Letter to Lakehead University

On Wed, 25 Aug 2021 at 12:46, Peggy Smith <pasmith@lakeheadu.ca> wrote:

TO: Dr. Moira McPherson, President, Lakehead University

Hi Moira,

I would like to share my experience with you and express my frustration at Lakehead University adopting a mandatory vaccine policy. I decided that I would not get vaccinated against Covid because of the uncertainty around the safety and efficacy of the experimental and unapproved vaccines. However, as events unfolded, it became very difficult to hold that line. I sit on a number of international boards and committees and knew that if I refused a vaccination, I would not be able to travel internationally (and even domestically, with vaccine passports being required by the Government of Canada for train travel and some provincial governments for a myriad of activities). I decided, in the end, that I did not want to give up my international work.

But, the straw that broke the camel's back was Lakehead's announcement week before last of mandatory vaccines for all staff, students and faculty on all campus properties. I realized that such a rule would prevent me from working in the Medicine Garden if I wasn't vaccinated. Last week, I got my first shot of the vaccine. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper. I have been coerced into making a decision about my health that goes against my personal beliefs. I feel violated. I constantly wonder about the world we live in today. I don't recognize my own country and certainly don't recognize Lakehead University anymore.

I have also attached an open letter to Canadian Universities and Colleges mandating COVID Vaccines from John Kitchen, Chief Litigator for Liberty Coalition Canada that lays out some of the legal arguments against mandatory vaccines. https://www.libertycoalitioncanada.com/open-letter-to-universities-and-colleges