Legal Cases

09 Jan 2014 Death with Dignity – A Priority Issue for 2014

Update: The Supreme Court has now agreed to hear the Carter case, revisiting the euthanasia issue and making a final decision. Please pray! By Mark Penninga (French version available below as an attachment). Although we originally published this article some years ago, the issue is more alive in 2014 than ever before. Quebec is pushing to allow euthanasia regardless of the Criminal Code. And an appeal of the law against euthanasia is likely going to be made to the Supreme Court of Canada. Words can pack a punch. As such, they can be used for both noble and crafty purposes. Advertisers, political spin-doctors, and even Supreme Court judges know this well and take full advantage of the power of words. One example is the concept of dignity. Because dignity seems to be such a favourable word it is being used, and exploited, for purposes as far ranging as Hillary Duff’s latest pop album to the push for legalized abortion in third world countries. But the movement that has most exploited the concept of dignity is the political effort to legalize euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. The term “death with dignity” is being used by right-to-die advocacy groups because they know that associating dignity with euthanasia will soften the public perception of what they are really demanding– state condoned death.
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20 Dec 2013 Breaking News: Supreme Court declares prostitution laws unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Canada has just declared that the prostitution laws in Canada are unconstitutional. A saving grace in the ruling however is that they have suspended their declaration of invalidity by one year, meaning that the current law remains valid until December of next year, giving our federal government time to rewrite the law. ARPA's legal counsel was able to comment on the decision with CTV news this morning. Check out this link to watch the 6 minute interview (video appears on the right side of the page)....

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17 Dec 2013 Proposed Christian law school clears major hurdle

We are happy and thankful to report that Trinity Western University (TWU) has cleared a major hurdle on its quest for a Christian law school. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada gave preliminary approval to the university's proposed law school. All that's left now is approval from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. TWU has been working on creating a Christian law school, the first in Canada, for quite some time. There has been incredible pushback however, especially from anti-Christian lawyers. In fact, even if TWU's law school is...

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04 Dec 2013 Loyola update – Motion filed with the Supreme Court

On Friday, November 29th, ARPA Canada, on behalf of the Association of Christian Educators and Schools (ACES Canada), filed our Notice of Motion in the Loyola School appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. As you may recall, Loyola School is appealing to the Supreme Court because the Ministry of Education in Québec has refused to allow it to teach a mandatory curriculum on religion and ethics from its own religious perspective. Instead, all schools (even independent Christian schools) must teach this religion course from a secular or “neutral” perspective.
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18 Oct 2013 Two Very Encouraging Court Decisions about End of Life Care

Today the Supreme Court of Canada released their decision in the Rasoulie case about end-of-life care. They ruled that physicians are required to get consent from a patient or their substiute (if they are unable to make a decision) before they may remove life support.  Last week the BC Court of Appeal reversed the BC Supreme Court ruling which had declared that our euthanasia laws were unconstitutional. Combined, these two cases are a much needed encouragement in the face of growing pressure from provincial governments and activist organizations to promote euthanasia and assisted suicide. ARPA tips its hat to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition for their exemplarly leadersship on both cases. They are still looking for funds to cover their legal expenses.
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01 Aug 2013 National Post Editorial by ARPA’s Legal Counsel

Even the Faithful are Citizens - André Schutten, National Post, Aug 1 2013: The National Post article by Clayton Ruby and Gerald Chan, speaking against Trinity Western University (TWU) and its proposed law school, made for interesting reading. But it not a clear representation of Canadian constitutional law. Indeed, the argument suffered from many misleading claims, not to mention wishful thinking and outright errors in fact. While "debunking" so-called myths perpetuated by the National Post's Jonathan Kay in his earlier piece supporting TWU, the two lawyers themselves misstate the law. Let's take it point for point. In their first "correction" of Kay, Ruby and Chan suggest, "Few Christians accept that homosexuality is a moral evil." With the greatest of respect, Ruby and Chan are hardly experts on the Christian religion. Most practicing Christians are more likely than not to have traditional or orthodox views on marriage and sexuality. But this isn't any of Ruby and Chan's business, nor is it the business of the government or the courts. The Supreme Court made it quite clear in its 2004 ruling in the case of Syndicat Northcrest vs. Amselem that to pry into the sincerely held religious beliefs of citizens is inappropriate.
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13 Jun 2013 Prostitution appeal heard at the Supreme Court

A Supreme Court of Canada Commentary by ARPA's Legal Counsel, André Schutten – (13 June 2013) - As we predicted in our 2011 fall tour, the Bedford prostitution case did go to the Supreme Court of Canada. Today, the Court conducted a lengthy hearing in this appeal. I had the privilege of watching the hearing which left me with a number of different thoughts. Note that Supreme Court hearings can be misleading - predictions on the outcome are difficult to make. The final decision won't be rendered for quite some time, but here follow some of my thoughts and impressions from the oral hearing:
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13 Jun 2013 Christian school case going to the Supreme Court!

Loyola Christian School is going to the Supreme Court of Canada! After a shocking decision from the Quebec Court of Appeal, Loyola applied to the Supreme Court for a hearing. The Court of Appeal had ruled in December 2012 that it is reasonable for a government to require a Christian school to set aside its Christian worldview for an hour a day in order to teach about other religions. This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada allowed Loyola's application for an appeal and so the process will begin to prepare for the appeal. ARPA Canada and the Reformed Christian community are very interested in the outcome of this case - Reformed denominations, as a rule, run their own independent schools and the Quebec Court of Appeal decision would pose an incredible infringment on how we "raise up our children in the way they should go." For some background on the case and what it means for Reformed Christians, click read more.
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06 Dec 2010 Latimer chose one path, this family chose the other

Toronto Star, Dec 4, 2010: In the fall of 1993 two families — one on a Saskatchewan farm, the other in downtown Toronto — made life-and-death decisions about their daughters’ futures. Both girls, one nearly 13 at the time, the other almost 18, had profound developmental disabilities. In Saskatchewan, Robert Latimer ended his daughter Tracy’s life, later saying in interviews he acted “out of love” to end her suffering. In Toronto, Christy and Bill Barber were appalled when their daughter Nancy became grievously ill and an...

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22 Jun 2010 Judge: Quebec Gvmt ‘Totalitarian’ in Imposing Relativism Course

By Patrick B. Craine MONTREAL, Quebec, June 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Quebec Ministry of Education’s decision to impose their course in moral and religious relativism on Montreal’s Loyola High School assumed “a totalitarian character essentially equivalent to Galileo's being ordered by the Inquisition to deny the Copernican universe," said the Quebec Superior Court in a strongly-worded ruling released Friday.
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