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Kid’s TV a harmless distraction

But nostalgia for kid’s shows doesn’t stand scrutiny During the four years I wrote a daily TV column, I could always rely on at least one study a year, often more, decrying the debilitating effect that television had on the young mind. Among the most recent is a University of Washington report that blamed TV viewing for preventing babies from learning language, while in the U.K., a survey of ... (Continue reading)

Mum and Dad

The last time I saw my dad alive was as he walked, arm in arm, with my mum through the departure gates of Toronto airport. It was symbolic. He turned around to wave goodbye. In a few weeks, he would be dead. I found out after his death that he had been suffering from agonizing bone cancer that had taken hold of his spine. This, combined with ... (Continue reading)

Ottawa funds Toronto ‘Pride’ event

On June 15, one week before Toronto Pride Week, Diane Ablonczy, minister of state for small business and tourism, announced  the federal government of Canada was funding the homosexual event with a $400,000 grant under a new Marquis Tourism Events Program. The program is designed to assist major Canadian tourist events and the grant money will be used to improve the Pride event’s website and access for the disabled. In making the announcement, Ablonczy pointed to the supposed economic benefits of ... (Continue reading)

Study finds family breakdown costs taxpayers billions

Study finds family breakdown costs taxpayers billions

On June 3, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada released a report entitled, “Private Choices, Public Costs: How Failing Families Cost us All,” detailing the cost of family breakdown in Canada by examining the relationship between poverty and family structure. Co-authors Rebecca Walberg and Andrea Mrozek say that the cost of poverty alleviation for broken families is “a bare minimum” of nearly $7 billion annually to taxpayers. The ... (Continue reading)

Abortionist Tiller murdered, abortion advocates point fingers

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what it wants.” - Mother Teresa at the 1994 Washington, D.C. prayer breakfast On May 31, Wichita, Ks. abortionist George Tiller was killed while handing out bulletins as an usher in the foyer of his Reformed Lutheran church. The murder was quickly condemned by pro-life ... (Continue reading)

CLC endorses Klees in PC race

      Campaign Life Coalition has endorsed Frank Klees for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, noting that he is its "preferred candidate" in a field that includes three of his fellow Tory MPPs.  Klees is rated "pro-life" by CLC, whereas Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox-Addington) is rated "not pro-life," Tim Hudak (Niagara West-Glanbrook) is rated "unknown" and Christine Elliot (Whitby-Oshawa) is rated "pro-abortion." CLC stated in a press release: ... (Continue reading)

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Babel of moral equivalence

As Easter weekend rolled around, and with it the end of my agonizing Lenten sacrifice of caffeinated drinks, I couldn’t help but remember childhood Easters and the ritual rolling out of 50s- and 60s-era biblical epics on the big three U.S. networks. The big event was always Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 remake of his own 1923 silent-era Mosaic blockbuster, The Ten Commandments, alongside less-esteemed widescreen biblical adaptations like King Of ... (Continue reading)

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The life of a pro-life journo

When Ralph Nader attended a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto to an overflow media crowd a few years ago, I asked him: “What’s your stand on pro-life issues?” He dismissed me with a wave of his arm. It was obvious he wasn’t going to wade into that contentious issue. It’s the same situation at the Park today. As an associate member of the Queen’s Park Press Gallery, with press ... (Continue reading)

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The outing of a beauty queen

“Don’t ever compromise. Your goal should be to please God, not please man” – Carrie Prejean The U.S.A., at this moment, is engaged in an escalating culture war on the issue of same-sex “marriage.” If the battle plays out as it did in Canada, many Christians and many churches will largely run for cover, instead of speaking clearly what the Bible has taught for 2,000 years. But, like a voice crying ... (Continue reading)

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How best to communicate the message?

What is the best means of persuading more of our fellow citizens to understand that the deliberate killing of a baby in the womb is an unmitigated evil? Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, is a leading proponent of shock tactics. On May 1, he was arrested and charged with criminal trespass for leading an anti-abortion demonstration on the campus of Notre Dame University that involved six protesters ... (Continue reading)

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Christians as a mirror

It’s taken quite some time for the attacks upon the Roman Catholic church, the Pope and all serious Christians to die down. Dead they are not, but resting in their ugly tomb they most certainly are until the opportunity arises again. The reason, or the excuse, for the last barrage was the Pope’s comments about the dangers of condom use in Africa in the attempt to prevent ... (Continue reading)

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A joyful, hopeful march

It was a great National March for Life. It is inspiring to see everyone so joyfully witnessing to the great evil of our time and demanding justice for the unborn. At some level there seems something incongruent with that: joyful witnessing over abortion? It would be easy to come to Ottawa with long faces and focus on the grisly horror of abortion, but most people there are infused with the hope that some day this fight will be won. As ... (Continue reading)

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‘Green’ crazies seek to cut an already-low population

Jonathon Porritt, a so-called "green" adviser to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, argues that it is "irresponsible" for families to have more than two children. How can anyone take this man seriously? Britain has a total fertility rate of just 1.66. That's far below the rate of 2.1 children per woman that is necessary just to sustain the existing population. Britain also absorbs about 130,000 immigrants ... (Continue reading)

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Good television, mixed messages

If you believe the critics, the most watched shows in America today are Mad Men, Damages, Rescue Me, Breaking Bad and Weeds, and not American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy and CSI: Miami. While average ratings for the big networks are falling, it's a testament to the profound gravity and cultural triumph of "quality cable" - the roster of dramas airing their short but well-publicized seasons on ... (Continue reading)

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Time to resurrect the debate

      It would be absurd and misleading to call it an anniversary. That word is indelibly linked with celebration, joy and the marking of an achievement. It is 40 years since the Omnibus Bill was passed, decriminalizing homosexuality and allowing abortion and contraception. Interestingly enough, it also imposed stricter gun control and harsher laws for animal cruelty. In other words, it effectively legalized abortion in Canada, leading to ... (Continue reading)

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