Articles from September, 2014

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Child porn case against former top Ontario education official moves forward

Province likely to raise sex-ed issue in near future A former top-ranking Ontario education official and appointee of Premier Kathleen Wynne charged with making and distributing child pornography will face a preliminary hearing in November.   In July 2013, University of Toronto professor Benjamin Levin was arrested and charged with seven counts of child exploitation, including making and distributing child pornography as well as arranging for a sexual offense with a child. The charges were filed after an international child pornography sting led investigators ... (Continue reading)

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Most Ontarians support doctors’ right to refuse abortions

The deadline has closed and the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons now has some 1,800 submissions to peruse as it reviews its 2008 policy on the conflict between doctors’ conscience rights and patients’ rights to service. “We’ve got medical groups and religious groups and women’s groups,” says OCPS media relations officer Prithi Yelaja. The college, she says, has given itself till the first quarter of 2015 to read them all and respond. But 32,882 have already weighed in on the online ... (Continue reading)

After winning an acquittal and appeal, Linda Gibbons is arrested again

Linda Gibbons Just days after Linda Gibbons won an appeal and was acquitted of disobeying a court order over a previous demonstration at the “Morgentaler Clinic” in Toronto, she was arrested at the same abortion facility August 7. It took police personnel in four cruisers, as well as three Garda World security cars and two sheriff’s officers, to take Gibbons into custody at around 11:30 a.m., some two-and-a-half hours after ... (Continue reading)

Bits & Pieces

Canada The Alberta Progressive Conservatives will have their leadership election during two rounds of voting on Sept. 6 and, if no one wins a majority, Sept. 20. Former MP Jim Prentice, who is socially liberal, leads in the polls. Former provincial cabinet ministers Thomas Lukaszuk and Ric McIver are also running. McIver has a pro-family history as city councillor and MLA but has not indicated being pro-life; there is not enough information to rate Lukaszuk … The ... (Continue reading)

Show the Truth pickets PEI abortion conference

Show the Truth pickets PEI abortion conference

Rosemary Connell says Show the Truth put the unborn baby in people's consciousness during Prince Edward Island tour. Approximately 60 pro-life activists took part in a Show the Truth tour on Prince Edward Island last month. They were protesting a conference held at the University of Prince Edward Island on August 7-8, entitled ... (Continue reading)

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‘Enduring’ vs. ‘living’ constitutions

National Affairs Rory Leishman Among proponents of judicial restraint, Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court is widely esteemed as one of the most brilliant, learned and principled judges in the English-speaking world. Bruce Allen Murphy disagrees. In Scalia: A Court of One, he sides with the partisans of judicial activism who deride Scalia as a vainglorious hypocrite who imposes his conservative, Catholic ideology on the ... (Continue reading)

Take a vow

Light is Right Joe Campbell To wed is to marry. But there are differences. Weddings, including related celebratory events, last a day or two. Marriages, including related blessed events, last a lifetime. This, at any rate, is the intention. And yet couples often spend more time preparing for weddings than for marriages. Maybe that’s why failed marriages outnumber failed weddings. When they fail, marriages usually end in ... (Continue reading)

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Boyhood cannot escape the emotional facts

Boyhood cannot escape the emotional facts

I was sitting on a midway ride recently, waiting for the lights to start flashing and the machinery to start hurling us around when I realized that my life might not actually get better than this moment. I was with my family, near the end of a lovely day at the end of our summer vacation, and it felt like a line was drawing itself around the moment to ... (Continue reading)

The Interim Plus

The Interim Plus

Fr. Ted Colleton Hi educator friends,   The excitement of a new school year is still fresh, and here is another edition of The Interim Plus, a curriculum resource for interested teachers. With all the turmoil in the world, a lot of people are being forced to leave their normal habitat or are consciously choosing to seek better opportunities elsewhere. This is the theme of this ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life former Liberal MPs to Trudeau: rescind anti-life edict

Yesterday, seven former Liberal Members of Parliament sent an open letter to Justin Trudeau regarding his edict earlier this year that pro-lifers cannot even run for a Liberal Party nomination. We reprint the letter below. Trudeau responded to the letter with a tweet: "The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone. Times have changed for the better. #LPC defends rights." Here is the open letter: Dear ... (Continue reading)

Pro-lifers getting noticed in NB election

Pro-lifers getting noticed in NB election

Here are the facts on the back of the postcard. Campaign Life Coalition Youth (CLCY) and the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) have been active this week in the New Brunswick election, raising the issue of abortion during the campaign at a time when most politicians would prefer to ignore the issue. CLCY and CCBR are pamphleting neighbourhoods and distributing literature that includes graphic photos of abortion. Some people, ... (Continue reading)

The intolerance of atheism

The intolerance of atheism

In the last edition of The Interim I wrote about the noted atheist and enemy of the pro-life movement A.C. Grayling. But if Grayling is a problem, Richard Dawkins is a horror. In April, 2010 he announced an initiative to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when the Pontiff made an official visit to Britain later that year; the ostensible reason being his involvement in the Catholic clergy abuse crisis. ... (Continue reading)

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An excellent diplomatic posting

An excellent diplomatic posting

Dennis Savoie On August 1, the Conservative government announced that Dennis Savoie, a former deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (2006-2013), was appointed as Canada’s new ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican). The appointment immediately faced criticism from the New Democratic Party, with MP and Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs Paul Dewar (Ottawa South) condemning Savoie’s past comments on abortion. In 2009, Savoie addressed the Knights ... (Continue reading)

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Fr. Gravel, RIP

Fr. Raymond Gravel, the former Bloc Quebecois MP, died at the age of 61 following a long battle with lung cancer. Fr. Gravel was a supporter of same-sex “marriage” and abortion rights, causing scandal to the Catholic Church, and after serving one term in elected office was forced to retire from politics. He subsequently sued LifeSiteNews for $500,000 in damages, claiming his reputation was maligned after the online news agency described his views as “pro-abortion” whereas he identified himself as ... (Continue reading)

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Decade after embryo stem-cell hype, progress in ethical stem cell research

Decade after embryo stem-cell hype, progress in ethical stem cell research

Many developments in stem cell research have been made since the promise of human embryonic stem cells was a staple of headlines in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The evidence now indicates that embryonic stem cells, classified as pluripotent because they have the capability of developing into any type of cell within the human body, have failed to keep up with adult multipotent stem cells (which can only ... (Continue reading)

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