Whitehorse Daily Star

Yukon political parties assess Quebec’s plans for fines

Yukon government officials are reluctant to directly answer where they stand on the contentious question of mandatory vaccines for the general public.

By Whitehorse Star on January 13, 2022

Yukon government officials are reluctant to directly answer where they stand on the contentious question of mandatory vaccines for the general public.

The subject has been in the headlines since late last week, when federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said he believes the provinces should be moving in that direction.

Fuel was added to that fire earlier this week when the Quebec government announced it will bring in “substantial fines” likely exceeding $100 for unvaccinated adults seeking health care.

On Tuesday, an Ontario official said the province isn’t interested in the concept, saying it’s “too punitive.”

The following statement was provided to the Star by the Yukon government. It does not provide a yes or no answer on the issue.

“We need to do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we know the vaccines offer the best form of protection,” reads the note provided by the cabinet communications team. “We agree that the vaccines will lead us out of the pandemic.

“As we have for the past year, we continue to encourage all eligible Yukoners to get vaccinated because every shot delivered helps keep our territory safe.

“All Yukon government employees and front-line health care workers in the territory are required to be vaccinated. This allows us to ensure a safe working environment for our employees, including our health care workers, while protecting the health and safety of the members of the public we serve, especially our most vulnerable populations.”

The statement adds, “Other employers throughout the territory have vaccine requirements for employment to ensure a safe workplace and minimize the risk of transmission.

“Proof of vaccination is also required in the Yukon to access a variety of non-essential services, participate in recreational activities and attend events. We continue to make vaccines, including booster shots, available to Yukoners and support efforts to increase vaccination rates in the Yukon to protect against COVID-19.”

Yukon Party representatives issued a strongly-worded statement against the concept of making vaccines mandatory for the general population.

“The Yukon Party fully supports COVID-19 vaccination efforts and strongly encourages all Yukoners to get vaccinated,” said the official Opposition.

“We recognize that vaccination is our single greatest tool against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. However, we do not support making vaccinations mandatory.

“Clear communication remains a fundamental issue for this Liberal government on their policies, recommendations, and decisions made in response to COVID-19,” the YukonParty said.

“More information about the vaccine should be publicly available for those who are vaccine-hesitant, and for all Yukoners.

“While the Yukon government has encouraged people to talk to their family doctor if they have any questions or concerns about the vaccine, thousands of Yukoners cannot access a family doctor,” the party pointed out.

“So, the government must do more to educate Yukoners on the benefits of vaccines. We agree with the CMOH (Dr. Catherine Elliott, the acting chief medical officer of health) that the best way out of the pandemic is through vaccination.”

Comments (29)

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Take the Covid Quiz! on Jan 18, 2022 at 1:44 am

-A chemical has been manufactured by a pharmaceutical company.
-This chemical may reduce the severity of a cold-like disease with a very low fatality rate.
-To take it, you must indemnify the manufacturer from all liability, and acknowledge this was your free choice to take the chemical.
-You accept everything that happens to your body. You wanted to take the chemical. You accept that it might not help you. The manufacturer absolutely cannot risk taking financial responsibility for whatever happens to you.

Do you:
A)Immediately consume the chemical
B)Decide to wait and see what happens to the people who took the chemical vs. the people who didn't, before you make your decision. Decide not to be the first volunteer to get injected with a new medical technology that has never been used on humans and was allowed to bypass normal safety trials due to emergency authorization.

If you picked B, congratulations. You have a demonstrated capacity for critical thinking.
If you picked A, I might have some bad news for you, but I can't tell you what it is for another 55 years, when pfizer releases their data on the safety of the vaccines, a study in which the vaccines were also given to the placebo group, which rendered the data meaningless, as our government is trying to accomplish now with the general population, because trust the science.

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Mick on Jan 17, 2022 at 5:32 pm

Rather than a fine, put the unvaxxed at the back of the line for healthcare. Let those who are actively taking care of themselves and others to the front.
Hell, get a military tent hospital out front for the unvaxxed.

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Ben on Jan 17, 2022 at 10:12 am

Super forthcoming statement from YG there. I’m so glad that I implicitly trust our government otherwise I’d think they were trying to avoid answering the question by repeating everything we already know, whilst surreptitiously providing justification for yet another morally questionable mandate looming in the distance.

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Adam Morrison on Jan 16, 2022 at 10:53 am

Yukoners wake up! The debate is not "pro vax" vs "anti vax". It's pro choice vs medical apartheid. If we can't comprehend this then we have failed to grasp the concept of the right to body autonomy and the severe implications of losing it.
If u think a tax on unvaccinated is justified because hospital ICUs are filling up, consider this, the government spent $1,000,000 five hundred thousand times in the name of covid and increased our ICU capacity by zero. Yes you read that right $500,000,000,000.

