by Lee Hading

Western Standard

June 13, 2024

In ten days of hearings, Fraser Valley churches will argue that BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry granted preferential treatment to synagogues over mosques and churches when considering exemption requests of her ban on in-person worship services.

The churches, who are represented by theĀ Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, argue that their prosecution for violating public health orders is an abuse of process and should be stayed.

Lawyers for the churches will present evidence that Henry acted dishonestly and in bad faith while banning in-person worship services in 2020 and 2021, granting immediate exemptions to Jewish synagogues while ignoring exemption requests from Muslims and Christians.

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