Reputable organizations took government money in exchange for telling the public the scarcely tested vaccines were safe
Why was it so easy for the mainstream media to convince a portion of the Canadian public that the trucker Freedom Convoy was an attack on civilized society rather than a gloriously peaceful, supremely grassroots, historic protest? Part of the answer is that the media painted the truckers as anti-vaccine.
In fact, the truckers were anti-coercion. Many of those who protested in Ottawa – behind the wheel, as well as on the street – were fully vaxxed. What they objected to was people being forced to take a medication against their will in order to feed their families.
When the media labelled the truckers anti-vaxx, Canadians had already been primed to react in a certain manner. In February 2021 – a year before the truckers arrived in Ottawa – Canada’s Health Minister announced her intent to “increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake” by distributing more than $64 million from an Immunization Partnership Fund.
In other words, the federal government splashed money around. To 103 different entities. In exchange, every one of those entities was expected to proselytize. To promote. To persuade. It was expected to promise the public something that no one on planet Earth could possibly know for certain in 2021 – that these brand new, scarcely tested vaccines were A-OK.
Below is a small sample of the organizations that were bribed in this manner by Canada’s Health Ministry. Every one of these entities chose to risk their long term reputation in exchange for 30 pieces of silver:
- $311k to the Canadian Association of Midwives to convince pregnant women to take the vaccine
- $500k to McMaster University’s Department of Obstetrics to target pregnant and breastfeeding women “from marginalized, racialized or Indigenous communities”
- $186k to the Black Physicians Association of Ontario to target the black community
- $415k to the Quebec Lung Association to target “populations living with respiratory diseases”
- $500k to the Alberta International Medical Graduates Association to target newcomers to Canada
- $360k to medSASK to target Saskatchewan “Pharmacy professionals”
- $417k to Inclusion Canada to target “People with intellectual disabilities and their families”
- $500k to the Ontario Science Centre to target “children and their families”
- $440k to Queens University to target “vulnerable individuals” amongst others
- $500k to the University of Prince Edward Island to target “vulnerable families”
- $419k to the University of British Columbia to target community leaders
- $375k to the University of Ottawa to target francophones
- $500k to Science North to target “youth and young adults”
- $490k to the University of Ottawa’s School of Nursing to target “African, Caribbean and Black” communities
Eight different universities took this money. U of Ottawa landed two grants, totaling $865k. The University of Toronto was awarded $705k. Do we suppose these institutions forgot about this money when it came time to formulate their own vaccine policies?
Medical organizations took this money. So did science centres. If you scroll through that list of grants online, you’ll notice that many ethnic and community groups jumped on the vaccine brainwashing bandwagon, as well. Aboriginals. Muslims. Women’s groups.
Sometimes it really does feel as though IQs have dropped sharply. Do the leaders of these organizations not understand the difference between wishful thinking and cold, hard reality?
Hope that the vaccines will work as expected is not science.
Confidence that the vaccines won’t harm people is not truth.
Firm belief that vaccine manufacturers didn’t cut corners is not evidence.
Concern that officials might have overlooked something important during the early, rushed evaluations of these vaccines is not misinformation.
I’m just an independent journalist in small town Ontario working out of my home office. Unlike university administrators, I don’t get paid six figures. Yet I wrote the following words during the summer of 2021. How could the leaders of the above organizations not have understood these basic facts?
When vaccines get developed for a disease for which no prior vaccine exists, the process normally takes 10+ years. Even after all of that work, 98% of these efforts fail. Big picture, 98% are judged unsafe or inadequate.
The odds, therefore, are slim that even one of the dozen+ COVID vaccines currently authorized by governments is genuinely safe. It isn’t merely plausible that most will harm large numbers of people, it’s highly likely they will. That is a reasonable expectation under the circumstances.
Even earlier than that – in July of 2020 – Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck pharmaceutical giant, spoke sober words of caution:
There are a lot of examples of vaccines in the past that have stimulated the immune system, but ultimately didn’t confer protection. And unfortunately, there are some cases where it…actually helped the virus invade the cell…
…We’ve seen in the past, for example, with the swine flu, that that vaccine did more harm than good. We don’t have a great history of introducing vaccines quickly in the middle of a pandemic.” [bold added]
Donna Laframboise writes a daily blog at ThankYouTruckers.substack.com. It is a first draft of her upcoming book that focuses on interviews with Freedom Convoy truckers. She is a former National Post and Toronto Star columnist, and a former Vice President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.