WHO IS INVOLVED?

Canadians Speak Up Against Government Coercion

CCCC – The Canadian Council of Christian Charities

CCCCs provided guidance to charities during the application process, and has now agreed to assist in litigation to protect the work of members who were unable to agree with the attestation. Our goal is to ensure that religious charities are able to operate across Canada in accordance with their beliefs and values without fear of being on the wrong side of politics.

More broadly, we are seeking to defend the rights and freedoms of Canada’s religious minorities. We see the attestation as the “thin edge of the wedge” against religious groups in Canada; it reveals a systemic disregard for difference. If left unchecked and unchallenged, we are concerned that this attitude will continue to erode the freedoms that are so vital to a diverse, multicultural democracy.

LITIGANTS:

BILBERRY CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH

CALVARY GRACE CHURCH OF CALGARY

CHILD CARE INTERNATIONAL

CHRISTIAN LEGAL FELLOWSHIP

EMMANUEL BIBLE CHURCH

EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP OF CANADA

FAITH CHURCH

HIGH RIVER FULL GOSPEL CHURCH

KING BIBLE CHURCH

LAGLACE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP

LAKEMOUNT WORSHIP CENTRE

LONE PRAIRIE CAMP

NEW LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH

NORTHUMBERLAND YOUTH UNLIMITED

PARADISE VALLEY CHURCH

REDEEMER BIBLE CHURCH

REDEEMER COLLEGE

SCRIPTURE UNION CANADA

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO YOUTH FOR CHRIST

SUMMERLAND BAPTIST CHURCH

TORONTO CITY MISSION

WEST HIGHLAND CHURCH

Our primary concern is not the financial loss to groups denied funding but the more profound threat to religious freedom, freedom of expression, and the right to equal treatment under the law. 

When our members asked that their religious freedoms be accommodated in the CSJ controversy the federal government refused.  The government demanded our members “check the box” in favour of government ideology.  Many of our members refused to comply with the political pressure.

“The Canadian approach in the last 60 years to potential conflicts between freedom of religion and other values has been to respect the individual’s religious belief and accommodate it if at all possible. … The need to accommodate and balance sincerely held religious beliefs against other interests is deeply entrenched in Canadian law.  For over half a century this tradition has served us well.  To depart from it would set the law down a new road, with unknown twists and turns”

~ Chief Justice Gascon of the Supreme Court of Canada

STUDENT STATEMENTS

It was a blast interning at Flemingdon Park. Meeting the campers for the first time, serving with staff and mission teams, having swim days and field trips, doing all sorts of fun activities with the kids, talking and laughing with them, learning more about God with them – all these moments have been a huge blessing from God.

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Jungsoo Shim

Summer Intern, Flemingdon Park

I recently finished up my first year at the University of Waterloo, in the Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) program. I had fun learning, but there were times during the school year where I seriously questioned whether the GBDA program was right for me. I almost considered switching out at one point. Getting the summer internship at TCM has reassured me that I made the right program choice. 

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Kaylin Lee

Summer Office Intern, Toronto City Mission

I don’t even think I could truly describe the fun we interns and campers had last summer and the special relationships we formed, but I can say that those seven weeks contain some of my happiest memories. Everyone has a different calling and all I can say is that it feels really good to know that you’re in the right place, using your God-given gifts and truly enjoying yourself all at the same time.

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Abby Corcoran

Summer Intern, Flemingdon Park

From teaching me new dance moves (that I have still yet to master), to the meaning of new slang words (i.e. to page someone means to confront them) and even new, interesting games, this has all been a learning experience for me. But the biggest surprise in this journey so far, has been that they’ve taught me many life lessons.

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Enniael Stair

Summer Intern, Kingston-Galloway

“As I have been getting to know my new small group of “Older Girls” (girls 10-12 yrs old) I have heard their stories of broken families, responsibility for their siblings, bullying, spiritual oppression, among other stories of pain and loss. Despite this, these kids are exuberant and a testimony of strength. It’s an honour to help provide for them an environment where they can feel safe, have fun with their peers, and learn about the hope of Jesus Christ!”

Misha

Summer Intern, Toronto City Mission

“Coming back for a second summer has been such a different but enriching experience for me. One of my favuorite things is being able to see how far the children have come since last year. Some have become more confident or more loving or more intelligent, but all of them are just as amazing and unique as last year and I’m so glad I’m back because I’ve missed this so much! Also, I’ve been more intentional in trying to get to know not just the children but the parents of the community too and so far it has been a success!”

Kristie Lam

Summer Intern, Toronto City Mission

“I applied for the summer student job in 2017 as I was very excited to work in our church. It was close to home and great to be a part of the home community. I developed interpersonal skills working with both children and adults. I was able to direct Vacation Bible School (overseeing 20+ volunteers and 50-60 children over a week’s time) which taught me skills I would not have received anywhere else. It took a lot of the summer to prepare for it alone. I was very thankful for my job at Paradise Valley Church of God and the mentoring and coaching I received from the staff.”

Ethan Babcock

Summer Intern, Paradise Valley Church of God

“I took the lead for the Junior Day Camp, working alongside 15 volunteers to plan and run the camp. For Junior Day Camp this year, we took 42 children to Wild Waterworks, Deer Creek, Skyzone (Trampoline Park), Bingemans, and the Wayne Gretzky Centre (swimming)!”

Josh Kimmerly

Summer Intern, Emmanuel Bible Church