Articles from June, 2013

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Report slams Manitoba’s Bill 18

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada issued an analysis criticizing Manitoba’s proposed anti-bullying legislation. Falling Short: Manitoba’s Bill 18, The Safe and Inclusive Schools Act argues that the bill violates religious and parental freedoms and will lead to years of costly lawsuits. Bill 18 amends The Public Schools Act with measures targeting bullying and promoting diversity. It provides a definition of bullying, mandates that schools create “respect for human diversity” and social media and internet use policies, and imposes a change to ... (Continue reading)

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A quarter century of Straight Talk

A quarter century of Straight Talk

Beverly Hadland has being bringing abstinence message to schools for 25 years Beverly Hadland Straight Talk, a charity geared towards promoting authentic love and abstinence, is turning 25 this year. The head and founder Beverly Hadland was inspired to spread this message into high schools by her own experiences. A feminist in her youth and raised by a single mother, Hadland had had two abortions and lived for ... (Continue reading)

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Oregon suicide rate increases after assisted-suicide law was passed

The Oregon suicide rate has been increasing since 2000, three years after assisted suicide was legalized. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the suicide rate among 35 to 64 year olds grew by 49.3 per cent in Oregon from 1999 to 2010 compared to a national increase of 28 per cent. In 2012, 709 Oregonians committed suicide, an increase from 685 suicide deaths in 2011. In 2010, over $41 million was spent due to ... (Continue reading)

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Canadians to be slightly freer with demise of Section 13

Earlier this week the Senate voted to pass Brian Storseth's C-304, an act to repeal Section 13 of the Human Rights Act. I'll let Brian Lilley of Sun News explain why this matters: This is the bill that repeals the dreaded section 13 of the human rights act. That’s the soon-to-be former law that made it an offence to post something online that was “likely to expose” an identifiable group to hatred or contempt. First off, ... (Continue reading)

Gosnell guilty of homicide

Gosnell guilty of homicide

Three first degree murder, one involuntary homicide, and more than 230 other charges Kermit Gosnee being processed in prison. Kermit Gosnell will have to serve three life sentences for killing three babies. He was found guilty by the jurors in three out of four first degree murder charges. This came on the tenth day of deliberation after the jury reported being hung on two ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada The B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Cecilia “Sissy” Von Dehn and Donald Spratt’s 2011 conviction in provincial court following a 2009 arrest for standing inside the bubble zone outside the Everywoman`s abortuary in Vancouver as they distributed copies of the B.C. Access to Abortion Services Act (which governs the bubble zone) and wearing a sign reading: “Warning! You are in a bubble zone. You can be arrested under Bill 48.” They argue that ... (Continue reading)

Another Canadian victim at Swiss Dignitas clinic

A woman from Montreal died by assisted suicide in Switzerland on April 25. Susan Griffiths, 72, suffering from multiple system atrophy, a rare degenerative disease without remission that causes significant disabilities, died at the Dignitas assisted suicide facility in Zurich. Because assisted suicide is illegal in Canada, Griffiths travelled to Switzerland, the only country that gives the procedure to non-residents. The law in Switzerland requires a patient to see a physician twice within the space of three days as a safeguard ... (Continue reading)

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Reaction to Gosnell verdict

Activists and commentators on both sides of the abortion issue reacted to the Kermit Gosnell verdict. Pro-abortion organizations condemned Gosnell but turned the decision around to argue against restrictive abortion laws. “Anti-choice politicians…will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America in a statement. She said Pennsylvania had received an ‘F’ from NARAL because of its “medically unnecessary laws that restrict access to safe and legal abortion care,” implying that Gosnell’s back ... (Continue reading)

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Politicians use family for pro-abortion ends

There appears to be a new trend among today's politicians and other influential figures: to use one's family members as a reason or prop to support Planned Parenthood. Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former U.S. president Bill Clinton, is the latest to do so. At the Women Deliver conference, which took place in Malaysia May 28-30, Chelsea Clinton was asked who influenced her worldview, especially her thoughts on where ... (Continue reading)

A pro-life book for parents of special needs children

A pro-life book for parents of special needs children

A Special Mother is Born: Parents Share How God Called Them to the Extraordinary Vocation of Parenting a Special Needs Child by Leticia Velasquez (2011, WestBow Press, 228 pages, $20.47 paperback or $2.99 e-book) “The most powerful force on earth,” says Velasquez, is “humility united with suffering.” Her book calls readers to abandon themselves to divine providence and so to unleash more of that force. Mother Agnes Donovan, SV, and ... (Continue reading)

Will the Sun always shine?

Michael Coren Journalist for Life By the time you read this column, we may know whether or not the television network Sun News, where I host a nightly show, has been awarded a must-carry license by the CRTC. It’s the license enjoyed by every other major TV outfit in Canada, and many minor and irrelevant ones. It’s really a matter of basic fairness, in that without ... (Continue reading)

The good and bad of Levkovic

National Affairs Rory Leishman When the law takes leave of both science and morality, the inevitable result is chaos in the courts. As evidence, consider the judgment on May 3 by the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Levkovic. The case arose out of the discovery by a building superintendent in Mississauga of a bag containing the remains of a human baby on the balcony of a recently ... (Continue reading)

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The wrong lesson

  Some pundits and pro-life activists are pointing to the Kermit Gosnell case as evidence of the necessity for a late-term abortion ban because he killed babies, who survived the abortion procedure, by snipping the spine; pro-life Rep. Trent Franks (R, Arizona) invoked Gosnell when he introduced his bill last month in Congress that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. But Pennsylvania already outlaws abortion after 24 weeks and the prohibition did nothing to stop Gosnell’s vile ... (Continue reading)

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A hell of a documentary

A hell of a documentary

In a world where serious books sell poorly and newsmagazines are a shadow of their former selves – if they’re published at all – the documentary film has taken up much of the burden of bringing topical issues and debate in front of the public. While feature films have stagnated, pooling into either numbing blockbusters or a host of increasingly spiritless genres, documentary production has undergone a renaissance, either ... (Continue reading)

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Mad pride

Light is Right Joe Campbell My editor had got me an exclusive interview with Professor Hans Bunglethorpe. “I’ve never heard of Professor Bunglethorpe,” I said. “Of course, you haven’t,” he replied. “Nobody has. You’ll be the first reporter he has agreed to talk to. Once you’ve broken the story, everyone will have heard of him.” “Everyone?” “He’s made a landmark discovery. He’ll be drowning in publicity” “It sounds like a ... (Continue reading)

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