“A week ago I sued the @fordnation Gov to strike down outdoor gathering limits on Protest (Assembly) & Religious gatherings,” reads Baber’s tweet. “The risk of transmission outdoors is exceedingly low, but the Government’s outdoor restrictions deny Ontarians their Fundamental Freedoms,” reads a second tweet.
@LiftLockdown on Twitter
In his lawsuit, Baber’s expresses that outdoor restrictions in the ROA “are inconsistent with their purpose or over-intrusive and therefore in violation of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act,” as reported by the Toronto Star.
“I am suing the attorney general of Ontario for our right to protest, pray and gather outdoors,” said Baber.
The lawsuit was launched by Baber in partnership with a group called Lift the Lockdown who stated on Twitter: “We joined @Roman_Baber & launched a lawsuit against Ontario to defend our Charter Rights to expression, assembly & protest outdoors.”
According to the group’s GoFundMe page, Lift the Lockdown is a “non-profit organization, dedicated to advocacy and litigation against lockdowns and overreaching public health restrictions imposed by governments.”
The group has raised over $10,600 of its $500,000 goal so far and has stated that all donations will be used on legal expenses to further their cause.
In the 14-page lawsuit, Baber and Lift the Lockdown argued the provincial law violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ guarantees of “free association, the free expression of ideas and peaceful assembly, including for protests,” as reported by The Star.
In his open letter to Ford back in January, Baber expressed that “the lockdown isn’t working. It’s causing an avalanche of suicides, overdoses, bankruptcies, divorces and takes an immense toll on our children.”
Ford has maintained that he will stick to the advice of health professionals and science for COVID-19 restrictions. “There’s no politician in this country that is going to disagree with their chief medical officer. They just aren’t going to do it. They might as well throw a rope around their neck and jump off a bridge. They’re done,” Ford said in a press conference earlier this month.
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