Examining Charter Rights amid a Pandemic: What is the Government’s Scope of Emergency Powers to Restrict and Restrain Freedoms?

October 27, 2021 12:15pm

Ian Demers
General Counsel
Justice Canada

Rahool P. Agarwal
Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb

Nadia Effendi
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

  • Examining the government’s authority to issue restrictions to a person’s “life, liberty or property” and what is a protected liberty? 
  • Restricting travel across provincial boarders with a look at Taylor v. Newfoundland and Labrador, 2020
  • Challenging the federal quarantine hotel policy with a look at:
    • Canadian Constitution Foundation v Attorney General of Canada, 2021 ONSC
    • Spencer v. Canada (Attorney General)
  • Challenging in-person attendance for children attending school, with a look at:
    • Karounis c. Procureur général du Québec, 2020 QCCS
  • Government authority to limit spread of virus in penitentiaries, including self-isolation, with a look at:
    • Cyr c. Pilon, 2020 QCCS 1645, autor. ref. 2020 QCCA
  • Challenging curfew restrictions with a look at:
    • Desrochers c. Procureur général du Québec, 2021 QCCS 311, par. 61–66, autor. ref. 2021 QCCA
    • Lévesque c. Procureur général du Québec, 2021 QCCS
  • Restricting freedom of religion and freedom of assembly rights, with a look at Conseil des juifs hassidiques du Québec c. Procureur général du Québec
  • Challenges to workplace restrictions as a result of the pandemic:
    • Sharma v City of Toronto and duty to accommodate
    • Ontario Infectious Diseases Emergency Leave
    • Ontario Mandatory Immunization Policy in Long Term Care Home