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Levin pleads guilty, still faces sentencing for child porn

Levin pleads guilty, still faces sentencing for child porn

Ben Levin The sentencing hearing for Benjamin Levin, a former top bureaucrat in Ontario’s Ministry of Education, took place from April 13 to 15. In March, Levin pled guilty in court to three out of seven charges: creating written child pornography, encouraging a person to commit sexual assault, and possessing child pornography. Critics of Ontario’s new sex ed curriculum note Levin was deputy minister of education while Kathleen Wynne was ... (Continue reading)

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Deconstructing the deconstructionists

Deconstructing the deconstructionists

Joe Campbell Liberalism is a smiley-faced demolition project – in a purely positive, hopey-changey sense of the word “demolition,” that is. Since the innumerable “social constructs” that litter the highway of history are impediments to human progress, the time has come to clear them out of the way. Margaret Mead taught us that patriarchy was a social construct. According to moral relativists, right and wrong are social constructs. Recently ... (Continue reading)

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Misinformation about condoms

Experts on sexual health ranging from the executive director of the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada to the head of adolescent medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto have lauded the new sex-education curriculum imposed on all elementary schools in Ontario. Does it follow that concerned parents have no reasonable basis for alarm? Definitely not. Notwithstanding the assurances of so many experts, there is solid scientific evidence that the immoral new sex education curriculum will have a ... (Continue reading)

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Deconstructing the deconstructionists

Liberalism is a smiley-faced demolition project – in a purely positive, hopey-changey sense of the word “demolition,” that is. Since the innumerable “social constructs” that litter the highway of history are impediments to human progress, the time has come to clear them out of the way. Margaret Mead taught us that patriarchy was a social construct. According to moral relativists, right and wrong are social constructs. Recently we discovered that traditional marriage (i.e., between a man and a woman) was ... (Continue reading)

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The Supremacy of the Courts?

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCOC) was busy last month; they handed down two significant judgements. Both are significantly flawed. The judgement on prayer in a municipal chamber in Quebec was discussed in more detail in Leader Rod Taylor’s article in the Vancouver Sun, but other arbitrary decisions by the SCOC, including its recent ban on mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related infractions, raise another whole level of concerns about the Supreme Court itself. With calls for increased gun control and condemnation ... (Continue reading)

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Supreme Court rules against city council prayer

On April 15, in a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada deemed it unconstitutional for municipal councils to begin their meetings with a denominational prayer. The case originated when Alain Simoneau and the Mouvement laëque québécois (Quebec Secular Movement) challenged the city of Saguenay opening its meetings with a Catholic prayer. The case wound through the province’s human rights commission and courts before the Supreme Court heard the case last year. In its decision last month, the justices said, “the ... (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)

Push for HPV vaccines for boys

Push for HPV vaccines for boys

Peter Kent is pushing for the HPV vaccine for boys. Scientists are suggesting that offering the HPV vaccine to boys could reduce throat cancer rates. Oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) caused by HPV affects three times as many men as women, often occurring at the tonsils or the base of the tongue. Typically, the disease develops when men are 40 to 70 years ... (Continue reading)

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Traditionalism in Canada 50 years after Lament for a Nation

Traditionalism in Canada 50 years after Lament for a Nation

2015 is the 50th Anniversary of George Grant’s Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism, probably Grant’s best known and most accessible book. One could sharply ask today – is there still really a place for Grantian-type traditionalism in current-day Canada? First of all, it should be remembered that Grant’s profound and subtle definition of conservatism is very remote from what is its more common definition today, as ... (Continue reading)

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Michael Coren and The Interim

Over the past 10 months, many readers have wrote, emailed, and called to complain about Michael Coren. It should be noted that these complaints were never about something he wrote in The Interim. But his columns elsewhere and on-air commentary sometimes rubbed readers the wrong way when he differed with this paper’s editorial line. He took a different approach on homosexuality, pro-life tactics, and sex-ed than we do here ... (Continue reading)

Fight against Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum continues

Fight against Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum continues

Even the media acknowledged the “thousands” of protesters at Queen’s Park on April 14 as a large multicultural crowd heard speakers, displayed signs, and chanted that they would never accept the planned new sex-ed curriculum being foisted upon Ontario students by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government. Organizers estimate that half the people at the protest were Muslims, most of them women, while there were also large contingents of Sikhs and Russian ... (Continue reading)

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Mary Wagner found guilty, Crown wants longer sentence

Mary Wagner found guilty, Crown wants longer sentence

Mary Wagner was found guilty of mischief and breaching probation. Prosecution wants more jail time beyond the four months she has already served. Judge Mavin Wong convicted pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner of two counts of breaching a probation order and one of mischief following a one-day ... (Continue reading)

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Brown the ‘clear choice’ in Ontario PC leadership race

Brown the ‘clear choice’ in Ontario PC leadership race

Monte McNaughton said that Patrick Brown shares his social conservative convictions, but also the best approach to party revitalization. While there was no risk of vote-splitting in the preferential ballot system, Monte McNaughton’s withdrawal leaves one social conservative in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race. On April 9, with about a month ... (Continue reading)

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Sex radical wants B.C. to ape Ontario’s early sex ed

‘Younger children are easier to teach’ As Ontario parents gird themselves for a battle over the planned sex education curriculum, British Columbia is quietly promoting a less radical revamp of its entire pubic school curriculum across the board, sex ed included, with far less fanfare.  Some of the elements that alarm Ontario mothers and fathers are there, such as the use of condoms in Grade six, but from the general outline published so far, B.C. is apparently not ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada The Ryerson Student Union unanimously rejected an application by Students for Life for club accreditation. Students for Life said they were informed that the RSU is against groups that “promote misogynist views toward women and ideologies that promote gender-inequity.” RSU president-elect Cormac McGee told The Ryersonian that the club could be accredited if it met certain unnamed conditions ... The Parole Board of Canada has lifted Robert Latimer’s out-of-country travel restrictions saying that making the convicted ... (Continue reading)

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