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Speech codes, cancelled lectures, faculty censorship earn universities new F’s in 2017 Campus Freedom Index

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Speech codes, cancelled lectures, faculty censorship earn universities new F’s in 2017 Campus Freedom Index

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today released the 2017 Campus Freedom Index.  First published in 2011, the annual Campus Freedom Index provides students, parents, politicians, university administrators, and the public with data about the state of free speech on 60 Canadian public universities. The Campus Freedom Index grading methodology is found here.  Each university receives four letter grades: one for each of university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Using a five-tier letter scale—A, B, C, D and F—the...

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RELEASE – Canadian Transportation Agency warned to cease censorship of air passenger rights advocate

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

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has sent a warning letter to the Canadian Transportation Agency (“CTA”) which blocked and removed posts of an air passenger rights advocate from its public Facebook page.  In its letter, the Justice Centre requests that the Agency cease its unconstitutional censorship and change its Use of Social Media policy to properly respect Charter-protected freedom of expression. Dr. Gabor Lukacs and his Air Passenger Rights network are a group of citizens concerned that airlines frequently act with impunity in violation of...

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Lorne Grabher in Court Wednesday September 6: GRABHER licence plate challenge to Motor Vehicle Act Regulations

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

Lorne Grabher in Court Wednesday September 6: GRABHER licence plate challenge to Motor Vehicle Act Regulations

HALIFAX: Lorne Grabher, whose personalized GRABHER licence plate was deemed “socially unacceptable” by the Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles, will be in court on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 for the latest sally in Lorne Grabher v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The hearing will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Law Courts of Nova Scotia, 1815 Upper Water Street, Halifax, in courtroom 702.  Recent case developments include the filing of Mr. Grabher’s Affidavit and his intention to challenge the constitutionality of the Motor Vehicle Act’s Regulations, which Nova Scotia relies...

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Carpay: Please, bring back old-style socialism!

Posted on Aug 28, 2017 in Latest Updates

Today’s Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) make me long for old-time socialists. I’m only 50, but I remember when socialists still respected religious freedom, free speech, and freedom of association.  I remember when the Left, advancing its case for bigger government and the forced redistribution of income, appealed to facts and logic.  The Left opposed economic liberty, and while that is no small thing, the Left was otherwise sympathetic to the free society.  I thought socialists were wrong, but at least you could have an honest discussion with them about economics, culture, feminism,...

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RELEASE: Justice Centre granted intervenor status at Supreme Court of Canada in critical freedom of association case

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

RELEASE: Justice Centre granted intervenor status at Supreme Court of Canada in critical freedom of association case

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced it has been granted intervenor status in Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses & Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Randy Wall, which will be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada on November 2, 2017. Randy Wall became a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) in 1980, at the age of 20.  In 2014, he was disfellowshipped (expelled) after a local church committee determined that he was not sufficiently repentant for having been drunk and verbally abusive to his wife. Mr....

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Christie Blatchford: Resistance is not futile when it comes to freedom of expression

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in Latest Updates

Christie Blatchford: Resistance is not futile when it comes to freedom of expression

Published in the National Post, August 1, 2017 It is, as the delightful John Carpay says, “a full frontal assault on the English language”, this insane revocation of a personalized licence plate by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). The plate in question belonged to Nicholas Troller, a Winnipeg resident and Star Trek devotee who in 2015 applied for a plate that read “ASIMIL8”, in honour of the iconic movie and TV series, paid the $100 fee, and proudly framed it in a border that used two famous Star Trek phrases, “We are The Borg” and “Resistance is futile”. (For those of us,...

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