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Justice Centre applies to intervene on behalf of Charter freedoms against Alberta election gag law

Justice Centre applies to intervene on behalf of Charter freedoms against Alberta election gag law

The Justice Centre has filed an application to intervene in the case of Rebel News Network v. Election Commissioner of Alberta, to argue for freedom of expression. Rebel News Network Ltd. (Rebel Media) is a national online and video-based media company that reports current events and provides commentary on newsworthy topics.  In 2018, Rebel Media displayed a billboard on the side of Highway 2 between Calgary and Red Deer, which featured Alberta’s Minister of Education, David Eggen, Premier Rachel Notley, ...
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Lindsay Shepherd joins the Justice Centre as Campus Free Speech Fellow

Lindsay Shepherd joins the Justice Centre as Campus Free Speech Fellow

The Justice Centre is pleased to welcome Lindsay Shepherd to its growing team. Lindsay became well-known in Canada and abroad after two university professors and one administrator subjected her to intimidation and reprimands for having shown pupils, in her capacity as a teaching assistant, a segment of a television debate that had recently aired on a public broadcast. The debate was about gender neutral pronouns, and included Dr. Jordan B. Peterson as one of the participants Lindsay has earned an ...
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Ontario Children’s Aid Society asked to stop religious discrimination

Ontario Children’s Aid Society asked to stop religious discrimination

The Justice Centre has sent a legal warning letter to Simcoe Muskoka Child, Youth and Family Services (“Child Services”) calling upon it to reverse its decision to dismiss the application of a loving couple seeking to become foster parents.  In November 2017, the couple “L” and “A,” who wish to remain anonymous, applied to become foster parents. They started the required training in January 2018 and completed it in March. After they completed the training, a Child Services social worker interviewed ...
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VICTORY for Charter rights as City of Port Moody drops charges over “gathering without permission”

VICTORY for Charter rights as City of Port Moody drops charges over “gathering without permission”

July 14, 2018 rally The Justice Centre has secured a victory individual freedoms in British Columbia, after challenging an Orwellian ticket issued by the City of Port Moody for a “gather[ing] without permission” in one of the City’s parks.  On June 11, 2018, the City of Port Moody issued a permit to Waldene Markling for her and an organization called Culture Guard to hold a rally in support of “quality education.” The rally was scheduled for July 14, 2018 at ...
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Meghan Murphy speaks to packed room at Vancouver Public Library after intervention by Justice Centre

Meghan Murphy speaks to packed room at Vancouver Public Library after intervention by Justice Centre

Canadian Feminist Meghan Murphy spoke to a sold-out crowd of 300 people at the Vancouver Public Library last night, despite demands for censorship by hostile opponents who disagree with Ms. Murphy's views on transgenderism. Meghan Murphy is the founder and editor of Feminist Current, a popular Canadian feminist website. A resident of Vancouver, Murphy regularly engages in public discourse on the subjects of sex, sexuality, and gender. She holds a Master’s degree from Simon Fraser University. She has become known ...
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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.