Kempling v. The B.C. College of Teachers et al

Watch for this case coming to the BC Appeal Court April 21 and 22, 2005

Kempling v. The B.C. College of Teachers et al

Mr. Kempling appeals from the order of Justice Holmes who held that disciplinary action taken by the B.C. College of Teachers against Mr. Kempling, did not infringe his Charter rights. On this appeal, Mr. Kempling contends that Justice Holmes erred in law and misapprehended the evidence when he affirmed the conclusion of the Hearing Panel that Mr. Kempling's conduct was unprofessional and unbecoming a member of the BC College of Teachers.

Mr. Kempling ran into trouble with the BC Teachers College in the late 1990's for expressing his views in a local newspaper on homosexuality. Kempling was a high school counsellor at the time.

An example of Mr. Kempling's statements that the court found problematic included:
"Some readers may be wondering why I am putting my professional reputation on the line over the homosexuality issue, and some are questioning my competence to counsel … Sexual orientations can be changed and the success rate for those who seek help is high. My hope is that students who are confused over their sexual orientation will come to see me." [August 27, 1997, Quesnel Cariboo Observer]

Kempling has become somewhat of a star among some christian conservative groups. Several have received intervener status in his case. They include the Christian Teachers Association, the Christian Legal Fellowship, Catholic Civil Rights League, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

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