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We’re different — our focus is Human Rights. While, we’re apt at assessing civil litigation and employment matters, we remain focused on Human Rights. Despite, few firms focusing in this area of law. At our firm, we treat our clients’ matters like our own. This is particularly true when our clients’ rights are violated. Our Principal, Christopher Karas, has experienced violations first hand as a litigant in some high profile cases. He notably challenged his then French Catholic School Board and his school at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario when the school board barred him from putting up posters of his civil rights hero Harvey Milk and a Gender and Sexuality Alliance that he and his peers tried to build through high school. With our unique focus and experience, we set ourselves apart as a leader in Human Rights.

Karas Legal Services is housed in downtown Brampton, with consultations offered in Brampton, Toronto and Ottawa. Karas, founded by its Principal, Christopher Karas, serves clients complex Human Rights needs across Ontario. Practice areas include Human Rights, Employment and Civil Litigation. Currently located at LAB B at 60 Queen Street East, Suite 103.

LAB B — Brampton's Startup Incubator & Coworking Space forms part of our unique culture. We’re centered around startups, freelancers, students, and creatives. This fuels the creative thinking that sets us apart and allows us to approach challenges with fresh ideas. As members of this community, we aren’t just solving problems, we’re seeking to inspire ourselves and eachother.

 
 
 

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"History isn’t something you look back at and say it was inevitable, it happens because people make decisions that are sometimes very impulsive and of the moment, but those moments are cumulative realities.”

— Marsha P. Johnson 

 
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PRINCIPAL

Christopher Karas

Principal at Karas Legal Services Professional Corporation, Christopher Karas, is a litigant in some high profile cases, a licensed Paralegal of the Law Society of Upper Canada and mediator. He mainly focuses on provincial and federal Human Rights matters.

Karas is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist. He has spoken at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University in numerous areas including Health Canada blood and organ regulations, Canadian Blood Services' policies, Ontario Accepting Schools Act, protections under the Charter, Canadian Human Rights Act and Ontario Human Rights Code, and substantive Human Rights.  

Karas was the litigant in the case of Christopher Karas v. École secondaire catholique Sainte-Famille. He challenged his then French Catholic School Board, CSDCCS, Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud and his school, École secondaire catholique Sainte-Famille at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario when the school board barred him from putting up posters of his civil rights hero Harvey Milk and a Gender and Sexuality Alliance that Karas and his peers had tried to build through high school. As a result, the school now has a GSA and the school board has since changed its name. The board is now known as Conseil Scholaire Catholique MonAvenir.

Today, Karas is the litigant in the federal case of Christopher Karas v. Canadian Blood Services and Health Canada. He is challenging the MSM (men who have sex with other men) blood deferral policy at the Canadian Human Rights Commission to change Canada's blood policy. He challenged the policy when he was barred from donating lifesaving blood at a local clinic. The federal legal challenge was accepted September 3rd 2016 and could result in significant policy changes. Karas may be heard at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. 

Karas is fluent in English and French and may represent clients in both languages.

Education

HUMBER COLLEGE
Paralegal Education, 2017

RYERSON UNIVERSITY
Inaugural Jack Layton School, 2014

BORÉAL COLLEGE
Exploration of the Culinary Arts, 2014

 

Activities & Affiliations

• Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
• Director of Action Positive VIH/sida (hiv/aids org)

  • Chair of By-Law Committee

• Director of Centre de Services Santé Peel et Halton

Admission

• Ontario

Blood-donation deferral period drops to 3 months for gay, bisexual men

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Canadian Blood Services mulling shorter wait time for gay donors

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Changing blood donation policy for gay men

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Christopher Karas Awarded Canadian Centre Youth Role Model of the Year Award

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