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Indigenous man challenges Manitoba Public Insurance decision to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate

Indigenous man challenges Manitoba Public Insurance decision to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate

Photo credit APTN The Justice Centre today announced that it will represent Bruce Spence, a Nehiyaw Indian living in Winnipeg, as he challenges the decision of Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate because it “may be considered offensive.'' Mr. Spence is a producer with Aboriginal People’s Television Network. He purchased the personalized plate about seven years ago. He chose the inscription on the plate as a playful reference to the popular 1992 folk-rock song ...
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Court hears free speech challenge to Manitoba Government revocation of “ASIMIL8” Star Trek licence plate

Court hears free speech challenge to Manitoba Government revocation of “ASIMIL8” Star Trek licence plate

Today, Winnipeg resident Nicholas Troller will get his day in court as his legal challenge against Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) will be heard by the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench (3rd floor, 373 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba). Troller's Star Trek themed licence plate The hearing commences at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, and is open to the public. Mr. Troller, a Star Trek enthusiast, applied to receive the personalized licence plate “ASIMIL8” in 2015, and paid the required fee.  MPI ...
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Man fined $55,000 by BC Human Rights Tribunal over peaceful distribution of flyers critical of transgender political candidate

Man fined $55,000 by BC Human Rights Tribunal over peaceful distribution of flyers critical of transgender political candidate

VANCOUVER: The Justice Centre today responded to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) ruling in Morgane Oger v. Bill Whatcott. The BCHRT ordered Whatcott to pay $55,000 to Oger in a case arising from Whatcott having peacefully distributed flyers during the 2017 BC provincial election. “The Supreme Court of Canada has long held that freedom of expression is the life blood of democracy," explains lawyer and Justice Centre President John Carpay.  “Society is full of people with diverse views and the Tribunal’s decision ...
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Justice Centre intervenes to defend the Charter freedoms of public servants

Justice Centre intervenes to defend the Charter freedoms of public servants

The Justice Centre intervened in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in support of the Charter rights and freedoms of public servants. This 15-year-old Human Rights Commission case questions whether government can force public servants to comply with Government directives that violate public servants’ sincerely-held religious beliefs, regardless of whether the Government could accommodate those beliefs. At issue is the forced resignation of a distinguished Newfoundland public servant, Desiree Dichmont, from serving as a marriage commissioner, without any accommodation ...
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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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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.