Justice Updates

Justice Centre applies to intervene on behalf of Charter freedoms against Alberta election gag law

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre applies to intervene on behalf of Charter freedoms against Alberta election gag law

The Justice Centre has filed an application to intervene in the case of Rebel News Network v. Election Commissioner of Alberta, to argue for freedom of expression. Rebel News Network Ltd. (Rebel Media) is a national online and video-based media company that reports current events and provides commentary on newsworthy topics.  In 2018, Rebel Media displayed a billboard on the side of Highway 2 between Calgary and Red Deer, which featured Alberta’s Minister of Education, David Eggen, Premier Rachel Notley, and the website...

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Ontario Children’s Aid Society asked to stop religious discrimination

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Ontario Children’s Aid Society asked to stop religious discrimination

The Justice Centre has sent a legal warning letter to Simcoe Muskoka Child, Youth and Family Services (“Child Services”) calling upon it to reverse its decision to dismiss the application of a loving couple seeking to become foster parents.  In November 2017, the couple “L” and “A,” who wish to remain anonymous, applied to become foster parents.  They started the required training in January 2018 and completed it in March.  After they completed the training, a Child Services social worker interviewed the...

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VICTORY for Charter rights as City of Port Moody drops charges over “gathering without permission”

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

VICTORY for Charter rights as City of Port Moody drops charges over “gathering without permission”

July 14, 2018 rally The Justice Centre has secured a victory 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.  On June 11, 2018, the City of Port Moody issued a permit to Waldene Markling for her and an organization called Culture Guard to hold a rally in support of “quality education.” The rally was scheduled for July 14, 2018 at Rocky Point Park, a large 3.4 acre park with an...

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Meghan Murphy speaks to packed room at Vancouver Public Library after intervention by Justice Centre

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Meghan Murphy speaks to packed room at Vancouver Public Library after intervention by Justice Centre

Canadian Feminist Meghan Murphy spoke to a sold-out crowd of 300 people at the Vancouver Public Library last night, despite demands for censorship by hostile opponents who disagree with Ms. Murphy’s views on transgenderism. Meghan Murphy is the founder and editor of Feminist Current, a popular Canadian feminist website.  A resident of Vancouver, Murphy regularly engages in public discourse on the subjects of sex, sexuality, and gender.  She holds a Master’s degree from Simon Fraser University. She has become known...

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City of New Westminster taken to court over violating Charter freedoms of expression and association

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

City of New Westminster taken to court over violating Charter freedoms of expression and association

The Justice Centre has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of British Columbia on behalf of a local church, after the City of New Westminster cancelled the church’s booking to host a conference at the City-owned Anvil Centre. Grace Chapel is a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, located in downtown New Westminster. Part of Grace Chapel’s vision is to “build a multi-ethnic, diverse church where people of every nation in our community will worship God…” Grace Chapel does not have a church building of its own....

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New court documents shed light on ASIMIL8 licence plate revocation by Manitoba government

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

New court documents shed light on ASIMIL8 licence plate revocation by Manitoba government

Winnipeg resident Nicholas Troller has filed new material supporting his legal challenge against the provincial government entity, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), over its decision to revoke his personalized Star Trek licence plate, “ASIMIL8”. Mr. Troller, a Star Trek enthusiast, applied and paid the required fee to receive the personalized licence plate “ASIMIL8” (the Plate) in 2015.  MPI approved his application without reservations, and issued the Plate. Mr. Troller installed the Plate on his family vehicle,...

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Vancouver Library urged to rescind security fee for Meghan Murphy lecture

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Vancouver Library urged to rescind security fee for Meghan Murphy lecture

The Justice Centre has sent a legal warning letter to Julia Morrison, Acting Director of Corporate Services and Facilities at the Vancouver Public Library.  The letter asks the Library to reverse its unlawful decision to move a scheduled lecture by feminist commentator Meghan Murphy to after-hours and impose a “security fee” on the event organizers in the amount of $2,047.50. Meghan Murphy is the founder and editor of Feminist Current, a popular Canadian feminist website.  A resident of Vancouver, Murphy regularly engages...

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Justice Centre defends freedom of expression in Oger v. Whatcott BC Human Rights hearing

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre defends freedom of expression in Oger v. Whatcott BC Human Rights hearing

The Justice Centre will make oral submissions to the BC Human Rights Tribunal today, in defence of freedom of expression, as an intervenor in the hearing of Oger v. Whatcott (No. 16408), which is expected to run throughout the week. During the 2017 British Columbia provincial election campaign, activist Bill Whatcott handed out over 1,000 flyers in the electoral district of Vancouver False Creek.  The flyer expressed Whatcott’s opinions and “concern about the promotion and growth of homosexuality and transvestitism in...

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Victory for Charter freedoms as federal government abandons compelled speech in Canada Summer Jobs attestation

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On December 7, the federal government abandoned its 2018 requirement that applicants for Canada Summer Jobs funding express their support for the Government’s position on “reproductive rights” by attesting to the following statement:Both the job and my organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, and the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race,...

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Bill 24 legal challenge heard by Court of Appeal in Calgary today

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Bill 24 legal challenge heard by Court of Appeal in Calgary today

The Justice Centre will be at the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Calgary today, to defend the constitutional rights and freedoms of parents and independent schools who are challenging Alberta’s Bill 24.  This hearing will be held in Courtroom 1 and commences at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018. This appeal asks the court to stay provisions of Bill 24, passed by the Alberta Legislature in November 2017, on the basis that they violate the rights of students, parents and schools protected by section 2(a), 2(b), 2(d) and 7 rights under...

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