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Technical wrangling keeping Dr. Henry antivax lawsuit off the air for now

CSASPP Executive Director Kip Warner.
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Weeks of technical wrangling have still not resolved where and how a B.C. Supreme Court hearing into a class action lawsuit against provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will be broadcast.

The hearing is an attempt by the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Science in Public Policy to have a class action lawsuit certified against Dr. Henry’s public health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Despite having already been granted an order to film the certification hearing, Dr. Henry’s counsel continue to drag their heels on specifically which platform we can publish the footage to,” society Executive Director Kip Warner said in an online update yesterday, Dec. 13.

“We have tried and exhausted diplomacy, but the fact is that they either do not understand the technical requirements they are insisting on, or are intentionally acting in bad faith to prevent you from seeing what has been going on.”

The court ruled on Nov. 7 that, for the first time ever, the hearing could be filmed and broadcast, although with a time delay of at least one day.

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Since then the lawyers have been wrangling over things like security of the footage, bandwidth and which platform to broadcast on.

Details of that dialogue, from Warner’s point of view, and further updates can be seen here.

The hearing started Monday and is expected to wrap up by the end of the week.

“Regarding the hearing itself, notwithstanding the quarrel regarding the publication platform, our application thus far is going well,” Warner posted. “We anticipate this hearing completing at the end of the week after Dr. Henry’s application to strike is heard. We anticipate Justice Crerar will reserve judgment after that."

The society has agreed that the footage can be posted on its Vimeo channel although Warner warned that the bandwidth may run out.

That Vimeo channel can be accessed here. The footage will be posted as soon as possible, Warner wrote.


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