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Opinion: No. Ottawa isn’t getting your private health information

Provinces and territories have accepted the federal government offer on a Health transfer. The talks have continued for over a year and the agreement has now been reached.

In the lead up to the agreement and the most recent meetings many Canadians were on edge about what will be a requirement within the agreement. The concerns didn’t go unheard.

Canadians have been worried about their private medical information being shared with the federal government and snowballed into something else. Apparently this all began from one single TikTok video.

The noise became so loud that Sask Premier Scott Moe, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and Ontario Premier Doug Ford all announced that they will not be sharing residents private health data with the federal government.

In short, no your personal health data is not going to be shared with Justin Trudeau and that will be covered later.

But legacy media and other individuals shouldn’t be calling concerned Canadians “conspiracy theorists” or hurling other insults and gaslighting Canadians for a number of reasons. Legacy media should be doing their jobs and inform the public with the facts of what will be shared instead of calling fellow Canadians names.

However that is the legacy media in Canada now and we can’t expect much out of them as they proudly wear their biasness on their foreheads.

“The proposed health accords do not, in any way, promote the notion of a digital ID, but suggesting they do appeals to the conspiracy theorists.” ANDRÉ PICARD wrote in an opinion piece.

The concerns Canadians have started with just their private medical data was going to be shared with the federal government then turned into ushering in a digital ID connected to their health records. And further down the line eventually end up implementing a social credit system much like the concerns over the Covid-19 vaccine passports and ArriveCAN app.

“The information may be shared with other organizations” it said on the ArriveCAN privacy notice in May of 2022 referring to private health data entered in to the ArriveCAN app.

Personal information may be shared with “other government institutions, as well as provincial, territorial, municipal governments or international health organizations as well as their institutions” it said on the ArriveCAN privacy policy, “Personal information may also be used for program evaluation. In other limited and specific circumstances, personal information may be used and/or disclosed without consent in accordance with section 7 and subsection 8(2) of the Privacy Act.”

Legacy media is gaslighting Canadians and wanting them to believe it couldn’t be a possibility the government wants to impose a digital ID on the population for more control and your a “conspiracy theorist” if you dare suggest it’s a possibility.

In their parallel universe, the World Economic Forum and their acolytes (Justin Trudeau, the Liberal government, etc.) want to create a digital ID for all citizens with the goal of controlling every aspect of their lives.” ANDRÉ PICARD wrote, adding We heard similarly ridiculous claims about ‘vaccine passports.‘”

However the fact is it did indeed happen with the Covid-19 passports and restrictions enforced against people that either didn’t want to share their private health information or people that were not so-called “fully vaccinated”. Canadians were banned from many social and recreational settings and people were encouraged to disown friends and family while employers fired workers.

You don’t even need to use much brain power to connect the dots because it actually happened on a global scale.

The vaccine passport is real and it showed what the government is capable of doing with a simple mandatory app on your phone including the threat of hefty fines and possible jail time. So the concern is very real for many individuals.

With rise in governments imposing authoritarian measures for the last three years along with travel restrictions, lockdowns, closing of businesses, parks, schools and churches with an obsession to encroach on individual freedoms and rights people have the right to worry.

On the next thing about concerned Canadians living in a “parallel universe” the idea of a digital ID and a contract to share information with the World Economic Forum (WEF), it’s another true fact but currently with travel not with health records.

“The Government of Canada will collaborate with the World Economic Forum and partners to test emerging digital technologies” the government said in a news release in 2018.

The government of Canada, World Economic Forums and some other governments around the world will be using the the Known Traveler Digital Identity system which “takes emerging digital technologies such as advanced biometrics, cryptography and distributed ledger technologies” for travelers to share their information “with governments and travel providers to facilitate” departures and destination.

“The Known Traveller Digital Identity, or KTDI, is a World Economic Forum initiative that brings together a global consortium of individuals, governments, authorities and the travel industry to enhance security in world travel.” it says on the KTDI website.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) also published an article on its website its currently piloting the KTDI with partners “The Forum and its partners are currently piloting components of the KTDI concept in a real-life, cross-border context to further enhance the concept and inform future pilots”

Canada and Air Canada are listed as partners on the KTDI website.

So what type of health information is the federal government requesting?

Shared Health Indicators and Results

“The Government of Canada intends to work collaboratively with provinces and territories on four shared health priorities to improve integrated health care for Canadians:” the Government of Canada said in a news release on February 7, 2023.

The government of Canada aims to modernize the health care system with “standardized health data and digital tools.”

According to the government it’s looking for data broken down into certain sub-categories.

“The federal government is prepared to measure and report annual progress on the following common indicators with disaggregated data and is asking the provincial and territorial governments to do the same as part of their data commitment.” the news release said.

Here is a list of the health data sub-categories Ottawa is requesting and honestly just looks like something an individual or a journalist would send in for an access to information request:

  • Percentage of Canadians who report having access to a regular family health team, a family doctor or nurse practitioner;
  • Size of COVID-19 surgery backlog;
  • Net new family physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners;
  • Percentage of youth aged 12-25 with access to integrated youth services for mental health and substance use;
  • Median wait times for community mental health and substance use services;
  • Percentage of Canadians with a mental disorder who have an unmet mental health care need;
  • Percentage of Canadians who can access their own comprehensive health record electronically; and
  • Percentage of family health service providers and other health professionals (e.g., pharmacists, specialists, etc.) who can share patient health information electronically.

CIHI will lead a process with provinces, territories and experts to review and refine these existing common indicators and develop a broader list, including new indicators. This will enable jurisdictions and CIHI to report to Canadians based on comparable indicators and data on how health care is delivered across Canada and how it is performing and how it compares internationally. Bilateral agreements will include indicators tailored to provincial and territorial needs.

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Jordan is a casual reporter for BC Rise


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