Justice Updates

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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Conscience rights for medical practitioners thwarted by the Ontario Court of Appeal

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, News Releases | 0 comments

Conscience rights for medical practitioners thwarted by the Ontario Court of Appeal

The Justice Centre is reviewing the ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal released today in the case of Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. “This is a set-back for every Canadian who wants her or his conscience to be respected by government authority,” stated lawyer and Justice Centre president John Carpay. The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada (“CMDS”) and others are challenging the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the “CPSO”) over CPSO...

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Justice Centre calls for repeal of gag law that tramples Charter freedoms and violates citizens’ privacy

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre calls for repeal of gag law that tramples Charter freedoms and violates citizens’ privacy

The Justice Centre today released a new policy paper calling for changes to Alberta’s Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (“EFCDA”). This paper, “Defending Democratic Discourse: Repealing the Unconstitutional Provisions of the Elections Finance and Contributions Disclosure Act,” provides recommendations on how to amend the EFCDA so as to ensure it does not violate Charter-protected freedom of expression.  In 2016, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta amended the Election Finances and Contributions...

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Constitutional challenge to Alberta municipal bylaw prohibiting trailer billboard signs

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Constitutional challenge to Alberta municipal bylaw prohibiting trailer billboard signs

The Justice Centre has filed a court application at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta on behalf of two individuals and a business challenging a bylaw of the Municipal District of Foothills.  While permitting other large, highly visible signage that can readily be seen by drivers, the bylaw prohibits trailer billboard signs on the sides of highways, even when placed on private property.  The Applicant Spot Ads Inc. is an Alberta corporation in the business of leasing advertising space on the sides of transport truck...

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Justice Centre submits proposal for legislation to protect free speech on campus

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

Justice Centre submits proposal for legislation to protect free speech on campus

The Justice Centre today expressed support for the Alberta Government’s pledge to hold public universities responsible for protecting free expression on campus. To support this pledge, the Justice Centre has submitted a policy paper to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The paper includes specific suggestions on amending the Post-Secondary Learning Act, to optimize the protection of expression, discussion and debate on campus.    This draft legislation, “Empowering Free Inquiry: An Act to Protect Free Expression at...

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Court divided on Bill 24 injunction ruling

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

The Justice Centre is reviewing the Alberta Court of Appeal ruling upholding a lower court ruling that dismissed that application for an interim injunction that would stay the operation of Alberta’s Bill 24 pending a ruling in regards to its constitutionality.  In dissent, Justice McDonald stated that he would enjoin the Government of Alberta from withholding or reducing funding or de-accrediting the schools in question.  On account of this dissent, a right of appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada exists.   The decision...

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‘GRABHER’ License Plate Hearing Wednesday, April 24 in Halifax

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

‘GRABHER’ License Plate Hearing Wednesday, April 24 in Halifax

The Justice Centre will be in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Wednesday April 24 to defend Dartmouth pensioner Lorne Grabher in his legal bid to reinstate his personalized license plate depicting his surname. The long-awaited hearing of Lorne Grabher v Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles commences at 10:00 a.m. at the Law Courts of Nova Scotia, 1815 Lower Water Street, Halifax. The hearing is expected to run until Friday, April 26 and is open to the public.  Mr. Grabher posing with plate Lorne Grabher first purchased the...

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