Hamilton Health Sciences issues statement condemning racist, anti-science protests in Canada
Published February 23, 2022 at 10:29 am
As Ottawa continues to recover from weeks of downtown blockades by big rigs, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) issued a statement, condemning the protests.
Dubbed as a “freedom convoy” in protest of the government’s COVID-19 mandates and restrictions, the movement soon attracted prominent conspiracy theorists and white nationalists — some of which could be seen waving Confederate and Nazi flags.
Meanwhile, health care workers in Ottawa have said they feared for their safety during the occupation. HHS says they stand by their colleagues who reported being harassed and threatened based on an anti-science agenda.
“Hamilton Health Sciences denounces the divisive, anti-science rhetoric still being spread across Canada,” reads the statement. “Recent protests have become a platform for racist ideology, and for the intimidation of citizens and health care workers. This is shameful and wrong.”
“HHS is a responsible, evidence-based organization that leads by example, closely following medical and public health experts to guide our response to COVID-19,” the statement continues. “We condemn racism and intimidation in every form. Moreover, we expect every individual who works and learns at HHS will uphold our organization’s values and code of conduct, inside and outside our walls.”
HHS is reporting that 99 per cent of its 13,369 employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. There have been 178 staff terminations for failure to adhere to the vaccine requirements.
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