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Constitutional challenge to Bill 24 discontinued following repeal of School Act

Posted on Sep 20, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Constitutional challenge to Bill 24 discontinued following repeal of School Act

The Justice Centre has withdrawn the constitutional challenge that it launched in 2018 to Bill 24. Passed by the Alberta Legislature in November 2017,  Bill 24 amended the School Act to make it illegal for schools to notify parents about their child’s involvement in student organizations, including Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), or “activities” established under section 16.1 of the School Act. On July 5, 2019, the Alberta Legislature passed Bill 8, which replaced the School Act with the Education Act, effective September 1, 2019.  Bill 8 thereby also effectively repealed the secrecy...

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Justice Centre urges UBC Board of Governors to better protect free speech on campus as it reconsiders UBC’s space booking policy

Posted on Sep 16, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre urges UBC Board of Governors to better protect free speech on campus as it reconsiders UBC’s space booking policy

The Justice Centre has written to the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia (UBC) urging Governors, as they meet today to discuss UBC’s current space booking policy, to disallow the practice of imposing “security fees” on events in which controversial or unpopular viewpoints are discussed. “The very mission and purpose of higher education is the pursuit of truth and knowledge in preparation for a life of usefulness in society, something that is only made possible by the freedom to propose new ideas and to critique and debate existing ideas without fear of...

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Court hearing today over Ottawa Public Library’s censorship of documentary film

Posted on Sep 11, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Court hearing today over Ottawa Public Library’s censorship of documentary film

The Justice Centre is appearing before the Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) today to argue a court application against the Ottawa Public Library on behalf of Madeline Weld and Valerie Thomas. Ms. Weld and Ms. Thomas are challenging the Library’s last-minute decision to cancel a private viewing of a documentary film that was initially approved by Library staff. For a fee, the Library rents the use of its various rooms for private events to benefit the community. On October 25, 2017, Ms. Weld submitted a request to book the largest room, the auditorium, to privately show the...

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Court application filed against Ontario school board for refusing to let a grandmother speak at a public board meeting

Posted on Sep 9, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Court application filed against Ontario school board for refusing to let a grandmother speak at a public board meeting

The Justice Centre has filed an application for Judicial Review in the Ontario Divisional Court against the Bluewater District School Board (the “Board”) for refusing to permit a concerned grandmother to give a brief presentation at a public school board meeting. The Board holds public meetings, and is required to do so under Ontario’s Education Act, and in accordance with the Board’s own By-Laws. The Board’s By-Laws state that “members of the community will be provided with an avenue to speak” at meetings of the Board. Individuals wishing to speak are asked to provide one...

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BC Court of Appeal hears father who objects to state interference with child’s puberty

Posted on Sep 3, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates

BC Court of Appeal hears father who objects to state interference with child’s puberty

The BC Court of Appeal will hear oral argument in the case of AB v. CD, in which the Justice Centre is an intervenor. This case concerns a female-born minor proceeding with testosterone treatments to transition to the opposite gender. A lower court Order prohibits the publication of the names of the born-female child (“AB”), the child’s father (“CD”), the child’s mother (“EF”) and the medical professionals involved in this case. The court’s Order also prohibits using the pronouns “she” and “her” to refer to this born-female child. The father and mother divorced about...

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Second victim of James Cyrynowski’s Human Rights Complaints steps forward

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Second victim of James Cyrynowski’s Human Rights Complaints steps forward

The Justice Centre has again written to the Alberta Human Rights Commission, this time on behalf of an Alberta mom who is facing a Human Rights Complaint for simply asking a potential babysitter whether he had kids. Danielle, whose surname is redacted to protect her family’s privacy, is an Edmonton mother of three young children. In February of this year, Danielle posted an ad on Kijiji looking for a babysitter for her children. On February 6, 2019, the Complainant, James Cyrynowski, responded to the ad detailing his credentials and experience. Danielle responded by asking James whether...

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