Articles from May, 2012

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C-304 (human rights commissions) to be debated today

C-304, Brian Storseth's (CPC, Westlock—St. Paul) private member's bill, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom), is up for debate today. Here's our previous coverage of C-304. Here's Kathy Shaidle on C-304 at Five Feet of Fury and Sun News Network; in the latter (which is video) she explains that Section 13 is a poorly worded bad law because it is realistically impossible to not be guilty of a human rights violation (defined as any expression that is "likely ... (Continue reading)

Canada is growing old

According to new Census numbers, Canada is getting older. We've written about this before -- you can't have broadly available abortion and contraception and still grow the population -- and we'll have more coverage in the July edition of the paper. But I wanted to bring this to your attention: check out the photo in this CTV story and you might understand why Canada is aging, or at least appreciate one symptom of the problem. Slowly, but surely, if a ... (Continue reading)

Homosexuality trumps religion

Everyday for Life notes that between Bill 13 (education) and Bill 33 (everything else) Ontario will have acceptance of homosexuality trump religious freedom every time. Important if depressing read. (Continue reading)

Bits & Pieces

Canada In the Alberta provincial election campaign, PC Premier Alison Redford attacked the Wildrose Party for having opponents of homosexualiy run as candidates and condemned leader Danielle Smith for being open to enacting laws to protect the conscience rights for medical workers and marriage commissioners ... Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said that once again he will not be attending the city’s Pride Parade, opting instead to attend his family’s Canada Day celebrations at a cottage north of ... (Continue reading)

New calls for ‘safe-injection’ sites for Toronto, Ottawa

A new report recommending the installation of three “safe-injection sites” in Toronto and two in Ottawa is setting off a public debate. The findings of the four-year study, Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment, were released on April 11 by researchers Ahmed Bayoumi (at St. Michael’s Hospital’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health) and Carol Strike (at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health). The theory presented by the report is that drug-injection sites decrease HIV and ... (Continue reading)

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40 Days for Life returns

After a year-long absence from the streets of Toronto, 40 Days for Life returned to Canada’s largest city, home to more abortion facilities than any other municipality in the country. Once again, 40 Days was set up across from a medical offices building where the Women’s Care Clinic is located. Christina Alaimo, a University of Toronto languages student, was co-organizer for 40 Days for Life Toronto, and she describes the campaign as “an enormous success.” She told The Interim that “all the ... (Continue reading)

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Homeschoolers worry about state interference

On March 19, over 2,000 people joined the protest in front of the Alberta legislature in Edmonton regarding the Progressive Conservative government’s proposed Alberta Education Act (Bill 2), which is now shelved due to the election. Albertans, including homeschooling families and Christians, were concerned about the provision in Section 16 of the bill requiring all instructional materials in schools, including private and home schools, to “reflect the diverse nature and heritage of society in Alberta, promote understanding and respect for ... (Continue reading)

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Chuck Colson, pro-life evangelical, dies at 80

Charles W. Colson, the Watergate felon who went on to become the voice of faith and reason for millions and to revolutionize prison ministry following his conversion to Christianity, died April 21 following a brain hemorrhage. Colson, 80, died at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia one week after emergency surgery for bleeding in the brain. For many of the baby boomer generation, Colson, who rose to the level of captain in the Marine Corps, will primarily be remembered for his role ... (Continue reading)

Yale and eugenics

Arnold Kling points to  the cleverly titled article "God and White Men at Yale" by Richard Conniff in The Yale Alumni Magazine. It's both a general history of eugenics and the work of Yale economist Irving Fisher. Conniff writes: By the late 1920s, 376 American colleges were offering courses in eugenics. The army of enthusiasts included, at various times, the presidents of Yale, Harvard, Stanford, the American Museum of Natural History, and the universities of Michigan, Wisconsin, and ... (Continue reading)

Tax system rewards divorce, cohabitation

Tax system rewards divorce, cohabitation

Another tax season has come and gone. There is no other time of the year where I reveal my number-crunching-nerd-self to the world more than during tax-time. My goal as the stay-at-home wife is to read up on taxes and file them to maximize our benefits as a family. Unfortunately for my finances (although not for my family), the thing stopping my husband and I from really maximizing on the deductions ... (Continue reading)

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Politics of pro-life in the US

Via Twitter Michael Taube brought this Gallup poll to my attention. Here is the bottom line: 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as "pro-choice" is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves "pro-life," one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009. Notably, fewer people think abortion is morally acceptable than call themselves pro-choice. Furthermore, ... (Continue reading)

Desperate Alberta PCs

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 conservative candidates run under its banner. Wildrose leader Danielle Smith ran for the leadership in 2009 as a libertarian, but has presided over a true big-tent party. She has vowed to scrap the ... (Continue reading)

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How did we get into this mess?

“Class come to attention now! Let’s get down to business. Phillip, do you think Ontario Premier McGuinty is an elected despot?” “Sir, I don’t think McGuinty’s important enough to be considered a despot. You have to be more of a worldwide figure to fit in that category.” “I agree with Phillip,” said Anna, “it’s a bit of a stretch” “Sir, I think you’d be giving him more prominence that he deserves.” said Warren. “After ... (Continue reading)

Owning Up

Oh, I knew that we had a lot to answer for. But until he enlightened me, I didn’t grasp how much. “Look at our aboriginals,” he said. I looked at them. “We took their lands,” he continued, “and tried to replace their culture with ours. Thanks to our policies, they’re poor today and likely to be poor tomorrow.”   “What about yesterday?” I asked. “They were poor before our culture existed.” “Yes,” he ... (Continue reading)

Punk documentary offers life lessons

Punk documentary offers life lessons

The premise of the documentary The Other F Word is that there’s something outlandish, even implausible, in the spectacle of a man who’s made his living and his name as a punk rock musician taking on the role of a father. It’s an idea made visible by the image on the film’s poster and DVD packaging, of Lars Frederiksen from the punk band Rancid, with his hair dyed in leopard spots, ... (Continue reading)

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