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Victory for BC aesthetician who faced human rights complaint for refusal to perform waxing service on transwoman

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Victory for BC aesthetician who faced human rights complaint for refusal to perform waxing service on transwoman

The Justice Centre is pleased to announce the vindication of its clients, British Columbian aesthetician Shelah Poyer and her boyfriend Jeremy Paradis.  The Human Rights complaint which had been filed against Ms. Poyer and Mr. Paradis for Poyer’s declining to perform waxing services on a transwoman has been formally withdrawn. In March of 2018, the Complainant responded to an advertisement posted on Facebook by Poyer advertising her waxing service. The Complainant asked Poyer if she performs “Brazilians”, which is a waxing of the female groin area. Poyer responded, “Not for men...

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Ontario campus free speech policy a step in the right direction

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Ontario campus free speech policy a step in the right direction

The Ontario government announced on August 30, 2018 that taxpayer-funded colleges and universities must henceforth create and enforce policies to protect free speech on campus.  While imperfect, the plan is a welcome response to the deafening silence of all provincial governments, of all stripes, about the censorship crisis on campus.  Ontario has moved closer to the Justice Centre’s proposal for legislation to protect freedom of expression on campus, submitted to Premier Doug Ford and to Merrilee Fullerton (Minister for Training and Universities) on July 20, 2018. Universities must now...

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Justice Centre defends BC aesthetician facing human rights complaint for not performing waxing service on transwoman

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Justice Centre defends BC aesthetician facing human rights complaint for not performing waxing service on transwoman

The Justice Centre will represent a British Columbian aesthetician, Shelah Poyer, who faces human rights proceedings for providing only “Brazilian” waxing services and not “Manzilians” or “Bro-zillians.” In March of 2018, the human rights Complainant, who uses a traditionally masculine name, responded to Poyer’s Facebook advertisement for waxing services for women. The Complainant asked Ms. Poyer if she performs “Brazilians”, which is a waxing of the female groin area. Ms. Poyer responded, “Not for men sorry”.  The procedure for a Brazilian waxing is not used for men;...

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RELEASE: New Westminster civic centre urged to reverse banning of Christian conference on sexuality and gender identity

Posted on Jul 9, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

RELEASE: New Westminster civic centre urged to reverse banning of Christian conference on sexuality and gender identity

The Justice Centre has sent a warning letter to the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, BC, requesting that it reverse the cancellation of a conference that the City of New Westminster had agreed to allow Grace Chapel to host at the Centre on July 21, 2018. Grace Chapel, a parish of The Redeemed Christian Church of God BC, is located in downtown New Westminster. Part of Grace Chapel’s vision is to “build a multi-ethnic, diverse church were people of every nation in our community will worship God…” Grace Chapel does not have a church building of its own. Church events are held in...

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Parents and schools considering appeal after judge rejects Bill 24 injunction

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

Parents and schools considering appeal after judge rejects Bill 24 injunction

A coalition of parents, independent and religious schools are considering appealing a ruling by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench rejecting an interlocutory injunction staying the operation of challenged provisions of Bill 24, ‘An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances’.  A hearing of this injunction application was held on June 20. The ruling was issued on June 27. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) filed a court application in April on behalf of a coalition of parents and independent schools, challenging the constitutionality of School Act provisions added...

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Injunction hearing to stay Bill 24 provisions in Medicine Hat today

Posted on Jun 20, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Injunction hearing to stay Bill 24 provisions in Medicine Hat today

The Justice Centre will be at the Medicine Hat Court House (460 1st Street SE, Medicine Hat) June 20 at 10:00 am, to seek an injunction staying the operation of challenged provisions of Bill 24, ‘An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances’.  This hearing is open to the public. “An injunction on Bill 24 provisions would prevent these provisions from being put into force until after the Court has determined the constitutionality of the Bill,” explained Justice Centre president John Carpay. The Justice Centre filed a court application in April on behalf of a coalition of parents and...

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