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Premier Sandy Silver and Dr. Catherine Elliott.

New COVID rules are ‘pivotal’

The Yukon government is following in the footsteps of other Canadian jurisdictions in implementing stringent new COVID-19 controls on its public service and associated agencies.

By Tim Giilck on October 15, 2021

The Yukon government is following in the footsteps of other Canadian jurisdictions in implementing stringent new COVID-19 controls on its public service and associated agencies.

The public will also be affected by new measures, brought in under the authority of the Public Health Act rather than under the Civil Emergency Management Act.

The measures were announced late this morning during a COVID-19 briefing by Premier Sandy Silver and the acting medical officer of health, Dr. Catherine Elliott.

They are being introduced as a result of rising COVID-19 number in the territory as the Delta variant has become entrenched.

“We are still in a public health emergency,” Silver said. “COVID-19 has spread ruthlessly and quickly. We have a duty to lead by example as the Yukon’s largest employer.”

Elliott called this a “pivotal moment” in the battle against the virus.

She said most of the community transmission remains amongst unvaccinated people, but more and more fully-vaccinated people are becoming infected as well.”

“The Government of Yukon will soon require all Yukon government employees and all frontline health care workers in the territory to be fully vaccinated,” stated a news release explaining the measures.

“Mandatory vaccination will apply to all public servants, including teachers, as well as those who work in hospitals, long-term care homes, medical clinics and allied health care settings.

“The requirement will also apply to all those non-government organizations funded by the Yukon government to provide services to vulnerable populations, as well as those in congregate living settings such as group homes, shelters and the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.”

The measures will take effect on Nov. 30, but more details are yet to be revealed as to how they will work, Silver told reporters in response to questions.

He and Elliott said Yukoners must double down on vaccinations. They’re looking for a vaccination rate of 90 per cent now to hopefully achieve herd immunity.

Currently, 85 per cent of adults in the Yukon are fully vaccinated.

Silver and Elliott said employees will have until Nov. 30 to receive two doses of vaccine.

The COVID-19 clinic at the Whitehorse Convention Centre was closed this week in favour of the influenza clinic. Elliott was questioned on the wisdom of that decision under the current circumstances.

She said “that’s not a helpful question,” and announced that starting on Monday, the vaccine clinic in Whitehorse will be open five days a week. She said vaccines are also available in all communities by contacting the local health centre.

Silver also announced that proof of vaccination will also soon be required to access non-essential services in the Yukon.

“All patrons of non-essential services, public events and participants in recreational activities, will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated,” the release said.

“This will not apply to youth recreational leagues for those under 12. This requirement will also come into place on Nov. 30, 2021.

Proof of vaccination will not be required to access essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, libraries or banks.

Elliott also announced several strong recommendations to cover the interim period until these new requirements come into effect:

• People who are not fully vaccinated are recommended to avoid non-essential services for 10 days after travel outside of the Yukon.

• Social gatherings should be limited to 20 people indoors and only if everyone is fully vaccinated, or a maximum of six if not fully vaccinated.

• All businesses, services and organized events are being asked to have an onsite operational plan.

“We need to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as the territory’s largest employer, the Yukon government has a duty to lead by example and do our part to keep Yukoners safe,” Silver said in the release.

“We are committed to working together with our partners, businesses and organizations on the implementation of these new requirements to protect the health and safety of Yukoners,” the premier added.

“I can’t emphasize enough that vaccination remains the very best protection for yourself, your community and all those who are ineligible for vaccination,” Elliott said in the statement.

“I have recommended mandatory vaccination for health care workers both to offer the important protection for those most vulnerable to severe disease and to protect our health care workforce, and I support the government’s initiative to require  vaccine for  all public servants and those who support the vulnerable,” Elliott added.

Comments (72)

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NickyB, not so on Oct 21, 2021 at 1:24 pm

Almost every one of those 'never have I' things you mention has happened with the introduction of every single vaccine, going back to cowpox/smallpox in the 1870s. Division, misinformation, protests, Anti-vaccination Leagues in England and North America, etc etc right up to controversies about Thimerosal and Jenny McCarthy and her 'Generation Rescue' group. The only differences are that today there are fortunes to be made on youtube and social media, and mask-wearing (which hopefully at some point will no longer be asked of us). There truly isn't much new under the sun, even with covid

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An alternative? on Oct 21, 2021 at 9:06 am

So for those who don't want get vaccinated, how about a daily test before entering the workplace, as Fox News has implemented? And a medical-grade mask while you're in your workspace? Maybe YG could then accommodate for washrooms, break areas. Would you be willing to do that? BC Human Rights has recommended those steps for people unable to be vaccinated (sorry but that doesn't include 'not wanting to' as a valid reason).

