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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 it's name. The board is now known as Conseil Scholaire Catholique MonAvenir.
Notably, Karas' then legal challenge, inspired Canada's first Annual Jer's Vision GSA Forum. Karas and The Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity raised over $10,000 to support the now named Gender and Sexuality Alliance Forum. The Annual Gender and Sexuality Alliance Forum is Canada's only week long youth-run training forum on diversity and inclusion. The forum trains youth to create safer spaces and prevent bullying in their schools. Participants impacted an estimated 42,500 youth in their schools across the province in 2014.
Currently, Karas is the litigant in the federal case of Christopher Karas v. Canadian Blood Services and Health Canada 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. The federal legal challenge was accepted as of September 3rd 2016 and could result in significant policy changes. The case may be heard at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
Karas is fluent in English and French and may represent clients in both languages.
Paralegal Education, 2017
Inaugural Jack Layton School, 2014
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)
• Director of Centre de Services Santé Peel et Halton
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