Justice Updates

UBC commended for allowing Jenn Smith presentation but warned that security fees illegally undermine free speech on campus

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

UBC commended for allowing Jenn Smith presentation but warned that security fees illegally undermine free speech on campus

The Justice Centre has written to University of British Columbia (UBC) president Santa J. Ono, commending the University for its decision to permit activist Jenn Smith to give a public lecture at UBC’s Vancouver campus on Sunday, June 23, 2019.  However, UBC insisted on charging the organizer a “security fee.” The Justice Centre has warned UBC to refrain from charging “security fees” at University-sanctioned events, a censorship tactic becoming increasingly common at Canada’s public universities. In early June 2019, a grassroots...

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Justice Centre representing three more BC aestheticians facing Human Rights complaints over refusal to perform waxing service

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre representing three more BC aestheticians facing Human Rights complaints over refusal to perform waxing service

The Justice Centre is representing two British Columbian aestheticians in hearings this week, and one later in July, at the BC Human Rights Tribunal. The three aestheticians face complaints for declining to perform waxing services for a trans-identifying individual who possesses male genitalia. The first complaint hearing against Blue Heaven Beauty Lounge and its owner, Sandeep Banipal, proceeds on July 4, 2019. Banipal and her husband are adherents to the Sikh religion. Ms. Banipal is not trained to wax male genitals, and due to religious and...

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Simcoe Muskoka Child Services sued for rejecting foster parents based on religion

Posted by on Jun 20, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Simcoe Muskoka Child Services sued for rejecting foster parents based on religion

A northern Ontario couple has filed a court application against Simcoe Muskoka Child, Youth and Family Services (“Child Services”) over its decision to reject their application to become foster parents. In November 2017, the couple “A.A.” and “B.A.,” who have three biological children of their own and for their sakes wish to remain anonymous, applied to become foster parents.  They started the required training in January 2018 and completed it successfully in March, after which a Child Services social worker interviewed the...

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Justice Centre warns federal government not to use “online hate” report to police legitimate expression

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

Justice Centre warns federal government not to use “online hate” report to police legitimate expression

The Justice Centre today responded to the report released by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights concluding its study into “online hate” in Canada. The Standing Committee opened this study following the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people. When testifying before this Standing Committee on May 16, 2019, Justice Centre Litigation Manager Jay Cameron challenged Members of Parliament to define online “hate.” In its report the Standing Committee recommended that the Government of...

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Court rebukes City of Prince Albert over its refusal to permit a pro-life flag on guest flagpole

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Court rebukes City of Prince Albert over its refusal to permit a pro-life flag on guest flagpole

The Justice Centre is pleased with the decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, which has rebuked the City of Prince Albert for its decision to refuse the application of a pro-life charitable organization to fly its promotional flag on the City’s courtesy flagpole. PARLA is a non-profit organization, comprised of Prince Albert and area residents, which seeks to promote the sanctity of life through prayer, education, and community work.  PARLA’s work includes hosting Pro-Life events such as “Celebrate Life Week” and...

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Lindsay Shepherd testifies before Parliament today to share her perspective on “online hate”

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Lindsay Shepherd testifies before Parliament today to share her perspective on “online hate”

Lindsay Shepherd, Campus Free Speech Fellow with the Justice Centre, will testify today before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as it studies the issue of “online hate” in Canada. The Standing Committee opened this study following the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people. This hearing is open to the public and starts at 8:45 a.m. in room 405 of the Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street. Ms. Shepherd will be joined by historian, author and filmmaker, John W. Robson, and by...

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Summer camps charity takes Trudeau Government to court over denial of 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Summer camps charity takes Trudeau Government to court over denial of 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants

A registered charity running summer camps for youth has filed court applications (1, 2) against the federal government after the charity’s applications for 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants were denied. The charity, BCM (Canada) International, is a registered charitable organization, which runs two summer camps providing recreational and religious programing for youth aged 5 to 18. BCM stands for Bible Centred Ministries. BCM runs one camp at Mount Traber Bible Camp & Retreat Centre located northeast of Halifax. The other, Mill Stream...

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Supreme Court Justices divided on Charter freedoms, reports 2019 Judicial Freedom Index

Posted by on May 27, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Supreme Court Justices divided on Charter freedoms, reports 2019 Judicial Freedom Index

When it comes to defending the fundamental freedoms of Canadians, some Supreme Court judges are more likely to approve of government restrictions on freedom than others. This is the finding of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms’ Judicial Freedom Index, released today. The 2019 Judicial Freedom Index analyzes the current 9 Supreme Court Justices, overviews the Court’s decisions in 2018 involving Charter section 2 claims and gives a report of the Court’s recent trends over the past 5 years (2014-2018). Finally, the Judicial...

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Shepherd: A Tale of Two Censoring Universities

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Shepherd: A Tale of Two Censoring Universities

Two recent cases of campus censorship provide instructive contrast on the best course of action when it comes to upholding the standard for a free exchange of ideas. Armin Navabi is founder of the group Atheist Republic. He is an ex-Muslim who believes Muslims should abandon their religion for atheism rather than attempt to reform it. On March 19th 2019, two days before Navabi would deliver a presentation on “The Case against Islamic Reform” at Mount Royal University (MRU), MRU’s interfaith coordinator unilaterally cancelled the event,...

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“What is hate?” Justice Centre defends free expression on Parliament Hill today

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

“What is hate?” Justice Centre defends free expression on Parliament Hill today

The Justice Centre will testify today at 9:45 AM ET before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as it studies the issue of “online hate” in Canada. The hearing will take place at Room 315, Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street in Ottawa, and is open to the public. The Standing Committee opened this study following the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people. Justice Centre Litigation Manager Jay Cameron will challenge the Standing Committee to consider the importance of developing a clear...

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