Freedom of Conscience Under the Canadian Charter

Post date: Apr 11, 2011 11:14:46 PM

What: Lunch and LearnWhen: Wednesday, April 13, 12:00-1:00pm

Where: Large Prayer Room, MSC 317a, U of C Campus

Recent decisions by Canadian Courts, Human Rights Tribunals, and Human Rights Commissions have sharply focused the policy debate in Canada between those who favour a legally and politically correct value monism and those who claim a constitutional exemption and hence legal protection for the expression of their unpopular religious beliefs behind the Charter's shield of Freedom of Conscience and Religion. The debate often seems framed as a clash of the Children of the Light versus the Children of the Dark. This lecture offers some clarity on the topic of Conscience, and Freedom of Conscience in the Charter, and suggests how the latter has and may impact Canadian education. Presenter: Dr. J. Kent Donlevy, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Donlevy is the former Associate Dean (Interim) of the Graduate Division of Educational Research and associate Professor in the Office of Graduate Programs, Faculty of Education, at the University of Calgary. He has written extensively on the intersection of legal and educational matters and has published widely in academic journals in Canada, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and co-authored several books including “A Guide to Alberta School Law".