VANCOUVER: The Justice Centre is announcing the ruling of BC Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson, who dismissed the BC government’s application for an injunction forcing certain BC churches to close.
The Justice Centre’s challenge to BC public health orders restricting protests and prohibiting worship services will be heard beginning March 1, 2021 by Chief Justice Hinkson. The Justice Centre represents over a dozen BC individuals and faith communities who have been issued tickets which total many tens of thousands of dollars for the peaceful exercise of their constitutional rights and freedoms as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The BC legal challenge was filed January 8, 2021 in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and challenges the restrictions on public protest and worship services resulting from Public Health Orders issued by BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
The Petition challenges the Orders on the basis that they unjustifiably violate the rights and freedoms of BC residents protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “Freedom of conscience and religion” and “freedom of peaceful assembly” are two of the fundamental rights protected by section 2 of the Charter.