October 19, 2017

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B.C. Christian university takes fight over law school to Ontario top court

Photo Credit To DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Trinity Western University will go up against the Law Society of Upper Canada this week and at the core of the dispute is the school’s ‘community covenant’ or code of conduct.

A private Christian university that forbids sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage will be in Ontario’s top court this week, seeking a green light for its proposed law school after the province’s law society denied it accreditation.

It’s the latest legal battle for British Columbia-based Trinity Western University, which is fighting similar cases at appeal courts in Nova Scotia and British Columbia.

The case that will be heard Monday at Ontario’s Court of Appeal sees the university go up against the Law Society of Upper Canada, with both sides arguing the other is being discriminatory.

At the core of the dispute is Trinity Western’s “community covenant” or code of conduct, which the Evangelical Christian institution requires all students to agree to.

It includes requiring students to abstain from gossip, obscene language, prejudice, harassment, lying, cheating, stealing, pornography, drunkenness and sexual intimacy “that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”

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