Representative Work

Notable Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy Work

Notable Constitutional and Human Rights Advocacy Work

  • Represented the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians Societies, Canadian Physicians for Life and five individual physicians challenging the constitutionality of two policies of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario which require physicians to violate their conscience and religious beliefs including by assisting patients in ending their lives even if doing so violates their conscience and religious beliefs (Christian Medical and Dental Society et al. v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Decision reserved).
  • Represented the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada and a blogger in a successful challenge to the constitutionality of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act which excludes from public access all information related to the provision of abortion services (ARPA Canada et al. v. Ontario, 2017 ONSC 3285).
  • Represented E.T., a Christian father in an Application against the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board which refused to advise the father of certain lessons and activities dealing with sensitive subjects and refused to permit the father to withdraw his children from such lessons and activities and where the Court recognized that the State’s authority in educating children is secondary to parental rights (E.T. v. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, et al., 2017 ONCA 893).
  • Represented Interveners, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Higher Education Canada in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matters related to the proposed law school of Trinity Western University before the Divisional Court of Ontario (Trinity Western University et al. v. The Law Society of Upper Canada et al., 2015 ONSC 4250) and before the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2016 ONCA 518).
  • Represented Interveners, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Higher Education Canada in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matters related to the proposed law school of Trinity Western University before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Trinity Western University et al. v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society et al., 2015 NSSC 25) and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society et al. v. Trinity Western University et al., 2016 NSCA 59).
  • Successfully defended The Private Academy, a private Christian school faced with a human rights complaint by a same-sex couple alleging discrimination on the basis of the sexual orientation, marital status, family status and creed (S, S.S and N.S. by his litigation guardian S.S. v. The Private Academy, 2017 HRTO 791).
  • Represented an Applicant seeking information related to the number of specific types of abortions performed and the cost associated with them in a freedom of information appeal before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and the Divisional Court of Ontario (Maloney v. Ontario (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care) et al., Unreported).
  • Represented an Applicant seeking a religious exemption to mandatory membership in a trade union and the mandatory payment of union dues before the Canada Industrial Relations Board and the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada (Bradford v. National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada, 2015 FCA 84).
  • Represented Carleton Lifeline, a pro-life campus club at Carleton University, in an action against the University dealing with right to freedom of expression by students on campus and the applicability of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to universities (Lobo et al. v. Carleton University et al.).
  • Represented Life Choice, a pro-life campus club at Guelph University in an administration appeal of the decision by the Guelph Students’ Association to revoke Life Choice’s club status on the grounds that the Guelph Students’ Association was a pro-choice organization.

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