Articles from September, 2010

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Continuing the discussion on prostitution

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada responds to Justice Susan Himel's decision to throw out Canada's restrictions on prostitution. Don Hutchinson, vice-president and general legal counsel for the EFC, said: “This is an opportunity for the Government of Canada to take strong action that will affirm the value and dignity of all Canadian women. It is a defining moment in which they can affirm that, as a nation, we will not condone the exploitation of some for the gratification of others.” Julia Beazley, ... (Continue reading)

Prostitution: safer but not safe

The Globe and Mail has a thorough (if biased) story on the Ontario Superior Court's decision which makes the three restrictions on prostitution unenforceable in Ontario. Their editorial slams Justice Susan Himel for deciding this issue on her own: "An Ontario judge had no business striking down three major anti-prostitution laws in the Criminal Code on Tuesday." The paper says Parliament should weigh the evidence and debate the issue, but no doubt once that debate occurred, the Globe and Mail ... (Continue reading)

Update: prostitution in Canada

The Globe and Mail coverage of Judge Susan Himel's Ontario Superior Court's decision on prostitution is much better than CP's. All three provisions of the Criminal Code's restrictions on prostitution have been thrown out. And the GM also reports what is likely to happen next: the Crown will ask to stay the decision until the Supreme Court can hear the appeal. Security of the person is a facetious argument: legal and behind closed doors is safe, while illegal and the ... (Continue reading)

Breaking: prostitution in Canada

This Canadian Press article is mostly useless. It states that, "An Ontario court has struck down key provisions of Canada's anti-prostitution laws, saying they contribute to the danger faced by sex-trade workers." It is not exactly clear what provisions the Ontario Superior Court has invalidated, but according to CP three "sex-trade workers" argued against Criminal Code "prohibitions on keeping a common bawdy house, communicating for the purposes of prostitution and living on the avails of the trade." Not clear ... (Continue reading)

Rita Burnie, pro-life nurse, RIP

Rita Burnie, pro-life nurse, RIP

Rita Burnie, who with her sisters Helen (deceased) and Mary, long served in the frontlines of the Canadian pro-life movement. She passed away last Dec. 13th. Burnie, a nurse, had been active in the pro-life movement since 1984 when she first picketed Morgentaler’s newly opened Toronto abortuary. “I went in to nursing to save lives,” Burnie is quoted as saying Grace Petrasek’s book in Silhouette’s Against the Snow: Profiles of Canadian Defenders ... (Continue reading)

Rita Holmes, dedicated pro-life supporter, passes away

Rita Holmes, dedicated pro-life supporter, passes away

On Feb. 2, Toronto-area pro-lifer Rita Holmes, passed away in her 89th year. Rita had a perpetual dedication to her family – her husband Ray and sons Jim, David, and Bill, and daughters Lorie (Futch), Cathy (Roth), Honey (Ellerby), and Genevieve (Carson). She also had 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Married for 67 years to Ray, her love, care and support for her husband was never ending. She was adored and respected ... (Continue reading)

Bits & Pieces

Bits & Pieces

Canada According to an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll, just 20 per cent of Canadians are aware that there are absolutely no restrictions in law on abortion, while 43 per cent believe that under current law women can obtain an abortion only in the first trimester while nearly a quarter believe that women can get an abortion when their life/health is endangered, she has been raped or is the victim of incest, or there the unborn baby has a ... (Continue reading)

Walkers complete 5,000 km-long witness

Walkers complete 5,000 km-long witness

A pro-life witness that extended 5,000 km from Vancouver to Ottawa was completed on August 14 when the Crossroads Walkers arrived in the nation’s capital, welcomed by dozens of local pro-life supports, including Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast. The group of six arrived at the Hill around noon, where they were awarded a certificate of accomplishment by Audrey Lemieux, wife of pro-life MP Pierre Lemieux (C, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) and later attended a reception where ... (Continue reading)

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African Union submits to pro-abortion pressure on maternal health

The African Union (AU) finished its annual summit at the end of July with governments agreeing to make maternal and child mortality a continent-wide priority. The summit in Kampala, Uganda, ended with member states extending the controversial, non-binding Maputo Plan of Action (PoA) for an additional five years and expanding a new initiative called the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction on Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). Pressure was placed on the AU from UN agencies and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO). While United ... (Continue reading)

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Some success stories from 40 Days

From LifeSiteNews.com: "Day 6 of 40 Days for Life: 44 Babies Saved!" Babies saved and one abortion mill even closed for the day on Friday. Make sure to follow 40 Days for Life -- with locations and current news -- at their website. (Continue reading)

Actress questions need for traditional family

Actress questions need for traditional family

At a press conference for her new comedy The Switch, about an unmarried middle-aged woman who decides to conceive via artificial insemination rather than waiting for the right man to come along, Jennifer Aniston sparked controversy by telling journalists, “Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child. They are realizing if it’s that time in their ... (Continue reading)

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Keith Martin’s priorities

Keith Martin, who helped lead the Liberal crusade to include abortion in the government's maternal health initiative earlier this year -- a Liberal plan to export abortion to the mothers of the developing world -- is urging people to get behind a campaign to help save the rhino. Of course, this isn't the first time he has demonstrated a preference for animals over people -- at least in Africa. But what do you expect from a politician who ... (Continue reading)

Courageous candidates

Allan Tam is a candidate for public school trustee in York Region District School Board. John Del Grande is a trustee on the Toronto Separate School Board who is seeking re-election. Both are deserving of victory as both are running against the Ontario Ministry of Education's equity program.  See the LifeSiteNews story. Campaign Life Coalition explains the dangers of that program. (Continue reading)

Oktoberfest dinner and dance in Toronto

We are passing this along from one of our supportive churches (St. Rose of Lima) and Knights of Columbus Councils (13244) in Toronto: OKTOBERFEST –  DINNER & DANCE:  A fun event with a German & Austrian theme. SATURDAY OCTOBER 2,  6pm – 12:30: Good food – good music – good fun. The Knights of Columbus Council 13244 Invite all readers of the Interim to join us for an enjoyable evening at St Rose of Lima parish hall 3216 Lawrence Ave E (just east of McCowan Rd) $25 per adult  ... (Continue reading)

Abortion in popular entertainment

Rebecca Walberg briefly examines the dearth of characters who have abortions in television and movies. Pro-aborts are unhappy that there is no unabashedly pro-choice equivalent of Juno (not that it was an unabashedly pro-life movie). Walberg says the reason for this is simple: that even those who support legal abortion find the procedure distasteful and thus characters who have them generally unsympathetic. In a great analogy, Walberg points out that there are a lot of protagonists who drink and drive or are involved ... (Continue reading)

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