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David Dickson's tireless teaching of the Health Minister - How many times must one KEEP ON TRYING? When will they finally listen and act?
Fluff or otherwise - below I am sharing, with permission, former police investigator David Dickson’s letter to the Alberta Health Minister reaching out (once again) with data and details that keep being ignored, questions that are not being answered…..etc…..etc….
For background on Mr. Dickson and his extensive compilation of COVID-19 related data please see:
Please note, this correspondence is occurring within the context of these All Cause and Covid Mortality statistics throughout Canada:
And within the context of this data in the UK:
Image Source: https://dksdata.com/COVID19 (treasure trove of all sorts of data along these lines)
Note: The Rule of Six was seen as a way of controlling the spread of coronavirus in England and was first used to prohibit social gatherings of more than six people back in September 2020.
Step 1: Requesting Answers from the Health Minister to two questions
On Friday, March 17, 2023 David Dickson wrote his MLA asking for two questions to be passed on to the Health Minister
Subject: Questions for the immediate attention and response of the Alberta Health Minister
Thank you for meeting with us today. Taking account of the finite timeline you mentioned in our meeting and the critical nature of these questions, here are the two items you were prepared to take to the Minister of Health.
Alberta Health published COVID Case/Death data.
This data is published on the Alberta Health Website (although the button to download was removed from the web page on October 10th, 2022).
This data includes the following pieces of information;
i. ID (random reference number)
ii. Date reported
iii. Alberta Health Services Zone
v. Age group
vi. Death status (active, recoveree, died, NA)
vii. Case type
c. There are two dates associated with each piece of information made available.
i. The date of publication referenced as the period of time since the last report. i.e. this week’s report on Wednesday 15th, March 2023 included all the data and changes from Tuesday March 7th, 2023 to Monday March 13th, 2023 (inclusive).
ii. The “Date reported” on each line of the report.
As a fixed field of factual data, what does “Date reported” mean for each of the “Death status” items listed above? i.e. Does “Date reported” for Death Status “Died” mean the date first diagnosed with COVID, the date the person Died or the date Alberta Health was notified of the death?
Despite the public statements as regards the known harms of masking children, AHS is still requiring the masking of children over the age of 2 years as visitors or patients in Care Homes and Hospitals, as it has since March 2020. This masking requirement also applies to disabled persons with a written medical exemption such as myself. As this Directive by AHS was just updated on March 6th and March 13th, 2023 to expand the areas of mandatory masking of children and others and in September 2022 to expand to ANY VIRUS as justification, it is clear that this is intended to become a permanent restriction in Alberta. In addition, the official policy directions for modifying an adult mask for these children and infants (against the manufacturers’ guidelines, OH&S and Health Canada safety guidelines) is a video produced by a young mainland China resident YouTube influencer with no formal training in this area. This video was created in April 2020 and still remains as the direction from AHS and thus the Alberta Government and the Health Minster responsible for AHS. See Section 7.1.b of the attached AHS Directive HCS-267. A direct link to the video can be found here:
This Directive, which is being aggressively enforced by AHS staff including Protective Services, resulting in the injury of Albertans and refusal of care for children and disabled persons, is not supported by AHS’s own Scientific Advisory Group. After receiving their July 2022 report which acknowledged the harms being done by this masking policy, the Alberta CMOH (Dr. Deena Hinshaw) at the time, removed masking from Alberta leaving most Albertans to assume masking had finally gone for good. Despite Dr. Hinshaw and Health Minister Copping having the ability to ensure the removal of masks from AHS at the same time, they neglected to do so. As a result, my grandchildren (3 years and 8 years), also in your constituency, cannot visit their great grandmother in her Care Home (for 3 years and counting), visit an emergency department, be transported by ambulance or receive any Health Care at an AHS facility without being forced to wear a mask.
Note that the policy is not applicable to executive and admin staff or staff not in direct view of the public. There are many exemptions (which are not being adopted by many AHS staff) which make this policy even more unacceptable especially when the Government’s own panel of experts (from AHS) acknowledge the harms and suggest the policy is more about ‘optics’ than safety. As you pointed out, regarding some of the COVID government matters we discussed during our meeting, this is more about ‘compliance’ than ‘safety’.
