COVID public health orders were reasonable limit to charter rights, Sask. judge rules – CBC

2 people ticketed for attending protests during COVID-19 restrictions launched court challenge

Sep 22, 2022

A Saskatchewan judge has ruled public health orders brought in to curb the spread of COVID-19 were a reasonable limitation of charter rights, in a decision to a challenge brought forward by two people who got tickets for breaking those orders at protests.

The pair — Regina’s Jasmin Grandel and Darrell Mills of Saskatoon — were ticketed for violating the public health orders when they attended several anti-COVID-19-restriction protests between December 2020 and July 2021, according to the Sept. 20 decision from Court of King’s Bench Justice D.B. Konkin.

For most of that period, the public health orders in the province restricted public gatherings to a maximum of 10 people.

Grandel and Mills, who were represented by lawyers at the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, wanted a declaration that the health orders violated their rights to freedom and peaceful assembly guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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