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Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority v. Canadian Federation of Students, 2009 SCC 31


Canadian Federation of students were refused being able to place advertisements on buses. They challenged under s.2.


Are transit corporations operating public transportation systems actors under the Charter?


When government exercises “substantial control” over an entity, that entity may come under Charter scrutiny.


*Yes: statutory bodies designed by legislation as an “agent” of the government, with a board all appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and the LG having authority to manage affairs through regulations
**Agents of government that do not operate autonomously
*Consistent with principle that government should not be able to shirk its Charter responsibilities by conferring powers onto another entity

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