Fellow councilors ignore the London politician’s newest weird COVID recording

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Megan Stacey

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July 28, 20211 hour ago3 minutes read 64 comments Councilor Michael van Holst (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press) Councilor Michael van Holst (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)

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A London city councilor who promoted anti-mask and anti-vaccination rhetoric during the COVID-19 pandemic was greeted with a stone silence when it urged its colleagues to investigate the “oppression” caused by vaccine mandates.

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A Citizens Advice Committee at City Hall to address issues of diversity, inclusion and anti-repression should be called to review the potential for “coercion” and “suppression” of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Eastend Ward 1 Coun. Michael van Holst wrote a letter to fellow councilors.

There are no public or widespread rules that require people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in London, although community and health leaders urge people to get the vaccination to limit the spread of the virus and reduce serious illnesses, that require hospitalization.

But van Holst, a second-term politician, has questioned scientific evidence in the past, including public health restrictions designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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He made his case Wednesday night, saying he expected citizens to ask city council to prescribe vaccines. That “could create some moral dilemmas,” he said.

None of his colleagues came in to support his request, so it was going nowhere.

Local public health officials have supported increasing calls to require vaccines in schools, health facilities and other locations for vulnerable populations.

Earlier this week, London’s chief public health officer, Dr. Chris Mackie that compulsory vaccination orders may be required in schools and health facilities to increase the percentage of Londoners vaccinated to over 90 percent and “put the pandemic to bed”

Neither the Middlesex-London Health Unit nor the province have mandated coronavirus vaccines, and two of the city’s largest institutions have stated that they are not empowered to require coronavirus vaccinations from their employees.

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The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC), the region’s largest network of hospitals, has announced that the decision to vaccinate all staff is a matter for the province.

Western University requires students who live in their dormitory to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but does not extend the policy to other students or staff on campus, with the school president saying, “We believe we should have gone as far as we can legally go. ”

A local law firm, McKenzie Lake Lawyers, has requested that all of its 150 employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to get to work. Those who aren’t fully vaccinated can look for work elsewhere, said managing partner Mike Peerless.

Van Holst has consistently challenged the science surrounding COVID-19 and challenged public health advice by calling for an end to stay-at-home orders early in the pandemic, promoting and saying inaccurate claims about vaccinations that the mask rules indoors are “neurotic”.

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He has often come under fire for other bizarre or offensive views on the Council. In 2019, van Holst was criticized for calling water fluoridation “Bill Cosby’s water treatment process” because we thought it was flawless, but it might actually do a lot of damage behind the scenes.

He also claimed that people were not responsible for climate change, previously calling the threat “exaggerated” and later calling on City Hall staff to listen to “the skeptics”.

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CORONAVIRUS CASES: THE NUMBERS

(* Numbers for Southwest Ontario as of Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 2:00 p.m.)

  • Ontario – 549,734 cases
  • London-Middlesex – 12,754 cases, 229 deaths
  • Elgin-Oxford – 3,939 cases, 84 deaths
  • Brant – 3,438 cases, 20 deaths
  • Chatham-Kent – 1,914 cases, 17 deaths
  • Sarnia-Lambton – 3,637 cases, 65 deaths
  • Huron Perth – 1,937 cases, 57 deaths
  • Gray-Bruce – 2,085 cases, 9 deaths
  • Windsor-Essex – 16,874 cases, 435 deaths

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