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Fan of Sparky! on Oct 20, 2021 at 10:29 pm

BEST COMMENTARY FROM SPARKY! (We don't need the anti-vaxer nut jobs working for YTG or receiving money from YTG. They will suck all of our resources dry when hospitalized from COVID)
From Sparky:
To the Yukon government
To whom it may concern. I’m a double vaccinated electrician currently working for a local electrical company. If you have any openings coming up as a result of government employees being afraid of a needle, I’d be ecstatic to work for the Yukon government. I’ll even work for 5% less than you're currently paying your staff electricians. I’ll keep an eye out on the gov job postings.

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NickyB on Oct 20, 2021 at 8:16 pm

"Of all the vaccines I have taken in my life like Tetanus shots, measles, mumps, polio, meningitis, TB shots, etc...
Never have I heard so many lies and deceptions over a vaccine that says I have to wear a mask and socially distance even when fully vaccinated, and that I could still contract or spread the virus even after being fully vaccinated.
Never had to get tested when I was perfectly healthy without any symptoms whatsoever.
Never been bribed by the establishments to take the vaccine in order to win a holiday and/or cash prizes or earn frequent flyer points.
I never had to worry about cardiac issues, neurological disorders, blood clots and sadly more! Didn't even have to worry about death.
Never was I ever THREATENED by the use of FORCE by the Government, Employers, Police force, and Military for a vaccine as seen overseas.
I was never judged by my friends or relatives if I didn't take it. I was never discriminated against for travel or other regular services to a point where I could not buy or sell without it.
The vaccines I have listed above never told me I was a bad person for not taking them or for even taking them for that matter.
I have never seen a vaccine that threatened the relationship between my family members and/or close friends to a point of destroying my relationships with them ever.
Never have I seen it used for political gain.
Never seen a vaccine needing 24/7 mass media advertising and promotion on every media outlet known to man.
Then there’s mixing and matching different vaccine brands and being told it's okay to do it one day and then told the next day to not do it (overseas).
I have never seen a vaccine threaten someone's livelihood, as well as wipe out their jobs.
I have never seen a vaccine that allows a 12-year-old child's consent to supersede their parent's consent (that one alone blows me away).
Finally, after all the vaccines (jab, shots) I listed above, I have never seen a vaccine like this one that discriminates, divides, and judges a society. So much information is censored, deleted, and removed from the internet and mainstream media!
So many doctors, health care professionals, police and scientists are censored and forbidden to speak out or ask legitimate questions when what is being allowed or not allowed does not make sense! Particularly when it comes from mainstream media. I have never known a vaccine that has made all the Pharmaceutical companies that manufacture it exempt from liability if it kills everyone to a point where no life insurance will cover it!
This is one powerful vaccine guys! It does all these things above that I have mentioned and yet? It does NOT do the one thing it is supposed to do which is? FIGHT OFF THIS PANDEMIC so why on earth would I get it"

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Mick on Oct 20, 2021 at 3:58 pm

@Thomas Brewer

Divisive?
85% of Yukoners are double vaxxed. That leaves 15% unvaxxed. Maybe 5% of those are ineligible for health reasons.
So, 10% non compliant are being ‘divided’. Good. Opt out of civilized society so the rest of can get on with life.

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Thomas Brewer on Oct 20, 2021 at 3:33 pm

"Pivotal"? No, I think the word you're looking for is divisive, or alienating, or combative, or demeaning. Definitely not pivotal.

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Jayne W on Oct 20, 2021 at 1:21 pm

While I fully support the right to make a stand, and support choice (I am double vaccinated and no issues proving it to whomever wants to see it). But I find it quite humous the gentleman handing out flyers during the Saturday protest walked towards our car as we were waiting for light to change (my window was down), we said beat it... he told us to go blank ourselves. (as he was putting out his smoke). Right then and there he lost his argument with me.

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Incorrect Citation by Nicky B on Oct 20, 2021 at 1:14 pm

@Nicky B
You state that "Oxford University study finds fully vaccinated Healthcare workers carry 251 times viral load compared to the unvaccinated proving the |Covid-19 jabs make you worse"

This is incorrect. The researchers did not compare vaccinated healthcare workers to unvaccinated people. They compared the viral load of vaccinated workers infected with Delta, to the viral load of people who were infected with older strains of the virus. This does not prove that the vaccination "makes you worse", it indicates that the Delta variant produces a much higher viral load in people, including those who are vaccinated.

Instead of copying and pasting from a sloppy conspiracy theory website, why not actually look at the Journal article itself?

