Liberty Coalition Canada (LCC) is helping students request religious exemptions from vaccination after Western University announced that a third COVID-19 booster dose is needed to be considered vaccinated.
As of Sept. 28, Western was the only university in Canada to require all its students, faculty, and staff to have a third dose of the vaccine. The University of Toronto had a three-dose vaccine requirement, but only for those living on campus, and out of 8,400 students, 1 percent requested an exemption.
Legal ChallengeLCC is a Christian-affiliated organization that advocates “for human rights and constitutional freedoms with legal backing.” The organization says part of its mission is to offer legal support to Canadians who are having their "lawful freedoms" challenged.
It said one student was granted permission to be exempt from the vaccination through the efforts of its chief litigator, James Kitchen, but others were not.
“Through its lawyers, Western has refused to reverse these denials. The reason? According to Western’s lawyers, these students’ Christian beliefs must not be uniquely personal to them because they are shared by other students. Apparently, according to Western, when Christian students share similar Christian beliefs, those beliefs are no longer protected by the law,” LCC said.
"Liberty Coalition Canada is stepping up to help these students by providing free legal representation through James Kitchen."
The Epoch Times reached out to Western University for a comment but did not immediately hear back by publication time.
“Here, the Court held that one ‘must examine whether an individual’s belief has a ‘nexus with religion,’ in which an individual demonstrates he or she sincerely believes or is sincerely undertaking in order to connect with the divine or as a function of his or her spiritual faith.’ This requires the individual to demonstrate their sincere personal belief and that their belief, and any required act or omission, has a nexus with religion.”
It said that the appeal did not “speak” to the student’s “personal, sincerely held beliefs” and said that the request was a template affidavit and that it had received multiple identical affidavits.
At the end of the letter, it requested the student submit additional information and said it would “carefully review” it.