Bill 38 gives “inspectors” – as defined by the Minister – the ability to conduct warrantless searches and gives the police the right to remove individuals to a point of entry, such as an airport or ferry terminal. The province has also used a Special Measure to ban non-residents from entering the province, with limited exceptions. This amounts to a Newfoundland “travel ban”, as well as essentially legalizing banishment.
We think this is unconstitutional. Provinces with much higher population densities and COVID cases than Newfoundland have been effectively managing the COVID crisis without resorting to these extreme measures.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are deeply concerned that the City continues to operate and oversee shelters that do not adhere to physical distancing standards.The overcrowded conditions in Toronto’s homeless facilities have created a humanitarian crisis that threatens the people who use these spaces, along with the shelters’ staff and volunteers, and the city’s broader neighbourhoods and communities.The City is endangering those who use the shelter system.
Prisons are densely populated making social distancing protocol impossible and living conditions hazardous during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proactive steps are immediately needed to reduce the population of prisoners in institutions to the greatest extent possible consistent with public safety, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age or underlying health conditions.
Solitary confinement is the practice of confining someone in conditions of extreme isolation.
Getting the practice ruled unconstitutional has been a major goal of both CCLA and BCCLA. This year we go to Canada’s highest court for a showdown with the federal government.