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Labels used to shut down debate

Pauline KosalkaCommentary In the days leading up to the Euro 2012 soccer tournament in June, the focus of headlines was not so much on which team would win, but on what was deemed to be intense racism on the part of the fans from Poland and Ukraine, the hosts of the tournament. Both countries have a predominantly Christian and ethnically homogenous population. “Racism is not so much the elephant in the soccer room as an insidious, lurking menace,” James Lawton ... (Continue reading)

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Gestational limits are the wrong approach

Gestational limits are the wrong approach

For decades, the pro-life movement has experienced division; sometimes over strategy, sometimes over principles. It is of no use to assign blame or rehash old arguments. People of goodwill can differ over tactics and strategy, but on principles it becomes more difficult to countenance disagreement. On the (once again) difficult issue of gestational limits to abortion, as a way of reducing abortion, The Interim will offer its two cents as something ... (Continue reading)

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Increased pro-abortion violence against pro-lifers

Increased pro-abortion violence against pro-lifers

Over the past three months, pro-life activists have been physically assaulted by abortion supporters, a sign, pro-lifers say, that their message is hitting a nerve. In Thunder Bay, Ont., in June, the New Abortion Caravan saw a man berate three pro-life activists as he poured chocolate milk over them. A few days later in London, Ont., a group of pro-abortion activists confronted the New Abortion Caravan and attempted to destroy the image ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto Pro-Life Forum told ‘be not afraid’ to speak up

Toronto Pro-Life Forum told ‘be not afraid’ to speak up

Participants at the Toronto Pro-Life Forum were informed, inspired, and, organizers hope, activated, after a weekend of listening to pro-life and pro-family speakers explain what is happening politically and culturally and challenging both youth and movement veterans to speak up and defend their moral values. In 2011, Campaign Life Coalition increased the number of regional and provincial conferences in order to reach more people and get them involved in grassroots activism. The Toronto ... (Continue reading)

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Culture matters

Culture matters

Culture matters. I would carve these words on stone slabs and hand deliver them to every conservative and pro-life organization in the English-speaking world if I thought that it would make a difference, but I’m no longer sure it will. We may, I fear, have absented ourselves from culture and the arts for so long that everything we do now is a rear guard action, fought on the outskirts of the ... (Continue reading)

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Please support The Interim

Please support The Interim

Dear Interim reader: The Interim is in its 30th year. For three decades we have been providing pro-life news and information to the pro-life community across Canada. In 2009, we unexpectedly lost a government grant from the Publication Assistance Program and we asked you, our readers and supporters, to help us make up the shortfall. Through your generosity we were able to make it through an extremely difficult period. In 2011, we once again ... (Continue reading)

Ex-CBC executive spills beans on state broadcaster

Ex-CBC executive spills beans on state broadcaster

The Tower of Babble: Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC by Richard Stursberg (Douglas & McIntyre, $32.95, 288 pages) You don’t even have to read it – the very existence of a book like The Tower of Babble proves the author’s thesis that the CBC is broken. Employees of every enterprise with the word “corporation” in its name sign confidentiality agreements, on the day they’re hired, and ... (Continue reading)

Bill 13 passes amidst protests

Bill 13 passes amidst protests

Catholic school funding questioned in aftermath After facing months of protests by pro-family and religious groups, the McGuinty government rammed Bill 13, the so-called Accepting Schools Act, through committee for a final vote on June 5. Bill 13 passed 65-36. Although the Accepting Schools Act was presented as a broad-based anti-bullying initiative, its focus is on promoting homosexual rights in schools, including the province’s publicly funded Catholic school system. ... (Continue reading)

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The bullying of schools has just begun

The bullying of schools has just begun

You knew it would happen, I knew it would happen, we all knew it would happen. In a sordid and cynical attempt to deflect from various scandals and mismanagement, the Liberal government of Ontario has told the Roman Catholic school system that it has to do what it’s told, not be Catholic, and embrace the lie that gay kids are perennial victims of bullying. Be warned in the rest of Canada ... (Continue reading)

Pro-lifers launch cheeky New Abortion Caravan

Pro-lifers launch cheeky New Abortion Caravan

A group of young pro-lifers are using a defining campaign of the old pro-abortion movement to spread the message that abortion kills unborn babies across Canada. In 1970, a group of pro-abortion feminists from the Vancouver Women’s Caucus met in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery to begin a journey across Canada in a caravan. Using images of coffins and coat hangers, participants aimed to eliminate Canada’s abortion laws and win the “right” ... (Continue reading)

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Crossroads: witnessing for life one step at a time

Crossroads: witnessing for life one step at a time

Walk. Pray. Eat. Sleep. Yes sleep is the last thing you think about and have time for on Crossroads. Crossroads is a pro-life group that organizes walks across the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. Its mission is to share the gospel of life in the streets like the first apostles. Crossroads started as a response to John Paul II’s call to the youth to rebuild the culture of life, at the Denver World Youth ... (Continue reading)

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New book provides balanced examination of problem gambling

New book provides balanced examination of problem gambling

Problem Gambling in Canada by Lorne Tepperman and Kristy Wanner (Oxford, $21.95, 240 pages) The Ontario government recently announced its plans to overhaul the provincial gambling system. According to Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, this would increase revenue and job opportunities. The overhaul would include a new casino in the Greater Toronto Area, an expansion in lottery ticket sales and slot machines, and the creation of an online gaming site. While Ontario and ... (Continue reading)

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Q & A with Donald DeMarco

Q & A with Donald DeMarco

Editor’s Note: Editor Paul Tuns spoke with frequent Interim contributor Donald DeMarco by email. DeMarco, a prolific author, professor emeritus at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ont., and an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., was recently named a Senior Fellow of HLI America, an initiative of Human Life International. Some of his recently writings may be found at HLI’s Truth and Charity Forum.   The Interim: ... (Continue reading)

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The war on women

The war on women

“It’s been a while since I’ve seen this level of outrage from women,” said Carolyn Egan, spokesman and pro-abortion activist for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, in a press release regarding MP Stephen Woodworth’s introduction of a motion to create a committee to re-examine whether an unborn child should be considered as a legal person under the Criminal Code. “Women are fed up with these not-so-subtle attacks on their fundamental ... (Continue reading)

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The Hunger Games and teenage angst

The Hunger Games and teenage angst

When The Hunger Games opened in theatres this past March it was a sensation, earning over US$150 million in its first weekend and becoming the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all time. Dealers in hindsight told us we shouldn’t have been surprised – 17.5 million copies of the Suzanne Collins’ original young readers sci-fi novel had been sold in the U.S. by its publisher, and over 36 million copies of the ... (Continue reading)

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