For reference: Section 7 of the latest HCS-267 Directive (attached).
Based on the above information, how can the Minister of Health justify the forced masking of children and disabled persons or targeted discrimination of those unable or unwilling to wear a mask, for the same reasons Premier Smith stated regarding the harms they were causing children at schools and how can he continue to ignore the mental and physical damage caused by this policy including the forced separation of children and other family members from their loved ones in Care Homes?
Step 2: The Health Minister writes back (non-answers)
Dear David Dickson:
[Name], MLA, [riding name], forwarded your correspondence regarding COVID‑19 data and masking practices in the province. As Minister of Health, I appreciate the opportunity to respond on behalf of the Government of Alberta.
Regarding your query about COVID‑19 data, cases are listed based on the date that laboratory results are reported to Alberta Health. On the COVID‑19 Alberta Statistics dashboard, Figure 8 (under the “Severe Outcomes” tab) displays information about the number of deaths based on the date of death reported to Alberta Health. As noted in the data notes, numbers may fluctuate as case information is updated.
With respect to masking practices in the province, all remaining Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health COVID‑19 orders were lifted on June 30, 2022. Alberta Health Services (AHS) has maintained its own masking policies in AHS‑operated and contracted facilities. AHS continues to review and evaluate these policies in an effort to balance the safety and preferences of patients, staff, and visitors. For more information, please refer to the AHS Use of Masks During COVID-19 Directive.
Thank you again for writing.
Minister of Health
Step 3: SIGH!!! Trying again to reach/teach the Health Minister
From: David Dickson
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2023 7:42 PM
To: Health Minister <Health.Minister@gov.ab.ca>; Office of the Premier <Premier@gov.ab.ca>
Subject: RE: COVID-19 Data and Masking
Dear Mr. Copping.
There are many issues with your response, but I will separate them into two areas.
Masking Directive at AHS.
COVID Deaths reported in Alberta.
Masking Directive at AHS.
In my opinion, your response that AHS is responsible for their own policies, ones which negatively impact the health and wellbeing of Albertans is clear evidence of willful discrimination and is an abdication of your duties as the Health Minister under the Provincial Health Act.
As Health Minister and also as a Human Rights advocate, the fact that you appear to have completely bypassed the information I provided for you in relation to children is deeply concerning. Then again, Human Rights have been abandoned in Alberta since 2020, with just one word. COVID. (see https://dksdata.com/DavidDicksonAHRC).
Can I ask, did you even watch the video linked in the AHS document?
Moreover, the fact that you directed me to the same link I sent you in my question, suggests you haven’t even read the email or the attachment. This is a common theme with all politicians. This is a de facto dereliction of your duties as Health Minister. As this directly impacts the health and safety of the residents of Alberta, you have a responsibility to do better. The healthcare of Albertans falls directly under your authority as per the Provincial Health Act. It is therefore unacceptable for you to continue to ignore the issues being raised. Even in your prior role as Labour & Immigration Minister, there is a question relating to masks and AHS. You authorised KN95 masks for which Health Canada had removed their authorisation two weeks earlier due to issues related to health.
The masks used currently by AHS don’t even meet the basic standards of authorisation for safe use. The AHS published information seems to be nothing less than fraudulent in this area.
Considering AHS’ direction on masking children using a Chinese YouTube influencer video, coupled with the above, AHS should not be making decisions on masking for anyone. Most other provinces and countries have removed this requirement due to the known ineffectiveness and harms caused by masking.
As per the COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group Rapid Evidence Report - Continuous Masking Policies (4 July 2022).
There is little to no evidence to support mask use!
"The evidence identified in this review cannot definitively show specific effect of continuous masking which started at the same time as multiple protective measures healthcare settings, and the level of evidence is not strong."
They cause known harms.
"...however, continuous masking may have some unwanted physical, emotional, and communication effects as well as environmental, and financial implications that should be considered."
"Continuous masking could have physical impacts on individuals as well as nonphysical impacts on inter-personal communication and the emotional elements of patient care..."
Masks are nothing more than virtue signalling.
"the optics of a universal mask policy are also important..."
