Visitation rights temporarily suspended for unvaccinated Quebec man’s children

The court’s examination of the father’s Facebook page suggests “that he is, in fact, what is commonly called a conspiracy theorist.”

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A Superior Court judge has temporarily suspended a Quebec man’s children’s visitation rights after the court heard he is unvaccinated and opposes the province’s COVID-19 health regulations.

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In a judgment delivered on December 23 , Judge Jean-Sebastien Vaillancourt wrote: “Normally it would be best for the child to have contact with his father, but it is not in his best interest to have contact with him if he is not vaccinated and opposes health measures in the epidemiological context. current”.

Vaillancourt’s decision followed a request by the father that his access to his 12-year-old son be extended by one day during the Christmas holidays. The child’s mother responded to the request requesting that all access to the child be suspended on the grounds that she had recently learned that the father was not vaccinated and, according to the ruling, was a “conspiracy theorist” and “anti-vaccines”.

The father said he was unvaccinated and had “reservations” about vaccinations, but told the court he respected health regulations and rarely left his house.

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However, the boy’s mother produced excerpts from the father’s Facebook page containing anti-vaccine messages and articles.

Vaillancourt found that those excerpts “suggest that he is in fact what is commonly called a conspiracy theorist” and that “the court has strong reasons to doubt that he is complying with health standards as he claims in his written statement.”

The judge noted that although the 12-year-old boy was vaccinated, the contagiousness of the Omicron variant was clearly established and the limited protection provided by the vaccines did not provide sufficient guarantees for him to be reunited with his unvaccinated father.

The ruling also noted that the mother has two other children, who are seven months old and four years old, and that neither had been vaccinated because vaccines are not available for children under 5 years of age.

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“Under the circumstances, it is not in the interest of any of the three children for (the unvaccinated parent) to exercise access… at this time.”

Vaillancourt noted that the suspension of access “must be short-lived as the situation related to the pandemic is evolving rapidly, even more so with regard to the Omicron variant, and it may be necessary to reassess the situation in the short term.”

The judge added that the situation could also be reassessed if the father decides to get vaccinated and follow health regulations.

The judge will review the case on February 8.

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