The Justice Centre is uniquely positioned to represent Canadians who have faced shocking and stressful intrusions on their freedom. Most Canadians cannot afford to pay for proper legal representation to defend their freedoms when violated by governments and by governmental authorities. As a public interest, non-partisan law firm and registered charity, the Justice Centre provides legal representation free of charge to protect the constitutional freedoms of all Canadians. Since our founding in 2010, we have secured more than 30 court victories and out-of-court settlements.
Grace Chapel v. New Westminster
The Justice Centre has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of British Columbia on behalf of a local church, after the City of New Westminster cancelled the church’s booking to host a conference at the City-owned Anvil Centre. Grace Chapel is a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, located in downtown New Westminster.
AMLA et al v. City of Edmonton
The Justice Centre filed a court application on behalf of the Alberta March for Life Association (AMLA) and Jerry Pasternak against the City of Edmonton over its decision to cancel a scheduled lighting of the High Level Bridge in colours chosen by AMLA. Operated by the City of Edmonton, the High Level Bridge is outfitted with 60,000 programmable lights, lit every day in the morning and evening.
BCM International v. Canada
A registered charity running summer camps for youth has filed court applications against the federal government after the charity’s applications for a 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grants was denied. BCM (Canada) International runs Mill Stream Bible Camp & Retreat Centre, located near Peterborough, Ontario.
Baker et. al. v. Canada (Passports)
The Justice has filed a court application on behalf of Shelley Baker, Sonia Faye and Diane Smith, three Canadians whose passport applications were refused in violation of their Charter-protected right to leave the country. The normal processing of passports, even those sent by mail, have not been processed since March 19, 2020, when all Service Canada Centres and Passport Offices closed.
Justice Centre v. Alberta Government
The Justice Centre has filed a legal challenge to Bill 10, the Alberta Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020. The United Conservative Party used its majority to pass Bill 10, on April 2, 2020, in under 48 hours, with only 21 out of 87 elected MLAs present and voting on the final reading.
City of Edmonton v. Malayko
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (jccf. ca) is representing Dale Malayko, a life-long Edmonton resident and a retired firefighter who was ticketed for peacefully expressing his opinions on a public sidewalk.
Andrew Lawton and True North Centre for Public Policy v. Canada (Leaders’ Debates Commission) and the Attorney General of Canada
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has been retained to represent journalist Andrew Lawton and True North Centre for Public Policy (True North) as they continue their challenge of the Federal Leaders’ Debates Commission’s last-minute decision to deny True North its media accreditation for the election debate last October. The Commission informed True North and Andrew on Friday October 4, that he could not participate in the Monday October 7 leaders’ election debate, or in the media scrum to follow, allegedly because they were engaged in “advocacy.
Grabher v. Nova Scotia
The Justice Centre filed a court application against the Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles (the “Registrar”) after it refused to reinstate the personalized licence plate of Dartmouth, NS pensioner Lorne Grabher, whose surname was deemed too “socially unacceptable” for the road. Lorne Grabher, age 71, is a retired senior citizen, who was formerly a prison guard.