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2018 CIHI abortion figures present unclear picture

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released data tables on Jan. 23 indicating there were 85,195 reported abortions in 2018 – down from a reported 94,030 abortions in 2017. In response, Global News ran an article by Cassandra Szklarski with the headline: “Canadian clinics and hospitals performing fewer abortions, data suggests.” The same article was also published on various other websites – CTV News, Winnipeg Free Press, MSN.com – with similar titles. However, because abortion statistics continue to be incomplete year ... (Continue reading)

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A moral dilemma

Light is Right Joe Campbell I guess my first misstep was trying to play and sing like Louis Armstrong. Hearing him perform was love at first sound and no matter how often I heard him I wanted to hear more. I suspect my second misstep was organizing a Dixieland band and appearing in public. This enabled listeners to record my performances and, if called upon, to ... (Continue reading)

‘Choice is a person’

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I’ve previously heard that one of the disadvantages the pro-life movement has to contend with that other human rights campaigns haven’t had to is that unlike other historically oppressed groups like women and African Americans, the preborn cannot advocate for themselves. They can’t march. They can’t hold sit-in protests. There’s no civil disobedience in which they can participate from within the womb. They ... (Continue reading)

New poll suggests hard work ahead for pro-lifers

A DART & Maru/Blue Voice Canada Poll released February 1, 2020 reveals the ignorance of the Canadian populace on the abortion issue. 1,515 randomly selected members of Maru/Blue’s Voice Canada Online panel were surveyed from December 5 to 8 in 2019 and the results were weighted by education, age, gender, and region to match the Canadian population, though PEI and the territories have been excluded due to insufficient sample sizes. The results were then published by the DART and Maru/Blue firms ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Summer Jobs: ideology trumps the rule of law

Law Matters John Carpay Justin Trudeau loves preaching about “diversity,” “tolerance,” and “inclusion.” Sadly, these concepts have no application to Christian summer camps which help underprivileged children to enjoy hiking, swimming, canoeing and campfires. In 2018, the Trudeau government tried to force Canada Summer Jobs applicants to sign an attestation supporting the prime minister’s views on abortion. Trudeau backed down after the Justice Centre and other organizations filed court ... (Continue reading)

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Papal fiction

Amusements Three years ago I was asked to write about HBO’s The Young Pope, which was expected to be a sucker punch attack on the Catholic Church and the papacy. It turned out to be a startling but surreal story that sympathized with a youthful and charismatic new pontiff who planned to reverse the Church back past the liberalizations of Vatican II to a more austere, mystical, centralized and difficult ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau’s hypocrisy

Laying Down the Lawton That self-righteous moral superiority that has become so synonymous with Justin Trudeau’s brand appears to end at the Canadian border. On a swing through Africa in February, Trudeau won the support of Senegal in Canada’s bid for a United Nations Security Council seat. The west African nation’s vote came at the expense of the image that Trudeau has attempted to cultivate for himself on Canadian ... (Continue reading)

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Catholic education: a divided morality

  Rory Leishman National Affairs For a striking illustration of the moral and spiritual degradation that afflicts so many ostensibly Christian universities in North America, consider the contrasting reactions to the screening of the excellent pro-life movie Unplannedat Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario. Given that both Benedictine College and King’s describe themselves on their respective websites as a Catholic, ... (Continue reading)

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You gave me what I wanted. You ruined my life.

You gave me what I wanted. You ruined my life.

Law Matters John Carpay In AB v. CD,the BC Court of Appeal ruled that a female-born minor who wants to become a man can continue taking puberty blockers and testosterone against the objections of the child’s father. I wonder about the conversations that transgender adults may one day have with the judges who authorized them as children to pursue irreversible hormone treatments that caused permanent infertility. It might ... (Continue reading)

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An old poison

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I’m unsure if it’s because I’m paying more attention to depressing news as I grow old and jaded, or if our populace is genuinely becoming more indifferent, but it certainly seems like the latter (if not also the former). I suppose it’s very difficult to measure indifference with any degree of confidence, though, hence warring headlines like “Study Confirms: Millennials are apathetic” and ... (Continue reading)

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Total recall

Light is Right Joe Campbell I’m really impressed when automakers, drug producers and meat packers recall faulty merchandise and repair or replace it free of charge. Cynics say they are just trying to limit their liability. Either that or they’ve discovered that massive recalls with riveting fanfare are good for business. I’d rather believe that these intrepid entrepreneurs are developing a social conscience. I’d rather believe ... (Continue reading)

Two Popes disappoints, Messiah intrigues

Two Popes disappoints, Messiah intrigues

The film The Two Popes stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Marlo Bergoglio (later Pope Frances). You don’t expect to see religion being treated with respect or insight in popular media these days. For religious people that attitude might be paranoia, ... (Continue reading)

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Heading toward suicide-on-demand

Heading toward suicide-on-demand

Laying Down the Lawton For a couple of weeks in January, Canadians were invited to share their thoughts on assisted suicide with the federal government. The “online public consultation” confirms what most people already knew – that the federal government would be revisiting the laws around assisted dying. While social conservatives no doubt leapt at the opportunity to get involved, there’s only one direction this process will ... (Continue reading)

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Multiplying reasons for applying euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman Prior to enactment of the Medical Assistance in Dying (Bill C-14) in 2016, pro-lifers warned that this pernicious legislation would mark but the first, fatal step down an exceedingly slippery slope toward ever broader legal scope for physicians to intentionally kill their vulnerable patients. Proponents of euthanasia scoffed. In a report released in 2011, the self-styled expert panel of the Royal Society of Canada ... (Continue reading)

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Science as saviour and enemy

Science as saviour and enemy

The worst argument I ever had with an old and dear friend was about Darwin. It only occurred to me later that – like almost any argument we have today where someone expresses even a scintilla of doubt about Darwin, “Darwinism” and the theory of evolution – we were really arguing about God, and whether even a suggestion of the divine was appropriate in the realm of science. His reaction ... (Continue reading)

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