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Injunction hearing in Wetaskiwin today to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

Injunction hearing in Wetaskiwin today to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) will be in the Wetaskiwin Court of Queen’s Bench (4605 51 St, Wetaskiwin, AB) on Thursday, May 17, to seek an interlocutory injunction staying the decision of the Battle River School Division (BRSD) to close Cornerstone Christian Academy (Cornerstone), pending a court decision as to the lawfulness of the decision to close the school.  The injunction hearing will commence at 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public. In December 2017, the Justice Centre filed ...
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RELEASE: Justice Centre calls for stronger protections for free expression in response to Wilfrid Laurier University Task Force

RELEASE: Justice Centre calls for stronger protections for free expression in response to Wilfrid Laurier University Task Force

WATERLOO: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has submitted feedback to the Wilfrid Laurier University (“Laurier”) Task Force on Freedom of Expression, calling on the Task Force to provide further clarification and stronger protections for free speech in its Draft Statement on Freedom of Expression. In November 2017, Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy announced the formation of a task force, the mandate of which is “to develop a statement on freedom of expression…guided by the principles of academic freedom and freedom of ...
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RELEASE: In face of court action, Alberta Government reverses position, approves adoptive parents

RELEASE: In face of court action, Alberta Government reverses position, approves adoptive parents

EDMONTON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that Alberta Child and Family Services has backed down and reversed its denial of an Edmonton couple’s application to adopt children.  The government had denied the application solely because of the couple’s religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality. This reversal follows a court application filed against Alberta Child and Family Services in November of 2017, seeking judicial review of the adoption application denial. The married couple, who are referred to in filed ...
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NEWS RELEASE: Small business sues federal government over Canada Summer Jobs attestation

NEWS RELEASE: Small business sues federal government over Canada Summer Jobs attestation

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that it has filed a court application against the federal Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour Patty Hajdu, on behalf of small, family owned-business providing agricultural irrigation services in southern Alberta.  Their application to provide a summer position for a student interested in water conservation or environmental sciences through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program was rejected because they refused to comply with the new 2018 attestation, which requires applicants to express agreement ...
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Coalition of Alberta parents and schools file court challenge over Bill 24’s threat to vulnerable children

Coalition of Alberta parents and schools file court challenge over Bill 24’s threat to vulnerable children

The Justice Centre has filed a court application on behalf of a coalition of parents and independent schools, challenging the constitutionality of School Act provisions added by Bill 24, An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances. The Justice Centre seeks to strike down provisions of Bill 24 as violating the rights of parents and schools protected by section 2 and section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Alberta Bill of Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  The court application ...
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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.