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CD and ND v. Alberta Child and Family Services

Alberta Child and Family Services has backed down and reversed its denial of an Edmonton couple’s application to adopt children.


City of Calgary Withdraws Ticket Issued to Levi Almond

The Justice Centre is pleased that the City of Calgary has withdrawn a ticket issued to Levi Almond, who was peacefully exercising his freedom of expression near an LRT station.


Spence v.  Manitoba Public Insurance

Challenging revocation of “NDN CAR” license plate by Manitoba Public Insurance


Cyrynowski v. Todd

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


PT et al v. Alberta

The Justice Centre launched 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’


Andersons v. Canada

The Justice Centre filed a court application against the federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu, on behalf of a small, family owned-business providing agricultural irrigation services in southern Alberta.  Their application to provide a summer position for a student interested in water conservation or environmental sciences through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program was rejected because they refused to express agreement with the Liberal governments’ views on abortion and sexuality.


Independent Baptist Academies v. Minister of Education

The Justice Centre has responded to an Order that Alberta Education Minister David Eggen issued to two Edmonton-area private Christian schools, in regard to Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs).


Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

The Justice Centre has been granted intervener status in the appeal of the decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, 2018 ONSC 579 (CanLII).


Oger v. Whatcott

The Justice Centre intervened in the hearing of Oger v Whatcott (No. 16408) in the BC Human Rights Tribunal.


Port Moody v. Markling

The Justice Centre has secured a victory for individual freedoms in British Columbia, after challenging an Orwellian ticket issued by the City of Port Moody for a “gather[ing] without permission” in one of the City’s parks.


Murphy v. Vancouver Public Library

The Justice Centre sent a legal warning letter to the Vancouver Public Library, requesting that the Library cease its interference with freedom of expression by rescinding a security fee to a group of citizens who organized a public lecture by Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy.  


Poyer v. JY (BC Human Rights Tribunal)

British Columbian aesthetician Shelah Poyer and her boyfriend Jeremy Paradis received a Human Rights complaint for Ms. Poyer’s refusal to perform a Brazilian waxing service on a pre-op transwoman.


Cornerstone Christian Academy v. Battle River School Division

Founded in 1986, Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) is a school in Kingman, Alberta, one-hour south-east of Edmonton.  It provides K-12 education for approximately 180 students.


Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses & Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Randy Wall

The Justice Centre intervened in the case of the Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses & Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Randy Wall on November 2, 2017.


Youth Protecting Youth v. University of Victoria

The Justice Centre has written a letter 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.


Ryerson Men’s Issues Awareness Society v. Ryerson Students’ Union

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) denied club status to a student group seeking to discuss issues and views on campus that RSU executives disagree with.


Speak for the Weak v. Student Association at Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology

The Student Association of Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (“Student Association”) refused to grant club recognition to the student group, Speak for the Weak, due to its stance on abortion.


 UTM Students for Life v. University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union

The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) refused to renew the club status of Students for Life for the 2015-16 year, effectively barring the student group from using the student centre and accessing student union resources.


Kisilowsky v. Manitoba

The Justice Centre represented a former Manitoba Marriage Commissioner, Kevin Kisilowsky, who lost his licence to perform marriages after he indicated that, based on his religious beliefs, he was unable to perform same-sex ceremonies.


Derek and Frances Baars v. Hamilton Children’s Aid Society

In 2015, Derek and Frances Baars completed thorough training on foster parenting.  CAS completed a “homestudy”, which included numerous interviews and home visits over a period of several months.


Toronto v. Fountas

Erik Fountas was peacefully expressing his beliefs on a public sidewalk when Toronto Police charged him with obstructing a street.


Edmonton v. Dale

The Justice Centre has helped secure another victory for the rights of an Edmonton man to express his opinions peacefully on a public sidewalk.


Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia

The law societies of B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia have ruled against recognizing the law school of Trinity Western University (“TWU”), a private Evangelical Christian university in Langley, B.C.  All other law societies in Canada have voted in favour of accepting TWU’s graduates.


AFDI v. City of Edmonton

The Justice Centre represented a non-profit human rights advocacy group in a court action against the City of Edmonton. The City cancelled bus advertisements that opposed the “honour killings” of women and girls, in response to complaints about the ads.


Edmonton v. Smeding

The Justice Centre has secured a victory for the rights of an Edmonton man to express his opinions peacefully on a public sidewalk.


Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada

On July 2, 2015, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice upheld the decision of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) to refuse to recognize the law program of Trinity Western University (TWU), a private Evangelical Christian university in Langley, B.C. TWU has appealed.


Brandon University Students for Life v. Brandon University Students’ Union

Brandon University Students for Life is a campus student group at Brandon University focused on generating debate and discussion on campus regarding euthanasia, abortion, suicide and other life issues.


Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) has refused to recognize the law program of Trinity Western University (TWU), a private Evangelical Christian university in Langley, B.C.


Calgary v. Reicher

In December 2015, Peter Reicher was standing by the entrance to a Calgary C-Train station handing out postcards which invited people to attend his church’s free New Year’s concert.


BC Civil Liberties Association v. University of Victoria

JCCF intervened in the B.C. Court of Appeal, on behalf of campus free speech rights, in the case of BC Civil Liberties Association v University of Victoria.


Edmonton v. Warren

On a Friday evening in July, 2015, Warren, age 53, was peacefully expressing his views on an Edmonton street corner when a police officer stopped him and issued him a ticket for “disturb[ing] the peace of another individual.”


Allen v. Alberta

The Justice Centre sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada from the Alberta Court of Appeal decision in Allen v Alberta, a constitutional challenge to the government’s health care monopoly and its painful waiting lists.


Nicholas Mcleod v. Mount Royal University

From 2013 to 2015, the JCCF represented Nicholas McLeod in his claim against Mount Royal University (“MRU”) in Calgary. In February 2013, Nicholas was peacefully distributing pro-life literature in a building on campus when confronted by MRU security guard Jeff Beddome, who ordered Nicholas to stop immediately, because Beddome considered the literature to be “offensive.”


Cameron Wilson et al. v. University of Calgary

Since 2006, University of Calgary pro-life students have set up a controversial display on campus numerous times, usually four days per year (two days in the spring and two days in the fall).  In 2006 and 2007, the University of Calgary (U of C) posted its own signs near the display, stating that this expression was protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


R v. Booyink

In 1991, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a very clear judgment in support of free expression in the public areas of airports, in Committee for the Commonwealth of Canada v Canada, [1991] 1 SCR 139.  The Court reiterated that speech cannot be censored just because some people may find it offensive.  In particular, the Court held that peaceful expression of opinion is permitted in the public areas of airports, which are owned by government.