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Zoning bylaw infringed Charter rights, court rules

Thursday, February 09, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Luis Millan

The City of Montreal, one of a growing number of municipalities in Quebec that has attempted to use zoning restrictions to restrict places of worship, acted in bad faith and breached the Charter’s guarantee to freedom of religion when it tried to shut down an Islamic cultural centre that hosted religious ceremonies, ruled the Quebec Superior Court.

In a closely watched decision by municipal and human rights lawyers, Quebec Superior Court Justice Jean-Yves Lalonde castigated the city for implementing a zoning bylaw that “would promote a...