Justice Update

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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B.C. Court of Appeal rules for freedom in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia

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

B.C. Court of Appeal rules for freedom in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia The Justice Centre expressed satisfaction with the ruling of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia, released November 1, 2016. “The Court of Appeal’s decision is a victory for freedom of association, freedom of conscience and religion, and freedom of expression,” said Justice Centre president John Carpay. “All Canadians must be free to peacefully associate with one another under common beliefs and values, without...

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Court rules against freedom of expression: ads against “honour killings” banned from Edmonton buses

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

NEWS RELEASE Court rules against freedom of expression: ads against “honour killings” banned from Edmonton buses Thursday, October 6, 2016 EDMONTON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) expressed disappointment in an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruling against freedom of expression in a case involving bus ads against “honour killings”.  The decision by Justice John Gill in American Freedom Defence Initiative v. City of Edmonton was released on October 4. In October 2013, Edmonton Transit Services (ETS) ran — and then pulled — bus ads showing photos of...

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