Advocating for Religious Equality and Ethical Patient Care

Advocating for Religious Equality and Ethical Patient Care

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.

CCA releases long-awaited reports about expanding euthanasia in Canada

CCA releases long-awaited reports about expanding euthanasia in Canada

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 to assist Ontario’s highest court in physicians’ conscience case

Christian Legal Fellowship to assist Ontario’s highest court in physicians’ conscience case

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. 

Caution! Lawyers at Work

Caution! Lawyers at Work

“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.”

Supreme Court's TWU decision: An illiberal outcome

Supreme Court's TWU decision: An illiberal outcome

“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.”

Highwood Congregation v Wall: The Supreme Court upholds autonomy of religious groups

Highwood Congregation v Wall: The Supreme Court upholds autonomy of religious groups

When, if ever, can church membership or discipline decisions be reviewed by the courts? That is the question the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) was called on to answer in its judgment, released today, in Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v Wall. The Court found that church membership decisions can only be reviewed in extremely narrow circumstances: when the decision involves an underlying legal right, such as a property or contractual right, and does not require the court to adjudicate questions of theology.