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Kwantlen Student Association v. Free Expression on Campus
In December 2012, the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) agreed, upon threat of legal action by JCCF, to register the campus pro-life club Protectores Vitae (Protectors of Life), as described further below. However, in October 2013, the KSA introduced a new policy requiring that “any material displayed in the Association spaces should adhere to the principle of ‘safe space’ … to ensure an accessible environment in which every student feels comfortable, safe and able to get involved in all aspects of the organization free from intimidation or judgement”.
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.
Students for a Culture of Life v. University of Manitoba Students’ Union
In October 2013, the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) was actively and publicly planning to ban the Students for a Culture of Life (SCL) club, because UMSU had received complaints from students who disagreed with the opinions and beliefs that SCL expressed. UMSU accused SCL of “creating an unsafe environment for students” based not on any misbehaviour on the part of club members, but purely on the basis of the contents of the SCL’s display on campus.
Queen’s Students for Liberty v. Queen’s University
Queen’s University approved the setting up of a free speech wall on campus from Tuesday April 2 through to Friday, April 5, 2013. However, on the evening of Tuesday April 2, the free speech wall which had been erected by the student group Queen’s Students For Liberty (Queen’s SFL) was shut down by the University’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Arig Girgrah.
City of Calgary Withdraws Ticket Issued to Levi Almond
The Justice Centre is pleased that the City of Calgary has withdrawn a ticket issued to Levi Almond, who was peacefully exercising his freedom of expression near an LRT station. On May 8, 2019, a group of like-minded individuals were peacefully expressing their Christian beliefs on a public walkway near the Brentwood LRT station.
Students for Life v. University of Lethbridge
In response to a display on campus set up by the University of Lethbridge Students for Life in October 2013, the University’s president, Dr. Mike Mahon, threatened that future displays would be censored by relegating them to out-of-the-way places.
C.D. and N.D. 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.
Students for Life v. Brandon University Student Union
At the start of the 2012-13 school year, the Brandon University Student Union (BUSU) told the Students for Life club that they would not be welcome on campus. According to BUSU, the issue of abortion and all women’s issues were covered by the Women’s Collective club.