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Children taken away from foster parents unwilling to say Easter Bunny is real

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Children taken away from foster parents unwilling to say Easter Bunny is real

HAMILTON, ON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) today announced that Derek and Frances Baars have filed a court application against The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CAS).  The court documents allege that CAS violated the Charter rights of the Baars by closing down their foster home because the couple refused to tell the girls in their care that the Easter Bunny is a real entity. In 2015, Derek and Frances Baars completed thorough training on foster parenting.  CAS completed a “homestudy”, which included...

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Justice Centre urges Committee to pass Bill S-217 (detention in custody) to ensure that judges can protect the public

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

OTTAWA: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) will appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights this Tuesday, April 11, to present its recommendations regarding Bill S-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (detention in custody). The Justice Centre’s Litigation Manager, Jay Cameron, will appear before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights between 3:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. in Centre Block, Room 237-C. Other witnesses include Cheryl Webster, Associate Professor, University of...

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Lorne Grabher v Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Lorne Grabher v Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles

In an effort to raise awareness about this case, and to support our legal defence of Mr. Grabher, the Justice Centre is selling ‘GRABHER’ bumper stickers. Buy your sticker and show your support for free speech, today! The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has filed a court application against the Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles (the “Registrar”) after it refused to reinstate the personalized licence plate of Dartmouth, NS pensioner Lorne Grabher, whose surname was deemed too “socially unacceptable” for...

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Nova Scotia government urged to reinstate ‘GRABHER’ licence plate by April 6 or face legal action

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Nova Scotia government urged to reinstate ‘GRABHER’ licence plate by April 6 or face legal action

The Justice Centre has written to the Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles (the “Registrar”) requesting that it reinstate the personalized licence plate of Lorne Grabher, whose surname was deemed too “socially unacceptable” for the road. Lorne Grabher, of Dartmouth, NS, first purchased the personalized licence plate as a gift for his late father in 1991.  It has since become a source of family pride, spanning three generations – Grabher’s son has the family name on his own personalized Alberta license plate. Mr. Grabher...

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Carpay: When it comes to sex and education, there is no “one-size-fits-all”

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Carpay: When it comes to sex and education, there is no “one-size-fits-all”

Should governments decide your moral and religious beliefs?  Should government compel people to agree with one moral standard for sex?  These questions were raised by Alberta Education Minister David Eggen.  On March 23, he ordered two Edmonton-area Christian schools to comply with a law that forces all schools in Alberta (public, Catholic, independent, charter, etc.) to set up and maintain a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) upon the request of one student, regardless of what parents, teachers and principals want for their school. Section 16.1...

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Justice Centre takes on campus censorship in new video

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre takes on campus censorship in new video

Justice Centre takes on campus censorship in new video A new video released this week by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is highlighting some of the most outrageous cases of campus censorship in Canada. In this video, the Justice Centre asks students to respond to past cases of censorship documented by its report on free speech at public universities, the Campus Freedom Index. The students’ reactions reflect the degree to which universities and student unions are over-reaching in their attempts to silence controversial...

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Western University president urged to return security fee for Peterson lecture

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

NEWS RELEASE Western University president urged to return security fee for Peterson lecture Friday, March 17, 2017 LONDON, ON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has written to Western University President & Vice-Chancellor Amit Chakma, urging him to refund more than $1,000 charged to a student group for hosting an event that features University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson.Western University has imposed more than $1,000 in “security fees” on a Western student club, Young Canadians in Action (YCIA),...

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Toronto resident censored for speaking on sidewalk

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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