Religious Freedom: A Frozen Concept or A Living Tree?

Our Constitution has been described by the Supreme Court of Canada as a “living tree which, by way of progressive interpretation, accommodates and addresses the realities of modern life.” According to the Court, the terms of our Constitution are not “frozen,” but adaptable. For that reason, the word “marriage” in… More

Why Discrimination Is Not Always Wrong

Discrimination is not always wrong. Rather, discrimination is like fire. In some contexts, it gives heat and sustains life. In other contexts, it kills. To say that all discrimination is wrong is a failure to appreciate the difference. Our lives are full of discriminatory acts. Perhaps the most instinctive discriminatory… More

A Referendum On Religious Freedom

What is the point of enshrining religious freedom in the Canadian Charter of Rights if you can call a referendum to take it away?  It would appear that the British Columbia Law Society—its benchers and membership—no longer see that irony in their animus against Trinity Western University’s Law School. In… More

UPDATE: Going Nuts in Nanaimo Over Chick-fil-A

UPDATE:  “Nanaimo City Council voted unanimously during a specially called July 3 meeting to rescind their earlier decision (read here and here). Mayor John Ruttan offered a formal apology, saying the May 5 motion was meant to prevent divisiveness and hate, but instead caused the opposite. The BC Civil Liberties Association wrote city… More

The Cold Chill of the Legal Profession’s Rejection of Religious Freedom

Cold winds blew on Trinity Western University’s (TWU) Law School last week. On Thursday April 24, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) voted 28-21 against TWU’s accreditation. On Friday April 25, the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (NSBS) followed Ontario’s leading and voted 10-9 to accept TWU only if it… More