Public Education

In 1997 the Board of Trustees of School District No. 36 (Surrey School Board) refused to approve three books depicting same-sex parented families as supplementary learning resources, for use in teaching the family life education curriculum on the basis that, among other things, the books would create controversy. Their decision was appealed and we represented the Board at the British Columbia Supreme Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada provided guidance on what process the board was to follow and remanded the decision of whether to approve the books back to the Board. Click here for the Supreme Court of Canada decision.