After 23 years of being a truck driver, a Saskatchewan man lost his job and custody of his young daughter for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

“I’m a completely broken man,” said Nicholas Ewanchuk of North Battleford.

Ewanchuk lost his job for refusing to take the Covid-19 vaccine and still has not been allowed to return to work after two years. He also hasn’t been able to see his daughter. 

Several groups of protestors are planning to return to Ottawa from across Canada to protest near Parliament soon, with the goal of getting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resign.

Ewanchuk said he may join them. 

“When the time is right, I’m going to head back that way,” he told SASKTODAY in an interview. “I’m just watching everything unfold.”

He refused to take the Covid-19 vaccine because just prior to the pandemic being announced, Ewanchuk and several friends all caught an unruly flu virus.

“Not one of us went and seen the doctor,” said Ewanchuk, instead they stayed well hydrated, took vitamins, got lots of sleep and “sweated it out a couple of days.”

Once the Covid-19 vaccine was announced and ready for the public, Ewanchuk was skeptical about the safety and effectiveness considering how quickly the “record-breaking vaccine” made it to market. 

Ewanchuk also said that before the pandemic, he held little interest in politics or social media. His life had been relatively sheltered, growing up on a farm and graduating high school with only 11 other students in his class. 

“I never even knew about political parties and never paid attention to politics. When I left the farm, I started trucking in the oilfield. I figured I paid too much taxes but whatever,” said Ewanchuk.

He began down the “rabbit hole” only after the pandemic began, looking for more information. 

Eventually, this led to disputes with his ex-wife as to whether or not they should vaccinate their daughter with the new Covid-19 vaccine. Ewanchuk said that his wife ended up choosing to vaccinate their daughter without his knowledge.  

“I threw my phone across the house and put a hole in the drywall. I was so upset,” he said. “The cops showed up and charged me for uttering threats.”

Ewanchuk said that the pandemic destroyed what was once “a good co-parenting relationship” that he shared with his ex-wife. 

“It came to a screeching halt,” he said. 

Ewanchuk took responsibility for comments he made to his ex-wife, which led to him being charged and accepting a plea deal. He remains on probation until the end of the month. 

Additionally, Ewanchuk was arrested for harassing Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and his family after he traveled to their home in April 2022. 

“I left a note with my full name, address, phone number, email and social media. Six months later I was charged with harassment,” he said.

According to Ewanchuk, he wanted to have a “man to man, heart-to-heat” conversation with Moe regarding issues facing the province during the pandemic.