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DISPENSING INFORMATION – Dr. Catherine Elliott (right), the acting chief medical officer of health, addresses the media Tuesday afternoon while Premier Sandy Silver listens. Mary Tiesen, the government’s American sign language interpreter, is in the centre. Photo courtesy GOVERNMENT OF YUKON

No one is hospitalized with COVID-19: Elliott

There was at least one bit of good news coming out of the weekly COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday afternoon: there are currently no virus cases in the hospitals around the Yukon.

By Tim Giilck on January 19, 2022

There was at least one bit of good news coming out of the weekly COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday afternoon: there are currently no virus cases in the hospitals around the Yukon.

That news came from Dr. Catherine Elliott, the acting chief medical officer of health.

Elliott pronounced that as very good news, even as it belied the ongoing concern of public health and government officials that the latest outbreak of COVID-19 – starring the Omicron variant – threatened to strain or exceed the capacity of the territorial health system.

Earlier in the briefing, Premier Sandy Silver called the situation “extremely dynamic.

“We have to be able to change things quickly in response. It’s a serious threat to our health care system and is putting a significant strain on it,” Silver said.

“Our rural health care system is very small, so any change in numbers is significant.”

Last week, two people were hospitalized, although it wasn’t known if they were in intensive care or not.

Elliott said she was delighted to see that information. Silver said it was good news, seeing as how only a small swing in numbers could represent problems for health care in the Yukon.

“I’m very happy to see there isn’t anyone in the hospital,” she said.

Much of the news conference was devoted to rehashing the new health restrictions announced last Friday evening that have constantly been in the news since (see story below).

With a flash of irritation, Silver said the government is criticized when it releases information, and is criticized when it doesn’t.

“We were giving people time to prepare,” he insisted. “The timing of that announcement might have been inconvenient, but COVID is not convenient. Our communications staff work 24-7,” he added. (See related story, p. 6.)

Most of those restrictions, Silver and Elliott said, are aimed at limiting contact between individuals in an effort to break the chain of infection.

They stressed the measures will be temporary, although Elliott couldn’t precisely explain how an evaluation would be done to decide when to lift them.

“We absolutely do not make these decisions lightly,” Silver chipped in.

The current numbers show 306 active cases in the Yukon, with 27 cases from Monday through Tuesday.

Those numbers show a clear decline, but that’s deceiving, Elliott acknowledged.

Due to changes in the testing regimen reducing access to the PCR lab tests, the numbers are artficially low, she said.

The government is also not tracking the results of rapid tests carried out at home or work, she said.

Elliott said “we know there are far more cases,” but insisted the government still has a good handle on how the outbreak is trending.

There has been an average of 31 cases a day over the last three days, she said.

Silver bristled when a CKRW radio reporter asked him why the public should “trust the government” when it appeared to many that it’s giving up on battling the virus.

Silver said no one he has talked to has expressed that sentiment.

Elliott touched on the recent approval of a new anti-viral drug manufactured by Pfizer that can be taken orally to stave off the worst effects of a COVID-19 infection. The Yukon is expecting to receive 100 initial doses of PAXLOVID, but there is no timeline as to when a shipment will arrive.

In a separate news release issued after the briefing, Elliott and Tracy-Anne McPhee, the minister of Health and Social Services, said, “The Government of Yukon is pleased that Health Canada has authorized a new drug to treat adults who have been diagnosed mild to moderate COVID-19 and are at risk of developing serious disease.

“The new oral antiviral drug PAXLOVID TM, developed by Pfizer, is the first COVID-19 therapy that can be taken at home. The new drug is a combination of two medications that work to stop the virus from replicating and greatly reducing the likelihood of hospitalization or death in high-risk COVID-19 patients.

“We are working with the federal government to receive the Yukon’s initial allocation as soon as possible. This will be a very limited quantity of treatment courses.

“Additional treatment courses will be available as the supply of the medication increases in the coming weeks and months.”

Silver appeared to be startled to be asked where the government stands on the ongoing controversial debate as to whether provincial and territorial governments should make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for the general public.

