CANADA NEWS: Calgary judge to hear legal challenge over Alberta’s COVID-19 limits ‘Christmas cancellation’

A Calgary judge is expected to hear an urgent application seeking a decision that would reduce COVID-19’s public health orders, including restrictions on circles and mandatory masks.

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

On December 8, the government imposed a new set of restrictions to curb the growing infection of COVID-19, including the closure of all casinos and gymnasiums, restricting the use of restaurants and bars and imposing a comprehensive provincial mask.

The province also banned all indoor and outdoor social gatherings and imposed forced labor operations at home for at least four weeks.

The Calgary law firm and the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms are scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning to apply for an urgent injunction to maintain public health restrictions in Alberta.

In the petition, Heights Baptist Church in Medicine Hat and Northside Baptist Church in Calgary, along with three individuals, allege that many of their constitutional rights have been violated, including limiting people’s ability to meet for social and religious reasons, and to conduct business or express their feelings.

The Justice Center accuses the government of “canceling Christmas” and suggests that COVID-19 did not create an emergency beyond the normal level of illness and death in the province.

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

Albertans under the age of 60 are more likely to be killed by the virus and will argue that closure measures pose a “greater risk than any injury from COVID-19,” according to a source.

Rath & Company, a law firm representing the plaintiffs, said the government was “destroying businesses and depriving Alberta citizens of all their rights under the Alberta Bill of Rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

The application will be heard in the Queen’s Court in Calgary.

Meanwhile, doctors say they are in a daily survival mode, as the intensive care units in Calgary expand the growth rate.

To date, 851 people have been killed by COVID-19 in Alberta. As of Sunday, there were 760 people in hospital, including 149 in the intensive care unit. On this day 1,286 new cases were recorded, bringing the total number of active cases to 19,201.

On Friday, Drs. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s health official, warned that Alberta could easily see more than 2,000 new cases a day within a few weeks after the holidays, if Christmas became “too fast.”

Vaccines are already being made in the province, but only health workers will receive doses before the new year.

Alberta plans to vaccinate 29,000 active workers by the end of December.

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