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The CCRL will Intervene at the Ontario Court of Appeal in Physicians’ Conscience Rights Case

The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) is pleased to announce that on October 1 our application to intervene in the appeal of the Ontario Divisional Court decision in the case CMDS et al v. CPSO was accepted. This case concerns the conscience and religious rights of Ontario doctors who refuse to participate in morally objectionable procedures, such as euthanasia or abortion.

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Supreme Court Finds Religious Discrimination Against Trinity Western, Yet Still Refuses to Permit Accreditation of its Proposed Law School

The implications for religious freedoms, and for the status of religious institutions in accessing public benefits, has been seriously altered by today’s decision. We have warned in the past that the position the court will take on Trinity Western will have serious implications on provincial education rights, the position of Catholic or private schools, or the status of religious charities.

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The CCRL Applauds Supreme Court Decision in Highwood Congregation v. Wall

The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) applauds today’s unanimous ruling in the appeal of Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Randy Wall, as a strong statement in recognition of the independence of private religious institutions and the further recognition that secular courts are not qualified to rule on theological or ecclesiastical concerns. Every private institution serves to benefit from this analysis, especially those with underlying religious conceptions.

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CCRL Spring Dinner 2018 to be hosted in Toronto on June 18 with Guest Speaker Tanya Granic Allen

The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) is pleased to announce that its annual Spring Dinner will take place in Toronto on June 18 at 6:30 pm at the Sala Caboto Ballroom at 40 Playfair Ave, west of Dufferin, south of Lawrence. Tickets are $125 each for individuals. We are offering a special rate of $1000 for a table of 10. We encourage organizations, or even groups of friends to save money and help the CCRL by organizing a table. With either option an RSVP is required by calling (416) 466-8244 or 1-844-722-CCRL or by emailing ccrl@ccrl.ca

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Dr. Catherine Ferrier, Winner of CCRL’s Exner Award

Dr. Catherine Ferrier has used her talents and skills far beyond providing medical care to her patients, advancing studies in geriatrics, or teaching future doctors from her base in Montreal, or at McGill University. We recognize the tireless work of Dr. Ferrier in our modest way with the League’s Exner Award and we thank her for her professional excellence.

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Statement on the Denial of Conscientious Objection from the “Effective Referral” Mandate: https://t.co/W81evznsU1

The CCRL is preparing its release regarding this morning's decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal to uphold the effective referral mandate, which forces physicians to refer patients to others to perform procedures that they find morally objectionable.

Today's ruling agrees that they are being discriminated against on the basis of religion when they are required to provide referrals for such services, but says the infringement is a justified one under section 1 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. https://t.co/DirUzIQDLg

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