Articles from October, 2015

Ontario quietly adopts new policy forcing doctors to take part in euthanizing patients

Ontario’s governing body for doctors issued an official policy last month that forces doctors unwilling to kill patients or help them commit suicide to directly refer them to a doctor who would. The policy, titled Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care, was quietly released by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario September 10, seven months after Canada’s highest court ruled that doctors could actively participate in bringing about the deaths of their patients. Patients cannot request death until ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec health minister threatens to crush doctors’ dissent on euthanasia

Ontario’s governing body for doctors issued an official policy last month that forces doctors unwilling to kill patients or help them commit suicide to directly refer them to a doctor who would. The policy, titled Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care, was quietly released by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario September 10, seven months after Canada’s highest court ruled that doctors could actively participate in bringing about the deaths of their patients. Patients cannot request death until ... (Continue reading)

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Stephanie Gray begins new ministry, sees ‘love’ as solution to heal wounded culture

Stephanie Gray begins new ministry, sees ‘love’ as solution to heal wounded culture

Stephanie Gray has started "Love Unleashes Life" to improve "heart-oriented" dialogue. Ever since meeting pro-life apologist Scott Klusendorf in 1999, Stephanie Gray knew she was meant to be a pro-life speaker. In 2001, Gray co-founded the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) with Jojo Ruba, and served as its executive director. After a move to British Columbia last fall meant ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion vs. pregnancy mortality: comparing apples and oranges

A 2013 study from The Linacre Quarterly challenges the myth that women are 14 times likelier to die from childbirth than abortion. Dr. Byron Calhoun, vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of West Virginia, writes of several factors that “make a valid scientific assessment of abortion mortality extremely difficult.” One problem in the United States is that only 26 states require abortion facilities to report complications to the Centers for Disease Control, meaning that current ... (Continue reading)

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The lesson of the Ashley Madison leaks

  Amusements Rick McGinnis As I write this, the media frenzy surrounding the leak of a reported 32 million user accounts from the adultery website Ashley Madison has subsided into the background hum behind Donald Trump and the U.S. elections, the Pope’s visit to Cuba and the United States, and the apparently shocking news that Volkswagen diesel motors produce exhaust emissions. For the last half of August, however, news of ... (Continue reading)

Left vs. right

Light is Right Joe Campbell When a Harvard University study found that left-handers are economically worse off than right-handers, I was dismayed. Not because I’m a left-hander. Because I’m a right-hander. If history is any guide, the media-academic complex and the judicial magisterium will blame me for the disparity. That’s what happened when feminists and champions of racial and sexual minorities pleaded their disabilities. Being male, white, and heterosexual ... (Continue reading)

Harper’s disappointing judges

Harper’s disappointing judges

But there is hope that new batch will be better While pro-life leaders are delighted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s elevation of Justice Russell Brown from the Alberta Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, trendy proponents of judicial activism are appalled, and understandably so: Brown subscribes to the traditional judicial doctrine that judges should refrain from legislating from the bench. John Whyte, emeritus professor of law ... (Continue reading)

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Thousands protest 103 MPP riding offices over sex-ed

Thousands protest 103 MPP riding offices over sex-ed

Oakville Jack Fonseca, project manager of Campaign Life Coalition, told The Interim, “I think this is the biggest provincial protest in Ontario’s history.” He was talking about a mass protest organized by CLC and Canadian Families Alliance in front of at least 103 of 107 MPP constituency offices on Sept. 2, – a Wednesday – to urge the government to shelve the sex education curriculum schedule to take effect this ... (Continue reading)

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Political books show timidity of leaders

Political books show timidity of leaders

This election season has seen the release of numerous political books, but three stand out as important. Ostensibly books about Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and by the current NDP and former Liberal leaders, might not provide similar insights, but indirectly they do. There have been numerous anti-Harper books released in the past year or so, evidence of what some call Anti-Harper Syndrome. This is not to say there are ... (Continue reading)

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Jason Kenney slams Liberal, NDP ‘extreme’ stance on abortion

Jason Kenney slams Liberal, NDP ‘extreme’ stance on abortion

CLC’s Hughes said pro-life could be electoral asset Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Defence Conservative Jason Kenney criticized the Liberal and NDP parties at a Sept. 21, campaign stop for their “extreme positions” on life issues. The Minister of Defence said that of the three major parties, the Conservatives “are the only party that allows MPs to vote with their conscience on matters of the sanctity of human ... (Continue reading)

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LifeSite launches Faithful Insight

LifeSite launches Faithful Insight

When earlier this year Catholic Insight announced it would no longer publish a monthly print edition of its magazine after a two-decade run, Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes, lamented the hole it left in Canada’s Catholic community. He urged LifeSiteNews, whose board he sits on, to take up the mantle and produce a monthly magazine of Catholic news and commentary, saying he heard from many Catholic grassroots ... (Continue reading)

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Voting and Christian responsibility

For more than three decades, The Interim and Campaign Life Coalition have reminded readers and supporters of the responsibility of all citizens, but especially Christians, to prioritize life issues above all else when they vote. This is not to deny the importance of alleviating poverty, the ability of middle class couples to support their families, how to address crime, Canadian foreign policy, and numerous other issues. But it is to reinforce the uniqueness of abortion and euthanasia in the body ... (Continue reading)

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EPC ‘hopes for the best’ with federal election

Since the federal election campaign began in early August, a variety of issues are being presented to the Canadian public in an effort to influence their vote. Assisted suicide is one topic that has not yet received the attention it deserves according to Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Schadenberg told The Interim that his organization is “in a quandary,” because “this is possibly the most important election Canada has ever had, and people aren’t realizing the ... (Continue reading)

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Election briefs

Winnipeg-South Conservative outed as pro-life The Canadian Press reported on Sept. 22 that Gordon Giesbrecht, the Conservative candidate in Winnipeg-South, posed an online video in 2009 comparing abortion to the Holocaust and 9/11. Giesbrecht, who was then president of Horizon College and Seminary in Saskatoon, said that the number of abortions committed globally “equals 9/11 every day” and that the annual abortion toll exceeds the number of victims of the Holocaust. He complained that few people, including church leaders, ... (Continue reading)

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