Culture Shift: Challenging the Star in Ontario Law Society’s Constellation

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Ontario Law Society and Statement of Principles.

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation,” said Justice Robert Jackson, of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1943, “it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by… More

Bussey – National Post Op-Ed: Courts have no business reviewing religious decisions

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Wall v. JWs.

On November 2, the Supreme Court of Canada was asked to do something Canadian courts never do: review the solely religious decision of a church community. Until now, the courts have recoiled from getting involved in religious disputes—and for good reason. Read more here. More

Standing Committee Votes To Retain S. 176 of Criminal Code

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Section 176.

For as long as Canada has had a criminal code it has been a crime to be violent towards religious officials or to disrupt a religious service. Those “crimes against religion” are contained in section 176 of the code, which makes it an offence to “unlawfully obstruct or prevent… a clergyman… More

CCCC Makes Oral Argument At Wall Case

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Wall v. JWs.

Below is the written text of the oral argument I made at the Supreme Court of Canada on November 2, 2017. Note:  The written legal brief “Factum” filed by CCCC in the court can be found here .  For a video of the oral arguments at the hearing see:  The Supreme Court… More