Matching Pledge

We're working to raise what we need to file this case.

Any pledges received on this page will be used to encourage prospective donors to contribute to the case. For example, if we collect $5,000 worth of pledges, we will tell prospective donors that if they contribute by July 5th, their donation will be matched by existing supporters up to a total of $5,000.

We will ask you to honor your pledge to match the donations of any new supporters who choose to support the case by noon on July 5th. If the total amount donated by new supporters is less than what is pledged, we'll only ask pledgers to match the amounts that have been donated, in the order the pledges were received.

 

Who's pledging

Debbie Rudan
Réal Lavergne
Diane Duttle
Antony Hodgson
Mark Coffin
$5,350.00 pledged
$5,000.00

How much will you pledge to donate on 04:00 PM ADT on July 05?



Like and Follow

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Current Status:

- In early August of 2019, we raised enough support ($70,000) to cover the costs of preparing a court application and securing expert testimony for our case.

- The case is being filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on October 9th, 2019
 

How you can help

The main way you can help is to support the case financially. We need to raise another $150,000 to cover the costs associated with arguing the case at two levels of provincial court, and to file an application for leave with the Supreme Court of Canada. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.


What to expect

- Once filed, the case will be heard in a provincial court.

- Following an initial decision, there will be an appeal heard in another court. If the initial decision is in our favour, the Government of Canada will likely appeal it. If the decision is not in our favour, we will appeal it.

- Finally, the case may be heard by the Supreme Court. If the decision of the appeal court is in our favour, we suspect the Government will request leave from the Supreme Court. If the decision of the appeal court is in the government's favour, we will request leave from the Supreme Court to hear the case. If the case is heard in the Supreme Court of Canada, the decision will be final. If the case isn’t granted leave to be heard in the Supreme Court, the decision of the appeal court will be final.


Time and Money

We estimate the total costs for arguing and overseeing this case to be in the range of $300,000 - $350,000, spread out over the course of 2 - 4 years.

At each step, we will set a goal based on our estimate of the costs at each stage, and ask supporters to contribute to help us reach that goal, and to ensure the case can continue to move forward.