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Court hears challenges to student union censorship January 24

Court hears challenges to student union censorship January 24

Staff lawyer Marty Moore will be at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on Wednesday January 24.  The Justice Centre is representing three different student groups, at three different universities.  Each student group is challenging the decisions of the student unions to deny the student groups club status.  In each case, the student group was discriminated against because of the group’s beliefs and opinions. The Justice Centre’s clients include the Ryerson’s Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS), a student group that ...
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Justice Centre hiring a paralegal for Calgary office

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Justice Centre hiring a paralegal for Calgary office

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms seeks a talented and driven individual to join our Calgary office. This full-time Paralegal will be responsible for assisting the Justice Centre’s Litigation Manager and legal team with various research and document-related projects, as well as contributing to the Justice Centre’s mission of defending the constitutional freedoms of Canadians. Interested individuals should submit their CV, with cover letter, to Litigation Manager Jay Cameron at jcameron@jccf.ca by January 24, 2018. Responsibilities and Duties Preparing, drafting, ...
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Court application filed against Battle River School Division No. 31 over censorship of the Bible and closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

Court application filed against Battle River School Division No. 31 over censorship of the Bible and closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

CAMROSE, AB: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has filed a court application on behalf of Cornerstone Christian Society of Camrose (the Society) and three parents of children who attend Cornerstone Christian Academy (Cornerstone), against the Battle River School Division No. 31 (“BRSD”).  The court application seeks to overturn BRSD’s decision to terminate its agreement with the Society, after the Society refused a demand to censor Biblical references in its curriculum. The Applicants’ court application seeks judicial review of the decision of ...
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A letter from our intern: Thank you for making my work at the Justice Centre possible!

A letter from our intern: Thank you for making my work at the Justice Centre possible!

Dear Justice Centre Supporter, I first heard about the Justice Centre while I was pursuing graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I was deeply concerned about the state of free speech on university campuses in Canada, and was set to tackle the issue through my Master’s thesis. During my research, I came across some of the Justice Centre’s work, to find that they were involved in many of the censorship cases that I was reading ...
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Court hears “Easter Bunny” foster home closure case Wednesday December 20

Court hears “Easter Bunny” foster home closure case Wednesday December 20

The Justice Centre was at Ontario Superior Court Wednesday, December 20, for the hearing of Derek and Frances Baars’ court application against the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society (CAS). The court application was launched in April 2017.  CAS violated the Charter rights of the Baars by closing down their foster home, because the couple refused to tell the girls in their care that the Easter Bunny is a real entity. In 2015, as explained in their filed Factum, Derek and Frances Baars completed thorough training on foster ...
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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.