Articles from March, 2012

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Opposition to McGuinty’s gay activist ‘anti-bullying’ bill

A group of concerned parents and parental rights groups held a press conference at Queen's Park yesterday to discuss the Liberal government's Bill 13 (concerns about the bill were addressed on this blog yesterday). The Toronto Sun and Sun News were the only media to cover the event. The Toronto Sun reported: Kim Galvao, chair of Concerned Catholic Parents of Ontario, said people of many faiths will attend the 2 p.m. protest. They aim to convince the Dalton McGuinty ... (Continue reading)

Rally against McGuinty’s Bill 13

Tomorrow (March 29) there will be a rally at Queen's Park to protest the Ontario Liberal government's Bill 13, the so-called anti-bullying bill that is a Trojan horse to normalize homosexuality and attack parental rights and religious freedom. It lasts from 2pm to 3pm so drop in and support the cause for at least some portion of it. In recent months, The Interim has had coverage of Bill 13 and an editorial explaining why it wrong. The Evangelical Fellowship ... (Continue reading)

Ontario court okays brothels (sort of)

We'll have our own take tomorrow on the Ontario Court of Appeal decision which appears to have legalized brothels but not solicitation. (The decision can be found here). Here's news coverage of the decision by justices Doherty, Rosenberg, and Feldman. Our coverage of the case early on in the process can be found here and here. Also, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada responds. Below is a Christian Legal Fellowship press release issued after the decision was rendered yesterday carefully dissecting what the decision does ... (Continue reading)

John Turner, ambition, and the legalization of abortion

John Turner, ambition, and the legalization of abortion

Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner by Paul Litt (UBC Press, $39.95, 494 pages) When I first heard that there was a biography of John Turner being published, my reaction was simple: why? Turner was prime minister for the summer of 1984 (Parliament never sat while he was in office) and he did not seem to leave much of an imprint on this country. Of course, for Interim readers, ... (Continue reading)

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Repeal of ‘hate speech’ clause passes second vote in Commons

The campaign to scrap Canada’s ‘hate speech’ clause moved one step closer to victory Feb. 15 as the House of Commons voted 158-131 to send it to committee. Of those MPs who voted, the bill was unanimously supported by the majority Conservative government and opposed by all opposition members, except Newfoundland MP Scott Simms (Liberal, Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor). After consideration by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Bill C-304 will need to pass a third vote in the House of ... (Continue reading)

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Woodworth introduces bill to re-examine definition of human being

On Feb. 6, MP Stephen Woodworth filed a motion with the Clerk of the House of Commons to ask Parliament to form a special committee to study what he called Canada’s “archaic” definition of human being, a move broadly supported by the Canadian pro-life movement. Woodworth, a Conservative MP from Kitchener-Centre, notes that Section 223(1) of the Criminal Code which defines human being, originates in a 400-year-old law as recorded by the 17th century English lawyer and jurist, Edward Coke in ... (Continue reading)

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Calgary police apologize to pro-life activist after incorrectly arresting him

After a Calgary policeman arrested a pro-life activist Feb. 4 over his use of graphic abortion signs, the police service have dropped the charges and issued an apology, returned his signs, and pledged to prevent similar incidents in the future. Francisco Gomez, a staff member with the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, was leading the group’s regular “Choice” Chain at a busy Calgary intersection when an officer approached and asked them to take the signs down because they were “distracting” and ... (Continue reading)

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Culture wars

Two recent events south of the border illustrate the importance and centrality of life issues in the political sphere: the Obama administration mandated that all employers cover contraception in insurance plans and the Komen Foundation for a Cure, which raises money to fight breast cancer, was bullied into reversing its decision to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood. Both stories demonstrate the power of the abortion industry and the willingness of their allies in politics, business, and the media to ... (Continue reading)

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Is there hope for the pro-life movement?

Is there hope for the pro-life movement?

Editor’s Note: Isaac Longworth is the first-place winner of the 2011/12 Fr. Ted Essay Contest, co-sponsored by Niagara Right to Life and The Interim-. He attends St. Mary’s High School in Woodstock, Ont. The Interim will publish the second and third place winners in the April edition of the paper. Abortion-on-demand has been permitted in this country of ours for twenty four years, after the infamous R. v. Morgentaler case. Since then, Right ... (Continue reading)

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Linda Gibbons trial date set

Linda Gibbons was committed to a trial to be held on Thursday, April 26, on a charge of disobeying a court order, during a brief appearance in a Toronto courtroom Feb. 14. The trial, expected to last four hours, will be held beginning at 10 a.m. in room 504 of the College Park courthouse at Yonge and College Streets in downtown Toronto. The charge was laid following her appearance outside the Morgentaler “Clinic” abortion site in Toronto last Dec. ... (Continue reading)

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Government faces criticism over anti-bullying bill

Government faces criticism over  anti-bullying bill

Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government has pushed an equity and inclusivity initiative on all Ontario publicly funded schools, which has Christian groups and concerned parents worried about the ability of Catholic schools to remain faithful to the teachings of the church. Those concerns were proven correct, says Campaign Life Catholics, when the government introduced Bill 13, an anti-bullying bill entitled The Accepting Schools Act, that ignores common reasons for bullying such as appearance ... (Continue reading)

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Religious freedom

In our forthcoming April issue we have a feature on religious freedom in Canada and Europe and an editorial on why the secular elite cannot tolerate Christianity. We'll have those stories online in a few weeks. Persecution comes in different forms and restrictions on the ability to live faith publicly very different than martyrdom, so we in the West should be thankful that the battle for express and practice our religious beliefs may cost us our freedom and livelihood, but ... (Continue reading)

Obama & McGuinty vs. Catholic Church

Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Catholics draws on J.R.R. Tolkien to look at the anti-Catholic efforts of U.S. President Barack Obama and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. This is the key: "this subversion of Catholic rights threatens all people of faith." As Glenn Beck recently said, "we are all Catholics now." The state is greedy and cannot countenance an entity that challenges its authority as the arbiter of all things, including what is right and wrong. What Fonseca acknowledges is that like ... (Continue reading)

The significance of Isabella Santorum

Great story from our March issue of the paper about Isabella Santorum. Rick Santorum's daughter has Trisomy 18 and is called a hero for surviving for so long after birth, but the real story is that her parents fought to keep her alive. Often hospitals and doctors will refuse to provide treatment for  these babies when they are born. The Santorums made sure Bella was given treatment like any other child. (Continue reading)

Media bias and abortion

Last Fall I spoke at a couple of Campaign Life Coalition regional conferences about the sources of media bias as it affects the abortion issue. Last month, The Interim reprinted that speech. The most important insight is that not all bias is ideological; sometimes reporters are just bad at doing their job and I identify the main reason for this problem is the fact many journalists are ignorant and lazy. Here's a snippet: Many journalists are dumb and lazy. This is ... (Continue reading)

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