“A Manitoba judge has ruled pandemic restrictions put in place by the province last year were not a violation of charter rights, in response to a court challenge brought by seven rural Manitoba churches and three individuals last December.

In two separate decisions handed down Thursday, Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal said he found that the public health orders were reasonable limitations on the group’s charter rights in the context of the  pandemic, and that Manitoba’s chief public health officer did have the authority to execute them. ”