A Vancouver area musician is challenging the city’s busking bylaw, claiming it’s a violation of her charter rights.
And it’s not the first time she’s gone to court for her music.
Megan Regehr, also known as Babe Coal, claims the city’s busking license fee violates her right to free expression.
She claims in a five year battle with the city, she’s been repeatedly “harassed” by the city and had equipment illegally confiscated, despite not breaking any city noise limits or obstructing pedestrians.
She claims city action has forced her to cut back performances, costing her her livelihood.
Regher wants the bylaw struck down along with financial damages.
In 2014, she fought the city of North Vancouver over it’s noise control bylaw. In that case, the judge dodged the constitutional question, but agreed the bylaw didn’t apply.