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Sandi on Jan 16, 2022 at 9:00 am

I love it! Let's start taxing smokers, drinkers, overweight people and anyone who skidoos, skis, bikes or hikes. I prefer to sit at home on my butt, why should I pay for your hospital care? Then we can afford universal care and more govy workers to hand out the cheques. What a great idea!

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Anonymous on Jan 15, 2022 at 9:10 am

I will not be a willing participant in your medical experiment. There are no set of circumstances that will result in me getting jabbed. If you attempt to physically restrain me I will defend myself to the death. That's how serious I am about not taking your poison concoction.

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Salt on Jan 14, 2022 at 3:37 pm

Sandy and Elliot will do whatever the boy king wants them to do. The only thing that will give these muppets pause is large scale push back from the public.

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conspiracy theory? not so much now eh. on Jan 14, 2022 at 9:31 am

Rewind to a year ago where everyone was jumping down my throat about being a total nut and conspiracy theorist when I said we will need vax passports soon or we won't be able to work. Now look at this, mandatory "vaccines" (they are not vaccines, hence the quotation marks). What a sad state of affairs in this once great nation.

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Liberal Shyt-show! on Jan 13, 2022 at 10:33 pm

Now this is funny. They are going to fine people for not getting the ‘jab’. Many, many, criminals never pay their fines because they are poor. I wonder how jobless anti-jabbers are going to pay their fines? Sorry, you can’t work to pay it off? Does that mean they will go to jail?

Maybe Jabber the Hutt will put a bounty on them anti-vaxxers and we will see Boba Fett rocketing around Whitehorse as a promotional stunt to rally the Whitehorsians to hunt down the un-vaxxed! Fill that jail!

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NickyB on Jan 13, 2022 at 9:25 pm

My friends who decided not to get the C0vid shots are not getting sick. People who were vaccinated brought the latest C0vid mutation into the Yukon; only the 'vaccinated' are allowed on airplanes. So called 'vaccinated' people are the ones getting sick with the new mutation, and the ones passing it on to others.

Why isn't the Yukon Party making a clear statement that getting the C0vid shot is a personal choice, and no one should be discriminated, segregated or in any way penalized for choosing not to, as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

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Dallas on Jan 13, 2022 at 8:01 pm

Our country is in trouble and it’s time to take it back from the political tyranny that is taking place...

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iBrian on Jan 13, 2022 at 7:52 pm

YTG, if you go this direction, I will contribute to a mass walk out. Get real. 2 vaccine shots and a booster and I still got Covid and no paid days off when forced to isolate for 10.

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taking up space on Jan 13, 2022 at 6:23 pm

So you wish to further punish those who remain perfectly healthy despite not taking your, oh so caring and helpful, advice eh?

There was an old party called "liberal",
They fined you for not being gullible!
But when the revenue was spent,
They ran for their tent,
And there hid from the healthy deplorable!

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ProScience Greenie on Jan 13, 2022 at 4:54 pm

DL, you need to start fact checking / debunking your sources...
(sry for the long links)
from Japanese gov...
and finally...

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Crunch on Jan 13, 2022 at 4:48 pm

Slick boy would want to be careful. Legault is trying to set him up. Slimeballs would be the nice word.

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Matthew on Jan 13, 2022 at 4:05 pm

What ever happened to "herd immunity", we've achieved far beyond what you wanted out of it, take it as a win and open everything up again and start living with covid, I mean 2 people are in HOSPITAL! 2! OUT OF 500 CASES! It's time to move on from this political theater!

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Pierre on Jan 13, 2022 at 3:46 pm

All the vaccines are “authorized for use “but have not yet been approved, some of these vaccines will not be approved till later this year and one of them not until 2023…

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bonanzajoe on Jan 13, 2022 at 3:45 pm

And since it is obvious the vaxxed are spreading most of the virus, set up a program to fine them.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 13, 2022 at 3:44 pm

Yeah, gov. just try it! If those Stalinists in Que. think they are going to be successful in their tyrannical program, they might want to seek out a country of refuge.

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Jeff Bikaboom on Jan 13, 2022 at 3:32 pm

Not a lot of optimism from this article since the Yukon just follows along with what everyone else is doing. The reason for bringing it up now is so when they implement it, people will be used to the idea.

This article may be the biggest pile of non sequiturs I have ever seen. There must be nothing new to say because it is just a regurgitation of taglines from the last year. I suspect the Yukon will wait until after Quebec has gone to court, for the blatant persecution of a minority, before further violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

What happens when people don't pay the fines? Jail? Confiscation of property?

So the Canadian plan is to force people out of jobs then fine them? The word coercion comes to mind. What happens when you back an animal into a corner? There are a lot of people that just want to be left alone. But the government just keeps coming at them, relentlessly. The latest tactics reek of desperation. Why do they need everyone to take this thing so badly when it has clearly failed? What are the motives? Will the fines be attached to the digital passport unvaccinated will have to get?

