R. v. Church in the Vine of Edmonton and Tracy Fortin

TRIAL IN THE PROVINCIAL COURT OF ALBERTA

Tracy Fortin is a pastor at Church in the Vine in Edmonton, Alberta. She was charged with three counts of obstruction under Alberta’s Public Health Act for refusing to allow a government inspector entry into the sanctuary of her church. The inspection was related to restrictive COVID-19 public health orders.

TDF has hired James Kitchen to defend Pastor Fortin. A three-day trial has been scheduled to commence on April 19, 2022, where TDF’s lawyer will argue that the charges were issued in breach of the Charter.

Update: TDF is disappointed to learn that the court summarily dismissed Pastor Fortin’s Charter Application and found her guilty of obstruction. TDF will carefully review the decision and consider next steps after sentencing is complete.