Articles from October, 2011

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Bits & Pieces

Canada Quebec resident Ginette Leblanc, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is challenging the federal Criminal Code prohibition on euthanasia. Her lawyer, Rene Duval, will file an application with the Quebec Superior Court asking that 241b of the Criminal Code outlawing assisted suicide be ruled unconstitutional. According to reports, Duval expects both that court and the Quebec Court of Appeal to uphold the prohibition, but he hopes that the Supreme Court of Canada will reconsider the issue ... (Continue reading)

Cardinal Ambrozic passes away

Cardinal Ambrozic passes away

On Aug. 26 Toronto Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic passed away at the age of 81 after a lengthy illness. He was a priest for 56 years and bishop for 35, including serving as the ninth archbishop of Toronto from 1990 to 2006. The pro-life movement lost an ally, albeit a complicated one. While some activists have complained to The Interim over the years for the lack of pro-life leadership, the record shows that he ... (Continue reading)

Pro-life activist sentenced

Pro-life activist sentenced

Supporters note she puts unborn ahead of herself Pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner was sentenced in court Sept. 13 for peacefully entering a Toronto abortion facility last December to witness about the value of human life to mothers who were waiting to abort their children. On Sept. 12, Wagner, who provided her own defense, was found guilty by Judge William Bassel in Toronto’s Old City Hall of “unlawful use” ... (Continue reading)

Gibbons’ trial dates set

Gibbons’ trial dates set

Linda Gibbons will stand trial on Nov. 4 on a charge of disobeying a court order in connection with her latest demonstration outside a Toronto abortion site this past August 4. According to Gibbons’s lawyer, she will be pleading not guilty. The date was set during a recent appearance before a justice of the peace. Although Gibbons has been conducting such peaceful demonstrations since 1994, this is the first time she has been arrested ... (Continue reading)

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Saluting pro-life heroes

A giant of an unsung pro-life hero, Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, died recently in his early 80s after a long illness. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, mayors of the two of the largest cities in Canada, attended the standing room only funeral Mass at St.Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto. Cardinal Ambrozic was a strong moral and financial supporter of LifeSiteNews in its embryonic stage and embraced its mission enthusiastically. His support ... (Continue reading)

Poland votes against restricting abortion

A bill completely banning abortions was narrowly rejected by the Polish parliament. Lawmakers voted 191-186 to reject the bill with 5 abstentions. The bill came forward to Parliament as a result of a citizen petition that collected 600,000 signatures in two weeks. It overwhelmingly passed its first vote (254-141) in July and was then delegated to a committee for further work, which rejected it on Aug. 19 by a vote of 45-22. Currently, women in Poland can only have an abortion ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa funds Planned Parenthood

Pro-life leaders have praised the Conservative government for refusing to provide operational funding to International Planned Parenthood by indefinitely delaying a 2010 grant request submitted in 2009, but they have criticized the government over its decision to provide taxpayer money to the world’s largest abortion outfit as part of its 2010 G8 maternal health initiative. Ottawa has not given a cent to IPPF since 2009 following a petition campaign led by Conservative MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-Humboldt) and yet on Sept. 23, ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life editor to speak in Kingston on media bias

Interim editor-in-chief Paul Tuns will be a speaker at Campaign Life Coalition's Eastern Ontario Conference in Kingston on Saturday. More info here. He will be talking about the sources of media bias. Sneak peak: it isn't all about ideology, sometimes it is just stupidity and laziness. (Continue reading)

Defunding abortion in Ontario

We are pre-releasing a pair of stories from our November issue which is being mailed to subscribers right now. Our cover story is on the Defund Abortion Rally at Queen's Park which took place last Saturday and was attended by 2000 people. And here's our coverage of The Interim co-sponsored Abacus pollon defunding abortion in Ontario which found that the majority of Ontarians do not want most abortions to be subsidized by taxpayers. Here's our cover story from last month about ... (Continue reading)

Catholic parents vow to continue fight against Toronto schools

In 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Education foisted an equity and inclusivity education policy (EIE) which seeks to eliminate racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry from schools, including so-called homophobia. Religious leaders are concerned that implementation of EIE policies could be a Trojan horse by which gay activists normalize the homosexual lifestyle in the eyes of students, including through Gay-Straight Alliances where homosexual students could feel welcome in coming out with their sexuality. Campaign Life Catholics has worked with numerous ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-lifers condemn infanticide sentence

On Sept. 9, an Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench judge gave a now 25-year-old perpetrator a suspended sentence after her conviction for a six-year-old murder of a newborn was reduced to an infanticide conviction. Pro-lifers both pointed to the intellectual consistency of the ruling and expressed horror over the message the light punishment sends about the value of human life. In April 2005, then 19-year-old Katrina Effert of Wetaskiwin in central Alberta, gave birth to a baby boy, strangled him to ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion and infanticide

An Alberta judge has downgraded a second-degree murder conviction to infanticide, and in doing so justified her decision by comparing the mother’s murder of her newborn to abortion. Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Joanne Veit said Katrina Effert of Wetaskiwin should not be judged too harshly because “while many Canadians undoubtedly view abortion as a less than ideal solution to unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancy, they generally understand, accept, and sympathize with ... (Continue reading)

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Wanted: clear thinking on abortion

In an article entitled “The two-minus-one pregnancy,” published in The New York Times on Aug. 10, Ruth Padawer examined the case of Jenny, a mother of healthy twins, who had one of her babies aborted because she did not feel up to the responsibility of caring for two new infants. How could any mother justify such lethal selfishness? Jenny explained: “If I had conceived these twins naturally, I wouldn’t have reduced this pregnancy, because you felt like if there’s a natural order, ... (Continue reading)

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Avian justice

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about ducks. Ducks, like us, are either male or female. They also, like us, bear a label that, in some contexts, refers to one sex, but in others, to both. At least this is so in English. Just as man can refer to males alone, duck can refer to females alone. But, like man, duck can also refer to males and females. Consequently, it is linguistically ... (Continue reading)

Death to the networks

The Fall TV season is debuting as I write this and from a distance it looks and sounds like the usual anxious three-legged race, with all of the networks somehow bound to each other by their rosters of copycat shows, an annual ritual that, at least until the cancellations begin, gives the illusion of themes and trends that only makes TV critics’ jobs easier. We have two shows set in the implicitly ... (Continue reading)

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