Transcription – English – Ontario Resident, Mr. P

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Mr. P (Ontario resident):
I'd rather not be here. I don't think anyone really wanted to be here because the circumstances that led me to be here are awful. I don't think I would have expected the level of depravity that humanity is capable of. We should have learned these lessons hundreds of years ago, certainly within the last century. We've seen it. But I guess we're not as advanced and enlightened as we say we are. So my name is Gordon. I'm a I've been a developmental geneticist and a project manager for almost 30 years. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in molecular genetics, and I'm a PMP certified project manager. During the summer of 2021, it was very clear that Ontario was going to instill mandates for the vaccine. At the time, I had reservations about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and I don't think I was able to give informed consent as the pandemic raged over in other countries that were fully vaccinated or mostly vaccinated. It was clear to me from the data that was from the public health, from these countries, that in the face of a fully vaccinated or mostly vaccinated country, that the delta variant was raging unabated. So that in my opinion, that their these vaccines were not sterilizing and did not provide durable immunity. So the argument that they could prevent transmission wasn't very strong.

Gordon Polevoy:
Additionally, I had been hearing about the adverse events that had been people were experiencing post vaccination raising ranging from the more mundane like flu like symptoms to the severe disability and death. Also, I had heard reports from governments, health care institutions and doctors were actively black bagging these reports and they were being taken seriously. Along those lines, also, the level of language that I heard from our government, prime minister, health care institutions in the media towards members of the society that were noncompliant was borderline hate speech, as far as I'm concerned. It was very disturbing. The social contract, I think, was broken. So the mandates came into force. I was forced to take the Moderna medication as a condition of my employment. I raised concerns regarding the lack of a long term safety profile, as well as the efficacy of the vaccines to me were not proven. I also demonstrated that I thought that they were not taking. The natural immunity gained from prior infection into account. These it was like I was talking to a brick wall. So as a. Otherwise I get the vaccine or I get terminated. I was not in a position to not get the vaccine. I needed a job. So second dose Moderna. I ended up with a severe adverse reaction to the vaccine. This happened at work.

Gordon Polevoy:
So I went to my Occupational Health and Safety office and they directed me to go to the neighboring E.R., which I did at the E.R.. The attending physician diagnosed me as having an adverse reaction to Moderna mRNA 1273. I asked him if he was going to file an AEFI and he said he was not going to. Later that week upon instruction, if my symptoms increased in severity and location to return to the E.R., which I did. When I researched an independent pathway to filing an AEFI, which I did, at the same time, it became clear that there was a legal requirement for care providers, doctors to and other health care providers. If there was an indication of an adverse reaction that they had a legal requirement to file in cases like mine. So I filed an AEFI with public health. It was investigated. They said it contained useful information and they were actually impressed with the detail from an individual report. That was great. So it was investigated thoroughly and approved. Subsequent to this, I have a complaint with the CPSO against two of the doctors that refused to file the AEFI. I have met with them several times virtually and on the phone and based on my discussions with them, it seems like this complaint will actually be accepted because they there's a clear that that shouldn't have happened.

Gordon Polevoy:
They agree with that. And then so as a result of my injury, I was on workplace restrictions. So my doctor worked with the Occupational Health and Safety Office with my employer to help me work at some capacity. But because of the nature of my injury, I was unable to fulfil most of the duties as detailed in my job description that I worked on accommodated hours until March, and now I've been. The symptoms have been progressing and I had to go on medical leave as of March 31st. So now I'm on short term disability right now. I have concomitant claims with LTD through and also an employer initiated WSIB claim. I don't know which route I eventually will take. So the interesting thing about the WSIB claim is that they this was done by the employer. That was their idea and that they. They told me in the process of this that they. Because of the novel nature of the medications, that there is no long term safety data available, which is in kind of contravention to the messaging that I had heard from. Everyone. That was kind of shocking. I cried at that point. And additionally, because there was a causal relationship between the condition of employment, my injury, this is what makes it a valid WSIB claim.

