BDS group awarded damages for election poster removal
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During the weeks leading up to the election, the two groups put up nearly 300 posters around the city that had a photo of a dead child lying face down on a beach. The text read, in French, “Israel murders Palestinian children/Harper applauds/What do the other parties say?”
In small print were the names of four Palestinian boys who died Canada Goose online in July 2014, allegedly as a result of an Israeli air strike on the Port of Gaza.
The posters outraged the Jewish community in particular and were condemned by the Conservative party. Both cheap canada goose uk the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and B’nai Brith Canada lodged complaints with Elections cheap Canada Goose Canada on the grounds that the posters propagated false information, in violation of Article 91 of the Canada Elections Act. The commissioner of Canada elections, an independent officer, decided there was no breach of the law.
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Nevertheless, after receiving numerous complaints from citizens, the city’s public works director ordered municipal employees to remove the offending posters from public property. About 50 were ultimately taken down and destroyed without advising the parties that had posted them.
In December 2016, the commissioner of Canada elections, Yves Ct, ruled that the city was wrong to remove the posters because BDS Quebec was registered as a third party that could intervene during the campaign and the Community party was a registered political party. That did not constitute an admission of guilt that could be used in any criminal or civil proceedings.
canada goose outlet uk sale In January 2017, BDS Quebec filed a lawsuit against the city for canada goose outlet material and punitive damages for allegedly violating its rights as a third party intervenor and infringing upon its freedom of expression. The Communist party, which uk canada goose outlet had paid for about 100 of the posters, joined in. canada goose outlet uk sale
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Judge Lachapelle agreed that Montreal did not have the right to remove the posters, but took into account the fact that the city Canada Goose sale had undertaken “to make reparations for the mistake of its public servants.”
Punitive damages to BDS Quebec amount to $12,000. The judge cited canada goose factory sale an infringement of Article 49 of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
She said Montreal continued to remove the posters after receiving a warning and even after a lawyer’s letter was sent from the BDS group.
canada goose black friday deals This, Lachapelle said, “reflects a carelessness with regard to the effects of an infringement of the fundamental right of freedom of expression.” canada goose black friday deals
The remainder is material damages: $540 to BDS Quebec for the loss of about 30 of its posters and $320 to the Communist party.
The judge was unpersuaded by the city’s argument that the posters were removed in error and, in fact, decided that the action was intentional.
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While not completely satisfied with Canada Goose Parka the judgment, Katz stated: “The decision, despite its errors, will set an important precedent for other groups in civil society that decide to take part in future elections.”.