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Court rebukes City of Prince Albert over its refusal to permit a pro-life flag on guest flagpole

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Court rebukes City of Prince Albert over its refusal to permit a pro-life flag on guest flagpole

The Justice Centre is pleased with the decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, which has rebuked the City of Prince Albert for its decision to refuse the application of a pro-life charitable organization to fly its promotional flag on the City’s courtesy flagpole. PARLA is a non-profit organization, comprised of Prince Albert and area residents, which seeks to promote the sanctity of life through prayer, education, and community work.  PARLA’s work includes hosting Pro-Life events such as “Celebrate Life Week” and “Life Chain”, as well as other activities, such as...

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Lindsay Shepherd testifies before Parliament today to share her perspective on “online hate”

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

Lindsay Shepherd testifies before Parliament today to share her perspective on “online hate”

Lindsay Shepherd, Campus Free Speech Fellow with the Justice Centre, will testify today before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as it studies the issue of “online hate” in Canada. The Standing Committee opened this study following the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people. This hearing is open to the public and starts at 8:45 a.m. in room 405 of the Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street. Ms. Shepherd will be joined by historian, author and filmmaker, John W. Robson, and by noted political and social commentator Mark...

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Summer camps charity takes Trudeau Government to court over denial of 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants

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

Summer camps charity takes Trudeau Government to court over denial of 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants

A registered charity running summer camps for youth has filed court applications (1, 2) against the federal government after the charity’s applications for 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants were denied. The charity, BCM (Canada) International, is a registered charitable organization, which runs two summer camps providing recreational and religious programing for youth aged 5 to 18. BCM stands for Bible Centred Ministries. BCM runs one camp at Mount Traber Bible Camp & Retreat Centre located northeast of Halifax. The other, Mill Stream Bible Camp & Retreat Centre, is located near...

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Supreme Court Justices divided on Charter freedoms, reports 2019 Judicial Freedom Index

Posted on May 27, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

Supreme Court Justices divided on Charter freedoms, reports 2019 Judicial Freedom Index

When it comes to defending the fundamental freedoms of Canadians, some Supreme Court judges are more likely to approve of government restrictions on freedom than others. This is the finding of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms’ Judicial Freedom Index, released today. The 2019 Judicial Freedom Index analyzes the current 9 Supreme Court Justices, overviews the Court’s decisions in 2018 involving Charter section 2 claims and gives a report of the Court’s recent trends over the past 5 years (2014-2018). Finally, the Judicial Freedom Index reviews 63 Supreme Court of Canada...

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“What is hate?” Justice Centre defends free expression on Parliament Hill today

Posted on May 16, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases

“What is hate?” Justice Centre defends free expression on Parliament Hill today

The Justice Centre will testify today at 9:45 AM ET before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as it studies the issue of “online hate” in Canada. The hearing will take place at Room 315, Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street in Ottawa, and is open to the public. The Standing Committee opened this study following the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people. Justice Centre Litigation Manager Jay Cameron will challenge the Standing Committee to consider the importance of developing a clear and specific definition of what constitutes online...

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Conscience rights for medical practitioners thwarted by the Ontario Court of Appeal

Posted on May 15, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, News Releases

Conscience rights for medical practitioners thwarted by the Ontario Court of Appeal

The Justice Centre is reviewing the ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal released today in the case of Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. “This is a set-back for every Canadian who wants her or his conscience to be respected by government authority,” stated lawyer and Justice Centre president John Carpay. The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada (“CMDS”) and others are challenging the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the “CPSO”) over CPSO policies that require medical practitioners to (1)...

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