Civil liberties org watching how politicians are policing people during pandemic – APTN News

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April 23, 2020

Nunavut health officials are defending their pandemic powers after receiving a complaint from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson said he didn’t see a scenario that would include using “warrantless searches” under the state of emergency triggered by COVID-19.

“To be perfectly honest, I can’t think of a reason that we’ll be using that (warrantless entry) power,” Patterson told reporters at a medical briefing. “That power was written into the Act, and it came into effect on January 1.

“Is it one that I’m going to be exercising in this circumstance? I don’t think so.”

Patterson was responding to concerns outlined in a letter to the Nunavut government by CCLA executive director Michael Bryant.

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