Articles from July, 2014

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DeVeber Institute hosts dementia seminar

On May 27, 2014, the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research hosted a seminar on pain and dementia. Entitled “The Problem of Pain in Persons with Dementia: The Challenges of Assessment and Management,” it was attended by personnel from hospitals and care facilities, as well as chaplains and educated family members. Attendees traveled from as far away as Hamilton, Guelph, Maple, Uxbridge, and Peterborough. Dr. Kathy Pfaff, lecturer and researcher at the University of Windsor, and palliative care pioneer Jean ... (Continue reading)

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Prayer sustains sidewalk counselors

Most pro-life people are familiar with sidewalk counselors, activists who spend time outside of abortion facilities, praying, and attempting to offer support to the women going inside. However, much of the attention they receive comes from very good or very bad news. What is the day-to-day experience of a sidewalk counselor like? Enza Rattenni, executive director and sidewalk counselor at Aid to Women in Toronto, “stumbled upon” the work after filling a contract position there three years ago. Meeting ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada Jodie Emery, an advocate of the legalization of marijuana and wife of Marc Emery, who is serving a U.S. sentence for distributing marijuana through the mail, confirmed she has been approached by the Liberal Party of Canada to be their candidate in Vancouver East to face NDP MP Libby Davies. Emery said her candidacy “would basically be to say, ‘the Liberals support legalization’” … Despite the late finance minister Jim Flaherty casting doubt on income splitting in February, federal cabinet ... (Continue reading)

Schindler fights for vulnerable, nine years after sister’s death

Schindler fights for vulnerable, nine years after sister’s death

Terri (Schindler) Schiavo Nine years ago, most of North America was captivated by the legal drama surrounding Terri (Schindler) Schiavo. The Florida woman sustained severe brain injuries in 1990 after her brain was deprived of oxygen. As a result, Schiavo relied on a feeding tube for nutrition and hydration. Schiavo did not have a living will. Her estranged husband Michael, and parents Mary and Bob Schindler, became involved ... (Continue reading)

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Socially left-wing Liberals return to majority in Ontario

On June 12, the scandal-plagued Liberal Party won re-election, increasing their seat count to 58, as Kathleen Wynne will return as premier of a majority government. The Liberals increased their seat count by five from the 2011 election and 11 from the dissolution of the legislature when the Writ was dropped in May. An analysis by Campaign Life Coalition found that three pro-lifers were returned to Queen’s Park: Rick Nicholls (PC, Chatham-Kent-Essex), Joe Dickson (LIB, Ajax-Pickering), and Mario Sergio (LIB, York ... (Continue reading)

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Maternal health: no abortion, but there is family planning

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper hosted the Summit on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) in Toronto May 28-30, with more than 300 representatives of international agencies, foreign governments, and non-government organizations, to continue the work on his 2010 Muskoka initiative to reduce maternal and infant morbidity. While many of the partner organizations the Canadian government works with promote population control and abortion rights as part of maternal health, Harper was adamant that the $3.5 billion Canada will commit over five ... (Continue reading)

Beware the sexperts

Light is Right Joe Campbell Like me, you might not have known that sexpert is an officially recognized word. Well, it is. You can look it up in the Oxford dictionary, which defines it as an expert in sexual matters. I don’t object to the word. I do, however, object to the definition. I think it should be an alleged expert. Years ago, sexperts told us that we ... (Continue reading)

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The endangered right to speak

Michael Coren Journalist for Life Recently on my television show The Arena on Sun News I interviewed David and Jason Benham, the two brothers who were about to begin their own show on HGTV entitled Flip It Forward. The network cancelled the idea after a website called Right Wing Watch revealed that the brothers were evangelicals and opposed same-sex “marriage” and abortion. This, of course, came after ... (Continue reading)

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New Brunswick pro-lifers battle hospital injunction

New Brunswick pro-lifers battle hospital injunction

Members of Bathurst Pro-Life picket the Chaleur Regional Hospital An international, fraternal organization is throwing its weight behind a group of pro-lifers facing legal action from a New Brunswick health authority for protesting in front of a hospital where abortions were being carried out. “We’re definitely working with national and international groups to get funding for them,” said David Hitchcock, state advocate for ... (Continue reading)

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The problem with parliamentarians

Samara is a Canadian think tank dedicated to improving political participation in Canada and their research if the foundation of a new book, Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak out about Canada’s Failing Democracy (Random House, $29.95, 274 pages) by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan. In it they examine the role of MPs in Parliament through the lens of 80 former MPs that they interviewed. The authors stress that while these former politicians do not agree on ... (Continue reading)

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Putting the midlife crisis in perspective

Amusements There weren’t a lot of books in our house when I was a boy, but I remember a copy of Gail Sheehy’s bestseller Passages sitting on my mother’s bedside table for the longest time, alongside a copy of I’m OK, You’re OK. There they were: two high water marks of mass market pop psychology that my poor mother probably read desperately, a woman born before World ... (Continue reading)

Perverting ‘security of the person’

National Affairs Rory Leishman In response to the outrageous ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada v. Bedford last December that struck down Canada’s longstanding laws on prostitution, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has introduced a commendable new bill on prostitution, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, that, for the first time in Canada, criminalizes the purchase of sexual services. Will Canada’s top court invoke the Canadian Charter of Rights ... (Continue reading)

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Please support The Interim

Please support The Interim

Taylor Hyatt The Interim is a voice for those without one. The unborn babies killed by abortion. The aged, disabled, and others vulnerable to euthanasia. The voter who holds traditional, Christian values to be true but has no outlet for these views. We stand with you who dearly love life and want moral normalcy defended in the public arena of political and cultural debate. We cannot do it alone. We ... (Continue reading)

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Government introduces law clamping down on prostitution

The Conservatives have introduced a new bill following the Nordic model that prosecutes pimps and johns without criminalizing the activity of prostitutes. Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, received its first reading on June 4 and second reading on June 11, and it’s expected to pass the House of Commons when Parliament returns from recess in the fall. The Conservative government drafted the bill in response to the unanimous Supreme Court Bedford decision last December that struck ... (Continue reading)

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Mary Wagner found guilty, but released

Mary Wagner found guilty, but released

Mary Wagner stands with supporters outside the courthouse after her release June 12th. After almost two years, Mary Wagner’s trial on charges of mischief and failure to comply with probation orders came to an end in a north Toronto courtroom June 12, with her stepping out to freedom amid hugs and congratulations from about three dozen supporters. ... (Continue reading)

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