Articles from March, 2017

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Canada There are five federal by-elections on April 3: Calgary Heritage, Calgary Midnapore, Markham-Thornhill, Ottawa-Vanier, and Saint-Laurent. The Conservatives are expected to hold on to the pair of Calgary seats while the Liberals are expected to be re-elected in the Ontario and Quebec seats ... Transgender activist Christin Milloy settled a human rights complaint with Ottawa over disclosing one’s sex on government-issued identification. Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government will only collect such information when it is ... (Continue reading)

New BC party offers something for pro-lifers

New BC party offers something for pro-lifers

Robin Richardson's Vancouver Island Party has pro-life and pro-family policies. A new Vancouver Island separatist party has released its guiding principles which includes policies that some pro-life and pro-family supporters could welcome. In a 44-page document, Robin Richardson, a former Member of Parliament, outlines the mission and guiding principles of the Vancouver Island Party. The VIP wants independence for Vancouver Island, voicing ... (Continue reading)

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Animal rights and human reason

When I was a boy, I heard nothing about animal rights. I guess that’s not surprising, as I also heard nothing about animal duties. In those days, the adults I associated with took for granted that duties and rights go together. As no one I heard of promoted animal duties, it would have seemed peculiar if someone had promoted animal rights. I mention this because as a youngster I both approved and abetted the killing of animals and birds. Whenever my ... (Continue reading)

Since when is Parliament our source of truth?

Law Matters John Carpay Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) tries to ban pro-life expression whenever it can. ASC is a non-government body composed of advertisers, large corporations, law firms, the CBC, Toronto Star, and Globe and Mail. ASC thinks it is qualified to determine what is “true, fair and accurate” when it comes to controversial issues like abortion. ASC rulings are technically non-binding. However, courts and municipalities refer ... (Continue reading)

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The Young Pope garners young conservative following

There’s a scene at the beginning of the season finale of The Young Pope that sums up this controversial HBO series as much as any of a dozen or so startling scenes in the previous nine hours. The titular pontiff, played by Jude Law, has just been told by his director of publicity that he is scheduled to lead a group of schoolchildren on a tour of ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau revives Court Challenges Program

On Feb. 7, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced the Liberal government would resurrect the Court Challenges Program, the federal fund for third parties to challenge the constitutionality of laws. The CCP was created in the 1970s by the Pierre Trudeau government to launch court challenges to laws based on equality and language rights. The Harper government nixed the program in 2006 and Justin Trudeau ran in 2015 vowing to bring it back. Wilson-Raybould and Joly announced ... (Continue reading)

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Liberals push anti-Islamophobia motion, oppose religiously neutral motion

Liberal MP Iqra Khalid (Mississauga-Erin Mills) introduced M-103, a motion condemning “Islamophobia” and calling on Parliament to form a committee to study ways to battle “systemic” anti-Muslim sentiment. Tory MPs and conservative pundits condemned the motion, saying it was a threat to free speech, but Liberal MPs said it was necessary to combat growing intolerance of Muslims in Canada. Conservative MP David Anderson (Cypress Hills-Grasslands) offered an alternative motion, identical to Khalid’s, but without singling out Islamophobia. It called on MPs to ... (Continue reading)

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‘Jane Roe’ Norma McCorvey, RIP

‘Jane Roe’  Norma McCorvey, RIP

Norma McCorvey was the "Jane Roe" in the infamous Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, but later became a pro-life activist. On Feb. 18, Norma McCovey, whose abortion case made it to Supreme Court of the United States, passed away at the age of 69. McCorvey was the “Jane Roe” in Roe v. ... (Continue reading)

A sickness unto dearth

Grieving families find similar points of solace and sorrow. On the one hand, the memory of the departed becomes, to those who remain behind, an invaluable treasure. Indeed, a loss will often reveal the wide network of connections in which the deceased was enmeshed. Such bittersweet discoveries – of all the lives that were touched by the life which is ended – can, of course, be the source of keen pain, too. For even in the happiest circumstance, death casts ... (Continue reading)

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Remembering ‘Roe’

When Norma McCorvey -- the “Roe” of the eponymous Supreme Court decision – died last month, many obituaries portrayed her as a passive pawn. Focusing on the difference between the mythic Roe and real-life McCorvey, remembrances like the one in the New York Times found occasion to wax philosophical about the distance between one person’s life and the forces of history. Such eulogies, however, should have looked harder at McCorvey, for her journey from abortion proponent to pro-life activist teaches ... (Continue reading)

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Canada’s population hits 35 million, no thanks to Canadians

Canada’s population hits 35 million, no thanks to Canadians

Last month, Statistics Canada released its statistical portrait of the country with the first population numbers since 2011. There are now precisely 35,151,728 Canadians, at least on Census Day, May 10, 2016. As the Stats Can release notes, that is about ten times as many Canadians as there were when the first census was taken in 1871 when there were 3.5 million people. Its up from the ... (Continue reading)

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Pierre Lemieux on Supreme Court

Pierre Lemieux on Supreme Court

Pierre Lemieux Among the numerous candidates for leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Lemieux is one of the few who merits serious consideration. During 10 years in Parliament, he distinguished himself with an impeccably pro-life record and now he also stands out for denouncing the usurpation of legislative powers by the Supreme Court of Canada. In a letter to supporters on January 6, Lemieux alluded to the ... (Continue reading)

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Trump nominates pro-life judge to Supreme Court

Trump nominates pro-life judge  to Supreme Court

Pro-life groups have praised Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. On Jan. 31, President Donald Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the bench with someone who shared his originalist judicial philosophy and named 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat. Gorsuch was immediately attacked by Democrats ... (Continue reading)

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Federal minister equates denying abortion with gender violence

Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef announced the federal government was giving Planned Parenthood Ottawa $285,000 over three years to increase access to “reproductive health services” in the nation’s capital. Monsef, who was demoted from Democratic Reform Minister in January after botching the electoral reform file, told the Canadian Press that “reproductive rights in Canada and around the world are critical to advancing gender equality,” adding, “we’re committed to making sure that women and girls have that choice, because otherwise this ... (Continue reading)

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Conscience campaign launched

Conscience campaign launched

Larry Worthen The Call to Conscience Campaign was launched by the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience to urge Ontario residents to lobby their MPPs to get them to amend Bill 84, the provincial government’s “Medical Aid in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act,” which has no protection for the conscience rights of health care workers. Bill 84 is expected to be debated over the next few months, but the campaign runs ... (Continue reading)

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