The Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 2 c & d - Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association.
This freedom seems pretty cut and dried. We can "hang out" with friends and/or associates. Of course, this is an over-simplification. But that's the way I roll. The simpler, the better.
I've come to learn, though, that it doesn't ever work that way. This clause isn't really meant to address such trivial pursuits as house parties or picnics. Like every section of the charter, there is much more here than meets the eye. And, like every section of the charter, there are limits.
Thing is, not everyone agrees where those limits are. Or where they should be.
On the show this week, you'll hear from Leanne Iskander, the sixteen year-old high school student who's had to fight every step of the way to start a club in her school to combat homophobia and bullying.
You'll also hear from the B.C. Civil Liberty Association's Rob Holmes who will discuss/compare the differences in crowd control tactics at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and Toronto's G-20 Summit.
And, you'll be treated to me jumping through admistrative hoops with Angie Antoniou from the City of Toronto to hold my own rally for the late, great John George Diefenbaker.
(Check out The Fine Print for some background information on this week's show.)