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deVeber memoir delights, inspires

deVeber memoir delights, inspires

Few Canadians have been more widely revered for a lifetime of benevolent accomplishments than Dr. L.L. (Barrie) deVeber, professor emeritus in Paediatrics and Oncology at Western University. So who, exactly, is this exemplary intellectual and physician -- some kind of saint? Well, not quite. Just ask his younger brother George. In Barrie: The Memoirs of Dr. L.L. deVeber as told to S. M. Schaeken, deVeber recalls that, as a boy, ... (Continue reading)

Election guidelines

National Affairs Rory Leishman More than 70 per cent of voters in the 2015 federal election supported candidates and parties committed to unrestricted abortion on demand. What can account for such appalling disregard for the sanctity of human life? While politicians, intellectuals and journalists bear much of the blame, church leaders should also be called to account. According to Statistics Canada, 67 per cent of Canadians still list themselves ... (Continue reading)

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Will British courts ignore Parliament’s rejection of euthanasia?

Will British courts ignore Parliament’s  rejection of euthanasia?

Rory Leishman Following a lengthy and sometimes impassioned debate on the euthanasia issue, the British House of Commons resolved on Sept. 11 by the crushing margin of 330 to 188 to reject a private member’s bill to legalize assisted suicide for mentally competent and terminally ill adults. In a genuine democracy, such a decisive vote in Parliament should settle the matter. As it is, in Britain, as in Canada, unelected ... (Continue reading)

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Harper’s disappointing judges

Harper’s disappointing judges

But there is hope that new batch will be better While pro-life leaders are delighted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s elevation of Justice Russell Brown from the Alberta Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, trendy proponents of judicial activism are appalled, and understandably so: Brown subscribes to the traditional judicial doctrine that judges should refrain from legislating from the bench. John Whyte, emeritus professor of law ... (Continue reading)

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The persistent myth of overpopulation

National Affairs Rory Leishman Given the dramatic drop in birth rates throughout most of the world over the past 50 years, it is amazing that so many doom-and-gloom academics still cling to the false and pernicious notion of global overpopulation. Prominent among these persistent doomsayers is Stephen Emmott, professor of computational science at Oxford University. In his recently published and widely lauded book Ten Billion, he warns: “The ... (Continue reading)

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The court is not a legislator

Gay marriage comes to America courtesy of five judges National Affairs Rory LeishmanIn Obergefell v. Hodges.on.June 26, the United States Supreme Court endorsed.the manifestly preposterous argument that the provision in the Fifth and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution that no person shall “be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law” implies that same-sex couples have a constitutional ... (Continue reading)

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Coren is wrong on homosexuality

Coren is wrong on homosexuality

National Affairs Rory Leishman Pro-lifers across Canada have been dismayed by the decision of Michael Coren to endorse same-sex “marriage” and leave the Catholic Church. What could have led this erstwhile champion of the Catholic Church and the traditional principles of Judeo-Christian morality so sadly astray? When Coren first disclosed that he had “moved on” in his thinking on same-sex “marriage” in a column last year in ... (Continue reading)

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Supreme Court rules against prayer

Supreme Court rules against prayer

Rory Leishman The issue was brought before the Court by Alain Simoneau, a professed atheist in Saguenay, a municipality in the Lac-St.-Jean (Maria Chapdelaine) region of northern Quebec. In 2006, Simoneau filed a complaint against the municipality with the Quebec Commission des droits de la personne on the ground that the longstanding practice of reciting a Christian prayer at the opening of meetings of the Saguenay city council violated ... (Continue reading)

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Misinformation about condoms

Experts on sexual health ranging from the executive director of the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada to the head of adolescent medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto have lauded the new sex-education curriculum imposed on all elementary schools in Ontario. Does it follow that concerned parents have no reasonable basis for alarm? Definitely not. Notwithstanding the assurances of so many experts, there is solid scientific evidence that the immoral new sex education curriculum will have a ... (Continue reading)

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Gairdner on liberals vs. conservatives

Gairdner on liberals vs. conservatives

William D. Gairdner, prolific author of The War on the Family, The Trouble with Canada, and several other penetrating publications, is one of the most influential conservative intellectuals in North America. In his latest book, The Great Divide: Why Liberals and Conservatives will Never, Ever Agree,  he explains how the ideological divide between left- and right-wingers in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere in the Western world has developed into an acrimonious ... (Continue reading)

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Activist judges strike down ban on assisted suicide

National Affairs Rory Leishman With the precedent-shattering ruling in Carter v. Canada on Feb. 6, nine robed dictators on the Supreme Court of Canada not only struck down the longstanding ban on physician-assisted suicide in the Criminal Code: they also delivered a lethal blow to democracy and the rule of law in Canada. Consider the evidence: Gloria Taylor, the now deceased person who initiated the Carter case, was ... (Continue reading)

Canadian Supreme Court ignores Parliament in doctor-assisted suicide ruling

With the precedent-shattering ruling in Carter v. Canada on Feb. 6, nine robed dictators on the Supreme Court of Canada not only struck down the longstanding ban on physician-assisted suicide in the Criminal Code: They also delivered a lethal blow to democracy and the rule of law in Canada. Consider the evidence: Gloria Taylor, the now deceased person who initiated the Carter case, was tragically afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the same progressive, incurable, paralysing disease that afflicted Sue Rodriguez, the principal in , Rodriguez v. ... (Continue reading)

Euthanasia’s slippery slope

Euthanasia’s slippery slope

In “End of Life Decision Making,” a report issued in 2011, a so-called “expert panel” appointed by the Royal Society of Canada assured Canadians: “The evidence does not support claims that decriminalizing voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide poses a threat to vulnerable people, or that decriminalization will lead us down a slippery slope from assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia to non-voluntary or involuntary euthanasia.” That statement is plainly wrong. For ... (Continue reading)

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Being Mortal is mostly good, except for egregious euthanasia error

Being Mortal is mostly good, except for egregious euthanasia error

Dr. Atul Gawande is a renowned surgeon, public-health researcher and medical professor at Harvard. His latest book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, contains many valuable suggestions for improving the care and treatment of terminally ill patients nearing the end of life. To begin with, Gawande notes that as recently as 1945, most deaths in the United States, Canada, and other industrialized countries occurred at home. Today, most ... (Continue reading)

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Democracy and Christianity are compatible

National Affairs Rory Leishman Over the past 50 years in North America, faithful Christians – that is to say, those who look to Sacred Scripture as the ultimate authority on all questions of faith and morality – have endured one political calamity after another. In the United States, the process came to an early climax in 1973 with the calamitous decision of the United States Supreme Court in Roe ... (Continue reading)

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