Charity Political Activities Audit: Good Riddance

Some charities have similarities to the Roman orator Cicero.  They are hated by one emperor but loved by another.  The Trudeau Government’s announcement that it will scale back the political activity audits of charities by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is good for charities and good for Canada.  Good for… More

CCCC Denied Intervener Status at Ontario Court of Appeal

Associate Chief Justice Alexandra Hoy, of the Ontario Court of Appeal, decided that the Canadian Council of Christian Charities would not be given intervener status in Trinity Western University’s appeal of the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision.  The role of an intervener is to provide an assistance to the Court to… More

How To Protect The Religious Freedom of Faith-Based Organizations

Last week I obtained a copy of the book Free To Serve.  My review of the book is below.  I highly recommend it for leaders of faith-based organizations and to those in the law and religion academic community.  While this is not an academic book it does outline the problems faced by… More

Charitable Status of Un-Popular Opinion

In the recent edition of the Alberta publication Law Matters law professor of tax law and policy, Saul Templeton, of the University of Calgary wrote an article arguing that Trinity Western University’s (TWU) charitable status should be revoked.  Templeton’s article is not only provocative but unfortunately, completely ignores charity law…. More

Trinity Western University and the Legal War of Attrition: Isn’t It Time To Let Diversity Flourish?

A legal war of attrition is an apt description.  Trinity Western University’s (TWU) bid for a law school has one court victory in Nova Scotia (now appealed), one loss in Ontario (also soon to be appealed) and is about to embark on its third court hearing in less than a… More

Religious Neutrality of the State – Yes, but…

The mayor of Saguenay, Quebec and his council members were wrong to open their public meetings with prayer.  That was the message of a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision.  The Court was unanimous in its holding that public officials could not favour one religion over another.  The use of… More

The Onward March of TWU: Next Step The Court of Appeal

The Ontario Divisional Court rejected Trinity Western University’s (TWU) judicial review application to overturn the decision of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).  LSUC refused to accredit the proposed TWU law school because the school would require students to sign a Community Covenant committing them to live in harmony… More