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EDMONTON, Alberta, (LifeSiteNews) – A now former Catholic school trustee says that refusing to be “coerced” into disclosing her COVID jab status led to her being forced to quit.

According to a Western Standard report, Edmonton Catholic School Board trustee Carla Smiley said she told her board she was not “going to share my private health information in order to attend meetings.”

“It’s none of anyone’s business,” she added.

“That’s what caused me to resign. I don’t want it for me, I don’t want it for somebody else.”

Smiley said that the vaccination mandate was her “last straw.”

“My conscience wouldn’t allow for anything else,” she explained.

Smiley had been re-elected to the Edmonton Catholic School Board by acclamation on October 18. She was first elected to the Board in 2017.

While school boards in Alberta have not been mandated by Alberta Education to enact mandatory COVID jab policies for staff, education Minister Adriana LaGrange strongly encouraged them to do so in early October.

Public schools in Alberta have not mandated the COVID jabs for students, as current law passed by order of Bill 66 removed the ability of the government to mandate any type of vaccines.

However, while technically no one person in Alberta can be forced to get a vaccine against their will, when it comes to COVID jab mandates, many in both the private and public sector have suffered from severe forms of coercion to get them or be fired, as in Smiley’s case.

Many school boards have since enacted jab policies for staff. Edmonton Catholic schools voted on October 5 to make the COVID jabs mandatory at all its schools and facilities for staff. The mandate came into effect on October 26.

On October 22, Edmonton Catholic’s board made the mandate extend to trustees, with all of them being required to disclose their jab status by October 27.

Staff who refuse the jab can opt for rapid testing. However, after December 17 the board will not cover the costs of the tests.

This forced Smiley to make a choice, according to the Western Standard report. She said it was with “great sadness and regret that I submit my resignation to the Edmonton Catholic School Board, and to my electorate,” in a resignation letter to her board chair Sandra Palazzo.

Smiley said that her resignation was done in “protest against the current vaccine mandate being enforced by our school division”

She added that this “violates the conscience and bodily autonomy of our staff.”

“Coercion does not allow for freely given consent. I cannot support this direction being taken by our administration with the support of the board corporate,” wrote Smiley.

Forced out Catholic trustee – ‘I just don’t expect this from Catholics’

In the Western Standard report, Smiley said that she was the only trustee out of seven to challenge the jab mandate.

“I just don’t expect this from Catholics. I expect them to understand about freedom,” she said.

She also wondered “what’s a good Catholic supposed to do” if even Pope Francis says that taking the jab is an act of charity.

“I said OK [to that thought], as long as it’s not mandatory,” Smiley said.

“I wanted to give people freedom of conscience because for Catholics, some of them, the association with the fetal cell lines in vaccines is problematic,” she continued.

“Others are aware that it’s experimental and don’t want to be part of the experiment. They’re just waiting and watching.”

Many teachers in Alberta who have refused the jabs have been forced to either submit to COVID testing on a regular basis or lose their jobs.

LifeSiteNews was sent information Wednesday from a group of teachers fired for not getting jabbed with the Calgary Catholic School District, which has a similar jab policy as Edmonton Catholic Schools.

The group of teachers say jab mandates are discriminatory and that they will be trying to fight their unfair treatment. They will be providing LifeSiteNews with more information in the coming days about their experiences.

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The Knights of Columbus in Quebec have apparently begun to pressurize and bully unvaccinated council members and officers who decline to take the COVID jab.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to the Quebec Knights of Columbus, urging the Catholic men's fraternal organization to reverse course and stop penalizing Knights who refuse these unethical, untested and unsafe vaccines.

According to a letter obtained by LifeSiteNews, the leaders of the Quebec State Council of the Knights have seemingly implemented the following restrictions on unvaccinated members: 1) Effective immediately, unvaccinated knights shall be refused access to meeting and social venues; and, 2) Effective November 15th, any officer not "fully vaccinated" shall be relieved of his duties.

If true (and, there is no reason to believe it is not accurate), this Quebec Knights' policy is not only deeply flawed, but also deeply disturbing.

Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that a Catholic may use his or her conscience to decide to licitly refuse vaccination.

And, while the Church is allowing Catholics to take these unethical vaccines because of the lack of an ethically produced and tested vaccine, it must noted that the Church IS AGAINST FORCED VACCINATION and vaccine mandates.

Therefore, it is difficult to fathom how a Catholic organization can penalize (and, in effect, try to coerce) Catholics to accept vaccines which have many morally and medically troubling aspects.

To start with, all COVID vaccines available to Knights Quebecois were either developed or tested using aborted fetal cell lines! This very fact should militate against penalizing Knights who cannot accept these jabs, in good conscience, as morally repugnant per se.

And, there are at least three other serious issues with the vaccines, namely:

  1. The vaccines are, themselves, unsafe. The WHO has already reported over 2.1M injuries related to COVID jabs, worldwide.
  2. The vaccines do not effectively stop transmission, and, in fact, probably facilitate transmission by allowing a vaccinated person to carry a large viral load which they can then spread to vaccinated and unvaccinated, alike.
  3. It is unwise to take and promote vaccines which have not undergone sufficient testing (animal, and otherwise), and which have no track record for possible long-term negative complications. Whereas most vaccines have taken between six and ten years to be fully tested and approved, these COVID jabs have only been given for less than a year -- and so, we do not know what the long-term effects will be.

With these issues in mind, please SIGN and SHARE this petition which calls on the Quebec Knights of Columbus State Council to reverse the draconian restrictions being placed against unvaccinated Knights.

The Quebec Knights of Columbus should be prepared to make reasonable accommodations for those members and officers who have decided to refuse these unethical, untested and unsafe vaccines.

After signing, please take a few minutes to contact the Quebec Knights of Columbus to politely, but firmly, ask them to reverse this decision which could seriously impinge on their fellow Knights' ability to follow their consciences in relation to taking a COVID vaccine.

Quebec Knights of Columbus Telephone Numbers: 450-768-0616 or 1866-893-3681

Quebec Knights of Columbus Email: [email protected]



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Under its Conservative Premier Jason Kenney, Alberta enacted a province-wide vaccine passport despite the leader earlier promising he would not do so.

Kenney has allowed private companies to openly discriminate against those choosing not to get the jabs by allowing them to enact draconian COVID jab mandates.

The jab mandates are in force even though COVID vaccine trials have never produced evidence that vaccines stop infection or transmission. Their advocates do not even claim to reduce hospitalization, as their most recent measurement of success is whether or not that jabs prevent severe symptoms of COVID-19. Meanwhile, they do not take into consideration the natural immunity of people who have recovered from the coronavirus.

Dr. Peter McCullough said that those who develop COVID have “complete and durable immunity. And (that’s) a very important principle: complete and durable. You can’t beat natural immunity.”

All of the COVID jabs approved for use in Canada are still experimental; clinical trials will not be completed until 2023.

Meanwhile, there have been reports of thousands of people who have developed tumors after getting their COVID shots.

LifeSiteNews contacted Smiley for an interview regarding her ordeal but as of press time has not had a reply.

To make your opinion respectfully known, please contact:

Trustee Sandra Palazzo – Board Chair

Edmonton Catholic Schools

P: 780 965-6083

E: [email protected]

Adriana LaGrange – Alberta Minister of Education 

Office of the Minister


228 Legislature Building

10800 – 97 Avenue

Edmonton, AB

T5K 2B6

Phone: 780 427-5010

Fax: 780 427-5018

E-mail: [email protected]


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