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

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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...

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Grabher licence plate case back in Halifax court February 1

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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...

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Court hears three challenges against Ontario student unions who banned student groups over views

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Court hears three challenges against Ontario student unions who banned student groups over views

TORONTO: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) will be in court in Toronto on Wednesday January 24, on behalf of three student clubs at Ryerson University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College, and the University of Toronto Mississauga, who are challenging the decisions of their respective student unions to deny club status on the basis of the groups’ opinions. Justice Centre staff lawyer Marty Moore will be at Osgoode Hall, 120 Queen Street W, Toronto.  This hearing will begin...

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RELEASE: Justice Centre to represent Chilliwack School Trustee, Barry Neufeld in human rights complaint

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

RELEASE: Justice Centre to represent Chilliwack School Trustee, Barry Neufeld in human rights complaint

CHILLIWACK, BC: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced it is representing Chilliwack School District trustee Barry Neufeld as he defends himself against a human rights complaint by a union of local School District staff.  Mr. Neufeld has publicly criticized the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI 123) curriculum supplements that BC teachers are encouraged to use. SOGI 123 materials promote, among other things, the belief that gender is fluid, that there are more than two genders, and that gender is...

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Court hears challenges to student union censorship January 24

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Staff lawyer Marty Moore will be at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on Wednesday January 24.  The Justice Centre is representing three different student groups, at three different universities.  Each student group is challenging the decisions of the student unions to deny the student groups club status.  In each case, the student group was discriminated against because of the group’s beliefs and opinions. The Justice Centre’s clients include the Ryerson’s Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS), a student group that was...

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Court application filed against Battle River School Division No. 31 over censorship of the Bible and closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Court application filed against Battle River School Division No. 31 over censorship of the Bible and closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

CAMROSE, AB: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has filed a court application on behalf of Cornerstone Christian Society of Camrose (the Society) and three parents of children who attend Cornerstone Christian Academy (Cornerstone), against the Battle River School Division No. 31 (“BRSD”).  The court application seeks to overturn BRSD’s decision to terminate its agreement with the Society, after the Society refused a demand to censor Biblical references in its curriculum. The Applicants’ court application seeks...

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