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Carpay: Rule of law means protecting minorities, not pandering to the mob

Carpay: Rule of law means protecting minorities, not pandering to the mob

On Nov. 16, members of the Aboriginal Women’s Collective (AWC) at the University of Victoria placed 1,181 small flags on campus. Each flag represented one Indigenous woman who was murdered or went missing between 1980 and 2012. As a campus club, AWC had previously secured the permission of UVic to set up this flag display, to raise awareness about the lack of respect for the humanity of Indigenous women. After the 1,181 flags had been placed into the ground, some ...
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Grabher licence plate case back in Halifax court February 1

Grabher licence plate case back in Halifax court February 1

Lorne Grabher, whose personalized ‘GRABHER’ licence plate was deemed “socially unacceptable” by the Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles (Registrar), will be in Halifax at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for a hearing pertaining to the case Lorne Grabher v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The court will hear Mr. Grabher’s motion to strike the affidavit and “expert” report of Professor Carrie A. Rentschler submitted by the Crown, as well as a Crown motion to be heard on the same date. The motions will be heard ...
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NEWS RELEASE: University of Victoria urged to protect freedom of expression on its campus

NEWS RELEASE: University of Victoria urged to protect freedom of expression on its campus

VICTORIA: The Justice Centre has written to the University of Victoria (UVic) requesting that UVic adhere to its policies in upholding the rule of law on campus and disciplining students that attempt to censor opinions they disagree with through vandalism. Youth Protecting Youth (YPY), a registered student club is “a group of undergraduate students from the University of Victoria who share a common love and respect for all human life, without regard for gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, level of development, or physical ...
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Court hears three challenges against Ontario student unions who banned student groups over views

Court hears three challenges against Ontario student unions who banned student groups over views

TORONTO: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) will be in court in Toronto on Wednesday January 24, on behalf of three student clubs at Ryerson University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College, and the University of Toronto Mississauga, who are challenging the decisions of their respective student unions to deny club status on the basis of the groups’ opinions. Justice Centre staff lawyer Marty Moore will be at Osgoode Hall, 120 Queen Street W, Toronto.  This ...
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RELEASE: Justice Centre to represent Chilliwack School Trustee, Barry Neufeld in human rights complaint

RELEASE: Justice Centre to represent Chilliwack School Trustee, Barry Neufeld in human rights complaint

CHILLIWACK, BC: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced it is representing Chilliwack School District trustee Barry Neufeld as he defends himself against a human rights complaint by a union of local School District staff.  Mr. Neufeld has publicly criticized the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI 123) curriculum supplements that BC teachers are encouraged to use. SOGI 123 materials promote, among other things, the belief that gender is fluid, that there are more than two genders, and that ...
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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.