Justice Updates

Vancouver Library urged to rescind security fee for Meghan Murphy lecture

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Vancouver Library urged to rescind security fee for Meghan Murphy lecture

The Justice Centre has sent a legal warning letter to Julia Morrison, Acting Director of Corporate Services and Facilities at the Vancouver Public Library.  The letter asks the Library to reverse its unlawful decision to move a scheduled lecture by feminist commentator Meghan Murphy to after-hours and impose a “security fee” on the event organizers in the amount of $2,047.50. Meghan Murphy is the founder and editor of Feminist Current, a popular Canadian feminist website.  A resident of Vancouver, Murphy regularly engages...

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Justice Centre defends freedom of expression in Oger v. Whatcott BC Human Rights hearing

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre defends freedom of expression in Oger v. Whatcott BC Human Rights hearing

The Justice Centre will make oral submissions to the BC Human Rights Tribunal today, in defence of freedom of expression, as an intervenor in the hearing of Oger v. Whatcott (No. 16408), which is expected to run throughout the week. During the 2017 British Columbia provincial election campaign, activist Bill Whatcott handed out over 1,000 flyers in the electoral district of Vancouver False Creek.  The flyer expressed Whatcott’s opinions and “concern about the promotion and growth of homosexuality and transvestitism in...

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Victory for Charter freedoms as federal government abandons compelled speech in Canada Summer Jobs attestation

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On December 7, the federal government abandoned its 2018 requirement that applicants for Canada Summer Jobs funding express their support for the Government’s position on “reproductive rights” by attesting to the following statement:Both the job and my organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, and the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race,...

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Bill 24 legal challenge heard by Court of Appeal in Calgary today

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Bill 24 legal challenge heard by Court of Appeal in Calgary today

The Justice Centre will be at the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Calgary today, to defend the constitutional rights and freedoms of parents and independent schools who are challenging Alberta’s Bill 24.  This hearing will be held in Courtroom 1 and commences at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018. This appeal asks the court to stay provisions of Bill 24, passed by the Alberta Legislature in November 2017, on the basis that they violate the rights of students, parents and schools protected by section 2(a), 2(b), 2(d) and 7 rights under...

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U Alberta students challenge $17,500 fee in Court of Appeal, Wednesday, November 28

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

U Alberta students challenge $17,500 fee in Court of Appeal, Wednesday, November 28

The Justice Centre will appear before the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Edmonton on Wednesday November 28 on behalf of Amberlee Nicol, Cameron Wilson, and the student club UAlberta Pro-Life.  Their court application challenges the University of Alberta decision to impose a $17,500 “security fee” as a condition of peaceful expression on campus.  In the case of UAlberta Pro-Life v. University of Alberta, the students also challenge the University’s decision to condone violations of the Code of Student Behaviour directed against the...

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Justice Centre granted intervener status to defend conscience rights for medical practitioners

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre granted intervener status to defend conscience rights for medical practitioners

The Justice Centre has been granted leave to intervene at the Court of Appeal of Ontario, January 21 and 22, to defend the Charter rights of medical practitioners. 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 policies that require medical practitioners to (1) provide “an effective referral” for medical procedures and services, even if those services conflict with a doctor’s conscientious or religious beliefs, and...

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RELEASE: Alberta Government again threatens to defund schools which do not remove religious content from school policies

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

RELEASE: Alberta Government again threatens to defund schools which do not remove religious content from school policies

Ministerial Order forces government’s “Safe and Caring” policies on independent schools that are non-compliant in Minister’s opinion Minister continues to refuse to explain his opinion The Justice Centre has responded to the Alberta Minister of Education’s Order to impose blanket government policies on schools who he has deemed non-compliant with section 45.1 of the Alberta School Act. The Order, issued this morning, imposes a policy of the Minister’s creation onto schools whose policies, in his opinion, are non-compliant with...

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University of Manitoba Students’ Union urged to reject censorship motion

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

University of Manitoba Students’ Union urged to reject censorship motion

The Justice Centre has sent letters to each member of the Board of Directors of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU), urging them to reject a Motion to have the UMSU take sides in the divisive debate about abortion in Canada. This Motion, tabled on October 25th by current UMSU president Jakob Sanderson, calls on UMSU to endorse “[a] woman’s right to freedom of reproductive choice; and a woman’s right to be free from coercion or attempted coercion with respect to making reproductive choices.” The Motion...

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“Lorne Grabher’s license plate is not offensive or dangerous,” states expert report

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

“Lorne Grabher’s license plate is not offensive or dangerous,” states expert report

The Justice Centre today announced the filing of an expert report by sex science writer and researcher Dr. Debra W. Soh, in the Lorne Grabher v Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles court action.  Lorne Grabher filed a court application against the Registrar in May of 2017 after it revoked his personalized “GRABHER” licence plate because it was deemed “socially unacceptable”. Dr. Soh writes for the Globe and Mail and Playboy Magazine, among other print, TV and online media, about the science of sex, politics, and culture, and...

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Alberta Education claims Minister’s unexplained “opinion” is the law

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Alberta Education claims Minister’s unexplained “opinion” is the law

The Justice Centre has released recent correspondence (1, 2, 3) between Alberta Education and independent faith-based schools. In September of 2018, Deputy Minister Curtis Clark threatened religious schools with defunding and loss of accreditation if they do not remove religious content from their “Safe and Caring” school policies. During the week of October 1-5, several schools whose Safe and Caring policies had been deemed non-compliant by the Alberta Education “Safe and Caring Team” requested clarification (1, 2, 3) as to...

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