The Quebec government is proposing to bring in a “substantial tax” on non-vaccinated adults seeking health care, and the federal government is pressuring the jurisdictions to consider the idea. So far, most of the provinces have rejected the concept.

“What do you mean by mandatory vaccines?” Silver asked when the question was posed Tuesday.

When it was explained to him further, he would only say,“we’re not considering that.” (See Chantal Hébert’s column on the issue, p. 8.)

In the meantime, Old Crow in the far North of Yukon has gone into another lockdown at the behest of the Vuntut Gwitchin government.

That’s being ordered despite a lack of documented cases of the virus at the moment.

In Dawson City, most recreational sports activities are now under suspension.

Many people in Whitehorse who are involved in sports are also saying the wording of the restrictions is totally unclear.

The government says it will offer them a technical briefing, but no date has been set. (See related coverage in Sports.)

Comments (51)

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Jay Dangles on Jan 25, 2022 at 1:42 pm

I just wanted to share my story. I see a lot of the same posters on here. Everyone has an opinion on government, on vaccine mandates, on the severity to covid etc.

Here is my story. I am a born and raised Yukoner. I am double vaxed by choice. My choice was about protecting myself and my close friends and family. I tested positive for covid on January 5th. I was extremely sick Jan 2-8. I could not get out of bed for 3 straight days. I was very concerned. I know if I was not vaccinated I would have been in the hospital
I have recovered, but I have some very significant effects. I have no energy, I have insomnia, I am exhausted from minor activities and cannot catch my breath and my stomach is constantly nauseas. I have now seen my doctor twice. I am waiting for results from bloodwork. I now have very high blood pressure.

I am genuinely scared that 3 weeks after my obvious symptoms went away, I have developed much more severe symptoms.
I know I am the exception to what everyone is talking about. It's just a cold, or its not even that. As a mid 30's male covid has had a significant effect on my health. How much of an effect is yet to be determined. So basing everything on whether someone ends up in hospital is only one factor. I am still reliant on our healthcare system and I take up their time.

There are lots of people like me struggling. Perhaps people should be less concerned about what YG is or isn't telling you and just take my advice. Covid can be bad. Maybe not for you or your friend, but trust me you don't want to be one of the unlucky ones. Seeing everyone fight over vaccines and government trust really frustrates me because it seems like no one on here actually cares about real people who actually got really sick.
I just wanted to share my story, not attack anyone.

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jake on Jan 24, 2022 at 12:08 pm

@ roy.. although most of your posts have some semblance of logic and you do appear to be well informed, sometimes you just make outright statements based on your opinion which are so false.

"The fact that the vast majority of Yukoners are vaccinated and in support of mandates" is totally false. While a vast majority of Yukoners are vaccinated, many of us are vaccinated because we were coerced into taking the vaccine by Justin's wanna be Banana Republic. I would argue that a vast majority of Yukoners agree there is value in vaccines for some however, they do not support the mandates in Canada as they are discriminatory, divisive and counter Canada's longstanding freedom of choice culture. Not so long ago grandfathers fought wars for those freedoms.

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Sheepchaser on Jan 24, 2022 at 12:02 pm

“No objective justification for these vile arrogant creatures to be claiming totalitarian powers over us and our country. We need to rid ourselves of these parasites before their weakness corrupts all that is good.”

Hahahahaha… oh man. And the conservative movement wonders why they’ll never win another election. Good job, Salt. Thank you for showing your true colours. Glad the Whitehorse Star allows some of these comments. It’s important for everyone to see just how much fear, anger and hatred cloud the hearts of those who cling to their sense of superiority.

Tragically quixotic with a side of dehumanization.
From now on, for every hateful comment seen on these pages, I’m going to donate $100 to the NDP. Help us help you send yourselves further towards irrelevance.

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drum on Jan 23, 2022 at 6:30 pm

No one is in the Whitehorse Hospital but they are not telling us about the people infected and sent to Vancouver.

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Roy on Jan 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID‐19
Is ivermectin effective for COVID‐19?

Key messages
We found no evidence to support the use of ivermectin for treating or preventing COVID‐19 infection, but the evidence base is limited.
Evaluation of ivermectin is continuing in 31 ongoing studies, and we will update this review with their results when they become available.