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John on Oct 20, 2021 at 12:03 pm

@ Observer
Tsk, tsk, poor Observer has his nickers in a knot over those that believe differently. Need a hug chump?

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Yukong on Oct 20, 2021 at 11:12 am

More piecemeal "governance". Say one thing then do another. Show us the evidence that this will help combat covid. That's right, you can't. Because this is not about "keeping people safe". We're almost 90% vaccinated and NOW they bring this in?

I support vaccination and I support peoples' right to body autonomy. This mandate goes TOO FAR.

I resent the govt holding businesses hostage as well. Especially small business. Wal mart and Canadian tire (are they essential services?) have the cash to stick a henchman at the door to check papers. But this will be another stab for small businesses. Typical government BS, download their crap initiatives to the private business owners, under threat but with no support.

I really hope people stand their ground on this one. I for one will be taking notes which organizations gleefully comply, and I will not support them, in store or online, whatsoever, and forevermore. I will however go out of my way to support the businesses that refuse to comply with this invasive, illegal, and divisive mandate.

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Fact Check on Oct 20, 2021 at 8:50 am

Please stop the spread of misinformation. The virus load story someone posted here is false.
https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-251-viral-idUSL1N2PX1HH

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Douglas Martens on Oct 20, 2021 at 5:28 am

What a dividing line, as if we needed another.
One side is wrong. In a few more months we will learn by experience, (which is the best way), which one it was.
Apparently, the injections slowly destroy your body's natural defence mechanisms and this is becoming a problem in highly injected populations as inevitably new diseases arise.

So, in a few months or years we will know which side of the debate was worth listening to and which was not. No need for arguments and no need for forcing anything on the non-compliant.
Just let us all die of the common covid since we so stupidly refused the wonderful genocidal protection offered by eugenicist Bill Gates.

Problem solved. You're welcome.

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motive unclear on Oct 20, 2021 at 5:19 am

Cancer, suicide, addictions, diabetes and all all other causes of death have become utterly irrelevant. The only thing that matters is protecting us all from the common covid.
Do any of you power trippers think we don't see behind the curtain? Power, money, control, rule by fear tactics...
Personally I would rather die from the common covid twice than have my veins stuffed with graphene oxide and whatnot.

Your body, my choice now is it?

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Not sorry to see them leave, at least some of them on Oct 20, 2021 at 5:15 am

I've seen some of the unhinged FB posts and comments from folks who've been off the rails from the very beginning, and I have to say, it's worrisome that they're in positions of some influence and responsibility (eg 911 dispatcher, Yukon Housing). I feel badly for them and their families, but I'm not sorry that they have chosen to leave their jobs rather than get vaccinated.

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DL on Oct 20, 2021 at 1:23 am

What’s with the claim that covid vaccines reduce spread? Time for a reality check. Look up this September 30, 2021 study entitled “Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States”
Quote: “At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days (Fig. 1). In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8481107/

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Observer on Oct 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm

My goodness, this is getting wackier by the day. The right wing nuts are frothing at the mouth hoping against hope itself that this will be their opportunity. Give it up, not going to happen.
I can see it happening any day now, the cons will say the whole thing was a conspiracy and the election both federal and territorial were rigged!

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Gogo on Oct 19, 2021 at 5:32 pm

@ Aurora
Sounds like your life has been of series of poor decision after poor decision. This hill you are on right now: another poor decision.

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In Crowd @ Aurora on Oct 19, 2021 at 4:42 pm

Aurora you have clearly demonstrated your unhinged beliefs in writing.
Your rhetorical insults are a result of facing reality. Your subscription to the hysteria is heart breaking.

The government is bigger than the fringe group. The world is evolving and change is inevitable.

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Max Mack on Oct 19, 2021 at 2:48 pm

This was planned before Hanley announced his intentions to run as MP. All was hidden so their boy could get elected. They waited just long enough to plausibly deny the scheme.

This is an enormous scandal and journalists should be all over this.

Even though GY workers probably have the highest vaccination rates of any cohort in the Yukon, Silver and his fellow bullies have decided to mandate vaccines on the rest of us who still don't trust the pharmaceutical-medical complex or who can't take the jab for other reasons.

This won't end here, folks, Mandatory boosters are coming. They will be annual at least, perhaps semi-annual.
Enjoy your "immunity by subscription".

