Justice Update

New court documents shed light on ASIMIL8 licence plate revocation by Manitoba government

Posted on Jan 4, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates

New court documents shed light on ASIMIL8 licence plate revocation by Manitoba government

Winnipeg resident Nicholas Troller has filed new material supporting his legal challenge against the provincial government entity, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), over its decision to revoke his personalized Star Trek licence plate, “ASIMIL8”. Mr. Troller, a Star Trek enthusiast, applied and paid the required fee to receive the personalized licence plate “ASIMIL8” (the Plate) in 2015.  MPI approved his application without reservations, and issued the Plate. Mr. Troller installed the Plate on his family vehicle, along with a licence plate border that stated...

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Vancouver Library urged to rescind security fee for Meghan Murphy lecture

Posted on Dec 18, 2018 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates

Vancouver Library urged to rescind security fee for Meghan Murphy lecture

The Justice Centre has sent a legal warning letter to Julia Morrison, Acting Director of Corporate Services and Facilities at the Vancouver Public Library.  The letter asks the Library to reverse its unlawful decision to move a scheduled lecture by feminist commentator Meghan Murphy to after-hours and impose a “security fee” on the event organizers in the amount of $2,047.50. Meghan Murphy is the founder and editor of Feminist Current, a popular Canadian feminist website.  A resident of Vancouver, Murphy regularly engages in public discourse on the subjects of sex,...

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Justice Centre defends freedom of expression in Oger v. Whatcott BC Human Rights hearing

Posted on Dec 11, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre defends freedom of expression in Oger v. Whatcott BC Human Rights hearing

The Justice Centre will make oral submissions to the BC Human Rights Tribunal today, in defence of freedom of expression, as an intervenor in the hearing of Oger v. Whatcott (No. 16408), which is expected to run throughout the week. 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 flyer expressed Whatcott’s opinions and “concern about the promotion and growth of homosexuality and transvestitism in British Columbia.”  In his flyers, Whatcott...

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Victory for Charter freedoms as federal government abandons compelled speech in Canada Summer Jobs attestation

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases, Uncategorized

On December 7, the federal government abandoned its 2018 requirement that applicants for Canada Summer Jobs funding express their support for the Government’s position on “reproductive rights” by attesting to the following statement:Both the job and my organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, and the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or...

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Bill 24 legal challenge heard by Court of Appeal in Calgary today

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Bill 24 legal challenge heard by Court of Appeal in Calgary today

The Justice Centre will be at the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Calgary today, to defend the constitutional rights and freedoms of parents and independent schools who are challenging Alberta’s Bill 24.  This hearing will be held in Courtroom 1 and commences at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018. This appeal asks the court to stay provisions of Bill 24, passed by the Alberta Legislature in November 2017, on the basis that they violate the rights of students, parents and schools protected by section 2(a), 2(b), 2(d) and 7 rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the...

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U Alberta students challenge $17,500 fee in Court of Appeal, Wednesday, November 28

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

U Alberta students challenge $17,500 fee in Court of Appeal, Wednesday, November 28

The Justice Centre will appear before the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Edmonton on Wednesday November 28 on behalf of Amberlee Nicol, Cameron Wilson, and the student club UAlberta Pro-Life.  Their court application challenges the University of Alberta decision to impose a $17,500 “security fee” as a condition of peaceful expression on campus.  In the case of UAlberta Pro-Life v. University of Alberta, the students also challenge the University’s decision to condone violations of the Code of Student Behaviour directed against the pro-life club in March of 2015. This hearing will...

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