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Justice with John Carpay

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

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John Carpay, founder and president of The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, talks about the issues--legal, political and cultural--that concern him most. The Justice Centre (website jccf.ca) has been going strong for ten years, so there is a lot to discuss. With facilitator and producer Kevin Steel, each week John will bring you up to date on the latest, as well as provide insights about the law and the fight for freedom.
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Imagine if you could explore, with genuine curiosity, the most controversial and divisive topics of our time. The conversations would push you to explore new areas and uncover insightful ‘a-ha’ moments that pique your interest. These talks could help answer the questions you may have, like: why would anyone support capital punishment? Or, what are the pros and cons to tobacco control, or public healthcare, or legalizing sex work? I’m Christopher, and I have created engaging Podcast discussio ...
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Free Expression

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This podcast series is an intimate look at one of the most controversial topics in Canadian public discourse at the moment: free expression. The first season includes 11 episodes featuring in-depth interviews with a range of legal academics and experts. Blending academic insight with current affairs, the podcast will appeal to anyone interested in the law of free expression, and especially those wanting to make sense of contemporary politics. The series will address a number of important que ...
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In this week's Justice with John podcast, John announces the winner of the Justice Centre's annual George Jonas Freedom Award. Later, John talks about what led him to write a column on the rise in school absenteeism in Canada. We also discuss an op-ed in the Toronto Star supporting the Online Harms Act. The show ends with a bonus clip from 2008 in …
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Lawyer Marty Moore discusses the firing of a library CEO in an Ontario town, let go after she published an opinion piece in the local paper defending freedom to read, diversity of opinion, and neutrality in library collections. The board that fired her, in a supposed effort to provide a "safe" space for everyone, did so in violation of their own po…
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Subscribe to my Newsletter: https://substack.com/@openminds?utm_source=profile-page Subscribe to my Insta: @openmindspod The conversation explores the misinformation and mischaracterization surrounding medical assistance in dying (MAID). It highlights the need for accurate data and nuanced discussions to counteract the sensationalism often associat…
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Our show this week concentrates on the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). We were triggered by the strange take on a sexual assault case from Justice Sheila Martin, who took issue with the word "woman." Then John reads out a few woke posts from the Court's X account. We also go over an excellent column on the SCC by Barry W. Bussey in The Epoch Times, …
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I'm Back!! Subscribe to my Newsletter: https://substack.com/@openminds?utm_source=profile-page Subscribe to my Insta: @openmindspod In this conversation, Jane discusses the process for international students who want to study in Canada. She highlights the financial considerations and challenges they face, including the high cost of tuition and livi…
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We have arrived at the fourth anniversary of the Covid pandemic and the implementation of draconian restrictions throughout Canada. Traditionally, the fourth anniversary is celebrated with fruit and flowers, however this is something of a bitter celebration as some repressive measures continue. What, if anything, have we learned? For one thing, we …
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John takes us through his critique of the proposed federal Online Harms Act. While acknowledging some good in it, he notes that most of that good is duplication of existing laws, while the bad is, in his words, "the worst attack on free speech in modern Canadian history." The federal government is using "safety" as the justification, and their main…
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Quebec lawyer and Director of French Canada for the Justice Centre Olivier Séguin tells us about a case where a teacher is suing the provincial government to get rid of its guide on transgender issues for schools. The teacher had been ordered by her to school administration to hide a 14-year-old's female-to-male social transition from her parents. …
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Lawyer Marty Moore gives us a round-up of court cases involving gender issues and parental rights across Canada. Starting in New Brunswick, the fight moved west to Saskatchewan and then into Alberta with new policy announcements by Premier Danielle Smith. Court challenges in Alberta, he believes, are inevitable. If the province opts to use the Notw…
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John starts the show by discussing the kerfuffle around Selina Robinson, forced to resign from the provincial cabinet in British Columbia for remarks about Israel pre-1948. It was a collision of outrage and cancel culture. Everyone involved failed, including Robinson and the mainstream media. Free speech and accurate reporting were completely ignor…
