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Edmonton v. Warren

On a Friday evening in July, 2015, Warren, age 53, was peacefully expressing his views on an Edmonton street corner when a police officer stopped him and issued him a ticket for “disturb the peace of another individual. ” A woman had filed a complaint against the expression, claiming it was loud and specifically complaining about its religious contents.

Andersons v. Canada

Update:  A procedural court decision ended this case. Background:  The Justice Centre has filed a court application against the federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu, on behalf of a small, family owned-business providing agricultural irrigation services in southern Alberta.

BC Civil Liberties Association v. University of Victoria

The Justice Centre intervened in the B. C.

Troller v. Manitoba Public Insurance

The Justice Centre brought a court application against Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) on behalf of Winnipeg resident Nicholas Troller, whose personalized Star Trek licence plate was deemed “offensive” by MPI. MPI invites the public to express themselves on personalized licence plates.

Wilson v. University of Calgary

(from left) President John Carpay represented University of Calgary students Cristina Perri, Cameron Wilson and Asia Strezynski at a hearing of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, April 17 2013 As a student, the thought of defending my right to express my opinions on campus in the face of disapproval and intimidation from my university was daunting but the support and guidance from JCCF made it seem attainable. I'm so grateful for we've been able to hold the UofC accountable for their actions so that other students can be confident in sharing their beliefs on their campuses, without fearing punishment from their university administrations.

Independent Baptist Academies v. Minister of Education

The Justice Centre has responded to an Order that Alberta Education Minister David Eggen issued to two Edmonton-area private Christian schools, in regard to Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). On November 14, 2016, Minister Eggen received a Report from Edmonton lawyer Dan Scott, who had been asked to conduct an Inquiry into Harvest Baptist Academy and Meadows Baptist Academy, both operated by the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society (“IBCES”).

Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses & Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Randy Wall

The Justice Centre intervened in the case of the Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses & Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v Randy Wall on November 2, 2017. Randy Wall became a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) in 1980, at the age of 20.

Ryerson Men’s Issues Awareness Society v. Ryerson Students’ Union

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) denied club status to a student group seeking to discuss issues and views on campus that RSU executives disagree with. The Men’s Issues Awareness Society at Ryerson (MIAS) is a student group established in 2015 by students at Ryerson “to host discussions and bring social awareness to issues that disproportionately affect men and boys, such as higher rates of suicide, homelessness, workplace injuries and failure in school.