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Forcing children to participate in spiritual ritual at the centre of BC court hearing

Posted on Nov 18, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Forcing children to participate in spiritual ritual at the centre of BC court hearing

NANAIMO:  This week, the Supreme Court of BC will hear the case of a mother who objected to her children being forced to participate in two supernatural rituals at their Port Alberni public school. In 2015, the school required children to participate in a ceremony whereby smoke from burning sage was fanned over the classroom’s children for purposes of cleansing their spirits of negative energy. Later in the school year, a prayer was offered at a mandatory student assembly. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (jccf.ca) represents Candice Servatius in her action against School...

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BC Human Rights Tribunal declines to reconsider decision in favour of estheticians who refused to wax male genitalia

Posted on Nov 13, 2019 in Latest Updates, News Releases

BC Human Rights Tribunal declines to reconsider decision in favour of estheticians who refused to wax male genitalia

VANCOUVER:  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is pleased to announce that the BC Human Rights Tribunal has declined to reconsider its October 22 ruling in favour of the right of home estheticians to refuse to handle male genitalia against their will. The Complainant, Jessica Yaniv, had sought reconsideration from the Tribunal on the grounds of contended factual errors, unfairness and alleged bias. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms represented five estheticians from diverse ethnic backgrounds who operated home-based business in the Vancouver area providing services...

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School sued for telling six-year-old girl that girls are not real

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

OTTAWA: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (www.jccf.ca) is representing a young girl (“NB”) and her mother in an application before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal against the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the child’s former teacher and the principal of the school. The family brought the claim for discrimination on the basis of gender identity, for teaching NB and her class there are no such things as girls or boys. NB identifies strongly as a girl. The amended application includes a claim for discrimination on the basis of sex, and notes the child’s rights to...

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Babysitter Drops Human Rights Complaint Against Single Dad

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

Babysitter Drops Human Rights Complaint Against Single Dad

EDMONTON: Two years after filing a human rights complaint against a single father who asked him his age and gender, babysitter James Cyrynowski has now dropped his human rights complaint against the Alberta dad. Cyrynowski’s decision to withdraw his complaint follows a written request by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (jccf.ca) asking the Alberta Human Rights Commission to dismiss Cyrynowski’s complaint. The Human Rights Officer and the Northern Director both recommended that Cyrynowski’s complaint be dismissed. Cyrynowski made national headlines after filing...

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Star Trek fan loses battle to keep personalized licence plate

Posted on Oct 24, 2019 in Latest Updates, News Releases

Star Trek fan loses battle to keep personalized licence plate

WINNIPEG: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (www.jccf.ca) is disappointed by a ruling issued by the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench in the case of Nicholas Troller, a Winnipeg man whose personalized Star Trek inspired license plate was revoked by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) in 2017 for being “considered offensive.” In a blow to freedom of expression, the court ruled that although MPI’s decision to revoke Mr. Troller’s plate violated his constitutional right to freedom of expression, the violation was justified. MPI invites the public to express themselves on...

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Indigenous man gets his “NDN CAR” license plate back from Manitoba government

Posted on Oct 23, 2019 in Latest Updates, News Releases

Indigenous man gets his “NDN CAR” license plate back from Manitoba government

WINNIPEG:  In an out-of-court settlement negotiated by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (jccf.ca), Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has returned the personalized license plate “NDN CAR” registered to Bruce Spence, of Winnipeg. The plate was revoked by MPI seven years after being issued after suddenly being “identified” as a “phrase or innuendo that may be considered offensive.” Mr. Spence is excited to have his plate back, and to display it proudly on his vehicle once again. As stated in his affidavit, Mr. Spence, who is Cree, chose the personalized plate “NDN...

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