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Coalition of Alberta parents and schools file court challenge over Bill 24’s threat to vulnerable children

Posted on Apr 5, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Coalition of Alberta parents and schools file court challenge over Bill 24’s threat to vulnerable children

The Justice Centre has filed a court application on behalf of a coalition of parents and independent schools, challenging the constitutionality of School Act provisions added by Bill 24, An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances. The Justice Centre seeks to strike down provisions of Bill 24 as violating the rights of parents and schools protected by section 2 and section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Alberta Bill of Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  The court application also seeks an injunction, so the new law will not be in...

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NEWS RELEASE Court ruling vindicates couple who lost foster girls over refusal to say Easter Bunny is real

Posted on Mar 7, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

NEWS RELEASE Court ruling vindicates couple who lost foster girls over refusal to say Easter Bunny is real

HAMILTON, ON: The Justice Centre is pleased with the ruling of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the case of Derek and Frances Baars v. Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CAS) . The decision, released Tuesday March 6, declares that CAS violated the Baars’ Charter freedoms of conscience, religion and expression by ordering them to tell the two young girls in their care that the Easter bunny is real, and by closing the Baars’ foster home when they refused to lie. The Court vindicated the Baars, finding that “the Baars were constantly promoting the children’s...

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Ontario student groups considering appeal after court upholds student unions’ bans

Posted on Feb 28, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Ontario student groups considering appeal after court upholds student unions’ bans

TORONTO: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) expressed its disappointment with the rulings of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the cases of Arriola v. Ryerson Students’ Union, Naggar v. The Student Association at Durham College and UOIT, and Zettel v. University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union. All three cases were heard together in Toronto, January 24, 2018. The decisions were released February 26. In each of these three court applications, the Justice Centre’s clients sought a declaration from the Court that the decisions to deny their...

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Justice Centre submits recommendations to Wilfrid Laurier University Task Force on Freedom of Expression

Posted on Feb 26, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre submits recommendations to Wilfrid Laurier University Task Force on Freedom of Expression

The Justice Centre has submitted its recommendations to the Wilfrid Laurier University (“Laurier”) Task Force on Freedom of Expression, to assist the Task Force in developing a thorough, principled statement on freedom of expression. In November 2017, Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy announced the formation of a task force, the mandate of which is “to develop a statement on freedom of expression…guided by the principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech.” The Task Force will produce an open report recommending a statement on freedom of expression and...

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Grabher licence plate case back in Halifax court February 1

Posted on Jan 30, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Grabher licence plate case back in Halifax court February 1

Lorne Grabher, whose personalized ‘GRABHER’ licence plate was deemed “socially unacceptable” by the Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles (Registrar), will be in Halifax at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for a hearing pertaining to the case Lorne Grabher v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The court will hear Mr. Grabher’s motion to strike the affidavit and “expert” report of Professor Carrie A. Rentschler submitted by the Crown, as well as a Crown motion to be heard on the same date. The motions will be heard on February 1, 2018, at 9:30 AM at the Law Courts, 1815 Upper...

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NEWS RELEASE: University of Victoria urged to protect freedom of expression on its campus

Posted on Jan 30, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

NEWS RELEASE: University of Victoria urged to protect freedom of expression on its campus

VICTORIA: The Justice Centre has written to the University of Victoria (UVic) requesting that UVic adhere to its policies in upholding the rule of law on campus and disciplining students that attempt to censor opinions they disagree with through vandalism. Youth Protecting Youth (YPY), a registered student club is “a group of undergraduate students from the University of Victoria who share a common love and respect for all human life, without regard for gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, level of development, or physical capabilities.” On the morning of November 16, 2017, YPY...

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