Former People's Party of Canada candidate says she was threatened by the media

Marcelle Desjarlais, a.k.a. Marcella Williams, made the comment at an antivaccine-passport rally in Abbotsford

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      Some opponents of vaccine passports are planning to gather for what they're hoping will be a large rally outside the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation office in Vancouver on October 22.

      It reflects the activists' growing disenchantment about the way media outlets are covering COVID-19, vaccine passports, and a mandatory mask mandate in schools.

      "The media is the virus," alleged Ryan Kulbaba from the stage at a recent "freedom rally" in Abbotsford.

      At the same rally, another speaker, Marcella Desjarlais, alleged that she had been "threatened by the media".

      Desjarlais, also known as Marcella Williams, ran as the People's Party of Canada candidate in Burnaby South in the recent federal election.

      She didn't elaborate on the nature of this "threat" from the media.

      But she did acknowledge that the Georgia Straight published an article about a meme on her Facebook page. Her post has since been taken down.

      The meme stated: "During the Nuremberg trials, even the media was prosecuted and put to death for lying to the public."

      Beside this meme, Desjarlais wrote: "Should happen again!"

      This meme and Marcella Desjarlais' accompanying comment were taken down on the same day that the Straight covered this issue on October 3.

      That meme was shared 416 times, Desjarlais revealed at the Abbotsford rally.

      Then she received a notice from Facebook.

      The social-media giant instructed her that she could not share anything on the platform for 30 days.

      Desjarlais told the crowd that she wasn't consulted by the Straight for its October 3 story about why she posted the Nuremberg meme.

      "The media took it as me coming after them," she said.

      After the Vancouver Sun followed up with an October 4 article regarding the post, Desjarlais said that she received a "lovely piece of hate mail from a lady I don't even know".

      "They can threaten me all they want," she said, "but like my song said, I'm going to stand my ground. Come at me. You betcha."

      Opponents of vaccine passports sometimes criticize the media for not reporting on the number of people who experience side effects as a result of being immunized.

      On September 1, the Straight posted an article on this very subject. 

      According to Health Canada, there were 56,151,862 vaccine doses for COVID-19 administered as of October 1 in this country.

      About three people out of every 10,000 reported one or more "adverse events".

      "Of the 17,982 individual reports, 13,307 were considered non-serious (0.024% of all doses administered) and 4,675 were considered serious (0.008% of all doses administered)," Health Canada states on its website.

      All serious events are subjected to a medical review, according to Health Canada.