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Injunction hearing to stay Bill 24 provisions in Medicine Hat today

Injunction hearing to stay Bill 24 provisions in Medicine Hat today

The Justice Centre will be at the Medicine Hat Court House (460 1st Street SE, Medicine Hat) June 20 at 10:00 am, to seek an injunction staying the operation of challenged provisions of Bill 24, ‘An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances’.  This hearing is open to the public. “An injunction on Bill 24 provisions would prevent these provisions from being put into force until after the Court has determined the constitutionality of the Bill,” explained Justice Centre president John Carpay. The Justice Centre ...
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Freedom of association rejected by Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western ruling

Freedom of association rejected by Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western ruling

The Justice Centre expressed its disappointment with the Supreme Court of Canada decisions in the four-year legal dispute between Trinity Western University (TWU) and the Law Societies of British Columbia and Ontario. In two rulings released on June 15, 2018, the Court rejected the Charter freedoms of religion, conscience, expression and association of TWU. Trinity Western University is a private Evangelical Christian university in Langley, B.C.  The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has approved the law program of TWU as meeting academic and professional ...
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Ottawa Public Library sued for cancelling controversial documentary

Ottawa Public Library sued for cancelling controversial documentary

OTTAWA: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has filed a court application against the Ottawa Public Library, on behalf of Madeline Weld and Valerie Thomas. This court application challenges the Library’s decision to cancel a private viewing of the documentary film “Killing Europe.”  This documentary discusses several social, political, and cultural topics relating to Europe. It includes footage of the documentary’s producer, Michael Hansen, interviewing various people to solicit their views and describe their experiences. This documentary was scheduled to be screened on ...
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Supreme Court of Canada upholds freedom of association in Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Wall ruling

Supreme Court of Canada upholds freedom of association in Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Wall ruling

OTTAWA: The Supreme Court today released its ruling in the critical case of Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Randy Wall.  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) intervened in this case in support of the fundamental freedom of all Canadians to associate, or not associate, as they themselves deem best. “The Supreme Court’s ruling provides clarity to Canadians that neither courts nor governments can legally compel citizens to associate together unwillingly,” stated lawyer and Justice Centre president John Carpay. The Supreme Court ...
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Judge rejects injunction to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

Judge rejects injunction to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has rejected the Justice Centre’s application for an interlocutory injunction staying the decision of the Battle River School Division (BRSD) to close Cornerstone Christian Academy (Cornerstone), pending a  court decision as to the lawfulness of the decision to close the school.  The injunction hearing was held in Wetaskiwin on May 17. In his oral decision of May 23, Justice Clarkson ruled that there is no Charter right to a publicly-funded alternative program run by a public ...
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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.