Articles from 2012

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Canada Abortion has generated discussion among columnists in The National Post. Matt Gurney suggested that the reason why a recent Forum Research poll indicated 60 per cent of Canadians thought abortion should always be legal was the abortion controversy surrounding M-312 and the U.S. election campaign. “Fiery rhetoric will kill your cause,” he counselled, looking at supposed gaffes by Republicans south of the border. “Debating legal safeguards and definitions of life may not grab as much attention ... (Continue reading)

Diamond Jubilee awards to pro-lifers garner protests

Diamond Jubilee awards to  pro-lifers garner protests

The awarding of the Diamond Jubilee medal to Mary Wagner and Linda Gibbons, two pro-lifers jailed for counselling within the “bubble zones” of abortion facilities, has caused public controversy. In a statement, Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott, who nominated Wagner and Gibbons for the medals, said that they “are trying to protect defenceless, voiceless human beings in the womb from butchery and death, and trying to let vulnerable women know that ... (Continue reading)

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Irish tragedy leads media to promote abortion

The death of a pregnant woman has led to international media coverage as abortion advocates condemn Ireland’s ban on abortion. Savita Halappanavar died on Oct. 28 at University College Hospital in Galway from septicaemia after a miscarriage. The case is now being investigated by the hospital and Ireland’s Health and Safety Executive. Halappanavar’s husband, Praveen, told the media that on Oct. 20, his wife had experienced back pain and asked if the baby could be aborted. The request was denied. The ... (Continue reading)

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Double standards

Last month the death of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar became international news. Halappanavar died in Ireland, the story goes, because she was not able to obtain a legal abortion. The story was reported around the world, with three Toronto papers featuring it prominently within their first three pages. On Oct. 21, Halappanavar believing she suffered a miscarriage at 17 weeks sought to have her child removed. Doctors at University Hospital in Galway discovered the child’s heartbeat, so they would not kill or ... (Continue reading)

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Nobel prize for ‘ethical’ alternative to embryonic stem cells

The man who discovered induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) has received the 2012 Nobel Prize for medicine. Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, a researcher from Kyoto University, developed a new process in 2006 that used four genes to reprogram skin cells in mice to behave like embryonic stem cells, which are pluripotent and thus capable of developing into any cell of the human body. In November 2007, Yamanaka and his team were able to create human iPSCs. Yamanaka and the co-recipient, John B. ... (Continue reading)

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Homeschoolers, parents rights activists applaud Alberta Education Act

On Oct. 23, the Alberta government brought forward a new Education Act that is being met with approval by homeschooling and parental rights organizations. “The more people got exposed to it and the more dialogue we had with it, the more we realized it wasn’t quite the right fit,” said Education Minister Jeff Johnson about the older version that was met with widespread criticism in February. “I think we found some really good middle ground here that is a compromise ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa Catholic school cancels trip to support Obama re-election efforts

An Ottawa-area Catholic school that planned to send 52 of its students to Ohio in the final days before the U.S. presidential election, has cancelled the trip. While the school board claimed the trip was simply an opportunity for students to “observe” the U.S. political process, the teacher leading the trip, Scott Searle, has presented it to students as a chance to help re-elect President Obama. Searle lists “volunteer” with “Obama for America” on his LinkedIn profile for 2012. In a one ... (Continue reading)

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Excerpt from Morality and the Law in Canadian Politics

CHAPTER IX Summary of Positions The politics of abortion had advanced to what some believed to be its final stage: the debate in parliament and its enactment into law. Positions had been stated and solidified; yet, a certain uneasiness remained, perhaps because few people really understood exactly what had been set in motion. After 1969, of course, an increased radicalization and polarization would occur as each side began to understand its position better. As late as 1968 there ... (Continue reading)

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Celebrate Christmas

I want to thank all our readers of both the dead tree and online versions of The Interim for your support. We hope that you have a merry Christmas and peaceful holiday. We'll be off until the second week of January to recharge our batteries for 2013. Some of the December issue still has to be posted, but that will probably be all the activity on this site until January 8, unless some really big life or family news stories ... (Continue reading)

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Interim Person of the Year

Stephen Woodworth. An obvious choice. It is the only second time The Interim has named a Person of the Year since I've become editor in 2001. The first? Ezra Levant in 2008 when he took on the human rights commission industry. (Continue reading)

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Celebrating Christmas

Celebrating Christmas

Editor’s Note: Christmas is a joyous occasion for Christians as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And while not all Christians celebrate Christmas in the same way, the centrality of Jesus in the celebrations of those who take their faith seriously, is a shared feature of the holiday. We talked to four people in the shared offices of Campaign Life Coalition and The Interim to see how they mark Christ’s birth and celebrate the Christmas season. Jim Hughes: ... (Continue reading)

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Part Henry James, part Jerry Springer

Amusements Rick McGinnis Thanks to laser-sharp marketing geniuses who regard the perfect moviegoer as a comics-reading teenager with no memory whatsoever of any film made before 2001, feature film production has slipped into only occasionally lucrative irrelevance. As if to compensate, the lowest end of the film production market – documentaries, made for little money with even less expectation of a profit – is managing to provoke and entertain with ever ... (Continue reading)

Sense and nonsense

Light is Right Joe Campbell I feel like a fool when someone says there are no absolutes. It’s not that I can’t bring myself to respond. I can and I do. It’s just that I feel foolish contradicting something that contradicts itself. To insist on no absolutes is to concede a least one. So it seems a foolish waste of time refuting what is already refuted. I feel the same ... (Continue reading)

McGuinty quits but stays on

Ontario Premier McGuinty has crawled into bed with Russian Prime Minister Valdimar Putin – both steadfastly refusing to give up power – Putin by naming his successor and then reneging on it and McGuinty by suddenly resigning as premier and on the way out the door proroguing the legislature indefinitely. This surprise announcement comes only hours after Progressive Conservative Leader of the Opposition, Tim Hudak accused McGuinty and other senior members ... (Continue reading)

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Consequences of same-sex marriage

Consequences of same-sex marriage

National Affairs Rory Leishman The proponents of traditional marriage in the United States suffered a major setback as voters backed the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in all four states that held referenda on the subject in the November elections. This brings to 10 the total number of states that have legalized same-sex “marriage” either by referendum, legislation or judicial fiat. Meanwhile, since 1998, voters in 30 other states have entrenched the ... (Continue reading)

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