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‘GRABHER’ License Plate Hearing Wednesday, April 24 in Halifax

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

‘GRABHER’ License Plate Hearing Wednesday, April 24 in Halifax

The Justice Centre will be in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Wednesday April 24 to defend Dartmouth pensioner Lorne Grabher in his legal bid to reinstate his personalized license plate depicting his surname. The long-awaited hearing of Lorne Grabher v Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles commences at 10:00 a.m. at the Law Courts of Nova Scotia, 1815 Lower Water Street, Halifax. The hearing is expected to run until Friday, April 26 and is open to the public.  Mr. Grabher posing with plate Lorne Grabher first purchased the personalized “GRABHER” license plate as a...

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Indigenous man challenges Manitoba Public Insurance decision to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Indigenous man challenges Manitoba Public Insurance decision to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate

Photo credit APTN The Justice Centre today announced that it will represent Bruce Spence, a Nehiyaw Indian living in Winnipeg, as he challenges the decision of Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate because it “may be considered offensive.” Mr. Spence is a producer with Aboriginal People’s Television Network. He purchased the personalized plate about seven years ago. He chose the inscription on the plate as a playful reference to the popular 1992 folk-rock song “Indian Cars” by Indigenous musician Keith Secola. The music...

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Court hears free speech challenge to Manitoba Government revocation of “ASIMIL8” Star Trek licence plate

Posted on Apr 8, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Court hears free speech challenge to Manitoba Government revocation of “ASIMIL8” Star Trek licence plate

Today, Winnipeg resident Nicholas Troller will get his day in court as his legal challenge against Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) will be heard by the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench (3rd floor, 373 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba). Troller’s Star Trek themed licence plate The hearing commences at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, and is open to the public.  Mr. Troller, a Star Trek enthusiast, applied to receive the personalized licence plate “ASIMIL8” in 2015, and paid the required fee.  MPI approved his application and issued the plate.  Mr. Troller...

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Man fined $55,000 by BC Human Rights Tribunal over peaceful distribution of flyers critical of transgender political candidate

Posted on Mar 28, 2019 in Active Cases, Latest Updates, News Releases

Man fined $55,000 by BC Human Rights Tribunal over peaceful distribution of flyers critical of transgender political candidate

VANCOUVER: The Justice Centre today responded to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) ruling in Morgane Oger v. Bill Whatcott. The BCHRT ordered Whatcott to pay $55,000 to Oger in a case arising from Whatcott having peacefully distributed flyers during the 2017 BC provincial election. “The Supreme Court of Canada has long held that freedom of expression is the life blood of democracy,” explains lawyer and Justice Centre President John Carpay.  “Society is full of people with diverse views and the Tribunal’s decision undermines the foundational principles of the...

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Justice Centre intervenes to defend the Charter freedoms of public servants

Posted on Mar 21, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates

Justice Centre intervenes to defend the Charter freedoms of public servants

The Justice Centre intervened in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in support of the Charter rights and freedoms of public servants. This 15-year-old Human Rights Commission case questions whether government can force public servants to comply with Government directives that violate public servants’ sincerely-held religious beliefs, regardless of whether the Government could accommodate those beliefs. At issue is the forced resignation of a distinguished Newfoundland public servant, Desiree Dichmont, from serving as a marriage commissioner, without any accommodation of her...

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Justice Centre applies to intervene on behalf of Charter freedoms against Alberta election gag law

Posted on Feb 18, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre applies to intervene on behalf of Charter freedoms against Alberta election gag law

The Justice Centre has filed an application to intervene in the case of Rebel News Network v. Election Commissioner of Alberta, to argue for freedom of expression. Rebel News Network Ltd. (Rebel Media) is a national online and video-based media company that reports current events and provides commentary on newsworthy topics.  In 2018, Rebel Media displayed a billboard on the side of Highway 2 between Calgary and Red Deer, which featured Alberta’s Minister of Education, David Eggen, Premier Rachel Notley, and the website “www.FireEggen.ca.” The billboard ad stated:...

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