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Toronto street preacher censored

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

A win in Edmonton, but another challenge in Toronto. Despite a successful end to censorship against Nehemia Smeding in Edmonton, the Justice Centre must continue to defend free speech rights on public sidewalks in another city.  Erik Fountas was peacefully expressing his religious beliefs on a public sidewalk when Toronto Police charged him with obstructing a street. Around noon on February 2, 2016, Erik Fountas and a colleague began preaching near the corner of Yonge Street and Gould Street. Erik was preaching on a wide sidewalk area, near a...

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B.C. parent takes school district to court after children coerced to participate in Aboriginal ‘cleansing ritual’ and prayer

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

B.C. parent takes school district to court after children coerced to participate in Aboriginal ‘cleansing ritual’ and prayer The Justice Centre has filed a petition with the B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo to protect parental and conscience rights, as well as the Charter right that the state remain neutral in matters of religion.  The petitioner is a B.C. mom whose children were coerced by their school into taking part in a religious ‘cleansing ritual’. In September of 2015, Candice Servatius received a letter from the principal of John...

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2016 CAMPUS FREEDOM INDEX: More than 25 universities fail campus free speech test

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

2016 CAMPUS FREEDOM INDEX: More than 25 universities fail campus free speech test

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today released the 2016 Campus Freedom Index, measuring the state of free speech at 60 Canadian public universities. Using a five-tier letter scale—A, B, C, D and F—the Campus Freedom Index grades universities and student unions on their stated policies (what they say) and their practices (what they do).  Each university receives four different letter grades, for (1) university policies, (2) university practices, (3) student union policies, and (4) student union...

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B.C. Court of Appeal rules for freedom in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

B.C. Court of Appeal rules for freedom in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia The Justice Centre expressed satisfaction with the ruling of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia, released November 1, 2016. “The Court of Appeal’s decision is a victory for freedom of association, freedom of conscience and religion, and freedom of expression,” said Justice Centre president John Carpay. “All Canadians must be free to peacefully associate with one...

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Court rules against freedom of expression: ads against “honour killings” banned from Edmonton buses

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

NEWS RELEASE Court rules against freedom of expression: ads against “honour killings” banned from Edmonton buses Thursday, October 6, 2016 EDMONTON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) expressed disappointment in an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruling against freedom of expression in a case involving bus ads against “honour killings”.  The decision by Justice John Gill in American Freedom Defence Initiative v. City of Edmonton was released on October 4. In October 2013, Edmonton Transit Services (ETS) ran...

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Is your name in the credits? Fixing the Constitution

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Is your name in the credits? Fixing the Constitution

Thank you so much for donating to help produce Fixing the Constitution, a documentary which explains the history, strengths and fatal weaknesses of Canada’s Constitution. We are pleased to relay that this film is near completion! Because you supported Fixing the Constitution, unless otherwise indicated, your name will appear in the film credits, testifying the role you played in making this important film possible. Please click here to preview the film credits and confirm that your name is placed and spelled correctly. If your name is...

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Release – City of Calgary reverses ban on controversial display in public park

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Release – City of Calgary reverses ban on controversial display in public park

NEWS RELEASE September 14, 2016 Facing legal action, City of Calgary reverses ban on controversial display in public park CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has secured a victory for free expression in public parks, after the City of Calgary reversed its denial of a permit for event space for a pro-life display.   Colette Schouten is a Calgary mother concerned about the lack of any laws in Canada protecting the unborn.  She wanted to raise awareness about abortion in Canada and sought to set up a public...

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Kisilowsky v. Manitoba

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

MEDIA ADVISORY September 7, 2016 Landmark religious freedom case September 8 for Manitoba marriage commissioner unable to perform same-sex weddings Kevin Kisilowsky unable to perform same-sex ceremonies, stripped of his marriage licence Justice Centre argues for government duty to accommodate Hearing this Thursday September 8, 2016, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench WINNIPEG: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) will argue for the conscience rights of a Manitoba marriage commissioner, Kevin Kisilowsky, in the...

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RELEASE: Court action results in free expression at Brandon University

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

BRANDON, MB:  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that a group of students at Brandon University in Manitoba have won the right to participate fully in student life once again, after having been denied student club status by their student union. The Brandon University Students’ Union (BUSU) had revoked the student group status of Students for Life in November 2015, without informing the campus club of the intention to do so, and without providing any opportunity for the campus club to defend...

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“I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

“I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

This week, Justice Centre president John Carpay responded to a column by Barbara Kay in the National Post, “Caution and accuracy are not an offence to freedom of speech“: Ms. Kay argues that one can campaign against the “honour killing” of women without any reference to Islam.  I agree entirely.  The Justice Centre has taken the City of Edmonton to court for having censored the ad, not because we agree or disagree with the ad’s contents, but because government should not be deciding on behalf of citizens which messages are...

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