The article notes that she was terminated for violating the company policy on solicitation, company policy is certainly on her employment agreement form that she signed and would be filed with HR when she was hired.
That would certainly make her dismissal with no warnings legal, even in Canada.
Its pretty clear that Girl Scouts think the cookies should be sold by the Scout, or does the COO of Girl Scouts of America also have a "high and mighty attitude" when she says the sales should be lead by the girls.
You make a statement in the name of Girl Scouts of America - "Its pretty clear that Girl Scouts think the cookies should be sold by the Scout". According to the Girl Scouts of America's own FAQ - "Who can sell Girl Scout Cookies? All girl members may participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Although parents and Girl Scout adults may assist girls, it is the girl who makes the sale, sets learning and sales goals, and learns the entrepreneurial skills that are part of the program. Participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program is voluntary."
That supports your statement that the GIrl Scouts of America intend to have the cookies sold by the scout. Fair. and I agree that the child should be the primary here. However, it is well known in many locations across America parents take Girl Scout cookies to work to help their child - and I don't see anything wrong with that, either. Nothing higher and mighty about that. However, for anyone to suggest that ONLY a child should sell cookies and think is unfathomable that a parent has the inclination to help their child sell cookies - is higher than thou attitude. Let's be real you are judging this women for helping her daughter sell cookies for the girl scouts- this is hardly the first time this has been done. I could see if she was forcing cookies down everyone throats; or bringing in cookies on flat bed trucks but she wasn't. So stop judging this woman and keep your unrealistic opinions to yourself.
My opinion is even if a company has a soliciation policy - parents should still be able to sell girl scout cookies. I think we can all agree (though maybe not) that Girl Scout cookies is not exactly a soliciation nor would it's business be affected, that is sheer pettyness on the employers part and again I am thankful I do not work for such idiots. As I am sure the executives of that company bring boy/girl scout cookies into headquarters for their own kids - but hey let's not talk about that.