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Olivia Chow’s memoirs insufficiently revealing

Olivia Chow’s memoirs insufficiently revealing

Olivia Chow Even by the low standards of political memoirs – especially ones released prior to a new electoral campaign – Olivia Chow’s My Journey (Harper Collins, $29.99, 328 pages), published in the lead-up to the 2014 Toronto mayoral election, is incredibly unsatisfying. Like all such memoirs, it puffs up the author (overcoming abusive relationships and adapting to a new country as an immigrant) and highlights key political causes ... (Continue reading)

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States seek restrictions, abortion advocates fight back

States seek restrictions, abortion advocates fight back

Texas state senator Wendy Davis filibustered a pro-life bill but the media focused more on her outfit and running shoes than the ... (Continue reading)

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Covering Morgentaler’s passing

How to cover the passing of Canada’s most prominent abortionist was subject of much discussion in our offices, and during our editorial advisory board meeting. This is a major story and we had to give it prominent coverage. Henry Morgentaler is this country’s most famous abortionist, who testified before the House justice committee in 1967 calling for liberalization of Canada’s abortion law, the man responsible for killing tens if ... (Continue reading)

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I apologize for our February cover

I apologize for our February cover

  As noted in our editorial on the opposite page, we are marking 30 years of publishing The Interim this month. I have had the privilege of writing and serving on the editorial board of this paper for 15 years, and as editor for almost 12 years. I consider it an incredible honour to be able to use my journalistic talents to further the pro-life cause and to serve the pro-life ... (Continue reading)

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Missing the forest for the trees

For years The Interim has carried stories about sex-selective abortions and female feticide. In 1992, we ran an article about a woman who was doing sidewalk counselling in Calgary who was able to talk to a would-be mother of East Indian descent. She did not want to have an abortion but her partner did – after they found out that their child was a girl. The counsellor wrote of the mother: ... (Continue reading)

Beetles, fish and monkeys do it

Beetles, fish and monkeys do it

Growing up, I loved animals, watched television programs about nature (Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins was a favourite), and visited more than a few zoos with my family. I thought of becoming a farmer or zookeeper when I grew up. I still enjoy watching documentaries about wildlife and taking my own family to the zoo. Animals are a source of endless fascination to me. When I hear avid pro-lifers ... (Continue reading)

What to put on the cover?

The May issue could have been 32 pages or more. It was a big month for news since our last issue came out. Our beloved former columnist Fr. Ted Colleton passed away April 26. On May 2, there was transformational federal election. On May 13, Ottawa witnessed the largest-ever National March for Life, and successful regional marches were held coast-to-coast. How to fit it all in? What to put on the ... (Continue reading)

Five years of Stephen Harper

Five years of Stephen Harper

A social conservative assessment Stephen Harper, the Liberals like to tell us, has a hidden agenda. Deep down in his black heart of hearts he wants to ban abortion. Yet, for nearly two decades, Campaign Life Coalition has rated him as “pro-abortion” or “not pro-life,” based on his public statements, CLC questionnaires he returned, and voting record. I’d like to be able to tell you that the truth is somewhere in ... (Continue reading)

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A father’s reaction to Latimer’s parole

Robert Latimer has been granted full parole. I am not surprised by the decision, just ticked off. It sends a terrible signal to society that the life of a person with a disability is less valuable than the life of an able-bodied person. That is sick, perverse and dehumanizing. Canada is better than that. As the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition’s Alex Schadenberg says, “the EPC has always held that Robert Latimer should be treated in ... (Continue reading)

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More on The Armageddon Factor

Last month I reviewed Marci McDonald’s hideous book The Armageddon Factor. I chose to focus on the numerous errors throughout the book – author Denyse O’Leary has coined the term ‘marcis’ to describe “errors of fact that fact-checking would have prevented.” On TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paiken, McDonald pointed out that her critics have merely pointed out the factual errors in her screed and have not criticized her argument. She ... (Continue reading)

Our live coverage of the maternal health debate

At our website, TheInterim.com, we comment on current news items at our blog Soconvivium (www.theinterim.com/soconvivium). During the debate on the Liberal motion to require that abortion and contraception be made part of the government’s maternal health program (see story on page two), we “live-blogged” the proceedings. Here are excerpts of my comments as the debate progressed. 11:09 am: Liberal MP Keith Martin in his contribution to the debate offered this nugget: “Doesn’t pro-life ... (Continue reading)

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Polygamy – why not in an age of SSM

On Sept. 23, the Madam Justice Sunni Stromberg-Stein of the Supreme Court of British Columbia quashed polygamy charges against Winston Blackmore and James Oler. The legal reasoning is rather technical and narrow – the defense claimed and the justice agreed that former Attorney General Wally Oppal had gone “special prosecutor shopping” – but that doesn’t change the reality that the decision will be read, at the very least, as tolerance for polygamy in Canadian law and perhaps an endorsement of ... (Continue reading)

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Borlaug proved Malthus wrong

Agronomist who helped double agricultural production dies at 95 Norman Borlaug, one of the most important people of the 20th century, has died at the age of 95. Borlaug is often referred to as the “father of the green revolution” – the new processes and techniques in agriculture that brought food to hundreds of millions of starving people and helped lower the cost of food products around ... (Continue reading)

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Michigan pro-life activist gunned down

Michigan pro-life activist gunned down

On Sept. 11, a lone gunman shot James Pouillon twice, killing the long-time pro-life activist in front of Owosso High School in Owosso, Mich., near Flint. Pouillon, 63, was holding a sign with a newborn child and the ... (Continue reading)

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Internationally renowned speakers address SPUC conference

Internationally renowned speakers address SPUC conference

In September, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children held its national conference in conjunction with the annual meeting of the International Right to Life Federation. Conference participants were thus treated to international experts from all corners of the globe who spoke about the challenges to defend human life at all stages. SPUC, which describes itself as the world’s first pro-life pressure group, held its conference at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire, England, several hours north of London. Jim ... (Continue reading)

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