Mark Friesen among ICU patients has moved to Ontario, supporters say – .

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Mark Friesen among ICU patients has moved to Ontario, supporters say – .


Saskatoon –

A former federal candidate and prominent critic of public health measures during the pandemic is among the handful of COVID-19 intensive care patients who were transferred to Ontario this week.

This is according to information provided by his supporters in a video shared online.

On Monday, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that some intensive care patients will be transferred to Ontario to help relieve pressure on the province’s health care system which has been pushed to its limits by the fourth wave of COVID-19.

In an update, broadcast from the room where Mark Friesen often streams videos online, supporter Tamara Lavoie said Friesen has been transferred to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

In the video, Lavoie said she and others had access to Friesen’s “Grizz’s Den” studio in order to update her subscribers. Friesen often describes himself as the “Grizzly Patriot” online.

Lavoie, who also opposed public health measures related to COVID-19, did not say Friesen tested positive for COVID-19.

“Mark has been in the hospital with pneumonia for three weeks, he was in intensive care here in Saskatoon,” Lavoie said in the video.

In a teleconference Friday, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency president Marlo Pritchard said that at this point, only COVID-19 intensive care patients are being moved out of the province.

In the video, Lavoie and another supporter, former BC PPC candidate Jody Craven, are asking for donations they believe will go to Friesen’s family.

Friesen, who is generally active on Twitter, often using the platform to share his perspective on public health measures during the pandemic, has not tweeted since September 30.

CTV News’ attempts to contact Friesen or her family were unsuccessful.

Friesen, who ran for the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) in the riding of Saskatoon-Grasswood, spoke to CTV News on election night.

Like many at the PPC event held at the Saskatoon Inn, which is the subject of a police investigation, Friesen chose not to wear a mask despite a provincial warrant that had recently come into effect.

“A lot of people aren’t afraid of COVID here, they just aren’t afraid of it. And even if someone were to eventually succumb to it, we just view it as, that’s life, it’s an experience, ”Friesen said at the time.

After the start of the pandemic, Friesen became a leading voice in Saskatchewan, criticizing public health rules related to COVID-19 and organizing “rally for freedom” protests against such measures.

In late September, Friesen was part of an effort to suspend Saskatchewan’s then-forthcoming proof of vaccination policy through a court injunction.

The request was quickly quashed by a judge.

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