After a family received six tickets totalling $18,000 for entering Canada with expired PCR tests, the Justice for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) has announced that all charges have been dropped by the Crown.
On February 15, a mother, her four children and their 79-year-old grandmother entered Canada with COVID-19 tests that expired by two hours after encountering vehicle issues on their drive. The JCCF reported that the family was given the maximum allowable fine and forced to go into a Canadian quarantine facility upon arriving at the border.
The family was returning home after attending a critical medical appointment in Wisconsin to address the grandmother’s end-stage renal disease. The JCCF reported that the mother is a front-line medical worker and that the family followed health and safety protocols carefully during the trip.
At the time of their travel, mandates were implemented requiring travellers to obtain a negative PCR test and present it at the border. The JCCF reported that while the family did obtain the tests, rules required that tests be obtained within 72 hours of returning to Canada.
The family received five out of six results two days after being tested but had to wait an additional day to receive the last result.
After the family embarked on the trip home, the vehicle encountered several issues that ultimately slowed down the drive. The family arrived at the border just over 74 hours after getting their tests, and were given the maximum fine.
“This family tried in every way to comply with unreasonable requirements and were still fined and quarantined, despite having negative PCR tests,” said Sayeh Hassan, a Justice Centre Staff lawyer. “They are pleased the charges have been dropped, but, to this date, the government has not provided any empirical data or a reasonable explanation for why people with negative Covid tests cannot quarantine at their own homes.”
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