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Don Hutchinson

Don is the author of Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150 (1867–2017). An alumni of Queen's University in Kingston and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Don has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1990. Not coincidentally, he is also a long time member and former board chair of Canada's Christian Legal Fellowship. Read More ›

Bio last modified October 2nd, 2017.
Articles by Don Hutchinson
  • Speaking Grace To Political Power

    Don Hutchinson

    As Oprah urges us to speak truth to power, a Canadian Coptic bishop teaches us to speak with powerful grace by correcting Justin Trudeau's mockery of Christians, Don Hutchinson writes

  • Disorder in the House

    Don Hutchinson

    Ottawa lawyer and writer Don Hutchinson argues two government measures now making their way through the House of Commons are so contradictory they show the Liberal left hand doesn’t know what the Liberal right hand is doing when it comes to religious freedom.

  • Pastor Lim’s Ray Of Light

    Don Hutchinson

    Last Sunday’s return of Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim to his Toronto church from a North Korean jail cell shows the power of proclaiming the Gospel even in the midst of a political war of words, writes Convivium contributor Don Hutchinson.

  • The Khadr Smokescreen

    Don Hutchinson

    Ottawa author Don Hutchinson says Canadians should stop reacting emotionally to the Omar Khadr settlement, and start asking critical questions about the political secrecy around it.

  • Alberta Chill For Public Prayer

    Don Hutchinson

    Convivium contributor Don Hutchinson, B.A., J.D. reports on the Pembina Hills school district decision to end their recitation of the Lord's Prayer in the face of a human rights complaint. 

  • The Terminus of Tolerance

    Don Hutchinson

    In distorting legal tradition to accommodate same-sex marriage a decade ago, writes Don Hutchinson, Canadian courts may have signed the death certificate for our understanding of true tolerance as well

  • Prostitution, Advocacy, and Canada's Bill C-36

    Don Hutchinson

    Most Canadians know little about prostitution, but still feel strongly about it. Few see prostitution as a healthy thing for Canadian women, children, men, or communities. Even those who do, generally don't want the women (and it's overwhelmingly women) walking their street. And as Canada's laws on prostitution were challenged in the courts, more Canadians became aware that upward of 90 percent of those marketed in the world's oldest profession are commodities of sexual pleasure against their will. There are great limitations in being an advocate. The inability to be inside the skin of those one seeks to advocate for. The diverse experiences of those one seeks to advocate for. The reality that some feel your advocacy does not represent them. At times, it makes you want to curl up in a corner and just shut up. But the sad reality is that as a person of privilege there are places that I can go to speak where my friends are unwelcome—and while that deeply grieves me—I am compelled to go and use my voice to the best of my ability. Lord, have mercy on us. —Wendy VanderWal GritterAs one accepted as an advocate by those who have survived the abuses of prostitution and become activists for a community to which I have not belonged, I have engaged before Parliament and the Supreme Court of Canada; privileged to be able to use my voice, to the best of my ability, on their behalf. Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, reflects awareness of the strong need for child protection, a theme of many Criminal Code amendments made by the current government and championed by MP Joy Smith. Trafficking in minors, procuring minors for the purpose of prostitution, and paying a minor for sex will all carry new mandatory minimum sentences. A new crime of promoting the purchase or sale of sex in a public place where minors are or could reasonably be expected to be present has been introduced.


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