What is ivermectin?
Ivermectin is a medicine used to treat parasites such as intestinal parasites in animals and scabies in humans. It is cheap and is widely used in regions of the world where parasitic infestations are common. It has few unwanted effects.

-There is no good evidence that ivermectin helps at all with covid.
before you say well we might as well try ivermectin realize that you can say that about literally anything - you might as well try bathing in earl grey tea - it won’t harm you - but there is no good evidence it will help either.

You guys are asking for doctors to prescribe something that has no good evidence it helps. If you don’t understand what “good evidence” means - or if you don’t understand what the Cochran review is - then you need to do more of that “own research” you keep talking about.

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Roy on Jan 22, 2022 at 11:53 am

I don’t monitor the comments here so closely that I keep track of which ones were there and are now gone. Sounds like a good hobby you have.
And every post gets reviewed before it is posted (and they are edited - I’ve have full sentences taken out of my posts before they show up here)

Why you think the Star would post a comment and then later delete it is beyond me.
Regardless I’m not posting under any other name in order to support postings under this name. So you are wrong.

The fact that the vast majority of Yukoners are vaccinated and in support of mandates means that there are 30,000+ people out there who could choose to make their own post that supports mine.
But if that’s too much for you to accept because it wrecks your tiny world view go ahead and be paranoid and think that I’m posting under multiple accounts. You’ll sleep better at night with that fantasy.

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T on Jan 22, 2022 at 9:41 am

Roy on Jan 21, 2022 at 1:01 pm
"Wrong. I’ve never posted under other names to make supportive statements."

If that's the the case then why have those comments since been deleted by the editors? I think maybe they doubled checked and saw they were posted by the same user. Those comments were so obviously fake to anyone who frequents anonymous web platforms.

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Shitzen Giggles! on Jan 21, 2022 at 10:06 pm

To DMZ on Jan 21, 2022 at 1:47 pm:

It is a rather sobering thought to consider the likelihood that we have already crossed the threshold of democracy into some unknown, an existential limbo of despair, waiting and wanting for some connection to reality no matter how hellish it may be, we just need some sensory input, even some torturous contact would be welcome…

Gee, I hope I’m having a substance induced flashback…

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Salt on Jan 21, 2022 at 9:01 pm

Anyone claiming ivermectin is just ”horse dewormer" at this point is either hopelessly brainwashed or completely dishonest. One of many useful idiots for those trying to institute a new pseudo-reality.

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drum on Jan 21, 2022 at 8:35 pm

How many COVID-19 were shipped out and not counted here as in the hospital?

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DMZ on Jan 21, 2022 at 1:47 pm

A member of the covid advisory panel in Israel said in an interview he thought the vaccine passports there might by on their way out (I think he said by April), since they're a little irrelevant due to the nature of Omicron. He said the point of the passports was never to stop transmission, it was to encourage people to get vaccinated.

Sorry if that's vague, I'm so bored and frustrated with this. Did anyone see two years ago, when the "temporary" restrictions were to keep the health care system from being overwhelmed, that they would be saying the same thing now.

On the bright side, Ireland has announced an end to restrictions, being fairly fulsome in their assurances. I just can't see that ever happening here, not in Canada, and certainly not in the Yukon.

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Roy on Jan 21, 2022 at 1:07 pm


“Lawl” ?
What does that mean?
But thank you for proving me right that you are here for the upvotes. Seems like you’d do better with another hobby. Or are fringe echo chambers your safe space? Sorry I’m disrupting that for you.

You’ll still beat me in upvotes though! Congrats! Let it boost your ego going into the weekend that a bunch of anonymous Star readers think you make good points. You’ve earned it.

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Roy on Jan 21, 2022 at 1:01 pm

Wrong. I’ve never posted under other names to make supportive statements.
I know this is hard for you to accept but 85-95% of Yukoners agree with vaccines and mandates. Check the numbers. Numbers don’t care about your feelings.

Everyone on here was like “Roy must be a liberal!” Then it was “Roy must be NDP!”
Now it’s “Roy must be posting under other names!”

