Justice Update

Judicial Freedom Index: Chief Justice McLachlin defended Charter freedoms better than most judges

Posted on Dec 13, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Judicial Freedom Index: Chief Justice McLachlin defended Charter freedoms better than most judges

The Justice Centre today released the Judicial Freedom Index, a study which sets out the voting records of 33 Supreme Court of Canada judges in regard to the Charter freedoms of conscience, religion, expression and association. The study shows that when it comes to defending the fundamental freedoms of Canadians, the record of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who leaves the Supreme Court of Canada this Friday December 15, is better than average. Since the Charter came into effect in 1982, the Supreme Court has upheld and justified government violations of fundamental freedoms in three...

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Justice Centre to Intervene in Free Speech and Gender Identity Human Rights Case

Posted on Dec 7, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

The Justice Centre has announced that it has been granted intervener status in the BC Human Rights case of Oger v. Whatcott, Case No. 16408. During the 2017 British Columbia provincial election campaign, activist Bill Whatcott handed out over 1,000 flyers in the electoral district of Vancouver False Creek.  The flyers identified the Vancouver False Creek NDP candidate, Morgane Oger, as Ronan Oger (a male to female transgender person).  Prior to being a candidate, Oger was a local trans activist who had left a female partner and the children fathered with her. Oger narrowly lost the...

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RELEASE: UBC Vancouver student union warned to instate club status for men’s issues group

Posted on Dec 5, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

RELEASE: UBC Vancouver student union warned to instate club status for men’s issues group

VANCOUVER: The Justice Centre has sent a legal warning letter to the University of British Columbia Vancouver AMS Student Society demanding that it reverse its decision to deny club recognition to the student group Advocacy for Men and Boys (AMB) after rejecting the group’s application on three separate occasions. AMB’s mandate seeks to “build a movement centered on raising awareness of issues affecting Men and Boys through public education through positive, non-violent activism for a healthier society.” AMB seeks to engage with students about issues such as men’s health, fathers...

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VIDEO: Banned For Belief

Posted on Nov 28, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases, Videos

VIDEO: Banned For Belief

A new video released this week by the Justice Centre is asking Canadians to consider who are the real victims of the provincial law societies’ bans on Trinity Western law school graduates. In this video, the Justice Centre profiles the account of Monica, a second year philosophy major and aspiring law student at Trinity Western. Monica explains why she chose Trinity Western, shares her dreams and aspirations, and explains the personal impact of the law societies’ bans on her own career path, which she hopes leads to a job defending children’s rights with UNICEF. “Freedom of...

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RELEASE: Parents and schools to launch court challenge to constitutionality of Alberta’s Bill 24

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

RELEASE: Parents and schools to launch court challenge to constitutionality of Alberta’s Bill 24

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that it will represent a number of parents, independent schools and other stakeholders in a court challenge to the constitutionality of Bill 24, if this legislation is passed by the Legislative Assembly. A summary of the legal analysis can be found here. The identity of the parties bringing this constitutional challenge will be revealed in early 2018, when court papers are filed. Bill 24, An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances, introduced on November 2, 2017, amends the Alberta School Act by, inter...

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Grabher affidavit exposes Nova Scotia government hypocrisy in licence plate court battle

Posted on Nov 13, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Grabher affidavit exposes Nova Scotia government hypocrisy in licence plate court battle

Lorne Grabher, whose personalized ‘GRABHER’ licence plate was deemed “socially unacceptable” by the Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles (Registrar), has filed his Affidavit with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in preparation for the hearing of Lorne Grabher v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Lorne Grabher first purchased the personalized license plate as a gift for his late father in or around 1990.  It became an expression of family pride spanning three generations – Mr. Grabher’s son has the family name on his own personalized license plate in another province.  Mr....

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