Justice Updates

Babysitter’s human rights complaint against Alberta parents may be dismissed

Posted by on Oct 4, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Babysitter’s human rights complaint against Alberta parents may be dismissed

The Justice Centre announced today that the Northern Director for the Alberta Human Rights Commission has issued letters (1, 2) recommending that 30-year-old babysitter James Cyrynowski’s complaints against two Edmonton area parents be dismissed as “there is no reasonable basis to proceed”. This recommendation follows previous reports (1, 2) from the Human Rights Officer which also recommended that the complaints be dismissed, stating: The position in question requires caring for a young and vulnerable child within a private...

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Justice Centre urges Mohawk College to rescind security fees for Dave Rubin and Maxime Bernier event

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre urges Mohawk College to rescind security fees for Dave Rubin and Maxime Bernier event

The Justice Centre has written to the President of Mohawk College to rescind the imposition of “security fees” on the organizers of an event occurring at the College’s Fennel Campus this weekend involving Dave Rubin and Maxime Bernier. “Freedom of expression is not merely an aspiration or ideal; it is the lifeblood of liberal democracies and the cornerstone of higher education. There should be no greater celebration of, and protection for, freedom of expression, including the expression of minority or unpopular viewpoints, than at...

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2019 Campus Freedom Index: Ontario universities improve, but federal funding fuels new threats to free speech on campus

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

2019 Campus Freedom Index: Ontario universities improve, but federal funding fuels new threats to free speech on campus

The Justice Centre today released the 2019 Campus Freedom Index. First published in 2011, the annual Campus Freedom Index provides students, parents and the public with data about the state of free speech at 60 Canadian public universities. A full explanation of the Campus Freedom Index grading methodology is found here. Each university receives four letter grades: one for each of university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Using a five-tier letter scale—A, B, C, D and F—the Campus...

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Constitutional challenge to Bill 24 discontinued following repeal of School Act

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

Constitutional challenge to Bill 24 discontinued following repeal of School Act

The Justice Centre has withdrawn the constitutional challenge that it launched in 2018 to Bill 24. Passed by the Alberta Legislature in November 2017,  Bill 24 amended the School Act to make it illegal for schools to notify parents about their child’s involvement in student organizations, including Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), or “activities” established under section 16.1 of the School Act. On July 5, 2019, the Alberta Legislature passed Bill 8, which replaced the School Act with the Education Act, effective September 1, 2019.  Bill...

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Justice Centre urges UBC Board of Governors to better protect free speech on campus as it reconsiders UBC’s space booking policy

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

Justice Centre urges UBC Board of Governors to better protect free speech on campus as it reconsiders UBC’s space booking policy

The Justice Centre has written to the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia (UBC) urging Governors, as they meet today to discuss UBC’s current space booking policy, to disallow the practice of imposing “security fees” on events in which controversial or unpopular viewpoints are discussed. “The very mission and purpose of higher education is the pursuit of truth and knowledge in preparation for a life of usefulness in society, something that is only made possible by the freedom to propose new ideas and to...

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Court hearing today over Ottawa Public Library’s censorship of documentary film

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Court hearing today over Ottawa Public Library’s censorship of documentary film

The Justice Centre is appearing before the Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) today to argue a court application against the Ottawa Public Library on behalf of Madeline Weld and Valerie Thomas. Ms. Weld and Ms. Thomas are challenging the Library’s last-minute decision to cancel a private viewing of a documentary film that was initially approved by Library staff. For a fee, the Library rents the use of its various rooms for private events to benefit the community. On October 25, 2017, Ms. Weld submitted a request to book the largest...

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Court application filed against Ontario school board for refusing to let a grandmother speak at a public board meeting

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Court application filed against Ontario school board for refusing to let a grandmother speak at a public board meeting

The Justice Centre has filed an application for Judicial Review in the Ontario Divisional Court against the Bluewater District School Board (the “Board”) for refusing to permit a concerned grandmother to give a brief presentation at a public school board meeting. The Board holds public meetings, and is required to do so under Ontario’s Education Act, and in accordance with the Board’s own By-Laws. The Board’s By-Laws state that “members of the community will be provided with an avenue to speak” at meetings of the Board....

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BC Court of Appeal hears father who objects to state interference with child’s puberty

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

BC Court of Appeal hears father who objects to state interference with child’s puberty

The BC Court of Appeal will hear oral argument in the case of AB v. CD, in which the Justice Centre is an intervenor. This case concerns a female-born minor proceeding with testosterone treatments to transition to the opposite gender. A lower court Order prohibits the publication of the names of the born-female child (“AB”), the child’s father (“CD”), the child’s mother (“EF”) and the medical professionals involved in this case. The court’s Order also prohibits using the pronouns “she” and “her” to refer to this...

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Second victim of James Cyrynowski’s Human Rights Complaints steps forward

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Second victim of James Cyrynowski’s Human Rights Complaints steps forward

The Justice Centre has again written to the Alberta Human Rights Commission, this time on behalf of an Alberta mom who is facing a Human Rights Complaint for simply asking a potential babysitter whether he had kids. Danielle, whose surname is redacted to protect her family’s privacy, is an Edmonton mother of three young children. In February of this year, Danielle posted an ad on Kijiji looking for a babysitter for her children. On February 6, 2019, the Complainant, James Cyrynowski, responded to the ad detailing his credentials and...

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Single dad facing Human Rights Complaint for asking the age and gender of a potential babysitter

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

Single dad facing Human Rights Complaint for asking the age and gender of a potential babysitter

The Justice Centre has written to the Alberta Human Rights Commission on behalf of Alberta resident, Todd P., who is facing a formal Complaint under the Alberta Human Rights Act, for having asked about the age and gender of a potential babysitter for his young children. Todd is a single father with two sons, who were ages 5 and 8 at the time.  On August 31, 2017, Todd posted an ad on Kijiji looking for a babysitter for an evening.  One of those who responded to the add was the Complainant, James Cyrynowski.  Todd replied to Mr. Cyrynowski...

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