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Supreme Court Upholds City Council Prayer Ban

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a bi-law setting out and regulating prayer at the outset of city council meetings in Saguenay Quebec violates guarantees of freedom of religion. Like in Big M Drug Mart, the Court saw … Continue reading

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Big M is Kind of a Big Deal

On Sunday, May 30, 1982, police officers of the City of Calgary attended at premises owned by Big M and open to the public. They witnessed several transactions including the sale of groceries, plastic cups and a bicycle lock. Big … Continue reading

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The Hobby Lobby Case and the Unreason of Religion

Like most Freedom of Religion cases, the US Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v Hobby Lobby engages the issue of how far courts should delve into the reasonableness of religious beliefs. Like in Anselem, the Hobby Lobby decision reinforces the … Continue reading

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The Creed Muddywater Revival

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has held that atheist belief is a creed worth protecting as a human right, forcing a Niagara school board to revise its policy to allow distribution of materials from more than just religious groups like … Continue reading

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Syndicat Northcrest v. Amselem: Setting the Bar for Freedom of Religion in Canada

I think it is fair to say that the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment in Syndicat Northcrest v. Amselem is the leading interpretation of the right to Freedom of Religion in Canada. The decision sets out a way for judges … Continue reading

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