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Futile care

Futile care

In Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, Jessica Nutik Zitter, a Montreal-born physician and specialist in critical care medicine, gives a graphic insider’s account of how well-meaning critical care specialists like herself are all-too-apt to inflict futile, unnecessary and agonizing suffering upon dying patients in an intensive-care unit (ICU). To begin with, Zitter describes her first attempt as a medical student to resuscitate a dying ... (Continue reading)

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The pro-life spectrum

There was a time when many Progressive Conservatives and Republicans supported so-called abortion rights and many Liberals, NDP, and Democrats were pro-life. (The joke used to be that all those right-wing politicians needed abortion to be legal so they could cover up their mistresses’ pregnancies.) The early pages of The Interim featured advertisements for both Liberals for Life and Tories for Life. By the mid-1990s, there were still dozens of pro-life Liberals in Ottawa and pro-life Democrats in Washington. The ... (Continue reading)

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The pro-life Left

The pro-life Left

As Donald Trump’s approval ratings appear to slump, the Democrats are hoping to take back the House of Representatives in 2018.  Their strategy, unlike that of Canada’s Liberal Party or New Democratic Party, will not exclude pro-lifers. Though the 2016 Democratic platform called for support for Planned Parenthood, opposition to abortion restrictions both in the United States and around the world, and the repeal of the Hyde Amendment which bans ... (Continue reading)

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Legal pot dangerous for kids

The Convention on the Rights of the Child Treaty was ratified in 1989 and remains the most universally endorsed human rights treaty globally. The CRC is specific about the legitimate right all children have to be protected from the use of illicit drugs. Four articles within the CDC speak directly to this: Article 3: “In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child ... (Continue reading)

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Going to pot

Light is Right Joe Campbell Oh, I know it can be addictive, especially if you start using it in your teens. But it’s also medicinal. Among other benefits, a compound it contains may reduce anxiety, ease symptoms of schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, and prevent weight gain. Nevertheless, it’s still under a stigma. I’m not talking about marijuana. I’m talking about tobacco. After learning of its healing properties ... (Continue reading)

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Outpouring of support for Wagner ahead of sentencing

Outpouring of support for Wagner ahead of sentencing

Polish Canadian for Life demonstrate in Ottawa in support of Mary Wagner on the day of sentencing in Toronto Sept. 12. In August, Ontario Court Justice Rick Libman found Mary Wagner guilty of mischief and breach of probation stemming from charges for a Dec. 12, 2016 incident at the Bloor ... (Continue reading)

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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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British ob-gyns endorse decriminalizing abortion

British ob-gyns endorse decriminalizing abortion

SPUC's Anthony McCarthy said British oby-gyns betrayed women and children. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists voted Sept. 22 to call upon the British Parliament to rescind sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act (1861) which required women seeking an abortion to obtain the approval of two doctors. Women who did not do so and the ... (Continue reading)

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Nova Scotia to offer free abortion pill

The Liberal government of Nova Scotia will provide free abortion pills to women in the province beginning sometime later this year. The announcement was made by Kelly Regan, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, on Sept. 22. She said, “this is important because I believe and this government believes in the reproductive rights of women.” Under the new policy, Nova Scotia women with a valid health card and a doctor’s prescription will be able to obtain the $350 Mifegymiso abortion pill ... (Continue reading)

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CMHA comes out against euthanasia for psychiatric reasons

The Canadian Medical Health Association released its position paper on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) and it endorsed euthanasia and assisted-suicide as a legitimate medical service while coming out against expanding criteria for the procedure to include those suffering from mental illness. Noting that it released its paper days before World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, the CMHA said that “people with a mental health problem or illness should be assisted to live and thrive” and that mental illness should ... (Continue reading)

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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)

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