Justice Update

Judge rejects injunction to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

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

Judge rejects injunction to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has rejected the Justice Centre’s application for an interlocutory injunction staying the decision of the Battle River School Division (BRSD) to close Cornerstone Christian Academy (Cornerstone), pending a  court decision as to the lawfulness of the decision to close the school.  The injunction hearing was held in Wetaskiwin on May 17. In his oral decision of May 23, Justice Clarkson ruled that there is no Charter right to a publicly-funded alternative program run by a public school board. He expressed further concerns that compelling BRSD to...

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Injunction hearing in Wetaskiwin today to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

Posted on May 17, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Injunction hearing in Wetaskiwin today to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) will be in the Wetaskiwin Court of Queen’s Bench (4605 51 St, Wetaskiwin, AB) on Thursday, May 17, to seek an interlocutory injunction staying the decision of the Battle River School Division (BRSD) to close Cornerstone Christian Academy (Cornerstone), pending a court decision as to the lawfulness of the decision to close the school.  The injunction hearing will commence at 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public. In December 2017, the Justice Centre filed an application for judicial review on behalf of Cornerstone, and...

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RELEASE: Justice Centre calls for stronger protections for free expression in response to Wilfrid Laurier University Task Force

Posted on May 15, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

RELEASE: Justice Centre calls for stronger protections for free expression in response to Wilfrid Laurier University Task Force

WATERLOO: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has submitted feedback to the Wilfrid Laurier University (“Laurier”) Task Force on Freedom of Expression, calling on the Task Force to provide further clarification and stronger protections for free speech in its Draft Statement on Freedom of Expression. In November 2017, Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy announced the formation of a task force, the mandate of which is “to develop a statement on freedom of expression…guided by the principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech.” The...

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RELEASE: In face of court action, Alberta Government reverses position, approves adoptive parents

Posted on May 2, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

RELEASE: In face of court action, Alberta Government reverses position, approves adoptive parents

EDMONTON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that Alberta Child and Family Services has backed down and reversed its denial of an Edmonton couple’s application to adopt children.  The government had denied the application solely because of the couple’s religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality. This reversal follows a court application filed against Alberta Child and Family Services in November of 2017, seeking judicial review of the adoption application denial. The married couple, who are referred to in filed court documents as “C.D” and...

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NEWS RELEASE: Small business sues federal government over Canada Summer Jobs attestation

Posted on Apr 30, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

NEWS RELEASE: Small business sues federal government over Canada Summer Jobs attestation

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that it has filed a court application against the federal Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour Patty Hajdu, on behalf of small, family owned-business providing agricultural irrigation services in southern Alberta.  Their application to provide a summer position for a student interested in water conservation or environmental sciences through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program was rejected because they refused to comply with the new 2018 attestation, which requires applicants to express agreement...

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Coalition of Alberta parents and schools file court challenge over Bill 24’s threat to vulnerable children

Posted on Apr 5, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Coalition of Alberta parents and schools file court challenge over Bill 24’s threat to vulnerable children

The Justice Centre has filed a court application on behalf of a coalition of parents and independent schools, challenging the constitutionality of School Act provisions added by Bill 24, An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances. The Justice Centre seeks to strike down provisions of Bill 24 as violating the rights of parents and schools protected by section 2 and section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Alberta Bill of Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  The court application also seeks an injunction, so the new law will not be in...

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