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Ministry of education, public health, teacher’s union push graphic sex-ed agenda in Nova Scotia

Editor’s Note: There is sexually graphic material in this story. The Nova Scotia government and teachers union play a big role in the promotion of sex and homosexuality education, and these sensitive topics are being taught throughout the elementary school curriculum. According to the N.S. Ministry of Education’s Learning Outcomes Framework, Grade 1 students are to “explore the concept of gender.” In Grade 4, they learn to “differentiate between gender roles and gender identity.” Fifth graders must “demonstrate an understanding that sexual ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec Liberal government legalizes euthanasia

The Quebec National Assembly passed a bill that effectively legalizes euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, a law pro-life groups say is dangerous and unconstitutional. With the March election call killing Quebec’s Bill 52, which would have effectively legalized euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, pro-lifers, disabilities groups, and other opponents of the proposed law thought they had more time to work to defeat the bill. When the Parti Quebecois government was defeated by the Liberals, many opponents of euthanasia hoped the new provincial government ... (Continue reading)

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University of Calgary allows students to appeal misconduct charges

The University of Calgary has allowed seven students to appeal charges of non-academic misconduct, filed four years ago after they set up a pro-life display on campus. According to a press release from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, the decision was made by the Student Discipline Appeal Committee of the Board of Governors on June 17. It “is a response to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judgment in Wilson v. University of Calgary (rendered on April 1, 2014).” The University of Calgary ... (Continue reading)

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Hamilton city council wants ban on graphic abortion photos

Hamilton city council wants ban on graphic abortion photos

Members of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform unfurl a banner depicting abortion on a bridge overpass in Hamilton in 2013. The activism of Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform has attracted the attention of municipal officials in Hamilton. City councillor Terry Whitehead put forth a motion on June 11, requesting that the provincial and federal governments, “prevent the use of graphic, gruesome and disturbing images of ... (Continue reading)

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The pro-life World Cup: how pro-life is each World Cup country?

The pro-life World Cup: how pro-life is each World Cup country?

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Vancouver parks to become more transgender-friendly

In a unanimous vote during an April 28 meeting, the Vancouver Park Board adopted 77 measures to accommodate “trans and gender-variant people” in the city’s parks and recreation facilities, contained in the report, Building a Path to Parks & Recreation for All: Reducing Barriers for Trans* & Gender Variant Community Members, written by the Trans* and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group. The authors of the study stress the need for an “inclusive” approach to counter “gender-policing in the form of verbal ... (Continue reading)

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Anti-nudity pride motion defeated in Toronto

Anti-nudity pride motion defeated in Toronto

Sam Sotiropoulos, Toronto school board trustee As Toronto’s public school board defeated a motion asking to bar nudity at the city’s June 29 World Pride parade, a Catholic school board in Ontario voiced its opposition to the participation of Catholic teachers in the march. Without a debate, in a 16-6 vote on April 9, the Toronto District School Board rejected a motion by trustee Sam Sotiropoulos ... (Continue reading)

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Gosnell movie kicked off Kickstarter

Gosnell movie kicked off Kickstarter

Kermit Gosness The producers of a movie about abortionist Kermit Gosnell were forced to find other funding for their film after Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website, refused to approve the project. Phelim McAleer, his wife Ann McElhinney, and Magdalena Segieda’s goal was to raise $2.1 million in 45 days for their scripted drama, to be based on the Gosnell trial and grand jury report. The three had used Kickstarter in the ... (Continue reading)

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Abortionist kept 34 babies in freezer

The remains of 34 aborted babies were found by police in the freezer of an illegal late-term abortion facility in Elkton, Maryland. The raid was conducted after staff at the nearby Union Hospital alerted police about the unusual behaviour of the facility’s two abortionists when they brought a severely injured victim of a botched abortion to the emergency room, 18-year-old D.B. (the woman cannot be identified). D.B.’s baby, whose remains were found in the freezer according to an autopsy report ... (Continue reading)

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Polish documentary about Mary Wagner being made

A team of Polish filmmakers is making a documentary featuring Mary Wagner. The film, commissioned and funded by a Polish businessman, is being directed by Grzegorz Braun, who is known for his documentaries about controversial political issues. Zdzisław Sajuk, production manager for the documentary, told The Interim that the film will discuss abortion as a cultural, religious, and philosophical issue, while showing the repressive anti-free speech measures of countries that support the procedure. Produced by Film Open Group, the documentary will feature ... (Continue reading)

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Bishops speak out against Trudeau diktat

Four leading Catholic bishops have spoken out against Justin Trudeau’s announcement that individuals who hold pro-life views will be banned from running as candidates for the Liberal Party, a policy that does not apply to sitting pro-life Liberal MPs. The bishops have chastised Trudeau for excluding faithful Catholics from seeking elected office under the Liberal banner, promoting abortion while presenting himself as a Catholic, and misrepresenting the reality of abortion in Canada. On May 14, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto issued ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario, N.S. law societies oppose TWU law school

Trinity Western University’s law school has been denied accreditation by Ontario and Nova Scotia and will take the two law societies to court over their decisions. The Langley, B.C.-based Christian university’s Community Covenant that requires students to “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman” has triggered opposition from adversaries who argue that the covenant discriminates against homosexuals. Ontario’s Law Society of Upper Canada voted against accreditation in a 28-21 vote on ... (Continue reading)

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Judge turns down Wagner application to have experts testify to humanity of unborn

Mary Wagner The judge in Mary Wagner’s current trial has turned down a defence application to have expert witnesses testify to the humanity of the unborn. Charles Lugosi, Wagner’s lawyer, had made the application during two days of hearings before Justice Fergus O’Donnell at the Ontario Court of Justice on May 13 and 14. His intention was to have two expert witnesses – a medical doctor and professor, as well ... (Continue reading)

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Nova Scotia considers presumed consent for organ donation

Nova Scotia’s health minister announced on April 24 that the province will consider instituting presumed consent for organ donation. This means that it will be assumed that individuals would become potential organ donors unless they opt out. Health Minister Leo Glavine will ask the deputy health minister to launch an online public consultation asking for input about a presumed consent or “reverse onus” law.  “It would make available additional organs each and every year,” Glavine told the Globe and Mail, insisting ... (Continue reading)

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New study examines societal, relationship costs of abortion

A paper released in May by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada analyzes the impact of abortion on family and the community. Interconnected: How abortion impacts mothers, families and our society by Andrea Mrozek examines the effects of abortion on marriage, sexuality, mental health, and society. It reports on previous research and relates it to the story of a pro-abortion woman named Lee (drawn from the book, Giving Sorrow Words) who faced negative emotional consequences after her abortion. Lee, who ... (Continue reading)

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