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Toronto bans Christian group from city square

Toronto bans Christian group from city square

Voices of the Nations has been using city property since 2006 for an annual "multi denominational" event in which it celebrates Christianity through live music and dance. It has ... (Continue reading)

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Croatian journalist exposes Alfred Kinsey link to sex-ed

Croatian journalist exposes Alfred Kinsey link to sex-ed

Croatian sex-ed critic Karolina Vidovic Kristo recently spoke in Toronto. Karolina Vidovic Kristo, a respected Croatian television journalist employed with the state public broadcaster, was recently in Canada to talk about how she led the fight against sex education in her country by exposing Alfred Kinsey, his research, and its aftermath. Kinsey was an American biologist, and later sexologist, who founded The ... (Continue reading)

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100 Islanders demand P.E.I. remain abortion-free

100 Islanders demand P.E.I.  remain abortion-free

"What right do I have as a doctor to prescribe a procedure that kills another human life?" Dr. Laura Lewis of Physicians for Life asked at the rally, speaking of RU-486. About 100 pro-life advocates rallied in front of PEI’s ... (Continue reading)

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EPC symposium recommends ‘clarity’ in current assisted-suicide debate

On Oct. 31, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition held its annual symposium at downtown Montreal’s Best Western Ville Marie Hotel. Attendees spanned a wide range of ages and hometowns, including medical students from Calgary and veteran pro-life activists from the Maritimes. Talks were delivered in both official languages with simultaneous translation. Though there was no official theme, Quebec’s Bill 52 and the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in the Carter case shaped much of the day’s discussion. Dr. Will Johnston, an ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette said families of caregivers will be given $1000 to help look after dying relatives saying he hopes to see the percentage of Quebecers with chronic diseases who die at home increase from 11 per cent to 20. “We will never see a situation where everybody will end their lives at home,” he said announcing $10 million in new palliative care improvements. Quebec’s Medical Aid in Dying law, Bill 52, comes into effect Dec. ... (Continue reading)

Digital darkness

Light is Right Joe Campbell My latest laptop, the snooty MacBook Pro that distains communicating with its elders, had a nervous breakdown recently. “Well,” I said, when I took it to the Apple store for repairs, “it serves you right. You treated my beloved Macintosh SE despicably. Now it’s your turn to suffer.” I haven’t yet got over the shock of discovering that the new computer refused to ... (Continue reading)

Election guidelines

National Affairs Rory Leishman More than 70 per cent of voters in the 2015 federal election supported candidates and parties committed to unrestricted abortion on demand. What can account for such appalling disregard for the sanctity of human life? While politicians, intellectuals and journalists bear much of the blame, church leaders should also be called to account. According to Statistics Canada, 67 per cent of Canadians still list themselves ... (Continue reading)

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What is the fallout from the Synod on the Family?

What is the fallout from the Synod on the Family?

Pope Francis at the Synod. The Interim has not covered the goings-on of the Synod on the Family, which was really two Catholic synods: the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2014, and the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. Pope Francis called the extraordinary synod in 2014 to examine the “Pastoral Challenges of the ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has released its latest annual report examining free speech on Canadian public university campuses. Issued on Oct. 28, the 2015 Campus Freedom Index assigns four grades (from A to F) per university. Each institution receives a grade for university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Only eight As were awarded in 2015 (three As more than in 2014). A total ... (Continue reading)

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They don’t make Christmas movies like they used to

They don’t make Christmas movies like they used to

They still make Christmas movies, as far as I can tell, but we’re a long way from Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing Irving Berlin tunes for a war-weary generation. This Christmas, for instance, we have the very wry Bill Murray spoofing the holiday TV special in A Very Murray Christmas, and The Night Before, a seasonal buddy film where Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Antony Mackie binge their ... (Continue reading)

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Turning modern Christmas books into a new family tradition

Turning modern Christmas books into a new family tradition

It’s hard not to look forward to Christmas. It’s a wonderful time of the year when friends and family get together to help trim the tree, put up the wreath and lights, sing carols, exchange presents, and enjoy a magnificent feast. A memorable holiday tradition throughout the ages has been to gather around a central location, such as a fireplace, and read classic Christmas stories. Some typical holiday selections have included Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Clement C. Moore’s ‘Twas the ... (Continue reading)

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That was quick

Few people will be surprised that Justin Trudeau was going to push a pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia agenda considering he banned pro-lifers from running as Liberal candidates. What might have been surprising is how quickly the new government began to push the Culture of Death. Within two weeks of being sworn in, the new Health and Justice ministers announced that the expert committee advising the government on assisted-suicide would no longer propose legislation. Anti-euthanasia leaders see as a way for the Liberals ... (Continue reading)

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The season’s reason

The season’s reason

When December comes, coffeehouses are already serving red cups and, in department stores, plastic sleighs and lighted trees are already on display. “Happy Holidays” was once a euphemism for another greeting, one celebrating the event by which our years are numbered; but “Merry Christmas” now barely echoes in that anodyne supplanting phrase. We can lament our secular culture’s recoil from the few remainders – and even the mere reminders ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Dying with Dignity, a euthanasia advocacy group, is pressuring the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba to require doctors to refer patients for euthanasia. The College is seeking input concerning guidelines for euthanasia in the province, but Dying with Dignity is upset that the Manitoba College is not requiring doctors to refer patients for euthanasia. Dying with Dignity’s Shanaaz Gokool told the Free Press, “There isn’t a duty to refer and ... (Continue reading)

Interim leader chosen, Tory shadow cabinet named

Interim leader chosen, Tory shadow cabinet named

Rona Ambrose On Nov. 5, the Conservative caucus elected Rona Ambrose interim leader of the party in a vote that saw eight candidates vie to lead the Tories on a temporary basis. The proceedings, like all caucus business, occurred behind closed doors. Ambrose defeated pro-life MPs Candace Bergen and Mike Lake, pro-abortion MPs Erin O’Toole and Michelle Rempel, and three MPs who have mixed records, Diane Finley, Rob Nicholson, and Denis ... (Continue reading)

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