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Victory for BC aesthetician who faced human rights complaint for refusal to perform waxing service on transwoman

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Victory for BC aesthetician who faced human rights complaint for refusal to perform waxing service on transwoman

The Justice Centre is pleased to announce the vindication of its clients, British Columbian aesthetician Shelah Poyer and her boyfriend Jeremy Paradis.  The Human Rights complaint which had been filed against Ms. Poyer and Mr. Paradis for Poyer’s declining to perform waxing services on a transwoman has been formally withdrawn. In March of 2018, the Complainant responded to an advertisement posted on Facebook by Poyer advertising her waxing service. The Complainant asked Poyer if she performs “Brazilians”, which is a waxing of the...

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Ontario campus free speech policy a step in the right direction

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Ontario campus free speech policy a step in the right direction

The Ontario government announced on August 30, 2018 that taxpayer-funded colleges and universities must henceforth create and enforce policies to protect free speech on campus.  While imperfect, the plan is a welcome response to the deafening silence of all provincial governments, of all stripes, about the censorship crisis on campus.  Ontario has moved closer to the Justice Centre’s proposal for legislation to protect freedom of expression on campus, submitted to Premier Doug Ford and to Merrilee Fullerton (Minister for Training and...

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Justice Centre defends BC aesthetician facing human rights complaint for not performing waxing service on transwoman

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

Justice Centre defends BC aesthetician facing human rights complaint for not performing waxing service on transwoman

The Justice Centre will represent a British Columbian aesthetician, Shelah Poyer, who faces human rights proceedings for providing only “Brazilian” waxing services and not “Manzilians” or “Bro-zillians.” In March of 2018, the human rights Complainant, who uses a traditionally masculine name, responded to Poyer’s Facebook advertisement for waxing services for women. The Complainant asked Ms. Poyer if she performs “Brazilians”, which is a waxing of the female groin area. Ms. Poyer responded, “Not for men sorry”.  The...

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – PARALEGAL

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms seeks a talented and driven individual to join our Calgary office. This full-time Paralegal will be responsible for assisting the Justice Centre’s Litigation Manager and legal team with various research and document-related projects, as well as contributing to the Justice Centre’s mission of defending the constitutional freedoms of Canadians. Interested individuals should submit their CV, with cover letter, to Litigation Manager Jay Cameron at jcameron@jccf.ca by December 1,...

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RELEASE: New Westminster civic centre urged to reverse banning of Christian conference on sexuality and gender identity

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

RELEASE: New Westminster civic centre urged to reverse banning of Christian conference on sexuality and gender identity

The Justice Centre has sent a warning letter to the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, BC, requesting that it reverse the cancellation of a conference that the City of New Westminster had agreed to allow Grace Chapel to host at the Centre on July 21, 2018. Grace Chapel, a parish of The Redeemed Christian Church of God BC, is located in downtown New Westminster. Part of Grace Chapel’s vision is to “build a multi-ethnic, diverse church were people of every nation in our community will worship God…” Grace Chapel does not have a...

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Parents and schools considering appeal after judge rejects Bill 24 injunction

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Parents and schools considering appeal after judge rejects Bill 24 injunction

A coalition of parents, independent and religious schools are considering appealing a ruling by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench rejecting an interlocutory injunction staying the operation of challenged provisions of Bill 24, ‘An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances’.  A hearing of this injunction application was held on June 20. The ruling was issued on June 27. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) filed a court application in April on behalf of a coalition of parents and independent schools, challenging the...

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Injunction hearing to stay Bill 24 provisions in Medicine Hat today

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Injunction hearing to stay Bill 24 provisions in Medicine Hat today

The Justice Centre will be at the Medicine Hat Court House (460 1st Street SE, Medicine Hat) June 20 at 10:00 am, to seek an injunction staying the operation of challenged provisions of Bill 24, ‘An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances’.  This hearing is open to the public. “An injunction on Bill 24 provisions would prevent these provisions from being put into force until after the Court has determined the constitutionality of the Bill,” explained Justice Centre president John Carpay. The Justice Centre filed a court...

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Freedom of association rejected by Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western ruling

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

Freedom of association rejected by Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western ruling

On June 15, the Justice Centre expressed its disappointment with the Supreme Court of Canada decisions in the four-year legal dispute between Trinity Western University (TWU) and the Law Societies of British Columbia and Ontario. The Justice Centre had intervened in the TWU court actions in BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia. You know a court ruling is bad when judges deliberately ignore the evidence placed before them. But reality was brushed aside in the Supreme Court’s decision to repudiate, nullify and revoke the fundamental Charter...

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Ottawa Public Library sued for cancelling controversial documentary

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Ottawa Public Library sued for cancelling controversial documentary

OTTAWA: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has filed a court application against the Ottawa Public Library, on behalf of Madeline Weld and Valerie Thomas. This court application challenges the Library’s decision to cancel a private viewing of the documentary film “Killing Europe.”  This documentary discusses several social, political, and cultural topics relating to Europe. It includes footage of the documentary’s producer, Michael Hansen, interviewing various people to solicit their views and describe their...

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Supreme Court of Canada upholds freedom of association in Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Wall ruling

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Supreme Court of Canada upholds freedom of association in Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Wall ruling

OTTAWA: The Supreme Court today released its ruling in the critical case of Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Randy Wall.  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) intervened in this case in support of the fundamental freedom of all Canadians to associate, or not associate, as they themselves deem best. “The Supreme Court’s ruling provides clarity to Canadians that neither courts nor governments can legally compel citizens to associate together unwillingly,” stated lawyer...

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