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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, May 19, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian provincial Supreme Court has ordered a “halt” to all “anti-vaccine and anti-public health order protests,” through a court injunction, a move which one constitutional lawyer says is a spectacular display of “overreach.”
“This injunction order is stunning in its breadth and overreach. Essentially, it is prohibiting anyone in the province of Nova Scotia from exercising their freedom of peaceful assembly, or even posting about it on social media. If they do, they face arrest and contempt of court proceedings which could lead to significant fines and even jail time,” Lisa Bildy, lawyer for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) told LifeSiteNews.
“The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has ordered a halt to anti-vaccine and anti-public health order protests, effective immediately,” reads a press release from the provincial government of Nova Scotia announcing a new court injunction banning anti COVID-19 protests.
According to the Nova Scotia government, the injunction “prohibits any rally that would contravene the province’s public health directives,” as well as promoting such events on social media.
Bildy said that in his court order, Norton made “numerous assumptions about the benefits and necessity of lockdowns,” and stakes the claim that “science, medicine and common sense are all on the side of the government's unprecedented measures taken over the last 14 months.”
However, Bildy told LifeSiteNews that the order was made “without notice to any other party, and therefore without any evidence to the contrary or cross-examination of the government's witness which might challenge those assumptions.”
“The order doesn't just apply to those named in it, but to anyone who ‘acts independently to like effect’ and has notice of it,” said Bildy.
The injunction came about because of planned protest which was to be held on May 15 by the group “Freedom Nova Scotia.”
In a Facebook post, the group said they had cancelled the May 15 event “under duress.”
“Canadians have a right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association in Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in The Constitution Act of Canada, 1982 and Part 1 of the Canadian Bill of Rights. These rights do not go away just because of a provincial ‘health emergency,’” stated the group.
According to Justice Norton, the group’s plan to stage an anti COVID-19 lockdown rally showed “a callous and shameful disregard for the health and safety of their fellow citizens.”
The move to bar its residents to freely express their constitutional right to protest draconian COVID-19 health rules happened under Liberal Party Premier of Nova Scotia Iain Rankin.
Rankin said that all “Nova Scotians must respect the public health orders and directives.”
“This is particularly important as the province and our health-care employees work around the clock to care for people in this third wave of the pandemic,” said Rankin.
The court injunction is to remain in place until Nova Scotia comes out of its “state of emergency,” which bans all worship services, public gatherings, and has shuttered schools, events, and in-person dining at restaurants.
Recently, the JCCF successfully applied to amend a similar “far-reaching” court injunction in the province of Alberta, which gave police the power to arrest anyone attending a protest. Police in Alberta can now only arrest those who are specifically mentioned in a court order.
Powerful nations of the world, including China, the UK, and Canada are discussing plans to require so-called 'vaccine passports' as a condition for travel, and possibly to restrict entry to shopping and entertainment venues.
Israel has already put in place a system to discriminate against those who choose not to take the COVID vaccine, and, in the United States, Joe Biden has signed a new executive order which could pave the way for the implementation of a 'vaccine passport' system. [See more below.]
This kind of medical dictatorship must be resisted, and therefore, we must act quickly before these authoritarian notions take root and spread!
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to SAY NO to government 'vaccine passports.' Tell your legislators to respect your freedom not to vaccinate without fear of repercussion.
People should not have to live in fear of government retribution for refusing a vaccine which is being rushed to market by Big Pharma and their fellow-travelers in NGOs, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It would be intolerable and immoral for the government to coerce someone, and their family, to take a COVID vaccine against their will just so they can do their weekly grocery shopping, go to a high school soccer game, travel on public transport, or visit their relatives who live in a different part of the country, or overseas.
Medical freedom must be respected in principle and also in practice.
So, it is now time that our policy-makers listen to all voices involved in this vital conversation, and start to represent those who will not tolerate being punished, restricted, or tracked for refusing an experimental vaccine.
Simply put, legislatures must begin to act as legislatures again.
Questions must be asked. Hearings and investigations must be held. And, the legislatures of each state and country must return to the business of representing the people who voted for them, assuming their rightful place as the originator of legislation.
We will no longer accept the dictates of executive branches without question. And, neither can we accept the dictates of some doctors who seem detached from reality and from science.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which asks national political leaders (as well as state and provincial legislators in the U.S. and Canada) to pledge to respect the rights of those who refuse a COVID vaccine, and NOT introduce 'vaccine passports,' or any other system which would discriminate on the basis of taking the COVID vaccine.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Biden executive order directs government to evaluate ‘feasibility’ of vaccine passports' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-executive-order-directs-government-to-evaluate-feasibility-of-vaccine-passports
'China lobbies WHO to develop COVID vaccine passports for all nations' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/china-lobbies-who-to-develop-covid-vaccine-passports-for-all-nations
'UK advances plans for vaccine passports to travel, enter stores' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/uk-advances-plans-for-vaccine-passports-to-travel-enter-stores
'Canada’s health minister: Gov’t ‘working on the idea of vaccine passports’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadas-health-minister-govt-working-on-the-idea-of-vaccine-passports
'European Commission president plans to introduce vaccine passports' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/european-commission-president-plans-to-introduce-vaccine-passports
'Israel’s ‘Green Passport’ vaccination program has created a ‘medical Apartheid,’ distraught citizens say' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/israels-green-passport-vaccination-program-has-created-a-medical-apartheid-distraught-citizens-say
'LA schools to track every kid using Microsoft’s ‘Daily Pass’ COVID app' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/la-schools-to-track-every-kid-using-microsofts-daily-pass-covid-app
As of this writing, Nova Scotia, with a population of just under one million people, states that there are 74 people in hospital with 21 of those being in ICU attributed to COVID-19, with 1,435 active cases.
Recently, worshipers from the Nova Scotia Weston Christian Fellowship Church were collectively handed fines totaling nearly $75,000 after holding services which contravened local COVID rules. The church itself was hit with a $11,622.50 charge.
Noted in the same report about the church fines was the fact that more people died in 2018 in Nova Scotia than they did during the same timeframe under COVID-19 lockdown.
In total, 71 people have passed away with a positive COVID-19 test since the start of the crisis in Nova Scotia. A total of 9,720 people died between July 2019 and 2020, meaning official coronavirus deaths amounts to 0.72 percent of the annual reported deaths in the province.
LifeSiteNews found that the population of Nova Scotia grew by grew by 3,551 people between the first quarters of 2020 and 2021, yet there were more overall deaths (9,835) in the year before the COVID-19 crisis began.