Articles from January, 2008

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Taking the pro-life message to school

Medical students attend Physicans for Life event in Toronto Canadian Physicians for Life recently sponsored 56 medical students and interns to attend the organization’s fourth pro-life forum in five years. The students, representing 11 Canadian universities, came to Toronto for the three-day event, held in conjunction with the International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide that was hosted by ... (Continue reading)

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McGuinty using JFK as a model

At Queen’s Park, the McGuinty government smells like something that even the raccoons won’t eat. Basking in the glow of a recent election victory that Dalton McGuinty never won, but that John Tory certainly lost, Dalton is trying to keep one election promise he made. He raced to trim abortion wait times in Ottawa. McGuinty is providing permanent funding for an additional 1,750 abortions a year in his hometown of ... (Continue reading)

If only they could see …

One morning, I was picketing with four ladies outside the Buriana abortuary in Toronto. At about 10:30, a large truck pulled up outside and the driver, a pleasant looking young man, alighted. He nodded to us, smiled and went inside. As it is a very busy street, I hadn’t taken much notice of the truck until one of the ... (Continue reading)

Capital tizzy

When Planned Parenthood of Ottawa (PPO) and former Globe and Mail columnist Heather Mallick targeted the First Place Pregnancy Centre (FPPC) over the Better Halves SENSational Tree Raffle, they maligned not only FPPC, but all crisis pregnancy centres. As a CPC executive director myself, I take exception. Since 1992, Ottawa’s FPPC has been “offering compassionate support and assistance to anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy or experiencing ... (Continue reading)

Danger lies in public school funding

The Ontario provincial election of 2007 is history. Conservative leader John Tory is probably history, too, but I will lose little sleep on that account. For arguably, the Tory candidate, despite being named Tory, was the least Tory-like candidate in the history of Ontario politics. There’s no dispute that Tory’s campaign foundered on the issue of providing funding for faith-based schools. He wanted to fund these “separate ... (Continue reading)

Stalwart pro-life former Congressman dies

Henry Hyde’s 1976 amendment considered most important piece of U.S. pro-life legislation On Nov. 29, a former member of the House of Representatives who advanced one of the most important pieces of pro-life legislation in American history, passed away. Henry Hyde died at the age of 83, the same ... (Continue reading)

Marcella MacLellan helped found CLC Nova Scotia

Half of a well-known Nova Scotia pro-life team died on May 23, 2007. “We are deeply grieved to announce the passing of our dear friend Marcella, wife of Joseph MacLellan, of Antigonish,” said the Campaign Life Coalition Nova Scotia newsletter of one its founders. At 78, Cella MacLellan had succumbed to cancer. “Marcella fought the cancer in all the standard ... (Continue reading)

Compass movie is boring, but beware the books

One word summarizes The Golden Compass, a movie based upon the first book of anti-Christian and pro-atheist children’s author Philip Pullman. This word is boring. I initially intended to avoid the movie. However, I had just co-authored Pied Piper of Atheism: Philip Pullman and Children’s Fantasy (AtheismForChildren.com), a new book by Ignatius Press that forewarns parents and pastors about the ... (Continue reading)

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Evangelicalism and the ‘Religious Right’

Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America: An Evangelical’s Lament by Randall Balmer (Basic Books, $19.50, 242 pp.) In 1925, Dayton’s town fathers saw an opportunity to bring national attention to their little burg in east Tennessee. They met with John Scopes, a supply teacher, to obtain his co-operation in challenging the ... (Continue reading)

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Q and A with: J. I. Packer

Although he now lives in Canada, J.I. Packer, 81, has been named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the U.S. by Time magazine and is generally considered one of the most important theologians of the modern era. He was previously regarded as an informal arbiter among diverse evangelical churches after the publication of his 1973 book Knowing God, which outlined a ... (Continue reading)

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UBC Okanagan pro-lifers continue club fight

Pro-Life students at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) are currently in a legal battle to be recognized as an official club. The University of British Columbia Okanagan Student Union (UBCOSU) holds the power to grant or deny club status to campus groups. For the school year 2005 until April 2006, the pro-life club, University of British Columbia Okanagan Students for Life (SFL), ... (Continue reading)

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Silent No More on campus

Recently there has been a new buzz about abortion on Canadian university campuses. Another face to the abortion debate is being represented as campus pro-life clubs host the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Women and men from the campaign share their testimonies about abortion and how they regret their “choice.” The first campus visit was at McMaster University in March 2007. ... (Continue reading)

Amanda Phillips: Alberta’s pro-life apprentice

Twenty-year-old Amanda Phillips is an example of what a young woman can accomplish when she sets her heart on serving Canada’s unborn. She is an office assistant with Alberta Pro-Life, which describes itself as “a province-wide group which works to educate and motivate Albertans on life issues, most notably abortion and euthanasia.” She is also the ministry co-ordinator for The Back Porch, an 11th ... (Continue reading)

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Winning on the political front

Broad coalitions stem the tide of euthanasia Amidst the presentations at the First International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Toronto Nov. 30-Dec. 1 were three speakers who spoke about the successful attempts by those opposed to the practice to halt the passage of laws legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide in England, California and Vermont. They were represented ... (Continue reading)

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First world conference on euthanasia

The first International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide held in Toronto Nov. 30-Dec. 1 hosted numerous informative speakers on the subject. However, the most poignant testimonials came from those who spoke from personal experience, those whose lives bore the wounds inflicted by the culture of death mentality. Alison Davis, from the United Kingdom, was one such speaker. A disabled ... (Continue reading)

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