Posts by jccf

Babysitter’s human rights complaint against Alberta parents may be dismissed

Posted on Oct 4, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Babysitter’s human rights complaint against Alberta parents may be dismissed

The Justice Centre announced today that the Northern Director for the Alberta Human Rights Commission has issued letters (1, 2) recommending that 30-year-old babysitter James Cyrynowski’s complaints against two Edmonton area parents be dismissed as “there is no reasonable basis to proceed”. This recommendation follows previous reports (1, 2) from the Human Rights Officer which also recommended that the complaints be dismissed, stating: The position in question requires caring for a young and vulnerable child within a private home. In this circumstance, a parent’s...

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Justice Centre urges Mohawk College to rescind security fees for Dave Rubin and Maxime Bernier event

Posted on Sep 28, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre urges Mohawk College to rescind security fees for Dave Rubin and Maxime Bernier event

The Justice Centre has written to the President of Mohawk College to rescind the imposition of “security fees” on the organizers of an event occurring at the College’s Fennel Campus this weekend involving Dave Rubin and Maxime Bernier. “Freedom of expression is not merely an aspiration or ideal; it is the lifeblood of liberal democracies and the cornerstone of higher education. There should be no greater celebration of, and protection for, freedom of expression, including the expression of minority or unpopular viewpoints, than at institutions of higher learning such as Mohawk...

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2019 Campus Freedom Index: Ontario universities improve, but federal funding fuels new threats to free speech on campus

Posted on Sep 24, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

2019 Campus Freedom Index: Ontario universities improve, but federal funding fuels new threats to free speech on campus

The Justice Centre today released the 2019 Campus Freedom Index. First published in 2011, the annual Campus Freedom Index provides students, parents and the public with data about the state of free speech at 60 Canadian public universities. A full explanation of 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, D and F—the Campus Freedom Index grades universities and student unions on...

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Constitutional challenge to Bill 24 discontinued following repeal of School Act

Posted on Sep 20, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Constitutional challenge to Bill 24 discontinued following repeal of School Act

The Justice Centre has withdrawn the constitutional challenge that it launched in 2018 to Bill 24. Passed by the Alberta Legislature in November 2017,  Bill 24 amended the School Act to make it illegal for schools to notify parents about their child’s involvement in student organizations, including Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), or “activities” established under section 16.1 of the School Act. On July 5, 2019, the Alberta Legislature passed Bill 8, which replaced the School Act with the Education Act, effective September 1, 2019.  Bill 8 thereby also effectively repealed the secrecy...

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Justice Centre urges UBC Board of Governors to better protect free speech on campus as it reconsiders UBC’s space booking policy

Posted on Sep 16, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre urges UBC Board of Governors to better protect free speech on campus as it reconsiders UBC’s space booking policy

The Justice Centre has written to the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia (UBC) urging Governors, as they meet today to discuss UBC’s current space booking policy, to disallow the practice of imposing “security fees” on events in which controversial or unpopular viewpoints are discussed. “The very mission and purpose of higher education is the pursuit of truth and knowledge in preparation for a life of usefulness in society, something that is only made possible by the freedom to propose new ideas and to critique and debate existing ideas without fear of...

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