Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry.


Pandemic ban on church gatherings was constitutional in balancing religious and health objectives, the court ruled.

by Jeremy Hainsworth

Times Colonist

December 17, 2022

B.C.’s Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court’s decision, saying the province’s COVID-19 gathering and events restrictions were constitutionally valid.

“The ban on in-person gatherings for religious worship fell within a range of reasonable outcomes and proportionately balanced the appellants’ freedoms with the attainment of critically important public health objectives,” the decision said.

Most of the appellants were churches and their leaders: Alain Beaudoin, Brent Smith, John Koopmans, John Van Muyen, Riverside Calvary Chapel, Immanuel Covenant Reformed Church, and Free Reformed Church of Chilliwack brought the case.

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  1. I now after these last few years pray for a new break away nation, called the Republic of Western Canada (made up of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and NWT) where we do not have an increasingly useless Charter of Rights and Freedoms where our increasingly weakened rights that are mistakenly given to us by our failing governments and we make sure in our new Republic to adopt a God based, inalienable rights Constitution like the USA’s.

    The way things are going here, I find it harder to believe that Canada as we know it will celebrate its 200th. anniversary. AND AT THIS POINT I’D BE FINE WITH OUR WESTERN PROVINCES GOING OUR OWN WAY AS THE REPUBLIC OF WESTERN CANADA!

    The USA’s motto is, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, all freedom based values. Canada’s motto given to us by Pierre Trudeau is UGH! Peace, Order and Good Government, all socialist in values and signifying the pansy assed nation we have become. 🙁