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Judicial Freedom Index: Chief Justice McLachlin defended Charter freedoms better than most judges

Judicial Freedom Index: Chief Justice McLachlin defended Charter freedoms better than most judges

The Justice Centre today released the Judicial Freedom Index, a study which sets out the voting records of 33 Supreme Court of Canada judges in regard to the Charter freedoms of conscience, religion, expression and association. The study shows that when it comes to defending the fundamental freedoms of Canadians, the record of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who leaves the Supreme Court of Canada this Friday December 15, is better than average. Since the Charter came into effect in 1982, the Supreme Court has upheld ...
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Justice Centre to Intervene in Free Speech and Gender Identity Human Rights Case

Justice Centre to Intervene in Free Speech and Gender Identity Human Rights Case

The Justice Centre has announced that it has been granted intervener status in the BC Human Rights case of Oger v. Whatcott, Case No. 16408. During the 2017 British Columbia provincial election campaign, activist Bill Whatcott handed out over 1,000 flyers in the electoral district of Vancouver False Creek.  The flyers identified the Vancouver False Creek NDP candidate, Morgane Oger, as Ronan Oger (a male to female transgender person).  Prior to being a candidate, Oger was a local trans activist who had ...
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RELEASE: UBC Vancouver student union warned to instate club status for men’s issues group

RELEASE: UBC Vancouver student union warned to instate club status for men’s issues group

VANCOUVER: The Justice Centre has sent a legal warning letter to the University of British Columbia Vancouver AMS Student Society demanding that it reverse its decision to deny club recognition to the student group Advocacy for Men and Boys (AMB) after rejecting the group’s application on three separate occasions. AMB’s mandate seeks to “build a movement centered on raising awareness of issues affecting Men and Boys through public education through positive, non-violent activism for a healthier society.” AMB seeks to engage with students ...
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VIDEO: Banned For Belief

VIDEO: Banned For Belief

A new video released this week by the Justice Centre is asking Canadians to consider who are the real victims of the provincial law societies’ bans on Trinity Western law school graduates. In this video, the Justice Centre profiles the account of Monica, a second year philosophy major and aspiring law student at Trinity Western. Monica explains why she chose Trinity Western, shares her dreams and aspirations, and explains the personal impact of the law societies’ bans on her own career path, which she ...
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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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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.