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Wildrose Independence Party leader Paul Hinman is demanding an apology from Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek for her remarks

regarding others’ vaccination status.

“It is totally unacceptable to have the Calgary mayor inciting discrimination against a minority group of Albertans. Gondek must apologize and admit she was absolutely wrong,” said Hinman on Twitter.

Hinman was commenting on statements made by Gondek last week.

“I’d like to come up with something very smooth to say but I’m going to say this: it is bonkers to continue to let unvaccinated people do whatever they want to,” Gondek said in a Friday morning interview on Calgary’s 770 CHQR News Talk Radio.

Others, such as People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, are also outraged.

“That’s not respecting our Charter Of Rights. That’s not respecting our way of life in Canada and actually, that’s against the science. They must look at the science. Everybody can spread that virus. Can you understand that? It’s easy,” Bernier told the Western Standard.

A total of 85.1% of Albertans over the age of 12 have received two doses, which means approximately 1.2 million Albertans are not vaccinated.

Regular citizens also took to Twitter with disapproval of Gondek’s comments.

“All City of Calgary employees have to take the Code of Conduct training, one chapter is about discrimination; if they violate the code they could be terminated … why does she still have her job after these comments? Great way you lead by example @JyotiGondek” said Sofia @sbariam627.

“She must resign, replace unvaccinated with an ethnic group and it would be a done career,” said @Alberta-Leonidas.

“I come from an area in Ontario with over 90% vaccination rate and now has some of the highest case rate per capita. Clearly the vaccination plan is not working? And Canada is doing NOTHING for treatment when people are tested positive?? Failure!” JayMcLaren @JethroneM.

Individual rights are protected by the Privacy Act as it sets out provisions related to the collection, retention, accuracy, disposal, use and disclosure of personal information, as mandated by the Government of Canada

A person must consent to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information for reasonable purposes according to the Government of Alberta.  

During a public health crisis, privacy laws still apply, but they are not a barrier to appropriate information sharing office of the privacy commission of Canada.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter for the Western Standard.

Reporter (Alberta)

Ewa Sudyk is an Alberta Reporter for the Western Standard and Alberta Report based in the Calgary Headquarters, and the Finance & Administration Manager for Western Standard New Media Corp.

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