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New “secret” documents expose Justin Trudeau’s role in barring children’s camps from Canada Summer Jobs grants

Posted on Oct 15, 2019 in Latest Updates, News Releases

New “secret” documents expose Justin Trudeau’s role in barring children’s camps from Canada Summer Jobs grants

HALIFAX, PETERBOROUGH:  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today released new documents uncovered in its Canada Summer Jobs court cases, which show that Prime Minister Trudeau was directly involved in creating new rules used to bar faith-based summer camps from obtaining grants from the Canada Summer Jobs (“CSJ”) program. The documents (1, 2) reveal that two Christian summer camps were deemed ineligible for grants from the Canada Summer Jobs program on account of their Christian beliefs.  Documents obtained by the Justice Centre record how government employees...

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Justice Centre to appeal court ruling upholding Library’s censorship of documentary film

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

Justice Centre to appeal court ruling upholding Library’s censorship of documentary film

OTTAWA:  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that Madeline Weld will appeal the September 16 Divisional Court ruling in Weld v. Ottawa Public Library. The Notice of Motion for leave to appeal at the Ontario Court of Appeal has been filed. The Justice Centre represents Ms. Weld and Valerie Price Thomas in their challenge to the Ottawa Public Library’s last-minute cancellation of a private viewing of the documentary film, “Killing Europe”.  The showing of the film was initially approved by library staff in November of 2017, and then suddenly...

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City of Edmonton sued over cancellation of lighting of the High Level Bridge

Posted on Oct 8, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

City of Edmonton sued over cancellation of lighting of the High Level Bridge

 The Justice Centre has filed a court application on behalf of the Alberta March for Life Association (AMLA) and Jerry Pasternak against the City of Edmonton over its decision to cancel a scheduled lighting of the High Level Bridge in colours chosen by AMLA. Operated by the City of Edmonton, the High Level Bridge is outfitted with 60,000 programmable lights, lit every day in the morning and evening. Through the “Light the Bridge” program, the City permits and invites members of the public and community groups to request the Bridge be lit in specific colours to reflect their event or...

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Babysitter’s human rights complaint against Alberta parents may be dismissed

Posted on Oct 4, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Babysitter’s human rights complaint against Alberta parents may be dismissed

The Justice Centre announced today that the Northern Director for the Alberta Human Rights Commission has issued letters (1, 2) recommending that 30-year-old babysitter James Cyrynowski’s complaints against two Edmonton area parents be dismissed as “there is no reasonable basis to proceed”. This recommendation follows previous reports (1, 2) from the Human Rights Officer which also recommended that the complaints be dismissed, stating: The position in question requires caring for a young and vulnerable child within a private home. In this circumstance, a parent’s...

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Justice Centre urges Mohawk College to rescind security fees for Dave Rubin and Maxime Bernier event

Posted on Sep 28, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre urges Mohawk College to rescind security fees for Dave Rubin and Maxime Bernier event

The Justice Centre has written to the President of Mohawk College to rescind the imposition of “security fees” on the organizers of an event occurring at the College’s Fennel Campus this weekend involving Dave Rubin and Maxime Bernier. “Freedom of expression is not merely an aspiration or ideal; it is the lifeblood of liberal democracies and the cornerstone of higher education. There should be no greater celebration of, and protection for, freedom of expression, including the expression of minority or unpopular viewpoints, than at institutions of higher learning such as Mohawk...

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2019 Campus Freedom Index: Ontario universities improve, but federal funding fuels new threats to free speech on campus

Posted on Sep 24, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

2019 Campus Freedom Index: Ontario universities improve, but federal funding fuels new threats to free speech on campus

The Justice Centre today released the 2019 Campus Freedom Index. First published in 2011, the annual Campus Freedom Index provides students, parents and the public with data about the state of free speech at 60 Canadian public universities. A full explanation of 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 Campus Freedom Index grades universities and student unions on...

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