Challenging Trinity Western University: When the Law is Inconvenient

In Rights by Michael Rae

I was in Halifax last week for the appeal hearing on Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society v. Trinity Western University et al. The hearing, which went from Wednesday through to Friday, included three main parties, ten interveners, five Court of Appeal judges and twenty lawyers. The combined hourly rate for all lawyers attending was, I suspect, between $7,000 and $10,000 per hour. Think about that: $10,000 per hour to argue a case which is almost identical to a case decided by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2001. The issues were the same. The questions were the same. In fact, one