But this was never about safety. Unless of course it was for a photo opportunity.
This is no different than the refusal of an ambulance for a 60-year-old lady some months back and the confirmation by EMS management that paramedics will not transport a patient who does not wear a mask. As I am unable to wear a mask, that negates my ability to call an ambulance in the event of a medical emergency. This is a service I pay for. Do remember though, this isn’t just about me. This is about all Albertans. What other disabled groups will EMS, Capital Care and AHS decide are not worthy of healthcare? The unvaccinated? Oh yes, we are already there despite the fact that the Alberta Transplant Institute states they do not require a COVID vaccine for transplant patients. They, like you, deflect to AHS (despite the NACI reports, manufacturer’s lack of test data and AHS Consent forms for COVID vaccine contradicting that direction). See https://rumble.com/v1wwo7s-transplants-damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-dont.html.
Just who is responsible for healthcare in this Province?
Federal legislation and the Provincial Health Act state it is currently your remit. Yet you and others keep deflecting to AHS. In a Court filing back in October 2021, the Alberta Justice department tried to argue the exact same point, but even they conceded (deciding on other nefarious means to deflect their duties also). See: https://dksdata.com/Court/DavidDicksonPackage/25-AffidavitInResponse_Filed_Redacted.pdf
and https://dksdata.com/CourtUpdate for more details on that.
I do find it interesting that the rules on continuous masking for the safety of those. ‘at risk’ appears to be quite fluid and inconsistent for a safety Directive at AHS and Capital Care. For more on that, please see the attached that will be familiar to you https://dksdata.com/Court/CapitalCare.pdf. Also see the social media posts by AHS, Capital Care and Edmonton Police Service who appear, like you, to be immune to the very AHS Directive that has stopped me visiting my mother in law for over three years (https://dksdata.com/Court/CapitalCareandRAH-Masks.pdf) despite being her medical proxy that requires in person access to her at all times. Maybe if I set up a photo opportunity or media event, I will be allowed into my mother in law’s Care Home or into a Hospital unmolested. It appears photo opportunities and media events work to deter COVID for VIPs’ like you and EPS, nurses and select children. Surely you are smart enough to know you are wearing the mask because you might be asymptomatic! Maybe you could look at my article on that point of hypocrisy. See https://dksdata.com/Articles/COVArticles/Article8.html
At this point, it appears that the Alberta Government have handed over the Province to AHS and may have done so for the last three years or more. As most AHS senior management (including those recently appointed by Premier Smith) are NDP supporters and in many cases appointees, it would seem that an election at this point is clearly moot. The NDP already controls the most critical part of Albertan’s future (healthcare) and has for many years.
Maybe this point explains the deaths over the last three years in Alberta from all causes, including those identified as COVID related. Your department removed access to the Vaccine Status data, Co-Morbidity data and more that was so critical to informed consent in this province, despite it being freely available at AHS on their daily dashboard. Why are AHS the only ones holding this information which is critical to the wellbeing of Albertans? What are AHS, and by extension, the Alberta Government covering up?
Please provide all of this data including the historical data (co-morbidities, age range, hospitalizations, deaths etc. including vaccine status by dose) immediately and before the election. Anything less can only be construed as gross negligence causing ongoing harm at the very least.
COVID Deaths reported in Alberta.
Moving on to COVID related deaths reported in this Province over the last three years. In my original email, attached, I specifically asked a question related to the download file that has been available on the Alberta Health website since May 2020. Instead of responding to that question, you referred me to another piece of data on the Alberta Health website. Despite being available since December 2020 (in an almost unusable format for analysis), that particular data does not align with any COVID death reporting in the media, by Alberta GoA representatives such as yourself, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Minister Shandro. Premier Smith, Premier Kenney, Dr. Joffe, Dr. Yiu, by AHS, by Health Canada or by the Alberta Auditor General. As I am sure you can understand, this is most troubling. The reported COVID deaths have driven public health policy and more for over three years. Considering how AHS identifies a COVID death along with the clear manipulations and/or apparently fraudulent death dates, I have to ask, how many people actually died FROM COVID in this province and when? This information has been used to terrify a population, deny healthcare (leading to the deaths of many) and has had a catastrophic impact on Albertan society from which we may never recover. What is worse, is it is still going on for people in care homes (https://dksdata.com/Care) and people like me, Sheila Annette Lewis and too many others.
