Podcasts – Justice with John

John Carpay, founder and president of The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, talks about the issues–legal, political and cultural–that concern him most.

With facilitator and producer Kevin Steel, each week John will bring you up to date on the latest significant issues and legal cases, as well as provide insights about the law and the fight for freedom in our Justice with John podcasts.

John reports on a conference call he participated in with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw, along with faith leaders from around the province. He wonders why the government relaunch and re-opening rules allow restaurants so much more freedom than houses of worship.

Justice Centre lawyer Marty Moore has co-written two papers on the issue of conversion therapy bans. In this show he talks about the City of Calgary’s proposed ban and how this particular bylaw marks a distinct shift from what other cities have passed: it’s vague, it’s broad and it violates Constitutional rights.

We discuss the Justice Centre’s newly released report called “No longer demonstrably justified,” looking at the wildly inaccurate predictions the Alberta government is using as a basis to violate our Charter freedoms.

John Carpay tells us the Justice Centre is preparing a report, still in the draft stage, analyzing the Alberta government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If rights and freedoms are suspended in Canada, as they have in this crisis, the constitution requires that politicians demonstrably justify their actions.

We are getting more data on the COVID-19 virus daily and the science doesn’t appear to support the wholesale stripping of our rights and liberties. It is time to end the lockdowns.

We discuss a letter sent by the Justice Centre to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s ten Premiers asking them to reveal their models and reasons for the extreme disruption of the nation’s life–social and economic–during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to our constitution, the onus is on the government to justify the suspension of our civil liberties.

Are the measures taken by governments to limit the spread of COVID-19 too drastic? Do we risk causing more harm than we prevent? We face all sorts of unintended consequences as we deal with the social and economic fallout from the pandemic.

This is our third discussion about the COVID-19 public health emergency. However, this time, instead of hypothetical situations, we’re discussing laws that are being passed, tickets handed out, and fines levied.

We continue our discussion, which began in our previous episode, about the various emergency measures taken by politicians and health officials dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.

With governments declaring states of emergency due to the pandemic, what individual rights remain? In the second half of the show, we discuss a case that has a lot of parents throughout North America concerned about their rights. What happens if their child falls into the grip of the radical transgender agenda being pushed by school, medical and legal systems?

Canada summer jobs funding is the topic. BCM International v. Canada is a case where the federal government tried to cut summer jobs funding to anti-abortion groups, and then moved on to target a whole host of Christian organizations, including summer camps for underprivileged kids. The Justice Centre is using the Canadian Charter to fight this anti-religious bigotry.

We discuss proposed legislation by the Canadian Liberals banning conversion therapy. The law only bans conversion therapy that attempts to turn LGBTQ people straight, not attempts to turn people gay. Further, it includes gender identity, prohibiting those who want to come to terms with their birth gender from seeking help, similar to Leelah’s Law(s) in the US.

The Canadian government has re-invigorated a previous attack on a free press and free speech, cloaking it in high-minded language about the need to protect (ever-changing) “societal norms” and to prevent (ill-defined) “social harm.” They want to expand the power of their broadcast regulator so it can control all content, even news coming into the country from outside. In other words, they only want bureaucratic power over everything everywhere.

In the first half of the show, we discuss the rule of law. Protesters blockading railways in Canada ignored court orders to disperse, but the police and government did nothing. Critics accused Prime Minister Trudeau of encouraging lawless behavior because it supports his favored causes. The second half of the show we talk about an article in a German paper that says hate speech laws in Africa are bad. These laws, they say, are based on the German hate speech law, which is good.

The topic for the first half is a case involving the banning of a film, Killing Europe, from the Ottawa Public Library. But legally, there isn’t much to discuss, so we get to talk about the film instead. The second half of the show is dedicated to Christie Blatchford, recently deceased Canadian journalist and recipient of the Justice Centre’s 2019 George Jonas Award

License plates–personalized, vanity, specialty, or ordinary–have been the subject of court actions both here and in the US for the last 40 years. It’s a complicated topic, pitting government speech against free speech and, often, political correctness against common sense.

The topic is freedom of the press, and host John Carpay, along with producer Kevin Steel, discusses the attempted exclusion of a couple of “right-wing outlets” from Canada’s Federal Election Leaders’ Debate last year. Even though it ended in a media victory, it’s not over yet.

How has the fight for civil liberties changed over the last two generations? Host John Carpay and producer Kevin Steel talk about the shift in society from an emphasis on individual rights against the power of the state, to group rights competing for political power.

The case of a father and his minor child undergoing gender transition in British Columbia is the main topic, followed by a discussion of an appeal hearing in Saskatchewan about a city’s disputed public flag pole, in which a mayor and council, out of the blue, banned a pro-life group from flying their colors.

The Justice Centre loses one when the ruling in the British Columbia smudging case comes down. This pitted a parent’s rights against a school that conducted an aboriginal smudging ceremony.  In an update on the Ngo case, the Justice Centre will be suing UBC for their cancellation of a speaking event due to “safety and security.” Host John Carpay and producer Kevin Steel also discuss the latest happenings with Jessica Yaniv and conclude with a recent ruling in favour of a dad dealing with child undergoing a gender transition.

The inaugural podcast from John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. This issue of Justice With John, opens with the University of British Columbia banning American journalist Andy Ngo from speaking to the local campus free speech club. This leads host John Carpay and facilitator Kevin Steel into a discussion about cancel culture, a recent ruling in a University of Alberta trial, and many other cases involving the hard working crew at the Justice Centre.