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SUPREME
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DEFENDAN S
Broughtunderthe
Class
 oceedings
Act,
R. .B.C.
1996,
c.
50
NO CE
OF
C V LCLA M
 hisaction
has
 n
started
bytheplaintifffor
the
relief
set
outin
Part
 
below.
If
you
intend
to
respond
to
this
action,
you
or
yourlawyer
must
a.
file
a
response
to
civil
claim
in
Form
2
in
the
above-named
registry
of
this
court
within
the
time
for
response
to
civil
claim
described
below,
andb.
serve
a
copy
of
the
filed
response
to
civil
claim
onthe
plaintiff.
If
you
intend
to
make
 
counterclaim,
you
or
yourlawyermust
a.
file
a
response
to
civil
claim
in
Form
 
anda
counterclaim
in
Form
 
in
the
above-named
registryof
this
court
within
the
time
for
response
to
civil
claim
described
below,
and
b.
serve
a
copyof
the
filed
response
to
civil
claim
and
counterclaim
on
the
plaintiff
and
on
any
new
partiesnamed
in
the
counterclaim.
 
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JUDGMENT MAY BE PRONOUNCED AGAINST YOU IF YOU FAIL to file the response to civil claim within the time for response to civil claim described below.
Time for response to civil claim
  A response to civil claim must be filed and served on the plaintiff, a.if you were served with the notice of civil claim anywhere in Canada, within 21 days after that service, b.if you were served with the notice of civil claim anywhere in the United States of  America, within 35 days after that service, c.if you were served with the notice of civil claim anywhere else, within 49 days after that service, or d.if the time for response to civil claim has been set by order of the court, within that time.
CLAIM OF THE PLAINTIFF Part 1: STATEMENT OF FACTS
 
Overview
1.Pandemicisawordthat,ifmisused,cancauseunreasonablefear,orunjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.
 
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 2.Science is the study of reality. It informs sound public policy. 3.InitsresponsetotheCOVID-19virus,thegovernmentofBritishColumbiahas invokedextraordinaryexecutivepowerspredicatedonunsubstantiatedscientificand legal grounds with catastrophic consequences for British Columbians.
Parties
4.Theplaintiff,theCanadianSocietyfortheAdvancementofScienceinPublic Policy(the“Society”),anot-for-profitsocietydulyincorporatedunderthe
 
SocietiesAct,
 SBC2015,c.18withitsheadofficeat108-2115CypressStreet,Vancouver,British Columbia. 5.TheSocietyisanon-partisanandsecularorganization.Itsmandateisto advocateforagreaterroleofscienceintheformationofpublicpolicy.Itsdirectors, 
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 WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 11 March 2020 
 
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officers,donors,andpatronsdrawthemselvesfromdiversecommunitiesandfrom across the political spectrum. 6.Thedefendant,HerMajestytheQueeninRightoftheProvinceofBritish Columbia,mayexclusivelymakelawsinrelationtomattersthatarenotwithinthe  jurisdictionoftheGovernmentofCanadaanditsministersmaymakeorderspursuantto the
 
EmergencyProgramAct,
 
R.S.B.C.1996,c.111(the
 
EPA
 
),andhasanaddressfo
 
servicecareoftheAttorneyGeneral,MinistryofAttorneyGeneral,POBox9290Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, British Columbia (the “Provincial Government”). 7.Thedefendant,Dr.BonnieHenryisBritishColumbia'sProvincialHealthOffice (the“ProvincialHealthOfficer”)appointedunderPart6ofthe
 
PublicHealthAc
 
,S.B.C. 2008, c 28.
Proposed class
 8.Thisactionisbroughtonbehalfofmembersoftheclassconsistingofallpersons residingordoingbusinessinBritishColumbiawho,sinceonorafterMarch17,2020, havesufferedpersonalinjuryorotherdamagesasaresultoftheactionsofthe defendantsindeclaringastateofemergencypursuanttothe
 
EPA
andPart5ofthe 
Public Health Act
(the “Class”). 9.ItisestimatedthattheClassconsistsofhundredsofthousandsofresidentsand businesses in British Columbia.
Government Declares an Emergency
10.OnMarch17,2020,theProvincialHealthOfficerissuedanoticeunderthe
 
Public 
 
HealthAc
(the
 
PHA
)thatthetransmissionoftheinfectiousagentSARS-CoV-2,had caused cases and outbreaks of an illness known as COVID-19 in British Columbia. 11.Thefollowingday,onMarch18,2020,theProvincialGovernmentdeclareda “state of emergency” under the
 
EPA
 
. 12.AdeclarationofastateofemergencyenabledtheProvincialGovernmentto exercisesweepingstatutorypowersunderthe
 
EPA
 
.Thislegislationhasitsrootsinthe federal
 
WarMeasuresAc
of1914.Thelatterwasoriginallyintendedtoimplementa
 
declaration of war for the First World War. 13.Thedeclarationofapublichealthemergencyalsoprovidedforarangeo emergencypowersunderthe
 
PHA
,includingempoweringtheProvincialHealthOffice to issue verbal orders that had immediate effect.

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