Spot Ads et al v. Municipal District of Foothills
In May 2019, the Justice Centre filed a court application challenging the constitutionality of an Alberta municipality’s bylaw which prohibits signs attached to the sides of transport truck trailers. The court application was filed on behalf of landowners and an advertising business, whom the Justice Centre is representing pro bono, against Foothills County, a rural county south of Calgary that has several major highways running through it.
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 is a retired senior citizen in his 70s, who was formerly a prison guard.
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.
Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms v. Alberta
Bill 10, the Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020, is the controversial legislation Premier Jason Kenney’s UCP rammed through the legislature in 48 hours in the spring of 2020, which transferred broad law-making power to his Minister of Health Tyler Shandro. The grant of such power to one individual to amend any existing law as that sole individual sees fit is unprecedented in the history of Canada.
BCM International v. Canada
A registered charity running summer camps for youth 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.
Cyrynowski v. Danielle
The Justice Centre represented an Alberta mother who was facing a complaint before the Alberta Human Rights Commission for simply asking a potential babysitter whether he had kids. Danielle, whose surname is redacted to protect her family’s privacy, is an Edmonton mother of three young children.
PARLA v. Prince Albert
The City of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan maintained a courtesy flag pole in Memorial Square at City Hall and permitted groups or organizations to fly the flag “to help increase public awareness of their programs and activities. ” The City of Prince Albert regularly granted applications to use the courtesy flag pole, and issues proclamations in support of various causes, including Falun Dafa, hunger awareness, naturopathic medicine, national public works, paramedics services, motorcycle awareness, occupational health and safety, LGBT Pride, gender diversity, transgenderism, literacy, seniors and Saskatchewan Ukrainians.
Andrew Lawton and True North Centre for Public Policy v. Canada (Leaders’ Debates Commission) and the Attorney General of Canada
The Justice Centre represented journalist Andrew Lawton and True North Centre for Public Policy (True North) as they continued their challenge of the federal Leaders’ Debates Commission’s last-minute decision to deny True North its media accreditation for the election debate in October of 2019. The Commission informed True North and Mr.