September 27, 2016
Esther Enkin – CBC Ombudsman
P.O. Box 500 Station A
Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E6
Re: CBC Programming on Vaccinations
Dear Ms. Enkin
I am writing to express my concern with the ongoing nature of programming by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation with regard to the topic of vaccinations. The most recent program of concern is the September 15, 2016 edition of Ontario Today – Vaccines and Who Should Get Them.
The stated topic of the program was:
“A general surgeon and mother argue for serious consequences for choosing not to be vaccinated, like not being able to attend public school.”
In the program Ontario Today host Rita Celli and her guest Dr. Lesley Barron argued for making vaccinations mandatory if you work in or attend a public school or daycare in Canada.
My concerns with the Ontario Today program are three-fold:
- Clearly advocating for a particular point of view.
It is my understanding that the CBC is prohibited by federal regulation and corporate policy from supporting or advocating any point of view on controversial matters. In this program host Rita Celli clearly took a position in support of and advocating for the practice of mandatory artificial immunization.
- Failure to be fair, accurate, and balanced.
It is also my understanding the CBC is to make every effort to “ be fair, accurate and balanced in the presentation of all stories”. In this program there was only one guest. The guest took a clear position in support of mandatory vaccinations. A fair and balanced program would have included an expert of equal stature arguing against the erosion of our Charter Rights and Freedoms and in support of the medical ethic of informed consent. Additionally the guest would have been better informed in order to present accurate information with regard to vaccine safety and effectiveness.
- Advocating for the erosion of Charter Rights and Freedoms.
The CBC continues to offer programming whose outcome would be the erosion of rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Canadian Charter including the freedom of conscience and religion, and the legal right to security of the person.
The CBC also appears to be actively engaged in undermining the medical ethic of informed consent, as well as numerous international Conventions including the Nuremberg Code and Helsinki Accords which defend the basic human right to the Informed Consent ethic and reject the moral argument that the creation of alleged benefits for the many justifies the sacrifice of the few, as well as the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights; Article 6 – Consent:
“Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be expressed and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.”
Specific to the Ontario Today program it is clear that the guest, Dr. Barron, is grievously uninformed or misinformed on the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations. She seems either unaware or shows callous disregard for children and adults who have been permanently harmed or killed by vaccines.
Dr. Barron is particularly misinformed on the topic of autism. She repeatedly stated there is no evidence that vaccines contribute to autism. This medical professional is either grossly misinformed or is being intentionally dishonest. There is a substantial body of evidence of a strong vaccine-autism connection including the following:
- The 2014 disclosure by senior CDC scientist turned whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, who revealed the CDC has known for more than 10 years that those children who receive the MMR vaccine on schedule are more likely to develop autism than those who delay receiving the MMR shot. This is the subject matter of the documentary Vaxxed, which the CBC has willful ignored.
- There are more than 127 independent studies that support a vaccine-autism link. https://www.scribd.com/doc/220807175/123-Research-Papers-Supporting-the-Vaccine-Autism-Link.
- International courts have ruled in support of the vaccine-autism link.
- The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the US has awarded compensation to more than 83 families whose children developed autism from vaccines.
- Vaccine product monographs include autism as a reported adverse event.
- Independent researchers throughout the world have replicated Dr. Wakefield’s findings.
What Are The Facts?
The CBC host and guest argued “the science” irrefutably supports the need for mandatory vaccinations and seem unaware of the following facts:
Fact #1: The safety of the current childhood vaccine schedule has never been proven in large, long-term clinical trials
Fact #2: Vaccines have not been tested for carcinogenicity, toxicity, genotoxicity, mutagenicity, or for long-term adverse reactions.
Fact #3: The current vaccine schedule has never been tested for safety in the real world way in which the schedule is implemented.
Fact #4: No independent trials confirm the safety of giving multiple vaccinations at once. Research shows a dose-dependent association between the number of vaccines administered simultaneously and hospitalization or death.
Fact #5: No long-term clinical evidence exists that show vaccinated children have better overall health than unvaccinated children.
Fact #6: There is no independent biological science that shows injecting mercury into humans is safe in any amount. The use of mercury in vaccines increases the risk of neuro-developmental disorders.
Fact #7: No clinical studies have been conducted to establish the safety of using aluminum in vaccines. The neurotoxicity of aluminum is well documented, affecting memory, cognition, psychomotor control, and damage to the blood brain barrier.
Fact #8: The amount of aluminum used in vaccines regularly exceeds the maximum amount permitted by the FDA.
Fact #9: Most vaccine safety trials use control groups consisting of other vaccinated populations, or placebos containing aluminum and other vaccine ingredients. The failure of the medical industry to use a neutral placebo undermines the integrity of vaccine safety claims.
Fact #10: The US Vaccine Court has awarded more than $ 3.3 billion dollars in compensation for vaccine injuries and death since 1988. This includes families whose children developed autism following vaccination.
Fact #11: Artificially induced immunity via vaccines is not life long. Disease outbreaks regularly occur in fully vaccinated populations.
Fact #12: There is no evidence herd immunity can be achieved with artificial immunization. The theory of herd immunity is based upon natural immunity acquired from having the disease.
Fact #13: The government does not conduct vaccine safety trials. The vaccine manufacturer, who is not legally liable for the safety of their product, conducts them.
Fact #14: Vaccine producers Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have paid billions in criminal penalties and settlements for research fraud, faking drug safety studies, failing to report safety problems, bribery, kickbacks, and false advertising.
Fact #15: Mercury is still present in multi-dose influenza vaccines and is used in the manufacture of other vaccines. The influenza vaccine is now being recommended for pregnant mothers though no evidence exists to prove this is safe for the fetus.
