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Manitoba backbencher says bill would protect health-care providers, patients
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Manitoba backbencher says bill would protect health-care providers, patients

A backbench member of Manitoba’s governing Progressive Conservatives is proposing new limits on protests outside hospitals, clinics and schools. Shannon Martin introduced a bill in the legislature Tuesday that would create “access zones” of between 50 and 150 metres around schools, hospitals and other areas where health care is provided.If the bill becomes law, people could be fined or jailed for trying to prevent people in those zones from accessing health services. They would also be penalized for harassing health-care providers, either in-person or online.“We need to ensure … that any individual accessing legal services or providing legal medical services are protected from harassment or dissuasion,” Martin said.Bills put forward by backbench members or Opposition politicians –...