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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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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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Resistance Not Futile: Star Trek Fan sues Manitoba Public Insurance for return of ASIMIL8 licence plate

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

NEWS RELEASE WINNIPEG: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) Centre today announced it has filed a court application against Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) on behalf of Winnipeg resident Nicholas Troller, whose personalized Star Trek licence plate was deemed “offensive” by MPI. Mr. Troller, an enthusiast of Star Trek, applied and paid the required fee to receive the personalized licence plate “ASIMIL8” in 2015.  MPI approved his application and issued the plate.  Mr. Troller installed the plate on his family vehicle, along with a licence plate border that...

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Manitoba Public Insurance refuses to reinstate Star Trek – themed licence plate, necessitating court action

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Manitoba Public Insurance refuses to reinstate Star Trek – themed licence plate, necessitating court action

WINNIPEG: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has confirmed it will proceed to file a court application against Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), after MPI refused to reinstate the personalized Star Trek-themed licence plate of Manitoba resident Nicholas Troller. Mr. Troller, an enthusiast of the Star Trek TV series, applied and paid the required fee to receive the personalized licence plate “ASIMIL8” in 2015.  Without objection or hesitation, MPI approved his application and issued the plate.  Mr. Troller installed the plate on his family vehicle, with licence...

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