Taking last week as an example. The number of deaths reported was 14 in both the download file and the ‘Severe Outcomes’ web page. However, the dates of death were very much not the same. So, I ask again, what does the ‘Date Reported’ mean in the download file that has been used as the source of reporting COVID related deaths since early 2020?
Is this the right information with 6 deaths last week, as you have suggested in your last response to me?
Or is it 2 as the download file would suggest when using the logic applied by the Alberta Auditor General and on the Vaccine Outcomes page in 2021/2022 (before that too was removed)?
Or is it 14, using the logic applied in the daily reporting and supported by the Health Canada data until August 2022?
This matters greatly. Why? Because it significantly changes not just the daily updated figures but also the annual figures that have been used in the communication terror campaigns we have suffered for over three years.
How about September 17th, 2020 to September 23rd, 2020 (before the Severe Outcomes chart was first published in December 2020)? AHS reported to staff that 7 people had died between those days.
The download files between those days had 7 people listed as died (as AHS reported and as was reported in the media).
But the ‘Date Reported’ in the file show only 4 deaths between those dates. These are just a couple of examples of the concerns.
I go into this in more detail in the referenced PDF https://dksdata.com/COVIDLatest/How_many_Deaths.pdf.
This raises the question; In 2020 did 1,046, 1533 or 1213 Albertans die related to COVID? This critically impacts the reported calculation of ‘unvaccinated’ deaths in 2021 and beyond.
Did they even die of COVID based on the fact that a COVID death requires a reliable COVID case (of which there are few). And the mechanism used for declaring both COVID cases and COVID deaths seems to border on the criminal.
As mentioned, this goes along with the even less reliable COVID Case data, based on the admissions by:
“Alright Donna Stratton Stratton Tip says I've read about the maker of the PCR test has stated it's about 50% wrong and wasn't designed for what we're using it for. Is that true?
And then this. I actually asked for this to come up because I know there's a lot of folks often when I check out the Facebook comments, there's a lot of this stuff about PCR, so PCR is the standard test for COVID-19 in Canada and Alberta and around the world. It's it's true that based on how many cycles the PCR test is does on the sample that that it can generate in many cases does generate a false positive…”
“So there are, I'll call them covid skeptics, who are claiming that all of the restrictive policies are being wrongly informed by exaggerated COVID case counts because of false positives through PCR testing. In a sense, I mean, who really cares about the false positives?”
“Why isn’t rapid testing an alternative to immunization?
There are significant safety and efficacy concerns with rapid testing. Current rapid testing technology is designed for those experiencing symptoms, which creates a large risk of false positives (up to 30 per cent), and this could lead to workers being unnecessarily restricted from work.
The occurrence of false negatives is even more significant (reported as high as up to 50 per cent) where workers may be entering care environments infected with COVID -19.”
AHS Scientific Advisory Group
“Key Messages from the Evidence Summary
Evidence thus far has not adequately defined or assessed "asymptomatic" individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 by RT-PCR, making much of the current data unreliable
Therefore a RT-PCR positive result in a currently asymptomatic person is of unclear significance and RT-PCR positive status cannot be used to infer potentially infectious status.”
Alberta Precision Labs
And these are Cases and Deaths (no matter how they are sliced) that never supported the original State of Emergency directed by Minister Shandro when he held your position in 2020.
Further to this are some even more disturbing facts regarding the vaccination program rollout by AHS under the authority and direction of yourself and Minister Shandro.
Note that most of the below isn’t just historical; much of it continues in Alberta to this day.
Healthcare workers (nurses, doctors, EMS etc.) and peace officers/security guards, even police officers, refusing or preventing a patient healthcare for not wearing a mask or being unvaccinated. You have my information on this, but there is so much more, as you know.
Care home residents (and others) tested, masked and/or vaccinated without informed consent.
Care home residents isolated or ‘quarantined’ without informed consent or lawful authority.