Gordon Polevoy:
It hasn't been approved. It's in process. They have to investigate it. I want to be clear about that. So my symptoms are primarily neurological. I have constant. Pain, numbness and burning sensations throughout my body. I have weakness. All these. All. All of my symptoms are exasperated by mental or physical activity as well as physiological stress. I have constant pain in my back. I can only walk about a half of a kilometer unchallenged. I am pretty convalescent at home. I lay in bed a lot. The. The neurologist diagnosed me with what they call functional neurological disorder, which is primarily a psychiatric disorder. So I found that very derisive and I've met several other vaccine injured which have the same diagnosis. So it has been suggested to me that my functional neurological disorder is a result of my pre-existing hesitancy to getting the vaccine manifest in my symptoms, which really pisses me off. So however, after an article published in the journal Science, I contacted Dr. Bruce Carleton at UBC, who was looking at the genomics of vaccine injury. We had a discussion and he has an alternative hypothesis. And other researchers recently published by the NIH suggest that this is a result of dis-immune neuropathy that would explain this sort of unconnected cluster of neurological symptoms.

Trish Wood:
I'm sorry. Does the NIH paper connect that to the vaccine?

Gordon Polevoy:
Yeah, yeah, yeah. They look they looked at neuropathic symptoms as a result of vaccination.

Trish Wood:
So it's not a syndrome that exists outside of a vaccine injury or.

Gordon Polevoy:
So it's also been. I think correlated with some of the long-covid symptoms too. Yeah, I think that's about as voodoo as some of the adverse effects as far as it seems to affect a lot of. I don't really fault the medical profession for pigeonholing me with an FND diagnosis because they didn't know what the hell is going on.

Trish Wood:
Well, what is your life like now?

Gordon Polevoy:
It's pretty miserable. I. I can't even hold my wife's hand. Um. The diagnosis has been met with derision. I've had on top of this, I've been diagnosed with PTSD because of the level of animosity. Just. Well, first of all, the psychological trauma of being vaccinated and having an injury, the bigotry attack personally against myself, prior and post vaccination, which continues to this day. So it's pretty awful. I cry a lot. I've lost friendships, relationships with my family, and I have no respect for society or academic science as a whole. Ironically, why I'm here is I gave money to the convoy and my data was leaked. I gave money to the convoy because at the time, mandate boosters were being talked about in the province. And I gave it because it seemed like the only way to exert pressure on our government and institutions to make a difference. Well, my data got leaked and I started getting hate mail because everyone's data got put online. They didn't take it down for weeks, but a lot of other leaked people connected as a network. And now through that, I am here. That's pretty much the only gift that Justin Trudeau has given me that I appreciate.

Trish Wood:
Okay. I'm sorry you're struggling. It must be.

Gordon Polevoy:
It's awfully.

Trish Wood:
Difficult. Yeah. I'm going to pass to the panel.

David Ross:
I'm. I feel for you. Thank you. And I think everybody here does. And I wish I had an answer for you, but I don't. I do want to thank you for sharing your story. It's heartbreaking. And I know that we have more people with heartbreaking stories, but it's important that you tell your story and it's important that you be heard. I believe and I hope that through this hearing and and hopefully many more, that you and others who have who have and continue to suffer as you have. We'll have an opportunity to see at least something good come out of this. And it may not help you individually, but if you can help others, then yes, there will be some consolation in that.

Gordon Polevoy:
That is all I really can do now.

David Ross:
Thank you.

Preston Manning:
And I just add to that, in a way, we can't do much for you here, but your story added to another story added to another story added to another story. Politicians can ignore 50 stories. They can ignore 150 stories. They can't. And there are 1502 thousand. 5000. And so you're you may think it's a small contribution, but it adds to the whole. And part of the purpose of this exercise is to accumulate enough of these stories that the profession and the political class have to listen. So you're contributing to this, you know?

Gordon Polevoy:
Thank you.

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