Immediate Release: July 20, 2009

the Tuesday agenda, Council is set to hear administrative reports on
by-law changes for the City (A4), as well as involvement in the Olympic
Torch Relay (A12), both available at

COPE councillors Ellen Woodsworth and David Cadman have several questions about the implications to civil
liberties and freedom of expression with regard to both reports. The questions include the following:

–    timeline and locations of street closures
–    why the date for commercial sponsor building wraps has been moved up for the third time
–    if the by-law changes were developed with a reading of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
–    what the procedure will be for dealing with free leaflets and newspapers (from business or residents)
–    what constitutes "creating a disturbance or public nuisance" that is different from the criminal code
–    what the City is doing to ensure freedom of expression along the torch relay route

to COPE Councilor Woodsworth, “it is crucial that we have a clear
timeline and a sunset clause and that all bylaws are reviewed by the
COV legal department to ensure they comply with the Charter of Rights
and Freedoms.”

— 30 —

Information: Rachel Marcuse, COPE 604-312-9057, <>

COPE wants answers on civil liberties implications for City by-law changes and involvement in the torch relay

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *