Justice Updates

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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Ottawa Public Library sued for cancelling controversial documentary

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Ottawa Public Library sued for cancelling controversial documentary

OTTAWA: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has filed a court application against the Ottawa Public Library, on behalf of Madeline Weld and Valerie Thomas. This court application challenges the Library’s decision to cancel a private viewing of the documentary film “Killing Europe.”  This documentary discusses several social, political, and cultural topics relating to Europe. It includes footage of the documentary’s producer, Michael Hansen, interviewing various people to solicit their views and describe their...

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Supreme Court of Canada upholds freedom of association in Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Wall ruling

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

Supreme Court of Canada upholds freedom of association in Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Wall ruling

OTTAWA: The Supreme Court today released its ruling in the critical case of Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Randy Wall.  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) intervened in this case in support of the fundamental freedom of all Canadians to associate, or not associate, as they themselves deem best. “The Supreme Court’s ruling provides clarity to Canadians that neither courts nor governments can legally compel citizens to associate together unwillingly,” stated lawyer...

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Judge rejects injunction to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

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

Judge rejects injunction to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has rejected the Justice Centre’s application for an interlocutory injunction staying the decision of the Battle River School Division (BRSD) to close Cornerstone Christian Academy (Cornerstone), pending a  court decision as to the lawfulness of the decision to close the school.  The injunction hearing was held in Wetaskiwin on May 17. In his oral decision of May 23, Justice Clarkson ruled that there is no Charter right to a publicly-funded alternative program run by a public school board. He...

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Injunction hearing in Wetaskiwin today to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

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

Injunction hearing in Wetaskiwin today to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) will be in the Wetaskiwin Court of Queen’s Bench (4605 51 St, Wetaskiwin, AB) on Thursday, May 17, to seek an interlocutory injunction staying the decision of the Battle River School Division (BRSD) to close Cornerstone Christian Academy (Cornerstone), pending a court decision as to the lawfulness of the decision to close the school.  The injunction hearing will commence at 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public. In December 2017, the Justice Centre filed an application for...

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RELEASE: Justice Centre calls for stronger protections for free expression in response to Wilfrid Laurier University Task Force

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

RELEASE: Justice Centre calls for stronger protections for free expression in response to Wilfrid Laurier University Task Force

WATERLOO: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has submitted feedback to the Wilfrid Laurier University (“Laurier”) Task Force on Freedom of Expression, calling on the Task Force to provide further clarification and stronger protections for free speech in its Draft 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...

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RELEASE: In face of court action, Alberta Government reverses position, approves adoptive parents

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

RELEASE: In face of court action, Alberta Government reverses position, approves adoptive parents

EDMONTON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that Alberta Child and Family Services has backed down and reversed its denial of an Edmonton couple’s application to adopt children.  The government had denied the application solely because of the couple’s religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality. This reversal follows a court application filed against Alberta Child and Family Services in November of 2017, seeking judicial review of the adoption application denial. The married couple, who are...

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