The State of Emergency, Coercive Medicine, and Academia

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While many believe and assert that a “public health emergency” must limit basic human freedoms, it is precisely when faced by a real or alleged emergency that we need to be most careful and protective of human rights. Basic human rights are inalienable, and cannot be “suspended” because of any war, disaster, or other emergency. Bodily autonomy, informed consent, and by extension not being subjected to invasive testing or genetic treatment, are among the key rights which have been suspended or violated. Rights of conscience, as guided by religious and spiritual beliefs, along with the right to political beliefs and freedom of expression, must also be protected.

Did we as scholars anticipate living in a country where our universities would purge tenured professors, fire support staff, and expel registered students (even escorting them off campus in front of other students), because of their health status, their innate biological characteristics, and their desire to preserve their privacy and bodily autonomy free from discrimination? When did we become comfortable with violating the right to an education and the right to work? How did we come to accept this discrimination, this deliberate segregation of a category of persons from the rest of society? Did we predict that one day we would see a demarcated group of Canadians being targeted not just for segregation, discrimination, and demonization, but that they would also be denied their livelihoods? Did we imagine that leaders, from the Prime Minister to the Premier, would verbally assault this same group and use the most threatening and dehumanizing language against it? This is happening, right now, all around us, right in front of us. Now that history has found us, how do we meet history? Do we even stop to take notice? When are we going to stand up and speak out?


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Here's something to think about when you talk about human rights. Your personal human rights do not include infringing on the rights of other humans. As the old saying goes, "your right to swing your fist stops when it intersects with someone else's face." Your rights do not include causing harm to other humans.
Another interesting thing about human rights, you mentioned the "right to work" You have the clear right to work for yourself, that's a given.
However, that does not give you a right to work for someone else. If you work for someone else, you work for them on their terms, within the limits of labor laws. They have the right to hire, and they have the right to fire a person if that person is not doing the job, or id that person is in violation of the rules that the employer has set up as a condition for employment. The employer sets up those rules, and the worker has very little say in them.
By all means, work for yourself if you can, you have that right. But if you work for someone else, don't expect them to go by your rules, their freedom does not include your right to dictate their rules to them.


Here's something for you to think about: a non-vaccinated person is not infectious unless the person is infected. Being infectious is not something that is the monopoly of the non-vaccinated either, if you have been paying attention. Your rights also do not entitle you to harm the rights of others, including the right to work and the right to education.

An employer has no right to fire anyone on discriminatory grounds. One's health status is a protected ground in Canada. Canada also has no law of compulsory vaccination. Employers' terms and conditions generally do not require vaccination. This is one reason why Quebec retreated from mandating vaccination for healthcare workers, educators, and public service workers. Other reasons explain why Biden's mandates are all being shot down by the courts in the US.

Finally, free, voluntary, and prior informed consent is a basic human right that cannot be suspended by any disaster, war, or emergency. It's what prevents Nazis from having another day at the helm. Too bad you realize none of this.

Thankfully, my rights do not depend on your agreement. I have those rights regardless of what you think, or prefer, which seems to be a preference for harsh totalitarian dictatorship all in the name of a scare over a coronavirus that seriously affects an infinitesimally small minority of the human population.


Your employment rights in Canada are a lot more progressive than the so called work rights in the U.S. You actually have some protections from employer abuse that do not exist in the U.S.
I can only speak from my own experience here, so I'm not able to speak to your rights as an Canadian citizen. Canadian, and European citizens rights are obviously more advanced than they are here in the U.S.