Covid-19 pandemic used to test propaganda techniques on Canadians

Canadian military leaders saw the pandemic as a unique opportunity to test out propaganda techniques on an unsuspecting public, a newly released Canadian Forces report concludes.  The federal government never asked for the so-called information operations campaign, nor did cabinet authorize the initiative developed during the COVID-19 pandemic by the Canadian Joint Operations Command, then headed by Lt.-Gen. Mike Rouleau. 

But military commanders believed they didn’t need to get approval from higher authorities to develop and proceed with their plan, retired Maj.-Gen. Daniel Gosselin, who was brought in to investigate the scheme, concluded in his report.

The propaganda plan was developed and put in place in April 2020 even though the Canadian Forces had already acknowledged that “information operations and targeting policies and doctrines are aimed at adversaries and have a limited application in a domestic concept.”

Ottawa Citizen report


Mink found infected with Covid-19 after they escaped their cages on Farm in British Columbia, Canada

Canada: Two mink test positive for Covid-19 – four mink found roaming farm after escaping their cages

Two more mink have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus from a Fraser Valley, British Columbia, farm already under quarantine from positive tests in May. In this instance, four mink had escaped their cages and were captured on the farm.

As a result of the new infections, a moratorium has been placed on any new mink farms in B.C., with a cap on existing mink farms at current numbers. 

Three B.C. mink farms have had animals test positive since December 2020. “All three remain under quarantine, with no mink being moved to or from the properties.” report


Mink: 100% infection, recovery and then 75% re-infection of farmed mink


Canada: mink infected with #coronavirus at Fraser Valley farm, British Columbia

A mink farm in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada, has been placed under quarantine after a mink tested positive for COVID-19. Two other mink at the farm are suspected to have the virus as well and confirmation tests are pending. The positive case was detected during a provincial surveillance program in which 20 animals were tested for the virus.

The farm has approximately 25,000 mink. All other animals appear healthy and are not displaying symptoms of the virus, according to the statement.

This is the third B.C. mink farm where COVID-19 has been detected. Analysis of the previous two farms show the mink were infected with the identical or nearly identical strain of virus found in humans. It is believed the virus spread from people to the animals and not the other way around.

Yahoo News report


Two dead wild mink infected with #coronavirus found in Castellon, Spain


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Canada CDC: ‘Researchers are monitoring for … B.1.617.4’

British Columbia CDC: “Researchers are monitoring for specific sublineages of this variant, including B.1.617.1, 1.617.2, B.1.617.3 and B.1.617.4”  (is this a typo?) report



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1,039 cases of Brazilian #coronavirus variant P.1 reported in Canada



Canada: largest outbreak of P.1 #coronavirus variant outside of Brazil discovered in British Columbia

The coronavirus variant that forced the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort to close is spreading rapidly in B.C. and sending more young people to hospital, raising concern about health officials’ ability to control the outbreak that is the largest known spread outside Brazil.

A laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital that screens positive samples from most of the Vancouver Coastal region – which includes Whistler – for variants using a new rapid-testing technology, had confirmed 480 cases of the P.1 variant by Wednesday night (31st March 2021)  – already more than what has been reported by any other country except for Brazil. report


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