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Justice Centre warns federal government not to use “online hate” report to police legitimate expression

Posted on Jun 18, 2019 in Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre warns federal government not to use “online hate” report to police legitimate expression

The Justice Centre today responded to the report released by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights concluding its study into “online hate” in Canada. The Standing Committee opened this study following the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people. When testifying before this Standing Committee on May 16, 2019, Justice Centre Litigation Manager Jay Cameron challenged Members of Parliament to define online “hate.” In its report the Standing Committee recommended that the Government of Canada “formulate a definition of what constitutes...

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Court rebukes City of Prince Albert over its refusal to permit a pro-life flag on guest flagpole

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Latest Updates, News Releases

Court rebukes City of Prince Albert over its refusal to permit a pro-life flag on guest flagpole

The Justice Centre is pleased with the decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, which has rebuked the City of Prince Albert for its decision to refuse the application of a pro-life charitable organization to fly its promotional flag on the City’s courtesy flagpole. PARLA is a non-profit organization, comprised of Prince Albert and area residents, which seeks to promote the sanctity of life through prayer, education, and community work.  PARLA’s work includes hosting Pro-Life events such as “Celebrate Life Week” and “Life Chain”, as well as other activities, such as...

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Lindsay Shepherd testifies before Parliament today to share her perspective on “online hate”

Posted on Jun 3, 2019 in Latest Updates, News Releases

Lindsay Shepherd testifies before Parliament today to share her perspective on “online hate”

Lindsay Shepherd, Campus Free Speech Fellow with the Justice Centre, will testify today before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as it studies the issue of “online hate” in Canada. The Standing Committee opened this study following the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people. This hearing is open to the public and starts at 8:45 a.m. in room 405 of the Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street. Ms. Shepherd will be joined by historian, author and filmmaker, John W. Robson, and by noted political and social commentator Mark...

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Summer camps charity takes Trudeau Government to court over denial of 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants

Posted on Jun 3, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Summer camps charity takes Trudeau Government to court over denial of 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants

A registered charity running summer camps for youth has filed court applications (1, 2) against the federal government after the charity’s applications for 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants were denied. The charity, BCM (Canada) International, is a registered charitable organization, which runs two summer camps providing recreational and religious programing for youth aged 5 to 18. BCM stands for Bible Centred Ministries. BCM runs one camp at Mount Traber Bible Camp & Retreat Centre located northeast of Halifax. The other, Mill Stream Bible Camp & Retreat Centre, is located near...

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Supreme Court Justices divided on Charter freedoms, reports 2019 Judicial Freedom Index

Posted on May 27, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Supreme Court Justices divided on Charter freedoms, reports 2019 Judicial Freedom Index

When it comes to defending the fundamental freedoms of Canadians, some Supreme Court judges are more likely to approve of government restrictions on freedom than others. This is the finding of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms’ Judicial Freedom Index, released today. The 2019 Judicial Freedom Index analyzes the current 9 Supreme Court Justices, overviews the Court’s decisions in 2018 involving Charter section 2 claims and gives a report of the Court’s recent trends over the past 5 years (2014-2018). Finally, the Judicial Freedom Index reviews 63 Supreme Court of Canada...

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