• Michelle Leduc Catlin

When Do You Stand Up?

Updated: May 15


First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


~ Poem by Martin Niemöller

I am not an activist.

But I do consider the consequences of my actions on people, animals, and the planet.


I dislike politics, but I consider it my civic duty to vote.


I am not a scientist or health expert of any kind, but I research health virtually every day.


I am a citizen, a wife, a writer, an actor (when there’s work), a step-mother, and a friend.


I had no intention of becoming a health advocate or human rights champion or anything other than an artist at any point in my life.


But life, as many of us know, often has other plans.


12 years ago, after completing a one-woman show, I fell into exhaustion.


It took me years of searching to climb out of my fatigue, which I continue to do, with ever improving results.


My search required going outside the purview of allopathic (Western) medicine and opened up a world of information, empowerment, and healing through a variety of holistic modalities.


It cost me a lot of time and money to find results through lots of research and trial and error, but it worked.


Is working.


I have passionately shared health resources with anyone who asked (and some who didn’t).


And then, about 2 years ago, I noticed something strange.


When I’d Google topics that I wanted to research, my trusted health sites weren’t coming up.


Was it me? Something I’d done to my computer??


I discovered that Google was changing its algorithms so that those “natural health” sites wouldn’t come up on the first pages.


One very popular site had a 90% drop in visits as a result!


Stunned is probably the best way to describe my reaction.


Not outraged, indignant, or angry.


Concerned, yes. But I live in a democracy, and I can always find the information I need.


Or so I thought.


My view in 2019 seems incredibly naive in hindsight.


In 2020, when everything changed, everything changed.


When the government first created new measures to protect us against an apparently deadly virus, I felt proud to be a Canadian, banding together in solidarity to protect my fellow citizens by wearing a mask in stores, social distancing when out of doors, and staying home when possible.


There was even a lone trumpet player in our neighbourhood who would play a solemn rendition of the national anthem every night to applause and pot-banging by appreciative neighbours.


It all felt right and good.


And then it didn’t.

2 weeks turned into a year.

Previously unthinkable censorship rules ramped up.


I started hearing from friends in healthcare who’d had long-established, science-based, social media posts and channels censored and even deleted.


The information didn’t fit with the narrative.

People were self-policing, unfriending those who didn’t follow lockdown in lockstep, or questioned the efficacy or safety of wearing masks in public, shutting down parks, or implementing experimental injections.


Mental health and non-covid deaths increased.


Businesses were forced to close.


The trumpet player was long gone.


I suspect we all have a line that we will not cross, that moves us to speak out.


Mine was crossed in March of 2021, when I began to hear that talk of a vaccine passport was real.


It wasn’t the conspiracy theory rhetoric I’d heard a year before - “conspiracy theorist” becoming a catch-all term for anyone questioning the mainstream narrative.


Today, I am standing up.


I am declaring that I am for freedom of information, choice, speech, and personal sovereignty.


I am for the dignity and rights of all people, including those who don’t agree with me.


I am for integrity, workability, in all things.


Today, I invite you to join me in creating a new paradigm by sharing the information posted here, and by donating even the smallest amount to support this work.


I am beginning with 3 resources that opened my mind to thinking newly about what’s happening in the world as it relates to health freedoms in general and the pandemic specifically…

  • In this Energy Blueprint podcast, my favourite science geek, Ari Whitten, interviews Irish health expert Ivor Cummins. There was some really shocking info in here for me, and a new awareness of how data can be misused.


  • A human rights lawyer and Co-Director of the Constitutional Rights Centre in Canada interviews 3 Canadian frontline MDs about “medical censorship and harms of lockdown" in a sober conversation without hype or rhetoric.


  • This crowdfunded film called Coronafilm was made in Germany and contains interviews with numerous European scientists and doctors. While I don’t think the opening sinister soundtrack was necessary, there is a lot of great information here, and a reminder of the power of an image to forward a narrative. (Remember the army trucks in Italy?) This film keeps getting censored (which is part of why I'm sharing it) - this is the 5th link I’ve had to find.



I hope you find this blog a respite from the narrative of fear and anger and polarization.


I hope you will join my tribe and comment if you, too, are committed to the spirit of openness, education, and respectful dialogue that I hope to establish here.


All others, thank you for stopping by.


Let the trumpet playing begin.

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