Quarantine hotels on trial as Federal Court hears constitutional challenge of COVID restrictions

Quarantine hotels on trial as Federal Court hears constitutional challenge of COVID restrictions

2021-06-02 3:12:00 AM

Quarantine hotels on trial as Federal Court hears constitutional challenge of COVID restrictions

\u0027This is not what we do in Canada, we do not detain law\u002Dabiding citizens en masse,\u0027 a lawyer for several of the people challenging the rules told the court

Article contentOne lawsuit is by nine people, most of who left Canada before the hotel rules were put in place; many divide their time between a home in Canada and another in Mexico or Florida. They object to the mandatory hotel stay for various reasons, from financial hardship, mental health, safety fears, and one with an anti-testing objection.

This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.The third suit was filed by Dominic Colvin, the CEO of a cannabis company. The Kelowna, B.C., man flew to a second home on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin before the quarantine hotel requirements were imposed.

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Some of the people in the lawsuit divide their time between a home in 🇨🇦and another in🇲🇽or FloridaThey object to the mandatory hotel stay for various reasons, such as financial hardship. Give me a break.If you own multiple homes you can afford to stay in a hotel for a few nights. Can I get my money back if they win the lawsuit!?

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The 14 applicants in four separate challenges argue the mandatory hotel rules violate their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because they are law-abiding people who can safely quarantine at home. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Court heard claims the detentions were arbitrary, with no presumption of innocence, no ability to have the detention judicially reviewed, and people not being notified of their right to counsel. The applicants ask the court to scrap the requirement. One lawsuit is by nine people, most of who left Canada before the hotel rules were put in place; many divide their time between a home in Canada and another in Mexico or Florida. They object to the mandatory hotel stay for various reasons, from financial hardship, mental health, safety fears, and one with an anti-testing objection. Another of the lawsuits is filed by Steven Duesing, of Toronto, and Nicole (Nikki) Mathis, an Edmonton pastor. Both were forced to stay in quarantine hotels after returning to Canada with negative COVID-19 test results that were not accepted at their respective airports. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content These two sets of applicants are represented by Hassan and Henna Parmar, lawyers for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. The third suit was filed by Dominic Colvin, the CEO of a cannabis company. The Kelowna, B.C., man flew to a second home on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin before the quarantine hotel requirements were imposed. Colvin’s lawyer, Jeffrey Rath, is expected to make his oral arguments in court on Wednesday. The fourth suit was filed by Rebel News Network and Keean Bexte, an employee of the far-right news site who was in Orlando, Florida, to report on the state’s vaccine procurement in February before flying back to Calgary, where he was sent to a quarantine hotel. A person looks out of a window at a COVID quarantine hotel in Mississauga, Ont. Photo by Carlos Osorio/Reuters Hawkes, a lawyer for the Rebel applicants, said the government’s order is arbitrary, because it applies only to the minority of travellers arriving by air, and not the 75 per cent of travellers crossing into Canada by land, without taking a traveller’s personal circumstances into account. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Hawkes said Bexte had his private vehicle waiting for him and a suitable accommodation plan at his home, a short drive from the airport, which would be the same circumstances as someone arriving in Canada by car. Instead, he had to stay in a hotel, where he came into close contact with 14 other people, including being forced to take an elevator with an employee instead of being allowed to take the stairs, Hawkes told court. Hassan said the hotel rules are “arbitrary, over-broad and grossly disproportionate.” She said a motorist can drive for hours in Canada to their destination, stopping for gas and food along the way, which is acceptable under the government’s rules. Hassan said the government’s stated concern over future variants of COVID-19 coming into Canada isn’t supported by evidence at the hearing. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content She said the government can’t continue to rely on a fear of new COVID-19 variants to justify the restrictions because no one knows when more variants will emerge. “We don’t know when this is going to end, we don’t know when the new variants may stop appearing. The government cannot continue to rely on that to continue to put in place oppressive measures indefinitely,” Hassan said. Crampton asked Hassan if she didn’t see relief to the requirement on the short-term horizon. “Isn’t it reasonable to put certain measures in place while we are trying to get up to full vaccination and herd immunity,” Crampton asked. “It’s reasonable to put in certain measures, yes — minimally impairing measures, that’s reasonable,” she said. “We are at an impasse here because the government is telling us there are going to be more variants and there could be more variants for the next year, the next two years. Are we going to keep detaining people for an unforeseeable amount of time? “That is not justifiable in a free and democratic society,” Hassan said. The trial is expected to last three days. • Email: