Nova Scotia law society ordered to pay $70K to Trinity Western University

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has been ordered to pay $70,000 in legal fees to a Christian university that prohibits sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage.

A Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruling in January stopped the society from denying accreditation to graduates of Trinity Western University, saying it doesn’t have the power to require law schools to change its religiously based code of conduct. Continue reading

‘Day of Pink’ [April 8th] teaches school kids to accept homosexuality, critic warns

April 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Children across Canada are being asked to wear a pink shirt to school tomorrow on the “Day of Pink” to “celebrate diversity” and end “bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny.” While lauding efforts to end bullying in school, one critic is warning parents that the event is not actually about bullying.

“The Day of Pink is simply an excuse to promote homosexuality,” Gwen Landolt, national vice-president of Real Women of Canada, told LifeSiteNews. Continue reading

Coming to select movie theatres on March 4 & 5, 2015: “The Drop Box”

For information go to this Focus on the Family Canada site.

EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED AND WORTHY OF LOVE

Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, every year, forgotten by the surrounding culture.

The Drop Box is a documentary about the work of Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community’s most vulnerable children. By installing a drop box outside his home, Pastor Lee provides a safe haven to babies who would otherwise be abandoned on the streets to die.

It’s a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical and emotional toll associated with providing refuge to save those deemed unwanted by society.

But it’s also a story of hope. And a celebration of the reality that every human life is sacred, has a purpose and is worthy of love.

B.C. teachers’ strike boosted private school enrolment This year’s enrolment was almost 5 per cent higher than usual

CBC News Posted: Feb 12, 2015

Private schools across B.C. have seen a jump in enrolment since last year’s teacher’s strike.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender said he isn’t concerned that independent full-time student numbers have risen by 5,000, saying the private sector has always been the choice for some B.C. parents. Continue reading

The EFC Welcomes the Decision of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

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For immediate release from The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

January 28, 2015

THE EFC WELCOMES THE DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT OF NOVA SCOTIA

OTTAWA – “This decision in TWU v. NSBS is a significant affirmation of the freedom of religious institutions to provide a quality education in an ethos in keeping with their religious tradition,” said Bruce J. Clemenger, President of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.  “Religious institutions have a long history of contributing to the public good of Canada and make up an important part of the Canadian mosaic.” Continue reading

Breaking News: Nova Scotia Supreme Court Sends Strong Message to Law Societies Refusing to Recognize Christian Law School

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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.” Continue reading

N.S. Supreme Court rules in favour of Christian university

The Canadian Press

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ruled that the province’s law society doesn’t have the authority to deny accrediting graduates from a Christian university because of the school’s opposition to sex outside heterosexual marriage. Continue reading

CCRF to UVIC: Respect Religious Freedom on Campus

CCRF TO UVIC: RESPECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ON CAMPUS

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Jan. 16, 2015

VICTORIA – The Canadian Council for Religious Freedom (CCRF) today called on the University of Victoria to reverse their ban on religious freedom on campus.

CCRF Chair Father Geoffrey Korz wrote to UVic president Jamie Cassels, calling on the school to protect the religious freedom of faith-based Youth Protecting Youth, a pro-life student club.

Read the letter here. Continue reading

EFC Release: Law Societies Cannot Regulate Lawyers’ Faith

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For immediate release from The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

December 15, 2014

LAW SOCIETIES CANNOT REGULATE LAWYERS’ FAITH

OTTAWA –  Law societies in Canada lack the legal and moral jurisdiction to regulate the personal religious beliefs of their members, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada will argue this week at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. The EFC’s arguments are shared by Christian Higher Education Canada, a national association of Canadian universities, colleges, seminaries and other post-secondary institutions. Continue reading

Is the British Columbia government caving to ‘totalitarianism’ on Trinity Western Law?

LifeSite News, Nov. 20, 2

Opposition to Trinity Western University’s proposed law school makes Canada “look like a totalitarian society,” according to a leading legal advocate on freedom of religion, speech, and expression, as the school was rocked by the news the B.C. government is reconsidering its approval of the school. Continue reading