Articles from May, 2000

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US Digest

Private genome research advancing NEW YORK - A Maryland-based research organization has taken the next step in sequencing the human genome, in effect creating a blueprint for the human DNA molecule. The company, Celera Genomics Group, revealed in early April that its have gone to the next level in decoding the human life's basic, but complex molecule. DNA research has generated tremendous debate on patents on human genome information. Celera is proceeding independently despite ... (Continue reading)

Across Canada

Bureaucrats frequenting Internet porn OTTAWA - An internal survey on Internet use by staff of Ottawa's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) revealed that employees visit pornographic and match-making websites up to 70,000 times each day. The survey, reported in the National Post and elsewhere, suggests that up to 10 per cent of federal employees' time is squandered on dubious internet searches. Other websites ... (Continue reading)

`MAFIABOY’ vs. JOE CLARK

I was shocked to learn that a 15-year-old high school student known as `Mafiaboy,' the alleged suburban Montréal-area cyber hacker who was charged recently with jamming CNN web sites, has announced that he is challenging Joe Clark for the federal Tory leadership. Mafiaboy, readers may recall, shut down in February some of the world's most popular Internet sites, costing the operators hundreds of millions of dollars and untold inconvenience for many. Unfortunately for our readers, under the ... (Continue reading)

Sex ed’s failure

A few weeks ago Planned Parenthood was found on the front page of my daily newspaper crying crocodile tears about the scandalous rate of abortion in Canada, which it seems has increased every year between 1985 and 1997, when it stood at 33.5 abortions for every 100 live births. This is very interesting in light of the fact that one of Planned Parenthood's favorite hobby-horses - sex education in schools - also spread its tentacles wider ... (Continue reading)

Signs saying, “Justice for the Unborn” are somewhat vague. How can we explain themmore fully?

One way to appreciate the force of the argument for "Justice for the Unborn," is to compare and contrast the ways in which Canadian laws and the judicial system treat the cases of (a) a man who has first tortured, and later murdered, a series of victims (often children), having first videotaped the torture scenes, and (b) the deliberate killing, by abortion, of a totally innocent, totally defenceless preborn baby, who, not only has not ... (Continue reading)

Thanks, Abortion Inc.

It's a rare occasion indeed when the pro-life movement can tip its hat and say thanks to the wonderful boys and girls who make up Abortion Inc. But I'm never one to neglect to say thanks ... and acknowledge the fine strategy handed to the pro-life movement on a silver platter. All of us who battle the culture of death continuously look for ways to creatively get the message out. We aren't ones to sit on our hands. As ... (Continue reading)

On daycare

Earlier this year a young Montréal couple sued a local photographer. They had decided to pose for him for a group of "erotic photographs" as some perverse sort of gift to themselves, but had expected the pictures to be kept private. While casually browsing in a pornographic magazine store, however, the woman found that she and her husband were actually featured on large posters. My conclusion is that it served them right. If you live by the ... (Continue reading)

Canada’s dubious record on freedom of the press

For those who may not have heard, Wednesday, May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. Apart from professional journalists, most people would not classify the event among the more significant commemorations of the year. But we all ought to do so - not least because freedom of the press is being violated in our own fair Dominion. Yes, the right of citizens to be informed and to debate matters of public interest - an ... (Continue reading)

The limits of cooperation, and the dangers of naivety

It has been with a heavy heart that we have reported in the last two months on the support of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), and other Catholic organizations, for the pro-abortion World March of Women in the Year 2000. The Catholic Church is a crucial ally - indeed, it is truly the world leader - in the fight for the dignity of human life. In Canada as elsewhere, ... (Continue reading)

Ontario FCP meets to chart new course

  By Tony Gosgnach The Interim The Family Coalition Party of Ontario is concentrating on improving its organizational structure in the wake of a less-than-stellar showing in the last provincial election. Party leader Giuseppe Gori says that, among other changes, the FCP is changing its constitution to increase the number of regional directors to 11 from eight. Each director looks after 10 ridings. In an interview with The Interim during the FCP's recent annual meeting in Mississauga, Ont., Gori acknowledged his party did "very ... (Continue reading)

CLCY holds pro-life vigils across Canada

  By Michael Trolly The Interim On Tuesday, April 18, Campaign Life Coalition Youth (CLCY) held its first major event, a candlelight vigil that united pro-life Canadian youth from coast to coast. The demonstrations took place between eight and nine o'clock in the evening, local time, regardless of weather, in front of a hospital that commits abortions. The National Campus Life Network and other pro-life groups lent their support in the organization of the event. The press release sent out by CLCY said ... (Continue reading)

Scheidler puts up his home as bond to continue court fight

  By Paul Tuns The Interim The 14-year fight against a dubious lawsuit has forced a prominent American pro-lifer to put up his own home as bond while the case winds its way through the courts. Joseph Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League of Chicago, is still fighting a lawsuit launched by the National Organization of Women (NOW) in 1986. Initially NOW and two abortion providers brought an antitrust suit against Scheidler, the Pro-Life Action League, and others, charging there was ... (Continue reading)

Cardinal O’Connor was ‘our kind of priest’

  By David Curtin The Interim Pro-lifers across North America are mourning the death of John Cardinal O'Connor, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, at 80 years of age May 3. The cardinal was widely considered the most outstanding pro-life religious leader on the continent. He preached in defense of the sacredness of human life fearlessly and frequently, both in his sermons and through the media. And as much as he recognized the right to life as the crucial issue of our time, ... (Continue reading)

Alberta passes bill protecting traditional marriage

  Measure marks first time ‘notwithstanding clause' is used to override courts on a moral issue By Tim Bloedow The Interim On March 15, the Alberta legislature passed Bill 202, the Marriage Amendment Act, by a vote of 32-15. The bill uses the constitution's "notwithstanding clause" to override any future court decision granting homosexual couples the right to marry. Introduced by Progressive Conservative MLA Victor Doerksen, the measure is seen by pro-family groups as a glimmer of hope in the face of the federal ... (Continue reading)

Challenges encountered along the way

By Catherine Fournier The Interim I saw a woman get hit by a car yesterday. Stopped at a red light, I absentmindedly watched a woman in her late sixties cross the road in front of me. With only a little more attention - which became more focused as I realized what was going to happen - I watched the car making a left turn through the intersection run right into her. She bounced off the hood and fell ... (Continue reading)

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