To: The Nova Scotian Public
From: Citizens’ Alliance of Nova Scotia CANS
Timeframe: January 15th to January 24th 2024
RE: Public Interest Standing being sought by CANS in the Judicial Review before the court Citizens Alliance of Nova Scotia et al v Robert Strang et al Yar No 510031
Have you ever been asked about what your experience was during the mandates and lockdowns?
Have you ever been given the avenue to express to your government representatives and decision-makers how you, your family or business were affected by the government’s response to Covid 19?
CANS wants to provide an opportunity for your voice to be heard with the Judicial Review case that we presented to the Court on all of our behalf back in October of 2021.
What is a Judicial review? A Judicial Review can enable the changing of law and policy which is what makes it one of the most powerful tools for the Public to understand and apply.
We request public support in the form of letters to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia which contain how you as a Nova Scotian were affected by the government’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic.
We have provided two sample letters. One is a standard short example and the other is a letter example from a member. In these letters are various levels of information that you can use. It would be better if you take information that you are familiar with and give examples of your own experiences with the mandates. Everyone will have their own story to tell, it will be more impactful that way.
If you are writing your own personal story on how the mandates affected you and your loved ones or are using parts of these two examples, you may want to include:
- The purpose of the hearing is CANS seeking public interest standing.
- Support for the efforts of CANS bringing the needs of the people in front of their judicial system.
- Concerns over government overreach in the future.
But we really just want to hear from you, the Nova Scotian public, about how the Public Health orders affected you. We request that you write to the Court before January 24th when CANS’ Public Interest Standing Motion will be heard. However your letters of support will still be very welcome no matter when you send them in. Hand delivery or email as a last resort is fine. Snail mail would be the most effective as this will ensure that it is seen by the Court.
Reminder: while there are a diversity of thoughts on this topic and it is to be expected that we won’t always agree with all parties involved, we request everyone to remain respectful towards the Court in the tone and tenor of their letter.
These letters will show our friends and neighbours that strong, caring, knowledgeable voices move mountains. We are grateful to you all for making the time to speak up.
Other ways to participate:
In person attendance at the next Court appearance on January 24th, 2024, at 9:30 am at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, 164 Main Street, Yarmouth NS, B5A 1C2.
Attend online using these instructions.
CANS greatly appreciates your continued support and for sharing your voice. To see the Health Protection Act under which the Orders were authorized check this link and to see where the Orders in question were published, go to the Royal Gazette here (page 33).
For more information go to www.thecans.ca