This is just a summary of the latest issue of Canada Gazette, which has some significant information concerning COVID-19 regulations and air travel.
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Vol. 154, No. 21 Canada Gazette Part I OTTAWA, Saturday, May 23, 2020
Page 1002: Under Government Notices, the Department of Transport announced the following regarding the Aeronautics Act: Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights in Canada due to COVID-19, No. 5
. . . an operator must conduct a health check of every passenger before the passenger boards an aircraft . . .
. . . must ask questions . . . to verify whether they exhibit the following symptoms: (a) a fever; (b) a cough; and (c) breathing difficulties
. . . must ask every passenger (a) whether they have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19; and (b) whether they are the subject of a mandatory quarantine order as a result of . . .
The operator must advise every passenger not to provide answers to the health check questions and the additional questions that they know to be false or misleading.
A passenger who, under subsections (1) and (2), is subjected to a health check and is asked the additional questions must (a) answer all questions; and (b) not provide answers that they know are false or misleading.
. . . the operator must observe whether any passenger is exhibiting any symptoms . . .
The operator is not required to conduct a health check for the following persons: (a) a crew member; or (b) a passenger who provides a medical certificate certifying that any symptoms referred to in subsection 5(1) that they are exhibiting are not related to COVID-19.
An operator must refuse to allow a passenger to board an aircraft . . . if (a) the passenger’s answers to the health check questions indicate that they exhibit (i) a fever and cough, or (ii) a fever and breathing difficulties; (b) the operator observes, before a passenger boards an aircraft, that the passenger is exhibiting (i) a fever and cough, or (ii) a fever and breathing difficulties; (c) the passenger’s answer to any of the additional questions asked of them under subsection 5(2) is in the affirmative; or (d) the passenger is a competent adult and refuses to answer any of the questions . . .
A passenger who is refused boarding of an aircraft under section 7 is not permitted to board another aircraft for the purpose of being transported for a period of 14 days after the refusal, unless they provide a medical certificate certifying that any symptoms referred to in subsection 5(1) that they are exhibiting are not related to COVID-19.
Face Masks The definition on page 1003:
face mask means any non-medical mask or face covering that is made of at least two layers of tightly woven material such as cotton or linen, is large enough to completely and comfortably cover a person’s nose and mouth without gaping and can be secured to a person’s head with ties or ear loops.
Continuing with the interim order at page 1006:
9. Sections 10 to 17 do not apply to the following passengers: (a) an infant; (b) a person who has breathing difficulties unrelated to COVID-19; (c) a person who is unconscious; or (d) a person who is unable to remove a face mask without assistance.
10 An operator must notify every passenger that intends to board an aircraft for a flight that the operator operates that (a) the passenger must be in possession, prior to boarding, of a face mask; (b) the passenger must wear the face mask at all times during the flight when they are 2 m or less from another person unless both persons live in the same private dwelling-house or . . . ; and(c) the passenger must comply with any instructions given by a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask.
11. Every passenger must confirm to the operator prior to boarding an aircraft for a flight that the operator operates that they are in possession of a face mask.
12. A passenger must not provide a confirmation under section 11 that they know to be false or misleading.
13. During the boarding process for a flight that the operator operates, the operator must verify that every passenger boarding the aircraft is in possession of a face mask.
14. (1) An operator must require a passenger to wear a face mask at all times during a flight the operator operates when the passenger is 2 m or less from another person unless both persons live in the same private dwelling-house or other place that serves that purpose.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply(a) when the safety of the person could be endangered by wearing a face mask; (b) when the person is eating, drinking or taking oral medications; or (c) when a crew member authorizes the removal of the face mask to address the passenger’s special needs or unforeseen circumstances.
15. A passenger must comply with any instructions given by a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask.
16. An operator is prohibited from permitting a passenger to board an aircraft for a flight that the operator operates if (a) the passenger is a competent adult and does not provide, or refuses to provide, the confirmation referred to in section 11; (b) the operator cannot verify under section 13 that the passenger is in possession of a face mask; or(c) the passenger refuses to comply with instructions given by a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask.
17. If, during a flight that an operator operates, a passenger refuses to comply with an instruction given by a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask, the operator must (a) keep a record of(i) the date and flight number,(ii) the passenger’s name and contact information,(iii) the passenger’s seat number on the flight, and(iv) the circumstances related to the refusal to comply; and (b) inform the Minister as soon as feasible of any record created under paragraph (a).
18 (1) A screening authority must advise a person who is subject to screening at a passenger screening checkpoint under the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 to wear a face mask at all times during screening.
(2) A person who is screened at a non-passenger screening checkpoint under the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012, must wear a face mask if advised to do so by a screening officer.
(3) A person who has been advised to wear a face mask under subsection (1) or (2) must do so.
(4) Despite subsections (1) to (3), a person who is listed in any of paragraphs 9(a) to (d) is not required to wear a face mask.
19. Despite section 18, a person who is required by a screening officer to remove their face mask during screening must do so.
20. A screening authority must not permit a person, other than a person listed in any of paragraphs 9(a) to (d), who has been advised to wear a face mask and refuses to do so, to pass beyond a screening checkpoint into a restricted area, including a sterile area.
