A British Columbia-based non-profit organization called the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Science in Public Policy (CSASPP) is attempting to counter BC’s COVID-19 related measures, which have been in place since March 18, 2020 when the BC government declared a state of emergency.

The self described non-profit, non-partisan, secular, and crowd funded organization filed a class action suit on January 26, 2021, and Dr. Bonnie Henry must personally submit to answering their questions while under oath.

According to CSASPP, their approach engages the very premise of an alleged emergency.

“Without an emergency, there can be no basis for extraordinary executive powers, including everything that required or benefited from one,” writes CSASPP in a recent flyer that has been circulating Vancouver.

“Our civil proceeding’s objectives are to obtain any available civil remedy for the maximum number of British Columbians that revert in whole or in part any COVID-19 related statute, ministerial order, regulation, or other executive, regulatory, or legislative measure; past extant, or proposed; that constrain any activity of any person inadequately supported by either science or law.”

On their Go Fund Me page, CSASPP describes how an astronomically low infection fatality ratio, testing kits producing false positives, the disappearance of the seasonal flu, and an overall lack of adequate evidential foundation are being increasingly questioned by legal scholars, small business owners, physicians, nurses, the scientists selling the tests, civil liberty advocacy groups, and many more.

“Since we filed, we’ve be overwhelmed with public support,” said Kip Warner, Executive Director of CSASPP, in an interview with the Western Standard.

“Millions of people worldwide are turning off corporate and government news sources as they rediscover the value of thinking for themselves. Consider that we didn’t even put out a news release, and yet awareness of our campaign went viral… no pun intended, shortly after we filed.

“We have received support from city councillors, medical doctors, biostatisticians, two former Canadian premiers (including Newfoundland’s Brian Peckford)… one of which helped draft the charter, distinguished members of the bar, concerned parents, government whistleblowers, a former deputy Prime Minister of Canada, a former federal opposition leader, and many others.

What we are seeing is our suit has become a template for a multitude of other jurisdictions both in Canada and internationally.

“Anyone interested can follow our progress directly on our website at www.covidconstitutionalchallengebc.ca. Besides keeping the general public apprised as things transpire, our website also provides various practical tools to help small businesses deal with their insurers and regulators, the two most pressing short term priorities for our stakeholders.”

British Columbia experienced 17,350 business closures in April of 2020; a more than 200% increase from 7,623 in 2019, according to statistics Canada.

“I have been following all the rules, whatever they have been imposing on us,” the owner and head chef of a popular Vancouver restaurant told the Western Standard. He asked to not be identified.

“We are allowed to seat four tables, and we’re making two, three, maybe four hundred dollars a day, and I pay 10,000 dollars in rent plus hydro, I don’t know how I am going to survive. They are not in our shoes. They get a big fat pay check which we are paying with our taxes just for them to pretend that they actually care about us.”

While the provincial government has indicated restrictions will be easing in the near future with their “Restart Plan,” many have grown skeptical of their words and will not forget what has been, as CSASPP says, “unjustifiably imposed on them.”

CSASPP, which has raised close to $40,000, confirms a judicial management conference has been scheduled for August 10, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. PST.

“As this matter is presently before the courts, we will not be commenting on the litigation or the plaintiff organization,” a spokesperson of the Ministry of Attorney General told the Western Standard.

“As set out in the Response to Civil Claim, the Province and the Provincial Health Officer deny the allegations made by the CSASPP and say that the orders made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are lawful and fully comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Reid Small is a BC Reporter for the Western Standard and West Coast Standard based in the Vancouver Bureau. He has worked as a freelance photojournalist and in independent media.

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