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Carpay: How phobias kill freedom of expression

McMaster University President Patrick Deane is the latest Canadian university president to join the growing trend of silencing discussion, debate and the expression of ideas on campus.  On March 16, 2017, Dr. Deane’s official “Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community” stated that Dr. Jordan Peterson, University of Toronto Psychology Professor, should not have been invited to speak at McMaster University about freedom of speech and political correctness.  As the Committee put it: “There is little to be gained by ...
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Western University president urged to return security fee for Peterson lecture

NEWS RELEASE Western University president urged to return security fee for Peterson lecture Friday, March 17, 2017 LONDON, ON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( has written to Western University President & Vice-Chancellor Amit Chakma, urging him to refund more than $1,000 charged to a student group for hosting an event that features University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson.Western University has imposed more than $1,000 in “security fees” on a Western student club, Young Canadians in Action (YCIA), for ...
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Toronto street preacher censored

A win in Edmonton, but another challenge in Toronto. Despite a successful end to censorship against Nehemia Smeding in Edmonton, the Justice Centre must continue to defend free speech rights on public sidewalks in another city.  Erik Fountas was peacefully expressing his religious beliefs on a public sidewalk when Toronto Police charged him with obstructing a street. Around noon on February 2, 2016, Erik Fountas and a colleague began preaching near the corner of Yonge Street and Gould Street. Erik ...
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B.C. parent takes school district to court after children coerced to participate in Aboriginal ‘cleansing ritual’ and prayer

B.C. parent takes school district to court after children coerced to participate in Aboriginal ‘cleansing ritual’ and prayer The Justice Centre has filed a petition with the B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo to protect parental and conscience rights, as well as the Charter right that the state remain neutral in matters of religion.  The petitioner is a B.C. mom whose children were coerced by their school into taking part in a religious ‘cleansing ritual’. In September of 2015, Candice Servatius ...
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2016 CAMPUS FREEDOM INDEX: More than 25 universities fail campus free speech test

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( today released the 2016 Campus Freedom Index, measuring the state of free speech at 60 Canadian public universities. Using a five-tier letter scale—A, B, C, D and F—the Campus Freedom Index grades universities and student unions on their stated policies (what they say) and their practices (what they do).  Each university receives four different letter grades, for (1) university policies, (2) university practices, (3) student union policies, and (4) student union practices. Published annually ...
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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.