A Canadian ethics professor claims that a vaccine mandate constitutes an ethical violation, and she may lose her longtime job over it.
Julie Ponesse teaches (or perhaps taught) at Huron College at the University of Western Ontario where a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for faculty, non-teaching staff, and students on campus is now in effect.
“Here’s my conundrum,” Prof. Ponesse said in her approximately five-minute ethics lesson uploaded to social media. “My school employs me to be an authority on the subject of ethics….and I’m here to tell you it’s ethically wrong to coerce someone to take a vaccine. If it happens to you, you don’t have to do it. If you don’t want a COVID vaccine, don’t take one…”
She went on to describe her own precarious situation at the London, Ont., institution.
“I am facing imminent dismissal after 20 years on the job because I will not submit to having an experimental vaccine injected into my body. I’ve had plenty of vaccines in my life, but I’ve never been forced to take one. It’s always been my choice….”
Insisting that she doesn’t work in a high-risk environment, Ponesse claims she has educated herself on the subject, while also underscoring that it is her job to similarly instruct students in the critical-thinking process.
“As a professor, I don’t have to watch the news to find out if the COVID vaccines are safe. I read medical journals, and I consult my colleagues who are professors of science and medicine. I’ve learned from doctors that there are serious questions how safe these vaccines really are…nobody is promising that I won’t get COVID or transmit COVID if I get the vaccine,” she asserted.
Ponesse then indicated that all of this is beside the point.
“But ultimately, none of that matters to me because I’m a professor of ethics, and I’m a Canadian. I’m entitled to make choices about what does or does not enter my body, regardless of my reasons. If I’m allowed back into my university, it’s my job to teach my students that this is wrong.
“I’m hired to teach them that it is ethically wrong to impose an experimental medical procedure as a condition of employment. This is my first, and potentially my last, lesson of the year,” the educator said, holding back tears.
Watch the entire video embedded below and draw your own conclusions:
Western University (as it is called) officials have eliminated “the option of regular testing for students and staff ‘who simply choose not to be vaccinated,'” the London Free Press has reported.
The video ends with a written message that Ponesse was dismissed from her teaching job on September 7. A university spokesperson subsequently indicated that no one has been subject to dismissal under the policy, although that may or may not still be the case.
According to the National Post, she was placed on temporary paid leave.
“Ponesse has also received support from the People’s Party of Canada as she spoke to PPC Leader Maxime Bernier last week regarding the ethics of lockdowns and vaccine policies,” the Toronto Star reported on September 8.
The populist, pro-freedom PPC is competing as what in the U.S. would be the equivalent of a third party in the September 20, 2021, parliamentary election.
Incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party has imposed a vaccine mandate “for all federal public service employees” in Canada, and several provinces are set to implement vaccine passports.
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