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University censorship: darkness extends beyond campus pro-life clubs

University censorship:  darkness extends beyond campus pro-life clubs

John Carpay, founder of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. The routine censorship of pro-life speech at Canadian universities has now expanded into a new realm. In early April, the Men’s Issues Awareness Society launched a court action against the Ryerson Students’ Union for having denied this student group official recognition as a campus club. Without official club status, MIAS cannot easily or readily book rooms, host speakers, sponsor debates, ... (Continue reading)

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BC Court of Appeals upholds campus pro-life ban

In a decision with potentially wide implications for freedom of speech on Canadian campuses, the British Columbia Court of Appeals has upheld the University of Victoria’s decision to ban a campus pro-life demonstration. The case goes back to 2013, when the University of Victoria’s student society had denied the pro-life club, Youth Protecting Youth, club status over its pro-life messaging. As a result, the university denied YPY the use of a well-frequented public space and implicitly threatened YPY members with expulsion ... (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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U of T Mississauga campus pro-life club to sue student union

A pro-life club at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus is taking the student union to court for refusing to renew the group’s club status for the 2015-2016 school year. The court action against the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) was filed in the Superior Court on behalf of Students for Life by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms on Jan. 15. The action seeks to force UTMSU to revoke its decision and recognize the club. Although Students for Life ... (Continue reading)

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Activists threaten lawsuit to bring abortion to Prince Edward Island

Activists threaten lawsuit to bring  abortion to Prince Edward Island

CLCY's Alissa Golob (left) and Sarah MacDonald (right) with PEI MLA James Aylward. On Jan. 5, Abortion Access Now PEI issued a press release announcing it was suing the Prince Edward Island government to force it to provide taxpayer-funded abortions on the island. Last summer, newly elected Liberal Premier Wade MacLauchlan liberalized the province’s abortion regulations, making it simpler ... (Continue reading)

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Ryerson Students For Life goes to court to get club status

Ryerson Students For Life goes to court to get club status

From left to right: Carter Grant (Vice President), Nicole Bryck (President) and Teresa Mervar (Secretary/Treasurer). A Ryerson University pro-life student group went to court Dec. 18 to fight for official club status after Ryerson Students’ Union rejected their application in February 2015. Calgary-based lawyer Carol Crosson argued before Ontario Superior Court Justice Elizabeth Stewart that RSU’s rejection ... (Continue reading)

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Americans United for Life unveils legislation to protect infants

Americans United for Life unveils legislation to protect infants

Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest is promoting the Infants' Protection Project. Americans United for Life has unveiled a package of pro-life model legislation aimed at protecting infants from the aggression or indifference of the abortion industry. The eight pieces of legislation would prohibit the sale of aborted children’s body parts, protect children born alive during botched ... (Continue reading)

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Mary Wagner refuses bail

Mary Wagner refuses bail

Pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner arrested on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the unborn. Mary Wagner was arrested on Dec. 12 and charged with two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and one of causing mischief under $5,000 after allegedly entering the ... (Continue reading)

Alberta pro-life students demand protection from mob censorship

Alberta pro-life students demand protection from mob censorship

"The University of Alberta is condoning the complete suppression of our free expression rights on campus," stated Amberlee Nicol, a second-year education student and president of Go Life. The University of Alberta “Go-Life” Club and John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional ... (Continue reading)

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Gibbons awaits trial seven weeks after arrest

Linda Gibbons Fifty days after her Sept. 2 arrest outside the Morgentaler abortion facility on Hillsdale Avenue Linda Gibbons remains in jail. And following her silent and brief Tuesday morning appearance in College Park Court, via video from the Vanier Center for Women, the 67-year-old pro-life grandmother will remain behind bars yet another week, as her case was put off until next week. A representative for Gibbons’s lawyer, Daniel Santoro, ... (Continue reading)

No2Trudeau campaign deemed a success

No2Trudeau campaign deemed a success

Alissa Golob On March 13 Jonathon Van Maren, of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, and Alissa Golob, of Campaign Life Coalition, went on a cross-country speaking tour to promote their No2Trudeau campaign. The tour was designed to activate local pro-lifers to get involved in the distribution of one million postcards in 20 ridings across Canada which targeted Justin Trudeau and his extreme pro-abortion position that do not even ... (Continue reading)

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No2Trudeau graphic postcards changing minds, despite ad council ruling

No2Trudeau graphic postcards changing minds, despite ad council ruling

The No2Trudeau campaign to hand-deliver one million graphic postcards in key federal ridings before the coming general election is going ahead on-schedule despite a ruling by the Advertising Standards Council of Canada that “they offend the standards of public decency.”An Ontario resident complained to the ad council after postcards were dropped in their mailboxes bearing images of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and a bloodied aborted unborn child, along with text explaining Trudeau’s ban on pro-lifers running for his party and ... (Continue reading)

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Ryerson pro-life group plans lawsuit against student union

Ryerson pro-life group plans lawsuit against student union

Carter Grant, Nicole Bryck and Teresa Mervar of Students for Life Ryerson. A group of pro-life students from Ryerson University are planning to sue their student union for the right to have a pro-life club. Students for Life at Ryerson (SFLR) were denied club status in an email sent by the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) Campus Groups Administrator on ... (Continue reading)

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Civil liberties group defends free speech rights of pro-lifers

Civil liberties group defends free speech rights of pro-lifers

NCLN's Rebecca Richmond welcomed Ontario Civil Liberties Association paper on free speech being denied to pro-lifers. The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) released a position paper commenting on “the evident statutory and institutional bias that exists in Ontario against the free-expression rights of pro-life campaigners.” Violations of these rights include “university-campus suppressions of student pro-life ... (Continue reading)

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#No2Trudeau campaign a success

#No2Trudeau campaign a success

Alissa Golob (left) and Jonathon Van Maren (right) address the attendees of the Toronto launch of the #No2Trudeau campaign April 10. A pro-life cross-country tour highlighting the extreme pro-abortion position of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is being labelled a success by organizers Alissa Golob and Jonathon Van Maren. Golob of Campaign ... (Continue reading)

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