You snowflakes can’t accept reality. You are the fringe. Let it sink in.
Sorry but not sorry this comment section isn’t the safe space you were looking for. Maybe ask to speak to the manager?

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Apex Parasite on Jan 21, 2022 at 12:56 pm

By your reasoning penicillin would actually be "horse penicillin" and ibuprofen would be "horse ibuprofen"...the list goes on. Just because a medication may be used to treat horses doesn't make it "horse" medication.

And you can't say with any confidence that ivermectin is ineffective any more than I could say it is. What we could both say is that there appears to be contention over the issue. For me the fact that there has been zero talk of covid treatment until pfizer came out with their miracle pills is suspect. It's like we've been waiting for a hero to come along and vanquish that which could not be defeated by any other means even though we have apparently not been discussing any other means. We've just been sitting idly waiting for our hero to come along and save the day as long as someone is willing to pay.

Think about it... washing your hands with simple soap and water kills the virus yet only a magic bullet fired from a gun for hire has any hope of being efficacious. There for sure have to be other ways and things which might help "treat" covid infections but such talk is automatically relegated to the realm of conspiracy.

If huge money were not so front and center in the conversation I'd be way more apt to "believe".

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Jeff Bikaboom on Jan 21, 2022 at 11:55 am

You appear to be quite the proponent of all things regarding lock downs and mandates. You also seem to attribute peoples opinions to conspiracies and politics. Have you considered the idea that your intentions are misguided? What if, what you think is the way out of this, actually does more harm than good?

Have you seen the numbers from France and Israel lately? They are among the most vaccinated and locked down countries in the world. Israel reported 69,000 cases in one day. France reported 436,000 in one day, then 464,000 the next. Mainstream media stopped reporting numbers from other countries that highlight how well the shots are not working. Is this the success we can expect if we lock down harder? Are you telling me that an attempt to temporarily ease the stress on the healthcare system is justification for the destruction society and the economy that will take generations to recover from? Should we lock down forever, or will covid magically disappear when 100% of people take the 4th booster?

Unvaccinated people are not the cause of all of your problems. Maybe try going back to blaming people with a different political affiliation, or whatever you did before the pandemic.

A reason human rights are inalienable is so they cannot be violated when society goes mad with fear and starts dehumanizing a minority as some way to grasp onto some semblance of safety.

The sudden U turn in the narrative is quite suspicious. If it carries on for the next while will go something like:
Dismissal - "We are not through this, it's a conspiracy"
Denial - "It's happening, but not for the reasons you think"
Diversion - "It is just like you thought, but it's a good thing, and here is why"

But what will we do with all of the vaccines Trudeau preordered for everyone? Was it 400 million of them?

Around 20,000 kids die of starvation every day, and we have lost our minds over a virus with a 99.9 survival rate. It is time to move on to hegelian dialectic of cyber attacks / digital currency, and climate crisis / carbon allowance.

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Adam Morrison on Jan 21, 2022 at 10:43 am

440,000 deaths a year in the US are attributed to Doctor error. That's 62 percent of all hospital deaths.... question these people like your life depends on it.

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AdmiralA$$ on Jan 21, 2022 at 10:01 am

Funny how he thinks talking down makes him look so big. No goldy locks zone of socialism. Keep trying to talk out of both sides of your mouth tho. Sound like our politicians, always talking around in circles. "some but not too much now"

Yeah we had a social contract, here in North America we called it a constitution. Trust me, hunger won't care how vaxed you are.

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Groucho d'North on Jan 21, 2022 at 9:51 am

In the picture above, Mr. Silver looks like he has been caught offside. Wearing a stern frown and defiant body stance.
'If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority'. - Old world proverb

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AdmiralA$$ on Jan 21, 2022 at 8:45 am

Thanks JP!!

And remember, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do NOTHING".

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T on Jan 21, 2022 at 1:22 am

"And there use in covid has shown no benefit. Same with ivermectin - no benefit. Who coulda guessed a horse dewormer wouldn’t help a human with a virus infection?"

