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NB Government, Fredericton Farmers Market Dropped Evidence of Vaccination in Grocery Stores: JCCF

The New Brunswick government and the Farmer’s Market in Fredericton have scrapped the COVID-19 measure, which allows grocery stores to deny entry to unvaccinated Canadians after being warned of lawsuits, the nonprofit legal organization said.

“Today, the governments of New Brunswick and the City of Fredericton have adjusted their vaccination policies regarding the sale of products in accordance with the Charter and Human Rights Laws, and this is a positive step,” said André Memauri, staff attorney at the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF) in a statement from December 17th.

On December 7, the Justice Center sent a warning letter to New Brunswick Secretary of Justice and Public Safety Hugh Flemming regarding the “Revised Mandatory COVID-19 Order,” which he signed on December 4, which allows private businesses to request vaccinations. proof.

In particular, paragraph 6 stated that owners and occupants of premises where proof of vaccination is not required by law “are free to choose between proving vaccination being required to enter their premises and mandatory distance from their premises.”

In a letter to Flemming, the Justice Center said the paragraph has generated “growing and serious concern” across Canada as it potentially includes grocery stores as premises where “the government is offering a proof-of-vaccination option.”

On December 11, the New Brunswick government-owned Fredericton Boyes Farmers Market, which is leased to Fredericton, announced its vaccination policy, which stated that “Indoor shopping will require proof of dual vaccination (or medical exemption). all visitors over 12 years old. “

In response to the demand for the vaccine, the Justice Center on December 15 sent a warning letter to Fredericton, “demanding that it be immediately canceled for unprecedented violations of the Constitution and human rights.”

Memauri said the order gives the New Brunswick government the potential power to encroach on people’s lives.

“This Order, which served to segregate citizens, was a very disturbing development in Canada. This would be the first attempt by the government to deny basic services and food to Canadians who have opted out of the COVID vaccine, which is their constitutional right. ”

The legal team’s warning letter states that the right to food is one of the fundamental human rights enshrined in various international instruments, including article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, among other human rights. tools are right.

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On December 13, New Brunswick conservative MPs John Williamson and Richard Bragdon also issued statements endorsing grocery stores that continue to allow unvaccinated Canadians to shop, rather than those who don’t.

“I want to thank the national and local staple food retailers who continue to serve all New Brunswick customers and do not ask for proof of vaccination as a condition for entering their grocery stores,” Williamson said in a statement.

“Denying people access to basic necessities cannot be justified in any society, under any circumstances.”

Bragdon said he was pleased to see that there are retailers who have opted not to “enforce this enforcement measure.”

“Denying people the opportunity to get the services they need is the last thing we should do,” he said on Facebook.

On December 17, the New Brunswick government overhauled its public health policy and announced the changes, as well as the Fredericton Boyes Farmers Market. followed suit the same day.

“The option to allow grocery stores to ask customers 12 years and older for proof of vaccination instead of meeting distancing requirements is being removed from the province’s binding order,” the government said in a statement.

“The original goal was to give stores a choice and that those who choose to confirm vaccination offer delivery or pick-up; there was never any intention of anyone to believe that he could not access grocery stores. ”

The Justice Center stressed that “no delivery or pickup offers were received” when the policy was first announced on December 4.

Although officials changed the order, the legal team said it still violates the Religious Charter by requiring all who attend religious services to receive a full vaccination with new COVID-19 vaccinations for certain events.

“We will continue our legal work in this direction. There is no legal or scientific basis for the government to tell churches and religious groups who is allowed to attend services and on what basis, ”Memauri said.

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Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based correspondent for the Epoch Times.

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