Nov 27, 2021
Word ‘Christmas’ is ‘BLOCKED from government Covid ad encouraging students to get tested as it’s not inclusive enough’
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THE word 'Christmas' has reportedly been blocked from a promotional Covid vaccine campaign run by the government as it's "not inclusive enough".
Using the festive word may offend minority religions and therefore civil servants have been banned from using it in their ads, it was revealed.1Civil servants have been blocked from using the word 'Christmas' in their Covid ads, it was revealedCredit: PA
It comes as ministers tried to run a new publicity campaign telling students to get tested before returning to their families for the holidays.
The slogan "Don't take Covid home for Christmas" was vetoed by Cabinet Office officials because of the "exclusive" word, according to the Mail on Sunday.
One Muslim Tory MP branded the Christmas word ban "ridiculous" as ministers scramble to get people on board with the latest Covid restrictions.
The Government is planning to use social media influencers on TikTok to get students vaccinated before the holidays.
But an email seen this week showed that civil servants were advised to say "festive season" instead of "Christmas" to promote the jab rollout.
It read: "We have been advised by Cabinet Office that we should not use the word Christmas - as the Government campaign needs to be inclusive and some religions don't celebrate Christmas...Most read in The US Sun'STAY WARM!' Travis Barker's baby mama Shanna Moakler poses in tiny bikini for ThanksgivingLatestLOCKDOWN TERROR 1 shot after reports of 'active shooter' at mall as frantic shoppers hideMILKING IT Woman found ‘breastfeeding cat’ onboard flight in front of horrified passengersFESTIVE FAMILY Inside the most elaborate Kardashian Thanksgiving parties with Kris' feastTURKEY LOOK AT THIS! Inside the Kardashians' Thanksgiving at Kris' $12M Palm Springs padHELPING HAND 10 states and cities giving out payments before Christmas
"The other option was "festive season" which keeps the emotional motivation. We have done with "Don't take Covid-19 home for the holidays" - as it links to school and university Christmas holidays.
"The alliteration with "home" and "holidays" scans well and is memorable."
But another official then pointed out that "holidays" is an Americanism - and asked for the slogan to be changed "Don't take Covid-19 home."
Last night, Saqib Bhatti, the Conservative MP for Meriden, said: "As a Muslim, I find it ridiculous we can't enjoy this special time of year.
"I look forward to showing my new son his first Christmas tree. The idea you can't mention Christmas is completely ridiculous.
"It's a time to celebrate, whatever your background. It's part of the British culture I love. It's the celebration of all cultures that makes this the most welcoming country in the world.
"I'm proud of that and proud to celebrate Christmas. The Blob needs to stop waging war on Christmas and get on with delivering for the British people."
This comes as compulsory mask-wearing returned in a bid to save Christmas from a super-mutant coronavirus.DON'T MENTION IT
Boris Johnson ordered the move after at least two cases of the fast-spreading Omicron variant were found in the UK.
He also urged people to get booster jabs, saying: “It’s more vital than ever.”
Mask-wearing will again be compulsory in shops and buses, trains and taxis in England from tomorrow.
Overseas travel and self-isolation rules have been tightened after the first two cases of the super-strain were detected in Britain.
Scientists will explore how the booster programme can be extended, including to those as young as 18.
Omicron — discovered only days ago in southern Africa — has been declared the worst variant yet by one expert, while there are fears it might reduce vaccine protection over time.
The PM’s measures, outlined at a Downing Street briefing, aim to slow down its spread until scientists know just how dangerous it is.
But Mr Johnson stopped short of imposing a devastating shutdown of pubs and restaurants in the run-up to Christmas.Boris Johnson is ‘absolutely confident this Christmas will be better than last’ amid new Omicron Covid variant fears
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Last living signer of Canadian constitutional charter of rights sues government over COVID travel ban
The last living drafter and signatory of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is the highest law of the land, is suing the Canadian federal government over its travel ban for the unvaccinated.
Former Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford, 79, is the main applicant in a case brought against the federal government by the Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, according to a press release.
"It is becoming more obvious that being vaccinated does not stop people from getting Covid and does not stop them from spreading it," the former premier said in a statement. "The government has not shown that the policy makes flying safer—it simply discriminates."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rolled out one of the world's strictest COVID-19 vaccine mandates last fall. By Oct. 30, employees in all federally regulated industries were required to be vaccinated or face termination. Anyone aged 12 and over who wished to travel by plane, train or ship was also ordered to be vaccinated.
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"When I heard Prime Minister Trudeau call the unvaccinated 'racists,' 'misogynists, 'anti-science' and 'extremist,' and his musing, ‘do we tolerate these people?’ it became clear he is sowing divisions and advancing his vendetta against a specific group of Canadians," Peckford continued, referencing a resurfaced interview with Trudeau from September 2021.
"This is completely against the democratic and Canadian values I love about this country," he said.
Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford gestures during a speech in Toronto, Ontario, on June 2, 1982. (Photo by Frank Lennon/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
"The federal travel ban has segregated me from other Canadians. It’s discriminatory, violates my Charter rights and that’s why I am fighting the travel ban," Peckford added.
The lawsuit alleges violations of Charter rights, including mobility, life, liberty and security of the person, privacy, and discrimination. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was a bill of rights for Canadians entrenched in the Constitution Act, 1982.
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During an extensive recent interview with Canadian author and professor Jordan Peterson, Peckford laid out the portions of the Charter he helped to draft and that he believes are being violated. He also explained his unique role as the only first minister left alive who was at the conference that helped draft the freedoms enshrined in the document.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes his protective mask off during a news conference on child care in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
"I do this very reluctantly," he said. "I've been watching this thing now for almost two years. I've been speaking out about it at public meetings and on my blog and so on, and I've come to the conclusion now that I must—as a Canadian and as one of the writers and founders of the Constitution Act of 1982—not only speak about it, I must act about it.
"I must show Canadians that I'm so concerned as a citizen, as a former first minister that helped craft this Constitution Act of 1982, that I must take action against my own government. Because they have violated rights that I and others helped craft in 1981 and 1982," he added.
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"Canadians have been losing hope in the Charter and our courts," said Keith Wilson, Q.C., who is lead counsel for the legal challenge. "We are going to put the best arguments and evidence forward so that the court can clarify where governments overstep."