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Dignity in Death

Dignity in Death

Dr. Donald Low became a public figure during the Toronto SARS crisis of 2003 when, amid innumerable news conferences, the staid and reassuring microbiologist became a familiar face. He returned to the public’s mind last month after a video was released following his death at age 68. In this video, recorded just one week before he succumbed to natural causes, Low makes an impassioned plea for Canada to change ... (Continue reading)

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The cause of growing secularism? The decline of the family

The cause of growing secularism? The decline of the family

How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization by Mary Eberstadt (Templeton Press, $26.50, 268 pages) I’ve almost been trained to smile on cue when I read Mary Eberstadt’s name in the media, even though How the West Really Lost God was only the second of her works I’d read in its entirety (an early draft of The Loser Letters at National Review Online being the first). ... (Continue reading)

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Men on Strike

Men on Strike

The worst part of being a TV critic, I used to joke to my friends, was having to watch television. Like most jokes, it was mostly a statement of fact. The worst thing about watching TV in the last decade or so was a ubiquity of a lazy trope, played for laughs, that cast men as the village idiot of the family. It reached its apogee with shows like Everybody ... (Continue reading)

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LifeChain gets pro-life message to Canadians

LifeChain gets pro-life message to Canadians

Dorothy Carston, 94, has never missed a LifeChain and took part in the event in Kirkland Lake despite eight-degree temperatures, wind and rain. She said you are never too old to come out to ... (Continue reading)

Defund Abortion campaign goes nation-wide

Defund Abortion campaign goes nation-wide

Two years after Campaign Life Coalition Youth launched the Defund Abortion campaign in Ontario that included two rallies at Queen’s Park, two sets of demonstrations at the riding offices, petitions, pamphleting, and a province-wide poll, CLC began rolling out the initiative across the country in September and October. On Sept. 28, 40 people attended the rally organized by CLC Newfoundland and Labrador at the House of Assembly in St. John’s. CLC ... (Continue reading)

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Teacher resources push gay agenda

Teacher resources push gay agenda

A teacher resource uncovered by the Toronto Sun that suggests teachers change the names of Mother’s and Father’s Day is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of political correctness when it comes to homosexualist propaganda being foisted upon Ontario schools. The Social Justice Begins With Me program, a “literature-based resource kit for early years to Grade 8” is intended to expand upon We’re Erasing Prejudice for Good ... (Continue reading)

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Another dreary Fall TV lineup

Another dreary Fall TV lineup

I didn’t watch television for nearly 20 years, roughly from when Knight Rider hit the air to when the first season of The Sopranos debuted. Only a few years after that I found myself – quite against my will – writing a daily TV column for a national newspaper, but as the one-time child who grew up with That Girl and Petticoat Junction in syndication and All In The ... (Continue reading)

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School enrolment in steady decline

School enrolment in steady decline

A school board in Windsor has laid off 90 teachers due to declining enrolment and financial difficulties. Faced with an almost $18-million deficit, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board will be welcoming only 1,000 junior kindergarten students after 2,400 graduated from high school last June. Board supervisor Norbert Hartmann noted in an April report that half of the board’s 38 schools were “underutilized,” meaning that less than 85 per cent ... (Continue reading)

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What is man?

What is man?

In the eighth Psalm, David considers the majesty of creation: “I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers: the moon and the stars which thou hast founded” (Ps 8:4). But the poet suddenly turns away from his wonder at the star-strewn heavens towards an even greater mystery: that the Lord and Maker of these heavens should bend over the earth-bound with paternal solicitude: “What is man that ... (Continue reading)

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Correct language key in abortion discussion

Correct language key in abortion discussion

I have always been interested in words. This fall, I began my third year at Carleton University where I am studying linguistics. I recently did an article for The Interim blog Soconvivium about a story in The Atlantic, which discussed women waiting to have children and the means some might use if they grew too old to conceive naturally. The piece reminded me just how important correct language is ... (Continue reading)

Cost of raising a family much lower than often reported

Cost of raising a family much lower than often reported

A study released by the Fraser Institute says that contrary to reports that have the cost of raising a child exceeding $200,000 or $10,000 a year, the actual cost of a child more likely between $3,000 and $4,500, or between $55,000 and $80,000 from birth to the age of 18. In “The Cost of Raising Children,” Chris Sarlo, a professor of economics at Nipissing University in North Bay and a ... (Continue reading)

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Pope Francis confuses pro-lifers with comments

Pope Francis confuses pro-lifers with comments

Despite media spin that Pope wants to change Church focus, he said nothing new Pope Francis gave a long interview to a Jesuit magazine and the media seems to be picking up on a tiny portion of it ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec proposes secular charter of values

Quebec proposes secular charter of values

In late August, the Parti Quebecois government of Pauline Marois began leaking the details of their proposed Charter of Quebec Values, which would severely limit religious and cultural expression in state-run workplaces. If the bill, which will be introduced to the National Assembly later this Fall, becomes law it would ban the wearing of religious attire by state employees, including crosses and crucifixes by Christians and the kippa by ... (Continue reading)

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Upholding human exceptionalism

Upholding human exceptionalism

At the end of July, the Campaign Life Coalition interns collaborated with the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) for weekly street activism. A lady stopped to ask us why embryonic human beings should be considered valuable. After all, we consume chicken embryos when we have eggs for breakfast, don’t we? (Actually no – those eggs have not been fertilized.) She went even further, saying that the enormous human ... (Continue reading)

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Forgotten conservatives

Forgotten conservatives

Roger Kimball is a well-read man. Reading through his latest book, The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia (St. Augustine’s Press, $36, 356 pages), I couldn’t help but envy whatever combination of discipline, habit, choice of profession and luck has let him trawl through the remainder tables of ideas and come up with a collection of essays that, in the most erudite of ways, ... (Continue reading)

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