A councilor in Lillooet, BC, population 2,300, has introduced a bylaw that would ban unauthorized performances, marches, meetings and formal gatherings in public places without permits. The town’s mayor, Dennis Bontron, says the law would prevent vandalism committed by groups overnight. At least one resident says the law would infringe on his constitutional right to freedom of assembly. “We meet on the street and talk,” Ernie Anderson told CBC News. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the law is unlikely to be approved because of the likelihood it would be knocked down in a court challenge.
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