Freedom of Expression Tag

19 Mar 2021 BC Supreme Court Upholds COVID-19 Restrictions on Worship Services

In a disappointing ruling released last night, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia upheld the prohibition of in-person worship services. These restrictions were first implemented on November 19th, 2020, and continue to this day. Many Christians will be very disappointed, perhaps even angry, with this decision. Reformed Christians have an earnest, deeply-held belief that they must both respect the governing authorities and gather regularly to worship with other believers. The absolute prohibition of in-person worship services placed many Christians in an unfair dilemma, making it very difficult...

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09 Mar 2021 Recap of the Beaudoin v. B.C. Court Hearings on B.C.’s Prohibition of Corporate Worship

Last week, the BC Supreme Court spent four days (March 1-3, 5) hearing the case of Beaudoin v. BC, where three BC churches are challenging the Provincial Health Order prohibiting in-person worship services. The case was heard by Chief Justice Hinkson, the Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court, and now we await his decision. The Chief Justice had rejected an injunction request from the government in mid-February when the province tried to force the closure of churches that continued to hold in-person worship services contrary to the public health orders. The...

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31 Jul 2012 Lord’s Prayer headed to court

Toronto Sun, July 30 2012 OWEN SOUND, ONT. - Grey County is facing a court challenge to its long tradition of opening county council meetings with a recital of The Lord’s Prayer. Peter Ferguson of Kimberley, Ont., said he served legal papers on the county Monday in his bid to end what he calls the “illegal” practice. The papers call for a response by the county at a Superior Court of Justice hearing on Oct. 11, Ferguson said. An affidavit sworn Monday by Ferguson states that county council’s “practice of praying at...

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09 Sep 2011 Charting a path to tyranny? Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms was always meant to be revolutionary

By Michael Wagner, Originally published in the January 2011 issue of Reformed Perspective magazine (www.reformedperspective.ca) pages 8-9. Many Christians are puzzled by the decline of religious freedom in our country. Time after time, in conflicts involving homosexuals or abortion rights activists, Christians seem to lose. For example, we’ve seen people who voice opposition to special status for gays being harassed by "human rights" commissions. And recently we’ve also seen university pro-life groups being prohibited or severely restricted. Why aren't Christians’ religious freedom or freedom of expression protected in these cases?
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12 Jul 2011 Canada’s opposition NDP call for removal of charitable status for ‘ex-gay’ groups

ARPA Action Item: Are we next? The NDP has passed a resolution calling for the government to revoke the charitable status of groups that support those who seek to overcome same-sex attraction. As Don Hutchinson, legal counsel for the EFC writes, "Should religious charities be forbidden from providing support to those who want to converse, seek counselling or change their lifestyle? ...This NDP resolution is a potential attack on the heart of all types of ministries, not just those offering services to gays and lesbians." If your Member of Parliament is a New Democrat, please contact your MP and express your concern about this policy. If your MP is not a New Democrat, please contact the NDP National Office and that of the Leader of the Opposition to express your concern. To read more, see below.
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24 Nov 2010 Young Canadian pro-lifer arrested outside Toronto abortion facility

(Note: This is an eyewitness account of Mary Wagner’s arrest by friend of Mary and pro-life activist, John Bulsza.) November 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Yesterday, November 21, 2010, Mary Wagner, a citizen from British Columbia, was arrested at Women’s Care Abortion Clinic at 960 Lawrence Street, West in Toronto.  Her court appearance is scheduled for today, Tuesday, Nov. 23, at College Park courts, at 10:00 am. Mary was acquitted in July of a previous arrest in April of this year at a different abortion clinic in Toronto. She was incarcerated for nearly four months at the Milton Vanier Centre for Women.
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09 Sep 2010 University of Calgary Appeal Board refuses to hear appeal of students found guilty of “non-academic misconduct”

CALGARY: The Appeal Board at the University of Calgary has refused to hold a hearing to consider the appeal of eight University of Calgary students found guilty of “non-academic misconduct” for having set up a controversial pro-life display on campus on April 8, 2010.  The students have refused to comply with the University’s censorship demands that their signs be turned inwards in such a way no passersby can see the signs.  The Appeal Board has upheld the finding of “guilty” without the benefit of a hearing at which the students and their lawyer could present evidence or arguments.
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28 Jul 2010 Woman Jailed for Abortion Counseling in Toronto Acquitted, Set Free

By John Jalsevac, July 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mary Wagner, the young woman who was jailed earlier this year for entering an abortion clinic and counseling women and abortion workers, has been acquitted of all charges and freed from jail. Mary Wagner’s mother, Jane Wagner, told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that she received a call from Mary this morning saying that she had been acquitted, but was unable to provide specific details about the judge’s decision. Attempts to contact Mary have been unsuccessful.
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