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CCF’s COVID-19 Watch


Opinion: Canada’s border restrictions no longer constitutionally justified (July 22, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

For four months, the Canadian government has forced Canadians to stay home. It shut the U.S.-Canada land border to “non-essential” travel, a closure that has just been extended until at least August 31...[read more]


Ontario’s new COVID-19 bill is an assault on our rights (July 20, 2020)

By CCF Litigation Director Christine Van Geyn

Why is the province of Ontario making emergency powers permanent while simultaneously declaring the emergency over? This power-grab by the premier is an unjustified violation of Charter protected rights, and citizens should be concerned...[read more]


Covid-19 trial delays are threatening people’s constitutional rights (June 29, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

Toronto criminal lawyer Thomas Surmanski is worried that the near shutdown of Ontario courts between mid-March and early July due to Covid-19 will make the already-painful trial delays that his clients suffer from even longer...[read more]


New Brunswick considered letting ministers rule by decree. Can they really do that? (June 17, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

Last week, New Brunswick’s minority government proposed changes to its Emergency Measures Act that, if passed, would allow the minister of public safety and attorney general to “suspend the operation of or amend or supersede” many of the province’s laws at the stroke of a pen....[read more]


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Toronto wants to demolish homeless tent cities. Can they really do that? (June 16, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

Covid-19 spreads easily in crowded spaces, so when the virus arrived in Toronto’s homeless shelters in March, a charity group responded by handing out tents. The idea was to give homeless people a way to practice physical distancing, potentially saving their lives....[read more]


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Unconstitutional travel bans are causing real harm (June 11, 2020)

By CCF Executive Director Joanna Baron

While the urge to close down some provincial borders to stop the spread of COVID-19 is understandable, such restrictions on the free movement of Canadians are draconian and arguably unconstitutional, and they are causing real harm by preventing people from attending the funerals of their family members...[read more]


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Are mandatory masks constitutional? Most likely yes, but with limits (June 10, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

Public health officials and politicians across Canada have been strongly encouraging people to wear cloth face-coverings in places where it’s not possible to maintain two metres of physical distance. The goal is to slow the spread of Covid-19...[read more]


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An Alberta man was arrested for protesting Covid-19. Can they do that? (June 2, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

Cody Haller, an Alberta oilsands workers, is skeptical of his government’s response to Covid-19. He worries that prolonged shutdowns of businesses are doing unnecessary damage to the province’s already ailing economy. To make his views known, Haller got up early on May 10 and went to a plaza outside the legislature in Edmonton to protest the government’s response.[read more]


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N.L. says inspectors can search you, take your blood and drop you at the border. Can they really do that? (May 25, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

In Newfoundland and Labrador, a public health inspector can pull you over in your car and demand that you show him what’s on your cell phone. He can take any “copies, extracts, photographs or videos” that he feels are necessary...[read more]


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Arbitrary Covid-19 orders could bankrupt some businesses. Is that constitutional? (May 19, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

In March, Canada’s premiers were faced with apocalyptic images of overwhelmed hospitals in Italy. They responded by shutting down as many businesses as they could....[read more]


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Some postal workers want Canada Post to stop delivering an anti-China newspaper. Can they do that? (May 12, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

Some postal workers are pressuring the government to order Canada Post to stop delivering a piece of mail because they don’t like its message...[read more]


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Keeping older workers at home for their own safety might not be constitutional (May 6, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

When Quebec students return to classrooms later this month, not all of their teachers will be there to greet them. Quebec’s Education Minister Jean-François Roberge has said that any teacher age 60 or older should stay at home...[read more]


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Six in 10 want Covid-19 vaccines to be mandatory. Can the government do that? (April 29, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

Governments around the world are pouring money into research for a Covid-19 vaccine, hoping that finding one that works will allow the world to get back to normal. Vaccines are a blessing. They prevent millions of deaths annually. At least 25 people died...[read more]


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The government may ban Covid-19 ‘misinformation.’ Can they really do that? (April 20, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

On April 2, a journalist asked health minister Patty Hajdu about a Bloomberg news report citing U.S. intelligence that had concluded China covered up the extent of its Covid-19 outbreak. The minister responded by...[read more]


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Can police legally use phone data to track COVID-19 patients? (April 14, 2020)

CCF Executive Director Joanna Baron appears on Danielle Smith's morning radio talk show

Our executive director appeared again on Danielle Smith's morning radio talk show on Calgary's Newstalk 770 (Corus Radio) to talk about civil liberties during the COVID-19 pandemic.[download and listen]


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Are bans on religious gatherings constitutional? (April 13, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

It’s the time of year when Christians crowd into churches, Jews meet family for Passover, and Sikhs march to celebrate Vaisakhi, but the risk of Covid-19 has forced most religiously-observant Canadians to stay at home instead.... [read more]


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Police are using phone data to track Covid patients. Can they do that? (April 6, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

Everywhere we go, our cellphones are creating virtual records of our movements. This location data can be a powerful tool for tracking down spies or investigating murders. But there is also potential for this data to be misused against innocent people... [read more]


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“New Brunswick says I can’t enter to visit my mom. Can they really do that?” (March 30, 2020)

By CCF Law Intern Josh Dehaas

Say your mother lives in New Brunswick and you live in Montreal. She calls you and says she’s worried. She isn’t sick with COVID-19, but her home care nurse has stopped showing up and she’s afraid to go out grocery shopping... [read more]


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Protecting liberties during crisis (March 25, 2020)

CCF Executive Director Joanna Baron appears on Danielle Smith's morning radio talk show

Our executive director appeared on Danielle Smith's morning radio talk show on Calgary's Newstalk 770 (Corus Radio) to talk about civil liberties during the COVID-19 pandemic.[download and listen]


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How do Canadian emergency powers work? (March 24, 2020)

By CCF Executive Director Joanna Baron & CCF Law Intern Natalie Thompson

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all levels of government in Canada have implemented various rules and guidelines applicable to citizens. Though the federal government has not yet declared a state of emergency... [read more]


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Protecting Liberty during crises (March 20, 2020)

By CCF Executive Director Joanna Baron

Dear friends and supporters of the CCF, I am reaching out with a personal note as our nation and world enters an unprecedented time in which we will face extraordinary challenges. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds... [read more]


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