Nice appeal to incredulity. In India, the province of Uttar Pradesh more or less defeated COVID via Ivermectin well before late September. Not sure why you're spreading lies about it. You also appear to be posting supportive comments about yourself under different pseudonyms. You also failed to read between the lines and completely missed the point of what BJ was trying to convey.

"You’re wrong but I doubt you’ll let that sink in."
"Nice try though."

Why are you so smarmy? Rational, reasonable arguments are not presented in this fashion. If your goal is to win people to your side, I'm afraid you leave much to be desired.

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Vax-Hesitant Family Freezes to Death Fleeing Canada on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:42 pm

A whole family including an infant have frozen to death while crossing from CANADA to the USA. Could it have something to do with vax mandates not allowing people to fly or cross the border legally?


We did it! We Saved Grandma!

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bonanzajoe on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:41 pm

Roy on Jan 20. Or Lawl. Thanks for getting the spelling of my moniker right this time. And by the way, I seem to be beating you in the the thumbs department.

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Roy on Jan 20, 2022 at 7:48 pm

Jason Kenny in Alberta reports all-time hospitalization record today.
But how can that be? He’s not a liberal. He’s not a Trudeau puppet - they hate each other.

Oh wait - New Brunswick is also hitting records. And with a conservative leader too!
Maybe if we look outside this tiny Yukon bubble we’ll see the bigger picture. This is not a Liberal created false pandemic.

Maybe as Omicron peaks as it’s doing all across the country we can start to relax those rules again - just like leaders of all political stripes are doing when that happens. See BC. See Ontario. Soon to be coming to Alberta.

Yeah politicians suck. And a lot of what they do doesn’t make sense or is self serving. You can hold that idea AND still believe that keeping the strain off the medical system through reasonable restrictions is a good idea.
Well I can. Some of you with room temperature IQs can only see things in a myopic binary fashion - what you personally want and then everything else.

The good news is there’s only about 5% of you. You’re vocal - but you’re the fringe - and your one vote every 4-5 years is about all the influence you have - how’d that work out for you the last territorial election? Sorry bout that.
How about the last Federal election? Yeah sorry bout that too.

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DL on Jan 20, 2022 at 1:51 pm

Our health officials and politicians have misled us. Very badly.

On the other hand, there are health workers who've dealt head-on with covid cases and tell it like it is, and propose constructive solutions:
"The Cat is Out of the Bag"

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DL on Jan 20, 2022 at 1:30 pm

Must see this short video:

"Why Good People OBEY Harmful Mandates"

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Roy on Jan 20, 2022 at 11:11 am


Hey BJ - thanks for confirming what everyone here suspected ie you don’t know what you are talking about.
Paxlovid is not a combination of azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine. You’re wrong but I doubt you’ll let that sink in.

Paxlovid is nirmatrelvir and ritonavir combined.
Nice try though.
And Dr Zelenko did not develop or help develop azithromycin nor hydroxychloroquine - they’ve been around for a long time.

And there use in covid has shown no benefit. Same with ivermectin - no benefit. Who coulda guessed a horse dewormer wouldn’t help a human with a virus infection?

As I predicted you guys can’t keep your conspiracies straight - not can you stop yourselves from showing your hands and revealing you know little about pharmaceuticals - which is why you flip back and forth from crying that this is “big pharma plandemic” to “how about these pills - can’t we try that? Anything but a needle!”

Just try not to trip over your own contradictions.

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Apex Parasite on Jan 20, 2022 at 10:29 am

Pfizer's silver bullet.

All you need to do is take it within five days of onset of symptoms, get lab tested for positive and be prescribed the medication before you can take it.

Seems like getting tested, being confirmed positive, get a prescription, and get the prescription filled within 5 days of onset is not very doable. Especially considering you would need to start making moves at the very first sign of symptoms which are eerily similar to symptoms of every day life. On any given day I have two or three of the symptoms in the list.

Sneezing? Not that rare. Fatigued? You're reading my mail. Muscle pains? I'm 60....
The pill sounds encouraging. The logistics associated with having the medication be effective make it less than encouraging.

