Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
Julie Ponesse, fired for opposing workplace vaccination mandates, explores what COVID has taught us about ourselves and our society.
Canadian ethics professor Julie Ponesse worked at the University of Western Ontario for two decades. This past September, as the school year was about to begin, she lost her job. Because she opposes medical coercion. Because she declined a medical procedure known as COVID-19 vaccination.
Since then, Ponesse has written a 110-page book titled My Choice: The Ethical Case Against COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates. It observes that, rather than valuing independent thought, our world is instead becoming a monoculture.
There’s now one Anointed Truth™ on a wide range of topics – including rushed-to-market vaccine technologies. Anyone wishing to discuss, challenge, or disagree with an Anointed Truth™ is simply chased off the stage. Their concerns are never debated vigorously or seriously.
In Ponesse’s view, the past few years have been a “test of our social sensibilities, our tendencies towards both cohesion and ostracization, and above all a test of our morality.”
In September, Ponesse released the above video, which went viral on social media. I featured it in in my Vaccine Voices Film Festival here. At the end, the video announces: “Dr. Ponesse was dismissed from her position on September 7, 2021.” But that wasn’t technically true.
In the final paragraph of Chapter 1 of the book, Ponesse admits her employer didn’t officially fire her until September 16th. A chain of events had already been set into motion by the time the video was filmed. To her, the outcome was obvious and inevitable.
When some people learned she hadn’t yet been dismissed, they mistakenly concluded her job was never in jeopardy. They mistook the University of Western Ontario for something it clearly is not – a humane workplace.
Ponesse’s story (and the story of many others – nurses, doctors, firefighters, paramedics, and police officers – who worked through the early months of the pandemic with inadequate protective equipment, putting themselves and their families at risk) demonstrates that we’ve utterly lost our way.
Our institutions are now run by bloodless fiends, aka bureaucrats. Fiends who, when given the slightest encouragement to behave inhumanely, step right up and do so.
In the weeks and days preceding this holiday season, thousands of human resources officials have signed their names to threatening letters and ugly notices of dismissal. They’ve torpedoed the lives of hundreds of thousands of souls whose only crime was to insist, quite correctly, on the right to make their own decisions about their own bodies.
Where is our collective outrage? As Ponesse says, this is a moral test. We’re failing it abysmally.
If you’re appalled at what has happened to Ponesse, there’s something concrete you can do to assist her. You can buy her book here.