The scary thing about this idea, besides the fact that it is evil, is that the unvaccinated will need to be clearly identified in order to pay the tax.
Some things that have happened in the last year:

1 Classification - vaxxed vs unvaxxed
2 Symbolization - masked vs unmasked. passport vs no passport.
3 Discrimination - no work without the jab, passports, no flying, can't leave the country.
4 Dehumanization - From leaders and mainstream media: "antivaxxers are super-spreaders", "Do we tolerate these people?", "They do not deserve healthcare", etc.
5 Organization - Are we witnessing this in real time?
6 God help us if we get to 6.

A comment from another article:
"The government, and citizens, threw everything they had at covid: discrimination, segregation, surveillance, human rights violations, civil rights violations, experimental medical treatments, censorship, a cult like adherence to "science", and the creation of a two tiered society."
Now we can add taxes to the list.

If they don't back off, Canada is getting into some pretty scary territory.

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Max Mack on Jan 13, 2022 at 3:29 pm

Leaders of all political parties continue to lie about these so-called vaccines. As has been clear for many, many months now, these vaccines do not prevent infection or transmission. The efficiency of these vaccines against serious illness is much lower than touted in trial data. And, the vaccines are not nearly as safe as continually praised by the talking heads. Further, we still don't know the long term safety implications are.

"the vaccines will lead us out of the pandemic" is clearly a lie and the media continues to allow this misinformation to pass unchallenged. This lie is the underlying foundation for all kinds of tyrannical policies, including vaxx mandates, fines for the unvaxxed, etc.
It is well beyond time to end the tyranny.

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 13, 2022 at 3:14 pm

Quebec is going to end up in a 'civil disobedience' state of citizen/government conflict. Get out your Kevlar boys, it could get nasty.

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Richard Smith on Jan 13, 2022 at 2:52 pm

Trudeau and his liberal buddies spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars building 2 vaccine manufacturing plants in Montreal and Quebec City.
They have to keep the covid ball rolling for these investors using lackeys to do their dirty work in spite of vaccine side effects or effectiveness.

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Forced to Comply on Jan 13, 2022 at 2:44 pm

It is unconstitutional to charge a tax on the unvaxxed. You don't charge extra health taxes for the obese, smokers (though cigarettes are taxed I guess) or those who choose to make poor health choices. No one should think this is OK. This two tiered system stops when we say no and refuse to discriminate against one another and tell them enough is enough. Maybe you should start by building military hospitals to care for COVID patients so that our frail hospital system can try to continue providing the services we paid for with our tax dollars (well previously anyway, the government long since spent our tax dollars and our country now lives off borrowed money).

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Mike on Jan 13, 2022 at 2:38 pm

There is no law allowing half the crap this liberal government has done during this pandemic. As for mandating the general population getting the vaccine, you can put that idea where the sun don't shine. The vaccinated are the ones that pass the virus more than the unvaccinated. There is zero chance in hell I'd allow anybody to put anything in my body that is mandated that takes away freedom of choice, and I will not adhere to dictatorship. Silver is absolutely shameful for even considering it but it just proves liberals are a power grabbing party for themselves not the people.
As for Biden getting his ass handed to him on his mandates as will Trudeau and anyone else trying this do this.

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Rick S on Jan 13, 2022 at 2:16 pm

Ya, I think I'll just wait this one out until immune systems start collapsing from too many shots, as warned about recently from the European Medicines Agency, World Health Organization, and an increasing number of experts from around the world.

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DL on Jan 13, 2022 at 1:18 pm

Please 'consider' this:

"US Supreme Court rules on Biden’s vaccine mandate
In 6-3 decision, court blocks OSHA from enforcing the White House’s Covid-19 vaccination mandate."

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DL on Jan 13, 2022 at 1:03 pm

This government hasn't even informed us about the covid vaccine adverse effects, and they're now considering gouging us further with general vax mandates??? They keep telling us that the vax is 'safe', despite numerous reports of deaths and severe adverse reactions. We need truly "Informed Consent" procedures in place at all vax clinics, not more mandates. Here's an example of what Canada SHOULD be doing:

“Japan bans covid vax mandates and discrimination based on status, puts heart warning on label”
Quote: “Japan is now labeling Covid “vaccines” to warn of dangerous and potentially deadly side effects such as myocarditis. In addition, the country is reaffirming its commitment to adverse event reporting requirements to ensure all possible side effects are documented. Japan is emphasizing informed consent and bodily autonomy. Until the coronavirus pandemic, the concept of “informed consent” was considered sacred to healthcare professionals in the West.”

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Mr Facts on Jan 13, 2022 at 1:01 pm

Stop calling it a vaccine.

"a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease."

" We agree that the vaccines will lead us out of the pandemic. "
How's that going for everyone? Lol

Everyone I know who is" gene therapied" is getting sick. My non "gene therapied" friends are all fine.
Just 2 more weeks. Just 2 more jabs. Trust us this time. Pinky swear.

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