Posts by jccf

Carpay: How phobias kill freedom of expression

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 in Latest Updates

Carpay: How phobias kill freedom of expression

McMaster University President Patrick Deane is the latest Canadian university president to join the growing trend of silencing discussion, debate and the expression of ideas on campus.  On March 16, 2017, Dr. Deane’s official “Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community” stated that Dr. Jordan Peterson, University of Toronto Psychology Professor, should not have been invited to speak at McMaster University about freedom of speech and political correctness.  As the Committee put it: “There is little to be gained by debating Dr. Peterson.” Dr. Peterson has gained notoriety...

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Western University president urged to return security fee for Peterson lecture

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

NEWS RELEASE Western University president urged to return security fee for Peterson lecture Friday, March 17, 2017 LONDON, ON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has written to Western University President & Vice-Chancellor Amit Chakma, urging him to refund more than $1,000 charged to a student group for hosting an event that features University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson.Western University has imposed more than $1,000 in “security fees” on a Western student club, Young Canadians in Action (YCIA), for hosting an event that features University of...

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Toronto street preacher censored

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates

A win in Edmonton, but another challenge in Toronto. Despite a successful end to censorship against Nehemia Smeding in Edmonton, the Justice Centre must continue to defend free speech rights on public sidewalks in another city.  Erik Fountas was peacefully expressing his religious beliefs on a public sidewalk when Toronto Police charged him with obstructing a street. Around noon on February 2, 2016, Erik Fountas and a colleague began preaching near the corner of Yonge Street and Gould Street. Erik was preaching on a wide sidewalk area, near a large concrete staircase that leads up to a...

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B.C. parent takes school district to court after children coerced to participate in Aboriginal ‘cleansing ritual’ and prayer

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

B.C. parent takes school district to court after children coerced to participate in Aboriginal ‘cleansing ritual’ and prayer The Justice Centre has filed a petition with the B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo to protect parental and conscience rights, as well as the Charter right that the state remain neutral in matters of religion.  The petitioner is a B.C. mom whose children were coerced by their school into taking part in a religious ‘cleansing ritual’. In September of 2015, Candice Servatius received a letter from the principal of John Howitt Elementary School (JHES) in Port Alberni,...

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2016 CAMPUS FREEDOM INDEX: More than 25 universities fail campus free speech test

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

2016 CAMPUS FREEDOM INDEX: More than 25 universities fail campus free speech test

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today released the 2016 Campus Freedom Index, measuring the state of free speech at 60 Canadian public universities. Using a five-tier letter scale—A, B, C, D and F—the Campus Freedom Index grades universities and student unions on their stated policies (what they say) and their practices (what they do).  Each university receives four different letter grades, for (1) university policies, (2) university practices, (3) student union policies, and (4) student union practices. Published annually since 2011, the Campus Freedom Index...

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