It's been almost 5 years now fighting in the courts and we likely have another 2 years or more to go! Although feeling tired and burned out at times and in much need of rest from this case, I assure you that Donna and I are still very committed to seeing this charter challenge through on behalf of every Canadian.
I've been getting calls lately asking what is happening in our court case and I apologize for not writing sooner to keep you all updated. Right now there isn't a lot to report on since most of the work is all "behind the scenes" doing paperwork. Our case management team and our lawyer have been working very hard over the past 6 months in preparation for the Ontario court of appeals hearing. This preparation is technically called "perfecting the appeal" and it involves making many books containing thousands of pages (that probably won't even get read by anyone).
This court battle has made me realize how small and impotent I am in this fight. It is only through the prayers and assistance of many supporters that my wife and I have been able to continue to fight for what is right. No man can stand alone; There is only strength when we work together. I thank you for your continued support and especially to those who phoned me to cheer me up and motivate me to write this letter keeping you informed.
On a more personal note, I'm taking a bit of a break from the case work right now so I can enjoy the summer and visits with my sons while they are on summer breaks from university. My oldest son Steven starts medical school this year, and my second son Michael has just started his summer vickerage (apprentice program for pastors) here in Dryden. Katey starts university this September which means our home will be very empty this fall. ;-(
In summary; Our appeal should be "perfected" by Sept. 24, 2009 at which time the courts will be able to set a time for the appeal to be heard. We expect the appeal to be heard sometime this coming winter and we are confident that we have a VERY good case. If you are in the Toronto area during the hearing I hope you will be able to come out and witness this historic fight for our rights. I'm sure you'll be intrigued with how this drama unfolds in the courtroom. It would also be nice to get a chance to meet many of you whom I only know by name. I will be sure to keep you updated on this important date as soon as possible.
Yours in Liberty,
The following quote seems particularly pertinent to me right now;
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge, Past President of the United States.
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