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Legal organization calls on Ontario to revoke ‘unconstitutional’ vaccine passport mandate

A legal organization is calling on the Ontario government to rescind its vaccine passport mandate, citing “deep concerns” about the constitutionality of the measure.

The Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms issued a letter (PDF) on September 22, calling on the government to revoke a mandate that requires Ontarians aged 12 and older to receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. need to be shown proof of so that it can be widely used. Public facilities such as restaurants, bars, gyms, music venues, theaters and meeting places. The system came into force on 22 September.

“Vaccine passports are lauded as an effective tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep Ontario safe, disregarding the paucity of evidence suggesting that current vaccines prevent individuals from catching or transmitting the virus. Do not stop. Further, no provision has been made in the new law for the existence of natural immunity to prior exposure to COVID-19,” the letter read.

“Thus, the new law appears to be about forcing Canadians to get the vaccine by restricting their freedom, not about creating a virus-free space.”

In a news release, the Justice Center said it has informed the provincial government that it would be able to rescind its “unconstitutional discrimination” against people who choose not to receive vaccines because of personal medical conditions, religious beliefs, or If it fails, it will take legal action. various other reasons.

The Nyay Kendra has received hundreds of emails from concerned residents about losing their jobs, their right to worship and participation in the society, the release said.

“The new mandate will have the effect of isolating individuals and especially young children from mainstream society. Mandating a system that denies Canada access to certain services, defined arbitrarily by the government, creates a slippery slope, and sets off a dangerous descent into a medical dictatorship. Mehdi Parmar, staff lawyer for the center, said in the news release.

“If we do not end these measures, we will put unlimited power in the hands of the government to decide what medical care we receive, what medicines we take, and what privileges they give us. which should be fundamental rights,” he added.

The Justice Center said the vaccine passport “violates the constitutionally protected rights of the Canadian people” to freedom of conscience, liberty and security and equality.

“Section 7 of the Charter guarantees the right of the individual to freedom and safety. Ontarians shall not be compelled or coerced by the government to submit a medical intervention to which they do not consent. Of informed consent and of physical autonomy. Rights are two principles that our laws have long protected,” Justice Center staff attorney Jorge Pineda said in the news release.

The Justice Center noted that Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are still under clinical trials, some that will not be completed until 2023, and are therefore experimental and have no long-term safety profile.

The Ontario Ministry of Health has stated that only two medical exemptions can be recognized for vaccine passports: one for people who are allergic to an ingredient in the vaccine, with verification provided by an allergist, and the other for those who are allergic to an ingredient in the vaccine. For those who have experienced myocarditis or pericarditis. The first dose of a vaccine.

No provision has been made for exemptions on grounds of religious belief or creed, which the Justice Center said are protected under both the Charter and the Human Rights Act.

“Every Canadian has the right to bodily autonomy and the right to decide which medical procedure to accept or reject,” the Justice Center wrote in the news release.

The Justice Center’s letter was addressed to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, the province’s health minister, Christine Elliott, and the provincial chief medical officer for health, Kieran Moore.

The Epoch Times reached out to government and health officials for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

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Andrew is a reporter based in Toronto.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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