Out of Court Victories

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Lifeline v. University of British Columbia

The UBC campus club Lifeline has had to overcome many challenges since it tried to set up its first anti-abortion display on campus in 1999.   UBC demanded $10,000 per day for “security” for the club to set up its controversial display, refused to allow the display in a busy, well-travelled area of campus, and insisted on the right to dismantle the club’s display at any time.

Dr. Christopher Milburn (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia)

The Justice Centre was retained in March of 2020 by a Nova Scotia emergency room physician to defend him from professional discipline, after a Complaint was filed by activists who took exception to an opinion column he wrote in a local paper. The Decision of the Investigation Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia was released on November 4, 2020 and a summary of the Decision was published on November 12, 2020—until that time all details about the Complaint were subject to a publication ban.

CD and ND v. Alberta Child and Family Services

Alberta Child and Family Services has backed down and reversed its denial of an Edmonton couple’s application to adopt children. The government had denied the application solely because of the couple’s religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

Spence v. Manitoba Public Insurance

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (jccf. ca) represented Bruce Spence, a Cree man living in Winnipeg, as he went to court to fight the decision of Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to revoke his personalized “NDN CAR” license plate because it “may be considered offensive.

Manasek v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles (Alberta)

The Justice Centre represented Tomas Manasek, a Calgary man who filed a court application challenging the decision of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to deny him the personalized licence plate “FREE AB”. Mr.

Nipawin Apostolic Church v. Saskatchewan Health Authority

The Justice Centre issued a warning to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) in April 2020 for violating the Charter freedoms of members of the Nipawin Apostolic Church. The church had meticulously planned a drive-in Easter service for Sunday morning, in the same format as a drive-in movie, ensuring that social distancing would be observed.

Justice Centre v. University of Waterloo

The Justice Centre publicly challenged the president of the University of Waterloo, Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, to uphold free speech on campus when an invited speaker (MP Stephen Woodworth) had his March 2013 speaking engagement shut down by disruptive “protesters”, while campus security stood by and watched.

AMB at UBC v. UBC Vancouver AMS Student Society

The Justice Centre has sent a legal warning letter to the University of British Columbia Alma Mater Society (AMS) demanding that it reverse its decision to deny club recognition to the student group Advocacy for Men and Boys (AMB) after rejecting the group’s application on three separate occasions. AMB’s mandate seeks to “build a movement centered on raising awareness of issues affecting Men and Boys through public education through positive, non-violent activism for a healthier society.