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Groucho d'North on Oct 19, 2021 at 10:00 am

@Vaccine Support
Why do you think Trudeau wanted a majority? He had plans to order all Canadians to be vaccinated.
"When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."
Thomas Jefferson

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Ralph McBryan on Oct 19, 2021 at 8:19 am

For decades, vaccines have gone through vigorous testing to ensure their efficacy. This particular vaccine provides your body with a pre COVID response so that when your system does come in contact with the virus, you are less likely to become seriously ill or die. That’s it’s intent. This highly infectious disease will spread regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not.
Vaccines have eliminated the spread of small pox, a much deadlier disease which would reappear every few years in the same locations. Because of mass vaccinations, it no longer does.

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Aurora on Oct 19, 2021 at 12:29 am

In answer to the "In Crowd"....You are a pathetic hypocrite. Did you even bother to meet any of those people trying to spread the truth about government lies and illegal mandates??? Did YOU? As you drove by in the comfort of your vehicle and probably gave them the finger, did you bother to open up your little limited mind and ask yourself if maybe you have been a fool to buy the mainstream narrative? I suppose that is all too much to ask of you when you cannot handle the truth? I was there and most of those people in the Shipyards group did not have government jobs or well paying jobs, many were vaccinated but were decent and brave enough to stand for freedom in medical choice.
While you drove by with your nose in the air. The people there were a varied mix of cultures and lifestyles and incomes. I am unvaccinated, no income at the moment due to injury, never worked for the government or had a high paying job, never drank. And I have never supported medical tyranny like YOU. Some of the most decent people I have met were in the Shipyards crowd Saturday afternoon and put you to shame.
Watch what you wish for because this one will come back to haunt you. It is a genocidal agenda at play worldwide and it'll get almost everyone and that includes you. You will never be able to say you were not warned in multiple ways.

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DMZ on Oct 18, 2021 at 8:51 pm

I wonder if people will be quite so gung-ho when they can't go to the bookstore without showing they're street legal.

I don't know if that's in the cards. I don't have much interest, since what holds today doesn't tomorrow. I'm torn between being so bored with the subject, to feeling insanely frustrated at the way, a year and a half into this, civil rights are clearly an artifact of the past. Wow, were they fragile. And yes, I'm vaccinated, I have nothing against vaccinations in general.

But is anyone keeping track of how many pivotal moments we've been told are imminent since March, 2020? They're just wrong a lot.

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John on Oct 18, 2021 at 8:00 pm

I just heard that Currie Dixon came out fully against the vaccine mandates so that is encouraging! I appreciate what Jonas Smith is trying to do with his protests but he really can't have much of an effect since he is not elected to anything. Now that we have Currie on the right side of history, we just need to find a way to bring down this government and get him into power. Then we can kiss this communist mandate good bye along with a bunch of the other repressive health measures as well. He and Jonas will make a great team one day!

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NickyB on Oct 18, 2021 at 1:32 pm

@youkonaise is misinformed.
Oxford University study finds fully vaccinated Healthcare workers carry 251 times viral load compared to the unvaccinated proving the Covid-19 jabs make you worse.
https://theexpose.uk/2021/08/24/oxford-university-study-finds-fully-vaccinated-healthcare-workers-carry-251-times-viral-load-compared-to-the-unvaccinated/

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Vaccine Support on Oct 18, 2021 at 1:15 pm

Great decision! If Trudeau had any political fortitude, he would have just mandated the vaccine for all provinces and territories.

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Yt on Oct 18, 2021 at 12:57 pm

If a conservative premier came in and said they were going to trim the fat and terminate 10% of Yukon government positions, or they implement an across the board 10% salary decrease, the same commenters who are decrying government overreach would be ecstatic. Instead, because vaccination has become sort of left/right political issue, we have people defending gov workers right to not be held accountable for their actions.

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Projection on Oct 18, 2021 at 10:34 am

Grocery stores will be empty soon most likely, people seem to forget that it wasn’t so long ago there was a massive panic. Off to get toilet paper.

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Sheepchaser on Oct 18, 2021 at 10:09 am

Fantastic decision. Leaving aside the medical question, this should do well to get the fringe of crazy and ultra-selfish out of their cushy no-firing-ever govvie jobs. Who knows, the entire territory might end up running much better.

The fundamental binding of society is an agreement to shared sacrifice. We sacrifice doing stupid and dangerous things while also paying into a public pot of money to take care of shared needs in order to function. This measure doesn’t violate your rights in the Canadian legal context, so, no you don’t have a choice.

Some folks want everything for nothing and a YG job has, until recently, been exactly that. It’s about time there was some…any… consequences for the most anti-service public service in the country.

