Trinity Western University Tag

07 Mar 2017 TWU Headed to Supreme Court

The Trinity Western Law School case is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Late last month, the Court granted leave to appeal two cases; a BC Court of Appeal ruling which came down in favour of the school, and an Ontario ruling that went the opposite way. There’s already a precedent of sorts on this. The Supreme Court ruled 16 years ago that that the BC Teacher’s College would have to accredit graduates from Trinity’s education program as teachers in that province. ARPA lawyer John Sikkema says it’s not surprising that the Supreme...

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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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29 Jun 2016 ARPA’s Written Arguments at the Ontario Court of Appeal for TWU

ARPA Canada was in court June 6-8 as an intervenor for Trinity Western University at the Ontario Court of Appeal. ARPA is currently involved in three separate court interventions in Ontario, BC and Nova Scotia where each of those province's law societies voted against accrediting graduates of Trinity Western University's proposed law school. You can read our written arguments presented before the Ontario Court of Appeal below. Loading...

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24 Feb 2016 United Christian Business Leaders of Canada stand up against the Legal Leaders for Diversity

Last year we issued a call to action which many of you heeded. Thank you! Below is a letter that was shared with us as to the action that some businessmen in the Niagara (Ontario) region did on this initiative. Greetings Fellow Christian Business Leaders: Late in the fall of 2014, the "Legal Leaders for Diversity" (LLD) which is made up of 77 massive corporations in Canada, sent a letter to the law society of Upper Canada requesting that Trinity Western University (TWU) be denied accreditation for a law school....

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16 Dec 2015 ARPA heading to Ontario Court of Appeal for Trinity Western University

Great news! Today, ARPA Canada heard from the Ontario Court of Appeal that our motion to intervene in the TWU appeal has been granted. This means that ARPA will be allowed to present our arguments to the Ontario Court of Appeal when they hear TWU's appeal of a rather disappointing decision from the Ontario Divisional Court which had ruled that the Ontario Law Society was allowed to discriminate against Christian law graduates. This is the fourth court that ARPA Canada will be presenting to on this file, which is likely...

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14 Dec 2015 BC Court rules in favour of Christian law school

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) CanadaDecember 10, 2015BC SUPREME COURT DECISION SHOULD LEAD TO SWIFT REAPPROVAL OF CHRISTIAN LAW SCHOOL BY MINISTER OF EDUCATION Ottawa - The chief justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Trinity Western University (TWU) this morning. The 43-page judgment in TWU’s lawsuit against the Law Society of British Columbia chides the Law Society for breaching their duty of procedural fairness and fettering their decision-making responsibility to the membership of the law society. Quoting a 1985 Supreme Court of Canada decision, Chief Justice Hinkson wrote, “there is, as a general common law principle, a duty of procedural fairness lying on every public authority making an administrative decision… which affects the rights, privileges, or interests of an individual”. The chief justice also rejected some of the findings of the Ontario Divisional Court in the TWU matter in that province, concluding that he was “not persuaded that the circumstances or the jurisprudence respecting human rights have so fundamentally shifted the parameters of the debate as to render the decision in TWU v. BCCT [2001] other than dispositive of many of the issues in this case.” 
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28 Jan 2015 Breaking News: Nova Scotia Supreme Court Sends Strong Message to Law Societies Refusing to Recognize Christian Law School

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada January 28, 2015  NOVA SCOTIA SUPREME COURT SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO LAW SOCIETIES REFUSING TO RECOGNIZE CHRISTIAN LAW SCHOOL  OTTAWA – The judgment in the Trinity Western University (TWU) lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society was released this morning, with the judge ruling in favour of TWU. The 137-page decision sets out a robust defense of religious freedom, chiding the Barristers’ Society for attempting to impose its morality on a private Christian university. At paragraph 10, Justice Campbell writes, “The Charter is not a blueprint for moral conformity. Its purpose is to protect the citizen from the power of the state, not to enforce compliance by citizens or private institutions with the moral judgments of the state.”
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28 Jan 2015 Praise God! We won! Judge rules in favour of TWU

We have great news to share - Justice Campbell from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Trinity Western University and religious freedom! During our fall tour and through our newsletters, we had asked you to pray for the court hearing in Halifax that took place December 16-19 and for wisdom for Justice Campbell. God has answered our prayers. Thanks and praise to Him alone! This case was fundamentally about religious freedom and whether a private Christian school had the freedom to establish a law school rooted in Christian principles. Furthermore, the principle being advanced by those opposed to TWU's law school was that if you belong to a community that holds its members to a Biblical lifestyle standard, then you will be denied equal access to the public square. The NSBS attempted to refuse graduates from the proposed law society from practicing law in Nova Scotia, arguing that recognizing the TWU law school as a valid law school would "send a clear signal to citizens that discrimination is acceptable and justifiable." The irony of the NSBS arguments was that the NSBS itself was actually perpetuating discrimination. For more on this case, click here. To read the full 137-page decision of Justice Cambell, click here. To read our press release click here. We are very thankful for the decision today. It corrects the false premise that members of Christian communities are somehow less suitable for public engagement because of our worldview. This decision opens the door to the public square for members of Canada's churches. As Justice Campbell wrote at para. 271, "The discomforting truth is that religions with views that many Canadians find incomprehensible or offensive abound in a liberal and multicultural society. The law protects them and must carve out a place not only where they can exist but flourish."
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10 Jan 2015 Some good news on the TWU front

Today, CBC News reports that the Law Society of New Brunswick has upheld their decision to recognize Trinity Western University's Christian law school. It seems the lawyers who sit on the Law Society of New Brunswick have much more courage and fortitude than the lawyers who sit on the Law Society of BC. Both Law Societies had once approved TWU and both faced a backlash from bigoted lawyers in their provinces followed by an overwhelming referendum to reverse their decisions. In the face of pushback, BC's Law Society demonstrated cowardice...

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18 Dec 2014 ARPA’s oral arguments in the TWU case

Where can you find references to The Princess Bride, mutant organisms, the supremacy of God, swords and shields, and the imago Dei all in one place? Check out ARPA Canada's legal counsel's oral submissions to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court yesterday where, in just 17 minutes, he accomplished all that. A copy of André Schutten's speaking notes are attached at the bottom of this article, and a video of his presentation to the Court can be found at this link here. (Just select the video link under the player for December...

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