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Lawyer James Manson discusses the hearing for Harold Jonker on Tuesday, January 30. Mr. Jonker is a trucker and a former town counsellor who was penalized by his Township for attending the Freedom Convoy. Mr. Manson says he's pleased because he felt Mr. Jonker received a fair hearing. We speculate about the positive influence on the country followi…
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John gives us a brief account of his experience introducing Tucker Carlson at Rogers Place in Edmonton the evening of January 24th. Then we turn to the big ruling from the Federal Court in the Emergencies Act case that determined "the decision to issue the Proclamation was unreasonable and led to infringement of Charter rights not justified under s…
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We open the new season with a discussion of three recent Justice Centre victories: 1) The Michal Princ case in Alberta where a doctor was accused of professional misconduct for providing Covid vaccine exemptions, 2) the Leah McInnes case. Leah, a Saskatchewan nurse, who had been accused of unprofessional conduct because she protested—both in the st…
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John takes an in-depth look at last month's Hillier ruling, in which the judge ignored the plaintiffs’ expert report. Then, after giving us the reasons we need to keep taking governments to court, he lists the Justice Centre's many achievements in 2023. Justice Centre, Nov 27, 2023: Judge ignores evidence of lockdown harms when justifying Charter v…
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John tells us about his experience at the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) Conference in London, England, at the beginning of November. He took a lot of notes over the three days and shares some of his observations. Later, we discuss the Chris Barber/Tamara Lich trial. Alliance for Responsible Citizenship Forum The ARC Conference YouTube …
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Lawyer Marty Moore takes us through some of the latest cases at the Justice Centre, starting with a victory in court for peaceful protestor Evan Blackman who was arrested in Ottawa Feb 18, 2022, and facing criminal charges. We discuss the lack of disclosure and ubiquity of redactions from the Crown in other cases, especially when these manoeuvres d…
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My discussion with Mahmoud Mourra on the protests against LGBTQ discussions in the classroom. Support the show Visit my Website: https://openmindspodcast.com/ Check out my Instagram/Tik Tok for daily posts: Instagram @openmindspod Tiktok @openmindspodcast Support the show Visit my NEW Website! https://openmindspodcast.com/ Check out my Instagram/Ti…
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In a follow up to our January 16 podcast (S04E02 Another Institution Captured?), lawyer Glenn Blackett goes over the latest from the Law Society of Alberta, a Professional Development Profile. It is, he says, full of "woke" concepts that threaten to undermine the rule of law. This past summer, an informal group of lawyers sent an open letter to Alb…
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John talks about his recent column in The Epoch Times in which he applauds the Saskatchewan government for invoking the notwithstanding clause on the parental rights issue. We then discuss the case of Saskatchewan nurse Leah McInnes who’s being targeted by her professional college, and the parallels with her case to others across the country. At ab…
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LGBTQ issues have been in the news, particularly with more parents and concerned citizens worried about school curricula including discussions on gender fluidity and sexual orientation. I chat with Dean Lobo and Reenita V of the 519, a local non-profit in Toronto that works with the LGBTQ2+ community on these issues. Connect with the 519: https://w…
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Lawyer Marty Moore takes us through a new case he's recently filed in BC about censorship at a Chilliwack School Trustee meeting in June. The client, he says, had her free expression rights violated four times in two minutes. And he takes note of a recent decision in the BC Court of Appeal where they ruled that a vaccine passport mandate case will …
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Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Rav Arora join John Carpay on stage for a fireside chat during the George Jonas Freedom Award dinner in Calgary on September 28. They discuss the free speech lawsuit that involves Dr. Bhattacharya, Missouri v. Biden. They also talk about the failure of the Canadian government bills C18 and C10, and the fall of the mainstrea…
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Petition to the Law Society of Alberta: https://www.change.org/p/get-politics-out-of-the-law-society-of-alberta?recruiter=1292735136&recruited_by_id=c75c5010-9907-11ed-b6c6-876123ba9012&utm_source=share_petition&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uADVRwAEAAAAAZLCEO0uX024yZjE2NDM1OQ%3D%3D&utm_content=cl_sharecopy_36827011_…
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Lawyer James Manson takes us through the case of Constable Michael Brisco, who was found guilty of Discreditable Conduct by the Windsor Police Service after making a $50 donation to the Freedom Convoy in 2022. The Justice Centre is funding Brisco's appeal, and the Appellant's Factum was filed just last week. Justice Centre, Jun 1, 2023: Windsor Con…