Should the CMO in cahoots with the Commissioner and cabinet try to again violate Charter sections 6 and 9 without legal justification, I’ll be the first one at the courthouse. That said, requiring employees to participate in a basic measure of pubic safety or leave their pubic-facing jobs is more than fair. Those with relevant skills, who have engaged with lifelong learning and who have maintained a reputation deserving of positive employer references will be just fine. Or, they can take the jab and stay where they are.

Reasonable!

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Vaccinated momma Grizzly on Oct 18, 2021 at 9:58 am

Kudos to YG for taking the step that needs to be done. I’m happy the vulnerable kids and elderly will be protected. This makes good science sense and is not tyranny.

If you still think vaccines are dangerous, evil, etc, may I recommend the Reddit thread “Herman Caine Award”, the posthumous award for folks who argued against the vaccine publicly…then died, often alone and scared, due to Covid. Apparently it is helping some anti vaxxers to rethink their strategy. Good luck to you.

And, if a bunch of people refuse vaccines, lose their YG jobs, can’t participate in regular life…maybe they’ll move away and open up the housing market a little? Just a thought…

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iBrian on Oct 17, 2021 at 8:31 pm

Oh boy. More “Rules”. More taking away, more “to protect” more division, more BS.
I know 6 people in the Yukon now who are Covid Positive and all vaccinated. They are contagious.
So, how does getting the dose help? Oh right, if you do get it you “probably” won’t be as sick.
I am tired of all this schist. If you don’t want to catch the flu, stay home. Or move to South America where very, very few people even know what Covid is.
I’d move, but have winter in my blood.
Anyone else notice that gas is .40c a litre more than in February?
Anyone else notice that the system which we're operating under is not even close to sustainable?
How about anyone notice that, most working class pay close to 50% tax on their income after income tax, property tax and Point of Sale tax is paid. Then Insurance chews up another months income.
Anyone else having a problem with bringing home less then 50% of their hourly rate?
Or am I the only one?

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yukonnaise on Oct 17, 2021 at 6:26 pm

Non-vaxxed individuals carry a higher viral load. Therefore, they are a greater danger to others. You can read about it here: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/phm/2021/06/covid-19-transmission-vaccinated-cases.pdf?sc_lang=en

That is why being vaccinated is better for everyone.

As for the "my body, my choice" comparison. You don't catch pregnancy. So, leave women alone and stop making false analogies to make a case.

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Gary on Oct 17, 2021 at 1:16 pm

@ Wes

Well there is no doubt you are a very loyal (albeit foolish) Lieberal. But then you always have been. Your biggest drawback is the "rose coloured" glasses you look through. Just take a moment Wes and reflect on Silver's deficit financing, the current school scandal, rough-shod footwork - courtesy of Mostyn, the lies, the wasteful spending - to name just a few. Aw, I know you won't, you are far too enamoured by the halo you have placed around this bunch of hooligans.

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Observer on Oct 17, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Good call by the federal liberals and good call by the territorial liberals. We need to move beyond this and get on with life. Having antivaxxers plugging up hospitals when beds are needed for all the other things that hospitals deal with is important.
Should apply to the whole population.

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Martyrs and heroes? Hardly on Oct 17, 2021 at 7:24 am

So people have backed themselves so far into a corner that they're walking away from jobs and careers, and making themselves out to be some kind of freedom fighters. Lordy. Oh, well - we all live with the consequences of our choices. And Matthew, you're going to wear out the '!' on your keyboard

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Snowman on Oct 16, 2021 at 9:34 pm

And where do Kate White and Currie Dixon stand on this? Have they given us their clear positions? I hope they don't sit on the fence. We all deserve to know.

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Lost In the Yukon on Oct 16, 2021 at 8:13 pm

… and one other thing. The NDP need to pull the pin on their deal with the devil. Silver is tearing the Yukon apart.

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Lost In the Yukon on Oct 16, 2021 at 8:10 pm

Smoke and mirrors … Trudeau mandated ALL federal employees have to be vaccinated except when you lift the veil, look behind the curtain about 2/3rds have exemptions.

Silver has mandated all YG employees have to be vaccinated … but how many still work from home? The exemptions will be massive … all smoke and mirrors.

Silver appears every bit capable of misdirection as the Prime Minister.
… and it does shift focus from the sex abuse scandal.

It’s going to get ugly!

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The “In Crowd” on Oct 16, 2021 at 5:19 pm

The romanticism of the anti vax is wearing down. Protest lovers - done before Christmas. The last, huddled few together, wondering what the next phase is for them. I thought I would see dumpster fires, marching, hunger strike and tent city?

What I saw was well groomed, money, wolf creek camp ground variety on the Shipyards corner… oddly enough, across from the Liquor store… which most of that crowd is well acquainted with. No poison in their bodies right, along with other mind altering substances… Is losing your career worth this - to belong to the “in crowd” affiliations.

