Articles from April, 2016

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Conservative Policy Convention shocker: Ambrose, Rempel scuttle policy process, pro-life Tories to be silenced at convention

Conservative Policy Convention shocker: Ambrose, Rempel scuttle policy process, pro-life Tories to be silenced at convention

Rona Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative Party The Interim has learned that a last minute intervention by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose will prevent any debate on the party’s abortion policy at the upcoming convention in Vancouver May 26-28. This past Thursday, at Ambrose’s request, the National Policy Committee of the CPC voted to block a resolution that would have allowed for a discussion on the ... (Continue reading)

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Conservative Policy Convention shocker: Ambrose, Rempel scuttle policy process

Conservative Policy Convention shocker: Ambrose, Rempel scuttle policy process, pro-life Tories to be silenced at convention Paul Tuns The Interim The Interim has learned that a last minute intervention by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose will prevent any debate on the party’s abortion policy at the upcoming convention in Vancouver May 26-28. This past Thursday, at Ambrose’s request, the National Policy Committee of the CPC voted to block a resolution that would have allowed for a discussion on the party’s “no abortion legislation” policy. Since 2005, ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada On March 1, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Sheilah Martin granted permission to an unidentified Calgary woman with Lou Gehrig’s Disease to have a doctor in British Columbia assist in her death “if she so chooses.” Martin held the hearing in closed court, considered statements from two doctors to be sufficient evidence, and did not require an assessment of the patient’s mental competence. Assisted by Ellen Wiebe, who conducted Canada’s clinical trials for RU-486 in 2001, ... (Continue reading)

Toronto Life publishes right-to-die activists’ posthumous admission to eight euthanasia killings

Toronto Life publishes right-to-die activists’ posthumous admission to eight euthanasia killings

Right to Die Society of Canada founder Hofsess admitted in an article published after taking his own life in Switzerland that he killed eight Canadians including the poet Al Purdy. Canadian right-to-die activist John Hofsess, who was euthanized in a Swiss ... (Continue reading)

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Judge orders psychiatric evaluation for Mary Wagner

Judge orders psychiatric evaluation for Mary Wagner

Mary Wagner Abortionist Ninia Lupovici tried to forcibly remove Mary Wagner from her abortion center but fell instead, a Toronto court heard March 10 on the first day of Wagner’s trial. Wagner, 42, is charged with two counts of breaching a probation order and one of causing mischief, following her December 12, 2015 arrest outside the Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic. Owned and operated by Lupovici and her business partner ... (Continue reading)

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Waking up from the ‘American Dream’

Waking up from the ‘American Dream’

"The children are our future” is probably among the most sententious phrases you can utter in politics, a sure tell that the person using it has no plan that will immediately have an impact on the children – yours or anyone else’s – or the future. So it’s reasonable to raise an eyebrow at a book that makes some dire claims about the dim prospects of future generations if ... (Continue reading)

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All creatures great and small

Light is Right Joe Campbell Church attendance of Britons has been falling for decades. The news is not all negative, however. Church attendance of bats is rising. Bats, it seems, are more committed to Christian churches than Britons are faithful to Christianity. Bats go to church because modernization has reduced their natural habitats. Britons don’t go because modernism has undermined their supernatural beliefs. Conservationists work hard to ... (Continue reading)

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Christian churches and euthanasia

Christian churches and euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman What do Church leaders in Canada think about the legalization of physician-assisted death (PAD)? Not so long ago, the answer was clear. At Christmas in 1996, the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), a group which includes every major Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant denomination in the country, issued a Statement of Convergence of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide that straightforwardly declared: “To change current law ... (Continue reading)

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Liberals won’t rule out withholding provincial health funding over abortion

Liberals won’t rule out withholding provincial health funding over abortion

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott told Global News she hopes to negotiate with P.E.I. to resolve abortion-access standoff, but did not rule out withholding health transfer payments if Charlottetown did not provide surgical ... (Continue reading)

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Joanne Dieleman: The Activist

Joanne Dieleman: The Activist

Joanne Dieleman with two saved babies at Aid to Women. Have things looked bleaker than they do today with assisted suicide and euthanasia recently legalized, abortion available on demand, embryonic stem cell research, designer babies, and organ harvesting for transplants already underway. Is there hope for the pro-life cause today? Perhaps the long perspective of someone who participated at the frontlines ... (Continue reading)

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CLC launches National March for Life video and theme

CLC launches National March for Life video and theme

A screen capture from the new National March for Life promotional video. On March 14, Campaign Life Coalition unveiled a new promotional video for the National March for life and announced the theme for the 2016 march would be #EndTheKilling. The march is Canada’s largest annual pro-life event, attracting 25,000 participants last year in Ottawa, and more than 10,000 others ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa’s $81 million UNFPA grant may fund abortions in developing countries

Ottawa’s $81 million UNFPA grant may fund abortions in developing countries

Obianuju Ekeocha says the West should not foist abortion on the developing world. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced March 7 that the Liberal government is pledging $81.5 million for new “sexual and reproductive health services and rights” funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). There were confusing signals whether this would include abortion. The Globe and Mail ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario PCs launch new policy process

Ontario PCs launch  new policy process

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives met March 4-6 in Ottawa for their general meeting. Nearly 1700 delegates voted on constitutional amendments, elected a new executive, and attended breakout sessions on how to run local riding associations and elections. In anticipation of the 2018 Ontario election, the party also launched its new policy development process. The process was explained by Kaydee Richmond, director of special projects for the Ontario PC caucus. She ... (Continue reading)

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Bill protecting pregnant mothers introduced in Parliament

Conservative MP Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton-Melville) tabled C-225, a private members bill in Parliament that would, if passed, recognize the loss of pre-born babies in crimes committed against their mothers. Wagantall, a rookie MP, calls her bill Cassie and Molly’s Law, after Cassandra Kaake, a Windsor woman murdered in 2014, and Molly, her unborn daughter who died in the womb. Matthew Brush is facing one first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Kaake when she was seven months pregnant, but does not face ... (Continue reading)

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Parliamentary committee recommends broad euthanasia law

MP Harold Albrecht calls for notwithstanding clause to allow for more discussion On Feb. 25, the Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying was submitted to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and it is expected to form the basis of the legislation the government will propose governing euthanasia and assisted-suicide. The report of the committee did not reflect the view of all 16 MPs and senators, as Conservative MPs dissented from the report and its 21 recommendations. Wilson-Raybould ... (Continue reading)

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