Justice Updates

Constitutional challenge to Alberta municipal bylaw prohibiting trailer billboard signs

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Constitutional challenge to Alberta municipal bylaw prohibiting trailer billboard signs

The Justice Centre has filed a court application at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta on behalf of two individuals and a business challenging a bylaw of the Municipal District of Foothills.  While permitting other large, highly visible signage that can readily be seen by drivers, the bylaw prohibits trailer billboard signs on the sides of highways, even when placed on private property.  The Applicant Spot Ads Inc. is an Alberta corporation in the business of leasing advertising space on the sides of transport truck...

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Justice Centre submits proposal for legislation to protect free speech on campus

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre submits proposal for legislation to protect free speech on campus

The Justice Centre today expressed support for the Alberta Government’s pledge to hold public universities responsible for protecting free expression on campus. To support this pledge, the Justice Centre has submitted a policy paper to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The paper includes specific suggestions on amending the Post-Secondary Learning Act, to optimize the protection of expression, discussion and debate on campus.    This draft legislation, “Empowering Free Inquiry: An Act to Protect Free Expression at...

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Court divided on Bill 24 injunction ruling

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

The Justice Centre is reviewing the Alberta Court of Appeal ruling upholding a lower court ruling that dismissed that application for an interim injunction that would stay the operation of Alberta’s Bill 24 pending a ruling in regards to its constitutionality.  In dissent, Justice McDonald stated that he would enjoin the Government of Alberta from withholding or reducing funding or de-accrediting the schools in question.  On account of this dissent, a right of appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada exists.   The decision...

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‘GRABHER’ License Plate Hearing Wednesday, April 24 in Halifax

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

‘GRABHER’ License Plate Hearing Wednesday, April 24 in Halifax

The Justice Centre will be in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Wednesday April 24 to defend Dartmouth pensioner Lorne Grabher in his legal bid to reinstate his personalized license plate depicting his surname. The long-awaited hearing of Lorne Grabher v Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles commences at 10:00 a.m. at the Law Courts of Nova Scotia, 1815 Lower Water Street, Halifax. The hearing is expected to run until Friday, April 26 and is open to the public.  Mr. Grabher posing with plate Lorne Grabher first purchased the...

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Indigenous man challenges Manitoba Public Insurance decision to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate

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

Indigenous man challenges Manitoba Public Insurance decision to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate

Photo credit APTN The Justice Centre today announced that it will represent Bruce Spence, a Nehiyaw Indian living in Winnipeg, as he challenges the decision of Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate because it “may be considered offensive.” Mr. Spence is a producer with Aboriginal People’s Television Network. He purchased the personalized plate about seven years ago. He chose the inscription on the plate as a playful reference to the popular 1992 folk-rock song “Indian Cars”...

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Court hears free speech challenge to Manitoba Government revocation of “ASIMIL8” Star Trek licence plate

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Court hears free speech challenge to Manitoba Government revocation of “ASIMIL8” Star Trek licence plate

Today, Winnipeg resident Nicholas Troller will get his day in court as his legal challenge against Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) will be heard by the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench (3rd floor, 373 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba). Troller’s Star Trek themed licence plate The hearing commences at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, and is open to the public.  Mr. Troller, a Star Trek enthusiast, applied to receive the personalized licence plate “ASIMIL8” in 2015, and paid the required fee.  MPI approved his...

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Justice Centre intervenes to defend the Charter freedoms of public servants

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

Justice Centre intervenes to defend the Charter freedoms of public servants

The Justice Centre intervened in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in support of the Charter rights and freedoms of public servants. This 15-year-old Human Rights Commission case questions whether government can force public servants to comply with Government directives that violate public servants’ sincerely-held religious beliefs, regardless of whether the Government could accommodate those beliefs. At issue is the forced resignation of a distinguished Newfoundland public servant, Desiree Dichmont, from serving as a marriage...

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Justice Centre applies to intervene on behalf of Charter freedoms against Alberta election gag law

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Justice Centre applies to intervene on behalf of Charter freedoms against Alberta election gag law

The Justice Centre has filed an application to intervene in the case of Rebel News Network v. Election Commissioner of Alberta, to argue for freedom of expression. Rebel News Network Ltd. (Rebel Media) is a national online and video-based media company that reports current events and provides commentary on newsworthy topics.  In 2018, Rebel Media displayed a billboard on the side of Highway 2 between Calgary and Red Deer, which featured Alberta’s Minister of Education, David Eggen, Premier Rachel Notley, and the website...

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Ontario Children’s Aid Society asked to stop religious discrimination

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates, News Releases | 0 comments

Ontario Children’s Aid Society asked to stop religious discrimination

The Justice Centre has sent a legal warning letter to Simcoe Muskoka Child, Youth and Family Services (“Child Services”) calling upon it to reverse its decision to dismiss the application of a loving couple seeking to become foster parents.  In November 2017, the couple “L” and “A,” who wish to remain anonymous, applied to become foster parents.  They started the required training in January 2018 and completed it in March.  After they completed the training, a Child Services social worker interviewed the...

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VICTORY for Charter rights as City of Port Moody drops charges over “gathering without permission”

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Active Cases, Justice Update, Latest Updates | 0 comments

VICTORY for Charter rights as City of Port Moody drops charges over “gathering without permission”

July 14, 2018 rally The Justice Centre has secured a victory individual freedoms in British Columbia, after challenging an Orwellian ticket issued by the City of Port Moody for a “gather[ing] without permission” in one of the City’s parks.  On June 11, 2018, the City of Port Moody issued a permit to Waldene Markling for her and an organization called Culture Guard to hold a rally in support of “quality education.” The rally was scheduled for July 14, 2018 at Rocky Point Park, a large 3.4 acre park with an...

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