Care home residents or patients otherwise improperly treated because of the COVID policies and refused visitation even by DSP’s against the Orders of Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
COVID Positive patients (symptomatic or not) transferred into Care Homes. Your office (when it was held by Minister Shandro) was directly asked about this and the response was “we would not knowingly do it”, despite the fact that AHS has written policies on how to execute this! This happened with COVID positive patients moved into shared rooms with non COVID patients. (see https://thenationaltelegraph.com/regional/exclusive-alberta-government-transferring-covid-positive-patients-into-care-homes). Note that we have direct knowledge of this and more.
Health care workers, health care managers, peace officers/security guards refusing a DSP/visitor access to a patient or care home resident for not wearing a mask or being unvaccinated (or just in general).
Ambulances (one or more) called (immediately post vaccine) to vaccination sites (mass public vaccinations, schools, care homes, pharmacies, hospitals, vaccine clinics etc.) to transport vaccine injured patients to hospital.
Healthcare workers, part of the vaccine process, were instructed to give a different vaccine than expected i.e. AZ/J&J instead of Pfizer/Moderna when it was not appropriate i.e. those vaccines had been removed in Canada/other countries due to known risks such as blood clots.
Albertans given expired vaccines.
Albertans given vaccines while under the age of authority i.e. ‘nearly 12 or nearly 5’. Note that the authority to use was not ‘nearly’.
Vaccines given from pre drawn syringes that the healthcare worker administering was not directly involved in so had no way of knowing what they were administering, contrary to so many regulations and laws and ethical practice.
Unvaccinated nurses forced to go into locations where QR codes (Vax Passes) were in place even though they were themselves unvaccinated. This was not declared by AHS or the healthcare workers to the operators of the facilities or the persons receiving (or responsible for) medical treatments, including vaccination. Note this action could be considered trespassing, failure to comply with a CMOH Order, a form of aggravated burglary and assault and battery, as a start. Add in conspiracy to commit with the number of parties involved and this is something that must be taken up by the Judiciary and Police Services.
Albertans (almost all of them) being vaccinated but not having been provided the legally required AHS vaccine consent form (Form 21765 - currently 8 pages long https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/frm-21765.pdf).
Persons who suffered Adverse Events (AEFI) were (and are) prevented from reporting them (despite it being a requirement under law for any healthcare worker to report such an incident within three days of being made aware of said AEFI. Note that this system is a safety signal system designed to capture all potential adverse events to discover potential clusters. It is not a vaccine injury system where an injury needs to be proven first. Note also that the AHS reporting process is not compliant with Health Canada or the Brighton protocols. This is, in part, due to artificial constraints that prevent reporting and thus create serious risk of harm and an inability for anyone to provide Informed Consent. See https://rumble.com/v1q2jyq-how-hard-is-it-to-report-an-adverse-event-in-alberta.html).
Healthcare workers and other professionals were/are disciplined or fired. Their Colleges, AHS and other supervisory parties (under the authority of yourself and Minister Shandro) continue to exert undue pressure to prevent professionals from executing their lawful and ethical duties. This is ongoing.
I know you and many others, including the Courts, are aware of many of the above and attached. Now is time to address face them all head on. There is no more time. There are no more excuses.
I am attaching some additional material for which I am yet to receive a response. This information outlines what appears to be crimes committed in this province leading to untold suffering and death. I would now ask one last time, that you, Premier Smith and representatives of the Police and the Judiciary meet with me to discuss these issues and the ongoing lack of data/data manipulation that is going on along with ongoing abuses and Human Rights issues at AHS and Capital Care.
Disabled Police Officer (retired - injury on duty) David T. Dickson C.E.O. DKS DATA (www.dksdata.com) Consulting C.I.O. Management/Legal Consultant Privacy and Cybersecurity Expert. Email: email@example.com
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
Some rules to live by:
Always do the best you can by your family.
Go to work every day.
Always speak your mind.
Never hurt anyone that doesn’t deserve it.
And never take anything from the bad guys.
(Mel Gibson: Edge of Darkness 2010)
Step 4: ???????? Election Recess - Government at a Virtual Standstill
With the election being called for May 29, 2023 all Government staff are essentially being warned not to communicate with the public during the campaign period.
Any communication could be construed as political messaging. So there will be no response!