Copyright Town Hall security threatened MP, students with ejection for handing out flyers

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15 Responses to “Copyright Town Hall security threatened MP, students with ejection for handing out flyers”

  1. Ugly Canuck says:

    Hmmm…I also often find so-called “security” to actually be quite threatening….perhaps we should call them something else?

  2. PaulR says:

    Hmm, nationally well known long-time former Toronto city councilor and wife of the NDP party leader, MP Olivia Chow can’t get any R-E-S-P-E-C-T from a Conservative Party led ‘town hall meeting’?

    I’m shocked!

    Oh, and Appalled!

  3. Ugly Canuck says:

    PaulR: What? Not “Awed”?

  4. Dave From IL says:

    Oh BoingBoing, you’re such a card.

    This sounds like just a standard hotel policy against passing out literature, not a government conspiracy.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      This sounds like just a standard hotel policy against passing out literature, not a government conspiracy.

      I don’t know about the laws in IL or up in Canadia, but anyone who’s been to a grocery store in California in the last ten years knows that businesses can’t prevent anyone from leafleting, asking for donations, getting petitions signed or otherwise soliciting (except for prostitution) as visitors enter and leave the business. The sidewalk is public property. It’s one of those annoying reminders that we are still mostly a free society.

  5. IamInnocent says:

    Mr. Canuck at #2 said:

    Hmmm…I also often find so-called “security” to actually be quite threatening….perhaps we should call them something else?

    Instead of ‘security forces’, ‘control forces’ seems a more objective description.

  6. Francesco Fondi says:

    at #5 posted by Dave

    you should learn a little bit more of politicians and huge corporations technics.

    “This sounds like just a standard hotel policy” is exactly why they use Hotels and private buildings so that they think to be allowed to restrict free speech.
    Why they don’t use Public spaces that probably wouldn’t cost them a $?!

  7. Takuan says:

    couldn’t keep Quisling Harper out in the first place? Canada: reap what you sow.

  8. IamInnocent says:

    Yup, bitter, bitter harvest indeed.
    Not that I voted for the pig and not that I don’t wish that the thin branch his government is sitting on breaks.

    Now, would the Liberals be more even handed on the copyrights issue?

  9. Anonymous says:

    This sounds like typical Tory tactics. They disrupt and hijack public consultations when in opposition and hire goons to prevent the same tactics when in power. Nothing new here. Just same old, same old…

  10. ausPPC says:

    Can’t help wondering what it’d be like if the underdogs in a situation like this showed up with their own private security…

  11. insert says:

    @Antinous: At risk of straying off topic, the CA Supreme Court decision you’re referencing, Pruneyard, has not been followed in hardly any other states; NJ, MA and CO have followed it, to some extent. Most other states retain the right of shopping center owners to regulate speech on their property.

  12. BenLewis says:

    This sounds like just a standard hotel policy against passing out literature, not a government conspiracy.

    Hi folks. I was one of the students attempting to distribute flyers at this “public” consultation.

    First, it should be noted that event organizers were distributing many materials of their own.

    Second, when we were confronted by security, they were clear that it was the event’s organizers (i.e. representatives of the government) who had told them to prevent us from flyering.

  13. jtegnell says:

    Ha ha! You Canadians can’t even hand out fliers on the street!

    We in Murica get to parade around with assault rifles! Yee-haw!

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