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The Free Speech Club v. UBC

Posted on Jan 17, 2020 in Active Cases, Featured, Latest Updates

In November 2019, The Free Speech Club, a student group at University of British Columbia (UBC), organized an event entitled “Understanding ANTIFA Violence” featuring Andy Ngo at UBC’s Robson Square campus, to take place on January 29, 2020. Antifa, short for “anti-fascist,” is a loosely organized coalition of left-wing activists and self-described communist anarchists who use direct action, including vandalism, physical violence, threats, cyber attacks, and blockades, often to shut down events or protest opinions they oppose. Antifa protestors typically dress in black and wear...

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N.B. v. Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Posted on Nov 12, 2019 in Active Cases

Back to Active Cases   The Justice Centre is representing a young girl (“NB”) and her mother in an application before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. The family brought a claim for discrimination on the basis of gender identity against the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the child’s former teacher and the principal of the school, for teaching NB and other school children that there are no such things as girls or boys. NB identifies strongly as a girl. Background In the early part of 2018, NB was a 6-year old student in a grade one class taught by “JB”. The teacher...

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BC Court of Appeal hears father who objects to state interference with child’s puberty

Posted on Sep 3, 2019 in Active Cases, Columns, Latest Updates

BC Court of Appeal hears father who objects to state interference with child’s puberty

The BC Court of Appeal will hear oral argument in the case of AB v. CD, in which the Justice Centre is an intervenor. This case concerns a female-born minor proceeding with testosterone treatments to transition to the opposite gender. A lower court Order prohibits the publication of the names of the born-female child (“AB”), the child’s father (“CD”), the child’s mother (“EF”) and the medical professionals involved in this case. The court’s Order also prohibits using the pronouns “she” and “her” to refer to this born-female child. The father and mother divorced about...

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Shepherd: A Tale of Two Censoring Universities

Posted on May 21, 2019 in Active Cases, Columns, Latest Updates

Shepherd: A Tale of Two Censoring Universities

Two recent cases of campus censorship provide instructive contrast on the best course of action when it comes to upholding the standard for a free exchange of ideas. Armin Navabi is founder of the group Atheist Republic. He is an ex-Muslim who believes Muslims should abandon their religion for atheism rather than attempt to reform it. On March 19th 2019, two days before Navabi would deliver a presentation on “The Case against Islamic Reform” at Mount Royal University (MRU), MRU’s interfaith coordinator unilaterally cancelled the event, citing heightened sensitivities following the...

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“What is hate?” Justice Centre defends free expression on Parliament Hill today

Posted on May 16, 2019 in Active Cases, Columns, Latest Updates, News Releases

“What is hate?” Justice Centre defends free expression on Parliament Hill today

The Justice Centre will testify today at 9:45 AM ET before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as it studies the issue of “online hate” in Canada. The hearing will take place at Room 315, Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street in Ottawa, and is open to the public. The Standing Committee opened this study following the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people. Justice Centre Litigation Manager Jay Cameron will challenge the Standing Committee to consider the importance of developing a clear and specific definition of what constitutes online...

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Conscience rights for medical practitioners thwarted by the Ontario Court of Appeal

Posted on May 15, 2019 in Active Cases, Columns, News Releases

Conscience rights for medical practitioners thwarted by the Ontario Court of Appeal

The Justice Centre is reviewing the ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal released today in the case of Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. “This is a set-back for every Canadian who wants her or his conscience to be respected by government authority,” stated lawyer and Justice Centre president John Carpay. The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada (“CMDS”) and others are challenging the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the “CPSO”) over CPSO policies that require medical practitioners to (1)...

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