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Judge issues ‘scathing’ ruling, saying feds discriminated against church groups looking for jobs funding

The Court was told the department appeared to harass Christian applicants with repeated claims of inadequate paperwork.




An Ontario judge has blasted the Environment department ruling it unfairly rejected applications from churches for Canada Summer Jobs funding, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The court was told the department appeared to harass Christian applicants with repeated claims of inadequate paperwork.

“It’s pretty scathing,” said Albertos Polizogopoulos, lawyer for Redeemer University College of Hamilton, Ont.

“This sends a pretty clear message to the government that they can’t treat religious institutions differently from anyone else.”

Redeemer University had routinely received Canada Summer Jobs funding for 12 consecutive years, the Federal Court was told. However, in 2018 it was denied $104,187 to hire eleven students after the department checked Redeemer’s website for “high risk” content, then subjected the University to repeated requests for more paperwork before finally rejecting its application.

Supposed paperwork errors were “not in my view a genuine attempt to seek clarification or further information,” wrote Justice Richard Mosley.

“Sending the letter was simply going through the motions to appear to be fair, not an exercise in fairness itself.”

Redeemer is a Reformed Christian campus opposed to same-sex marriage, but its summer student program was unrelated to its Christian teachings, the court was told.

Mosley said there was no evidence the department made any attempt to “consider Redeemer’s right to freedom of religion, freedom of expression or freedom of association in considering its application.”

The University’s 2021 application has been approved. The department was ordered to pay all the University’s court costs totaling $102,000.

“They did target religious groups,” said Polizogopoulos, of The Acacia Group of Ottawa.

“I don’t know if the government got the message. This decision does hold the department’s feet to the fire and says they cannot string religious groups along anymore.”

Mosley, in a second case, similarly struck a ruling by the Department of Employment against Bible Centred Ministry (BCM) International Canada Inc. that sought $45,600 to hire guides at a Bible camp.

The group had successfully applied for Canada Summer Jobs funding for seven years and had “the right to stand in the line for assessment with other eligible projects,” but “was never given a fair chance for its application to be considered on its merits,” wrote the court.

BCM was repeatedly told its paperwork was out of order. Organizers said the loss of the grant meant they had to turn away schoolchildren from the Mill Stream Bible Camp at Omemee, Ont. that promoted “leadership skills” and physical exercise.

The department “breached procedural fairness and made an unreasonable decision,” wrote Mosley.

The department beginning in 2018 faced a string of successful lawsuits after it arbitrarily denied Canada Summer Jobs funding to groups it suspected were pro-life or opposed gay marriage.

Cabinet required applicants to swear a federal oath they recognized “the right to access safe and legal abortions” even if funding was unrelated to any Christian teaching.

Cabinet subsequently issued a new 2018 oath requiring applicants swear their “core mandate” complied with the Charter Of Rights And Freedoms regardless of the project being funded.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Steven

    July 6, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Where the finger should be pointed is directly at Prime Minister Trudeau. We all know this crap started at the PMO. As per normal Teflon Trudeau only walks through the shit he spreads. Will be nice when Justin ends up really wearing it. Trust Trudeau? Nope!

  2. Left Coast

    July 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Karl Marx didn’t like churches either . . . what did you expect?

    Elect a Marxist to run your country . . . and you get communism!

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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