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Walking 5,600 kilometers, braving the bears, for life

Walking 5,600 kilometers, braving the bears, for life

After more than 5,600 kilometers, and less than three months after setting out from Vancouver on May 23, 12 pro-life students have ended their walk across the country to draw attention to abortion. Crossroads sponsored the Canadian leg, plus four walks in the United States and, the first walk in Ireland. Crossroads was started in 1995 in response to Pope John Paul II’s challenge to the youth to take the pro-life message to ... (Continue reading)

Abortion defunding rally Oct. 22

There will be a ‘Defund Abortion Rally’ in Toronto at Queens Park on Saturday, Oct. 22. The purpose of the rally is “to make defunding abortion an issue in the newly elected provincial government,” organizer and head of Campaign Life Coalition Youth Alissa Golob told The Interim. The rally will be just the beginning of a nationwide movement to defund abortion, as the group will “move on to making this an issue in each province.” Golob described the defunding strategy as ... (Continue reading)

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Justice Centre fights for free speech rights of pro-lifers

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is an organization that, according to its website, seeks “to advance human rights and constitutional freedoms... through research, education, and litigation to safeguard individual freedom and equality before the law.” Their fight for human rights and liberty has led them to defend pro-life students facing university censorship and other cases protecting the freedom of speech of other pro-life and pro-family activists. John Carpay, a former Alberta director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and former executive ... (Continue reading)

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Pictures open a dialogue

Pictures open a dialogue

It’s no secret to those who know me that I am a firm supporter of the use of graphic images when it comes to pro-life activism. However, when I signed up for the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform’s Summer Crash Course and was told we would be using them outside of the Calgary Stampede, I have to admit I was a little hesitant.   Every summer in Calgary, Canadians get the chance to experience an ... (Continue reading)

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Bullying battle hides gay agenda

Catholic parents fight separate system to maintain moral teaching Ontario bishops have issued a memo urging Catholic school boards to set up clubs explicitly aimed to counter “bullying related to sexual orientation,” even though they banned the establishment of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) at Catholic schools just months ago. Meanwhile, parents at the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) are speaking out against a draft equity policy formulated in line with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Equity and Inclusive Education ... (Continue reading)

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Judge dismisses abuse of process application in Gibbons case

Linda Gibbons now awaits Supreme Court date On April 12, a provincial court judge dismissed a defence application for a stay of proceedings on the basis of abuse of process with regard to a charge of disobeying a court order laid against Linda Gibbons in January 2009. Madam Justice Mara Beth Greene then found Gibbons guilty of the charge, after an agreed statement of facts was read to the court, and sentenced her to one day in jail, in ... (Continue reading)

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Wagner found guilty of mischief

Wagner found guilty of mischief

On March 28, after spending 48 days in jail awaiting trial, pro-life activist Mary Wagner had her day in court. She was arrested and charged with mischief in February after allegedly entering the Choice in Health Clinic, and offering assistance to pregnant women seeking abortions at the Toronto abortion facility. Wagner was arrested Feb. 9 after peacefully handing out roses to pregnant mothers entering the abortion centre. On a small card with each rose, Wagner wrote: “you were made to love and ... (Continue reading)

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Wagner’s statement raises plight of unborn

Editor’s Note: Statement read by pro-life activist Mary Wagner in court during his trial for mischief, March 28. Your Honour, I stand before you accused of mischief. The Crown has presented the case against me, having argued to the effect that I did interfere with the enjoyment or operation of a lawful “business.” Were I to try to defend myself by arguing that I did not interfere, I would be neglecting the dignity of the little ones and their mothers, who are ... (Continue reading)

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40 Days for Life reaches out to women

The 40 Days for Life campaign in Toronto was a great success. Five weeks into the campaign, the organizer for 40 Days for Life Toronto reported that at least three babies had been saved. 40 Days for Life is a worldwide campaign that seeks to raise awareness about the evil of abortion through prayer and fasting, a vigil in front of an abortion facility, and community outreach. The Spring 2011 campaign ran from March 9 to April 17. In Toronto, the ... (Continue reading)

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40 Days for Life in Canada

40 Days for Life in Canada

More than 120 people participated in the kickoff rally for 40 Days for Life in Kitchener to hear several guest speakers and hear inspirational music as they prepared for the Lenten vigil to pray for an end to abortion. Retired auxiliary bishop Matthew Ustrzycki of the Hamilton diocese and Debbie Fisher of the Silent No More Awareness campaign spoke and Critical Mass provided musical entertainment. Bishop Ustrzycki said abortion and other social ... (Continue reading)

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Abuse of process hearing held in Linda Gibbons case

On Monday, March 7, a downtown Toronto courtroom took a trip back in time to the early 1990s and the days of NDP rule in Ontario, when the government of premier Bob Rae and attorney general Marion Boyd attempted to squelch pro-life activism throughout the province by way of a wide-ranging court injunction. It was part of the first day of a hearing into an abuse of process application within the trial of Linda Gibbons on a charge of disobeying ... (Continue reading)

Gibbons case headed to Supreme Court

Linda Gibbons, who has been arrested more than 20 times in connection to activities near a Toronto abortuary, will get her day in court. The Supreme Court of Canada, that is. Gibbons, who prays outside abortion the Scott abortuary on Gerrard Street in downtown Toronto and counsels women to not kill their babies, has never been charged with violating the 1994 “temporary” injunction that outlaws any pro-life activity within 60 feet of specifically named abortion facilities. Pro-life leaders assume that this ... (Continue reading)

Q&A with Zuza Kurzawa

Q&A with Zuza Kurzawa

Interim reporter Pauline Kosalka interviewed Zuza Kurzawa, a Queen’s student arrested at Carleton University in October for participation in a GAP demonstration, by email. Kurzawa was a 2009 Fr. Ted Colleton Scholarship winner. The Interim: Why did you enter the 2009 Father Ted Scholarship contest? What was your essay about? What especially did you want to convey to the readers? Zuza Kurzawa: I initially entered the contest under the recommendation of a ... (Continue reading)

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Linda Gibbons to get her days in court

In an important decision, a provincial court judge has ruled that there is enough merit in a complaint by Linda Gibbons’s defence lawyer of abuse of process in the prosecution against her to warrant three days of hearings into the matter this coming March 7, 8 and 9. In a downtown Toronto courtroom Jan. 12, Madam Justice Mara Beth Greene rejected a move by Crown attorney Mathew Asma to dismiss the abuse of ... (Continue reading)

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Stripped of club status, Carleton Lifeline sues student union

Stripped of club status, Carleton Lifeline sues student union

Carleton Lifeline has been a certified campus club since 2006. That all changed on Nov. 15 when the club announced via press release that the Carleton University Student Association had decided to not give Lifeline status this year. CUSA has taken issue with section 3.2 in the club’s constitution, which states: “Carleton Lifeline believes in the equal rights of the unborn and firmly believes that abortion is a moral and legal wrong, ... (Continue reading)

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