A Citizens' Hearing

The Citizens’ Hearing took place from June 22nd to 24th, 2022 in Toronto, Canada, and marked the launch of an historic documentation of Canadians negatively impacted by government responses to COVID-19.

During the course of the 3-day event, we heard from families who lost cherished loved ones, students who were faced with the excruciating decision to give up their dream of completing their education or take an injection that they wholeheartedly disagreed with, business owners who lost everything, professionals that were forced to make career-ending decisions, and experts that confirmed that the government had other options and tools at their disposal that did not get utilized during the course of this crisis.

The Citizens’ Hearing is the starting point for a process that seeks to:

-Bring to light the ongoing harms that Canadians are experiencing due to government actions and inactions
-Give a voice to those that feel their cries for help are falling on deaf ears
-Receive scientific, medical and legal testimony as to alternative approaches that were ignored or even banned, which might have been pursued
-Create open and transparent dialogue and consultation with a cross-section of stakeholders
-Generate recommendations to ensure that Canadians never again experience the degree of loss, trauma, and disruption caused by the official response to COVID-19

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Force which summarized the main issues learned and helped determine the best course of action moving forward. Members of this group were an integral part of supporting the creation of Canada’s National Citizens’ Inquiry, a citizen-led and citizen-funded effort to examine Canada’s response to COVID-19.

Liam Sturgess - Testimonial

Liam Sturgess, secretary for A Citizens’ Hearing, testified at the National Citizen’s Inquiry regarding the Hearing’s importance as a historic documentation of the impact of the government’s response to COVID-19 on Canadians and stimulus for other opportunities for open dialogue and transparency.

Testimonies by Day

Day One

Day 1 Opening Address with moderator, Trish Wood, award-winning journalist and panel members, Preston Manning, , former leader of the federal opposition (1997 to 2000), Dr. Susan Natsheh, MD, pediatrician, and David Ross, president of the Canadian Covid Care Alliance (CCCA).

Day Two

Day 2 Opening Address with moderator, Trish Wood, award-winning journalist and panel members, Preston Manning, , former leader of the federal opposition (1997 to 2000), Dr. Susan Natsheh, MD, pediatrician, and David Ross, president of the Canadian Covid Care Alliance (CCCA).

Day Three

Day 3 Opening Address with moderator, Trish Wood, award-winning journalist and panel members, Preston Manning, , former leader of the federal opposition (1997 to 2000), Dr. Susan Natsheh, MD, pediatrician, and David Ross, president of the Canadian Covid Care Alliance (CCCA).

Citizens' Hearing - The Education Roundtable

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According to Irvin Studin, Chair of the Worldwide Commission to Educate All Kids (Post-Pandemic), the biggest and most consequential human catastrophe of the Covid-19 pandemic period, by far, is that of education.

Join us as parents of school-aged children share the impacts that government policies, such as school closures, online learning, masking, and vaccine mandates, have had on their children.

Healthcare During the COVID-19 Crisis

Healthcare During the Covid-19 Crisis. What went wrong? And what needs to change to improve patient outcomes? Live Streaming at www.citizenshearing.ca from 7-9pm ET Wednesday, October 5th. Guest Speakers: Dr. Richard Schabas, Dr Eric Payne, and Dr Chris

A Citizens' Hearing: Examining Canada's Covid Response Paperback

An increasing number of Canadians are concerned about how the COVID-19 crisis was handled by our governments and institutions. We are alarmed by the serious consequences of their decisions and, at times, their apparent indifference to the costs. Those consequences include tragic impacts on the personal lives of many, violations of constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms in the name of health security, and economic impacts of lockdown measures, which subjected millions of Canadians to business closures, loss of income, and unemployment.

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