Justice Centre Update: Unexplained Deaths, Privacy, Digital IDs, and More
September 1, 2023 • by Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
The rise of excess and unexplained deaths in Canada
Read the new report on excess deaths in Canada. This report shows that excess deaths in Canada continue to be a significant problem in 2022 for all age groups. Excess deaths in 2022 increased to an estimated 37,000 compared to an estimated 21,000 in 2021–an approximate 75 percent increase. Further, as of June 2023, 24 percent of 2022 deaths from all causes were still categorized as “information unavailable” or were attributed to “ill-defined or unknown cause.”
What are the scientific, institutional, and political causes behind this failure to capture and understand Canadian excess deaths data?”
The Justice Centre was at Calgary’s Olympic Plaza during the Stampede to interview people about privacy, digital ID, and their Charter freedoms. The Justice Centre is leading Canada in understanding how emerging information technologies impact rights and freedoms.
Québec Government sued for violating freedom of non-profit
The Justice Centre announces that a lawsuit has been filed at the Superior Court of Québec on behalf of Harvest Ministries International against the Québec government, Québec’s Ministry of Tourism, and the Québec City Convention Centre (Société du centre des congrès de Québec). Québec government authorities suddenly cancelled a contract for the Faith, Fire, Freedom Rally that had been scheduled to take place in Québec City from June 23 to July 2, 2023.
University of Lethbridge sued over event cancellation
The Justice Centre announces that a court action has been filed against the University of Lethbridge (UofL) on July 26, 2023, on behalf of Dr. Frances Widdowson, UofL professor Dr. Paul Viminitz, and UofL student Jonah Pickle. The three applicants challenged the UofL decision to cancel a February 2023 event where Dr. Widdowson was slated to speak on the topic of “How Woke-ism Threatens Academic Freedom.“
George Jonas Freedom Award Dinner: September 28 in Calgary
Dr. Bhattacharya and Mr. Arora have joined forces to launch The Illusion of Consensus series to bring recently censored and cancelled ideas to light. “If there is consensus, science challenges it with new hypotheses, experiments, logic and critical thinking. Ironically, science advances because it believes it has never arrived; consensus is the hallmark of dead science.”Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, is professor of health policy at Stanford University School of Medicine with an MD, a Ph.D. in economics, and decades of experience writing on infectious disease epidemiology. Dr. Bhattacharya is one of the founding contributors to The Great Barrington Declaration.
Ingram v. Alberta: Court strikes down freedom-violating lockdown mandates
The Justice Centre is pleased with the results of its efforts, since 2020, to challenge lockdown measures which violated citizens’ freedoms of association, expression, conscience, religion, and peaceful assembly, as per the Alberta Court of King’s Bench ruling in Ingram V. Alberta, which struck down and invalidated Alberta’s lockdown measures.
Digital ID: Making your whole life an open book for governments
Governments and policy designers have not properly considered the harmful impacts digital ID could have on your privacy, security, and equality.Your privacy matters. Governments may use digital ID to collect personal and private information about your behaviour, interests, or transactions.
Your security matters. Governments may use digital ID to restrict your access to essential goods and services, such as banking or travel.
Your equality matters. Governments may give preferential treatment to digital ID users or to those who give up their private data.
Justice Centre Weekly: Public spaces and freedom of religion
The Justice Centre is pleased that the City of Burnaby has abandoned its prior opposition to Metro Baptist Church holding worship services in Edmonds Park, indicating an appropriate respect for the Charter-protected freedoms of religion, expression, and peaceful assembly.