Articles from October, 2012

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Canadian Medical Association Journal comes out against spanking

An editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) came out against using spanking as a form of discipline. In “Positive parenting, not physical punishment,” published on Sept. 4, editor-in-chief John Fletcher writes that “it is time for Canada to remove this anachronistic excuse for poor parenting from the statute book.” According to the editorial, 50 per cent of parents currently spank toddlers, a 40 per cent decrease from the rate among parents of Fletcher’s generation. Fletcher purports to examine not ... (Continue reading)

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New study links abortion to early deaths

A new study published in the European Journal of Public Health shows that women are more likely to die after having an abortion. “Reproductive history patterns and long-term mortality rates: a Danish, population-based record linkage study,” co-authored by P.K. Coleman, D.C. Reardon, and B.C. Calhoun, used records of Danish women born from 1962 to 1993 to find a relation between pregnancy outcome and mortality within a 25-year period. Coleman, a professor of human development and family studies at Bowling Green State ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada Canadian Physicians for Life issued a statement against provincial funding of abortion, stating, “it is our strong belief that no abortions are medically necessary (and) the funding of this procedure by governments represents an extreme waste of health care resources” … In June, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten called for feedback on a ministry paper, Modernizing Child Care in Ontario. On Sept. 15, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada provided an open letter saying the ... (Continue reading)

Judge who told pro-lifer ‘Your God is wrong’ comes under scrutiny

Judge who told pro-lifer ‘Your God is wrong’ comes under scrutiny

Mary Wagner was berated by Justice S. Ford Clements for acting on her Christian beliefs. The judge who told a pro-life activist “Your God is wrong” earlier this year came under scrutiny during an all-day appeal hearing at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on Sept. 19. In a lengthy tirade, Justice S. Ford Clements had ripped Mary Wagner for what he saw as her “cowardly” attempt to speak to abortion-bound women ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario dad sues school board over no opt out classes on sex

Ontario dad sues school board over no opt out classes on sex

Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten does not agree with the right of parents to opt out of controversial classes. A Hamilton, Ont.-area Christian father is suing his children’s public school board after they refused to allow him to withdraw his children from controversial lessons on sexuality. Dr. Steve Tourloukis, a dentist, says the suit comes after he has been asking for accommodation from the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board since Sept. 2010. A member ... (Continue reading)

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Let them go

Light is Right Joe Campbell Sadly, a Québécois spring seems increasingly unlikely. I say sadly, because I can’t help feeling sorry for Francophones who want Quebec to leave Canada. For a mainly French province in a largely English country the frustration is never ending. Look what happens when unilingual Francophones go grocery shopping. They’re searching for haricots rouges, fromage râpé, and miel en crème, but because of the perverse placement of ... (Continue reading)

Saint Jack of the Small Screen

Saint Jack of the Small Screen

Jack Layton Oh Good Lord, I suppose it just had to be. Yes, the time of waiting has come to an end, and like a child embracing the dawn on Christmas Day I feel my heart bursting with a fulfilled anticipation. Because, joy oh joy, as I write this column the filming on the Jack Layton biopic is almost complete. It stars Rick Roberts and Sook-Yin Lee as Layton and his wife ... (Continue reading)

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Is Hudak Canada’s Paul Ryan?

Tim Hudak, provincial leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservate Party, made a generally favourable impression at the press conference at Queen’s Park I attended recently. There’s a core there that feel that he’s an apple that needs some polishing. (But so did former Premier Mike Harris.) I found that Hudak was forceful, articulate, and exhibited strong leadership talents. Hudak reminded me of U.S. Republican vice-president hopeful, Paul Ryan, who I saw on ... (Continue reading)

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Even if a movie isn’t seen, can it still make a difference?

Even if a movie isn’t seen, can it still make a difference?

I’m writing this column at the end of what has to be one of the least interesting summers in movie history. To make matters worse – if you work for a Hollywood studio – it’s also been one of the least profitable, but that doesn’t mean that movies aren’t important. As the Middle East erupted into bloody riots that took the life of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, among others, it ... (Continue reading)

Anti-debate extremism

Watching the debate on M-312 does not inspire confidence in Canadian parliamentary democracy. Those who spoke in favour of Stephen Woodworth’s private member’s motion were eloquent in their defense of why the Criminal Code definition of human being, based on a 400-year-old law, needs to be re-examined. Sadly, the opposition MPs were hysterical in their criticism of M-312 which they believe rolls back “hard-fought” “women’s rights” on abortion. M-312 does not mention abortion, but that did not prevent the opposition MPs ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life issues ignored in third presidential debate

LifeSiteNews.com's Ben Johnson said three life and family issues were ignored in the foreign policy debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Johnson's list: Taxpayer funding of abortion around the world; China’s One-Child Policy; Normalizing homosexuality as an anchor of foreign policy Not that anyone would expect moderator Bob Schieffer to ask about any of these issues. Exploring any of these three issues would have been vote losers for the Democrats. (Continue reading)

Youth exceeds goal of 100,000 Letters for Life

Youth exceeds goal of 100,000 Letters for Life

Alexandra Jezierski organized Letters for Life A Grade 12 student achieved her goal of sending 100,000 letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and MPs asking them to support Motion-312. Alexandra Jezierski from Kingsville, Ont., launched the campaign to support MP Stephen Woodworth’s private members motion that would start a debate on when human life begins. Her inspiration was the Teenage Life Club in the United States, a group of teenage girls aiming ... (Continue reading)

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The Party of Death

The Party of Death

Barack Obama In 1775, the famous aphorist, Samuel Johnson, quipped that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” His biographer, reporting this remark, quickly added that “he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak for self-interest.” Johnson’s observation, however, seems to have a different meaning than the one his biographer offered ... (Continue reading)

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Woodworth answers critics

When MP Stephen Woodworth addressed the Kitchener Pro-Life Forum, he was given rock-star treatment, getting a standing ovation when he was introduced. The applause was an acknowledgement of his work bringing forward for debate a private member`s bill, M-312, which if passed would require Parliament to re-examine the Criminal Code definition of human being using modern scientific evidence. Currently, Section 223 (1) of the Code says that a preborn child does not become a human being until it has fully ... (Continue reading)

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The intolerance of being pro-gay

The intolerance of being pro-gay

Yunel Escobar Yunel Escobar is a 30-year-old, Cuban-born, shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays. He is also a man chastened – and poorer – after putting an inane message in the black tape some athletes use below his eyes. On Sept. 15, he put the words “Tu Ere Maricon” on the black tape, which translates to “You are a faggot.” It wasn’t an issue until a fan saw the message at home ... (Continue reading)

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