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Not So Common Law

Protesting and the Law

The Right to Gather and Protest

“There have been instances in human history....in which disobedience to law has proved a benefit to law and to society.”

[Chief Justice Freedman, Manitoba Court of Appeal cited in (2014) 37 Manitoba Law Journal Special Issue – a Judge of Valour- Samuel Freedman - In His Own Words, page 204]

“When exercised as collective action, protests and civil disobedience can be particularly effective in motivating social and political change. The long history of civil disobedience, as practiced by different peoples around the world, is mirrored here in Canada.”

[Leo McGrady Q.C. & Sonya Sabet-Rasekh, The Law of Protest

Workshop, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers 2017 Annual Conference]

“It’s worth remembering that protests are intended to cause disruption and this is protected activity in a democracy. Strong protections for the right to protest are essential to meaningful and informed political debate and discussion.”

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

“Civil disobedience lies at the heart of many democratic changes. If acts of civil disobedience do not endanger anyone, or damage property, or significantly restrict essential services and processes within society, and interfere in a minor fashion with the rights of others, the State response must be clear but need not be harsh.”

[Justice Stuart in R. v. Mayer, [1994] Y.J. No. 142 at paras. 7-9]

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