Jan 22, 2014
By AM740 Staff
A 79-year-old Toronto woman will have no permanent criminal record after being found guilty of violating the Statistics Act for refusing to complete the mandatory census in 2011. Self-described pacifist Janet Churnin has been given a conditional discharge but will be on probation until she completes 50 hours of community service. The judge presiding in the case disagreed with Churnin’s arguments that her Charter rights were violated, and found that she had no lawful excuse for not participating in the census. Churnin said she had concerns about U.S. arms-maker Lockheed Martin’s role in the data collection process. The Crown countered that Canadians can’t refuse to comply with legitimate government obligations simply on the basis of moral disapproval or speculative security fears.