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DL on Jan 20, 2022 at 12:07 am

“The price men pay for their indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." (Plato)
And “indifference” would include believing and complying to everything your government tells you, even in the face of contradictions and harmful outcomes.

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Medical Mafia by Guylaine Lanctot on Jan 19, 2022 at 10:44 pm

Dear Al - The medical profession has a long, dark and sordid history replete with parallel stories. In fact, the medical profession rose in opposition to the prevailing wisdom of the time. In the 15th and 16th centuries men who sought to control women’s bodies and women’s minds displaced them from caring for ill and injured persons while preventing women from gaining medical knowledge.

The association of the medical profession and the church lead to a period of femicide in which women were burned as witches… Nothing short of a female genocide…
I could scribe a litany of grievances against the medical industry from that time forward that would ultimately crash a computer with 2 Tera bytes of free memory… Using bullet points even.

The reverence you give to these people who so regularly demonstrate to you that they do not deserve it is not just baffling, it is appalling. Nothing short of organized crime.

The Burning Times by Donna Read

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DL on Jan 19, 2022 at 9:15 pm

Just as many of previously said: there is no emergency. Silver trying to conjure up more hysteria with hypothetical new cases is completely irresponsible. You Sandy Siver will be held accountable for squandering our health care resources with mandates for ineffective vaccines and PCR tests that churn out false positives, as well as having bankrupted many businesses with unreasonable restrictions. Enough already.

Things will go back to normal when we stop all that useless and expensive testing.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 19, 2022 at 7:59 pm

"The new drug is a combination of two medications". Would those two drugs by any chance be Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin? These are the two drugs Dr Vladimir Zelenko, a worldwide well-known Scientist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Physician helped develop. How about some more information?

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bonanzajoe on Jan 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm

Would Dr. Elliot and Premier Silver please tell the citizenry if covid is going to be with us forever like the flu or common cold. If they say it is, then will mandates be also on forever? If not, then when will they be removed? If they don't have this information, then take off the mandates and leave the whole thing alone. We are getting tired of this stupid policy on a virus that's no more deadly than the common annual flu.

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move on on Jan 19, 2022 at 7:45 pm

They finally admitted that there are zero cases in the hospital. As for the two who were in the hospital last week, I know there were two delta cases who had been languishing in the hospital for over a month and I suspect that's what they were refering to. Glad they are out of there. As far as I know, there have been no omicron admissions, and I talk to people who work in the hospital.

We should have this information readily available on a website, and there should also be info on whether they were vaccinated. It looks like Sandy and Catherine responded to the anger of the public who is being told what to do without being trusted with the information that would presumably back up the demands.

It is far past time to move back to the times where people were not generally terrified of catching the sniffles. Delta was a serious cold. Omicron is not.

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 19, 2022 at 7:40 pm

No hospitalizations..no deaths from covid.. so what is sneaky Sandy and his cohorts up to that they need us to focus on the new restrictions..which, I'm not keeping by the way.. I am afraid it's Health.. they really want to screw us over with "poly-clinics". Could be something else they are hiding, while everyone is up in arms about useless, unneeded, restrictions, the Liberals have something else going on.. I wish we had a few whistle blowers here.

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North_of_60 on Jan 19, 2022 at 7:14 pm

The Last Days of the Covidian Cult
This isn’t going to be pretty, folks. The downfall of a death cult rarely is. There is going to be wailing and gnashing of teeth, incoherent fanatical jabbering, mass deleting of embarrassing tweets. There’s going to be a veritable tsunami of desperate rationalizing, strenuous denying, shameless blame-shifting, and other forms of ass-covering, as suddenly former Covidian Cult members make a last-minute break for the jungle before the fully-vaxxed-and-boosted “Safe and Effective Kool-Aid” servers get to them.

Yes, that’s right, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, the official Covid narrative is finally falling apart, or is being hastily disassembled, or historically revised, right before our eyes. The “experts” and “authorities” are finally acknowledging that the “Covid deaths” and “hospitalization” statistics are artificially inflated and totally unreliable (which they have been from the very beginning), and they are admitting that their miracle “vaccines” don’t work (unless you change the definition of the word “vaccine”), and that they have killed a few people, or maybe more than a few people, and that lockdowns were probably “a serious mistake.”

