Articles from August, 2009

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Changing pro-abortion rhetoric

Increasingly abortion advocates acknowledge the child “Maybe we won’t agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both moral and spiritual dimensions. So let’s work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies and making adoption more available and providing care and support ... (Continue reading)

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Rita Curley was a fearless activist

Rita Curley was a fearless activist

Ottawa-area pro-life activist Rita Curley passed away last month at the age of 87. During her funeral Mass on July 13, Fr. Pedro Arana of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Vanier, Ont. noted that, “Rita was very strong in her faith and she was not afraid to express her belief.” That summed up Curley very well – ... (Continue reading)

Former Supreme Court justice Gonthier showed restraint

Former Supreme Court justice Gonthier showed restraint

Charles Gonthier, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, passed away recently at the age of 80. Appointed by Brian Mulroney in 1989, he developed a reputation as a conservative during his 14 years on the country’s top court. The Canadian Press reported in its obituary that Gonthier offered “a more conservative ... (Continue reading)

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Briefs

Indian capital legalizes gay sex NEW DELHI – Justice S. Muralidhar of New Delhi’s High Court decriminalized consensual gay sex between adults in a controversial decision on July 2. The law only applies within city limits, but sets a legal precedent that may be invoked by courts across India. While India’s gays celebrated the victory, spiritual leaders in the religiously diverse country strongly voiced their disapproval. “Islam is totally against it. Islam does not allow any unnatural act,” said ... (Continue reading)

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Wealthy push de-population

Some of America’s leading billionaires met secretly recently to consider how their wealth could be used to “slow the growth of the world’s population.” Attending on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, they discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change. Other participants included David Rockefeller Jr., the patriarch of America’s wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of ... (Continue reading)

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Across Canada

Montreal, Vancouver pride events denied Marquee cash OTTAWA – The Canadian Press reported that the Marquee Tourism Event Program, which doled out $400,000 to the Toronto Pride parade in June, refused in July to fund similar gay pride events in Montreal and Vancouver. Divers-Cite, the organizing committee in Montreal, had asked for $155,000 to promote their gay pride events and add performers, but were denied their request. CP noted, however, that the same committee received an unreported amount ... (Continue reading)

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Youth plan modesty fashion show

Youth plan modesty fashion show

At a time when the affronts to life at every stage are enough to leave one’s head spinning, a group of summer interns at Campaign Life Coalition, the political arm of the Canadian pro-life movement, has decided to put its energies into hosting an uplifting charity event for all ages: a fashion show celebrating the dignity of each human life. All ... (Continue reading)

Post-abortive women question new pro-abortion rhetoric

Post-abortive women question new pro-abortion rhetoric

Two leaders from Silent No More Awareness, a ministry that works with post-abortive women, talked with The Interim about the hand-wringing rhetoric of President Barack Obama and former first lady Hillary Clinton and the tactics of abortionists that seem to recognize the humanity of the unborn child. ... (Continue reading)

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Kirkland Lake Pro-Life celebrates 35 years

Four years ago, a pro-life group in the small northern Ontario town of Kirkland Lake was experiencing a crisis. It was a story familiar to many such groups across Canada who have been forced to shut down, even as the need for them grows. The three executive members of Kirkland Lake Pro-Life were getting on in age and their health was deteriorating. Then one passed away and the president, veteran pro-lifer Dorothy Carston (now 89), felt she could no longer shoulder ... (Continue reading)

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Madoff’s wife denied pot o’gold

It’s helpful to learn, in these difficult financial times, the problems we share with the very wealthy, who have to experience getting along on considerably less income. Ruth Madoff is one of those persons, the celebrity wife of an epic swindler, Bernard Madoff, a financial adviser who was found guilty of purloining $170 billion in a gigantic Ponzi scheme. Her husband’s estimated annual income was $75 million. Bernard was recently ... (Continue reading)

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Ending abortion necessary to ease cost of aging society

As the huge costs of caring for Canada’s rapidly aging population become ever more apparent, more and more Canadians are finally beginning to realize that the collapse of the birthrate in Canada over the past 40 years threatens the economic prosperity of future generations. In a recent report, “Faster, Younger, Richer? The Fond Hope and Sobering Reality of Immigration’s Impact on Canada’s Demographic and Economic Future,” Robin Banerjee and ... (Continue reading)

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News items offered without (too much) comment

A few thing that caught my eye. This editor’s desk column will be, as it often is, less a column delving into an issue than mentioning a couple items that came across my desk, but for which there wasn’t room in the paper. The leftwing website AlterNet.org had a story by Byard Duncan who wrote about “Maggie,” her university friend in Indiana, who at the age of 22 found herself pregnant. Duncan wrote that the question when Maggie shared this information ... (Continue reading)

Vampires a metaphor for gays in True Blood

Vampires are back. Not that they ever went away, but they’ve been given a pop culture revival that strives to make them even more appealing than ever before. For tweens, there are the painfully attractive, but misunderstood, nightwalking misfits of Twilight, the Stephenie Meyer novel that was recently adapted into the first of a series of films, and for adults, there are the infighting and oversexed bloodsuckers of True Blood, ... (Continue reading)

Beware the spankophobes

It’s an annual event now, like some sort of grotesque birthday – the attempt to make the spanking of one’s child a criminal offence. The zealots have failed so far, but be warned that each time, they come a little closer. For most of us, the normal ones, the issue is largely irrelevant. Spanking is sometimes helpful, and frequently a waste of time, but is hardly ever ... (Continue reading)

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Pride parade funding

Last month, we reported that several Conservative MPs expressed their disapproval of the federal government’s funding of the Toronto Pride Parade, although none of them would go on the record. After we went to press, Tory MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-Humboldt) told LifeSiteNews.com that most of the Conservative caucus was displeased with the government’s $400,000 grant to Toronto’s annual celebration of homosexuality through the new Marquee Tourism Events Program. Trost also suggested that Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Diane ... (Continue reading)

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