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The decision will be thoroughly reviewed for appeal, the JCCF said.
However, the Federal Court also found that the constitutional rights and freedoms of Pastor Nicole Mathis, a client of the JCCF, were unjustifiably infringed by the authorities’ failure to inform her of her right to legal assistance. a lawyer during her detention, and her and her family’s right to know the name and location of the designated quarantine facility to which she was taken.
Mathis, who lives in the Edmonton area, was forced against his will Jan. 28 at a federal quarantine facility and held for three nights because his negative COVID-19 test was not accepted by public health officials in Canada. Calgary police refused to tell her worried husband, Pastor Chris Mathis, where his wife was being taken.
The JCCF was in Federal Court June 1-3 on behalf of Pastor Mathis and 10 other clients to challenge the government’s policy of forcing Canadians to seek refuge in hotels and quarantine facilities chosen by the federal government in their own expense. The JCCF argued that these oppressive measures violated the applicant’s Charter rights to enter and leave Canada freely, not to be arbitrarily detained, to speak to a lawyer while in detention, to be presumed innocent until ‘to prove the contrary and to challenge his detention in court.
On February 14, 2021, the federal government issued an executive order forcing Canadian international air travelers to be quarantined for three days in a federally mandated hotel at their own expense, pending the results of the COVID-18 PCR test.
If people are negative, they can complete the remainder of their 14-day quarantine at home. However, a positive test result may result in further containment at another quarantine facility until the end of the 14 days.
The new measures went into effect on February 22. Since then, thousands of Canadians have been held against their will in quarantine hotels and quarantine facilities, and thousands more have been fined heavily for refusing to be detained.
“Never in post-Charter history have law-abiding Canadians been detained en masse against their will, without regard for the fundamental freedoms on which this country was founded,” said Jay Cameron, legal counsel of the JCCF.
âFederal courts ruling that these brutal measures are constitutional is of deep concern. Canadians continue to eagerly wait for courts across the country to draw limits around the government’s increasingly authoritarian measures on Covid. We are carefully reviewing the decision. “
the Western standard recently spoke with “Jen”, an Albertan who spent two days in a quarantine hotel in Calgary two weeks ago. Although she has essential travel status due to her business, a border guard has ruled that she has been in Montana for 10 days, she would be considered non-essential, although there is no limit specific time.
âI work a lot. So I just thought, OK, it’s gonna be nice. It’s a nice hotel room. They bring me free food, I’m gonna hang out,â Jen said.
âEverything was fine until I got my results. They were negative and I still couldn’t leave. And that’s when I felt imprisoned. Then I felt like I was now being held against my will. And yes, can I go out? Absolutely. And risk being arrested and risking a fine. And normally I would say it’s good, but my businesses are international. I can’t afford to cause a problem that won’t let me go back to the country where my business is located.
Jen said a consolation of the “gong show” is that the government is paying for mandatory quarantine hotels, unlike its first weeks of operation.
âIt’s like that. You have to have a good attitude about it and laugh. I mean, it’s really laughable,â she said.
Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan