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Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) argues appeal at Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in Physician-assisted Death Case
OTTAWA, ON October 15, 2014 - The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) will present arguments today at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in Lee Carter et al. v. Attorney General of Canada and Attorney General of British Columbia.  At issue in this appeal is about whether seriously ill or disabled Canadians have a constitutional right to physician-assisted death.  This appeal is also about whether healthcare providers should be obligated to participate in or support in such a

Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) argues appeal today at Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in Public Prayer Case
TORONTO, ON October 14, 2014 – The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) will present arguments today at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in Mouvement Laïque Québécois and Alain Simoneau  v. City of Saguenay and Jean Tremblay.  At issue in this appeal is whether the City of Saguenay, Quebec and their mayor Jean Tremblay acted in a discriminatory manner against Alain Simoneau, a non-believer, by permitting prayers at city council meetings along with the continued

Christian D. Elia chosen as new Executive Director of the League
The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) has chosen Christian D. Elia, PhD to serve as its new Executive Director. Dr. Elia has served on the Board since 2011 and brings to his new role extensive experience in Catholic leadership. For more information on his appointment, please refer to the interview conducted by the Catholic Register, including commentary by Philip Horgan, League president.

Death of Joanne McGarry - Executive Director of the League
Dear Friends,   I regret to advise that our dear friend and colleague, Joanne McGarry, passed away this past Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the late evening. Joanne had been quietly battling pancreatic cancer for the past two years, but the disease took its toll this past weekend. We are comforted in knowing that Joanne received the sacrament of the sick and absolution prior to her death. And it is noteworthy that Joanne was taken from us on Divine Mercy Sunday, on the very day of the ca

CCRL dinner to be held May 22
TORONTO, ON April 22, 2014 – The Catholic Civil Rights League will hold its annual dinner Thursday May 22 at Spirale’s Banquet and Conference Centre, Toronto. Guest speaker will be Brian Lilley, columnist and broadcaster with Sun News Media. The evening will also include the presentation of the Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life. The League instituted the award to honour Archbishop Exner upon his retirement in 2004. It recognizes outstanding leadership

University of Calgary to hear pro-life students’ appeal
CALGARY, Alberta, April 8, 2014 – The Catholic Civil Rights League is pleased to note that an Alberta court has ruled that University of Calgary officials violated the rights of pro-life students when they found members of Campus Pro-Life guilty in 2010 of “non-academic misconduct” for refusing to turn the signs of a Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) display inwards so no one could see them.“The League has always taken that view that student pro-life activism, including th

CCRL supports Motion for better palliative care
OTTAWA, ON April 3, 2014 – The Catholic Civil Rights League today expressed its support for Motion M-456. Introduced by MP Charlie Angus (NDP – Timmins-James Bay), the motion was seconded by Conservative MPs Maurice Vellacott and Harold Albrecht after its first hour of parliamentary debate on April 1.The motion calls on the federal government to develop a nation-wide palliative and end-of-life care strategy: “That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish a

League supports March for Life
OTTAWA, ON March 27, 2014 - The Catholic Civil Rights is pleased to announce its continued support for the national March for Life, to take place in Ottawa May 8 with representation from across the country. As in previous years, the League is encouraging its members to attend, and is also providing a financial donation and advertising support.“The Right to life is fundamental to all the civil rights issues that the League addresses through its work,” said League Executive Director Jo

MP to introduce bills on assisted suicide
   OTTAWA, ON March 26, 2014 -- Stephen Fletcher, MP, plans to introduce two private members bills, one to legalize assisted suicide in Canada and the second to monitor and regulate the practice. Due to the position of Mr. Fletcher in the order of precedence, these bills are very unlikely to have time to go to a debate or vote in parliament before the next election.  Nevertheless, they will be widely discussed in the press and we need to be prepared to respond.The Manitoba MP, who

League presents intervention in Loyola case
OTTAWA, ON March 24, 2014 - The League was at the Supreme Court of Canada today to present arguments in Loyola High School, et al v. Attorney General of Quebec. At issue is Loyola’s request to teach the province’s mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture (ECR) course from a Catholic perspective. Loyola is a private Catholic boy’s high school in Montreal. Our intervention, which emphasized the religious freedom rights of institutions, was presented by Ranjan Agarwal and Jack Masle

League welcomes delay in Quebec’s Bill 52
MONTREAL, QC February 21, 2014 - The delay in the passage of Quebec’s Bill 52, which would allow euthanasia in certain circumstances, gives individuals and groups on both sides of the issue time to reflect on better ways to provide better end-of-life care both in Quebec and elsewhere, the Catholic Civil Rights League said today.The bill failed to pass before a scheduled two-week break, reportedly because the opposition Liberals want to wait until later in March to continue the debate. 

