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The wonderful middlebrow of Monuments Men

The wonderful middlebrow of Monuments Men

Maybe it’s a good thing, but war movies aren’t anywhere near as popular as they used to be. There is, to be sure, no shortage of violent films doing decent box office, many set amidst vast wars fought in space, or in some wild reimagining of the distant, even mythological past. But dramas set during wars happening in recent memory are thin on the ground; on a scale of ... (Continue reading)

UN chastises Vatican over Catholic moral teachings

UN chastises Vatican over Catholic moral teachings

On January 31, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child released a report castigating the Vatican for its moral teachings. The committee, which provides oversight to the 1990 Convention on the Rights of the Child, focused on the Catholic Church’s handling of cases of abuse of children by priests, but in its 16-page report it also took the liberty of calling upon the Vatican to reconsider ... (Continue reading)

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Tories split on income-splitting

Tories split on income-splitting

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty raised doubts about income-splitting for tax purposes, leading to a debate within the Conservative ranks about whether to abandon key 2011 election platform. During the 2011 federal election, Stephen Harper said that a Conservative government would allow income-splitting ... (Continue reading)

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Been there, done that: never-ending doomsday predictions about overpopulation

Been there, done that: never-ending doomsday predictions about overpopulation

There is no shortage of doom and gloom books that look at world demographic trends, but what is surprising is how many get the story wrong. While many countries are trying to figure out how to restore fiscal sanity following out-of-whack budgets that fund a welfare state predicated on population growth and having a critical mass of workers to pay for dependents (especially seniors), most books on population insist ... (Continue reading)

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The illusion of glamour

The illusion of glamour

Glamour is a misunderstood word, whose meaning – like similar superlatives such as elite, exclusive, luxury and unique – has been adulterated and weakened, mostly thanks to its overuse by marketers and the media. But unlike those other words, so beloved of lifestyle journalists, realtors and advertising copywriters, glamour is a word that can be evocative and even profound, as writer Virginia Postrel explains in her new book The ... (Continue reading)

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CLC announces April national conference in Toronto

CLC announces April  national conference in Toronto

Janet Morana, of Priests for Life and Silent No More, will be the keynote speaker at the dinner at the National Conference April 4th. Campaign Life Coalition has announced it will hold a national conference, Every Human Being Deserves Equal Protection, April 4 – 5, at the ... (Continue reading)

Alzheimers a growing issue in Canada

Alzheimers a growing issue in Canada

Alzheimer’s is becoming an increasing problem as Canada’s population continues to age. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia among the elderly, is an irreversible disease of the brain that increases in severity over time. Early signs include memory loss and a decline in cognition. The mild stage of Alzheimer’s takes the form of memory loss, worsening judgment, slower performance of daily tasks, and changes in personality and mood. Moderate ... (Continue reading)

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CLC delegation participates in U.S. March

CLC delegation participates in U.S. March

A Canadian delegation organized by Campaign Life Coalition stood in front of the Canadian embassy at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22. About two dozen youth from CLC Youth and the National Campus Life Network were joined by CLC national president Jim Hughes as tens of thousands of U.S. marches walked by their three banners: “Canadians stand with pro-life America,” “Abortion is a crime against humanity,” and ... (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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The lessons of C-43

The lessons of C-43

The Canadian Press obtained 20-year-old cabinet meeting minutes on the Mulroney abortion bill, C-43. The 83 pages of documents reveal a cabinet split into various factions on how to best deal with the aftermath of the Morgentaler decision, which sent the abortion issue back to Parliament if it chose to deal with it. The recently declassified documents were obtained by CP through the Access to Information Act and for ... (Continue reading)

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Public health board provides graphic sex resources for teachers

Public health board provides graphic sex resources for teachers

Editor’s Note: This story contains graphic content.  Toronto’s public health agency developed graphic sex education resources to assist teachers in delivering Ontario’s health and physical education curriculum, The Interim has discovered. Toronto Public Health’s website contains three sets of lesson plans: Teaching Puberty: You Can Do It! for Grades 5 to 6, Grade 7/8 Sexual Health Curriculum, and High School Sexual Health Curriculum for grades 9 to12. There ... (Continue reading)

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Mary Wagner, abortion staff testify

Mary Wagner, abortion staff testify

At her trial for mischief and failing to comply with probation order, Mary Wagner (pictured above) testified that she felt justified approaching women ... (Continue reading)

Vellacott files two pro-life motions

Vellacott files two pro-life motions

Maurice Vellacott has tabled two motions that would establish a parliamentary committee to examine the legal obligations owed to pre born children. On Dec. 6, Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) filed a pair of pro-life motions. (Both Motions M-482 and M-483 listed below) Both motions call for the creation of ... (Continue reading)

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Three recent books on Canadian politics explore theme of compromise

Three recent books on Canadian politics explore theme of compromise

Three recent books about Canadian politics go a long way to explain why our politics is the way it is as they highlight the role of marketing and messaging in campaigns and governing. They raise important issues about authenticity and principles in Canadian politics, providing sometimes contradictory lessons. Michael Ignatieff’s political memoir Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (Random House, $29.95, 207 pages) is on many levels disappointing, ... (Continue reading)

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Moral issues and The Future of Catholicism

Moral issues and The Future of Catholicism

In my new book The Future of Catholicism (Signal Books/Random House) I devote the longest chapter to the issue of same-sex marriage, and other chapters to abortion, euthanasia, and contraception. But, some critics have argued, why spend so much time on these issues when the book is about the future of the Catholic Church? Simple. Because this is precisely the future of the Church. I discuss at some length ... (Continue reading)

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