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Speech codes, cancelled lectures, faculty censorship earn universities new F’s in 2017 Campus Freedom Index

Speech codes, cancelled lectures, faculty censorship earn universities new F’s in 2017 Campus Freedom Index

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today released the 2017 Campus Freedom Index.  First published in 2011, the annual Campus Freedom Index provides students, parents, politicians, university administrators, and the public with data about the state of free speech on 60 Canadian public universities. The Campus Freedom Index grading methodology is found here.  Each university receives four letter grades: one for each of university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Using a five-tier letter scale—A, B, C, ...
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RELEASE - Canadian Transportation Agency warned to cease censorship of air passenger rights advocate

RELEASE – Canadian Transportation Agency warned to cease censorship of air passenger rights advocate

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has sent a warning letter to the Canadian Transportation Agency (“CTA”) which blocked and removed posts of an air passenger rights advocate from its public Facebook page.  In its letter, the Justice Centre requests that the Agency cease its unconstitutional censorship and change its Use of Social Media policy to properly respect Charter-protected freedom of expression. Dr. Gabor Lukacs and his Air Passenger Rights network are a group of citizens concerned that airlines frequently act with impunity in violation ...
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Lorne Grabher in Court Wednesday September 6: GRABHER licence plate challenge to Motor Vehicle Act Regulations

Lorne Grabher in Court Wednesday September 6: GRABHER licence plate challenge to Motor Vehicle Act Regulations

HALIFAX: Lorne Grabher, whose personalized GRABHER licence plate was deemed “socially unacceptable” by the Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles, will be in court on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 for the latest sally in Lorne Grabher v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The hearing will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Law Courts of Nova Scotia, 1815 Upper Water Street, Halifax, in courtroom 702.  Recent case developments include the filing of Mr. Grabher’s Affidavit and his intention to challenge the constitutionality of the Motor Vehicle Act’s ...
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Carpay: Please, bring back old-style socialism!

Carpay: Please, bring back old-style socialism!

Today’s Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) make me long for old-time socialists. I’m only 50, but I remember when socialists still respected religious freedom, free speech, and freedom of association.  I remember when the Left, advancing its case for bigger government and the forced redistribution of income, appealed to facts and logic.  The Left opposed economic liberty, and while that is no small thing, the Left was otherwise sympathetic to the free society.  I thought socialists were wrong, but at least ...
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RELEASE: Justice Centre granted intervenor status at Supreme Court of Canada in critical freedom of association case

RELEASE: Justice Centre granted intervenor status at Supreme Court of Canada in critical freedom of association case

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced it has been granted intervenor status in Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses & Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Randy Wall, which will be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada on November 2, 2017. Randy Wall became a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) in 1980, at the age of 20.  In 2014, he was disfellowshipped (expelled) after a local church committee determined that he was not sufficiently repentant for ...
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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.