Articles from April, 2012

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LSN defense against ‘pro-choice’ Catholic priest’s $500,000 lawsuit now public

LSN defense against ‘pro-choice’ Catholic priest’s $500,000 lawsuit now public

On Feb. 15 of last year LifeSiteNews announced, much to the shock of our readers, that LifeSiteNews and five of its staff are the subject of a $500,000 lawsuit from a self-professed ‘pro-choice’ Quebec Catholic priest, Fr. Raymond Gravel. Fr. Gravel, a former Member of Parliament, who was forced by the Vatican to leave politics, argued that LifeSiteNews’ coverage of some of his more controversial public statements amounted to “libel.” He was ... (Continue reading)

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Defund abortion campaign hits 20,000 signatures

Campaigns to defund abortion launched in Alberta, Saskatchewan Last October following a successful Defund Abortion Rally at Queen’s Park, Campaign Life Coalition Youth announced a petition campaign with the goal of submitting 10,000 signatures of Ontario residents opposed to the $30-50 million (minimum) abortion costs the provinces taxpayers annually. In early March, CLC Youth co-ordinator Alissa Golob announced the campaign had garnered more than 20,000 signatures from almost every riding in the province – even as petitions ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada Brian Anthony Cutteridge, a 37-year-old Vancouver man, stood trial in a rare bestiality prosecution.  Cutteridge, who is alleged to have sexual relations with a Rottweiler after a veterinarian reported the condition of his dog to the SPCA, is the author of a pro-bestiality pamphlet entitled “On the legal prohibition of zoophilia in Canada and the United States,” in which he argues “anti-zoophilia laws ... infringe upon fundamental individual freedoms” ... The National Post reports that Alberta ... (Continue reading)

Good signs for the pro-life movement

Good signs for the pro-life movement

Editor’s Note: Aditya Rau attends St. Robert’s Catholic High School in Richmond Hill and finished third in the Fr. Ted Colleton Essay contest co-sponsored by Niagara Region Right to Life and The Interim. Canada is a nation that values freedom, respect for cultural differences and has a strong commitment to social justice issues. At the heart of our nation’s identity lies a commitment to equality, respect and dignity. The rights of the unborn ... (Continue reading)

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REAL Women advised Ottawa on jubilee medals

REAL Women of Canada, a pro-life women’s organization that supports traditional family values, was invited by the federal government to nominate potential recipients of the Diamond Jubilee Medal. REAL Women recommend 33 people under the “social and volunteer” category to receive the medal, which commemorates Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary as Queen of Canada. The Globe and Mail reported that no pro-gay groups were invited to nominate recipients and there was an ensuing outcry among homosexual activists against REAL Women. “The bile ... (Continue reading)

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Buds of hope

Buds of hope

Editor’s Note: Salina Hunt attends St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste. Marie and finished second in the Fr. Ted Colleton Essay contest co-sponsored by Niagara Region Right to Life and The Interim. A tree stands tall, shaking off the last snow of winter as the sun kisses it with warmth. The trunk grows straight and firm, the outward manifestation of the many roots holding it steady. Thick branches shoot off from the trunk, ... (Continue reading)

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Good signs for the pro-life movement

Editor’s Note: Aditya Rau attends St. Robert’s Catholic High School in Richmond Hill and finished third in the Fr. Ted Colleton Essay contest co-sponsored by Niagara Region Right to Life and The Interim. Canada is a nation that values freedom, respect for cultural differences and has a strong commitment to social justice issues. At the heart of our nation’s identity lies a commitment to equality, respect and dignity. The rights of the unborn child should indeed form part of these core ... (Continue reading)

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Mary Wagner ‘mischief’ case heard

Mary Wagner was in court Feb. 29 on a charge of mischief and two counts of failing to comply with probation orders concerning her arrest at the site of the Bloor West Village “Women’s Clinic” Nov. 8, 2011. Justice S. Ford Clements of the Ontario Court of Justice presided over the day-long trial where he heard from three witnesses and listened to submissions from Crown attorney Derek Ishak and defense counsel Russell ... (Continue reading)

Canada Briefs

Protestors oppose Charles Rice lecture WATERLOO – At least two groups led by professors protested the appearance of Charles Rice as keynote speaker at the Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University at the University of Waterloo. Rice, a professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School and devout Roman Catholic opposed to same-sex “marriage” and abortion, will give a lecture on Natural Law. The organizers plan to make sure that the engagement is not ... (Continue reading)

Andrew Coyne on necessity for an abortion debate

On the weekend, National Post columnist Andrew Coyne wrote about the need for an abortion debate in Canada. It is worth reading, especially his point that even feminist justice Bertha Wilson -- the only Supreme Court justice to say there is a right to an abortion -- could countenance restrictions on abortion. The obvious, though only implied question in Coyne's column is that if Bertha Wilson could accept some restrictions on a woman's abortion license, why can't our parliamentarians? Coyne's conclusion is worth pointing out -- that having ... (Continue reading)

Parliament ‘debates’ motion to debate when life begins

Yesterday, Stephen Woodworth's motion (M-312) had it's first hour of debate in the House of Commons. (Coverage from LifeSiteNews, the National Post, Toronto SunGlobe and Mail, Maclean's, and CTV, which does a decent enough job providing the main points of view on each side). The pro-abortion side is not making very good arguments, just the same-old, same-old, so dignifying the first hour of "debate" as such is a little much. We've highlighted some ... (Continue reading)

Woodworth motion debate begins

Stephen Woodworth's motion (M-312) calling upon Parliament to examine when human life begins and what consequences that finding might have for Canadian law is set for the first hour of debate today. We wrote about M-312 in the April issue of The Interim and editorialized about Woodworth's audacious effort in February. (You can find all our coverage of Stephen Woodworth's motion here.) The opposition has gone nuts because they cannot countenance any discussion about abortion. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says that ... (Continue reading)

Great work of Catholic Missions of Canada

Catholic Missions of Canada is an Interim advertiser. We are a pro-life paper and they are a Catholic charity so while we have slightly have different missions, so to speak, but we are very supportive of one another because in the Grand Scheme of things, we are on the same page. As a Catholic I appreciate the work CMC does bringing the Good News to Catholics in underserved small and often poor communities here in Canada. As CMC says: Not ... (Continue reading)

Desperate Alberta Tories

This editorial appears in the forthcoming edition of the print version of The Interim: The Alberta Tories’ 41-year reign appeared to be coming to an end with the April 24 election (held after we went to press). The upstart and more conservative Wildrose Party was leading in the polls. While Wildrose is not a pro-life party, it did have numerous socially ... (Continue reading)

Australian academics call for ‘after-birth abortions’

In February, two Australian professors argued in the Journal of Medical Ethics that because “both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons,” “the fact that both are potential persons,” and that “adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people,” abortion should be permitted after birth. Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth issued a press release denouncing Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva’s paper and observed that their advocacy of “the right to ‘after-birth abortion’ shows ... (Continue reading)

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