Fact Check: Canada Has NOT Criminalized Measures That Require Masks, Social Distancing And Other COVID Precautions

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  • by: Eric Ferkenhoff
Fact Check: Canada Has NOT Criminalized Measures That Require Masks, Social Distancing And Other COVID Precautions Not Criminal

Did Canada on Sept. 8, 2020, criminalize government measures that require the wearing of masks, as well as social distancing, vaccinations, and other protective measures that help thwart the spread of COVID-19? No, that is not true. The national government has made no such declaration. The claim refers to a made-up "Republic of Kanata" that claims to trump the powers of Canada, its 10 provinces and three territories, which issue protective mandates based on scientific data.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) published to Facebook on Sept. 10, 2020 on a "Redirecting..." page. The post read in part:

It's happening!!! Canada, via the common laws under the Republic of Kanata, has just deemed 'CRIMINAL' all Covid19 forceful measures requiring its people to wear masks, social distance, quarantine, or Vaccinate!!!

The law was passed on Sept 8, 2020, and is part of NESARA/GESARA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq_IXYBYu1o). The Republic of Kanata is fully in compliance with the requirements of GESARA, including forgiveness of all credit card and mortgage debts, and the abolishment of income tax!!!!"

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Sep 11 13:13:41 2020 UTC)

The claim was posted by a Facebook account claimed by EldoRa Rose, who describes herself on her About page as:
Ascension Guide, Blueprint Activator, Channeler and all that WooWoo stuff or simply put I'm a Galactic Bad'ass here on Earth to stir shit up and assist with the Ascension of Humanity into a Golden Age! #TheFamilyWeDeserve #TheGreatAwakening #WWG1WGA

While Kanata is a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario, there is no recognized "Republic of Kanata" behind the website that spells out the ideas of those who declare the made-up nation's laws supercede Canada's national code.

On its public health websites, the Canadian government has issued no orders to reverse course on asking residents to wear masks, social distance and regularly was hands to slow the spread of COVID-19, which has killed at least 9,200 in Canada, where the confirmed case count by Sept. 11, 2020 had exceeded 137,250.

The rest of the post read:

The Republic of Kanata is fully in compliance with the requirements of GESARA, including forgiveness of all credit card and mortgage debts, and the abolishment of income tax!!!!
We will start seeing this all across the Nation in the times to come <3 It is in our destiny now and can no longer be withheld from us <3 The masses just have to catch up and realize our POWER. We are the 99%!!!!! Say it out loud while doing your happy dance, "WE ARE THE 99%" :) :) :) :)
Happening right before our very eyes even though mainstream channels won't be covering this ;) WAY TO GO CANADA!!!
Under the new Public Safety Law NCCLA Order No. 09082020-A, any attempt to impose such measures on Canadians is considered a punishable crime and can result in the arrest and trial of the offender, regardless of their office. Canadians are encouraged to actively resist COVID measures, relying on the new law and local Common Law Sheriffs. Unless WE THE PEOPLE start spreading this news far and wide, people will continue to live in IGNORANCE!! ***Do your full research and get to know all the facts before becoming spokespersons*** <3
The law was issued by the National Council of Common Law Assemblies (NCCLA), which unites more than forty such Assemblies across Canada within the jurisdiction of the Republic of Kanata.
The NCCLA also issued a Stand Down Order to all government, police, and health officials that requires that they not enforce COVID measures and comply with the new law.
Copies of the NCCLA documents are attached to this release and are posted at www.republicofkanata.ca under "Media".
"In the absence of responsible government, we the people are defending ourselves from a corporate police state. It is now up to every Canadian to enforce this Law and use it to defend their children and their liberties and overturn this tyranny while they still can."
No Canadian is bound by the imaginary "Public Safety Law NCCLA Order No. 09082020-A," which the "Kanata" spoofers cover in the following video:
Hosting the video and announcing the supposed development is Kevin Annett.
Lead Stories has previously debunked Annett's false claims in these reports:
Annett's website, featuring fallacious claims, has spawned a counter-site dedicated to debunking Annett's writing.
For more information on Canada's actual COVID-19 efforts and rules, see their official site here. In part, it reads:

The effects of COVID-19 vary between and within provinces and territories. Because of that, local governments, working with local public health authorities, may lift or change public health measures at different times depending on where you live.

Your local government will:

  • make decisions based on the local situation and the best evidence available at the time
  • tailor plans for lifting measures to their regions, including remote and isolated communities
  • gradually lift measures, allowing enough time between each step to assess the impact and adjust their plan, if required
  • monitor the effectiveness, harms and benefits of specific measures, and then adjust less effective measures as needed

National, provincial and local governments will continue public health efforts to minimize:

  • serious illness and death
  • disruptions in our society
  • the burden on health care resources

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  Eric Ferkenhoff

Managing Editor Eric Ferkenhoff has been a reporter, editor and professor for 27 years, working chiefly out of the Midwest and now the South. Focusing on the criminal and juvenile justice systems, education and politics, Ferkenhoff has won several journalistic and academic awards and helped start a fact-checking project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he continues to teach advanced reporting. Ferkenhoff also writes and edits for the juvenile justice site JJIE.org.

 

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