When ad Hominem Attacks Are All You Have

The Cardus Daily recently published my response to Ian Millhiser’s op-ed on Christian hypocrisy:

If, instead of relying on the actual law to support my arguments, I were to rely on what I wanted the law to be, or on what the law was twenty years ago, I would not be a very effective advocate, and people like Millhiser would certainly be right to criticize me. Arguing according to the law as it stands is good and ethical advocacy, and it is what good lawyers do every day.

Read the rest here.

Challenging Trinity Western University: When the Law is Inconvenient

The Cardus Daily published my recent op-ed on the engagement of the Advocates’ Society at the Court of Appeal of Nova Scotia:

It’s disconcerting because you have the “authoritative voice of advocates within the justice system” whose mandate includes the development of young advocates asking the Court to ignore the law and the evidence and to just give them what they want.

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Supplementary submission to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the body which regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario is holding a consultation on a draft human rights policy. The consultation is part of its scheduled revision to the policy which has the potential of narrowing or limiting physicians’ conscience rights.

The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies retained me to prepare legal submissions on this topic to assist the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in revising its policy. These submissions argue for physicians’ freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.

Decriminalization of assisted suicide and the violation of our rights

Here’s my latest article, published over at LifeSiteNews:

In October, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the Carter case, where parties are challenging Criminal Code prohibitions on physician assisted suicide in the hopes of decriminalizing it. If they’re successful, it will impact more than just physicians. […]

Recently however, and as a result of a discussion with a fellow religious freedom lawyer, I realized that decriminalization will impact the religious freedom and conscience rights of many others. Of course, this includes all others in the health care field such as nurses, hospital staff and those working in the fields of psychology and counselling.

Read the rest here.

Christian Lawyers and Doctors Need Not Apply

Here’s an article I wrote last week that was published by The Cardus Daily,

It has become a scary time to be a Christian professional in Canada.

In 2014, lawyers and doctors were targeted by their own professional associations for direct attack because of their religious beliefs. […]

I did not attend TWU, but I share its biblical view of marriage. I have appeared before the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, the Tax Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada for a variety of clients. Do my religious beliefs, particularly about marriage, somehow disqualify me from ably practicing law? That is the inevitable conclusion and consequence if we endorse barring TWU law graduates from practicing law.

Read the rest here.

Physcians’ rights: 2 articles published in December

In December 2014, I had two articles published on physicians’ conscience and religious rights. The first was an article published in FOCUS magazine, the publication of the Christian Medical and Dental Society. See pages 25 and 26 for the article, “Protecting our Patients and Physician’s Rights.

The second article was a piece I co-authored with Larry Worthen, the executive director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society. It was published by LifeSiteNews and entitled “Ontario College of Physicians’ new policy violates basic tenets of law.”

Byline Appearance: TWU Law School Snub

Last week I appeared on Brian Lilley’s Sun Media show, Byline. We talked about the Trinity Western University law school, and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s reaction to it. Here’s the interview.


Do Canadian Christians Have the Right to Practice Law?

The Cardus Daily recently published an article I wrote on the future discrimination that Trinity Western University law students will face, at the hands of the Law Society of Upper Canada:

What is next? Will the LSUC survey its members, yours truly included, to determine each one’s view on certain social or political issues and then determine if they are eligible to practice law? Will LSUC disbar or refuse to accredit those whose undergraduate degree was issued by TWU?

What about individuals from other faiths which hold a traditional view of marriage and sexuality such as those from Christian, Judaic, Islamic, Bahá’í, Mormon, Sikh, Zoroastrian, and Jain backgrounds? Will they be allowed to practice law in Ontario?

Read the rest here.

Canadian Law Societies: Bastions of Intolerance?

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada recently published an article I wrote about Canadian law societies’ campaigns against Trinity Western University’s law school:

Is the fact that future TWU law graduates subscribed to TWU’s Community Covenant grounds to exclude them from the practice of law? What of graduates from other law schools who share TWU’s position on sexual relationships? Should they also be excluded from the practice of law on the sole basis of their religious beliefs?

The real question here is “should Canadian Christians be excluded from the practice of law?” Do we, as a society, endorse a faith-based test to practicing law? That is the inevitable conclusion and consequence if we endorse the barring of TWU law graduates from practicing law on the sole basis of their view of sexual relationships.

Read the rest here.