When it’s all put to rest they won’t look twice at you - Egoism and Infamy - in it’s highest order.

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sparky on Oct 16, 2021 at 4:55 pm

To the Yukon government
To whom it may concern. I’m a double vaccinated electrician currently working for a local electrical company. If you have any openings coming up as a result of government employees being afraid of a needle, I’d be ecstatic to work for the Yukon government. I’ll even work for 5% less than you're currently paying your staff electricians. I’ll keep an eye out on the gov job postings.

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Wes on Oct 16, 2021 at 4:20 pm

The key word phrase here is public servant. If you work for YTG you are a public servant. What does that mean? Well, from the BC gov website: "A career in the public service is for anyone who wants to make a difference. It means putting public interests first – ahead of personal interests. Many public servants say they chose public service because they enjoy giving back to their community."
Putting public interests first...... If you are not prepared to put the public's interest first, maybe choose another employer. You can't have it all.
Sandy will always get my vote after this decision.

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Not an anti vaxxer on Oct 16, 2021 at 11:31 am

I'm not anti-vaccine. I have both shots. But I think forcing people to take it is a step down a slippery slope. I find it funny that a lot of the same people who are on the pro-choice side of the abortion debate, that chant "My body, my choice!" are the same people trying to ram a rushed to market vaccine down the throats, (or into the arms) of others.

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Groucho d'North on Oct 16, 2021 at 9:51 am

"The measures will take effect on Nov. 30, but more details are yet to be revealed as to how they will work, Silver told reporters in response to questions." We're making it up as we go along...stay tuned for further developments.

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zelmo on Oct 16, 2021 at 9:48 am

What is being done in regards to early treatment in the Yukon? I have heard nothing about this, Data from other countries is showing the delta is equal opportunity.

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Fred Sagae on Oct 16, 2021 at 9:23 am

Go ahead. Call me names, insult my intelligence, and get all worked up. I understand. If I was conned by media propaganda into letting big pharma inject me with an experimental drug without any liability, informed consent, or even human medical trials conducted I would probably be upset too.

It’s okay. You can insult me to your heart’s content. I’m still not letting a corporation put an unknown foreign substance into my body. If you would rather surrender your bodily autonomy over to Pfizer, Moderna or whoever just so you can go to a concert or ball game then by all means, please go right ahead.

If you’re okay with trusting a corporation/industry that’s only known long term track record to date is one of corruption, malfeasance, and greed I can’t say I understand, but I support your right to make all the stupid decisions you please.

Just don’t expect me to forego common sense to appease your irrational fear.

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strategic move on Oct 16, 2021 at 6:13 am

Finally YG has come up with an effective way to rid the public service of some of its biggest problem employees. Brilliant strategy!

For those who truly believe in ‘my body my choice’, leaving your job when your values are in conflict with your employer should be a non-issue. There’s TONS of work out there, nothing prevents you from hopping off the trough and getting another job. Nothing. ‘If’ you truly believed in your cause that is. Just as you have rights, so does the employer. And they have chosen to help protect the rights of the majority instead of the squeaky wheel few. It’s about time.

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Mikofox on Oct 16, 2021 at 12:11 am

Left-coast politics from California to the Yukon!

Alternatively we could look and adopt what Scandinavian countries have done, or avoided, to NOT wreck their economy, social fabric, health care, education system.

Let's look at Norway:
No restrictions.
No masks.
No COVID passports.
No QR codes required.
No social distancing rules.

Everything is open.
Employers cannot ask you about your medical or COVID status. Life is back to normal.
Or how the Amish are faring with their approach. [Google: Amish Covid: 'No hospitalization, isolation or vaccines = herd immunity’]

Every country that tries to 'control' the virus with these 'proven' [draconian] measures has been a fail.
Singapore, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Scotland are just some examples.
New Zealand’s leader finally realized her 'zero-virus' policy was a crazy mistake.

At least the Doc admits that "more and more fully-vaccinated people are becoming infected as well.” Anyone with an open mind and willing to inform themselves can see that it has become a 'pandemic' of the vaccinated.
Double vaxxed, experiencing no symptoms, thinking themselves as safe, spreading the virus. But show your months old vax pass and you will get the VIP treatment.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has some interesting charts on Covid statistics for Canada and each Province/Territory. Like: 99.93% overall survival rate for Canada.
You’d never hear that during your meaningless government Covid Updates.

