Justice with John Carpay

Justice with John Carpay

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.


May 7, 2024 63 mins

During a Q&A session at an April 11 public meeting in Ottawa, John Carpay was asked about the unequal treatment of protestors in Canada. We start the show with his thoughts on the problem of discrimination against protestors. We move on to discuss a book that John was given while on that same trip to the capital, entitled “Against the Great Reset: Eighteen Theses Contra the New World Order,” edited by Michael Walsh.


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Lawyer Marty Moore takes us through a complex Supreme Court of Canada decision, Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, about whether First Nations governments are subject to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. If they are, then what protections would they have to preserve what is known, legally, as "indigenous difference?"

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is in the very north of the Yukon Territory and cen...

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April 19, 2024 66 mins

Lawyer James Manson critiques Nova Scotia's new law allowing the government to access everyone's private medical information. He says it’s dangerous because it is so overbroad and ill-defined. Then he talks about a potential new case in which two public education teachers were fired for their religious beliefs. And we finish with an update on the Zexi Li et al v. Chris Barber et al lawsuit against the truckers for the 202...

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John Carpay and Kevin Steel discuss the attempt by the Bloc Québécois and special interest groups to remove the Criminal Code's Section 319(3) - "the religious defense" to accusations of hate speech. John argues that it will lead to the removal of certain portions of religious texts in Canada. Would this proposed amendment result in the outlawing of all kinds of religious belief? We also discuss John's column on...

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April 3, 2024 58 mins

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 which we hear our 2024 George Jonas Freedom Award recipient address a contr...

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March 28, 2024 57 mins

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 policy.

Cathy Simpson in Niagara Now, Feb 21, 2024: Censorship and w...

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March 19, 2024 62 mins

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, and we review the Court's decision not to hear the Justice Centre...

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March 12, 2024 58 mins

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 learned that it is easy to rule by fear. We also convey a Justice Centre message for...

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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 target is "hate speech." The government says it wants ...

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March 5, 2024 48 mins

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. The school thought it was following the law, but the Ministry of Education'...

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February 22, 2024 59 mins

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 Notwithstanding Clause, as the government did in Saskatchewan, there is a potential for a...

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February 13, 2024 63 mins

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 ignored. We move on to other stories with similar themes, about media bias, free speech on...

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February 5, 2024 57 mins

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 following the recent ruling that the Emergencies Act was an unlawful response to the Fr...

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January 29, 2024 59 mins

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 section 1," (to quote from Justice Mosley's decision). Many contributed...

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January 23, 2024 64 mins

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 streets and on social media—against lockdowns and vaccine mandates, and 3) an ArriveCAN...

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December 29, 2023 58 mins

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 violations

CanLII, Feb 28, 2022: Ontario v. Trinity Bible ...

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December 14, 2023 59 mins

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 page

Britannica: medieval warm period

Matt Walsh ...

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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 drag out court proceedings.

Justice Centre, Oct 24. 2023: All charges dismiss...

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October 24, 2023 60 mins

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 Alberta Premier Danielle Smith to alert the government about the situation.

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October 17, 2023 59 mins

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 about the halfway point we get to our main topic; the danger to free expression from th...

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