Freedom of Expression

LEAF Opposes Quebec’s Bill 21 Which Will Exclude Muslim Women From Full Participation In Quebec Society

LEAF Opposes Quebec’s Bill 21 Which Will Exclude Muslim Women From Full Participation In Quebec Society

July 10. 2019 | Featured, Freedom of Expression, Racism, What's New

LEAF opposes the Québec government’s Bill 21, “An Act respecting the laicity of the State”, which passed on June 16, 2019. This Bill restricts the…

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Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. Whatcott (SCC) (Judgment February 27, 2013)

Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. Whatcott (SCC) (Judgment February 27, 2013)

February 27. 2013 | Equality Law, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases, Sexual Orientation

In Whatcott, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the constitutionality of the prohibition of hate speech in human rights legislation, stating “words matter”.   LEAF intervened…

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Watson v. R; Spratt v. R

Watson v. R; Spratt v. R

September 08. 2006 | Freedom of Expression, LEAF Cases, Reproductive Freedom

At issue is the Abortion Services Act requirement that there be no protesting within a certain area surrounding abortion clinics. The Court of Appeal heard…

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R. v. Demers

R. v. Demers

January 17. 2003 | Freedom of Expression, LEAF Cases, Reproductive Freedom

For the purposes of defining and addressing issues of infringement of the rights guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms (“Charter”) by the…

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Kane v. Alberta Report

Kane v. Alberta Report

June 29. 2001 | Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases

Mr. Kane and the Jewish Defence League of Canada filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission against the publication Alberta Report.  The complaint concerned…

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Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium et al. v. Minister of Justice et al.

Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium et al. v. Minister of Justice et al.

December 15. 2000 | Freedom of Expression, LEAF Cases, Pornography, Sexual Orientation

Little Sisters v. Canada Customs involved a gay and lesbian bookstore in Vancouver which for over ten years had had most of its shipments stopped…

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R. v. Lewis

R. v. Lewis

October 08. 1996 | Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, LEAF Cases, Reproductive Freedom

In 1995, the British Columbia Legislature enacted the Access to Abortion Services Act (“Act”).  The Act, in general terms, creates access zones, colloquially called “bubble…

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R. v. Butler

R. v. Butler

February 27. 1992 | Freedom of Expression, Gender Discrimination, LEAF Cases, Pornography, Violence Against Women

Butler, a Manitoba video store owner, was convicted under the Criminal Code obscenity law for distributing pornographic videos. He claimed his constitutional right to freedom…

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Kane, et al, v. Church of Jesus Christ Christian-Aryan Nations

Kane, et al, v. Church of Jesus Christ Christian-Aryan Nations

September 24. 1991 | Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, Human Rights Legislation, LEAF Cases, Racism

With the Congress of Black Women, LEAF intervened in a complaint regarding cross burnings and other racist actions which took place at a meeting sponsored…

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R. v. Keegstra

R. v. Keegstra

December 13. 1990 | Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, LEAF Cases

James Keegstra was charged with the promotion of hatred under Section 281(2) of the Criminal Code for teaching high school students social theory based on…

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