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RELEASE: Alberta Government again threatens to defund schools which do not remove religious content from school policies

RELEASE: Alberta Government again threatens to defund schools which do not remove religious content from school policies

Ministerial Order forces government’s “Safe and Caring” policies on independent schools that are non-compliant in Minister’s opinion Minister continues to refuse to explain his opinion The Justice Centre has responded to the Alberta Minister of Education’s Order to impose blanket government policies on schools who he has deemed non-compliant with section 45.1 of the Alberta School Act. The Order, issued this morning, imposes a policy of the Minister’s creation onto schools whose policies, in his opinion, are non-compliant with section ...
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Statement from John Carpay

Statement from John Carpay

Justice Centre president John Carpay issued a statement today regarding remarks he made at a conference in Calgary on November 10, 2018: "At a conference organized by The Rebel in Calgary on November 10, I spoke for about 20 minutes about the nature and characteristics of totalitarianism, and the nature and characteristics of its opposite: the free society. It is my understanding that this presentation will be posted online very soon.  It should be viewed in its entirety. In speaking ...
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University of Manitoba Students’ Union urged to reject censorship motion

University of Manitoba Students’ Union urged to reject censorship motion

The Justice Centre has sent letters to each member of the Board of Directors of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU), urging them to reject a Motion to have the UMSU take sides in the divisive debate about abortion in Canada. This Motion, tabled on October 25th by current UMSU president Jakob Sanderson, calls on UMSU to endorse “[a] woman's right to freedom of reproductive choice; and a woman's right to be free from coercion or attempted coercion with respect to making reproductive choices.” The ...
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“Lorne Grabher’s license plate is not offensive or dangerous,” states expert report

“Lorne Grabher’s license plate is not offensive or dangerous,” states expert report

The Justice Centre today announced the filing of an expert report by sex science writer and researcher Dr. Debra W. Soh, in the Lorne Grabher v Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles court action.  Lorne Grabher filed a court application against the Registrar in May of 2017 after it revoked his personalized “GRABHER” licence plate because it was deemed “socially unacceptable”. Dr. Soh writes for the Globe and Mail and Playboy Magazine, among other print, TV and online media, about the science of sex, politics, and culture, ...
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Alberta Education claims Minister’s unexplained “opinion” is the law

Alberta Education claims Minister’s unexplained “opinion” is the law

The Justice Centre has released recent correspondence (, , ) between Alberta Education and independent faith-based schools. In September of 2018, Deputy Minister Curtis Clark threatened religious schools with defunding and loss of accreditation if they do not remove religious content from their “Safe and Caring” school policies. During the week of October 1-5, several schools whose Safe and Caring policies had been deemed non-compliant by the Alberta Education “Safe and Caring Team” requested clarification (, , ) as to how the religious views expressed in their policies could ...
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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.