Firm heads to the Supreme Court of Canada (again)
Sep 22, 2017
When the Supreme Court of Canada hears the controversial case of Trinity Western University v the Law Society of Upper Canada, Symes Street & Millard will be there.
The case is the latest chapter in the saga of an evangelical Christian university which has applied to open a new law school. The school would forbid students from same-sex intimacy, effectively barring students from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from attending.
Symes Street & Millard represents LGBTOUT, Canada’s oldest university organization for LGBTQ people. LGBTOUT’s undergraduate members represent the pool of potential applicants to law schools. Those members who apply would face discrimination from Trinity Western’s admissions policy. Symes Street & Millard Associate Marcus McCann and lawyer Angela Chaisson are acting as co-counsel. The written submissions of LGBTOUT — and all the parties and intervenors — can be found here.
Symes Street & Millard has previously appeared before the Supreme Court on numerous occasions, including here, here, and here. Ben Millard recently represented the United Church of Canada before the Supreme Court in Whatcott, a human rights case about anti-gay leafleting.
The firm is perhaps best known for the Supreme Court case Symes v Canada, in which Beth Symes challenged parts of the Income Tax Act which excluded small business owners from deducting child care costs as a business expense. Symes argued at that the exclusion was a barrier to women’s full participation in the workforce.
We will post further updates on this case after the hearing and after the Court issues its reasons.
Symes Street & Millard represents its clients before tribunals and all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. The firm has expertise in equality and human rights matters. Contact us to book a consultation.
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