Out of Court Victories

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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.

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.

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.

SFU Lifelink v. Simon Fraser University

In early February, 2013, the Simon Fraser University (SFU) campus club Life Link booked space for an educational display, securing designated space on campus several weeks prior to the event.   Shortly before the scheduled event, SFU cancelled Life Link’s scheduled event, citing complaints about the display’s controversial content.

Protectores Vitae v. Kwantlen Student Association

The JCCF secured a victory for campus free speech at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B. C.

Trent Lifeline v Trent Central Students Association

In January of 2013, the Trent Central Students Association (“TCSA”) refused to register Trent Lifeline as a campus club.   TCSA stated: “campaigning for pro life or pro choice is not allowed on campus as well since there is so many opinions to this it can lead to a very exclusive group, while all the clubs at Trent University must be inclusive.

Staff Fellowship Group v. Red River College

In the summer of 2014, the Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba abruptly cancelled the volunteer chaplaincy program which had been serving RRC students and faculty since 1995.   Further, while RRC permitted and promoted Aboriginal spiritual events on campus, RRC refused to permit other religious groups to hold meetings and events on campus.

Voices of the Nations v Toronto

In October 2015, the City of Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) Board of Management denied Voices Of The Nations (VOTN) its right to continue using Yonge-Dundas Square for its annual musical festival. VOTN describes its mission as “to provide a venue and unite the various denominations, cultures and the outstanding talents within the Christian community” and “to embrace and celebrate the wonderful diversity in the city.