Out of Court Victories

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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.

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.

Citizens v. City of Nanimo

In May 2014, Nanaimo’s City Councillors voted (almost unanimously) to cancel the “Leadercast” video conference, that had been approved to take place in city-owned facilities, and which included many high-profile speakers (e. g.

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.

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”.

Murphy v. Vancouver Public Library

The Justice Centre sent a legal warning letter to the Vancouver Public Library, requesting that the Library cease its interference with freedom of expression by rescinding a security fee to a group of citizens who organized a public lecture by Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy.   Meghan Murphy is the founder and editor of Feminist Current, a popular Canadian feminist website.