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Unvaccinated father temporarily loses the right to visit his son in Canada

Unvaccinated father temporarily loses the right to visit his son in Canada

Unvaccinated father temporarily loses the right to visit his son in Canada

A father Canadian who did not want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and is “opposed to sanitary measures” lost the right to visit his 12-year-old son in the Canadian province of Quebec, after a judge ruled that it would not be in the “best interest” of the child.

The decision, reported by the newspaper Le Devoir, was issued on December 23 and suspends the father’s visitation rights until February, unless he is vaccinated.

“It would not be in the best interest of the child to have contact with his father if he is not vaccinated and opposes the security measures in the current epidemiological context,” indicates the sentence, referring to the peak of cases triggered by the omicron variant.

The case arose when the father requested an extension of the visiting time that corresponded to him on vacation.

The mother objected to the request. He told the court that he recently discovered that he was not vaccinated and evidenced his positions against health measures, published on social networks.

The judge noted that although the child is vaccinated, the protection “seems to be reduced in the face of the omicron variant that is currently spreading in Quebec.”

The mother also lives with her partner and two other children, ages seven months and four, too young to be vaccinated in Canada.

“Under these circumstances, it is not in the interest of any of the three children” for the 12-year-old to visit his father, the judge ruled.

Although more than 90 percent of Quebec adults are vaccinated against COVID-19, the province has seen a sharp increase in cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks.

To curb the spread of omicron, Quebec announced on December 30 the return of some restrictions, including a curfew at 10:00 p.m. and a ban on private meetings.

The French-speaking province will also impose in the coming weeks a new health tax for the unvaccinated, whom it already prohibits access to non-essential stores.

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