Articles from October, 2013

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Back to the Consent and Capacity Board

An article in the November 4 issue of Maclean’s by Kate Lunau describes the conflict between doctors and families over pulling the plug on very ill patients. Lunau uses the Supreme Court’s Rasouli ruling, in which the justices decided that doctors do not have the unilateral right to withdraw life support from a patient, to explore issues around Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board. The Sunnybrook doctors who fought the case to put Hassan Rasouli to death ... (Continue reading)

Kelowna mayor refuses to proclaim annual ‘Protect Human Life Week’

Kelowna mayor refuses to proclaim annual ‘Protect Human Life Week’

Kelowna mayor Walter Grey (right) refused to proclaim "Protect Human Life Week" after abortion advocates complained about the ... (Continue reading)

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Judge lambastes Linda Gibbons, gives maximum sentence for abortion mill protest

Linda Gibbons Linda Gibbons was sentenced to the maximum of six months in prison, with 29 days yet to serve when taking into account time already in custody, as her sentencing hearing concluded at the provincial court at College Park in downtown Toronto Sept. 11. Gibbons has been in and out of jail for years over her protests outside Toronto abortion clinics, during which she silently walks back and ... (Continue reading)

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Court rules abortion activist did not defame Vancouver crisis pregnancy centers

Court rules abortion activist did not defame Vancouver crisis pregnancy centers

The Vancouver & Richmond Crisis Pregnancy Centre lost its defamation case against pro-abortion activist Joyce Arthur after she accused CPCs of resorting to terrorizing and deceiving pregnant women to convince them not to have abortions. Two ... (Continue reading)

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Opposition Tories demand Manitoba define ‘bullying’ in new bill

Opposition Tories demand Manitoba define ‘bullying’ in new bill

Manitoba PC leader Brian Pallister described Provincial Bill 18 as 'dangerous.' The Official Opposition in Manitoba is calling for clarifying amendments and a judicial review of the province’s contentious anti-bullying bill before it comes to a vote. “It should be referred to the Manitoba Court of Appeal for their opinion, so we don’t have it tied up in costly litigation,”” said ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada Stephen McNeil, the leader of the Liberal Party of Nova Scotia, has said his party “will allow our elected candidates to freely voice their opinions on matters of personal conscience.” In a letter to Campaign Life Coalition Nova Scotia, McNeil acknowledged that both among the public and within the political class “there are a wide variety of opinions” on moral issues and that “the perspectives from both sides of the debate deserve to be expressed and ... (Continue reading)

Documentary vividly demonstrates problem of gendercide

Documentary vividly demonstrates problem of gendercide

It’s a Girl (Shadowline Films, directed by Evan Grae Davis, 60 minutes, $24.95) It’s a Girl, a feature-length documentary directed by Evan Grae Davis, exposes the problem of gendercide in India and China. Filmed on location, the film is informative, well-paced, and visually stimulating in its mix of background information, animations, personal stories, and expert commentary. The key message is that while government policy perpetuates gendercide, the root of the ... (Continue reading)

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Be careful with whom we ally

Michael Coren Journalist for Life If we’re honest with ourselves, we will admit that allies are difficult to find. The pro-life movement is still overwhelmingly composed of serious Catholics, socially aware evangelicals, and a handful of Christians from other denominations or secular people who have grasped the fact the beginning and thus sanctity of life is a scientific and moral fact rather than a spiritual and ... (Continue reading)

Using reason to win moral arguments

National Affairs Rory Leishman Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, has been aptly described by the New York Times Magazine as “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker.” In his latest book, a collection of essays entitled Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, $31.32, 384 pages) he has summarized and advanced the reasonable arguments for upholding the sanctity of ... (Continue reading)

Interview with Fr. Ian Boyd: observations on the pro-life movement

Interview with Fr. Ian Boyd:  observations on the pro-life movement

On August 27, Campaign Life Coalition interviewed Fr. Ian Boyd by telephone. Fr. Boyd, editor of The Chesterton Review, was a founder of Campaign Life in 1978. We talked to him about the pro-life movement over the past 35 years. Campaign Life Coalition: 35 years ago, together with a group of other pro-life activists, you founded Campaign Life. Why did you come together to create this new prolife group? ... (Continue reading)

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Another dreary Fall TV lineup

Another dreary Fall TV lineup

I didn’t watch television for nearly 20 years, roughly from when Knight Rider hit the air to when the first season of The Sopranos debuted. Only a few years after that I found myself – quite against my will – writing a daily TV column for a national newspaper, but as the one-time child who grew up with That Girl and Petticoat Junction in syndication and All In The ... (Continue reading)

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School enrolment in steady decline

School enrolment in steady decline

A school board in Windsor has laid off 90 teachers due to declining enrolment and financial difficulties. Faced with an almost $18-million deficit, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board will be welcoming only 1,000 junior kindergarten students after 2,400 graduated from high school last June. Board supervisor Norbert Hartmann noted in an April report that half of the board’s 38 schools were “underutilized,” meaning that less than 85 per cent ... (Continue reading)

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Rasouli, Schiavo, and Maraachli

There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in ... (Continue reading)

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Canadian Supreme Court: doctor’s can’t pull plug without consent

This morning in a 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the right of a patient's family to make medical decisions, saying that doctor's can't end life support without consent. The National Post has the story. The Interim's coverage of the Rasouli case can be accessed here and Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has an extensive archive of Rasouli coverage. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, an intervenor in the case, is pleased with the decision:... (Continue reading)

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The 2013 version of Melissa Drexler

The Associated Press reports: The results of an autopsy could determine whether two teenage girls are hit with serious charges after one of them was found carrying a dead fetus in a bag while shopping at a Victoria's Secret store in Manhattan ... One of the girls told detectives she was carrying the remains because she had delivered a day earlier and didn't know what to do, authorities said. It wasn't clear whether the fetus was alive ... (Continue reading)

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