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Death becomes us

Death becomes us

Years ago, while covering the case of Robert Latimer, the Saskatchewan farmer who killed his disabled daughter in cold blood, a columnist observed: “A society that believes in nothing can offer no argument even against death. A culture that has lost its faith in life cannot comprehend why it should be endured.” This incisive observation cuts to the heart of the contradiction in Canada’s current debate about euthanasia: when ... (Continue reading)

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Bill 52 must be defeated

The Quebec National Assembly recessed on Feb. 20 and will not return until March 11. Bill 52, which would legalize euthanasia as “medical aid in dying” in the province, may not come for a vote if an expected provincial election is called before the legislature returns or if the minority Parti Quebecois government falls on the budget vote expected shortly after Members of the National Assembly return. With recent polls indicating a possible majority for the PQ in the next ... (Continue reading)

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UN preaches to Vatican

The Liberal Party of Canada adopted a resolution at the party’s biennial policy convention calling for decriminalization of euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide in a vote by show of hands. The resolution said: “Be it resolved that voluntary medically-assisted death be de-criminalized after a public consultation process designed to make recommendations to Parliament with respect to the criteria for access and the appropriate oversight system for medically-assisted end-of-life.” Delegates lined up on both sides of the issue to debate the resolution. Wendy Robbins, ... (Continue reading)

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World’s oldest oppression

According to the preamble of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” It follows, therefore, that any distance between its founding principles and its current ones may be measured at a glance: insofar as both God and the rule of law are recognized in Canada, its original principles persist. But, if either one is disregarded, we can only conclude that our nation has become unmoored ... (Continue reading)

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Persecution and foreign aid

An analysis by blogger Blazing Cat Fur determined that Canada gives more than $1 billion to predominantly Muslim countries where widespread persecution of Christians is occurring. Examining the Statistical Report on International Assistance and cross-referencing it with the Open Doors “World Watch List” of persecution, the blogger found that in 2011-2012, 30 Muslim countries that are rated “extreme” in their persecution of Christians received foreign aid money from Ottawa. As Blazing Cat Fur says, the money did not buy goodwill ... (Continue reading)

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Liberal Party considers prostitution, euthanasia

Liberal Party considers prostitution, euthanasia

Justin Trudeau Resolutions that the Liberal Party of Canada will consider at their biennial convention in Montreal Feb. 20-23 include endorsing the legalization of euthanasia and prostitution. The Liberal Party website says, “this convention will be a key milestone on the road to the next federal election in 2015,” because “delegates will vote to adopt the policy resolutions that will inspire our next electoral platform.” The resolutions have been put ... (Continue reading)

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Partakers of hope

When the Magi set out on their journey to Bethlehem, their maps marked the borders of a large empire which ruled a world of small gods. The times were full of hunger and blood; slavery and tyranny were not exceptions but the rule; and the lot of human life, in general, was a brevity which could be extended and a misery which could be allayed – but a brief misery, all the same. Yet, in a star in the sky, these ... (Continue reading)

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Breaking news

In the days before we went to press, two major abortion-related stories broke in the press. MP Stephen Woodworth (CPC, Kitchener Center) introduced a motion that may affect life issues as it focuses on “legal recognition of the equal worth and dignity of every human being.” In another breaking story, the Canadian Press reported that minutes obtained under the Access to Information Act illustrates there was “tension” within the Mulroney cabinet leading up to the introduction of Bill C-43. We appreciate ... (Continue reading)

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Dignity in Death

Dignity in Death

Dr. Donald Low became a public figure during the Toronto SARS crisis of 2003 when, amid innumerable news conferences, the staid and reassuring microbiologist became a familiar face. He returned to the public’s mind last month after a video was released following his death at age 68. In this video, recorded just one week before he succumbed to natural causes, Low makes an impassioned plea for Canada to change ... (Continue reading)

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Day of prayer Nov. 10

To the 18th century, French encyclopedist, Diderot, is attributed the enlightened observation: “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” Christ’s immortal Church has its origin in a violent, state-sponsored murder. And, although the actors may change, the same drama plays itself out on the world stage throughout the centuries: from savage barbarian to urbane philosophes, bloody suppressions of Christians are attempted again and again. The heroic witness of innumerable ... (Continue reading)

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What is man?

What is man?

In the eighth Psalm, David considers the majesty of creation: “I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers: the moon and the stars which thou hast founded” (Ps 8:4). But the poet suddenly turns away from his wonder at the star-strewn heavens towards an even greater mystery: that the Lord and Maker of these heavens should bend over the earth-bound with paternal solicitude: “What is man that ... (Continue reading)

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Defund abortion now

The campaign to defund abortion is going national, with the kickoff of formal Defund Abortion campaigns in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Manitoba this Fall and Saskatchewan and Quebec next Spring. This Campaign Life Coalition initiative is an incremental effort we can all get behind, and not only pro-lifers. In 2011, The Interim, CLC, and LifeSiteNews.com co-sponsored an Abacus Data poll that found that a majority of Ontarians oppose taxpayer funding of all abortions regardless of circumstances ... (Continue reading)

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REAL Women, faux outrage

We ought to be delighted that a recent press release from REAL Women attracted the attention of Canada’s major news outlets; such coverage implies that this organization’s valuable perspective on current issues reached a wider audience. But, of course, when the mainstream media turns its collective attention towards social conservatives, it is usually only to rebuke or misinterpret. In this case, it is both. In the press release which has attracted the attention – and the outrage – of our nation’s chattering ... (Continue reading)

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Speaking of sneakers

Speaking of sneakers

What does Wendy Davis stand for? Wearing a bright pink pair of sneakers, the state senator from Texas recently stood for several hours during a widely reported filibuster attempt. In addition to the colour of her shoes, her fashionable outfits have also been a focus of the sympathetic feature articles about her which have abounded since she took the spotlight in the Lone Star State. The media has reported that ... (Continue reading)

Proving the truth

The main character in one of Molière’s plays makes a delightful discovery: without knowing it, he had, all of his life, been speaking in prose. A similar revelation occurred to the politicians, pastors, and right-thinking citizens of the 20th-century who learned that they were “pro-life.” What had hitherto been the unspoken conviction of civil society in an unbroken tradition from Hippocrates to the present suddenly inherited a name and a label when the clear humanity of the unborn child was ... (Continue reading)

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