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Salt on Jan 19, 2022 at 6:52 pm

No objective justification for these vile arrogant creatures to be claiming totalitarian powers over us and our country. We need to rid ourselves of these parasites before their weakness corrupts all that is good.

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Roy on Jan 19, 2022 at 6:48 pm

It’s clear that a lot of you need to get outside your Starry eyed bubbles and look at what is happening in BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick etc. or in the states.

The cases are through the roof and that is with poor access to testing (thanks government!). The hospitalizations are setting record levels (thanks omicron!).

Just because there is no disaster happening here doesn’t mean it’s not a real threat. We need reasonable restrictions because this is not “just a cold”. JFC how deep in the sand is your head?

Alberta has 1,000 people admitted with covid. Even if we go with your tinfoil hat “they have covid but that’s not why they are all in the hospital!” baseless claim and cut that number in half then - do tell - when was the last time Alberta hospitals had 500 people admitted with “a cold”? Anyone?

Now I can hear you saying “well ok then it’s just a flu”. Ok Doogie - answer me this then: when was the last time Alberta had 500 people admitted at the same time for “the flu”?


We need restrictions and rules to get through this. Just because our government throws darts at a board when making their recommendations up doesn’t mean omicron isn’t an issue that needs serious attention.

And all you “this is a profit driven plot by big pharma” chemtrailers are about to have a real crisis when covid pills show up - you’ll be first in line when that covid chest tightness starts bringing your oxygen levels down and that anxiety starts building. Yes doctor I’ll take the medicine - just don’t tell my friends and we can say it was the thoughts and prayers that helped me.

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Rick S on Jan 19, 2022 at 6:26 pm

So we're under an emergency due to cold and flu season. Got it.

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Jeff Bikaboom on Jan 19, 2022 at 5:09 pm

What's with the good news, and why on the same day as the rest of the world?
Is the government trying to get on the good side of the public before the stores are empty?
Did Trudeau's intolerance go too far?
Did it turn out that we actually need truckers, because food and gas doesn't transport itself?

"No one is hospitalized with COVID-19"
Did they start confirming hospitalized cases by clinical history and interview, physical exam, and diagnostic testing, instead of only doing a PCR test which is a research tool and not a tool for clinical medicine?

Are there any covid patients that have been sent out of the territory for medical treatment?
What's the deal with the 4th booster? Are we going to listen to all of the scientists and health agencies that are saying it destroys your immune system?

"Elliott touched on the recent approval of a new anti-viral drug manufactured by Pfizer that can be taken orally to stave off the worst effects of a COVID-19 infection". More experimental drugs. They claim it is 90% effective. Right. Just effective? Is it safe this time too? Pfizer's new vaccine, version 1.1, will be out in March. Will YG workers need this to stay employed?

"It’s a serious threat to our health care system". It seam everyone's livelihoods revolve around protecting our healthcare system. Shouldn't it be protecting us? What has been done in the last two years to enhance our healthcare system? Billions spent on magic beans, and what do we have to show for it?

How did the passports work out for the Yukon? Did we see a drop in cases after they were mandated? Are people going to return to the businesses that banned them?

The phrase for the week is:
Vaccine Mediated Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Will this be our next pandemic?

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Jeff Donaldson on Jan 19, 2022 at 4:39 pm

So clearly the drug deaths are the real problem. Such control is given to this Government and you can not even comment on the Drug deaths.
Same control over the newspapers and the Liberal citizens.
Yes ComRED… Obey tho will.
I fought and served for this country and look at the POS that are allowed to run the Coop!
Plan just PATHETIC!!
Keep driving around in your cars with your MASKS on Yukon!
I hear there is a dismounted Seat belt for your walks around town!

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taking up space on Jan 19, 2022 at 4:25 pm

We'll see if this holds but it seems the UK differs with the Yukon model of bannock slapping us all silly until morale improves:


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Matthew on Jan 19, 2022 at 4:02 pm

What the heck is this.."Last week, two people were hospitalized, although it wasn’t known if they were in intensive care or not." Seriously, how the hell do they not know!? They've closed the damn economy down! How the hell do they not know if they're in ICU or not...

