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Brandon University Students’ Union sued for censoring free speech on campus

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

BRANDON, MB: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has filed a court application against the Brandon University Students’ Union (BUSU) to defend the free expression rights of a campus student group, Brandon University Students for Life.  BUSU revoked Students for Life’s official student group status because the BUSU disagrees with Students for Life’s stance on abortion. Brandon University Students for Life has been active on campus since 2012, when it first sought student group status.  After being initially denied...

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RELEASE: Nova Scotia Court of Appeal rules in favour of Trinity Western University’s law program

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

RELEASE: Nova Scotia Court of Appeal rules in favour of Trinity Western University’s law program

HALIFAX: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) expressed its satisfaction with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal decision released earlier today in Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.  The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Supreme Court, which had ruled against the Barristers Society’s refusal to accredit Trinity Western University’s law school. The law societies of B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia have ruled against recognizing the law program of Trinity Western University (TWU), a...

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News release: Victory for free expression rights at Canadian public libraries

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

News release: Victory for free expression rights at Canadian public libraries

ST. CATHARINES, ON: The Justice Centre has helped to secure a victory for free expression rights in public libraries. In the Spring of 2015, the St. Catharines Public Library refused to allow Mary Stanko to place the Spring 2015 issue of her seniors’ newsletter in its community newsletter stands.  The St. Catharines Public Library has pamphlet and newsletter stands designed for members of the public to share notices and materials of an educational or cultural nature. Ms. Stanko has been publishing a community newsletter for seniors in...

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Ontario Court of Appeal ignores evidence, rules against Trinity Western University

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

Ontario Court of Appeal ignores evidence, rules against Trinity Western University

On June 29, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada.  Ignoring the evidence of gay TWU alumni graduates who have spoken publicly about their positive experiences at TWU, the Court upheld the decision of the Law Society of Upper Canada to deny professional accreditation to Trinity Western’s law school graduates. This decision is bad news for all Canadians who want to enjoy their freedom of association, guaranteed by Charter section 2(d), to form and join the...

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Justice Centre intervenes for freedom of association this week in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada

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

Justice Centre intervenes for freedom of association this week in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada

News Release Justice Centre intervenes for freedom of association this week in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada TORONTO: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) will appear before the Court of Appeal for Ontario today, to intervene in defence of freedom of association, in Trinity Western University et al v. Law Society of Upper Canada. Toronto lawyer and Justice Centre counsel Daniel Santoro will present the Justice Centre’s argument in support of the Charter section 2(d) freedom of association...

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News Release – Freedom of association at stake in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

News Release – Freedom of association at stake in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia

VANCOUVER: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) will appear before the B.C. Court of Appeal on Wednesday, June 1, to intervene in defence of freedom of association, in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia. Staff lawyer Jay Cameron will present the Justice Centre’s argument in support of Chartersection 2(d) freedom of association before a panel of justices, along with other interveners, as well as Trinity Western University and the Law Society of BC. This hearing will be held from June 1 to...

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Assisted Dying Legislation Must Protect Conscience Rights: Justice Centre testifies before Parliament on Bill C-14

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Assisted Dying Legislation Must Protect Conscience Rights: Justice Centre testifies before Parliament on Bill C-14

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms appeared before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Wednesday, May 4, to recommend changes to the Government of Canada’s draft legislation on “medical assistance in dying” (“MAID”).  The proposed legislation, Bill C-14, was tabled last month in response to the 2015 Supreme Court of Canada decision in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) [Carter]. Other witnesses included the Canadian Medical Association, Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia, the...

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NEWS RELEASE: Student group takes University of Alberta to court over $17,500 “security fee” demanded in order to express views on campus

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

NEWS RELEASE: Student group takes University of Alberta to court over $17,500 “security fee” demanded in order to express views on campus

News Release Student group takes University of Alberta to court over $17,500 “security fee” demanded in order to express views on campus   EDMONTON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (www.jccf.ca) today announced that a pro-life student group at the University of Alberta has filed a court application against the University to challenge a $17,500 “security fee” demanded by the University in order for the group to set up a peaceful display on campus.  The court application also challenges the University’s decision to...

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Concordia students spark discussion with free speech wall

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Concordia students spark discussion with free speech wall

Concordia students spark discussion with free speech wall In March, Concordia students raised a free speech wall on campus in an effort to educate their peers about the importance of free speech to our universities.  The Concordia free speech wall was hosted by the student group Generation Screwed: Concordia, and was sponsored by the Justice Centre. Students invited their peers to express their thoughts and opinions on the wall as an exercise of their free expression rights. They also gave out information about the state of free speech...

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BC Court of Appeal rejects students’ free speech appeal

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

The Justice Centre is disappointed with the ruling of the B.C. Court of Appeal in The BC Civil Liberties Association and Cam Côté v. University of Victoria, released Monday, April 18, 2016. The Court of Appeal dismissed the students’ argument that the Charter applies to public universities, ruling that public, taxpayer-funded universities are not government entities, and are not implementing government programs.  However, the Court has left the door wide open to accepting, in future court cases, that universities are bound by...

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