Tag Archives: religious freedom

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

Australian Group Interviews Bussey on Equality and Freedom of Religion

This entry is part 36 of 38 in the series Trinity Western University.

The Freedom For Faith, an Australian group that is advocating for religious freedom in the discussion on same sex marriage in Australia recently interviewed me about how the redefinition of marriage changed the legal discussion on the relationship between equality and religious freedom.  This is the result.  You can… More

Canadian Council of Christian Charities Granted Intervener Status in Wall Case

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Wall v. JWs.

The Supreme Court of Canada has allowed 11 groups (some of which will appear jointly making 9 applications) to intervene in the “Wall case.”  This case will be heard in Ottawa on November 2.  It has attracted a lot of attention among religious communities because it deals with the rights… More

Canadian Council of Christian Charities Granted Intervener Status in TWU Case: The Supreme Court Changes Course On TWU Interveners

This entry is part 35 of 38 in the series Trinity Western University.

In another surprising move, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has “varied” Justice Richard Wagner’s order on the Trinity Western University (TWU) School of Law case. On July 27, 2017, Justice Wagner granted intervener status to 9 out of 26 applications. Four days later, on July 31, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin… More

Supreme Court Grants 9 But Denies 23 Groups Intervener Status In Landmark Case

This entry is part 34 of 38 in the series Trinity Western University.

In a decision that has surprised many lawyers, the Supreme Court of Canada has denied 17 applications (comprising 23 groups as a number of groups filed jointly) intervener status in the landmark case of Trinity Western University (TWU) School of Law.  Canadian Council of Christian Charities was among the applications… More