Articles from November, 2010

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Latimer gets parole

Robert Latimer has been granted full parole. I am not surprised by the decision, just ticked off. It sends a terrible signal to society that the life of a person with a disability is less valuable than the life of an able-bodied person. That is sick and perverse and dehumanizing. Canada is better than that. As the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's Alex Schadenberg says, "The EPC has always held that Robert Latimer should be treated in the same manner as any other person who was ... (Continue reading)

Mixed feelings about abortion

Writing in the Globe and Mail, "L. Allen" relates her feelings of pain over having two abortions. No doubt many women have the mixed feelings the author describes: the relief from responsibility for a child that abortion makes possible with the sense of some sort of loss of the child that was killed by abortion. There is no delving by Allen into why a mother would feel grief over killing her two children, so there is some intellectual dishonesty in the piece. Still, ... (Continue reading)

Bits & Pieces

Canada According to an Ipsos Reid poll for Postmedia News and Global TV, 35 per cent of Canadians thought the federal Conservatives best reflected the values and needs of today’s families, while 27 per cent said the same of the NDP and just 19 per cent favoured the Liberals. John Wright, senior vice president of Ipsos Reid, said, “What was … more instructive out of this poll was not so much the Tories themselves and how they’ve been able ... (Continue reading)

Full-day kindergarten: costly and unnecessary

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is overselling the benefits and underscoring the costs of universal full-day kindergarten, says the program’s critics. Full-day kindergarten has already been implemented in 600 sites across Ontario. It will replace the previous half day of supervision and lessons with a full day in school for 4 and 5 year olds under the care of a teacher and an early childhood educator. Some schools will also provide before and after-school daycare for an additional fee. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty ... (Continue reading)

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Star report on stripper job bank ‘utterly false’

An Oct. 13 Toronto Star report claiming the Canadian government is set to add strippers and escorts to its national job bank is “completely and utterly false,” says a spokesman for the government. The Star cited an Oct. 1 ‘draft memo’ from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada that said occupations such as exotic dancer, nude dancer, striptease dancer, and escort, among others, would “be acceptable for posting on Job Bank,” a service of Human Resources Development Canada. The piece, written by ... (Continue reading)

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IVF inventor awarded Nobel Prize

IVF inventor awarded Nobel Prize

Robert Edwards, the inventor of in vitro fertilization, was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. In a press release, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden declared that his discovery has brought “joy to infertile people all over the world.” The work of British physiologist Edwards, with the help of gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe, led to the birth of the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978. Since ... (Continue reading)

‘I can’t be a moderate pro-lifer any longer’: priest-brother of arrested student

‘I can’t be a moderate pro-lifer any longer’: priest-brother of arrested student

The arrests of five pro-life students at Carleton University should inspire pro-lifers to step up and engage in the pro-life battle, said Fr. Simon Lobo, brother of arrested Carleton Lifeline President Ruth Lobo, in a powerful homily in Ottawa on Oct. 10. “Yes - yes I am the brother of Ruth Lobo,” said the priest, a member of the Companions of the Cross community. “I’ve never been more proud to admit that, actually, ... (Continue reading)

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Embryo-free stem cell breakthrough

Some scientists still want ESCR A faster and more efficient way of deriving stem cells from ordinary skin cells has been discovered, announced scientists in Boston on Sept. 30, who said their discovery will revolutionize an already-booming field of medical advances through adult stem cells. Meanwhile, stem cells derived from human embryos cannot claim even one success in human treatment. A technique that develops ordinary cells into stem cells, or induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, was created four years ago; ... (Continue reading)

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Across Canada

B.C. sues contraceptive patch maker VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government has launched a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson Inc. for health care costs associated with treating women who suffered from the company’s contraceptive patch. McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc. and Janssen-Ortho Inc. were also named as defendants. The lawsuit claims that the users “did not receive any warnings about the increased risk of developing blood clots, pulmonary emboli, strokes, heart attacks or deep vein thrombosis associated with Evra … The government argues ... (Continue reading)

Stem cells — amniotic, not embryonic

Science Daily reports: Reprogrammed amniotic fluid cells can generate all types of body cells. High hopes rest on stem cells: one day, they may be used to treat many diseases. To date, embryos are the main source of these cells, but this raises ethical problems. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have now managed to convert amniotic fluid cells into pluripotent stem cells. The article is wrong about embryonic stem cells being the main source of ... (Continue reading)

C-510 vote December 15 reports that C-510, Rod Bruinooge's anti-coercive abortion bill, will be debated on December 13 and voted on two days later. It was originally scheduled for a vote on December 2 and then it was moved to February and now it will be voted on in mid-December. First reading was November 1 and if it passes second reading next month, it will be sent to committee where witnesses should be called and amendments could be made. If C-510 makes it out of ... (Continue reading)

LifeChain Sunday a huge success

LifeChain Sunday a huge success

On Oct. 3, from 2-3 pm, thousands of people across Canada and the United States stood and held signs at the side of the road to silently witness the horror of abortion. In Canada, the annual LifeChain was held in more 200 communities from coast to coast. In Winnipeg, at Notre Dame Avenue in front of the Health Science Center Women’s Clinic (an abortion facility), 115 people showed up to demonstrate against abortion. This was an increase of about 50 per ... (Continue reading)

Production day

Today is the day we send the dead tree version of the paper to the printer. It's always crazy around here when we are finishing up so there is no time to blog. You can subscribe to the paper edition of The Interim here. We are still honouring the out-dated two years for the price of one promotion. (Continue reading)

Last word (for now) on the Pope and condoms

I just completed my story on Pope Benedict's comments on condoms for our December issue. I wish I could have included these comments by Fr. Roger J. Landry, but we didnt' have room in our jam-packed Christmas edition: Pope Benedict in his response also states that, while in an individual case the use of a condom in an immoral circumstance may open someone up toward moral progress, at the general level, the promotion of condoms is “not a real or moral ... (Continue reading)

There is no such thing as free speech in Canada

Blazing Cat Fur is being sued for a half-million dollars for linking to a Mark Steyn article by, you guessed it. And yes, you read that correctly: $500,000. You can show your support for BCF, the blogger husband to blogger extraordinaire Five Feet of Fury, at a Chanukah party/fundraiser on December 1 organized by JDL. Here's the info: JDL Chanukah Party to support Blazing Cat Fur When: Wednesday December 1, 7:00 pm Where: Toronto Zionist Center 788 Marlee Avenue For more ... (Continue reading)

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