CCRL opposes approval of RU-486
OTTAWA, ON February 19, 2014 - The League has written to federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose asking that the abortion drug RU-486 not be approved for Canada.  Opposition to the drug, under the theme “RU-4Life?” is the theme of this year’s March for Life in Ottawa May 8.“The Catholic Civil Rights League upholds the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death,” the League wrote.  “However, the potential addition of RU-486 to CanadaR

League supports Trinity Western law school acceptance
TORONTO February 17, 2014 - The League has written to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) encouraging its members to welcome future graduates of Trinity Western University’s proposed law school, noting that failure to do so would violate religious freedom.The Langley, B.C. university, whose application to establish a law school application was approved by the Federation of Law Societies of Upper Canada and the B.C. government, now faces opposition from some provincial law asso

CCRL comments on UN committee report on children’s rights and Vatican
TORONTO, ON February 6, 2014 – The Catholic Civil Rights League today commented on the report of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which accused the Vatican of systematically covering up child sexual abuse and called for changes to Church attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion and said it should change Canon Law. The report was issued after hearings in Geneva last month at which Vatican officials testified.“We deplore all instances of child sexual abuse

League to intervene in Loyola SCC appeal
 TORONTO, ON January 17, 2014 – The Catholic Civil Rights League is pleased to announce that its application to intervene in the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) appeal of Montreal’s Loyola High School has been accepted. The hearing is scheduled for March 24. The school is seeking to cover Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ECR) course content from a Catholic standpoint.The League will intervene jointly with the Association of Catholic Parents of Quebec, Faith and Freedom

CCRL congratulates Cardinal-designate Lacroix
QUEBEC CITY, QC, January 13, 2014  — The Catholic Civil Rights League congratulates Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec City on his elevation by Pope Francis to the College of Cardinals and wishes him many years of continued service.  Archbishop Lacroix was one of 19 men named cardinal by Pope Francis in an announcement made January 12 to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square.“We have always appreciated Cardinal-designate Lacroix’s leadership on matters

CCRL calls for new legislation following SCC ruling in prostitution case
OTTAWA, ON December 20, 2013 – The Catholic Civil Rights League today commented on the Supreme Court of Canada decision in the prostitution case Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford, in which the League was an intervener.   The unanimous decision, issued today, struck down three Criminal Code provisions regulating prostitution:  living off the avails of prostitution; communicating in public for purposes of prostitution; and keeping or being found in a bawdy house. The effect

Legal protection for unborn should be studied, says MP
OTTAWA, ON, December 6, 2013 – MP Maurice Vellacott has put forward notice of two motions that he intends to bring in Parliament in late January, when his name is on Order of Precedence. The first proposes that shared parenting be the presumptive norm in custody cases, while the second, reproduced below, concerns the rights of children before as well as after birth. “We thank Mr. Vellacott for putting the issues of the human rights of the unborn before parliament, as we applaud the e

Motion on equality rights welcome, says League
OTTAWA, ON November 22, 2013 – The Catholic Civil Rights League today commended the initiative of MP Stephen Woodworth in bringing forth a motion calling on the House of Commons to affirm that every Canadian law must be interpreted in a manner which recognizes the equal worth and dignity of everyone who is in fact a human being.“We support the goal of legal recognition of unborn children as human beings, and we applaud the ongoing efforts and courage of pro-life MPs to extend basic c

Palliative care initiative launched
OTTAWA, ON November 6, 2013 – The Catholic Civil Rights League is encouraged to note that two NDP MPs have launched initiatives to address the gaps in access to good palliative care, including long-term and home care.On Oct. 31, NDP Health Critic Libby Davies introduced private member’s Bill C-545: “An act respecting the provision of continuing care to Canadians,” and NDP Ethics Critic Charlie Angus introduced a private member’s motion to establish a national pallia

Conservative resolutions show importance of participation
CALGARY, AB November 4, 2013 (CCRL) - Three resolutions passed at the recent Conservative party national convention in Calgary illustrate the importance of participating in the party of one’s choice as a way to advance ideas that may lead to change.Delegates voted in favour of policies that would outlaw euthanasia and assisted suicide, crack down on those who exploit sex workers, and denounced sex-selective abortion. The third is particularly interesting since a motion along those lines wa

Tom Langan book released
TORONTO, October 29, 2013 – The Catholic Civil Rights League is pleased to announce that “An Anthology of Witness,” a collection of writings by the late Tom Langan, League co-founder and long-time president, has been released.The writings were selected from columns, speeches and articles Professor Langan wrote for the League, primarily between 1995 and 2007. They cover a wide range of topics, including issues such as anti-Catholic defamation, Catholic school rights, re-definiti

CCRL comments on Rasouli decision
OTTAWA, ON October 19, 2013 - The Supreme Court of Canada ruled October 18 that Hasan Rasouli cannot be removed from life support without the consent of his family or legal substitute decision maker. The Ontario man has been comatose since 2010 and his doctors believed further life support was futile.In a 5-2 decision, justices for Canada’s highest court ruled doctors must first obtain consent from the man’s family, or, failing that, apply for permission from Ontario’s Consent

League welcomes BC decision in assisted suicide case
VANCOUVER, BC October 11, 2013 – The Catholic Civil Rights League is pleased with the October 10 decision of the B.C. Court of Appeal (BCCA) in the assisted suicide and euthanasia case Carter vs. Canada. The court ruled that only Parliament is constitutionally empowered to consider changes to Canada’s law prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia, overturning a 2012 trial judge’s ruling which had carved out exceptions to the existing Criminal Code suicide provision. “Th


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