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.
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.
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.
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.
Servatius v. School District 70 (Alberni)
In September of 2015, Candice Servatius received a letter from the principal of John Howitt Elementary School (JHES) in Port Alberni, BC, where her two children attend. The letter informed parents that JHES would be hosting a “Traditional Nuu-chah-nulth Classroom/Student Cleansing” performed by a “Nuu-chah-nulth Member” in the school’s classrooms.
Cyrynowski v. Danielle
UPDATE : October 4, 2019 A month after the Justice Centre sent its letter, both the investigating Human Rights Officer and the Northern Director for the Alberta Human Rights Commission recommended that the Cyrynowski complaint be dismissed. The decision whether to grant the Justice Centre’s request and follow the recommendations to dismiss Cyrynowski’s complaint against Danielle is now before the Director of the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
A.A. v. Simcoe Muskoka Child Services
A northern Ontario couple has filed a court application against Simcoe Muskoka Child, Youth and Family Services (“Child Services”) over its decision to reject their application to become foster parents. In November 2017, the couple “A.
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.