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Shepherd: A Tale of Two Censoring Universities

Shepherd: A Tale of Two Censoring Universities

Two recent cases of campus censorship provide instructive contrast on the best course of action when it comes to upholding the standard for a free exchange of ideas. Armin Navabi is founder of the group Atheist Republic. He is an ex-Muslim who believes Muslims should abandon their religion for atheism rather than attempt to reform it. On March 19th 2019, two days before Navabi would deliver a presentation on “The Case against Islamic Reform” at Mount Royal University (MRU), MRU’s ...
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“What is hate?” Justice Centre defends free expression on Parliament Hill today

“What is hate?” Justice Centre defends free expression on Parliament Hill today

The Justice Centre will testify today at 9:45 AM ET before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as it studies the issue of “online hate” in Canada. The hearing will take place at Room 315, Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street in Ottawa, and is open to the public. The Standing Committee opened this study following the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people. Justice Centre Litigation Manager Jay Cameron will challenge the Standing Committee to ...
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Conscience rights for medical practitioners thwarted by the Ontario Court of Appeal

Conscience rights for medical practitioners thwarted by the Ontario Court of Appeal

The Justice Centre is reviewing the ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal released today in the case of Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. “This is a set-back for every Canadian who wants her or his conscience to be respected by government authority,” stated lawyer and Justice Centre president John Carpay. The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada (“CMDS”) and others are challenging the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the ...
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Justice Centre calls for repeal of gag law that tramples Charter freedoms and violates citizens’ privacy

Justice Centre calls for repeal of gag law that tramples Charter freedoms and violates citizens’ privacy

The Justice Centre today released a new policy paper calling for changes to Alberta’s Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (“EFCDA”). This paper, “Defending Democratic Discourse: Repealing the Unconstitutional Provisions of the Elections Finance and Contributions Disclosure Act,” provides recommendations on how to amend the EFCDA so as to ensure it does not violate Charter-protected freedom of expression. In 2016, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta amended the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act to include year-round (not limited to election ...
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Constitutional challenge to Alberta municipal bylaw prohibiting trailer billboard signs

Constitutional challenge to Alberta municipal bylaw prohibiting trailer billboard signs

The Justice Centre has filed a court application at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta on behalf of two individuals and a business challenging a bylaw of the Municipal District of Foothills. While permitting other large, highly visible signage that can readily be seen by drivers, the bylaw prohibits trailer billboard signs on the sides of highways, even when placed on private property. The Applicant Spot Ads Inc. is an Alberta corporation in the business of leasing advertising space ...
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The focus of the Justice Centre’s activities are as follows:

Individual Freedom: The Fundamental Freedoms afforded to each and every Canadian by section two of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter).  These freedoms are paramount and embody the very values comprising our democratic society.  They are:
Freedom of Religion and Conscience: The freedom of each and every individual or community, in public or private, to peacefully express their distinct religious beliefs through worship, observance, practice and teaching without censorship or limitation.  This includes the freedom to change your religion or to not follow any religion.  This also includes the freedom of each and every Canadian to hold or consider a fact, value, viewpoint or other thought independent from other individuals.

Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression: The freedom to seek out an understanding of and peacefully express your thoughts, opinions and beliefs without censorship or limitation.  This includes freedom of the press and other media of communication.  Freedom of expression is the keystone of our democratic society.

Freedom of Peaceful Assembly: The freedom to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests.

Freedom of Association: The freedom to choose to live in a community, be part of an organization or associate with any individual based on your values, culture and other personal preferences.

Equality before the law: Section 15 of the Charter enumerates the human right held by each and every Canadian to be treated equally before and under the law, and to be afforded equal protection and benefit of the law without discrimination based on race, ancestry, ethnicity, age, gender or other such personal characteristics.  This right holds each and every Canadian subject to the same laws, and ensures that no individual or group shall receive special legal privileges.