Articles from November, 2013

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Maury Povich as a sign of the times

Quote from Thomas Sowell in one of his recent "Random Thoughts" columns: Among the painful signs of our time are TV programs built around paternity tests. Apparently the way these women live, it is anybody's guess who their child's father might be. What is sadder, that the women live such lives or that they lack the shame to not appear on shows such as Maury Povich to advertise their promiscuity? Or is it that we as a society provide ... (Continue reading)

EnCourage interview

Radio Teopoli has an interview with Alan Yoshioka, a former gay activist and now a member of Courage, and his wife, Theresa Yoshioka. They are co-facilitators of EnCourage Toronto which seeks to meet the spiritual needs of family members and other loved ones of persons with same-sex attraction. Alan's is a beautiful story of the work of Grace in one's life. And their message of how to better minister to those with same-sex attraction is ... (Continue reading)

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Real Estate for Life finds success advertising in The Interim

Chris Dunn, a Toronto businessman, told The Interim that while looking for an investment property in Hamilton in July, which he could turn into a residence for his daughter, he remembered seeing “Real Estate for Life’s ad in The Interim paper” and realized this was a great way for him to help the Canadian pro-life movement. He looked for his copy of the paper and called Dave Thiesen, the American pro-lifer and REFL founder, with 20 years’ experience in real ... (Continue reading)

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B.C. upholds assisted-suicide ban

On Oct. 10, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld Canada’s Criminal Code provisions outlawing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide when it overturned a lower court’s 2012 decision striking down the prohibition. On June 15, 2012, Justice Lynn Smith said the prohibition on assisted-suicide discriminated against people with disabilities in a case brought forward by Gloria Taylor, a woman diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in 2009 who sought the “right to die.” Smith gave Parliament one year to amend the Criminal ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada In its submission on Bill 52, “An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care,” to the Quebec committee on health and social services, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, said, “the proposed changes reflect a fundamental transformation in the doctor patient relationship which runs contrary to the established ethic and values of the medical profession throughout Quebec, Canada and around the world.” The EPC also stated, “it is a mistake that will have tragic consequences if Quebec legalize euthanasia because they ... (Continue reading)

Doctors cannot unilaterally pull life support

Doctors cannot unilaterally pull life support

Doctors at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto took their flight to unilaterally withdraw life support from Hassan ... (Continue reading)

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Inconsistency

Light is Right Joe Campbell Inconsistency always amuses me. It’s one of the funniest elements of humour. The sayings of Yogi Berra are consistently inconsistent. That’s why we laugh at them. That’s why we ought to laugh at the sayings of progressives. They are consistently inconsistent, too. When Yogi Berra says things like “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded,” I laugh until I cry. When progressives ... (Continue reading)

Stop the obsession

Michael Coren Journalist for Life Put simply, we have to stop obsessing about what the Pope may or may not have said about Catholics obsessing. That Papal interview now seems so long ago, but in truth it was recent, and the ripples of its landing are still being felt both inside and outside of the Church. Everybody became an expert in interpretation overnight, which was sometimes ... (Continue reading)

Remembering Dr. Donald Low

I was deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Donald Low’s passing away on Sept. 18, at age 68 due to terminal brain cancer diagnosed seven months ago. In this difficult time, I send my heart-felt condolences to his wife Maureen Taylor and children. Dr. Low was a microbiologist in-chief at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and a professor at the University of Toronto. After the 2003 SARS breakout in Toronto killed 44 people in Canada and nearly 800 worldwide, Low became ... (Continue reading)

Dignity in Death

Dignity in Death

Dr. Donald Low became a public figure during the Toronto SARS crisis of 2003 when, amid innumerable news conferences, the staid and reassuring microbiologist became a familiar face. He returned to the public’s mind last month after a video was released following his death at age 68. In this video, recorded just one week before he succumbed to natural causes, Low makes an impassioned plea for Canada to change ... (Continue reading)

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Day of prayer Nov. 10

To the 18th century, French encyclopedist, Diderot, is attributed the enlightened observation: “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” Christ’s immortal Church has its origin in a violent, state-sponsored murder. And, although the actors may change, the same drama plays itself out on the world stage throughout the centuries: from savage barbarian to urbane philosophes, bloody suppressions of Christians are attempted again and again. The heroic witness of innumerable ... (Continue reading)

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Same-sex parenting is not neutral: study

National Affairs Rory Leishman In a report five years ago, the “Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption,” a body appointed by Deb Matthews, then Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services, admonished the government of Ontario to assure that people from the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LBGTQ) communities” have access to assisted-reproduction and adoption services on the same basis as married, opposite-sex couples. What about the ... (Continue reading)

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The cause of growing secularism? The decline of the family

The cause of growing secularism? The decline of the family

How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization by Mary Eberstadt (Templeton Press, $26.50, 268 pages) I’ve almost been trained to smile on cue when I read Mary Eberstadt’s name in the media, even though How the West Really Lost God was only the second of her works I’d read in its entirety (an early draft of The Loser Letters at National Review Online being the first). ... (Continue reading)

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Human exceptionalism

Michael Orsi writes about the crazy expansion of animal rights in The American Spectator. Orsi notes that historically, man* had "a unique status in the order of creation," on top of the status food chain, so to speak. That is changing, with common-sense concern about the environment that houses humanity and our responsibility to be good stewards of the Earth's bounty and to treat animals decently being confused with conferring these things with rights: Sensitivity toward lower forms of ... (Continue reading)

Writers and activists: common ground?

I have a pro-life friend whose passion for defending human rights is only matched by her love of writing. She recently shared an interesting New York Times column with me, in which essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider laments the tendency for writers to go unpaid. This idea is not completely baseless. Our society teaches us to be dissatisfied, constantly craving the latest and the best of everything. When those cravings are not instantly sated, we have two ... (Continue reading)

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