Articles from July, 2009

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Toronto doctor saved unborn babies

The pro-life community suffered a loss with the passing of Dr. Antonio (Tony) Cecutti on April 17, who died in his 82nd year. Cecutti spent his last days surrounded by his family in St. Michael’s Hospital, the institution where he spent his career as an obstetrician and gynecologist. A 1951 University of Toronto medical school graduate, Cecutti instructed Campaign Life Coalition to interrupt him in his practice at St. Michael’s Hospital – where he eventually rose to chief of staff in ... (Continue reading)

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Frank aboard Air Force One

Frank aboard Air Force One

  As the Queen’s Park columnist for The Interim, I recently found myself aboard Air Force One on assignment, heading towards Indiana and Notre Dame in the company of U.S. President Barack Obama. I was ensconced in luxurious surroundings, sitting in a window seat in the rear of the plane. Having a glass of Famous Grouse to satisfy my thirst, I happened to glance over at my seating companion and was ... (Continue reading)

Across Canada

Disabilities group opposes euthanasia bill WINNIPEG – The Council of Canadians with Disabilities has come out against Bill C-384, the private member’s bill of Francine Lalonde (Bloc, La Pointe-de-l’Île) that, if passed, will legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. The CCD said C-384, the “Right to Die with Dignity Act,” which received first reading in May, puts “Canadians with disabilities at risk.” A press release from the organization stated, “Assisted suicide is not a free choice as long as (people) ... (Continue reading)

Kid’s TV a harmless distraction

But nostalgia for kid’s shows doesn’t stand scrutiny During the four years I wrote a daily TV column, I could always rely on at least one study a year, often more, decrying the debilitating effect that television had on the young mind. Among the most recent is a University of Washington report that blamed TV viewing for preventing babies from learning language, while in the U.K., a survey of ... (Continue reading)

Mum and Dad

The last time I saw my dad alive was as he walked, arm in arm, with my mum through the departure gates of Toronto airport. It was symbolic. He turned around to wave goodbye. In a few weeks, he would be dead. I found out after his death that he had been suffering from agonizing bone cancer that had taken hold of his spine. This, combined with ... (Continue reading)

14 points about Bill C-384, Lalonde’s euthanasia bill

On May 13, Francine Lalonde MP (BQ - La Pointe-de-l’Île) introduced Bill C-384: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (right to die with dignity). There are at least 14 concerns that the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has with the bill. Bill C-384 would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Bill C-384 does not restrict intended death to Canadian citizens, thus if passed it would make Canada a destination for suicide tourists. The person may refuse appropriate treatments and still die by an ... (Continue reading)

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Ode to Foy

In June 2009, as the Catholic church began its celebration of the “Year of the Priest,” Monsignor Vincent Foy celebrated a truly remarkable milestone: his 70th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. We offer our sincere congratulations and express our profound gratitude to him on this happy occasion, for no priest has worked as hard, as long or as well to defend the culture of life in Canada from the rampant intellectual errors of the 20th century. For 25 years, until ... (Continue reading)

Not in our name

The murder of the notorious abortionist, George Tiller, has been justly condemned in all quarters and we at The Interim add our voice to that chorus. Although every violent death is a tragedy, the murder of an abortionist is especially painful to us, because there is no greater setback for our movement than violence that falsely claims to advance the pro-life cause. Such violence not only takes us further from our ultimate goal of living in a peaceful society in ... (Continue reading)

John Bennett was first head of ShareLife

John Bennett was first head of ShareLife

In the 82nd year of his life, on May 23, John L. Bennett passed away, but his memory lingers in the minds of those who knew him. Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition, is one of these, and reminisced with The Interim about his old friend with evident warmth. In the later years of their friendship, they would meet while vacationing in Florida. Hughes ... (Continue reading)

Mary van Veen answered pro-life call

Mary van Veen answered pro-life call

Mary van Veen remembers the moment she became a dedicated pro-life activist. She was attending the 1970 national Catholic Women’s League conference in Toronto, when Louise Summerhill took the podium and delivered a passionate speech. Summerhill spoke about Pierre Trudeau’s 1969 omnibus bill decriminalizing abortion and how Christians must reach out to women contemplating abortion. Summerhill had helped found Birthright for this very reason. Inspired by the story ... (Continue reading)

Pro-life film festival hits northern Ontario city

Pro-life film festival hits northern Ontario city

No doubt you could be excused for considering Hollywood to be a synonym for vice and a film festival an excuse to air all the freshest depravities of the film industry. For example, you may have been following the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes, which recently awarded “Best Screenplay” to a movie centered ... (Continue reading)

CCRL honours Frank Chauvin

CCRL honours Frank Chauvin

On June 3, the Catholic Civil Rights League honoured Frank Chauvin with its Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence at its annual dinner in Toronto. Chauvin, a former Windsor, Ont. police detective, is founder ... (Continue reading)

MP seeks to end counseling suicide over internet

MP seeks to end counseling suicide over internet

MP Harold Albrecht (C, Kitchener-Conestoga) says that his recent effort to outlaw the use of the internet to counsel for suicide, was inspired by his close following of the case of Nadia Kajouji, a young woman who committed suicide last year after being goaded to do so in an online chat room. Albrecht told LifeSiteNews.com that his private member’s ... (Continue reading)

UN report ignores health risks of abortion

A year and a half after the “Global ‘Safe Abortion’” conference took place in London, abortion advocate Marie Stopes International and Ipas have just released the conference’s report, detailing the abortion movement’s worldwide strategy. While organizers claimed the primary objective of the conference was to “save women’s lives and reduce maternal mortality,” the report reveals participants prioritized a so-called “right” to “safe and legal abortion” above all else – dismissing any evidence of its harmful effects on women and even denying ... (Continue reading)

MPs who have presented the pro-life petition to Parliament

Gurbax Malhi ................................ (L, Bramalea-Gore-Malton): ................................. May 7; June 9 Paul Szabo ................................... (L, Mississauga South): ..................................... May 11; May 13; May 15 David Sweet ................................. (C, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale): .... May 14; June 17 Colin Mayes .................................. (C, Okanagan-Shuswap): .................................... May 14 Stephen Woodworth ...................... (C, Kitchener Centre): ......................................... May 14 Dan McTeague .............................. (L, Scarborough East): ....................................... May 27 Tom Lukiwski ................................ (C, Regina-Lake Centre): ..................................... May 29 Gord Brown .................................. (C, Leeds-Grenville): .......................................... June 1 Bev Shipley .................................. (C, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex): ............................ June 1 Chris Charlton* .............................. (NDP, ... (Continue reading)

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