Don Hutchinson

Don is the Principal of Ansero Services, a Canadian charity furthering the task of Christian witness through partnering for religious freedom, and author of Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150 (1867–2017). A graduate 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. 

Bio last updated October 18th, 2021.

Don Hutchinson

Articles by Don Hutchinson

  • Disorder in the House

    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.

    What are Canadians to make of a government that considers it a matter of our national heritage to put an end religious discrimination, while at the same time a matter of justice and human rights to embolden the disruption of religious worship? The motion, M-103, that resulted in the first study, by ...

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  • Lawyers Won’t Bow To Law Society

    A decree on diversity from Ontario’s law society must not force lawyers to choose between practice and faith, warns Convivium contributor Don Hutchinson.

    In its submission to the Supreme Court in the law school case, the Law Society of Upper Canada bases its objection to Trinity Western operating a law school and the licensing of its graduates to practice law because the Law Society considers the Christian university to be “a private institution” wit...

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  • Pastor Lim’s Ray Of Light

    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.

    Following Lim’s detention and sentencing, Christians in Canada and around the world, mobilized in prayer, and in practical pressure on the Canadian government, as meaningful service to Pastor Lim and his family, in the effort to secure his release Neither will we know whether Kim’s act was a humanit...

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  • The Khadr Smokescreen

    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.

    Parliament would seem to have been the preferred place to treat the Khadr situation as well if, as statements by Prime Minister Trudeau and other government officials indicate, the settlement was simply about prior Canadian government failures to respect the Charter rights of a Canadian citizen deta...

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  • Alberta Chill For Public Prayer

    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 constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion found in section 2(a) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and corresponding state neutrality as discussed in the Saguenay case, conflicts with the School Ordinance guarantee, annexed to and thus part of the same Canadian Constitution, w...

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  • The Terminus of Tolerance

    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

    Along with the new human rights protocols, in the latter part of the 20th century Canadian laws were amended to correct the historic injustice that had seen widespread discrimination against Canadians who are gay, which included the criminalization of sodomy until 1969 It was the dawn of Canada's ea...

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  • Religious Freedom & Janus-Faced Justice

    Ottawa lawyer Don Hutchinson finds the Supreme Court looking forward and backward on religious freedom cases

    (1985), the Court set out a robust definition of religious freedom that mirrored the wording in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, which includes the right to share one's beliefs openly with others, the right to worship,...

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

    As 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 ...

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  • The Conversation

    The Evangelical Fellowship’s Don Hutchinson on speaking faith in the public square

    DH: The court has taken hate speech out of the jurisdiction of ‘you said something awful that hurt my feelings' and into the jurisdiction of ‘your statement would cause society generally to detest a group of people with which I as an individual am associated Instead of focusing on its weaknesses and...

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