Articles from May, 1990

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Shadow in the land

Homosexuality in America (Ignatius Press, 1989) By Congressman William Dannemeyer In order merely to begin to slow the spread of AIDS, Congressman Dannemeyer strongly recommends testing for the HIV virus; compulsory reporting to health authorities by physicians who discover the virus in their patients; contact tracing of the sexual partners of those infected; the restoration of laws against sodomy; and the rejection of AIDS anti-discrimination laws. Any one of these is guaranteed to bring down the wrath of the National Gay and ... (Continue reading)

The “gay” drive for acceptance

If the end of the 80s provides any indication, the 90s are going to see increased militancy by homosexuals, and more and more demands for recognition of “gay rights.” Judge Dube Last November Toronto Sun columnist Dick Smyth finally got proof that the world had gone bonkers. Mr. Justice J. E. Dube of the Federal Court of Canada had just ruled that a homosexual prisoner had the right to conjugal penitentiary visits from his partner. The judge said that homosexuals as a ... (Continue reading)

A time to Choose Life

A Time to Choose Life: Abortion, Women and Human Rights, 224 pages. Ian Gentles, Editor Stoddart Publishing A time to choose life…has made publishing history. A leading Canadian publishing house, with no church or pro-life affiliation has published a pro-life book on abortion. Stoddart views it as a potential best seller and has printed 7,500 copies. The 15 essays from 18 contributors (half of them women) are superb. A number of studies are comparative and international in scope. All of them are relevant to ... (Continue reading)

Activists confront Morgentaler

Pro-lifers turned out en masse to witness for the unborn while abortionist Henry Morgentaler spoke at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The 1200 pro-life supporters sang and prayed on the campus grounds March 29, as 50 meters away 200 abortion advocates clustered together chanting slogans while awaiting Morgentaler’s arrival. The rally was a concerted effort by all pro-life groups in the Edmonton area. It was essential to show the abortionist “he is not unopposed, and that his actions and philosophies are ... (Continue reading)

“Liberation?” asks pro-life feminist

Fifty people gathered at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto March 13 to hear American activist Julie Loesch-Wiley speak against abortion. The even was sponsored by U of T Pro-Life. Ms. Loesch-Wiley is no stranger to activism. For many years she has been involved with the anti-nuclear movement, and the United Farm Workers under Cesar Chavez. However, until 1979, she regarded abortion as “so private, so complex, such a gray area.” Since her conversion to the pro-life movement she has co-authored ... (Continue reading)

X-rated TV for kids

The National Film Board’s sex ed TV series for children, “Growing Up,” premiered on B.C.’s Knowledge Network on February 15. With it another state-supported agency got into the business of violating the right of parents to educate their children for chastity. In “Growing Up,” hosts Barbara Duncan and Blu Mankuma visit a Vancouver elementary school and encourage 9 to 12 year-old boys and girls to engage in explicit discussions of sexuality and puberty. These discussions plus cartoon depictions of sex make up ... (Continue reading)

Bishops’ Brief

This brief is submitted on behalf of the Permanent Council (1) of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Council would like to thank the Committee for the invitation to present our position on abortion and to address the particular legislative proposal contained in Bill C-43. Abortion is a complex and sensitive issue. There are scientific, legal, social, philosophical, moral, political and other aspects to be considered. It affects individuals in a very personal and painful manner but also concerns the ... (Continue reading)

Judicial Activism Invades Canada’s Courts

On March 13, 1990, the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa ordered the Federal Government to conduct a complete environmental assessment on a massive Alberta dam project at the Oldman river. The court decision is the result of an application by environmentalists opposing the half-built $353 million dam. Two days later on March 15, the Supreme Court of Canada, interpreting section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ruled that francophone parents in Edmonton have the right to ... (Continue reading)

Chief Justice Dickson Retires

The announcement that Chief Justice Brian Dickson would be taking early retirement brought a chorus of praise for his accomplishments. James MacPherson, Dean of the Osgoode Hall Law School said, “I think he will be remembered as the most outstanding judge who ever served on the Supreme Court of Canada. He’ll be remembered personally and professionally for his great humanity and his kindness, compassion and sensitivity for the disadvantaged in Canadian society.” Highest Point Peter Russell, a political scientist at the ... (Continue reading)

Kim Campbell: Bill C-43 is woman’s entitlement

As the April Interim reported, The Hon. Kim Campbell’s first statement as Justice Minister was to announce that if Bill C-43 was defeated, no other abortion law would be brought forward by the Conservative government: in other words, the government is resorting to legislative blackmail. As the last witness to appear before the commons committee examining the legislation, she also announced that the government would accept none of the amendments proposed by groups, which appeared before the committee. Campaign Life Coalition ... (Continue reading)

Pierre Lacroix exonerated

Pierre Lacroix, a charismatic Roman Catholic Quebec lay evangelist, accused in 1989 of having sexual relations with minors, was exonerated of these charges after two boys admitted perjuring themselves. Lacroix, his wife and children suffered a great deal during this ordeal of false accusations. Some of his supporters thought at the time of his arrest that he was being framed in order to undermine his appeal. Mr. Lacroix, however, feels no bitterness. Lacroix had a popular 15-minute daily program on Quebec TV ... (Continue reading)

Media shut out Christians

The airwaves may be public property in Canada, but the Christian view is effectively censored in a medium dominated by humanism, argues Canadian Christians Concerned About media (CCCAM), a newly founded Vancouver-based organization. A CCCAM delegation headed by broadcaster Gloria Kieler went before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in the first week of March. She presented a full dossier of cases where media coverage of specifically Christian interest in matters of public concern was biased. At one time an executive ... (Continue reading)

“Gay” victory at St. Michael’s

In January of this year the Gay and Lesbian Association of the University of Toronto (GLAUT) filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission alleging discrimination on the part of The Mike, an independent newspaper, for failing to publish its “Homo-Hop” ad. (See April Interim) The Mike had several discussions with a representative of the Commission, and after this discussion, an amicable settlement was reached in April and GLAUT withdrew its complaint. This so-called “amicable settlement” required The Mike to ... (Continue reading)

Freedoms threatened at Carleton

In the September 1989 issue, The Interim reported on a program originating from the radio station at Ottawa’s Carleton University. It featured the views of a pederastic group, the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). A spokesman for the U.S. group stated that the rights of children are being abused when they are not allowed to express their “sexuality” and “explore relationships between generations” (i.e., have sexual relations with adults). The Interim also reported that a complaint to the CRTC regarding ... (Continue reading)

New Statement from CCCB

On March 30,1990, Justice Minister Kim Campbell announced that the government would not entertain any amendments from the House of Commons Abortion Committee. Immediately thereafter, some prominent Quebecors, including the president of Campagne-Vie Quebec, wrote Bishop Lebel, President of the CCCB. They repeated certain objections to the Bill from a natural law and moral point of view. They also pointed out that the delegation’s testimony given before the Abortion Committee on January 31, had led some Committee members to conclude that ... (Continue reading)

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