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Just Tired on Jan 19, 2022 at 3:41 pm

Just to understand. Those that chose to not comply, are now the experts with what has been happening. They have been living this for months. No job, no travel, no gathering with friends with a meal or a drink or even a coffee. Now, food is starting to be scarce, for all (vaxed or unvaxed). Feel our pain. But in the long run, those of us who have been restricted, will be the ones to support you. Remember that.

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Just Tired on Jan 19, 2022 at 3:35 pm

I am just getting so tired of this, like so many. On & on it goes. When does this stop if we don't push back? The narrative has been to not overwhelm the hospital and caregivers, but here we have it... no one in the hospital. What are they trying to achieve? Not getting it. Questions asked... no answers. Those that chose to not comply understand what is going on....Now those who are vaaxxed are now being restricted. Do you get it yet??? Do you understand??? This all about control. Time to get the gist. Come on folks. It is time to pull yourselves out from under your rock or whatever you are hiding under & get with the program. The program is not user friendly.

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Pierre on Jan 19, 2022 at 3:28 pm

Absolute joke of a government and CMOH

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Elliott on Jan 19, 2022 at 3:24 pm

Elliott had to watch from the sidelines while Hanley had the spotlight, and now that it's her turn, she wants her run as War Chief.

Silver and the Liberals have already locked themselves into following whatever the CMOH says, and they've been through 4 of them during the pandemic already. They have entirely given up governing to use "the science" as a political shield. It's neither here nor there what happens to Yukoners: the Liberals simply "followed the science" and can't be blamed either way. I'm sure the more sensible elected Liberals are beginning to feel sheepish about their position.

Hanley might have turned out to be selfishly opportunistic, but at least he sounded reasonable most of the time. Elliott does not inspire any confidence and comes off smug and condescending.

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Matthew on Jan 19, 2022 at 3:10 pm

Massive restrictions, ZERO hospitalizations! Clearly things don't add up folks! Instead of pushing Pfizer, why can't they make a public discussion about the lies they've told and how it was exposed in British Medical Journal!? Surely that's not fake news right...

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North_of_60 on Jan 19, 2022 at 2:48 pm

Omicron is not causing any level of hospitalizations which might overwhelm our medical system. As Omicron spreads it's providing the herd immunity which the useless "vaccines" have been unable to do.

Omicron is a cold. That's what the data tells us. Only lunatic psychopaths would want to shutdown society or put any measures in place at all to fight a cold.
The data also shows those vaxes are a waste of time costing taxpayers billions...including pushing them for this common cold AND doing so with little children who's immune system doesn't require help nor are they 'spreaders'.

This Plandemic stops when we say:
"NO, we've had enough of your foolish unnecessary control measures and contradictory restrictions that have no basis in reality. These will be ignored just like we've been ignoring all the other unfounded control measures you've tried to impose.."

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Thomas Brewer on Jan 19, 2022 at 2:47 pm

So just saw this on Facebook - BBC article and video so it's legit... UK dropping most restrictions, vax passports, masking, etc. Sure would be nice to, oh I dunno, play sports or have a beer with friends at a pub after 10 pm...

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Roy on Jan 19, 2022 at 2:37 pm

Wait - did Sandy say they are not considering doing what Quebec is doing (fining people)?

How can that be true when just days ago I read a clickbait headline suggesting they might (or might not) - that got a lot of page views I bet.

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Al on Jan 19, 2022 at 2:32 pm

The new world order. Live in a constant state of fear of the bogey man. That is the underlying message. I am afraid that we have now degenerated into the path of freight train that does not know where it is going.

I have zip faith for those in charge. The most deplorable element is that those we have had constant faith in are by and large the ones imposing the most grief upon us - doctors. I would never have thought that this profession would put such a choke hold on everyone. Yet it is the case, and the naivety of government is to blindly follow these demagogues.

Frankly at this point all of it is nothing more than a constant, and intrusive, white noise. It is akin to an air raid siren that can not be turned off - it just keeps blaring.

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