Fact #16: Doctors receive no formal training on how to diagnose or treat vaccine injury. Vaccine injury is ignored in medical training.
Dr. Barron seems unaware that her immune-compromised son is more at risk from individuals recently vaccinated with live or attenuated viruses due to viral shedding than from a healthy, non-vaccinated individual. This is self-evident when cancer wards and hospitals serving immune-compromised patients request that recently vaccinated individuals not visit.
It is ironic that Dr. Barron used peanut allergies as her justification for mandating vaccinations. Dr. Barron seems unaware of the substantial body of evidence that links peanut and other life threatening allergies to immune function disorders caused by artificial immunization. Dr. Barron would be advised to read The Peanut Allergy Epidemic by Ontario researcher Heather Fraser.
Dr. Barron’s reference to the swine flu vaccine is also an indication of her lack of knowledge of the subject. Dr. Barron spoke of how people eagerly lined up to receive the swine flu vaccine. She seems unaware that this vaccine product was pulled from the market due to the significant number of serious adverse events caused by the vaccine.
The CBC host and guest also seem unaware of the growing concern that science is no longer in service to the truth. Instead science has become a tool of corporate and political interests to advance their agendas. Science is now “bought”. This is not my opinion; rather it is the opinion of individuals who have observed the corruption of science and scientific research first hand.
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published
or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.
I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.”
~ Dr. Marcia Angell, Drug Companies and Doctors: A Story of Corruption
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature,
perhaps half may simply be untrue. Scientists too often sculpt data to fit their preferred theory of the world. Or they retrofit hypotheses to fit their data.
Science has taken a turn toward darkness.”
~ Richard Horton, Editor in Chief, Lancet
“Science cannot have an agenda,
and it appears that this science does.”
~ Bruce Stillman, President of Cold Spring Harbor Lab
We witnessed the corruption of science when “science” proved cigarette smoking was safe. We all remember the “Doctor recommended” advertisements for cigarettes. The lack of independent scientific evidence behind vaccine safety and effectiveness is the modern version of ‘tobacco science’.
Denial of Vaccine Injury
More disconcerting to those of us committed to scientific inquiry is the ongoing denial of vaccine injury and the censorship by the media that prevents open dialogue about vaccine safety and effectiveness. Those of us who have experienced first-hand the damage vaccines can and do cause are denied a public forum and dismissed as “anti-vaxxers”, “quacks”, “flat earthers”, and incapable of accepting scientific facts.
What is most disconcerting is we are experiencing an epidemic of proportions not seen in our modern era. Yet this epidemic goes unnoticed. The media and medical industry deem it an ‘epidemic’ when a few dozen individuals experience symptoms of measles, mumps, or chicken pox. The recent ‘measles outbreak’ in Ottawa involved only two individuals. Yet these same entities are silent about vaccine injury and show willful blindness of the 1 in 45 children who will be diagnosed with autism today, and the 1 in 6 children who will experience a neurological or immunological disorder.
It is also disconcerting that Dr. Barron and her trade organization, the Canadian Medical Association, are advocating for the undermining of our rights and freedoms and ignoring the medical ethic of informed consent, yet this same body of professionals voted overwhelmingly (83%) in 2015 against a motion requesting the Canadian government implement a national vaccine injury compensation program.
Dr. Barron and her colleagues seem unaware or have callous disregard for the fact Canada is an outlier. Canada is the only G7 nation without a vaccine injury compensation program. To advocate for mandatory vaccinations while at the same time advocating against vaccine injury compensation undermines any trust that this organization is acting in our best interests.
Dr. Barron also failed to disclose the financial conflict of interest of physicians who receive financial incentives for successfully vaccinating their patients; that medical professionals cannot be held legally liable for the harm caused by vaccination; and that vaccine manufacturers are not legally liable for the safety of their products. These financial and legal matters should concern us all.
Who Is Anti-science?
Being concerned about vaccine safety is not anti-science as the CBC host and guest implied. Rather, responsible parents and health consumers who demand clinical evidence of vaccine safety and effectiveness are pro-science. It is the failure of the vaccine industry to provide clinical and biological evidence of long-term safety and effectiveness that is anti-science.
It is my expectation that as Canada’s national publicly supported broadcaster, the CBC would respect and protect our rights and freedoms as citizens of Canada rather than erode and undermine them.
It is also my expectation that the CBC would be more responsible with regard to the topic of vaccination and insist on scientific evidence for the claims made by the medical industry. Dismissing those of us who have experienced the negative consequences of vaccines, and actively advocating for the erosion of our rights and freedoms is not only disrespectful, it is dangerous. Canadians deserve better.
Ted Kuntz, Vice President
Vaccine Choice Canada
P.O. Box 169
Winlaw, BC V0G 2J0
Dr. Lesley Barron
Rita Celli, Host – Ontario Today
Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO
CBC/Radio-Canada Enterprise Communications
Related correspondence to the CBC
Challenging the Rationale of False Equivalence – Letter to Ms. Enkins, Ombudsman for CBC in response to “Vaccinations and balance, again” (link below) from Ted Kuntz – May 27, 2015
VCC Invites CBC to Show Leadership on Vaccine Issues – Letter to Ms. Enkins, Ombudsman for the CBC in response to “Whooping cough hits home for former anti-vaxxer” from Ted Kuntz – November 10, 2015
The CBC Ombudsman’s responses to numerous complaints regarding the CBC’s vaccine coverage:
Vaccinations and balance, again – Monday, May 4, 2015
The Current and childhood vaccines – Friday, May 1, 2015
The Current on Vaccination – May 19, 2015