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.
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.
Yaniv v. Various Waxing Salons
The Justice Centre now represents two new clients in the male genitalia waxing cases which involve serial complainant Jessica Yaniv filing human rights complaints with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Vancouver salon Top Touch, run by women of immigrant background, was approached by Yaniv by phone on August 1, 2019.
The Free Speech Club v. UBC
In November 2019, The Free Speech Club, a student group at University of British Columbia (UBC), organized an event entitled “Understanding ANTIFA Violence” featuring Andy Ngo at UBC’s Robson Square campus, to take place on January 29, 2020. Antifa, short for “anti-fascist,” is a loosely organized coalition of left-wing activists and self-described communist anarchists who use direct action, including vandalism, physical violence, threats, cyber attacks, and blockades, often to shut down events or protest opinions they oppose.
Spot Ads et al v. Municipal District of Foothills
In May 2019, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (jccf. ca) filed a court application challenging the constitutionality of an Alberta municipality’s bylaw which prohibits signs attached to the sides of transport truck trailers.
N.B. v. Ottawa Carleton District School Board
The Justice Centre is representing a young girl (“NB”) and her mother in an application before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. The family brought a claim for discrimination on the basis of gender identity against the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the child’s former teacher and the principal of the school, for teaching NB and other school children that there are no such things as girls or boys.
UAlberta Pro-Life v. University of Alberta
On January 11, 2016, UAlberta Pro-Life applied for University authorization to set up a stationary educational display on campus on February 23 and 24, 2016. On February 12, only eleven days prior to the scheduled event, the University of Alberta notified the students that they would need to pay $17,500 in “security fees” to proceed with their peaceful educational display.
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 first purchased the personalized license plate as a gift for his late father in 1991.
Weld v. Ottawa Public Library
On June 11, 2018, the Justice Centre filed an application for judicial review against the Ottawa Public Library on behalf of Madeline Weld and Valerie Thomas. The application challenged the Library’s decision to cancel a room rental for the purpose of viewing the documentary film “Killing Europe.