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Eric McLuhan, scholar and pro-lifer, RIP

Eric McLuhan, scholar and pro-lifer, RIP

Eric McLuhan was one of The Interim's first columnists Eric McLuhan, son of the famous Marshall McLuhan, was a renowned scholar of media in his own right, and used his expertise to help the pro-life cause. Eric McLuhan, a former columnist for The Interimand popular pro-life speaker, passed away May 18 in Bogota, Colombia, where he had just delivered the inaugural speech ... (Continue reading)

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Aid to Women founder, CLC accountant Dick Cochrane, RIP

Aid to Women founder, CLC accountant Dick Cochrane, RIP

Dick Cochrane was a Spitfire pilot, lounge singer, and founder of Aid to Women. Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes recalls that his friend Richmond (Dick) Cochrane lived an extraordinary and varied life that began in India in 1925 and ended in Canada 92 years later with stops as a Spitfire pilot in the India and ... (Continue reading)

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Lidwien Grafe, longtime Kingston pro-life activist dies

Lidwien Grafe, longtime Kingston pro-life activist dies

Kingston pro-life activist Lidwien Grafe talks to Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes After a lengthy battle with cancer, Lidwien Grafe, 81, died June 13 at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston. I first met Lidwien in 1971 when we attended an organizational meeting to discuss the killing of unborn children following the passing of the Omnibus Bill ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life and pro-family Ontarians help Doug Ford win the PC leadership

Pro-life and pro-family Ontarians help Doug Ford win the PC leadership

Doug Ford wins Ontario PC Leadership. On March 10, following a whirlwind six-week leadership campaign during which frontrunner Doug Ford courted pro-life and pro-family  voters after Tanya Granic Allen entered the race, Ford was crowned the new Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader. Ford was declared the winner late on the Saturday evening after party officials kicked out more than 1200 PC members who attended the ... (Continue reading)

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Paul Broughton, bookseller to the pro-life movement

Paul Broughton, bookseller to the pro-life movement

Paul Broughton, owner of LifeCycle Books. At its national pro-life conference in Ottawa in November, LifeCanada president Peter Ryan recognized Paul Broughton as a “witness to life,” an “unsung hero” of the pro-life movement. Ryan said the founder of the Toronto-based LifeCycle Books “has served our movement quietly but so capably, diligently, and professionally.” Broughton grew up in Toronto and began his pro-life activism at the ... (Continue reading)

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Canon Robert Greene, RIP

Canon Robert Greene, RIP

Cannon Robert Greene, who fought in World War II said those who perished in the war did not die so Canadians could lose their democratic freedom Banker, soldier, clergyman, politician, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.  Canon Robert Greene of Calgary wore all these hats ... (Continue reading)

Amazing response to Mary Wagner

Amazing response to Mary Wagner

More than 34,612 emails and 1,078 letters of support were sent to Ontario Court Justice Rick Libman in support of Mary Wagner.  We excerpt some of the communications below.  For the story about the letters and Wagner's sentences, see 'Outpouring of support for Wagner'  HERE. I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Ms. Mary Wagner to protect the rights of unborn children – to ... (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)

CLC Ontario organizer Sandra Hook, RIP

CLC Ontario organizer Sandra Hook, RIP

Sandra Hook On May 17, Sandra Hook, died at the age of 57 following a battle with cancer. Born in Montreal, she had 12 siblings. For the past 20 years she was the Ontario organizer for Campaign Life Coalition working alongside the provincial president Mary Ellen Douglas. Douglas told The Interim, “Sandra was a very private person, so when she was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, very few people ... (Continue reading)

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Joanne Dieleman: The Activist

Joanne Dieleman: The Activist

Joanne Dieleman with two saved babies at Aid to Women. Have things looked bleaker than they do today with assisted suicide and euthanasia recently legalized, abortion available on demand, embryonic stem cell research, designer babies, and organ harvesting for transplants already underway. Is there hope for the pro-life cause today? Perhaps the long perspective of someone who participated at the frontlines ... (Continue reading)

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Mary Wagner gets four more months in jail

Mary Wagner gets four more months in jail

Mary Wagner Judge Mavin Wong sentenced pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner to 10 months in jail May 5, following Wagner’s April 16 conviction on one count of mischief and two of breach of probation. Crown prosecutor Craig Power asked for a sentence of six months for the mischief charge, and ten months for the breach of probation charges. Power also asked that Wagner be credited 6.75 months (based roughly ... (Continue reading)

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Charles E. Rice, RIP

Charles E. Rice, RIP

Prolific pro-life author Charles Rice remembered as friendly and generous. The pro-life movement lost one its intellectual giants on Feb. 25. Charles E. Rice, a Catholic apologist and Notre Dame Law School professor, was the author of 14 books and countless articles and regular speaker at pro-life events throughout the continent, including Campaign Life Coalition conferences in Canada. Rice passed away at ... (Continue reading)

Link Byfield, social conservative editor, RIP

Link Byfield, social conservative editor, RIP

Link Byfield Link Byfield, the long-time socially conservative editor and publisher of Alberta Report and a founding influence on both the federal Reform and Alberta Wildrose parties, passed away Jan. 24 after losing his battle with stage IV cancer of the liver and esophagus at the age of 63. Byfield was named publisher of the conservative weekly Alberta Report in 1985 replacing his father, Ted, who founded the publication. ... (Continue reading)

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Lorraine Williams, RIP

Lorraine Williams, RIP

Lorraine Williams On July 4, Catholic and pro-life writer Lorraine Mary Williams passed away at the age of 82. She passed away in the palliative care unit of Markham Stouffville Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Her obituary read: “Her unbounded love of her family was but a reflection of her deep respect for the dignity and sanctity of all human life; which she constantly displayed in her love ... (Continue reading)

Bishop Lacey, RIP

Bishop Lacey, RIP

Bishop Pearce Lacey The Most Reverend Pearse Lacey, auxiliary bishop emeritus of Toronto, died on April 2 at the age of 97. Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes remembered Lacey as a late-comer to leadership in the pro-life movement, but said once he came on board he was a staunch friend to the cause. Born in Toronto on November 26, 1916, he was ordained a priest on May ... (Continue reading)

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