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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)

Trial delayed for Linda Gibbons

A development that the presiding judge described as having the potential for “dire implications” scuttled an expected trial of Linda Gibbons in October. The judge made the decision to delay the trail on the morning of Oct. 29, when the long-time pro-life demonstrator appeared in a downtown Toronto courtroom to answer a charge of disobeying a court order. At issue is a meeting held in 2001 between representatives of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General and lawyers for 18 pro-life demonstrators ... (Continue reading)

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‘I can’t be a moderate pro-lifer any longer’: priest-brother of arrested student

‘I can’t be a moderate pro-lifer any longer’: priest-brother of arrested student

The arrests of five pro-life students at Carleton University should inspire pro-lifers to step up and engage in the pro-life battle, said Fr. Simon Lobo, brother of arrested Carleton Lifeline President Ruth Lobo, in a powerful homily in Ottawa on Oct. 10. “Yes - yes I am the brother of Ruth Lobo,” said the priest, a member of the Companions of the Cross community. “I’ve never been more proud to admit that, actually, ... (Continue reading)

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LifeChain Sunday a huge success

LifeChain Sunday a huge success

On Oct. 3, from 2-3 pm, thousands of people across Canada and the United States stood and held signs at the side of the road to silently witness the horror of abortion. In Canada, the annual LifeChain was held in more 200 communities from coast to coast. In Winnipeg, at Notre Dame Avenue in front of the Health Science Center Women’s Clinic (an abortion facility), 115 people showed up to demonstrate against abortion. This was an increase of about 50 per ... (Continue reading)

Students arrested at Carleton

Students arrested at Carleton

Five pro-life students were arrested on Monday, Oct. 4 at Carleton University in Ottawa as they tried to put up the Genocide Awareness Project to peacefully share the pro-life message on their campus. Carleton Lifeline had contacted the university in the summer to request permission to have GAP in the Troy Quad, an outdoors, busy area of the campus. The university refused to grant permission but offered an alternate location in Porter Hall, ... (Continue reading)

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