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The Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF) is a member organization of Christian legal professionals, law students, and others, dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through the legal profession.


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Legal Interventions
February 6, 2015
SCC PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE JUDGMENT
BLANKET PROHIBITION STRUCK, BUT STRINGENT RESTRICTIONS STILL LEGITIMATE
The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously struck down as unconstitutional Canada’s Criminal Code provisions banning physician-assisted suicide, but has given Parliament one year to create a new regime with a stringently limited, carefully monitored system of exceptions to the ban. (Continue to full press release)

Click here to read the Court's full decision.

January 29, 2015
VICTORY IN TWU CASE!
THE CHARTER NOT A BLUEPRINT FOR MORAL CONFORMITY
Nova Scotia Court Affirms Religious Freedom of Law Students and Lawyers

In the first court decision to deal with Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has upheld the right of Christian law students to attend a private religious law school with others who share their faith, and to practice law in the province of Nova Scotia without having to face additional barriers based on their beliefs. (Continue to full press release)

Click here to read Justice Campbell's full decision.

Judicial reviews will also be taking place in BC and ON. CLF plans to intervene in both.
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Consultations
February 20, 2015
CLF MAKES SUBMISSION TO COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF ONTARIO (CPSO)CLF has made a submission to the CPSO regarding its policy Professional Obligations and Human Rights. CLF raises concerns that the policy does not adequately protect physicians’ constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms in the following ways:

(1) it erroneously suggests that physicians’ sincerely held religious and/or conscientious beliefs must give way whenever there is a perceived conflict with patients’ rights;

(2) it shifts the onus from appropriate state actors to individual physicians who are actually meant to be protected by the Charter’s obligations; and

(3) it imposes duties on physicians and surgeons to provide services, including “effective referrals”, which violate their sincerely held and Charter-protected religious and/or conscientious beliefs, without considering whether accommodation options or less intrusive means are available.

Click here to read CLF’s full submission.
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Cases of Interest

February 11, 2015
GOVERNMENT MUST EXAMINE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS FOR MARRIAGE COMMISSIONER’S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS: NL COURT
On February 9, 2015, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador issued an important decision referring marriage commissioner Desirée A. Dichmont’s complaint regarding workplace accommodation and protection of religious and conscience rights to the Human Rights Tribunal for a full hearing.(Continue to CLF's full press release).

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