In response to an online petition started by Heather Millman who is calling to remove pro-life bus ads, the city of Guelph decided to take a new look at its bus advertising rules. This could limit freedom of expression under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The ads are not new and are in compliance with the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards and Guelph Transit’s advertising policy.
a) This is a child not a choice has run on the Guelph buses for 14 years
b) Simply Human has run for at least five
In an interview with CTV News, Millman said, “Those have been running as long as I’ve lived in Guelph … and they’ve always pretty much disgusted me.They’re telling us that your choices are wrong, that your morality is flawed.”
GRTL President, Jakki Jeffs said she considers the ads a form of freedom of expression. “We have to learn to tolerate ideas and arguments we detest,” says Jeffs. “That’s what Canada is about.”