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RELEASE: Parents and schools to launch court challenge to constitutionality of Alberta’s Bill 24

RELEASE: Parents and schools to launch court challenge to constitutionality of Alberta’s Bill 24

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that it will represent a number of parents, independent schools and other stakeholders in a court challenge to the constitutionality of Bill 24, if this legislation is passed by the Legislative Assembly. A summary of the legal analysis can be found here. The identity of the parties bringing this constitutional challenge will be revealed in early 2018, when court papers are filed. Bill 24, An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances, introduced on ...
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Grabher affidavit exposes Nova Scotia government hypocrisy in licence plate court battle

Grabher affidavit exposes Nova Scotia government hypocrisy in licence plate court battle

Lorne Grabher, whose personalized ‘GRABHER’ licence plate was deemed “socially unacceptable” by the Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles (Registrar), has filed his Affidavit with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in preparation for the hearing of Lorne Grabher v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Lorne Grabher first purchased the personalized license plate as a gift for his late father in or around 1990.  It became an expression of family pride spanning three generations – Mr. Grabher’s son has the family name on his ...
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Carpay: Constitutions protect minorities against bigotry

Carpay: Constitutions protect minorities against bigotry

The very reason why Catholic schools in Alberta have constitutional protection was made clear this past October, when Alberta Premier Rachel Notley falsely accused the Catholic Church of approving of marital rape. It’s hard to imagine that the holder of the highest office in Alberta could be so profoundly ignorant about one of the world’s major religions. This raises the possibility that her false assertion was deliberate. But whether she spoke from ignorance or from malice, Premier Notley’s ongoing refusal ...
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NEWS RELEASE: Prince Albert, SK sued over censorship of pro-life flag

NEWS RELEASE: Prince Albert, SK sued over censorship of pro-life flag

PRINCE ALBERT, SK: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has filed a court application against the City of Prince Albert, seeking a reversal of the City’s rejection of the Prince Albert Right to Life Association’s (“PARLA”) application to continue with its annual raising of a pro-life flag. PARLA is a non-profit organization, comprised of Prince Albert and area residents, which seeks to promote the sanctity of life at all stages of development.  PARLA’s work includes hosting Pro-Life events such as “Celebrate Life Week” ...
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RELEASE: Christian couple rejected as adoptive parents, due to religious beliefs

RELEASE: Christian couple rejected as adoptive parents, due to religious beliefs

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has filed a court application  against Alberta Child and Family Services on behalf of an Edmonton couple whose application to adopt children was denied due to their religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality. The married couple, who are referred to in filed court documents as “C.D” and “N.D.,” have no children of their own and are currently unable to conceive due to medical complications.  N.D. was adopted at birth himself, and C.D. was keen ...
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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.