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22 May 2019 Do Not Bow Down: What the LSO Bencher Election Teaches Us About Being a “Certain” Christian

Guest blog by Lia Milousis On April 30th, 2019, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), the body that governs lawyers and paralegals in the province, elected a new board. In this election, a group of 22 candidates took a public stand against the LSO’s controversial Statement of Principles (SOP) mandate, which ARPA has written about. The SOP mandates all lawyers licensed in Ontario “to adopt and to abide by a statement of principles acknowledging their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally, and in their behavior towards colleagues, employees, clients and...

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21 Oct 2016 What’s a family, anyway? Ontario government to radically change family law

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPV_qQH-MYU The Ontario government is fast-tracking a bill that, if passed, will fundamentally overhaul family law in Ontario. It is critical that we understand these changes and seize the narrow window of opportunity to share our concerns with our leaders before the legislation becomes law.It is critical that we understand these changes and seize the narrow window of opportunity to share our concerns with our leaders before the legislation becomes law. Bill 28, the Orwellian “All Families Are Equal Act”, removes the term “mother” and “father” from all Ontario law, to be...

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29 Jun 2016 Disappointing ruling in TWU Ontario case

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada June 29, 2016 DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHRISTIAN STUDENTS 'REASONABLE' ACCORDING TO ONTARIO'S TOP COURT OTTAWA – The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada today, upholding the Law Society's decision to not accredit the Christian university's law school. The Court ruled that the decision of the Law Society to infringe the religious freedom of TWU was reasonable. André Schutten, counsel for the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada expressed disappointment on the court's...

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21 Apr 2015 FIPPA challenge – FAQs

In January, 2012, the Ontario government quietly slipped in an amendment to the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) whereby all information related to abortion is no longer accessible via an Access To Information and Privacy (ATIP) request. Section 65(5.7) reads: “This Act does not apply to records relating to the provision of abortion services.” Note that one of the FIPPA’s purposes is to guarantee access to government information to maintain transparency and accountability. Yet this addition undermines this purpose and was never debated in the...

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04 Sep 2014 Loyola v. Quebec: ARPA Canada defends parental rights at the Supreme Court of Canada

Update: March 19, 2015: The Supreme Court released their decision this morning and they have ruled in favour of Loyola this morning. Read more here. On March 24, 2014, ARPA Canada appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada, leading a coalition of Christian schools from across the country, in order to defend Christian education from the continual encroachment of the State. The Loyola case will have a greater impact on a parent's authority in raising their child in the fear of the Lord than any other case in...

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04 Sep 2014 Carter v. Canada: ARPA Canada defends life at the Supreme Court of Canada

Update - February 18: Read answers to frequently asked questions about the case here. Update - February 13: For some initial reflections and a video update from our legal counsel following the disappointing Supreme Court ruling of February 6, please click here. Update: In January, before the Supreme Court released it's decision in the Carter case, ARPA's lawyer André Schutten participated in a panel discussion at the Canadian Constitution Foundation's Law and Liberty conference. The video includes comments by Grace Pastine, the lawyer for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (in...

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04 Sep 2014 Trinity Western University: Taking a stand to defend a Christian law school

Update (December 16, 2015): Good news! The chief justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal has granted intervenor status to ARPA Canada to make arguments on behalf of the Reformed community in the TWU matter. Stay tuned for a date and a future decision that hopefully will overturn the lower court decision. May God bless the work of the intervenors defending freedom and liberty. Update (December 10, 2015): Another victory! We are very thankful to report that the chief justice of British Columbia has ruled in favour of TWU, quashing...

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