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Bandit on Oct 15, 2021 at 11:31 pm

She said “that’s not a helpful question,”
What the Heck does that mean? I think loosely translated is "I don't have a clue or an intelligent answer" The old "Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies". Well I've got to at least give her credit for the dumb-assed remark instead of a boldfaced lie.

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Yukoner49 on Oct 15, 2021 at 8:59 pm

To everyone out there who knows this vaccine mandate stuff is wrong, please join Jonas Smith and Currie Dixon at the protest tomorrow at 2nd and Ogilvie.

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Mike on Oct 15, 2021 at 8:47 pm

None of this crap is even legal Silver can mandate all he wants but can't enforce it. Canadian citizens don't respond to threats or attempts to deflect. If your useless vaccine is so powerful then why are the protected aka the vaccinated so afraid of the unvaccinated? Second the article is inaccurate in its facts stating that most of the transmission is to the unvaccinated when everyone knows it's more leaning toward the vaccinated. So why in the hell would I or anyone else believe that if I get vaccinated I'll be safe? It's nonsense and so is this government. Lions don't care about the opinions of sheep. Sheep being the vaccinated and the liberals.

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Juniper Jackson on Oct 15, 2021 at 7:50 pm

I am SO about pro choice. Most people are. They want to be in control of their own lives. The Emergency Measures lockdown became terribly unpopular as governments stretched it out depriving everyone of their right to make decisions regarding their families, lives, health. With an election coming, we got the right to choose back. But, our right to choose, removes the government's control over those choices. This "pivotal rules" is just another way for government to exert control, a passive/aggressive grab at sanctimonious self aggrandizement by people who really like being called "Sir", "yes Maam'. Perceived power.. corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. But that corruption is in them. Those fools sitting on the throne thinking..they are ALL that. News flash. A toilet is also called a throne.

Slowly enacting all the lockdown regs, without actually giving people like me a target. We have covid, we have variants.. so what?? News releases carefully neglect to say, no one died of covid this week, but 5 ODs, 10 Cancer, 2 suicides. I think the Liberals use covid to cover up the countries desperate financial situation. In the good ol' days, they screamed 'the American's are coming, the American's are coming' thereby distracting public attention from whatever nefarious scheme they were up to. Now? Its Covid is coming, Covid is coming.. hide your children, mask your face, stay home, eat chips and get Netflix. Covid is here. So is the flu. And the real disease? So are the Liberals.

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Matthew on Oct 15, 2021 at 7:46 pm

This is insane its coming to this! Its absolutely disgusting right now! Wake up folks! NO to SEGREGATION! coming here soon, no vax no food! Wtf!

https://www.rt.com/news/537644-hesse-bans-unvaxxed-supermarkets/

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jeff bikaboom on Oct 15, 2021 at 7:28 pm

This was predictable. Is it time for camps yet?

My wife and I are both losing our jobs and losing our inalienable human rights. We will no longer be able to participate in society. On the positive side, we know that our bodies have not been poisoned, and that we have, and will continue to, act rationally, logically and with strength of character and morality. We wish the best for everyone and pray for those who are going to be affected by adverse reactions.

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Rick S on Oct 15, 2021 at 7:02 pm

Interesting how they admit the vaccines are starting to fail and then decide we need to double down all in one press briefing. We'll get to 90% and magically Covid will disappear, apparently. Well, not in 90%+ Israel, even after booster shots. Or 99.7% vaccinated Waterford that now has the highest Covid rates in Ireland. 95%+ vaccinated US colleges already back to online learning. Lots of other examples.

This will tear apart our community. Business will be affected. Hockey teams torn apart, etc. This has nothing to do with the health and the well-being of Yukon.

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I got 2 chips in my shoulder and I'm happy on Oct 15, 2021 at 6:28 pm

GREAT NEWS!
While the WHINERS will keep whining at home, us vaccinated people will hangout in bars and restaurants!
Plus at the gym they won't be around too!

Now these potheads will be stuck together, isolated on their paranoia island with their Facebook Master Degree in Epidemiology.
CHEERS!
If you are not happy with that you can still emigrate to another country.

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Genius on Oct 15, 2021 at 6:05 pm

Problem: caught covering up sexual abuse at an elementary school.
Solution: make last minute slapped together announcement as diversion.

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Certainly hope on Oct 15, 2021 at 5:21 pm

I certainly hope there are NO government workers still working from home! There is no longer any reason for government employees to be working from home. All offices have Plexiglas in place and all workers can wear masks. The public can also be advised to wear a mask if coming to a government office.

