JCCF: 'It's not obvious that Omicron was another variant of fearmongering'
JCCF: 'In spite of Omicron’s mildness, and in spite of Canada’s 87% vaccination rate (with an ostensibly “effective” Covid shot), Prime Minister Trudeau called for Canadians to “hunker down” for a “difficult winter” amid the expected surge in cases and deaths from Omicron. He called the spike in infections “scary,” and went on to make it mandatory for 100% of truckers (working in one of the most solitary occupations) to get the Covid shots. With this terrifying new threat running rampant, Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos issued stern warnings to avoid travel just before the holiday season.
'Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared on December 10, 2021, that “we’ve never faced an enemy like Omicron” – even though on that date, Canada-wide Omicron cases were still only 87 in number, and nobody had died of it or with it. Mr. Ford limited indoor private gatherings to just 10 people. Quebec Premier Francois Legault also went even further, declaring a state of emergency and re-imposing the strict 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. Vaccine-free Quebecers were banned from shopping at big-box retail stores, and Premier Legault announced plans to introduce a special new tax on those who had not taken the Covid shots. Catholic bishops cancelled Christmas church services. While Quebec officials claimed the decision to reinstate the curfew in December was based on evidence gathered by various organizations, including Quebec’s public health institute, that institute denies that it provided any documents justifying the need for a curfew.
'Predictably, government-funded media also promoted the fear of Omicron. On December 10, 2021, the Toronto Star announced that “Covid’s worst is coming,” parroting the World Health Organization warning that Omicron posed a “very high” global risk.'