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Child porn case against former top Ontario education official moves forward

Province likely to raise sex-ed issue in near future A former top-ranking Ontario education official and appointee of Premier Kathleen Wynne charged with making and distributing child pornography will face a preliminary hearing in November.   In July 2013, University of Toronto professor Benjamin Levin was arrested and charged with seven counts of child exploitation, including making and distributing child pornography as well as arranging for a sexual offense with a child. The charges were filed after an international child pornography sting led investigators ... (Continue reading)

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After winning an acquittal and appeal, Linda Gibbons is arrested again

Linda Gibbons Just days after Linda Gibbons won an appeal and was acquitted of disobeying a court order over a previous demonstration at the “Morgentaler Clinic” in Toronto, she was arrested at the same abortion facility August 7. It took police personnel in four cruisers, as well as three Garda World security cars and two sheriff’s officers, to take Gibbons into custody at around 11:30 a.m., some two-and-a-half hours after ... (Continue reading)

Show the Truth pickets PEI abortion conference

Show the Truth pickets PEI abortion conference

Rosemary Connell says Show the Truth put the unborn baby in people's consciousness during Prince Edward Island tour. Approximately 60 pro-life activists took part in a Show the Truth tour on Prince Edward Island last month. They were protesting a conference held at the University of Prince Edward Island on August 7-8, entitled ... (Continue reading)

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Take a vow

Light is Right Joe Campbell To wed is to marry. But there are differences. Weddings, including related celebratory events, last a day or two. Marriages, including related blessed events, last a lifetime. This, at any rate, is the intention. And yet couples often spend more time preparing for weddings than for marriages. Maybe that’s why failed marriages outnumber failed weddings. When they fail, marriages usually end in ... (Continue reading)

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The intolerance of atheism

The intolerance of atheism

In the last edition of The Interim I wrote about the noted atheist and enemy of the pro-life movement A.C. Grayling. But if Grayling is a problem, Richard Dawkins is a horror. In April, 2010 he announced an initiative to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when the Pontiff made an official visit to Britain later that year; the ostensible reason being his involvement in the Catholic clergy abuse crisis. ... (Continue reading)

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An excellent diplomatic posting

An excellent diplomatic posting

Dennis Savoie On August 1, the Conservative government announced that Dennis Savoie, a former deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (2006-2013), was appointed as Canada’s new ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican). The appointment immediately faced criticism from the New Democratic Party, with MP and Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs Paul Dewar (Ottawa South) condemning Savoie’s past comments on abortion. In 2009, Savoie addressed the Knights ... (Continue reading)

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Fr. Gravel, RIP

Fr. Raymond Gravel, the former Bloc Quebecois MP, died at the age of 61 following a long battle with lung cancer. Fr. Gravel was a supporter of same-sex “marriage” and abortion rights, causing scandal to the Catholic Church, and after serving one term in elected office was forced to retire from politics. He subsequently sued LifeSiteNews for $500,000 in damages, claiming his reputation was maligned after the online news agency described his views as “pro-abortion” whereas he identified himself as ... (Continue reading)

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Canadian Medical Association shifts euthanasia policy

Canadian Medical Association shifts euthanasia policy

The Canadian Medical Association held its annual conference in August, where members of the organization debated whether changes to its policy on euthanasia were necessary. According to the Globe and Mail’s health reporter, Andre Picard, the group’s position has not yet changed. However, the CMA now, “supports the right of all physicians, within the bounds of existing legislation, to follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide medical aid in dying.” Picard believes the new stance recognizes that “while assisting ... (Continue reading)

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Manitoba school trustee candidate pilloried for abstinence education views

Candace Maxymowich, a 20-year-old woman running for school trustee in Louis Riel Ward 4 in Manitoba, faced a backlash for stating abstinence is the only acceptable part of sex education in schools. “Personally, I do not support sex education other than abstinence.” she posted August 5 on Twitter. Twitter users responded with anger and dismissed her ideas as outrageous. Most of those who replied were against her views, and instead favoured more sex-education in schools. “Abstinence only doesn’t work. They need to ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion funding part of New Brunswick election

Abortion funding part of New Brunswick election

When the New Brunswick provincial campaign was formally launched on August 18, all three party leaders agreed the Sept. 22 election would be decided on economic issues. But in the months leading up to the dropping of the writ, abortion funding had become a hot political issue because the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton announced it was closing due to it being excluded from taxpayer funding of abortion in the ... (Continue reading)

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Annual LifeChain demonstration bears fruit

Annual LifeChain demonstration bears fruit

Lifechain locations Across Canada HERE   Every year, when the beginning of October arrives, pro-life advocates of all ages look forward to LifeChain. The demonstration is typically held on the first Sunday of the month. Participants stand along sidewalks at designated public intersections, holding signs bearing messages such as “Abortion Kills Children,” “Abortion Hurts Women,” or “Adoption – the Loving Option.” LifeChain was launched by an ... (Continue reading)

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Three more pro-life MPs announce they will not seek re-election

Over the summer three socially conservative Tory MPs announced they would not run for re-election in the 2015 federal election. Rick Norlock (Northumberland—Quinte West), Joe Preston (Elgin-Middlesex-London), and Brian Storseth (Westlock-St. Paul) all had solid socially conservative records as MP. Campaign Life Coalition maintains a vote record for all MPs and each of the three had an impressive overall record. Norlock has a perfect record on 10 votes since being elected in 2006. He voted for Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 312 to study whether ... (Continue reading)

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Seeing Red

It looks as though the Senate is here to stay, unreformed and unloved. I’m speaking, of course, of the Canadian Senate, also known as the Red Chamber. The nickname, from the traditional royal colour of the interior, symbolizes historic links with the Crown. The Senate also has historic links with patronage appointments, a sense of entitlement and, more recently, an expense claims scandal. Maybe we should re-nickname it the Red-Faced Chamber. The Senate is also called the chamber of sober second thought. ... (Continue reading)

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Political parties’ positions: prostitution

Canada’s political parties have distinct positions on prostitution that have developed over time. According to a December 2006 report by the Parliamentary Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws (“The Challenge of Change: A Study of Canada’s Criminal Prostitution Laws”), the Liberal, NDP, and Bloc Quebecois committee members all viewed prostitution as “a public health issue” and supported “harm reduction” strategies for prostitutes, such as sex education, condoms, and a “bad date list.” They believed that “sexual activities between consenting adults that do ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec euthanasia law challenged

On July 17, two groups, Living with Dignity and the Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia, filed a lawsuit before the Superior Court of Quebec in Montreal challenging the validity of Bill 52, An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care. The Act, proposed by the Parti Quebecois government of Pauline Marois in 2013 and passed by the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard in June, provides for “medical aid in dying,” which they contend is a euphemism for euthanasia. Living with Dignity, which represents 17,000 Quebec ... (Continue reading)

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