Carol Crosson has filed a legal claim on behalf of a student at the University of Lethbridge, Haley Nassichuk-Dean, against the University of Lethbridge on its vaccine mandate. In her last semester of study this winter, Ms. Nassichuk-Dean dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian. However, that dream cannot be realized, because the University of Lethbridge has now discontinued the option of testing for unvaccinated students. The province of Alberta says this is completely acceptable on its post-secondary campuses.
The University says it cannot continue to offer testing because it’s too expensive, even though the province of Alberta has a program in which the University can offer testing for free.
It is clear now that both the unvaccinated and the vaccinated are both getting and transmitting COVID-19. Yet Ms. Nassichuk-Dean sits at home, bereft of her studies, and for what reason? Not because she’ll pass on COVID any more than her cohorts will. She can’t even test now, a measure which arguably makes her less of a risk than her vaccinated friends.
Ms. Nassichuk-Dean says that this is a breach of her section 7 rights under the Charter to life liberty and security. She should never be forced to take a medical treatment, against her will, on pain of losing the opportunity for an education.
Rights and Freedoms Advocate is providing support for this case.
Stay tuned for updates on this case.