Justice Updates

Alberta Education claims Minister’s unexplained “opinion” is the law

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Alberta Education claims Minister’s unexplained “opinion” is the law

The Justice Centre has released recent correspondence (1, 2, 3) between Alberta Education and independent faith-based schools. In September of 2018, Deputy Minister Curtis Clark threatened religious schools with defunding and loss of accreditation if they do not remove religious content from their “Safe and Caring” school policies. During the week of October 1-5, several schools whose Safe and Caring policies had been deemed non-compliant by the Alberta Education “Safe and Caring Team” requested clarification (1, 2, 3) as to...

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Alberta Government demands that independent schools renounce their religious policies

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Alberta Government demands that independent schools renounce their religious policies

The Justice Centre has released correspondence sent to independent schools by Curtis Clark, Alberta’s Deputy Minister of Education, threatening schools with defunding if they do not remove the following content from their “Safe and Caring” school policies: “We believe men and women were created in the image of God, after His likeness, and therefore have transcendent, intrinsic worth.” (allegedly violates School Act because this is “unwelcoming, uncaring and/or disrespectful”) As part of the school’s Personal and Social...

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

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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 Paradis for Poyer’s declining to perform waxing services on a transwoman has been formally withdrawn.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...

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Ontario campus free speech policy a step in the right direction

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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...

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

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

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...

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – PARALEGAL

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms seeks a talented and driven individual to join our Calgary office. This full-time Paralegal will be responsible for assisting the Justice Centre’s Litigation Manager and legal team with various research and document-related projects, as well as contributing to the Justice Centre’s mission of defending the constitutional freedoms of Canadians. Interested individuals should submit their CV, with cover letter, to Litigation Manager Jay Cameron at jcameron@jccf.ca by October 1,...

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

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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...

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Parents and schools considering appeal after judge rejects Bill 24 injunction

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

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...

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Injunction hearing to stay Bill 24 provisions in Medicine Hat today

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

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...

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Freedom of association rejected by Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western ruling

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Freedom of association rejected by Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western ruling

On June 15, the Justice Centre expressed its disappointment with the Supreme Court of Canada decisions in the four-year legal dispute between Trinity Western University (TWU) and the Law Societies of British Columbia and Ontario. The Justice Centre had intervened in the TWU court actions in BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia. You know a court ruling is bad when judges deliberately ignore the evidence placed before them. But reality was brushed aside in the Supreme Court’s decision to repudiate, nullify and revoke the fundamental Charter...

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