British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk has revoked his consent for Trinity Western University, a Christian college, to open a law school. Virk cited the fact that law societies in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces have refused to accredit the school’s graduates because of a section of the university’s covenant requiring students, faculty, and administrators not to engage in “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”
Global News reports.
The Law Society of British Columbia has voted against accrediting a proposed law school at Trinity Western University.
In a binding decision, 74 per cent of lawyers voted against TWU’s program, with 8,039 ballots cast in total – more than 60 per cent of all lawyers eligible to vote.
The society says the decision means that “the proposed law school at Trinity Western University is not an approved faculty of law for the purpose of the Law Society’s admission program.”
The vote was conducted by mail and required a two-thirds majority, with a turnout more than 33.3 per cent.
CBC has the reaction from Trinity:
The president of Trinity Western University says he is uncertain if the new law school will open as scheduled in 2016 following the recent vote by the B.C. Law Society members to reject the faith-based institution.
TWU president Bob…
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Some schools in Vancouver are reported to be doing away with the old-fashioned pronouns “he” and “she” for their transgender pupils in favour of a new gender-neutral word, “xe”.
The school board in the Canadian city has approved a new policy which allows pupils to be referred to as “xe, xem and xyr” instead of “he or she”, “him or her”, and “his or hers”. “We’re standing up for kids and making our schools safer and more inclusive,” board member Mike Lombardi told the Vancouver Sun. Another change will allow children to choose to use any toilet facilities they prefer, including a mandatory unisex option.
Opponents of the policy shouted “dictator” and “liar” at school trustees when it was passed after only a brief debate at a rowdy public meeting which had to be guarded by police. Parents who question the changes argue that…
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