We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Monday, April 18, 2016

University of Victoria ruled Charter-free zone by three B.C. Appeal Court judges.

The Victoria Times-Colonist (Canadian Press) reports:
http://www.timescolonist.com/b-c-appeal-court-rules-against-pro-life-student-club-at-uvic-1.2233704
VANCOUVER - A free-speech battle by opponents of abortion at the University of Victoria has been shut down by British Columbia's highest court, a decision that civil liberties advocates say is troubling.
In a unanimous ruling, the B.C. Court of Appeal rejected arguments by a pro-life student club claiming the university must consider freedom of expression when restricting use of common space on campus.
The court found the charter did not apply, but the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said the judgment did not consider broader implications.
[...]
"We don't think it's right that universities should not have to consider students' free expression and freedom of assembly in making those kinds of decisions."
The group, called Youth Protecting Youth, was approved for a demonstration by the university in January 2013. But an official revoked the permit after learning the student society had sanctioned the group for allegedly harassing students.
The group held the demonstration anyway, in a protest they called a "choice chain."
The university responded by suspending the club's outdoor space booking privileges for one year and warned members that any future disregard of its directions could result in discipline.
Youth Protecting Youth responded by launching a legal challenge, with its president and the civil liberties association arguing the university's response infringed on the group's charter rights.
A panel of three B.C. Appeal Court judges disagreed.
They sided with a lower-court ruling that examined the university's scope as a private organization, saying that "when the university books space for non-academic extra-curricular use, it is not implementing a specific government policy or program."
However, Paterson said the civil liberties association believes universities making such decisions must take people's charter rights into consideration.
"These types of decisions, we say, should not be charter-free zones," Paterson said.
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The case remains open for appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Free Speech on Campus
http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/john-dixon-uvic-fails-the-free-speech-test
http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/michael-kennedy-and-john-carpay-fighting-for-free-speech-on-campus
http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/robyn-urback-university-of-saskatchewan-president-needs-a-lesson-in-free-speech-101 

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