Justice Update

Shepherd: A Tale of Two Censoring Universities

Posted on May 21, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, 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, Justice Update, 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, Justice Update, 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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Justice Centre calls for repeal of gag law that tramples Charter freedoms and violates citizens’ privacy

Posted on May 13, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre calls for repeal of gag law that tramples Charter freedoms and violates citizens’ privacy

The Justice Centre today released a new policy paper calling for changes to Alberta’s Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (“EFCDA”). This paper, “Defending Democratic Discourse: Repealing the Unconstitutional Provisions of the Elections Finance and Contributions Disclosure Act,” provides recommendations on how to amend the EFCDA so as to ensure it does not violate Charter-protected freedom of expression.  In 2016, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta amended the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act to include...

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Constitutional challenge to Alberta municipal bylaw prohibiting trailer billboard signs

Posted on May 13, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Constitutional challenge to Alberta municipal bylaw prohibiting trailer billboard signs

The Justice Centre has filed a court application at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta on behalf of two individuals and a business challenging a bylaw of the Municipal District of Foothills.  While permitting other large, highly visible signage that can readily be seen by drivers, the bylaw prohibits trailer billboard signs on the sides of highways, even when placed on private property.  The Applicant Spot Ads Inc. is an Alberta corporation in the business of leasing advertising space on the sides of transport truck trailers placed on private property adjacent to...

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Justice Centre submits proposal for legislation to protect free speech on campus

Posted on May 7, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre submits proposal for legislation to protect free speech on campus

The Justice Centre today expressed support for the Alberta Government’s pledge to hold public universities responsible for protecting free expression on campus. To support this pledge, the Justice Centre has submitted a policy paper to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The paper includes specific suggestions on amending the Post-Secondary Learning Act, to optimize the protection of expression, discussion and debate on campus.    This draft legislation, “Empowering Free Inquiry: An Act to Protect Free Expression at Alberta’s Public Colleges and Universities,”...

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