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February 3, 2018 – Frances Mahon will be representing the family of Tony Du alongside Pivot Legal Society at a Coroner’s Inquest on February 5, 2018. On November 22, 2014, Mr. Du was walking near the intersection of Knight Street and 41st Avenue when he was shot and killed by a Vancouver police officer. The fatal shots were fired “within minutes” of police arriving on scene, according to a witness.

Mr. Du was a man living with mental illness, described by his friends and family as loving and kind, and with a generous spirit. Ms. Mahon will be pushing for meaningful change to the ways in which police respond to calls involving someone experiencing a mental health event. In the words of Tony Du’s supporters, “disability must not be a death sentence.”

Ms. Mahon provides many services to individuals and families who have suffered police brutality, including representation at inquests, making police complaints, and civil suits. Contact Frances Mahon Law to find out how she can help.

December 1, 2017 – Frances Mahon appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada today, providing the perspective of LGBTQ+ law students and legal professionals on behalf of Start Proud and the OUTlaws in Trinity Western University v. the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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Frances’ submissions were featured on Xtra.ca:

“Breaches of the covenant for sexual misconduct may be punished by suspension or expulsion,” OUTlaw’s Frances Mahon told the court. “And whether or not students have actually been expelled is irrelevant — the power is there and it creates a chilling effect for prospective students.” 

Read more about Start Proud and the OUTlaws’ contribution to the case here.

September 11, 2017 – Start Proud and the OUTlaws were featured in today’s Globe and Mail on their intervention in Trinity Western University v. the Law Society of Upper Canada: “Start Proud and OUTlaws, say in a joint filing that the Community Covenant means LGBTQ persons, including married ones, “can never be their authentic selves while attending TWU. … No one should be forced to renounce their dignity and self-respect in order to obtain an education.” Read the entire article here.

Frances Mahon Law is proud to bring the perspective of LGBTQ+ law students and legal professionals to the issue of equal access to education in Canada. The case will be heard at the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30 and December 1, 2017.

July 31, 2017 – Start Proud and the OUTlaws have been granted leave to intervene in Trinity Western University v. the Law Society of Upper Canada, an important case about equal access to law school for LGBTQ+ students. The Chief Justice of Canada (in an unprecedented move) varied the original Order of Justice Wagner denying leave to intervene for Start Proud and the OUTlaws and many other LGBTQ+ organizations. The Chief Justice’s order allows for two days of hearing on November 30, 2017 and December 1, 2017, and all applicants were given the right to intervene.

Start Proud and the OUTlaws are represented by Frances Mahon, Marlys Edwardh and Paul Jonathan Saguil. See the recent Press Release from the Supreme Court of Canada describing the rationale for varying the original Order here. Read about Start Proud and the OUTlaws’ contribution to the case here.