Representative Work

Notable Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy Work

  • Represented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Legal Fellowship in a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with a religious freedom claim on behalf of an Aboriginal group (Ktunaxa Nation Council et al. v. British Columbia et al., Decision reserved).
  • Represented Interveners the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada in a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with the proposed legalization of assisted suicide (Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5).
  • Represented Interveners the the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies in a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with the proposed legalization of assisted suicide in which the Supreme Court quoted his Factum and accepted his clients’ argument that physicians should not be required to engage in physician-assisted suicide if doing so would violate their religious or moral beliefs (Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5).
  • Represented The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada as Interveners before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with the recitation of prayer before City Council meetings (Mouvement laïque québécois v. Saguenay (City), 2015 SCC 16).
  • Represented The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada as Interveners before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with communal and associational freedom of religion (Loyola High School, et al. v. Attorney General of Quebec, 2015 SCC 12).
  • Represented The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada as Interveners before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with end of life matters and freedom of religion and conscience (Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, [2013] SCC 53).
  • Represented The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada as Intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with parental rights in education (S.L., et al. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes, et al.,[2012] SCC 7).
  • Represented The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Legal Fellowship as Interveners before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter in which the Supreme Court accepted his clients’ arguments and clearly established that freedom of religion extends to religious groups and communities as to individuals (Alberta v. Hutterian Brethren of Wilson Colony, [2009] 2 S.C.R. 567).
  • Represented the Association for Reformed Political Action in a motion to intervene and acted as Supreme Court Agent for the Respondent in an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada dealing with freedom of expression (Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott, [2013] SCC 11).

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 a policy of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario which requires physicians to assist 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).
  • Representing 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 a policy of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario which requires physicians to violate their conscience and religious beliefs (Christian Medical and Dental Society et al. v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Ongoing).
  • 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).
  • Representing E.T., a Christian father in an Application against the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. The school board 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 (E.T. v. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, et al., Decision pending).
  • 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).
  • 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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