JCCF defends freedom of association for Trinity Western in Ontario, granted intervener status in BC, seeks to intervene again in Nova Scotia appeal

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 in Columns, Latest Updates, Uncategorized

AnchorJCCF defends freedom of association for Trinity Western in Ontario, granted intervener status in BC, seeks to intervene again in Nova Scotia appeal

Trinity Western University, Langley, BC

The JCCF has been granted intervener status in three different court actions which will impact the freedom of all Canadians to create, join and maintain the voluntary associations of their own choosing.

On Tuesday, June 2, the JCCF presented oral argument in defence of freedom of association in Toronto, in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada.  Toronto lawyer and JCCF Board member Daniel Santoro argued before a three-judge panel of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

The law societies of B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia have ruled against recognizing the law school of Trinity Western University (TWU), a private Evangelical Christian university in Langley, B.C.

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has approved the law program of TWU as meeting academic and professional standards.  The three law societies admit there is nothing wrong with TWU’s law program, but claim that TWU’s Community Covenant discriminates against the LGBTQ+ community.  The Community Covenant prohibits numerous legal activities such as vulgar or obscene language, drunkenness, viewing pornography, gossip, and sexual activity outside of the marriage of one man and one woman.  TWU’s expectations discriminate against the majority of Canadians, for a myriad of reasons, all of which boil down to an unwillingness to practice an Evangelical Christian lifestyle.

AnchorOn May 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of British Columbia granted JCCF leave to intervene in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia, scheduled for August 25, 2015.

Help JCCF prepare for this court action with your tax-deductible donation, today! 



John Carpay at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

The JCCF also intervened at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, in Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

In January 2015, that Court ruled in favour of freedom of association and religion.  This ruling is being appealed by the Barristers Society, and the JCCF has applied to intervene before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to once again defend freedom of association for all Canadians.                        

Support JCCF’s appeal for Trinity Western in Nova Scotia with your tax-deductible gift! 

In all three court actions, the JCCF argues for the Charter section 2(d) right to freedom of association, including the right of every charity, temple, church, ethnic and cultural association, sports club, and political group to establish its own rules and membership requirements.

Speaking to media, JCCF president John Carpay stated: “A court ruling against TWU’s freedom of association would undermine the freedom of association of every other group in Canada as well.”

With THREE active court actions defending freedom of association for TWU students, the JCCF relies on the generous support of Canadians who care about justice. If you want to preserve freedom of association for all Canadians, donate to JCCF today!

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