Articles by Don Hutchinson
June 9, 2017
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, which provides Pembina Hills public schools freedom to behave exactly as they were behaving: opening each school day with the Lord’s Prayer Even if the Pembina Hills School Board were convinced it could win, as the Constitution and past decisions of the Supreme Court might suggest, trustees ultimately decided that the financial cost of the Lord’s Prayer was just too high for them
June 1, 2015
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...
August 1, 2014
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,...
June 12, 2014
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 ...
April 1, 2013
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...