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On June 16, 2020, seven Yukoners filed a lawsuit against the Yukon Government. 

We are concerned that government decision-making during the pandemic is lacking in transparency, accountability and oversight.

We are concerned that the restrictions imposed by the government go further than what is necessary, and in doing so violate our Charter rights.

Above all else, what we hope to achieve by going to court is an opportunity to have a calm and rational discussion about COVID-19, the risks which it poses to the Yukon, and the appropriateness of the processes and measures adopted by government.  

Importantly, we have asked the Yukon government to provide us with the data and models which it has used in its decision-making process so that our experts can test and challenge it. If our government is committed to transparency, they should not have any issue providing us with this information.

While this case is concerned about the Yukon, it has the potential to set a precedent for all Canadian jurisdictions. We therefore welcome any support from Canadians concerned about the erosion of our democratic institutions and the protection of our Charter rights. 
 

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Open Discussion

The lack of compelling and/or current evidence put forward to the public as well as the absence of justification and accountability on the part of the government is a shameful hijacking of our democratic processes. To allow this to proceed unopposed sets a very dangerous precedent and is not in Yukoners best interest. 


Accountability

The balance between reducing COVID-19 risk and negative impact on society profoundly impacts all aspects of life for everyone in Yukon as well as any other Canadian with reason to travel into the Territory. This means that it needs to be publicly discussed, and closely scrutinized under legislative review and re-evaluation. 

 

Protecting Democracy

The current situation is that the Liberal government has extended the emergency measures act without providing any justification,  acted unilaterally without legislative oversight and made decisions that override the Canadian Constitution based on the opinion of our single non-elected Chief Medical Officer. This is not acceptable in a democratic society. 

Why you should be concerned

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Ross Mercer was on CKRW to discuss our charter challenge against the Yukon Government. "A democratic government can’t limit the freedoms of its people without reason or cause and the government has presented a lack of tangible data," said Mercer.
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Update on Legal Action

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has encouraged, supported, donated, shared or otherwise been involved in our efforts over the past eight months to hold the Yukon Government accountable for their secretive behaviour, obstruction of democratic processes, constitutional violations and unjustified use of the Civil Emergency Measures Act during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Yukon News: Court challenge filed over extension of Yukon’s state of emergency under COVID-19

Seven people with Yukon ties have filed a new petition questioning the validity of the Yukon government’s extension of the territory’s state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group filed a petition to the Yukon Supreme Court on Aug. 27 requesting a judicial review of the decision in June to extend the state of emergency by 90 days.

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