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Pro-lifers looking for supportable candidate in Ontario PC leadership contest

Pro-lifers looking for supportable candidate in Ontario PC leadership contest

  The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is looking for a new leader and pro-lifers who support the party are seeking one that will offer more to social conservatives than recent Tory leaders. The PCs will have a leadership vote the first week of May 2015 and thus far there are five declared candidates: federal Conservative MP Patrick Brown (Barrie), and Ontario Progressive Conservative MPPs Christine Elliott (Whitby-Oshawa), Vic Fedeli ... (Continue reading)

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Social dysfunction

Social dysfunction

No one’s really sure who coined the term “social media,” but there’s a loose consensus that it came about almost 20 years ago, in and around AOL and the small but vital nexus of tech companies that were busy birthing the internet as we know it today. What no one seems to dispute is the idea that, with social media, something wholly new had been brought into the world, ... (Continue reading)

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The Left abandons traditional morality

The Left abandons traditional morality

National Affairs Rory Leishman Prior to the 1960s, the great majority of Canadians deplored the immorality of fornication, adultery and abortion. Tommy Douglas, founding leader of the New Democratic Party, was no exception. In his master’s thesis in sociology for McMaster University in 1933, he called for the sterilization of “mentally defective” women on the ground that they are prone to breed “sexually immoral girls” who are ... (Continue reading)

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The re-readable Mark Steyn

The re-readable Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn has been writing about the culture for more than a decade and a half, for National Review, the National Post, Maclean’s, The (London) Spectator, his own website (Steyn Online), and numerous other publications. Not a noted environmentalist, he recycles those columns, essays, and blogposts in a must-read collection, The documented Mark Steyn: Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned by Mark Steyn (Regnery, $34.49, 442 pages). And they are ... (Continue reading)

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Remembrance and inheritance

Remembrance and inheritance

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Report looks at free speech at Canada’s universities

Report looks at free speech at Canada’s universities

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has released its annual report on the state of free speech in Canada’s universities, and it doesn’t bode well for the liberty of students on campus. The 2014 Campus Freedom Index gives four grades in total to each of Canada’s 52 publicly funded universities. The administration and student union at each institution receive two grades based on how much their official policy and actual ... (Continue reading)

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Science is neither good nor evil

Science is neither good nor evil

Scientific technology can be used to destroy or preserve human life Geneticist Jerome Lejeune discovered that an extra chromosome was responsible for trisomy 13 (Down syndrome) and hoped his finding would lead to a cure. Instead, it led to eugenic abortions where a majority of babies diagnosed with trisomy 13 are killed in utero. “It is impossible and it is ridiculous to pretend to ... (Continue reading)

Workplace discrimination against pregnant women can lead to abortions

Workplace discrimination against pregnant women can lead to abortions

Shoot! How is this going to affect my promotion? Some women are finding it hard to keep a job while being pregnant. The Washington Post reports that police officer Lyndi Trischler from Florence, Kentucky has filed a complaint against the city with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after her supervisors at the police department refused to allow her to do ... (Continue reading)

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In Carter Supreme Court should be bound by Rodriguez

In Carter Supreme Court should be bound by Rodriguez

Sue Rodriguez (left) and Lee Carter (right) In the 1993 Rodriguez case, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the constitutional validity of the ban on assisted suicide in section 241(b) of the Criminal Code. Since then, advocates of so-called death with dignity have made several failed attempts to legalize assisted suicide by means of a private-member’s bill; most recently in 2010, when the bill was thoroughly ... (Continue reading)

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A grateful heart

A grateful heart

In late November, we will feel the festivities of American Thanksgiving: the TV will bring us images of floats and football, being enjoyed over turkey, after long treks back home. And, with a kind of content curiosity, we will look on as these elaborate foreign rites are performed. After all, our own version of the holiday, which we will obverse this month, lacks a similarly central place in the ... (Continue reading)

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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Open letter to Justin Trudeau from seven former Liberal MPs

Open letter to Justin Trudeau from seven former Liberal MPs

Tom Wappel (Scarborough Southwest, 1988-2008). Member of Parliament for 20 years. Editor’s Note: On Sept. 18, seven former MPs emailed an open letter to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. The Interim reprints the letter in its entirety below.  Dear Mr. Trudeau; We, the undersigned, former Liberal Members of Parliament, are concerned about your recent pronouncement that people who hold a particular view on a given moral issue, as a matter of conscience, cannot ... (Continue reading)

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Former Liberal MPs speak out against Justin Trudeau

Former Liberal MPs speak out  against Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau On Sept. 18, seven former Liberal MPs issued a public letter condemning the current party leader, Justin Trudeau, for his edict that pro-lifers would not be able to seek nominations to stand as Liberal Party candidates and that sitting MPs must vote for abortion if a bill on the issue comes before the House of Commons. The letter told Trudeau that the former MPs were “concerned about your ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion becomes issue in New Brunswick election

Abortion becomes issue in New Brunswick election

Despite besting the provincial Progressive Conservatives by nine percentage points (43 per cent compared to 34) in the Sept. 22 New Brunswick election, the Liberals eked out a bare majority, leading in 27 ridings in the 49-seat provincial legislature. The Tories took 21 and the Green Party won a Fredericton riding. The focus of the election was, of course, the economy and the environment and how to best create jobs. ... (Continue reading)

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Boyhood cannot escape the emotional facts

Boyhood cannot escape the emotional facts

I was sitting on a midway ride recently, waiting for the lights to start flashing and the machinery to start hurling us around when I realized that my life might not actually get better than this moment. I was with my family, near the end of a lovely day at the end of our summer vacation, and it felt like a line was drawing itself around the moment to ... (Continue reading)

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