George Jonas Freedom Award Dinner - Toronto, Vancouver & Calgary

2022 Award Winner: Tamara Lich

The Board of Directors of the Justice Centre considered many worthy candidates for the 2022 Award and ultimately selected Tamara Lich. Ms. Lich inspired Canadians to exercise their Charter rights and freedoms by participating actively in the democratic process, and took the initiative to help organize a peaceful protest and serve as one of its leaders. The resulting peaceful protest in Ottawa awakened many Canadians to the injustice of Charter-violating lockdowns and mandatory vaccination policies. Ms. Lich has suffered for the cause of freedom by spending 18 days unjustly jailed, and exemplifies courage, determination and perseverance.

We recognize that Canada's legal system is founded on a principle of innocent until proven guilty. While Ms. Lich's bail conditions prohibit her from entering Ontario, these are under appeal and the outcome of the appeal is pending. For any questions, please email: dinners@jccf.ca

Tickets: Regular: $200       |       VIP: $500       |       Early Bird: $150


An exclusive reception for VIP ticket holders will be held from 4:30-5:30 before dinner. Location of venue will be sent to ticket holders closer to the date of the event.

Toronto - Thursday, June 16, 2022

Vancouver - Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Calgary - Thursday, August 11, 2022

About the Event

Freedom is a foundational Canadian principle, which George Jonas (1935-2016) promoted throughout his life, both before and after coming to Canada from communist Hungary.

A renowned Canadian author, poet and columnist, George Jonas made freedom a consistent and important theme in all of his writings. The annual George Jonas Freedom Award recognizes and honours one individual each year who has contributed significantly to advancing and preserving freedom in Canada.

This wonderful evening includes a reception, dinner, the award presentation, and keynote speeches.

See the past George Jonas Freedom Award winners below:


Past Winners

The George Jonas Freedom Award - 2021

Award Winner: Canadians resisting unconstitutional lockdowns

Location: Zoom Event

Date: October 2021

Guest Speakers: Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Dr. Francis Christian

This exclusive event will feature the premiere of "Canada's Freedom Fighters", a video showcasing courageous and notable Canadians across the country resisting unconstitutional lockdowns.

Listen: Watch the Zoom Event


The George Jonas Freedom Award - 2020

Award Winner: Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS)

Date: October 2020

Keynote Speaker: Rex Murphy

Established in 1992, SAFS is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that focuses on maintaining freedom in teaching, research and scholarship at post-secondary institutions in Canada. SAFS opposes speech codes, extra-legal tribunals and infringement on free speech of the academic community, both faculty and students, to research and teach on controversial subjects.

Rex Murphy's speech


The George Jonas Freedom Award - 2019

Award Winner: Christie Blatchford

Date: June 2019

The Justice Centre's George Jonas Freedom Award recognizes one Canadian each year who has made significant contributions to defending Canada's free society. This year's Jonas Award recipient was Christie Blatchford. Christie was introduced by renowned defence attorney Marie Henein at the Eglinton Theatre in Toronto, June 14.

Watch Full Event On YouTube

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The George Jonas Freedom Award - 2018

Award Winner: Mark Steyn

Date: June 2018

The George Jonas Freedom Award was presented to Mark Steyn on Friday June 15, 2018 at the Eglinton Grand in Toronto. The award ceremony included a reception, dinner, and accolades to George Jonas from those who knew him best, concluding with a keynote speech from Mark Steyn.

Mark Steyn is a well-known Canadian human rights activist, political commentator and best-selling author. Steyn’s human rights campaign to restore free speech to Canada led to the repeal by Parliament of the notorious “Section 13” restrictions on free expression.

Watch ZNews cover on YouTube

Full Event on YouTube

Columns & Reports - COVID-19


April 14, 2020 - Alberta's Bill 10 is an affront to the rule of law By John Carpay, The National Post

April 10, 2020 - The cost of the coronavirus cure could be deadlier than the disease - By John Carpay, The Post Millenial

April 7, 2020 - Analysis of Part 3 of Alberta’s Public Health Act: (Communicable Diseases and Public Health Emergencies)  - By John Carpay

April 5, 2020 - Canadian coronavirus prediction models must be transparent  - By John Carpay, The Post Millenial

Mar 31st, 2020 - Careful, crises are an ideal time for the state to grab powers: we’re already seeing it in Canada - By Justice Centre board member Bruce Pardy, The Financial Post

March 20, 2020 - Justice dismantled as restrictions placed on court systems - By staff lawyer Lisa Bildy, The Post Millenial

Columns & Reports - COVID-19


April 14, 2020 - Alberta's Bill 10 is an affront to the rule of law By John Carpay, The National Post

April 10, 2020 - The cost of the coronavirus cure could be deadlier than the disease - By John Carpay, The Post Millenial

April 7, 2020 - Analysis of Part 3 of Alberta’s Public Health Act: (Communicable Diseases and Public Health Emergencies)  - By John Carpay

April 5, 2020 - Canadian coronavirus prediction models must be transparent  - By John Carpay, The Post Millenial

Mar 31st, 2020 - Careful, crises are an ideal time for the state to grab powers: we’re already seeing it in Canada - By Justice Centre board member Bruce Pardy, The Financial Post

March 20, 2020 - Justice dismantled as restrictions placed on court systems - By staff lawyer Lisa Bildy, The Post Millenial