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(LifeSiteNews) — A number of post-secondary institutions in Canada announced that they will soon no longer require students and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear masks.

After Ontario dropped their vaccine passport and mandatory mask wearing earlier this month, the Ontario institutions of Wilfrid Laurier University, Ryerson University, University of Ottawa, and the University of Guelph have all announced that they will be following in the government’s footsteps and axing their “proof-of-vaccination” requirement and mask mandates on May 1.

Likewise, while Quebec’s Concordia University and McGill University plan to enforce their COVID policies until the end of the current semester, both schools indicated that they will eventually go along with the government of Quebec, which is dropping masks on April 1.

In the western province of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg are axing their vaccine mandate. However, U of M says they will continue to mandate masking, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

While government and academia remained insistent for months that mandates and other COVID policies were necessary to stop the spread of the highly survivable coronavirus, a growing body of data and scientific evidence pointing to the failure of vaccine mandates and passports led to widespread protests and an eventual walking back of the mandates by Canadian governments.

In addition to COVID vaccine trials never producing evidence that the shots stop infection or transmission, there has also been a whopping 47 studies indicating that mask wearing is ineffective, with 32 studies actually finding that prolonged mask wearing has negative health consequences.

Meanwhile, the list of FDA-recognized adverse events has grown from severe anaphylactic reactions to include fatal thrombotic events, the inflammatory heart condition myocarditis, and neurologically disabling disease like Guillain Barré Syndrome, as well as thousands of recorded deaths and permanent disabilities.