Government Introduces Legislation to ban protests at health facilities and schools


The provincial government has introduced legislation to create safe access zones around educational and health care facilities in the province.


If passed, the act will ensure safe, unimpeded access to health and educational services in the province. The proposed bill prohibits interference and intimidation of service providers and users near health and educational facilities.


The government says the legislation, "would balance the right to peaceful protest with the right of individuals to access health and education services free from physical threats and emotional upset."


There is already similar legislation in place in Newfoundland and Labrador for abortion clinics.


The proposed legislation would see access zones extend 50 metres from the boundaries of the land where schools and health facilities are located.


Anyone violating the Act could face imprisonment or a fine of up to $10,000. The legislation would provide an exception for persons participating in lawful strike activities as well as enforcement activities by the police.