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Teachers get a lesson on beauty

Like the still, small, voice beyond the raging storm, the Wojtyla Summer Institute for Teachers, at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College in Barry’s Bay, Ont., did not set out to dazzle or even impress, but rather, quietly resonate. Every year in mid-August, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College hosts a three-day seminar for Catholic teachers as nourishment and fortification for the coming school year. This year, more than 50 teachers gathered to consider the importance of beauty in forming ... (Continue reading)

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MacLachlan makes controversial ruling for interveners in Trinity Western case

Supreme Court Justice Richard Wagner says he didn’t mean to exclude LGBTQ groups when he culled the list of associations wanting to intervene in a pivotal religious freedom case that Canada’s top court will hear at the end of the year. That case concerns Trinity Western University’s proposed law school, which allegedly would discriminate against homosexuals because it requires its students sign a community covenant that includes agreeing to refrain from any sexual relationship “that violates the sacredness of marriage between ... (Continue reading)

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Carolyn Cole, RIP

Carolyn Cole, RIP

Carolyn Cole Over the years Cole was involved with Campaign Life Coalition, Show the Truth, LifeChain, the Windsor Essex Right to Life Association, Windsor’s Walk for Life, and the National March for Life in Ottawa. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she served as subscription manager for The Interim. In 1991, she was among 19 arrested for praying outside the Morgentaler abortuary. The 19 were found guilty of obstructing ... (Continue reading)

Charlie Gard dies week shy of first birthday

Baby Charles Gard with parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard. On July 28, one week before his first birthday, Charlie Gard was moved to a hospice and removed from his ventilator. He died 12 minutes later. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, told the Daily Mail that after the ventilator was removed, their infant son “opened his eyes and looked at ... (Continue reading)

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Dunkirk highlights today’s social divisions

Dunkirk highlights today’s social divisions

In a summer of box office disappointments, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was an unexpected hit, since nobody thought that an epic film about the evacuation of British troops from Europe in the early days of World War II would be much more than a money-losing Oscar contender, meant to open deep in autumn. This would be the popular image of what was known as the “miracle of Dunkirk,” where the line between soldiers and citizens was erased just before the nation would ... (Continue reading)

Freedom of association includes the right to expel

Law Matters John Carpay In a free country, should a religious group be able to determine its own membership criteria? Or should judges have the power to impose their opinions about whether someone meets religious requirements? The Supreme Court of Canada will soon consider this question, raised by Randy Wall, who challenged his expulsion from a Calgary congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Wall became a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) in 1980, ... (Continue reading)

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Reviving Perspective

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke A pro-lifer I met leading up to the 2015 federal election said to me, “I don’t care if we all live in mud huts so long as abortion is ended.” Now, nobody wants to live in a mud hut. I do not want to live in a mud hut, and, of course, the economy matters. When people do not have proper shelter, nutrition, hydration, ... (Continue reading)

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Scheer confirms abortion strategy in Chatelaine interview

Scheer confirms abortion strategy in Chatelaine interview

Picture of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer hoisting a glass of beer with reporter Sarah Boesveld that accompanied his interview with Chatelaine. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer sat down with Chatelaine writer Sarah Boesveld and was asked whether he was a feminist and if he supported, questions the new Tory leader awkwardly ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau pushes abortion agenda on Irish counterpart

Trudeau pushes abortion agenda on Irish counterpart

A month after Justin Trudeau met Irish leader Leo Varadkar in Dublin (pictured above), they were together again in Canada talking abortion and diversity. Just over a month after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited recently elected Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, his Irish counterpart ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto politicians seek graphic abortion photo ban

Toronto politicians seek  graphic abortion photo ban

CCBR community liaison Devorah Gelman says people who are upset with images of abortion victims should take issue with the abortion procedure itself. Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park) called for a ban on pro-life protesters using signs with pictures of aborted babies after local residents complained ... (Continue reading)

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CBS celebrates Iceland eliminating Down syndrome children

In August, CBS ran a “CBSN: On Assignment” episode exploring how Iceland has eradicated Down syndrome in the country. The report highlighted that just one or two children are born with Down syndrome each year because the health authorities there began aggressively promote genetic screening since the early 2000s and there is a 100 per cent abortion rate for preborn babies identified as having the genetic abnormality. Pro-life actress Patricia Heaton reacted to the story on Twitter: “Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down ... (Continue reading)

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Census reveals changes in family formation, aging population

Statistics Canada revealed 2016 census figures on “families, households, and marital status” that showed a record number of Canadians are living alone. One-person households comprise 28 per cent of households, the most common type arrangement. The next most common are couples with children (26 per cent) followed by couples without children (26 per cent). Lone-parent families make up nine per cent of households. One in 25 are non-family households and multi-generational households comprise three per cent. Other types of households make ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario joins list of provinces paying for abortion pill

On August 3, the Ontario government announced it would pay for the abortion pill Mifegymiso for all residents with a valid health card effective one week later. The ministry of health’s statement said, “Ontario is giving women more choice over their reproductive health by making Mifegymiso, a safe and effective medical alternative to surgical abortion, available at no cost.” Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, on behalf of Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care,  made the announcement ... (Continue reading)

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Nova Scotia to look at easing abortion access

Nova Scotia to look  at easing abortion access

The Canadian Press recently highlighted the story of a single Nova Scotia woman who was enraged with having to undergo several blood tests and an ultra sound before being referred for a surgical abortion. In this women’s case, the process to obtain her abortion took about two months. Abortion advocates say Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada with these referral practices, and women in the province find this waiting period unfair and a violation of their rights. Melanie Mackenzie ... (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 16th iteration of the essay contest presented by Interim Publishing and Niagara Region Right to Life. Niagara Region Right to Life is once  again pleased to offer The  Father Ted Colleton Scholarship essay  contest  as part  of its mandate to reach out  to ... (Continue reading)

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