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WARMINGTON: Unvaxxed family evicted from Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver

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The last thing Austin Furgason ever imagined was seeing his unvaccinated family “kicked out” from Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House while his four-year-old son Jack battles cancer.

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“I was in shock when I received the deportation letter, and I am still in shock,” said the Kelowna husband and father.

Since posting this on social media, he’s been busy.

“Even Fox News wanted me to come,” he said.

The story of an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 has gone viral.

“A lot of people are upset as well,” Furgason said.

Usually, Ronald McDonald House is a refuge for families in medical crisis. Not for the Furgasons.

“As of January 17, 2022, all persons five years of age and over who work, stay or visit our facilities, both at the home at 4567 Heather St. Vancouver and at the family room at Surrey Memorial Hospital, must present a proof of full vaccination (two doses), ”said a letter from Ronald McDonald House to the Furgasons and other guests.

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Fergason posted a video in which he told a member of staff that politics is “kind of mad evil like I’ve never seen in my life.”

A GoFundMe page indicates that Austin and Lindsay Furgason’s son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and was in “Vancouver undergoing treatment.” They planned to settle there until June.

“We’re not sure now,” he said. “A social worker is trying to find new accommodation.

This, Furgason said, happens because a child is not eligible and their parents are not vaccinated.

Video showing a discussion with a staff member reveals that the father says he and his wife are not vaccinated while noting that people coming and going could spread COVID-19 just as easily.

“You are expelling children with leukemia,” he said. “It’s not just us. We spoke with other families in the same boat.

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Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House did not respond to the Toronto sun request for comment, but its website says, “We continue to restrict access to the home and practice COVID -19 security protocols, including: screening, temperature checks, physical distancing, improved cleaning protocols, and mandatory wearing of the mask in all common areas. All guests and visitors to the house must show full proof of vaccination against COVID-19. These measures, along with an abundance of disinfectant and kindness, will help us keep everyone safe in the home. “

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In a statement to CityTV Vancouver, Ronald McDonald House said that “on the recommendation of public health, the 14-member board of directors made the decision to mandate vaccination for all who work, visit or stay at RMH BC and the Yukon to ensure we meet the highest health and safety standards and protect the vulnerable population we serve.

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The statement added that while they “appreciate that this policy has an impact on those who have made the decision not to vaccinate, however, the health and general well-being of all of our residents is our primary concern.”

Fortunately, such extreme measures are not being applied at Ronald McDonald House in Toronto.

“We are privately owned and unaffiliated,” said a woman answering the phone at the McCaul Street location. “We have no rule on vaccine status. “

However, it is becoming an increasingly difficult time for the unvaccinated as punitive and restrictive measures intensify.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has publicly declared his animosity towards the unvaccinated. Quebec has announced its intention to introduce a hospital tax for the unvaccinated.

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But not allowing a family with a child with cancer to stay in a charity home designed to help people in crisis takes the debate to a different level. With senior executives at large pharmaceutical companies recognizing that the second and third vaccine doses do not prevent transmission of the Omicron variant, there should be a pause on the vaccination punishment.

Instead, there seems to be more.

It seems overkill to harm families battling cancer, regardless of their immunization status. Even though some politicians seem eager to distinguish between the unvaccinated, common sense should always prevail.

To expel a four year old child with cancer is not common sense, it is just plain cruel.

“It’s not OK in our opinion,” Furgason said. “We think that’s pretty messed up.”

They are not alone.

jwarmington@postmedia.com

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