Articles from August, 2014

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Seeing Red

It looks as though the Senate is here to stay, unreformed and unloved. I’m speaking, of course, of the Canadian Senate, also known as the Red Chamber. The nickname, from the traditional royal colour of the interior, symbolizes historic links with the Crown. The Senate also has historic links with patronage appointments, a sense of entitlement and, more recently, an expense claims scandal. Maybe we should re-nickname it the Red-Faced Chamber. The Senate is also called the chamber of sober second thought. ... (Continue reading)

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No need for buffer zones

National Affairs Rory Leishman On June 26, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts’ law prohibiting pro-life counselling or picketing on a public sidewalk within 35 feet of the entrance to an abortuary. In the opinion of the Court, this law violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the enactment of any law “abridging the freedom of speech.” Meanwhile, several ... (Continue reading)

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Presenting the CHP

In this issue we prominently feature the Christian Heritage Party and that may cause some confusion among readers. The Interim is non-partisan and our political advice is for voters to consider candidates, not parties, when deciding whom to support on election day. Only pro-life candidates deserve the votes of pro-life Canadians. Unfortunately, too many pro-life voters will settle for candidates who are not pro-life among the so-called mainstream parties when there are pro-life CHP candidates on the ballot. More importantly, this ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada Artur Pawlowski, leader of the non-denominational Street Church in Calgary, said MLA and former Alberta cabinet minister Ric McIver “is still the best choice of Albertans” in the provincial Progressive Conservative leadership race. McIver was condemned for participating in the March for Jesus organized by the Street Church because the church criticizes homosexuality. Pawlowski said McIver’s rivals are not pro-family. Of fellow Polish Canadian Thomas Lakaszuk, Pawlowski said they “both speak Polish, but we speak different ... (Continue reading)

Political parties’ positions: prostitution

Canada’s political parties have distinct positions on prostitution that have developed over time. According to a December 2006 report by the Parliamentary Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws (“The Challenge of Change: A Study of Canada’s Criminal Prostitution Laws”), the Liberal, NDP, and Bloc Quebecois committee members all viewed prostitution as “a public health issue” and supported “harm reduction” strategies for prostitutes, such as sex education, condoms, and a “bad date list.” They believed that “sexual activities between consenting adults that do ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec euthanasia law challenged

On July 17, two groups, Living with Dignity and the Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia, filed a lawsuit before the Superior Court of Quebec in Montreal challenging the validity of Bill 52, An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care. The Act, proposed by the Parti Quebecois government of Pauline Marois in 2013 and passed by the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard in June, provides for “medical aid in dying,” which they contend is a euphemism for euthanasia. Living with Dignity, which represents 17,000 Quebec ... (Continue reading)

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Enraptured

The rapture used to be top of the list whenever it came time to make fun of “things Crazy Christians believe,” or at least it was until Tim LaHaye published his bestselling Left Behind series of novels. Spawning a burgeoning franchise of further books and movies, it made the rapture of sudden social and monetary interest to the entertainment industry in general, so it’s no surprise that we’re about ... (Continue reading)

New Brunswick pro-lifer seeks Senate appointment

New Brunswick pro-lifer seeks Senate appointment

Pro-lifer James Risdon is petitioning to be appointed to the Senate. A New Brunswick pro-lifer has launched a petition to encourage Prime Minister Stephen Harper to appoint him to the Senate. Noting that there are numerous unfilled Senate seats in the upper chamber, including two from the Atlantic Canadian province, and that “Canadians are fed up with patronage appointments,” James Risdon ... (Continue reading)

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Interview with Canon Robert Greene

Interview with Canon Robert Greene

Mother Theresa, together with her fellow nuns from Toronto with Father Green sitting in the living room of St. Bartholomew's rectory. Mother Theresa presented Father with a Rosary. Father Greene spoke to CLC about Freedom and Democracy, his close relationship to Fr. Ted ... (Continue reading)

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Edmonton school board ends abstinence-based sex-ed teaching

Kathy Dawson and her 18-year-old daughter, Emily, filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission regarding an abstinence-based sex-ed presentation in her Career and Life Management Course at McNally High School. The Dawsons reported the presentation as shocking, scientifically inaccurate, and rooted in Christian doctrine. The Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre has presented the abstinence program in the Edmonton Public School Board since 2006 with 30 presentations annually. The EPSB suspended the presentation claiming that although presentations met “standards and expectations ... (Continue reading)

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Presenting the CHP

In this issue we prominently feature the Christian Heritage Party and that may cause some confusion among readers. The Interim is non-partisan and our political advice is for voters to consider candidates, not parties, when deciding whom to support on election day. Only pro-life candidates deserve the votes of pro-life Canadians. Unfortunately, too many pro-life voters will settle for candidates who are not pro-life among the so-called mainstream parties when there are pro-life CHP candidates on the ballot. More importantly, this ... (Continue reading)

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Atheism’s shades of Grayling

Michael Coren Journalist for Life There are many fronts launched against the pro-life movement and one of them comes from militant atheism. In actual fact the argument against abortion doesn’t necessarily have to have a Christian or religious foundation and atheists can certainly be pro-life. But the reality is that some of the most extreme supporters of abortion are also the most God-denying. Their champions are ... (Continue reading)

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Lorraine Williams, RIP

Lorraine Williams, RIP

Lorraine Williams On July 4, Catholic and pro-life writer Lorraine Mary Williams passed away at the age of 82. She passed away in the palliative care unit of Markham Stouffville Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Her obituary read: “Her unbounded love of her family was but a reflection of her deep respect for the dignity and sanctity of all human life; which she constantly displayed in her love ... (Continue reading)

More than 70 witnesses testify on government’s prostitution bill

More than 70 witnesses testify on government’s prostitution bill

While Parliament has recessed for the summer, the House of Commons justice committee conducted hearings on the government’s prostitution bill. From July 7 to 10, the House of Commons Justice Committee heard from over 70 witnesses regarding Bill C-36. Former prostitute Timea Nagy of Walk With Me Canada Victims’ Services spoke in favour of the bill, recounting the abuse she encountered. “Focusing on women and looking at them as victims in this industry will actually provide more opportunities for them to ... (Continue reading)

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Mary Wagner appeals conviction

Mary Wagner has, through her counsel Charles Lugosi, filed a formal notice of appeal on numerous points regarding her recent, two-year-long court case that ended on June 12. Justice Fergus O’Donnell of the Ontario Court of Justice rejected every application made by the defence -- including for access to abortion center records, public funding, standing for a constitutional challenge, and for expert witnesses to be heard – before he found Wagner guilty and sentenced her to five months in jail ... (Continue reading)

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