BC’s highest court has ruled against a pro-life club at the University of Victoria.
The ruling says UVic isn’t bound by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when it comes to free speech on campus.
The battle between the anti-abortion group “Youth Protecting Youth” and the university began in 2013, when event booking permits were revoked because of allegations the club was harassing other students.
The club took the battle to court with the support of the BC Civil Liberties Association to argue it was an infringement on the Charter right to free speech.
But the BC Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court ruling that said the Charter doesn’t apply to UVic, because it’s a private institution.
This, even though it operates with government funding, especially because the event was for non-academic purposes.