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McGuinty’s disingenuous memoirs

McGuinty’s disingenuous memoirs

Review Paul Tuns I have reviewed a good number of political memoirs over the years, and my observation is always the same: they are unsatisfying in what is left unsaid or merely hinted at. Dalton McGuinty’s Making a Difference (Dunburn, 240 pages, $35) is no different. It is no easy task writing a memoir of a 25-year political career, from running in Ottawa South to replace his father as ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

The Liberal government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada for an extension beyond the Feb. 6 deadline to come up with a new federal law on euthanasia and assisted-suicide.When the Court threw out the Criminal Code prohibitions on aiding and abetting a suicide, it stayed the decision for one year so the government could create a new law regulating assisted-suicide. With the long summer recess and federal election ... (Continue reading)

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Population control advocate Maurice Strong dead

Population control advocate  Maurice Strong dead

Praised a leading environmentalist, Maurice Strong favoured de-population policies. Maurice Strong, the Canadian often credited with mainstreaming the environmental movement, passed away Nov. 28 at the age of 86. He was praised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an “internationally recognized environmentalist and philanthropist” and a “global pioneer of sustainable development who left our country and our world a better place.” Jim ... (Continue reading)

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Top Stories of 2015

Top Stories of 2015

    10.  Caitlin Jenner comes out. In June, former Olympian Bruce Jenner was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair with a new name, image, and self-identified gender as Caitlyn Jenner. It was part of what many pro-family activists see as a campaign to mainstream transgender in the culture.         9.  Prince Edward Island increases abortion access.... (Continue reading)

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What is the fallout from the Synod on the Family?

What is the fallout from the Synod on the Family?

Pope Francis at the Synod. The Interim has not covered the goings-on of the Synod on the Family, which was really two Catholic synods: the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2014, and the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. Pope Francis called the extraordinary synod in 2014 to examine the “Pastoral Challenges of the ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has released its latest annual report examining free speech on Canadian public university campuses. Issued on Oct. 28, the 2015 Campus Freedom Index assigns four grades (from A to F) per university. Each institution receives a grade for university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Only eight As were awarded in 2015 (three As more than in 2014). A total ... (Continue reading)

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They don’t make Christmas movies like they used to

They don’t make Christmas movies like they used to

They still make Christmas movies, as far as I can tell, but we’re a long way from Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing Irving Berlin tunes for a war-weary generation. This Christmas, for instance, we have the very wry Bill Murray spoofing the holiday TV special in A Very Murray Christmas, and The Night Before, a seasonal buddy film where Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Antony Mackie binge their ... (Continue reading)

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Turning modern Christmas books into a new family tradition

Turning modern Christmas books into a new family tradition

It’s hard not to look forward to Christmas. It’s a wonderful time of the year when friends and family get together to help trim the tree, put up the wreath and lights, sing carols, exchange presents, and enjoy a magnificent feast. A memorable holiday tradition throughout the ages has been to gather around a central location, such as a fireplace, and read classic Christmas stories. Some typical holiday selections have included Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Clement C. Moore’s ‘Twas the ... (Continue reading)

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The season’s reason

The season’s reason

When December comes, coffeehouses are already serving red cups and, in department stores, plastic sleighs and lighted trees are already on display. “Happy Holidays” was once a euphemism for another greeting, one celebrating the event by which our years are numbered; but “Merry Christmas” now barely echoes in that anodyne supplanting phrase. We can lament our secular culture’s recoil from the few remainders – and even the mere reminders ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau agenda partially revealed in ministerial mandate letters

Trudeau agenda partially revealed in ministerial mandate letters

Justin Trudeau On Nov. 13, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did something no head of Canada’s federal government has ever done: release the mandate letters given to every minister outlining expectations and government priorities for his portfolio. The move provides an insight into the government’s agenda and it was applauded by many in the media as a victory for accountable and transparent government. About 80 per cent of every letter is ... (Continue reading)

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New Health Minister wants to increase abortion ‘access’

New Health Minister wants to increase abortion ‘access’

Health Minister Jane Philpott Replying to an inquiry from the CBC, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said the government will “equalize” abortion “access” across Canada, which abortion advocates claim is not universally easy throughout the country. In a written response to the state broadcaster, Philpott said: “We know that abortion services remain patchy in parts of the country, and that rural women in particular face barriers to access. ... (Continue reading)

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Nearly half of Tory caucus pro-life

Nearly half of Tory caucus pro-life

The Conservative Party was reduced from majority government to sizable opposition, falling to 99 seats. Campaign Life Coalition rates 41 of the victorious Conservative MPs pro-life and admits that others were supportable according to their red, yellow, and green-light system. Because the Liberals and NDP have either formal or leader-imposed policies prohibiting pro-life candidates, CLC had no green-lit candidates in those parties. According to a CLC analysis, another seven MPs have “pro-life leanings.” ... (Continue reading)

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Three movies for families

Three movies for families

Perhaps it’s a quirk of our family, but sitting down together for a movie regularly has always been as important as sitting down for a meal. I have spent 30 years, on and off, writing about movies and other entertainment, so I’ve always wanted to be there for those moments I remember so well from my own childhood, when something I saw in a theatre or on TV exploded ... (Continue reading)

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CHP garner 15,000 votes nationally

CHP garner 15,000 votes nationally

The Christian Heritage Party ran 30 candidates in the federal election, garnering a total of 15,284 votes nationwide, an average of nearly 510 votes in the ridings which the CHP ran. It was the seventh most among the political parties, after the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, Green, and Libertarians. CHP leader Rod Taylor thanked “all our CHP candidates who have given so generously of their time, energy, and talents,” ... (Continue reading)

Will British courts ignore Parliament’s rejection of euthanasia?

Will British courts ignore Parliament’s  rejection of euthanasia?

Rory Leishman Following a lengthy and sometimes impassioned debate on the euthanasia issue, the British House of Commons resolved on Sept. 11 by the crushing margin of 330 to 188 to reject a private member’s bill to legalize assisted suicide for mentally competent and terminally ill adults. In a genuine democracy, such a decisive vote in Parliament should settle the matter. As it is, in Britain, as in Canada, unelected ... (Continue reading)

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