uCalgary ban on distributing anti-gay pamphlet violated man's rights, judge rules

November 16, 2011

A Provincial Court of Alberta judge has ruled that an Edmonton man's charter rights to freedom of expression was violated when he was charged with trespassing for handing out anti-gay flyers at the University of Calgary in July 2008. The judge issued a judicial stay on the trespassing violation, as well as lifted an indefinite ban against the man from setting foot on campus, which stemmed from a similar incident in January 2005 when the man was cited for distributing anti-abortion leaflets. A uCalgary spokesman says the institution has not yet seen the ruling, but "our legal folks will review it and try to decide if anything is there that may impact our operations." Calgary Herald