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bonanzajoe on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:54 pm

Joe: Judging by the more thumbs down than thumbs up for you comment, it seems to indicate that most Canadians want to give up their rights to Marxist communism governments. It also tells the Marxists that it is open season for the "great reset". How sad. And how sad that the "millennial generation and future generations will never see or enjoy the freedoms and democracy that my generation has enjoyed in our early lifetimes.
I just read a report stating, that the greatest epidemic in the western world today is loneliness and depression. I can see why. My heart aches for them.

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Matthew on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:52 pm

More people die each year from Doctors misdiagnosis in CANADA ALONE! On avg it's 24,000/year! "Covid" has killed 27,000 in 1.5 years.. think about that!? When did you become so fragile in that mind of yours!? This comment is 100% FACT!

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Hardly the first to do this on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:52 pm

From what I can tell, every province has the same requirement, and the only 2 jurisdictions NOT introducing proof-of-vaccine requirements are NWT and Nunavut (Newfoundland and Labrador starts on Oct 22, and yeah - even Alberta). So let's not get too upset about this, or think that we're somehow getting targeted. Download your QR code, print off your paper copy and let's have a decent winter, with schools and businesses and recreation facilities open

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Matthew on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:49 pm

Wow! Shocking! Sickening really! I hope to see a mass exodus! How does a democracy exist when you're forced to do anything against your will!? This is medical tyranny! I want to say so much more but I know for a fact it won't get posted!

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martin on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:46 pm

Why do they need the proof of vax? They should only turn on the pre-installed chip and see who is and isn't. C'mon be practical!

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bonanzajoe on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:44 pm

"Proof of vaccination will not be required to access essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, libraries or banks". Not yet! The leftys have their leaders. Where are the leaders of the right?

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Good! on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:28 pm

Good! I know some anti-vaccers who will be affected by this within their jobs. And if you don't believe in vaccinating, and you don't have a medical exemption due to major health complications, you need to be get vaccinated. If you don't want to be vaccinated, stay away from the those of us who are. The spread will never stop. How the #*$& do you think measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and polio were eradicated?
I hope YTG takes it a step further and makes all students, aged 12 and up, to be vaccinated. If schools can be the biggest spreader of infections, then everybody in schools should be vaccinated. And for anti vax parents, there is online schooling. It's in the works to have vaccines for all school aged students.

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Bingo on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:16 pm

Perhaps the likes of Silver, Trudeau etc should be nowhere near a microphone when it comes to medical information. The chief medical officer should not be partisan, like the new liberal Yukon MP. Medical information when brought to the public attention by those there are influenced by politics and votes will never get the trust needed to overcome this pandemic.

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And here come the HOWLS of protest on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:13 pm

but this isn't unexpected. We've managed to avoid this until now but it's a logical next step for the winter. I think it's a good move, and especially helps to protect the kids who can't yet get vaccinated and the most at-risk people.

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Joe on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:03 pm

This is by far the worse decision ever made by this power stricken government. It's not science, it's not medicine it is sheer control and political wedge. Stand up for your rights.

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Alan Front on Oct 15, 2021 at 3:46 pm

Private companies have no right to my private medical information. Period. How is this legal?

https://www.yukonombudsman.ca/yukon-information-and-privacy-commissioner/for-the-public/what-are-my-rights

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Distraction on Oct 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm

"New COVID rules are ‘pivotal’"... to distract from Hidden Valley

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North_of_60 on Oct 15, 2021 at 3:44 pm

Medical science evidence shows that so-called "vaccination" does not prevent people from catching and spreading Covid. At best, the shot might reduce the severity of a Covid infection. A healthy immune system does that much better. More often "vaccination" and wearing masks provides a false sense of security and makes people mistakenly believe they're safe and immune from catching Covid. As a result, many fail to take even basic 'flu season' precautions.

Attempts to blame the continuing spread of Covid on the "unvacinated" are disingenuous and not supported by medical science. A Chief Medical Officer of Health should be providing useful information supported by actual medical evidence, not parroting political talking points.

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Mr Facts on Oct 15, 2021 at 3:23 pm

This isn't about your health. It never was. Who is responsible for when I get injured by this rushed vaccine? Oh right? Nobody. I guess I'm a dumbass plaque rat who is just for looking out for my own health. So selfish of me. These are dark times. But again no one cares. Well, I do.

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BnR on Oct 15, 2021 at 3:21 pm

Gov (ytg) employees who were not essential got to work from home, keep their jobs, keep their benefits and enjoy what amounted to a long paid vacation.
Gov employees are public servants and should be held to the highest standard. If all they have to do is get vaccinated to keep enjoying jobs with wages in excess of comparable positions in the private sector, then too bad, get the vaccine.
Otherwise, I know Vic Gold has openings.

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