he added.
It is impossible to know whether federal managers destroyed ArriveCan evidence sought by investigators, Auditor General Karen Hogan said yesterday. Hogan and others cited a suspicious lack of records regarding the $59.5 million program that went overbudget on sweetheart contracting.
“All these circumstances are just what they appear to be, circumstances,” Hogan testified at the Commons public accounts committee. “We still need accountability.”
Evidence to date shows favoured suppliers with inside contacts received millions in payments without necessary recordkeeping by federal managers. “The complete absence of documents suggests that either there was a conspicuous lack of records kept or documents were destroyed,” said Conservative MP Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.).
Cabinet is shelving a long-threatened bill to regulate truth and disinformation on the internet. Canadians consider the measure unconstitutional, Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc wrote in a letter to MPs.
“The government heard from Canadians and stakeholders that while false and misleading information online can carry significant consequences, creating legislation and policies that restrict or otherwise limit speech based on the veracity of information would undermine freedom of expression to an unacceptable degree,” Minister LeBlanc wrote the Commons ethics committee.
New figures show federally-subsidized transit operators have yet to regain pre-pandemic ridership. Statistics Canada yesterday confirmed fare revenues nationwide remain below 2019 levels despite historic population growth.
“There remains some uncertainty as to whether urban activities and commuting will return to pre-pandemic patterns,” said a StatsCan report. Even with piecemeal gains in ridership by municipal operators across Canada analysts counted 436 million fewer passenger trips last year than in 2019.
The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) says the organization did not drive the worldwide response to COVID-19 and isn’t spearheading attempts to make a pandemic accord either.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made these explicit claims days ago at the World Governments Summit and followed up with similar ones at the Munich Security Conference.
“Let me be clear: WHO did not impose anything on anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not lockdowns, not mask mandates, not vaccine mandates. We don’t have the power to do that, we don’t want it and we’re not trying to get it,” Ghebreyesus said at the summit.
“Our job is to support governments with evidence-based guidance, advice and, when needed, supplies, to help them protect their people. But the decisions are theirs. And so is the pandemic agreement. It has been written by countries, for countries, and will be implemented in countries in accordance with their own national laws.”
It is common nowadays to hear talk of ‘the elites’, especially ‘the global elites’. On the one hand, these phrases seem to refer to Bill Gates, George Soros, Larry Fink, Klaus Schwab and other Bond villains, plus the figures who play Oddjob to Goldfinger – accredited sidekicks and secretaries like Joe Biden, Ursula von der Leyen, Anthony Fauci, Tedros Ghebreyesus and Gary Lineker. One the other hand, they refer to the entire higher educated class of professionals, teachers and administrators, the class of ‘nowheres’ as distinguished from ‘somewheres’ (David Goodhart) or ‘uppers’ as distinguished from ‘downers’ (Ferdinand Mount), or ‘democrats’ as distinguished from ‘deplorables’ (Hillary Clinton). This is confusing, but it makes sense. There are extremely powerful figures operating at a high level of influence. And then there are the enforcers. And then there are the jobsworths.
The Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities Committee unanimously passed a Conservative motion for Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault to appear as a witness within two weeks, following his controversial comments that the federal government would no longer invest in road infrastructure.
“We believe that this committee needs to discuss this matter on an urgent basis,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl, who introduced the motion, said at the outset of the Feb. 21 committee meeting. “These were comments that were given to a conference. These were prepared remarks by the minister of the environment designed to send a message to Canadians.”