As part of its special consultative status obligations, CLF is required to submit a “Quadrennial Report” to the United Nations every four years. CLF’s 2019 Report was filed May 30 and is reproduced here.
On April 1, 2019, CLF submitted its brief to the Special Senate Committee’s study of Canada’s charitable sector. CLF’s submissions focus on the value and impact of religious charities in particular, and explain why Canadian law’s continued recognition of ‘advancing religion’ as a charitable purpose is both constitutionally sound and socially beneficial.
On January 21-22, 2019 the Ontario Court of Appeal heard the matter of Christian Medical and Dental Society et al v College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Christian Legal Fellowship, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario intervened as a coalition to serve as friends of the court in support of the right to religious equality in health care. This article contains the podium notes which formed the basis for the Coalition’s oral submissions.
The federal government has announced changes to the eligibility requirements for the Canada Summer Jobs program. Specifically, the controversial attestation introduced last year has been replaced. Overall, the changes reflect a welcomed step in the right direction. However, a number of questions, and potential concerns, remain.
On December 11, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights released its final report, “Moving Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Canada.” The Report is the culmination of a multi-month, cross-country study in which the Committee received submissions from numerous stakeholders, including Christian Legal Fellowship.
In a detailed brief submitted as part of Ontario’s consultation on education reform, Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF) has urged the government to affirm in its proposed Parents’ Bill of Rights that parents have the primary right to care for their children, and are best positioned to make decisions for their education and well-being.
In 2016, the federal government asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to undertake independent reviews on whether euthanasia should be allowed in three new contexts: advance requests, requests by mature minors, and requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition. CLF participated in the CCA’s consultation and submitted a detailed legal brief, urging the CCA to consider vulnerable patients and broader societal concerns in its review. The CCA released their three reports on December 12, 2018, following their tabling in Parliament.
Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF) has been granted leave to intervene at the Ontario Court of Appeal in Christian Medical and Dental Society et al v College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (“CPSO”). CLF is intervening jointly with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (“The Coalition”), advocating for the Charter rights of health care professionals who conscientiously object to participating in procedures such as euthanasia and/or abortion.
“God placed Adam in the garden to mirror Him by working it and keeping it. The great Creator has created us to create—to work. As Adam’s descendants and God’s creatures, we are cultivators in a fallen world. Still bearing the image of God, we continue to mirror the great Creator as creators, cultivators, and workers—we are culture makers.”
On June 28, 2018, Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF) hosted a Book Launch Luncheon at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law to commemorate the launch of the new book: Assisted Death: Legal, Social and Ethical Issues after Carter, edited by CLF’s Executive Director and General Counsel, Derek B.M. Ross. This is a summary of the event.
“Some might think this is a good outcome. But diversity is not achieved, as the dissent explained, ‘by imposing a forced choice between conformity with a single majoritarian norm and withdrawal from the public square.’ Nor is it achieved by forcing minority communities to alter their defining characteristics to ensure that all people will want to join them. That an institution serves primarily people who affirm its mission and beliefs does not mean that it does so at the expense of others.”