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Court challenge of Newfoundland and Labrador travel ban to be heard in August
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball poses for a picture in his office at the Confederation Building in St. John's on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly)
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- A charter challenge of Newfoundland and Labrador's ban on travel into the province during the COVID-19 pandemic is set to be heard in August.
The case was launched by a woman who says she was denied the right to travel to the province for her mother's funeral.
The province and the chief medical officer of health are named as respondents in the application that was filed last week.
It argues the provincial travel restrictions violate the charter and fall outside provincial jurisdiction.
During a hearing conducted by teleconference on Tuesday, lawyers representing Kim Taylor and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association requested the province provide information on the science being used to justify the ban and the criteria for enforcing it.
Justice Donald Burrage set hearings dates for the case to begin August 4.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 26, 2020.