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John gives us an update on his recent trip to British Columbia to meet with Justice Centre supporters there. Then we give a shout-out to Dr. Kulvinder Kaur Gill; the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has dropped their disciplinary proceedings against her, a victory for medical freedom. This leads to a discussion about Canada's Chief Pub…
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We begin by going through a recent John Carpay column in The Epoch Times: "The Danger of Intellectual Laziness: How Albert Speer Became a Nazi." Then we examine the originating application in the Egale lawsuit against the Saskatchewan government over parental notification for gender transitions in children under 16. Finally, we discuss the trial of…
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John tells us about the recent Justice Centre victories. Then we comment on this year's George Jonas Freedom Award winner Jordan Peterson and his recent loss in an Ontario court. He's being ordered to attend social media thought control classes. Finally, we revisit the Egale lawsuit against the Saskatchewan government for making it mandatory to inf…
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We look at recent research showing that a majority of judges who donated to political parties, prior to their appointment, directed their money to the Liberal Party of Canada. We then discuss a column in The National Post by Jay Bhattacharya and Leighton Grey commenting on Alberta's Ingram decision, in which they level some pointed criticism at the…
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Lawyer James Manson describes and explains the issues in the Robin Francis EI case, now headed to the Federal Court of Appeal. Mr. Francis was fired after he refused to follow his employer's vaccine mandate and was then denied Employment Insurance benefits, like so many other Canadians who asserted their Charter rights. Justice Centre, Mar 27, 2023…
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Lawyer James Manson takes us through an anti-SLAPP motion he filed in the $300 million lawsuit against Freedom Convoy protestors and donors. He explains why in this instance--a class action nuisance lawsuit--an anti-SLAPP motion is unique. But it fits here because the case involves free expression on issues of public policy. And it was for cases of…
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John takes us through a new Justice Centre case that's being filed on behalf of Prof. Frances Widdowson against the University of Lethbridge. Last winter the institution shut down one of her lectures. This is an example of how wokeism damages not only the reputation of the cancelled target, but of the institution itself because their action contrad…
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We discuss the Coutts Four who have spent over 500 days in jail without bail awaiting trial on conspiracy to murder and weapons charges after the Coutts border protest last year. Some are now calling them political prisoners. Then we dive into the debate over the potential criminalization of Residential School "denialism." And we end with an examin…
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In what might be called US Supreme Court decisions Part 2, lawyer Marty Moore follows last week's episode on the Creative LLC USSC ruling with a review of the affirmative action ruling issued at roughly the same time. The case itself will have little impact on Canada because we have embedded affirmative action in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.…
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Lawyer Marty Moore explores the US Supreme Court's reasoning in the Creative LLC versus Colorado decision. Is it, as the mainstream media claimed, a blow against gay rights? Is it a victory for freedom of expression? Marty also draws an interesting parallel between this current US ruling and a Canadian case from over 20 years ago. Supreme Court of …
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Marty Moore discusses a parent's right to know what is happening to their child in school. This follows a story out of Lumsden, Saskatchewan, which resulted in the education minister suspending Planned Parenthood from giving sex ed presentations in schools. Marty reads from anonymized affidavits of girls and boys, filed in Alberta's Bill 24 case fr…
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Michael Geist is a prominent Canadian law professor and advocate for digital rights and freedoms. With his expertise in technology law and policy, he has been a vocal critic of government initiatives that threaten online freedom and privacy. Professor Geist shares his views on public concerns regarding policy development and the potential impact on…
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We look at the circumstances surrounding the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Russell Brown, who stepped down at the beginning of June to end a Canadian Judicial Council investigation. John says the loss of this judge will negatively impact the country's top court. And we also discuss Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner's recent complaint…
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Professor Judith A. Curry discusses her new book, "Climate Uncertainty and Risk." The conversation delves into the inadequacy of global climate models in predicting regional climate change and extreme weather events. Professor Curry sheds light on the inappropriate use of climate model output in shaping public policy decisions. The discussion also …
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