The British Columbia Court of Appeal allowed cases seeking to appeal the earlier dismissal of challenges to the province's discriminatory vaccine passport program to be heard on October 4-6.
The appellants were part of a group of four previous challenges that sought to have Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry's rigid vaccine passport regime ruled as unconstitutional, only to be dismissed by Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson in September 2022.
Three out of the four who brought forward appeal cases to the chief justices, which government lawyers failed to have tossed as moot due to vaccine passports no longer being mandated.
Instead, the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) and the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Public Policy (CSASPP) cases were allowed to proceed, with appeal panel justices stating, "There is something to be gained by having this court consider the issue and provide some guidance."
However, there were some setbacks for the appellants as the panel removed CSASPP itself as a party for their case while allowing the society's executive director, Kip Warner, to remain.
A self-represented Victoria man named Jeremy Maddock was also removed as a party. The high court did not permit his case to move forward.
The appeal panel's ruling on whether B.C.'s vaccine passport regime, which offered very limited exemptions, was unconstitutional could take months to be submitted.
Watch our full video report to see a recap of what took place in the three Court of Appeal cases, including an interview with CSASPP's counsel, Polina Frutula.
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