Warrantless entries not justified to enforce Nunavut’s ban on gatherings, says official – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on April 24, 202090 Views

24 April 2020

“I don’t foresee that happening with the current circumstances”

Nunavut’s chief medical officer and the territory’s health minister say they can’t see why the government’s order banning gatherings during the COVID-19 health emergency could justify entries into homes without a warrant in hand.

The comments came during the Wednesday news conference when Dr. Michael Patterson and Health Minister George Hickes responded to reporters’ questions about the emergency public health order that has led communities like Kugluktuk to send peace officers into homes without warrants to break up parties where residents had gathered to play cards.

According to the wording of Nunavut’s Public Health Act order restricting mass gatherings, peace officers have the right to enter a dwelling without a warrant when there is “a serious and immediate risk to public health.”

But Patterson said, “I don’t foresee that happening with the current circumstances.”

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/nunavuts-public-health-order-during-covid-19-doesnt-open-the-door-to-warrantless-entries-health-official-says/

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