A new Covid-19 variant: the ‘pandemic benefit confiscation variant’

Unlike new and more infectious variants of the Covid-19 virus, there is a new Covid-19 variant affecting pandemic benefits in Canada. It has been named the ‘pandemic benefit confiscation variant’. This variant causes a spike to latch onto the bank accounts, purses and wallets of unsuspecting pandemic response beneficiaries.

It mostly attacks the benefits provided under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) although it has been known to attack other pandemic benefits.

Symptoms

Infected people experience:

  • the disappearance of pandemic benefits,
  • increased clawbacks of funds that they continue to receive as well as funds no longer received,
  • repayment requests for funds received from the CRA; and
  • notices of termination of eviction moratoriums and rent freezes from provinces and territories

Outcomes

Researchers note that their work is still at an early stage but reported outcomes include:  

  • homelessness,
  • evictions,
  • anxiety,
  • food insecurity, and
  • insolvency

Side effects

A number of side effects have been reported but there are expected to be more. These include:

  • PTSD,
  • hunger,
  • other mental health issues, and
  • reduced physical health and immune responses

Vaccines

There are three viable mRNA (monetary Return of Negated Assistance) vaccine candidates:

  • a CERB/CRB amnesty,
  • higher income security benefits, and
  • continued rent and eviction moratoriums

All have been tested rigorously and are highly effective for people of all ages

Waves

Canada is currently in the third wave of the pandemic benefit confiscation variant. The first wave was characterized by income (social) assistance clawbacks in the summer of 2020 while the second wave was caused by repayment letters sent out to pandemic payment recipients in the fall of 2020. Self-employed recipients received the first dose of an experimental vaccine that made a majority of self-employed recipients unexpectedly eligible for pandemic payments.

The fourth wave began in July 2021 that unfortunately only attacks low income seniors with Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) eligibility.

A possible fifth wave could occur if CRA sends out a new round of repayment letters in the fall of 2021. A sixth wave could occur at tax time in 2022 but only if the expected vaccination program is stopped.

Inoculation success

+95% rivaling Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines.

Vaccination refusal rate

Unlike medicinal vaccines, refusal of these vaccines is almost non-existent by those affected by the confiscation variant while opposition to the vaccines has been recorded among Canadians who have not received pandemic benefits.

Next Update

Fall 2021