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Friday, February 4, 2022

The Association of Justice Counsel (AJC), as the exclusive bargaining agent for approximately 2,600 lawyers employed by the government of Canada with a primary function to uphold and respect the rule of law, is very concerned with the ongoing protests in the National Capital Region and other cities across the country. These events are highly stressful and impacting the health and safety of many, including our members.

The AJC strongly advises members to not enter the zones occupied by the protests.  If you are a member required to access your workplace during the protests, please reach out directly to your manager first if you have safety concerns.  If your concerns are not adequately addressed, please reach out to a GC member for support or fill out our intake form online for assistance from a member of our Representation Services team. Options are available like working from home, the assignment of alternate work, as well as 699 leave. We are here to help you navigate through this difficult time.

If you are experiencing mental distress as a result of the ongoing protests, please reach out for assistance, through EAP, your law society, or your local public health unit.

The AJC is deeply troubled by the messages of racism, anti-semitism and hate and acts of harassment, violence, vandalism and intimidation that have been displayed as part of the protests. We condemn the desecration of public monuments, as well as the safety concerns expressed by local organizations including the Shepherds of Good Hope and Cornerstone Emergency Women's Shelter.

The rights and freedoms protected by Canada's Charter must be balanced, and do not come at the expense of harm to others within our community.