The City of Calgary has voted to ban anti-abortion and other "advocacy" messaging near schools on Monday, October 5. \nAccording to a statement sent to Narcity by the city, Calgary's sign bylaw amendment will make it illegal to display "messaging that publicly expresses an opinion on an issue or cause" near a school.\nAccording to CBC News, the motion came about after an anti-abortion protest near a Calgary elementary school in 2019 where "graphic placards" were shown. \nEditor's Choice: Alberta COVID-19 Cases Are Skyrocketing & Justin Trudeau Just Promised To Help\n\n\n12 of 15\n\n\nCouncil members voted in favour\n\n\n\n"No person shall display or carry a Sign with Advocacy Messaging larger than 3.5 inches x 5 inches within 150 meters of the boundary of School Grounds on a School Day," reads the amendment.\nThe bylaw would be in effect while school is in session: between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m, according to the amendment. \n"It is important to note, that the bylaw restrictions do not impose a ban on advocacy messaging, but rather restrict the size of the sign within a certain distance from the school," said Stacey McManaman, a business strategist with The City of Calgary \nAnyone found holding advocacy signs within 150 metres of the school faces a fine of $1000, said the statement. \n2019's anti-abortion protest prompted school boards to speak about at least 15 instances of "harmful" messaging near schools, stated CBC News. \n"This bylaw amendment was created to protect young Calgarians," said McManaman. The statement said that such signs make students a "captive audience" on school days. \nThe article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.