A Canadian father, unvaccinated against Covid and “opposed to health measures”, lost the right to visit his 12-year-old child after a Quebec judge ruled that his visits would not be in the “best interest of the child ”.
The decision, initially reported by the Quebec newspaper Le Devoir and consulted by AFP, was rendered on December 23 and suspends the father’s visitation rights until February, unless he decides to be vaccinated.
“It would not be in the best interests of the child to have contact with his father if he is not vaccinated and opposes health measures in the current epidemiological context”, said the judge in his decision , citing a peak in Covid cases due to the Omicron variant.
The problem arose when the father requested an extension of the visiting time allotted to him during the holidays.
The mother opposed his request. She told the court she recently found out he was not vaccinated and showed her previous social media posts showing opposition to the health measures.
The judge noted that while the child is vaccinated, his protection “appears to be reduced against the Omicron variant which is currently spreading in Quebec”.
The mother also lives with her partner and two other children, aged seven months and four, too young for vaccines, which Canada authorized as young as five.
“In these circumstances, it is not in the interests of any of the three children” for the 12-year-old to visit his father, the judge said.
Although more than 90 percent of adults in Quebec are vaccinated against Covid-19, the province has seen a sharp increase in cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
In an attempt to stem the new wave, Quebec announced on December 30 the return of certain restrictions, including a 10 p.m. curfew and a ban on private gatherings.
The French-speaking province will also impose a new health tax on unvaccinated people in the coming weeks, and has already banned them from non-essential stores.
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