Dear Nina Tryggvason,
Thank you for your comments regarding the distribution of religious material at SkyTrain Stations.
We understand your comments and concerns, however distribution of printed material for non-commercial purposes on our system is an issue of Freedom of Expression – a protected right under section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In 2001, the BC Supreme Court decided that TransLink’s previous policy of restricting the distribution of political pamphlets violated the Charter (Churchill v. GVTA)
TransLink subsequently revised its Transit Safety and Conduct Rules to permit the distribution of printed material on transit properties (other than transit vehicles or fare-paid zones) for non-commercial purposes, provided such activities:
– do not impede the movement of passengers,
– do not hinder access to ticket vending machines,
– do not result in littering, and
– are not otherwise incompatible with the provision of transit services.
We do work with these groups to ensure that these activities do not interfere with our customers’ access and egress to the transit system. If they follow our Transit Rules for behavior when they are on the system, then we are required to accommodate them.
We hope you find this background to the issue helpful
This is a summary of a Customer Service Report that has been logged regarding your department.
Feedback Id: 761987
Date Received: 11-05-16
Time Received: 14:55
Date Logged: 11-05-16
First Name: NINA
Last Name: TRYGGVASON
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