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Single dad facing Human Rights Complaint for asking the age and gender of a potential babysitter

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

Single dad facing Human Rights Complaint for asking the age and gender of a potential babysitter

The Justice Centre has written to the Alberta Human Rights Commission on behalf of Alberta resident, Todd P., who is facing a formal Complaint under the Alberta Human Rights Act, for having asked about the age and gender of a potential babysitter for his young children. Todd is a single father with two sons, who were ages 5 and 8 at the time.  On August 31, 2017, Todd posted an ad on Kijiji looking for a babysitter for an evening.  One of those who responded to the add was the Complainant, James Cyrynowski.  Todd replied to Mr. Cyrynowski asking some basic questions about Mr. Cyrynowski,...

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Free speech victory as City of Calgary drops ticket for “distributing printed material” without the City’s “consent”

Posted on Aug 1, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Free speech victory as City of Calgary drops ticket for “distributing printed material” without the City’s “consent”

The Justice Centre is pleased that the City of Calgary has withdrawn a ticket issued to Levi Almond, who was peacefully exercising his freedom of expression near an LRT station. On May 8, 2019, a group of like-minded individuals were peacefully expressing their Christian beliefs on a public walkway near the Brentwood LRT station. Some members of the group only spoke with passersby, while others handed out pamphlets that communicate Christian messages. Calgary Transit received complaints from individuals who claimed that members of the group were “harassing” transit users.  Calgary...

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Justice Centre applies to intervene in appeal of BC ruling ordering hormone treatment on child without parent’s consent

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

Justice Centre applies to intervene in appeal of BC ruling ordering hormone treatment on child without parent’s consent

The Justice Centre today announced it is applying to intervene in the case of CD v. AB and EF in the British Columbia Court of Appeal, which will hear several intervener applications at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday July 24. The 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...

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UBC commended for allowing Jenn Smith presentation but warned that security fees illegally undermine free speech on campus

Posted on Jul 3, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

UBC commended for allowing Jenn Smith presentation but warned that security fees illegally undermine free speech on campus

The Justice Centre has written to University of British Columbia (UBC) president Santa J. Ono, commending the University for its decision to permit activist Jenn Smith to give a public lecture at UBC’s Vancouver campus on Sunday, June 23, 2019.  However, UBC insisted on charging the organizer a “security fee.” The Justice Centre has warned UBC to refrain from charging “security fees” at University-sanctioned events, a censorship tactic becoming increasingly common at Canada’s public universities. In early June 2019, a grassroots organization called Canadian Christian Lobby (CCL)...

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Justice Centre representing three more BC aestheticians facing Human Rights complaints over refusal to perform waxing service

Posted on Jul 2, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre representing three more BC aestheticians facing Human Rights complaints over refusal to perform waxing service

The Justice Centre is representing two British Columbian aestheticians in hearings this week, and one later in July, at the BC Human Rights Tribunal. The three aestheticians face complaints for declining to perform waxing services for a trans-identifying individual who possesses male genitalia. The first complaint hearing against Blue Heaven Beauty Lounge and its owner, Sandeep Banipal, proceeds on July 4, 2019. Banipal and her husband are adherents to the Sikh religion. Ms. Banipal is not trained to wax male genitals, and due to religious and personal reasons is not comfortable doing so....

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Simcoe Muskoka Child Services sued for rejecting foster parents based on religion

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

Simcoe Muskoka Child Services sued for rejecting foster parents based on religion

A northern Ontario couple has filed a court application against Simcoe Muskoka Child, Youth and Family Services (“Child Services”) over its decision to reject their application to become foster parents. In November 2017, the couple “A.A.” and “B.A.,” who have three biological children of their own and for their sakes wish to remain anonymous, applied to become foster parents.  They started the required training in January 2018 and completed it successfully in March, after which a Child Services social worker interviewed the couple. The social worker asked A.A. questions...

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