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The Santorums’ fight for life

The Santorums’ fight for life

Candidate fought for daughter with Trisomy 18 Isabella Santorum is one of the most compelling aspects of U.S. presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s campaign. Nicknamed Bella, Santorum’s three-year-old daughter has been the focus of media attention because of her father’s care of and pride for her. Bella suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare and often fatal genetic disorder that affects one in 3,000 live births in the United States; ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life ‘Choice’ Chain comes to Toronto

Pro-life ‘Choice’ Chain comes to Toronto

A pro-life sidewalk demonstration that forces passers-by to face the truth about what “choice” means is coming to Toronto. The Canadian Center for Bioethical Reform (CCBR) uses three feet by four feet signs with graphic images of aborted babies under the question  “Choice?”  in order to engage the public in a conversation about abortion by showing what the euphemism of choice is really about: the killing of an unborn child. Campaign Life Coalition ... (Continue reading)

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New cardinal took pro-life lead on D&P

New cardinal took pro-life lead on D&P

Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins, along with 21 other bishops from around the world, was promoted to the College of Cardinals at the Feb. 18 consistory. In an interview with Maclean’s as cardinal-designate prior to the consistory, Archbishop Collins was asked about “what Catholics call ‘life issues’,” and he replied: “I think it is the ultimate issue, the respect for life from the moment of conception to natural death.” He said abortion and ... (Continue reading)

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Justin Trudeau willing to break up Canada for abortion, same-sex ‘marriage

Justin Trudeau willing to break up Canada for abortion, same-sex ‘marriage

On Feb. 12, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau (Papineau) told Radio-Canada in Quebec that he could support the idea of separation to help protect socially liberal values such as abortion and same-sex “marriage.” Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and someone who is often touted as a possible future leader of the beleaguered Liberal Party, was asked whether he could support Quebec sovereignty and he told the French-language station that: “I ... (Continue reading)

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Quelle Horreur!

Quelle Horreur!

In an election year, the Canadian public can expect to be flagellated with fantasies about the “hidden agenda” of pro-life politicians. When they are not defaming defenders of unborn children as “un-Canadian,” social liberals cry wolf, nagging the public with their own personal nightmares of a scary world in which children in the womb enjoy protection in law. In an interesting reversal, Justin Trudeau recently offered a telling glimpse of his own ... (Continue reading)

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Raising awareness about elder abuse

Raising awareness about elder abuse

The Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care highlighted the problem of elder abuse in its landmark report released on November 17, 2011. The report, Not to be Forgotten, a result of the committee’s consultations with stakeholders across the country, makes policy recommendations in the areas of disability issues, elder abuse, suicide prevention, and palliative care. The report identifies elder abuse as an extensive societal problem. It is estimated that 4 to ... (Continue reading)

Getting involved in the political process

Getting involved in the political process

Grassroots Liberals: Organizing for Local and National Politics by Royce Koop (UBC Press, 212 pages, $29.95 paperback) There has been much talk in the past few years about renewing the Liberal Party by focusing on its structure, from the federal executive and the provincial wings of the federal party down to the constituency associations at the riding level. Indeed, reform of their party structure was a major topic of discussion at their ... (Continue reading)

In but not of the culture

In but not of the culture

I spent one night of my holidays watching the new Bluray re-issue of Meet Me In St. Louis, a film that might be the pinnacle of the MGM colour musical, and is very probably the zenith of Judy Garland’s career. I enjoyed it even more than the last time I saw it, but like almost anything from what’s called Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” it made me wonder at how gradually the world ... (Continue reading)

Shut up!

Shut up!

As I write my first column in 2012, and I’d like to introduce a new term, a new concept into the dialogue, the narrative of the Canadian body politic and public conversation. It’s this. Shut up! Yes, I know I sound a little rude, but there we are. As someone who has laboured in the media trenches for some years now, as a Christian, a pro-lifer, a defender of marriage and of ... (Continue reading)

Lancet, Guttmacher claim unsafe abortions rising

Lancet, Guttmacher  claim unsafe abortions rising

A study published in the British medical journal The Lancet claims that “unsafe” abortion rates are increasing and that abortion restrictions must be liberalized to decrease abortion and maternal mortality rates. The authors of the report, “Induced abortion: incidence and trends worldwide from 1995 to 2008,” led by Dr. Gilda Sedgh of the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, write that the rate of “unsafe” abortion increased from 44 per cent in 1995 to ... (Continue reading)

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I want to help others avoid the pain of abortion

I want to help others avoid the pain of abortion

Editor’s Note: The following article is adapted from a speech Barr gave to the Watertown, New York Right to Life, in October 2011.   I am very grateful for the opportunity to share my story with all of you today. As difficult as it is, I know that God is with me and that sharing my testimony is exactly what He wants me to do. I was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario and ... (Continue reading)

Liberal renewal means same-old, same-old

Liberal renewal means same-old, same-old

For three days in mid-January, more than 3000 members of the Liberal Party of Canada debated and voted on measures they hoped would rejuvenate the party’s fortunes after finishing third in last May’s federal election.   Speaker after speaker at the Jan. 13-15 biennial convention in Ottawa either urged the party to be bold or congratulated the Grits for being courageous in its attempts to reach out to reconnect with erstwhile Liberals and ... (Continue reading)

Woodworth’s immodest proposal

Woodworth’s immodest proposal

In 1729, Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, anonymously published a satirical pamphlet entitled, “A Modest Proposal,” arguing that Ireland’s food shortage – and many other social ills – could be assuaged with a simple, two-pronged solution: the murder of infants and the cannibalism of their corpses. Cunningly clothed in the language of moderation, Swift offered infanticide to the public as a solution to another evil besides the ... (Continue reading)

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MP urges Parliamentary debate on status of unborn

MP urges Parliamentary debate on status of unborn

In the week before Christmas, a Conservative Kitchener-area MP, created a media storm when he issued a press release saying it was time for Parliament to reconsider the country’s antiquated Criminal Code provisions which do not acknowledge the child in the womb as a human being.   Section 223 of the Criminal Code deals with homicide and Section 223(1) defines human being as a child that “has completely proceeded, in a living state, ... (Continue reading)

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What government can do to help caregivers

What government can do to help caregivers

A new study is calling for increased support for family caregivers in Canada. Supporting Caregivers and Caregiving in an Aging Canada by Janice Keefe of the Institute for Research on Public Policy addresses the pressing issue of how to care for an increasing elderly population as the baby boomer cohort continues to age. Currently, much of home care is provided by informal caregivers, relatives or friends of the elderly person in ... (Continue reading)

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