Posted by Darryl Aarbo — filed in Fundamental Freedoms
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
Freedom of Association and Freedom of Peaceful Assembly have certainly received a lot of airplay in the media recently. Usually the least talked about of our fundamental rights and freedoms, they are now the most talked about. The government’s decision on GSAs is supportive of the Charter. On the other hand the decision of the Taber town council to restrict these rights is quite concerning. Almost all laws have good intentions but can have have bad effects. That is why we have the Charter and to state we have “fundamental freedoms” means that these rights cannot be restricted without very good reason. Having heard the Chief of Police for Taber state his reasons I am not sure that trying to deal with a few bad apples justifies restricting an entire town’s fundamental rights. Good policing should mean that you can deal with a few bad apples without infringing on people’s fundamental freedoms.
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