Page 1008: Penalties are discussed and how to appeal the penalty.
The maximum penalty for each section is $5,000 for an individual and $25,000 for a corporation.
The repeal of an earlier interim order is announced.
The next section starting on page 1010 is very similar in its contents except its referring to flights to Canada: Department of Transport Aeronautics Act Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19, No. 8
After that, on page 1019, there is a statement by the Bank of Canada as to their financial position on April 30, 2020.
Page 1021: there is an announcement that the following Act received Royal Assent: An Act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act (Bill C-16, chapter 8, 2020)
Page 1022: there is an announcement by the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board to the Commission of the Canada Regulator for authorization to export electricity to the United States. The Commission wishes to obtain the views of interested parties.
Page 1023: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has a Notice to Interested Parties concerning applications, “decisions, notices of consultation, regulatory policies, information bulletins and orders that it publishes.” The CRTC provides these links:
All Public Proceedings Open for Comment: https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?S=O&PA=A&PT=A&PST=A&Lang=eng&_ga=2.177615269.1216598276.1548762917-64123775.1548762917
Participate in a Public Proceeding: https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/consultation/
Observations concerning the COVID-19 regulations:
I assume that the COVID-19 virus is being used as an excuse to justify new measures that create a sense of submissiveness in members of the public–in the same way that various incidents after 9/11 led to new measures of submission related to a person’s clothes, shoes, personal items, the prevalence of blue gloves and all that implied.
Presumably the regulations are temporary to some extent, but I also imagine they could be brought back at any time depending on events.
We have never had to live with these types of impositions before. I would urge anybody to try to properly justify these measures on the basis of the disease and allow free discussion among the public, including experts, about these measures. In my opinion, these measures have been prearranged and brought in with a lot of padded numbers and scare tactics in order to induce a false belief concerning the unique severity of a particular virus.
There are many points of potential conflict in the above regulations which could lead to very inefficient service, frustration for operators, and reminders to customers that they are to be in a position of compliant submission–demeaning treatment–slave-training.
The concept of masks, from what I have heard, are very dubious medically, because they can cut down on a person’s oxygen–and also they are not being disposed of constantly as in the medical profession, so they are building up endless contaminants. They also, from my own experience in the food industry, prevent communication–someone is always in the position when there is a conversation–or interrogation–during which they will be asked to remove the mask so that they can be heard– leaving them open to a very inconsistent set of rules which already have exceptions–so there are endless situations for misunderstandings and conflict. And I think someone thought this through already.
Dread and intimidation could easily be created in these scenarios. I think that reducing peoples’ interest in air travel is part of the overall plan of austerity that was also being pushed with carbon taxes and the overall Green Agenda. I think air travel will get harder for most people.
Also, this is a violation of the mobility rights section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms not to mention other sections of the Charter.
Social distancing of 2 metres apart is part of this set of rules. Until this COVID-19 event, we never had anything like this before imposed on us. If someone wants to share a scientific justification for this and defend it, be my guest. Is there any justification for imposing quarantine rules on healthy people? It’s never been done before.
Many do not understand the nature of those who seek to dominate us–because they prefer to forget about the abuses of the past that they might have heard of–such as the experimental procedures performed on patients during the MKUltra era.
The reason for these policies in general (air travel or otherwise) is evidently to signal that we are to submit to doing what we are told by “authorities” who seem to have a very global and public-private, unelected nature.
Removing belts, removing shoes, allowing our bodies to be scanned and groped.
Many people in the public are having a hard time reading the signals properly.
To me, the face mask reminds me of something that an animal is forced to wear–in order to muzzle them.
Notice the concept of “health check” which many of us are already familiar with from recent events.
Having any kind of related symptoms for any reason could lead to someone’s business plans, family plans being completely demolished. Think of the pressure air travelers would be under. What kind of enjoyment would be left?
Notice the concept of “Medical Certificate” which would allow the more fortunate passengers presumably to escape this kind of risk–if someone could just certify them as being free from COVID-19. I would challenge anyone to justify the alleged tests for COVID-19–to prove that they are giving any kind of meaningful results about an objective health situation–because I have heard that the virus has not actually been isolated and that tests generally give many false positives.
To me, if I speculate, it’s clear that this idea of a medical certificate that could allow people to escape some of the hassles and conflicts–allow them some level of privilege–could be extended to other infectious illnesses or to other “medical” conditions, possibly even to testing for drugs. And testing for anything at all could be read in various ways–if people allow their bodies to be invaded in this way–if drug A is detected that would be bad for a particular job, or if a drug B is prescribed for a particular person, that also could be assessed on an ongoing basis as to how much of an expected drug is present. So, I think it’s reasonable to speculate, based on having read A Brief History of the Future by Jacques Attali that constant high-tech, medical monitoring and surveillance is going to be pushed on us.
So we can’t go along with any of this. You should tell everybody what your concerns are. Share them with friends and family. Exercise your current right to freedom of expression. Assert your natural, inherent rights. You should speak up now so that we can push back against these measures effectively.
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