R. v. Church of Scientology of Toronto

R. v. Church of Scientology of Toronto

The Queen v. Church of Scientology of Toronto was a 1992 Canadian case in which seven members were convicted, and the Church of Scientology itself was convicted on two counts of breach of the public trust: for plants in the offices of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. The Church of Scientology was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. [http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onca/doc/1996/1996canlii1650/1996canlii1650.html Full text of the 1996 appeal decision from CanLII] 1996 CanLII 1650 (ON C.A.)] The Church of Scientology became the only Canadian religious organization to be convicted for breaching the public trust.

Investigation into the Church of Scientology's activities in Ontario was begun when stolen documents from public and private agencies as well as information on other covert activities in Canada turned up as part of the evidence collected in the Operation Snow White case in the U.S. [cite web | first = John | last = Marshall | url = http://www.rickross.com/reference/scientology/canada/canada1.html | title = Secret Ontario documents found in U.S. cult's files | work = Toronto Globe and Mail | date = 1980-01-22] [cite web | first = John | last = Marshall | url = http://www.rickross.com/reference/scientology/canada/canada3.html | title = Cult harassment, spying in Canada documented | work = Toronto Globe and Mail | date = 1980-01-23]

It was during this case that the events that spawned the case of "Hill v. Church of Scientology of Toronto" occurred.

The case was appealed in 1996 before the Court of Appeal for Ontario by the Church of Scientology and one of the individual defendants, Jacqueline Matz. The appellants advanced numerous grounds of appeal, some of which were abandoned at the hearing, and the remainder of which were rejected by the Court.


External links

* [http://home.snafu.de/tilman/mgarde/q_v_sci.htm Timeline of the history of the original court case]
*cite news |first = Lucy |last = Morgan |title = Abroad: Critics public and private keep pressure on Scientology |url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/32999/Worldandnation/Abroad__Critics_publi.html |publisher = St. Petersburg Times |date = 1999-03-29 |accessdate = 2007-09-07

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