Articles from April, 2008

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Whalen was Priests for Life’s leader

Dedicated, devoted, passionate, courageous, serious, knowledgeable, well read, always on the job, always available, always thinking pro-life. Those are just some of the words those who knew him are using to describe Father Jim Whalen, who passed away suddenly on Feb. 24 while doing one of the things he loved best – conducting a parish pro-life mission.... (Continue reading)

Buckley made conservatism ‘cool’

And before there was Ronald Reagan, there was Barry Goldwater and before there was Barry Goldwater, there was National Review and before there was National Review, there was Bill Buckley with a spark in his mind and the spark in 1980 became a conflagration. – George F. Will When I started high school in 1977, my circle of friends ate ... (Continue reading)

Latimer granted day parole

Convicted child killer Robert Latimer was granted day parole by an appeal board in February and then released in mid-March. Latimer, who killed his daughter Tracy, who had cerebral palsy, in 1993 and was convicted by two juries of second-degree murder, began his 10-25 year sentence in 2001, after the Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision. In December, the National Parole Board found Latimer insufficiently remorseful ... (Continue reading)

A different ‘Think CBC’ campaign

The CBC recently told a government spokesman that it needed more financial support. “We simply cannot continue,” the terrible Tories were told, “unless we have more backing.” How terribly sad. Perhaps it’s time for another extraordinarily expensive advertising blitz, paid for by you to, well, to make you watch them. Perhaps they should resurrect the “Think CBC” campaign of a few years back. Yes, think CBC. Think ... (Continue reading)

Oregon report on assisted suicide is revealing

Once again the Oregon Death With Dignity Act annual report is more about numbers than actual information. It is important to note that there are no case reports connected to the annual report on Oregon’s assisted suicides, and there is no guarantee that all the cases of assisted suicide have been reported.... (Continue reading)

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China maintains one-child policy

After weeks of speculation that Red China would relax its one-child policy, the National Population and Family Planning Commission said it would not make any changes in the country’s population-control policy for at least a decade. Beijing has faced criticism from pro-life groups over its one-child policy, because officials have often resorted to coerced abortions, sterilizations and, occasionally, infanticide to enforce the law. The United States has withheld funding from the UN Population ... (Continue reading)

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Age of consent raised to 16

The Senate passed Bill C-2, the Tackling Violent Crime Act, an omnibus crime bill that included a provision for raising Canada’s age of sexual consent from 14 to 16. At 14, Canada had one of the lowest ages of consent for sexual activity, but is now in line with most of the Western world, where ages of consent typically range from 16 to 18 years of age.... (Continue reading)

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Ethical alternatives to fetal-line vaccines

Seattle-based AVM Biotechnology LLC announced it will provide ethical alternatives in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and vaccine development. Dr. Theresa Deisher, AVM Biotech research and development director, stated, “We will be working to bring commercially available, morally acceptable vaccines to the U.S. market and to use existing technology to produce new, morally certified vaccines. Revenues from the vaccine business will also further the research, development and commercialization of morally certified therapeutics in ... (Continue reading)

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Golubchuk case likely to establish some important precedents

Samuel Golubchuk is an orthodox Jewish man who is on life-support at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.Grace Hospital believes it has the right to end this life-sustaining care against the wishes of the Golubchuk family. Samuel is currently dependent on a respirator and receives fluids and food through a feeding tube. On March 14, Neil Kravetsky and the lawyers for Grace Hospital met to discuss a suitable court ... (Continue reading)

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York U abortion debate takes place

A debate on abortion at Toronto’s York University that was initially cancelled at the last minute at the behest of the university’s student federation finally went ahead March 18 with more than double the number of spectators than attended the first time. About 130 people, under the watchful of eyes of heightened security, packed ... (Continue reading)

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Author puts people, not planet, foremost in global warming debate

Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming by Bjorn Lomborg (Knopf, $27, 253 pages) Bjorn Lomborg is a professor at the Copenhagen Business School and initiator of the Copenhagen Consensus (a think tank that tackles world problems), but is probably best known as the skeptical environmentalist. In his most recent ... (Continue reading)

Anglican church tension breaks open

Intensifying tension over growing liberalism within the Anglican Church of Canada has broken into an open rift in recent months, as biblically orthodox congregations have moved to separate themselves from the Canadian church structure and align themselves with the similarly orthodox Province of the Southern Cone in South America. Although it was not the only factor, the Canadian church’s increasing acceptance of blessings for same-sex unions is ... (Continue reading)

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Cleric pays price for taking a biblical stand

Concerned over the Anglican Church of Canada’s decision to bless homosexual relationships, many traditional and evangelical Anglicans have banded together to form the Anglican Network in Canada. At the forefront of this movement stands Dr. Trevor Walters, an Anglican priest who left the Anglican Church in Canada to provide ministry and leadership within ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion, mental health, and feminism

Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists, in a statement released on March 14 urged that women should not be allowed to have abortions until they are counseled on the procedure’s risks to their mental health. The College recommended adding details about the risks of depression to abortion leaflets. “Consent cannot be informed,” it claimed, “without the provision of adequate and appropriate information.” More than 90 per cent of ... (Continue reading)

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Archbishop sends message to politicians on abortion

But a number of Catholic MPs thumb their noses at his warning Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast set off a media storm over the responsibilities of Catholic politicians when he answered a question at a Feb. 19 Theology on Tap talk in Ottawa. He said that Catholic politicians who “obstinately persevere” in supporting abortion could be denied Communion. He reiterated this ... (Continue reading)

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