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Marriage commissioners must fight for Charter-protected rights

Marriage commissioners must fight for Charter-protected rights

John Carpay Our Charter freedoms are not worth the paper they are printed on, unless they are defended. It’s a lesson that Kevin Kisilowsky has learned first-hand, while fighting an up-hill battle against the Manitoba government, to protect religious freedom in Canada. Kevin was a biker, and abused drugs and alcohol prior to becoming a Christian. After finding God, Kevin became involved with Christian outreach to bikers, including people involved ... (Continue reading)

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Stalwart pro-life PC MP Elsie Wayne dies

Stalwart pro-life PC MP Elsie Wayne dies

Elsie Wayne Former federal Progressive Conservative leader Jean Charest and Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes do not agree on much, but they did about the tenaciousness and courage of Elsie Wayne, the former MP from Saint John, N.B., who died August 23 at the age of 84. Charest, a Red Tory, became leader of the PCs following the Liberal rout in 1993 when the governing Progressive Conservatives were ... (Continue reading)

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Surviving university

Surviving university

University of Western Ontario Early this summer I attended a graduation party for a small, private Catholic high school where the children of several friends were saying farewell to classmates and teachers they had known for years – some of them since kindergarten. Many of these young men and women were babies when I first met them, so this pleasant evening was tinged with melancholy thoughts about ... (Continue reading)

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Religious freedom precarious in the West

Religious freedom precarious in the West

In It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies (Harper, 192 pages), Mary Eberstadt documents how faithful Christians throughout the Western world are now living in fear of escalating religious oppression. Of course, Eberstadt readily acknowledges that persecution of the faithful outside the West is vastly worse. In particular, she cites the agony of Christians in the Middle East and Africa where, “radical Islam has been slaughtering and raping and ... (Continue reading)

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Mother Teresa to be canonized

Mother Teresa to be canonized

Mother Teresa, born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Macedonia in 1910, founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, in 1950, and worked for the poor and unborn until she died September 5, 1997. She awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and she was beatified in the Catholic Church in 2003. She will be canonized on Sept. 4, the day before the 19th anniversary of her passing. The Missionaries of Charity had 4,500 sister in 133 countries as of 2012, and ... (Continue reading)

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Fr. Ted scholarship topic announced

Fr. Ted scholarship topic announced

Father Ted Colleton Dan Di Rocco, circulation manager for The Interim and administrator of the annual Fr. Ted Colleton Scholarship, has announced the topic for the 15th iteration of the essay contest presented by Interim Publishing and Niagara Region Right to Life. In 2017 Canada will celebrate the 150th Year of Confederation. Since 1867 there has been great technological progress, accompanied by a steady expansion of freedom in certain areas ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life, pro-family MP Brad Trost to seek Conservative leadership

Pro-life, pro-family MP Brad Trost to seek Conservative leadership

Pro-life MP Brad Trost to run for Conservative leadership. “I have a 12-year track record of not only voting the right way but speaking out.” MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon - University) was first mentioned as a possible Conservative Party leadership candidate during the party’s policy conference in Vancouver in May. He was critical of the decision by delegates to remove language from ... (Continue reading)

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The Walls Are Talking: are you listening?

The Walls Are Talking:  are you listening?

The Walls are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell their Stories by Abby Johnson (Ignatius Press, $23, 160 pages) When it was released in the beginning of 2011, Abby Johnson’s biography Unplanned got the pro-life movement all abuzz. Planned Parenthood’s 2008 Employee of the Year and director of a Texas Planned Parenthood facility Johnson had had a conversion after assisting with an ultrasound-guided abortion on September 26, 2009. She had ... (Continue reading)

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Politics as marketing

Politics as marketing

Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control by Alex Marland (UBC Press, $39.95 528 pages) In many ways, the thesis of Alex Marland is nothing new: governments and political parties have strict control of their messaging as they present themselves as brands to be sold to voters. Marland, a political science professor at Memorial University, brings scholarly treatment to the topic, with everything good and ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto shooting case highlights need for unborn victim’s law

Toronto shooting case highlights need for unborn victim’s law

On June 5, Candice Rochelle Bobb’s son passed away at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Just three weeks earlier, he had been delivered prematurely by emergency C-section after his mother, who was then 24 weeks pregnant, was fatally shot in Etobicoke while sitting in the backseat of a vehicle. No one has yet to be arrested for the crime but the question remains: if someone were ... (Continue reading)

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Appreciating Whit Stillman’s comedies of manners

Appreciating Whit Stillman’s comedies of manners

Whit Stillman, New York City August 1990. My youngest daughter is fond of asking unanswerable questions like “what’s your favorite food?” or “who’s your favorite band?” I usually answer that I’m too old to have favorite anythings anymore, but she hasn’t asked me “who’s your favorite living movie director?” yet, and that would be easy to answer: Whit Stillman. Stillman is an American who burst ... (Continue reading)

Censoring pro-lifers

Censoring pro-lifers

From battling pro-life club bans on campus to provincial bubble zones, pro-lifers fight for free speech rights It should not be a surprise to anyone that pro-lifers have been experiencing censorship for decades, but it certainly seems like now, more than ever before, school administrations, city and provincial governments, pro-abortion groups, and even the general public, have ramped up their efforts to render the pro-life movement invisible. There is currently ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life protest banned near Newfoundland abortuary

Pro-life protest banned near Newfoundland abortuary

Newfoundland Pro-lifes In late June, lawyers for three Newfoundland pro-lifers and the Athena Health Center abortion mill in St. John’s, agreed to the creation of a 40-meter bubble zone around which there will be no protests. Rolanda Ryan, owner of the Athena Health Centre – the abortion facility at the site of what was once Henry Morgentaler’s first Atlantic Canada abortuary -– said the agreement was a “huge victory for the ... (Continue reading)

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Jason Kenney enters Alberta PC leadership contest

Jason Kenney enters Alberta PC leadership contest

Jason Kenney, a former federal immigration and defense minister, was once thought to be the front-runner to replace Stephen Harper as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, but since the Tories lost power last October, there have been rumours that Kenney would eschew the federal leadership in favour of uniting the right in Alberta or even leave politics altogether. In recent weeks, the Ottawa Press Gallery ... (Continue reading)

Trost, Scheer mentioned as Tory leadership candidates

Trost, Scheer mentioned as Tory leadership candidates

Pro-life MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) told LifeSiteNews that he is “strongly exploring” running for the Conservative leadership. The five-term MP is ascertaining his ability to “put together a professional campaign” before committing, signaling that he is running to win and not merely raise his profile or raise certain issues. Trost was first mentioned as a possible successor to Stephen Harper after the Vancouver policy convention when he vocally ... (Continue reading)

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