Supreme Court says it won’t hear appeal in Calgary school prayer case

CALGARY — The Supreme Court of Canada says it’s won’t hear a case about two Calgary Muslim students who were barred from praying at a non-denominational private school.

The students were in Grade 9 and 10 at Webber Academy in 2011 and told the Alberta Human Rights Commission that praying is mandatory in their religion.

The human rights tribunal ruled the school’s policy was too rigid and fined it $26,000 fine for discriminatory behaviour.

That decision was upheld by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, but the school took the matter to the Alberta Court of Appeal.

The Appeal court cited errors by the tribunal, overturned the decision and ordered a new hearing.

The Human Rights commission then tried to challenge that decision in the country’s top court but its application for leave to appeal was dismissed.




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